ALEXANDRIA, Va. – March 6, 2012 Serving as advocates for senior living, more than 150 senior living executives from across the country will gather in Washington D.C. on March 6 and 7 to meet with more than 140 different members of the U.S. Congress and their staff. They will help elected officials understand what senior living, inclusive of independent living, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care, is about (and not about) and advocate for specific issues that support choice, dignity, independence, and quality of life for seniors and their families—core principles of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA).
The visiting executives will attend a half-day orientation program that will include U.S. Assistant Secretary of Aging Kathy Greenlee, Administration on Aging; Jim Ellis, Senior Consultant of PRIsm Information Network; and Lauren Harris-Kojetin, National Center for Health Statistics. Ms Harris-Kojetin will present the recently published findings of the National Survey of Residential Care Communities.
Following the orientation session, the participants will visit lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Among other issues, they will advocate for continuing the oversight of assisted living at the state level, implementation of current laws such as the Older Americans Act, Elder Justice Act, and National Alzheimer’s Project Act, as well as adequate funding for Alzheimer’s research. They will also present the Champion of Senior Living award to Senator Bob Corker for his work on the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and for his commitment to public policy benefiting older Americans.
In addition, directors serving on the ALFA Board of Directors will meet with top officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to advocate for programs that allow low income seniors to access the benefits of senior living options, among other issues.
"The ALFA Advocacy Fly-In provides an important opportunity for senior living executives to form relationships with federal legislators from their own states,” said ALFA President & CEO Richard P. Grimes. “Through advocacy, we can ensure lawmakers understand and appreciate the role senior living communities play in the lives of their constituents, including the seniors and families that are served by senior living providers."
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