To care for residents requires both an energetic nature and a strong sense of purpose. Those are the same elements that make an effective advocate. As members gathered together last week at CALA’s 2017 Advocacy Day, the room was filled with the same purposeful and energized nature that our members bring to the service they provide for residents each day.
Heather Harrison, CALA’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Public Affairs, and Erin Levi, CALA’s lobbyist, briefed attendees on pending legislation with CALA members and helped them prepare for discussions.
150 CALA members then brought their energy and dedication to the State Capitol to share with 90 legislative offices, informing lawmakers about the real concerns and needs of providers and residents.
In the afternoon, we honored Richard Ensley with Atria Covell Gardens as Advocate of the Year. His relationship-building and advocacy efforts in 2016 were unparalleled, including hosting legislators and staffers at his community four times throughout the year.
The event was capped by a presentation from from Susan DeMarios, State Policy Director of the Alzheimer’s Association. She spoke about the policy and politics of Alzheimer’s, and what the Alzheimer’s Association is doing at the state and national level to advocate for individuals living with the diesase.
Thank you to all the attendees who made this Advocacy Day a successful one. We are honored that you came together as a strong and unified representation of Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities throughout the state.