As we begin 2020, it’s an honor for me to serve at the helm of MassNAELA with its impressive 28-year track record of advocating for the elderly and disabled citizens of Massachusetts.
Indeed, 2020 represents my 20th year as a member who — like many of you — has greatly benefited from all the organization offers. I’ve rarely missed our MassNAELA meetings where there is always something new to learn which increases my knowledge base to help serve my clients better. I’ve built lasting relationships in exchanging expertise and experiences with other member attorneys. In serving on the Advocacy Committee, I’ve gotten a front-row seat to issues before the Court and worked with our lobbyist and other attorneys to spearhead important legislation, most recently, making a difference in the lives of elderly and disabled veterans.
In this vein, I hope 2020 brings more of the same – opportunities to build professional skills and expertise, network and learn from other attorneys in the field, and advocate for important legislation that has the potential to impact millions of our most vulnerable citizens.
Going forward, other focus areas include advancing legislation — Community Care, Pooled Trust, and Assisted Living Resident Rights, to name a few, for the first half of the year. As one of the largest chapters in the US, we’ll also be taking the lead in fine tuning our mission statement in concert with our national organization. Lastly, I hope to develop educational programs in key emerging areas of interest to our members such as Community based care. If you have suggestions or would like to participate, please reach out to me or our invaluable Chapter Director, Clarence Richardson.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.
Paula K. Almgren, Esq.