We advocate for comprehensive systems of home and community-based supports to enable older persons to live with dignity. We also work to educate public officials and others about the issues and concerns of older persons, as well as the economic benefits of community responses to the challenges and opportunities of an aging society.
Area Agencies on Aging are mandated by the Older Americans Act to advocate for the older people in their planning and service areas. According to the Act, AgeOptions and all area agencies must:
You can be an advocate for older adults and the programs and services that improve their quality of life and maintain their dignity.
AgeOptions can help you learn about issues affecting older adults, including tools to assist you in communicating with elected officials.
Here are some things you can do, whether you are new to advocacy or have a lot of experience:
For information about the Task Force and meetings, call (708)383-0258, or check the Events Calendar: January 2021.
Click here for Senate contact information.
Click here to contact your representatives.
Click here to contact the White House.
Click here to contact Illinois state senators.
Click here to contact Illinois state representatives.
Click here to go to the Cook County page with links to the web pages of members of the Board of Commissioners.
This document contains practical information and tips on advocating to your legislators.
This document from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) provides detailed information on advocacy, how to be an effective advocate and contacting your elected officials.
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging advocacy tips.