ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Serving as advocates for senior living, 140 senior living executives from across the country will gather in Washington D.C. on September 17 and 18 to meet with more than 300 different members of the U.S. Congress and their staff. They will help elected officials understand what the senior living business is all about and why senior living is such an extraordinarily popular option among seniors and their families.
“The ALFA Advocacy Fly-In provides an important opportunity for senior living executives to form relationships with the federal legislators from their own states and keep them informed”
The visiting executives will attend a half-day issues and grassroots education training that will include a look at the state of Congress presented by Gregg Hartley, Vice Chairman & COO of Cassidy & Associates. Julian Wright, Program Analyst at the US Department of Veterans Affairs will provide an overview of the VA and benefits of the VA Aid & Attendance program, and J.D. Foster, Deputy Chief Economist at the US Chamber of Commerce will examine the realities and consequences of entitlement programs. Richard Grimes, President and CEO of ALFA will share information on why it is important for policymakers to continue oversight of assisted living in each of the 50 states, and explain to Congress how state regulations encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of senior living providers and foster ALFA’s core principles of choice, dignity, independence, and quality of life for seniors and their families.
Stephanie Handelson, President and COO of Benchmark Senior Living will present the ALFA Knight Award to the first award recipient, Lisa Gaudioso, Executive Director at Benchmark Senior Living for her commitment to year-round advocacy and extraordinary efforts on behalf of senior living residents.
Following the orientation, the participants will visit lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Among other issues, they will educate lawmakers about the differences between assisted living and other long-term care options. A major focus will be to ensure that assisted living is recognized as a home and community based option, and increased funding for Alzheimer’s research. Advocates will also support continuing the oversight of assisted living at the state level.
"The ALFA Advocacy Fly-In provides an important opportunity for senior living executives to form relationships with the federal legislators from their own states and keep them informed,” said ALFA President & CEO Richard P. Grimes. “It is vital that lawmakers understand and appreciate the great service they provide to seniors and the important role senior living communities play in the lives of their constituents.”
About The Assisted Living Federation of America
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally-managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve. Since 1990, ALFA has advocated for choice, accessibility, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all seniors. ALFA’s programs promote business and operational excellence through education, research, publications, professional networking and online tools designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurism in the field of senior living. Visit ALFA’s Web site at www.alfa.org.