LeadingAge mourns the loss of Bill Weaver , CEO/President of LeadingAge/LeadingAge Oklahoma member Daily Living Centers on Aug. 20, 2016. Bill was 79 years old. He was affectionately known as the "Father of Adult Day Services" in Oklahoma. According to Mary Brinkley, CEO of LeadingAge OK,  Bill worked with the legislature and agencies to develop programs to benefit seniors and persons with disabilities. LeadingAge OK honored Bill with their Outstanding Advocate Award in March. Under Bill's leadership, Daily Living Centers won the LeadingAge Excellence in Community Service and Outreach award in 2014. Bill's community involvement included being the past chair of the OK Aging Services Advisory Committee, and an appointed member of the Board of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators.

Bill was also an active member of the LeadingAge Adult Day Services Advisory Group. I was so impressed with his energy and commitment to the field of adult day services, as well as his focus on the mission of Daily Living Centers. Bill always found a way to provide charitable care in their adult day center and transportation program for seniors.  Thousands of frail seniors were able to remain in their own homes because of Bill's work. When I visited Bill at the Daily Living Center named in his honor, he gave me a button that read- "Adult Day Health is the Answer".I still have the button in my office. He said that he always wore the button when he met with state and federal representatives, and at community events. He was an inspiration for many, an unwavering advocate for adult day services, as well as a friend that we will all miss.