ADVOCATE

What is Advocacy?

We believe we can bring our communities together to address seniors’ needs through better policy making. Advocacy is a crucial component in creating good public 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.

We advocate:

Why is Advocacy Important?

FACT: The aging population is the fastest growing population. By 2030, older adults (65+) will double and outnumber children 17 and younger.

Who Should Become an Advocate?

Everyone. Everyone is affected by aging policy, whether by financially supporting programs through tax dollars, utilizing aging programs for themselves or a loved one, or acting as a caregiver to an elder individual. More and more people are finding themselves in what is called the “Sandwich Generation:” adults who are taking care of their children and their parents.

What sort of “sandwich” are you?

“Being so involved in our Civic Engagement group allows me to expand the joy I have as an advocate for myself while continuing to empower others to stand up for their rights. I like to learn something new every day and that helps guide me through my mature years. It makes me feel useful to apply the skills I already have for something worthwhile.”

Queen (74), Civic Engagement Member