The Area Agencies on Aging provide advocacy for older adults as they are charged to do so by the Older Americans Act. Advocacy is defined as “creating positive change through strategies, actions, and solutions that attempt to influence decision-making” (National Council on Aging).
How We Do Advocacy
The Minnesota Area Agencies on Aging advocate for older adults by:
- Providing forums on policy matters.
- Meeting one-on-one with elected officials to further legislation that supports older adults.
- Providing input on proposed legislation and policies at the federal, state, and local levels.
The Minnesota Association of Area Agencies on Aging (m4a) provides a collective voice on aging and advocating for older adults. One way that common voice is heard in through the Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging (MNLCOA), a consortium of consumer, advocacy, social and health service organizations that advocate for positive systems change for older adults and their families in Minnesota. The Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging represents the m4a on the council.