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A Message from Alex:

7.1.21
By: Alex McVay
Date: July 1, 2021

Being a Voice for Seniors
By Alex McVay, Executive Director, Avamere at Bethany

Advocating for seniors has always been a primary focus of my career in senior living. That is why I am so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the AHCA/NCAL Future Leaders Program. The ability to see at a community level the needs of our seniors and form connections with other communities to hear their stories, frustrations, and successes, and to act on them through state or federal advocacy has been such a powerful factor in my growth and passion of this industry.

I began my career in memory care as an activity director. After going through the motions of reading the newspaper, playing BINGO, making snacks, and organizing a few arts and crafts projects, I realized that there was so much more that could be done for those residents. I went to work building a community of active family members through a support group, which then translated into families that were very interested in doing things that at the time seemed unprecedented in memory care. We went for long trips out to Multnomah Falls and had lunch, visited museums, went out to brunch regularly, and enjoyed plenty of outdoor adventures during the summer. I realized that even though it was a memory that may not last long, in those particular moments, my residents were living a life far better than before.

This level of passion and advocacy for my residents has pushed me through my career in senior living. I have come to realize that the state and federal level is the best place to make these higher quality changes on a wide scale. Partnering with state associations leads to having your voice heard not just as an individual, but as a group, leaving a loud voice in the halls of our capitals. This loud voice often says, “We can do better,” and sometimes if successful, wins a crucial battle in enhancing the lives of those we serve every day. Sometimes that voice is not loud enough, resulting in frustration and anger, but at the same time leaving those who fought so hard to fight even harder. We find more voices to add to the calls for change.

For me, this is where much of my passion in my career lies. Through the AHCA/NCAL Future Leaders Program, I believe I will be able to find louder voices that will rally alongside those who have been and continue to advocate for our seniors. I welcome all of you that have a passion for your residents, patients, clients, etc. to advocate in any capacity you can find. Our state associations regularly push notifications to contact your representatives in support of an agenda that leads to better quality; embrace those calls to action and act on them. Our seniors deserve the best, and it is our duty as healthcare workers to fight for them as hard as we can. Let your voice be heard, and together we can affect real change in senior living and healthcare as a whole.


A Message from Alex: 7.1.21

By: Alex McVay
Date: July 1, 2021


Being a Voice for Seniors
By Alex McVay, Executive Director, Avamere at Bethany

Advocating for seniors has always been a primary focus of my career in senior living. That is why I am so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the AHCA/NCAL Future Leaders Program. The ability to see at a community level the needs of our seniors and form connections with other communities to hear their stories, frustrations, and successes, and to act on them through state or federal advocacy has been such a powerful factor in my growth and passion of this industry.

I began my career in memory care as an activity director. After going through the motions of reading the newspaper, playing BINGO, making snacks, and organizing a few arts and crafts projects, I realized that there was so much more that could be done for those residents. I went to work building a community of active family members through a support group, which then translated into families that were very interested in doing things that at the time seemed unprecedented in memory care. We went for long trips out to Multnomah Falls and had lunch, visited museums, went out to brunch regularly, and enjoyed plenty of outdoor adventures during the summer. I realized that even though it was a memory that may not last long, in those particular moments, my residents were living a life far better than before.

This level of passion and advocacy for my residents has pushed me through my career in senior living. I have come to realize that the state and federal level is the best place to make these higher quality changes on a wide scale. Partnering with state associations leads to having your voice heard not just as an individual, but as a group, leaving a loud voice in the halls of our capitals. This loud voice often says, “We can do better,” and sometimes if successful, wins a crucial battle in enhancing the lives of those we serve every day. Sometimes that voice is not loud enough, resulting in frustration and anger, but at the same time leaving those who fought so hard to fight even harder. We find more voices to add to the calls for change.

For me, this is where much of my passion in my career lies. Through the AHCA/NCAL Future Leaders Program, I believe I will be able to find louder voices that will rally alongside those who have been and continue to advocate for our seniors. I welcome all of you that have a passion for your residents, patients, clients, etc. to advocate in any capacity you can find. Our state associations regularly push notifications to contact your representatives in support of an agenda that leads to better quality; embrace those calls to action and act on them. Our seniors deserve the best, and it is our duty as healthcare workers to fight for them as hard as we can. Let your voice be heard, and together we can affect real change in senior living and healthcare as a whole.

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