What is Advocacy?
At Serving Seniors, we view advocacy as a crucial activity in creating good policy, by strengthening the lines of communication through increased participation and education for both the community and our policy-makers. The goals of an advocacy campaign may range from drafting and passing a new or amended law to protecting or increasing funding for current programs.
Additionally, we advocate:
- To change community attitudes and misconceptions on ageism;
- To assist people to gain access to resources, funding and information;
- To support government accountability, ensuring there is transparency in their actions and decisions.
Why is Advocacy Important?
FACT: The aging population is the fastest growing population. By 2030, older adults (65 and above) will double and outnumber children (17 and younger).
We see the Tsunami on the horizon, and believe we can bring our communities together to address the needs through better policy making. Advocacy can help you have control over your situation; and it ensures that you have a voice and that it will be heard.
Who Should Become an Advocate?
Everyone. At some point in our lives we are affected by aging policy; by either financially supporting programs through tax dollars, utilizing aging programs or as caregiver. More and more adults find themselves in what is called the Sandwich Generation: adults who are busy taking care of their own kids and their parents as well.
What sort of “sandwich” are you?
- Traditional: Those sandwiched between aging parents who need care and/or help and their own children
- Club Sandwich: those in their 50s or 60s, sandwiched between aging parents, adult children and grandchildren. OR those in their 30s and 40s, with young children, aging parents and grandparents
- Open Faced: anyone else involved in elder care.
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