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Waterville woman finalist for national award for service to seniors

Posted Feb. 19, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
Stacey Albert
Stacey Albert

WATERVILLE, Maine  – Stacey Albert, a 10-year employee of Woodlands Senior Living of Waterville’s Memory Care Residence, is one of 15 finalists for a 2014 Hero Award given by ALFA, the Assisted Living Federation of America.

More than 300 people were nominated for the award, which recognizes individuals who are ideal representatives of the hundreds of thousands of people serving in senior living communities across the country. Finalists were chosen based on multiple factors including: championing quality of life for seniors, serving as a role model for co-workers, having respectable relationships with residents and their families, being involved in community activities, and personal or professional accomplishments.

“Stacey is passionate about her work and shows great love and caring for the seniors we serve,” said Matthew Walters, Chief Operating Officer of Woodlands Senior Living, in a press release. “She is patient and kind and is one of those people who makes a real difference in the lives of others every single day.”

Walters said only five Hero Award finalists will be chosen as winners by online voting and will be honored at the ALFA 2014 Conference and Expo in Phoenix, Arizona in May. He encourages friends of Stacey and the public to vote for her between now and next Wednesday, February 26, at www.alfaconference.org/heroes.

“No one deserves this award more than Stacey,” Walters said. “It is a great honor just to be named a national finalist, but we hope that the community will join us in getting behind Stacey and voting for her to be one of the five winners.”

Albert works with residents who have Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, engaging them in a variety of programs and helping them maintain their independence and dignity. She also trains new staff members and helps raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Walters said Albert is an inspiration to all those around her, not only for her dedication to her profession, but also for balancing work with a family life that has had its challenges. During her employment with Woodlands Senior Living, Stacey struggled with a separation from her husband and the loss of her home, but managed to raise four daughters, including one with developmental disabilities, for a period of time in a small apartment, and is now a proud grandmother to a beautiful baby girl.

“The work is very hard,” Albert says, “ but I love it. I love all my residents, and both my home and my work make me stronger.”

Woodlands Senior Living is a family-owned and Maine operated company, headquartered in Waterville, that has been recognized as having Maine’s premier Senior Living communities since 1996. With locations in Cape Elizabeth, Hallowell, Waterville, Rockland and Brewer, each campus offers residents warm, compassionate and personalized care in separate and distinct residential care facilities, specialized Alzheimer’s care residences, and, in Waterville, independent living apartments.

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