Ask ADRC Specialists: Aging Advocacy Day

by | Mar 27, 2024 | Advocacy, Blog, Monthly Theme

Question: I am concerned about my quality of life while I age. I am not sure if, or how, I can make a difference. Is there any way I can get involved?

Answer: An extremely important role that all of us can take when it comes to aging issues, whether you are an individual, a coalition of concerned community members, or an agency that impacts older adults, is advocating for important issues that affect our lives. This is as true today as any time in recent history. That is why making your voice heard is so important and impactful.

There are many ways to advocate for issues important to you. One of those ways is attending events such as the Aging Advocacy Day, which occurs on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. On this day, citizens from around the state will gather in Madison for training, to meet with other constituents from their senate and assembly district, and for office visits with their legislators. The old saying, “There is power in numbers,” is very true when it comes to advocacy issues and affecting change for the betterment of our communities.

The State Department of Administration expects the population of 65+ Wisconsinites to grow by nearly 500,000 by 2040, and comprise nearly a quarter of the total population – up from 14% in 2010. This growth will certainly mean that topics near and dear to seniors will be one of the utmost importance.

Some critical issues that will have major impacts on this population include:
• Transportation services
• Nutrition and home delivered meal programs
• Caregiver issues (both formal and informal)
• Overall increase in funding for agencies such as ADRC so they can continue to provide support and programs for seniors and individuals with disabilities

These are just a few of the many topics you would be able to address with your legislators.

Aging Advocacy Day is a great way to see firsthand how our legislative process works. You can partake in a guided session where you can learn ways of effectively communicating with your legislators. The day is also a chance to network and collaborate with others who have similar concerns to yours. If you wish to get more information on Aging Advocacy Day, or to check into carpooling to the event, contact ADRC at (920) 448-4300.

Source: wpr.org

Additional Information & Support

We are here to help you and your family with a wide variety of community resource options. For assistance by phone, or to make an appointment, contact us.

(920) 448-4300 | WI Relay 711

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