Education News

by Laurie Cashman, Director of Education

Moving Forward with Optimism and Hope

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”                                                            

We approach the autumn season with the knowledge that the COVID-19 numbers are beginning to rise, once again.  We wait for good news, while remaining steadfast in the daily practices that will hopefully make a difference in creating that good news, knowing that there are some things that are beyond our control. Still, we press on, despite the losses we’ve faced as a society and in our own personal lives, with the hope that we will improve the world and improve the lives of the residents who rely on the loving care provided in our assisted living residences.  What an honor for each and every person who has the privilege of providing that care!

At Mass-ALA, we consider it a privilege to support you and partner with you as you care for the most vulnerable among us during the most difficult of times. We take that role seriously and our educational events are designed to do exactly that. Our Annual Conference is just days away and I’m excited about the content we offer for the two-day virtual event taking place on September 29th and 30th. We have presentations lined up that will offer you education, information, support, encouragement, and hope. In addition to the robust content being offered, we will once again invite everyone to attend our Happy Hour, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the first day of the event. After a long day of learning and engagement with important information, it will be fun to wind down with presenters, sponsors, conference attendees, and Mass-ALA staff as we talk about interesting topics and network with each other in a casual, virtual setting. We enjoyed Happy Hour last year and we’re bringing it back because it was well-received by all. Friendships were formed, information exchanged, and laughter was abundant. We hope you will all join us as we gather once again to wrap up the first day of the conference.

In addition to our ever popular Boot Camps being offered in October and December, we are currently working to bring you a spectacular Dementia Training to be presented on November 9.  The agenda, which will offer something for everyone, is nearing completion and registration will be open within days.

As we enter in to the final days of preparation for our 2021 Annual Conference, I’m encouraged by our theme, which is Moving Forward Together.  In the spirit of moving forward together, I invite you to embrace new, exciting, and positive challenges in meeting the needs of all assisted living residents and staff.  Please feel free to contact me with your ideas on educational events and topics at

Warmest regards,

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