From the Chair

In the last issue of the Voice, we talked about the wonderful time of transition at NADSA. We now have presence in Washington D.C. with our new headquarters office in Fairfax, VA, and lobbyist Senator Roy Afflerbach, Ret.,  staff members with great experience in association management, and a focus on a committee structure and strategic plan that will position us for the future.  It is a wonderful time to be a member of NADSA and we hope you will invite your friends and colleagues to join us.

Speaking of joining us, I hope that you all plan to attend the 2016 NADSA conference in Indianapolis.  The historic location is a fitting backdrop as we begin to launch our next evolution of NADSA.  The national conference is one of the treasures of the association. This year’s conference theme is “Innovation in Adult Day Services” featuring nationally recognized keynote speakers, in depth sessions and a preconference Technology Forum.

Professional development is a need that we all share in adult day services.  Not only does professional development keep us abreast of the latest research, trends, and ideas in adult day services, it also gives each attendee the opportunity to connect with others who share similar goals and concerns. And…it’s a great way to refill your bucket!  One of our goals in the next few years is to significantly increase attendance at the National Conference.

This year we are hosting a roundtable specifically for our state leaders so that we may engage all of you in the work of advancing our profession.   Sometimes, adult day services are referred to as “the best kept secret.”  This has got to change!  And the best recipe for success is solid and inclusive partnerships between the state associations and NADSA.  It is the grassroots work that every Center does each day that provides the tools we need to strengthen legislation on Capitol Hill and promote adult day services nationally. We look forward to hearing your ideas.

Within the next few months, you can also look forward to the rollout of an ongoing series of webinars on a myriad topics in adult day services.  If you have a specific idea that you would like to propose, please write to Donna Hale at director@nadsa.org and she will put you in touch with the committee members helping us plan these series of on-going professional development activities. We continue to receive calls weekly on starting adult day centers. We know that the need is strong.  NADSA is committed to helping professionals meet the needs in their communities.  We periodically hold webinars to assist those in the planning stages; a number of our strategic partners provide assistance in this area.

I look forward to working with you during this incredible time in our field.  NADSA appreciates your ongoing commitment! Thank you for everything you do each day to make a difference in the lives of participants and their families.

By: Lisa Peters-Beumer, NADSA board chair