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“Advocacy encompasses any activity that a person or group of people undertake to influence policies."

PeopleAdvocacy is a process by individuals or groups which aims to influence public policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic and social systems and institutions. It may be motivated from moral, ethical, social, or faith principles. Advocacy can include many activities that a person or group undertakes including media campaigns, public speaking, local surveys, and forums to allow persons to solicit civic engagement and promote action.

As the population of older adults continue to grow the needs become greater in service availability, support systems such as Guardianship and caregiver information, and health care including hospital re-admissions, just to name a few.

Do you want to become an advocate for older adults, but you need help making that first step? The National Association for Area Agencies on Aging has a handbook that will help!  N4A Advocacy Handbook

Who are our public officials?

Legislative Caucus State 2017 
Legislative Caucus Federal 2017


NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature

  • Provide information to senior citizens on the legislative process and matters being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly.
  • Promote citizen involvement and advocacy concerning aging issues before the North Carolina General Assembly.
  • Assess the legislative needs of older citizens by convening a forum modeled after the North Carolina General Assembly. Legislature

There is one delegate to the Senior Tar Heel Legislature from each of the 100 counties in the state. Most counties also have an alternate delegate. Delegates and alternates must be age 60 or older. 

Current representatives of the NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature in the Piedmont Triad are:   

2017 Senior Tar Heel Legislators
Alamance County
Delegate:  Foxie Harper
Alternate:  Gail Miller

Caswell County
Delegate:  Sylvia Banks
Alternate:  Marilyn Corbett

Davidson County
Delegate:  Dwight Cartner
Alternate:  Fred McClure Jr.

Davie County
Delegate:  Dick Wommack
Alternate:  VACANT

Forsyth County
Delegate:  Althea Taylor-Jones
Alternate:  Nancy Hall

Guilford County
Delegate:  Mary Lou Blakeney
Alternate:  Dr. Terry Oliver
  Montgomery County
Delegate:  Linda Blake
Alternate:  Dottie Robinson

Randolph County
Delegate:  Betty Hunt
Alternate:  Brenda Blackwell

Rockingham County
Delegate:  VACANT   
Alternate:  Jennifer Black

Stokes County
Delegate:  Tom Southern
Alternate:  VACANT

Surry County
Delegate:  Marsha Lowery
Alternate:  Hazel Wilmoth

Yadkin County
Delegate:  Carol Roberts
Alternate:  Richard Lasky

To apply for a Senior Tar Heel Legislator position, complete the application and follow directions for submitting:

     Senior Tar Heel Legislator Application