Advocacy represents the strategies devised, actions taken, and solutions proposed to influence decision-making at the local, state, and federal level to create positive change for people and their environment. Everyone needs to be involved, and a single voice is a powerful tool.

Wisconsin States 46.82 states that each county’s aging unit shall: 1) assist in representing needs, views, and concerns of older individuals in local decision-making; 2) assist older individuals in expressing their views to elected officials and providers of services; and 3) advocate on behalf of older individuals to assist in enabling them to meet their basic needs.

To express a concern or need that may have, to request an updated list of elected officials serving your area, or to find out how current advocacy efforts the Department of Aging is engaged in, call (920) 787-0403.