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​Established by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995, 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. The annual observance encourages assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about this distinctive aspect of long term care.


 Save the Date - Future NALWs


​Mark your calendars for the best week of the year! NALW begins on the same Sunday as National Grandparent's Day (the first Sunday after Labor Day).

2020 - September 13-19, 2020

2021 - September 12-18, 2021

2022 - September 11-17, 2022

2023 - September 10-16, 2023

2024 - September 8-14, 2024

2025 - September 7-13, 2025


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 NALW 2019 - "A Spark of Creativity"


Sunday, September 8 - Saturday, September 14, 2019​


A Spark of Creativity” was this year's theme for National Assisted Living Week, which inspired residents to tap into their creative side, whether through the arts or beyond.  

Specifically, residents were encouraged to explore art therapy as it can offer many benefits to older adults, such as improving cognitive and sensory-motor functions, fostering self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivating emotional resilience, enhancing social skills, and reducing and resolving conflicts and distress, according to the American Art Therapy Association.

Additionally, the theme inspired assisted living staff to get creative in order to further person-centered care to residents. Staff at all levels were encouraged to offer ideas that could help improve each resident’s quality of life. Assisted living communities across the country organized activities and events throughout NALW that related to the theme.