ADS Advisory Council members advocate on behalf of older adults, family caregivers and people with disabilities for local, state and national programs that promote quality of life for these populations.
By 2035, 25 percent of King County’s residents will be age 60 or older. Local government and Aging and Disability Services —your local Area Agency on Aging—can work together to make a difference for community elders.
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Our Advisory Council members participate in other local and regional advocacy coalitions to ensure that our communities are aging friendly -- great places for people of all ages to grow up and grow old.
Senior Lobby Day
The Washington State Senior Lobby schedules this annual statewide event which is an oportunity for Advisory Council members from each of Washington State's Area Agencies on Aging and other advocates to meet with legislators.
- Read more about the 2016 Senior Lobby Day in “A Day in the Life of a Senior Advocate” in AgeWise King County.
- Legislative Priorities - ADS Advisory Council Priorities for the 2016 State Legislative Session
- Materials for 2015 Senior Lobby Day
Legislative Candidate Forums
In partnership with W4A, AARP and other local advocacy organizations, the ADS Advisory Council convenes biennial forums that focus on federal and state issues important to older adults and people with disabilities.
- The 2014 Age Wave Forums were held in East and South King County and featured candidates for the Washington State Legislature. Age Wave Presentation.
- Planning for fall 2016 forums is underway. Contact Gigi Meinig for more information.
- Visit http://www.leg.wa.gov to find and contact your legislator and to learn about bills, agendas, committees, etc.
- Call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to voice your opinion on the issues.
- Sign up for the Aging King County listserv to receive email messages about important action alerts on local, state and national issues. To subscribe, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attend the Advisory Council's Advocacy Committee meeting. The committee meets monthly, just before the full council's regular meeting. Be sure to check the calendar to confirm time and location.
- Join the Mayor's Council on African American Elders (MCAAE), a 12-member council appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, and the Seattle Human Services Department in matters affecting older African Americans. Also see "The Heart of Our Community: A Digital Story," below.
- Participate in other regional coalitions and advocacy organizations. Our advocacy network includes: Bellevue Network on Aging, Kirkland Senior Council, King County Alliance for Human Services, Seattle Human Services Coalition, Housing Development Consortium, Directors of Disability Organizations, Puget Sound Alliance of Retired Americans, AARP Washington, Northwest Universal Design Council and the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.
Advocacy Links and Tips
- Area Trends: Information on population and demographics trends related to older adults and people with disabilties.
- N4A Policy Positions: Annual policy priorities from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
- W4A Legislative Agenda - Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging
- They Represent You - Directory of elected officials published by the League of Women Voters.
- Pictorial Guide to the Washington State Legislature - includes biographies and photos for Washington State's elected officials.
- Tips for Effective Advocacy by Joanne Brekke-Selk, a former ADS Advisory Council member and former member of the Washington State House of Representatives.