Senior Advocacy Resources

There are many other organizations with web sites that work to keep aging advocates informed about public policy, advocacy, and legislative issues. You may enjoy visiting the sites listed below. If you know of other sites with advocacy information that should be listed below, please e-mail the link to the AAA 1-B Director of Planning and Advocacy at Advocacy@aaa1b.org for consideration.

National Council on Aging
http://www.ncoa.org/
Advocacy section gives background on current issues as well as opportunities to respond by emailing legislators from the website.

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
http://www.ncpssm.org/
Provides information regarding issues surrounding both Social Security and Medicare, and describes pending legislation.  The site also provides answers regarding your individual social security benefits.

Michigan Legislative Information Site
http://www.michiganlegislature.org/
This site allows users to research past legislation as well as track current bills through both the House and Senate.

Library of Congress Legislative Information
http://thomas.loc.gov/
Users are able to track current legislation efforts at the national level, as well as access congressional records. Learn more about the branches of the U.S. government. A good all-around website for keeping informed about national policy issues.

Center for Medicare Advocacy
http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/
Provides hot topics regarding Medicare and up-to-the-minute Medicare and health care news.

National Family Caregiver Association
http://www.nfcacares.org/
A site loaded with resources for educating caregivers through classes, workshops and online resources.  Connects caregivers through message boards and support groups.

Families USA
http://www.familiesusa.org/
Provides useful “Tools for Advocacy” section for Medicare and Prescription Drug issues, including guides, action kits and tip sheets for related issues.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
http://www.n4a.org/
N4A provides Advocacy Alerts along with useful talking points to use when presenting your cause to elected officials.

Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan
www.mi-seniors.net
The Area Agency on Aging Association of Michigan is the public policy, training and advocacy office for Michigan’s Area Agencies on Aging.

Leadership Council of Aging Organization
http://www.lcao.org/
A coalition of aging organizations providing information regarding various legislative issues concerning older adults, such as Social Security, Medicare and more.

National Citizen’s Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
http://www.nccnhr.org/
Resources for advocating on behalf of nursing home residents, including toolkits and fact sheets. Also provides information on the ombudsman program and how working with them furthers the cause of continued improvement for nursing homes.

Older Women’s League
http://www.owl-national.org/
A site that addresses needs and issues of midlife and older women, including health and issues surrounding Social Security. Provides contact information for a Michigan OWL chapter.

Center for Social Gerontology
http://www.tcsg.org/
A non-profit research, training and social policy organization, that focuses mostly on issues surrounding law and aging, guardianship services and mediation services.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
http://www.c-c-d.org/
A network of organizations advocating on behalf of persons with physical and cognitive disabilities. Provides advocacy information in areas of housing, long-term care, Social Security and transportation among other areas.

Medicare Rights Center
http://www.medicarerights.org/
An independent source of health care information and assistance for people with Medicare. Provides useful income regarding Medicare history and current policy. Also offers opportunities to participate in advocacy by sending a personalized email to legislators from the website.

American Association for Retired Persons
http://www.aarp.org/
Hosts a little bit of everything, including the latest policy issues concerning older adults, as well as news pertaining to the same.

AARP Advocacy Center
http://www.capitolconnect.com/aarp
An advocacy site that is customizable – be alerted with issues you are especially concerned about, track your advocacy actions and follow local and national issues pertinent to aging in the U.S. and in your local area.