Aging Issues Advocacy

Many non-partisan groups advocate for policies to improve the lives of older adults and caregivers. You can learn more about the issues and get involved. Additional advocacy groups are listed on the Diversity & Inclusion page.

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The California chapter of AARP offers free information about a variety of issues affecting older adults. AARP also engages in political advocacy at the state and national levels.

Cost: $12 annual membership fee (information provided for free on website)

Who Is Eligible: individuals 50 and older (anyone can access information on the website)

Address: 1451 L Street, Suite 960, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 446-2223

Website: https://states.aarp.org/california/

This national organization provides information about elder abuse, tracks elder justice state and federal policies, and advocates for more effective prevention and protection.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 30262 Crown Valley Pkwy B-408, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Phone: (844) 992-4353

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://agelessalliance.org/

This association supports the efforts of Caregiver Resource Centers across the state through capacity building and advocacy.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Email: crcassoc@gmail.com

Website: https://www.caregivercalifornia.org/accrc/

This non-profit organization educates consumers about long-term care issues and advocates for improved care and the protection of rights of individuals living in California long-term care facilities. The website provides updates on pending legislation and consumer information. Donors receive a quarterly newsletter.

Cost: no cost (donation requested to subscribe to newsletter)

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 650 Harrison Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94107

Phone: (800) 474-1876

Website: http://www.canhr.org/

This non-profit organization holds educational forums and rallies as well as engages in advocacy with decisionmakers about issues affecting older adults. The Sacramento-based group meets monthly.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 1675 7th St., P.O. Box 23754, Oakland, CA 94615-8777

Phone: (877) 223-6107 (state office) or (415) 533-5244 (Sacramento contact)

Email: contactus.cara@gmail.com

Website: https://californiaalliance.org/

This professional association offers information and engages in advocacy to expand the availability and quality of adult day services in California.

Cost: membership fees vary (some information provided at no charge)

Who Is Eligible: adult day service providers and other interested parties

Address: 1107 Ninth Street, Suite 701, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 552-7400

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://caads.org/

C4A represents California Area Agencies on Aging by providing information and advocating for policies supporting older adults and persons with disabilities. The association works on a variety of legislative initiatives with the goal of enabling Californians to live independently for as long as possible.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone (some information on website is restricted to members)

Address: 980 Ninth Street, Suite 240, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 443-2800

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: www.c4a.info

Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and Legislature to advise government decisionmakers on issues affecting older adults. The Commission's meetings are open to the public.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 1300 National Drive, Suite 173, Sacramento, CA 95834

Phone: (916) 419-7591

Website: https://ccoa.ca.gov/

Note: meeting agendas and information about attending meetings can be found on the website

This state membership organization promotes the rights of older adults through policy advocacy and community education.

Cost: some information available for no charge, membership fees vary by level

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://www.elderjusticecal.org/

This organization advocates on issues related to Medicare at the state and federal level. They also conduct public policy research to improve Medicare beneficiaries' rights and protections.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone (targeted at Medicare beneficiaries and health care providers)

Address: 5380 Elvas Avenue, Suite 221, Sacramento, CA 95819

Phone: (916) 231-5110

Email: news@cahealthadvocates.org

Website: https://cahealthadvocates.org/

Volunteers propose and advocate for new or amended state laws to benefit older adults in California. Senior Legislators are elected by their local Area Agencies on Aging. Every May, the California Senior Legislature invites partners to raise awareness among state elected officials by participating in the Senior Rally Day at the state capitol.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: must be 55 or older to be a Senior Legislator; anyone can provide input on legislative priorities and help with advocacy efforts

Address: 1020 N Street, Room 513, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 767-4382

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://4csl.org/

This national non-profit organization works to ensure and expand access to Medicare coverage, address health equity issues, and improve the quality of health care for older adults and people with disabilities. They issue policy and action alerts as well as engage in litigation and political advocacy.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: P.O. Box 350, Willimantic, CT 06226

Phone: (860) 456-7790

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://medicareadvocacy.org/

This national organization works to increase public awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It works to build support for the Elder Justice Act and monitors legislation and regulations that relate to elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://www.elderjusticecoalition.com/

In addition to offering information and services, the Family Caregiver Alliance engages in research and advocates for policies benefitting family caregivers. Their newsletter Caregiver Policy Digest provides up-to-date information about local, national, and international caregiving policies.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 101 Montgomery Street, Suite 2150, San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: (800) 445.8106

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://www.caregiver.org/

This national organization works to improve the lives of younger and older people through intergenerational collaboration. They advocate for state and federal policies and programs that build intergenerational connections, support grandfamilies, and meet the needs of all generations.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 80 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Phone: (202) 289-3979

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://www.gu.org/

In addition to providing education for legal professionals and the general public, this non-profit organization advocates for state and federal policies with a focus on improving health care and economic security for older adults.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Phone: (213) 639-0930

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://justiceinaging.org/

Note: this organization has offices in Washington, D.C. and California

This membership organization represents aging service providers and advocates on a variety of issues including affordable senior housing and long-term care.

Cost: annual membership dues vary (some information is available at no charge on the website)

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 1315 I Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 392-5111

Email: info@leadingageca.org

Website: https://www.leadingageca.org/

Note: members receive access to educational resources, networking opportunities, and legislative updates

This national organization advocates to strengthen federal programs that promote health and financial security for older adults and caregivers.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 251 18th Street South, Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22202

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://www.ncoa.org/

This national organization conducts research and policy analysis, works to increase public awareness of caregiving issues, and tracks legislation that affects caregivers and care recipients.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Suite #812, Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 918-1013

Email: info@caregiving.org

Website: https://www.caregiving.org/

This national membership organization advocates to ensure the financial security, health, and well being of current and future older adults.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 111 K Street NE, Suite 700, Washington DC 20002

Phone: (202) 216-0420

Email: webmaster@ncpssm.org

Website: https://www.ncpssm.org/

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This page was originally created by Yazmin Varas. Last updated 3/15/2022.