Assisted Living Federation awards Rep. Larry Ahern as Legislator of the Year

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After pushing assisted living reform efforts in the 2014 legislative Session, State Rep. Larry Ahern will be honored as “Legislator of the Year” from the Florida Chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America (FL ALFA).

The Pinellas County Republican legislator will receive the award on Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Freedom Square senior living community, 7800 Liberty Lane in Seminole. Ahern represents House District 66, which covers much of central-western portion Pinellas County.

Beginning at 3 p.m., the ceremony follows a series of meetings and discussions with residents of several senior living communities.

Thursday’s event will also feature a number of local assisted living facility administrators, as well as FL ALFA Executive Director Gail Matillo and Advisory Board Chair Gwen Thibault and Freedom Square Executive Michael Mason.

FL ALFA represents more than 29,000 Florida seniors in over 275 assisted-living, independent and memory care communities. Association members ensure the highest quality care, while adding more than $1 billion per year to the state’s economy; provide jobs for nearly 7,500 staff and pay at least $16.5 million annually in property taxes to local governments.

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