Advocacy

With a mission rooted in advocacy, “Collective voice and action to promote healthy aging, dignity, and independence,” the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan helps to represent the interests of older persons at the regional, state, and federal levels.  

In collaboration with our members, aging network partners, and most importantly advocates who are older adults and/or persons with disabilities, we work to help make Michigan a great place to live, and age well. Key advocacy efforts supported by 4AM are listed below.

Older Michiganian's Day

Each May, nearly 1,000 older adults, service providers, and senior advocates travel to Lansing to meet with their legislators, and key elected officials to advocate on behalf of seniors and adults with disabilities on Older Michiganian’s Day.

Hosted by the Area Agencies on Aging and Aging Network Partners, OMD helps to celebrate Older American’s Month while raising awareness of senior needs and policy opportunities to address them.

OMD is organized by a committee of association and AAA staff, service providers, and older adult advocates.

For more information, please visit the Older Michiganian’s Day website here: www.oldermichiganiansday.com.

 

Michigan Senior Advocates Council (MSAC)

Area Agencies on Aging may appoint residents of their respective planning and service area who are age 55+ to serve as delegates of the Michigan Senior Advocates Council. This council, supported administratively by the 4AM, meets regularly in Lansing to discuss issues of importance to older adults, to develop policy awareness, and to educate elected officials on the intended and unintended impacts of current or proposed public policy on older Michiganders.

MSAC has left its mark on many pieces of legislation benefiting older adults such as elder abuse prevention, nursing home quality regulations, Medicare supplemental insurance standards, patient rights legislation, Blue Cross Blue Shield reform, and guardianship reform to name a few.

MSAC is a diverse group which cuts across racial, ethnic and economic categories. Delegates hail from big cities and rural communities. In this way, MSAC represents Michigan’s diverse senior population. MSAC is a nonpartisan group and does not endorse political candidates.

For more information on the Michigan Senior Advocates Council, you can download their fact sheet by clicking here.

4AM Advocacy Committee

Consisting of Advocacy, Planning, and Community Engagement staff from Area Agencies on Aging, the 4AM Advocacy Committee plays a key role in monitoring, evaluating, and understanding public policy and its impact on older Michiganders. When appropriate the committee will provide comment on actions affecting older adults. The committee also provides review and comment on draft legislation when requested.

Stay in the Loop

Would you like to receive occasional updates on policies or issues affecting older Michiganders? If so, please send an email to info@4ami.org. Please include your full name and zip code in the email.

Be sure to check out our tip sheets for effective advocacy located below.