AHCA/NCAL Kicks Off 71st Convention Virtually Remarks from Captain Scott Kelly, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Leon Logothetis featured in Opening Session Released:October 08, 2020 AHCA Press Office firstname.lastname@example.org Page ContentWASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) kicked off its first ever virtual Convention & Expo. The Association’s virtual Convention will take place through the rest of October, with 70 on-demand education sessions and 20 live or simu-live sessions. “Our virtual Convention will safely connect long term care professionals with valuable on-demand education to help us identify solutions that improve and protect the lives of our most vulnerable individuals during this unprecedented time,” said Mark Parkinson, the president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. Every Thursday during the Convention, AHCA/NCAL will offer general sessions that feature distinguished guest speakers. Today’s general session includes astronaut Captain Scott Kelly, presential historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Leon Logothetis, global adventurer and motivational speaker. The remaining “Get-Together Thursdays” include: The 14th Annual NCAL Day on Thursday, October 15, where assisted living providers can enjoy thought-provoking education specifically tailored to the sector. An association update from Parkinson, AHCA Board Chair Debbie Meade, NCAL Board Chair Helen Crunk, and NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle on Thursday, October 15. Closing keynote speaker Kindra Hall, president and chief storytelling officer of Steller Collective on Thursday, October 22. The National Quality Award Program Ceremony on Thursday, October 22; and A special concert and live Q&A session with singer, songwriter and record producer Andy Grammer on Thursday, October 22. “The staff on the front lines are fighting relentlessly to do the right thing, the right way, to protect our residents during one of the worst times most of us have ever experienced. We are resilient, and Convention allows us to come together, so we can get through these incredible challenges even stronger,” said AHCA Board Chair Debbie Meade. As of October 8, more than 1,500 long term care professionals had registered to attend the AHCA/NCAL Virtual Convention & Expo, although individuals are welcome to register throughout the entire month of October. To see the full schedule and learn more visit www.ahcaconvention.org. ABOUT AHCA/NCAL The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.