National Assisted Living Week was started back in 1995 by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). According to the NCAL’s site, National Assisted Living Week “provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding communities to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.” Each year, assisted living communities across the country are encouraged to participate in events and activities that are part of this special week.
Every year, National Assisted Living Week has a theme. This year’s theme is “Keep Connected”. By encouraging seniors to “Keep Connected”, the NCAL wants to draw attention to the benefits and opportunities that technology can offer to seniors, their caregivers, their loved ones, and the entire assisted living community. But they want to focus on more than just technology. While we have many new and fantastic technological tools today that can help assisted living communities and their residents perform activities of daily life, sometimes the best way to “Keep Connected” is through our personal relationships. The people who we see every day can become like our family, and assisted living staff members and residents need to stay active in each other’s lives.
National Assisted Living Week is being held September 11-17 this year. For more information on how you and your loved ones can participate in National Assisted Living Week, check the events calendar.