ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) and Benchmark Senior Living hosted an event that brought together senior living employees, residents and their families, and other stakeholders to meet with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). The event took place at a local senior living community where Senator Blumenthal spoke to participants about his time as Attorney General and U.S. Senator, answered questions about seniors’ issues, and toured the senior living community.)--The
“As a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senator Blumenthal has steadfastly served seniors”
The Senator visited River Ridge at Avon, a senior living community that offers a continuum of services including assisted living, memory care, and respite care. As a part of the tour of the senior living community, Senator Blumenthal viewed one resident’s private apartment as well as common areas including the community’s ice cream parlor, library, and resident dining room. Highlighting the many benefits of senior living, residents also met with the Senator to share their personal experiences.
Senator Blumenthal spoke to participants about his commitment to seniors’ issues. He discussed his efforts to combat elder abuse, including a hearing he chaired on the topic, the importance of protecting veterans’ benefits, and the need to preserve Medicare and Social Security. He answered questions from participants and connected with attendees at a reception held in his honor. Pictures of Senator Blumenthal’s visit can be viewed on ALFA’s Flickr.
“As a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senator Blumenthal has steadfastly served seniors,” said ALFA President & CEO Richard P. Grimes. “It was an honor to host such a champion for seniors at an ALFA member community. Elected officials like Senator Blumenthal are crucial to ensuring that laws allow senior living communities across the country to continue to provide resident-centered care and promote the values of choice, dignity, independence, accessibility, and quality of life for seniors’ who choose to call these communities home.”
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.
Benchmark Senior Living, a privately held company headquartered in Wellesley, Mass., is the largest provider of senior living services in the region and the state of Connecticut, owning and managing 46 communities throughout New England. Since 1997, the organization has had a strong reputation for quality of care and services, offering older adults a variety of senior living options, including independent living, traditional assisted living, assisted living for memory-impaired and respite stays. Visit Benchmark Senior Living’s website at www.benchmarkseniorliving.com.