Advocacy

flyerAging and Disability Services (ADS) and its Advisory Council 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.

ADS 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.

By 2035, nearly 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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Advocacy Listserv

The ADS Advisory Council hosts an informational listserv to share announcements about local, state, and national advocacy that impact older adults and people with disabilities. This is not a discussion forum but a way to help us share important information with a broader audience. To have your e-mail address added to the listserv, contact Gigi Meinig at gigi.meinig@seattle.gov or 206-684-0652.

Make Connections

Participate

  • 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. For more information, contact ADS planner Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652 or gigi.meinig@seattle.gov).
  • 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.

The Heart of Our Community: A Digital Story is a short video about the history of the African American Elders Program, produced by Karen Winston, Aging and Disability Services, 2012.

  • Participate in other regional coalitions and advocacy organizations. See a partial list on our Join Us webpage.

Senior Lobby Conference

The Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby coordinates an annual conference in Tacoma each October, which provides Advisory Council members and other Aging Network advocates an opportunity to learn about issues that deserve attention during the next legislative session. Pre-registration and payment is required. For more information, e-mail info@waseniorlobby.org.

Senior Lobby Day

The Washington State Senior Lobby schedules an annual statewide event that provides 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 Senior Lobby Day in “A Day in the Life of a Senior Advocate” (AgeWise King County, March 2016).

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.

  • Planning for the 2016 Age Wave Forums is now underway. For more information, contact ADS planner Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652 or gigi.meinig@seattle.gov).
  • 2014 Age Wave Forums held in east and south King County featured candidates for the Washington State Legislature. Age Wave presentation