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Western Region Chapter, Aging Life Care Association

WRC-ALCA 31st Annual Conference

September 23-25, 2021

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington At Seattle’s Southport

 

Early Bird Conference Registration EXTENDED to September 2nd (until 11:59 p.m.) AND.. Our Conference has Gone HYBRID (both in person and virtual opportunities available)!

WRC Hybrid FAQs

 

We are excited for you to join us for the Aging Life Care Association Western Region Chapter Conference from September 23rd– 25th that The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington (Renton, WA). The conference will focus on the growth and adaptation we’ve all had to make in the last year and the innovations that will stay with us in our future work.

We have received several requests to offer a virtual option to this year's conference. After much discussion and work, we are pleased to announce we will be conducting a hybrid conference (both in-person and virtual). Your choice!

This hybrid version, however, comes at a significant extra cost to the Western Region, including extra audio-visual and internet costs for live streaming from the event site. In addition, we will likely incur fees from the hotel for not meeting our contractual minimums. The hotel fees would be much, much more expensive if we were to opt for a fully virtual conference. A hybrid conference is completely different from the fully virtual conference held last year. That conference was much less expensive to host in the fully virtual realm and we were able to pass on those savings to attendees. We’re happy to be able to provide the virtual option but those participating virtually will need to share in those additional costs in order to make it happen.

For those of you choosing to attend virtually, we need to add $189 to the conference registration. If you were going to attend in-person, that would be equal to roughly one night stay in the hotel. Keep in mind that if you were attending in-person, you would likely be paying for three nights (plus tax), travel costs and parking.

We received great feedback following our virtual conference last year. This time around, we will live stream the pre-conference sessions (including Advanced Practice Retreat), the general sessions, the breakout sessions, the exhibit area, the reception, opportunity drawings and more. Our conferences are always well known for their positive energy, feelings of connectedness, and incredible learning opportunities (from both presenters and each other). We will do everything we can to make those participating virtually feel like you are there!

That being said, there is nothing like an in-person experience. We are doing everything we can to keep our attendees safe. We are requiring covid vaccinations and face masks for all in attendance. The hotel has plenty of room for us to spread out appropriately during sessions and at meal times. The hotel is in a BEAUTIFUL location. You will have many opportunities for networking with your peers and exhibitors, which really is the best part of any conference! In addition, you can expect several food and beverage enhancements that would normally not be available.

The Aging Life Care Association and Western Region are YOUR organization. We are in this together. Attending the conference demonstrates your support for our organization and our members. And now you have the choice on how to join us. If you have never attended one of our conferences before, this is the one to attend.

If we are able to meet our goal of 125 attendees (in-person or virtual), all attendees will receive a gift card. This is our way to encourage all of you to help with recruitment. Talk to your peers (both members and non-members). Make plans together. And register!

Early bird registration has been extended through Thursday, September 2nd so… be sure to register – in person or virtual – by 11:59 p.m. PDT that day to SAVE $75 on your registration fee.

REGISTER HERE .

We are looking forward to seeing you – in person or virtually – next month!

Sincerely,

The WRC Board and WRC-Conference Planning Team

 

 

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Agenda at a Glance

Please click on the image to the right to check out the conference agenda for a comprehensive overview of what sessions will be offered and learn about our amazing speakers!

 

 

We are THRILLED to be meeting in person and virtually - it's now a HYBRID conference! Be assured the maximum level of social distancing possible and all of the appropriate precautions will be in place as needed. Our conference hotel has ample space from spreading out our conference activities, both indoors and outdoors. See COVID Vaccination Update below and masks will be required for all in person conference participants (unless actively eating or drinking) while in the conference areas

 

To learn more about the hotel, safety protocols, and other conference information, please click on the link below!

NEW COVID VACCINATION UPDATE (08/14/21): As the pandemic continues to evolve, and Washington state and the country experience a surge in cases, we have decided to update our requirements for those attending the conference. We are now requiring all who are attending the conference to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and attest to such upon registration:

All persons who wish to attend this meeting must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated means at least 2 weeks have passed since having received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or a single-dose of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine. If you plan to attend, when you register, please be prepared attest to your vaccination status and to also be prepared to upload an image of your Covid-19 vaccination card prior to attendance. (NOTE: if you have already registered and are not vaccinated and plan to not be vaccinated in time for the conference, please contact: Stephanie Peters: [email protected]). In addition, we will be following any Washington State, local, or Hyatt requirements in effect at the time of the meeting, which at this time include: requiring face masks for ALL attendees, regardless of vaccine status, while indoors and not actively eating or drinking.

We understand there may be individuals who are unable to be vaccinated for health/religious reasons. Please contact Stephanie Peters: [email protected] if you are unable to be vaccinated.

 

 

 

 

Interested in Sponsor, Advertising and/or Exhibiting OR Work with Vendors You May Pass This Opportunity On?

Get involved with the BEST conference for reaching those influencing older adults! Care Managers are health and human services professionals serving the rapidly growing senior population who can afford your services!

 

Opportunities range from a high of $10,000 for an event sponsorship to a low of $750 for basic package. Our fundraising efforts help to keep the registration fees reasonable and allow us to offer the best possible conference package to participants. Those who commit by June 30, 2021 receive a 10% discount. The deadline for commitments is September 9, 2021. For questions regarding sponsor and exhibitor opportunities, please contact Stacey Boswell at MeetingWise, LLC (WRCALCA’s meeting management partner) via email at [email protected] or by phone at (310) 9379473, ext 104. She will get back to you within 3 business days.

 

We encourage members to pass these opportunities – sponsor and exhibitor– on to vendors that you use and to encourage their participation.

 

 

Click on the REGISTER NOW! button above for detailed conference information. For questions related to WRC-ALCA Conferences, please email our conference management partner, MeetingWise LLC, at [email protected]. Allow up to three business days for response.