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Martha's Membership Matters 9-27-2016

Martha's Mass-ALA Membership Matters

Happy September and welcome to autumn, which I have to admit, is my absolute favorite time of year. Who doesn’t want to be in Massachusetts in the fall? Beautiful fall colors, amazing sunsets, fall festivals, apple picking, pies, cider and of course we can’t exclude pumpkin spice EVERYTHING: coffee, cookies, cakes and candles, oh my! I even saw pumpkin spice-flavored pasta the other day. I also have to admit I do like the pumpkin spice donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts.

Being a former school teacher it always feels like a brand-new year is starting in September and all of us are getting busy with new beginnings. Mass-ALA members are no exception. I have been fortunate to visit and attend some great, informative, entertaining events in the past month.

Member Happenings

We held another very successful Assisted Living Boot Camp training on September 15. This time Northbridge Companies were our hosts for this training. Thank you to all the staff there who helped make this a very successful event. As a reminder, the fifth and final Mass-ALA Assisted Living Boot Camp of the year is being held on December 6 at The Elms at Briarwood in Worcester. We still have room for this training but they do fill up fast so don’t wait too long to sign up.

On September 20, The Commons in Lincoln hosted one of our popular members-only networking receptions. Sending a huge thank-you to the entire staff at The Commons for their incredible hospitality. We were treated to freshly made lobster rolls, cocktail shrimp, tender roast beef with horseradish sauce and much, much more. When people who were strangers when they walked in end the evening laughing and talking like old friends, you know it was a great event. Looking forward to seeing and meeting many more of you at the December 7 members-only networking reception at Bridges by EPOCH at Westwood.

The Residence at Valley Farm in Ashland is holding a series of three CEU presentations and I attended the first informative one on “Working with Challenging Families.” I am looking forward to the next two: “Is My Patient Ready for Hospice?” on October 13 and “Symptoms of Hoarding Disorder” on November 2.

As many of you know, last week was National Assisted Living Week and I received some wonderful pictures from The Royal at Harwich Village in Harwich of their celebrations.

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CNA Danielle Letender and resident Ethel Jacobson taking Ethel’s first-ever selfie. Happy birthday to Ethel on your 100th birthday!

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These three lovely ladies, Parezetta Wetterings, Elizabeth Murphy and Ethel Jacobson, got into the spirit of Hat Day with their lovely chapeaus.

Did you celebrate National Assisted Living Week at your community? If so, I would love for you to send me any photos of your celebrations. Be sure to include the names of everyone in the photos and to let me know that it is okay to publish them.

My calendar is rapidly filling up and in the next few weeks I will be in Newburyport, Lenox and Framingham visiting Mass-ALA members. I would love to come visit you and see what wonderful things you are up to at your communities. I may even bring you some pumpkin spice donuts.

Do you have a newsletter? If so, I would love to start receiving it. That way, I will know what is going on with our members and their wonderful residents. My email is mchamberlin@massalfa.org.

Do you have an upcoming event or workshop? Please let me know as I would truly enjoy attending and getting to know more about you, our members. And the same to our many business partners— if you have something happening at your company be sure to let me know so I can share it with all Mass-ALA members.

That’s all the member news for this month; if there is something you want us to know about please email me at mchamberlin@massalfa.org. The deadline for submissions is October 14. I am always available to answer any questions or concerns.

Be sure to get out and take a walk and enjoy the foliage … and maybe have a spiced pumpkin latte!

Thanks for ALL you do!

Martha

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