Brooke Hollister PhD, led this work session about how to effectively communicate aging issues at the policy level. Brooke is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. Thank you Brooke for an engaging evening – here is to political activism and the research which supports it! Check out the Newsletter of the Community Living Campaign in San Francisco for ideas where to engage locally.
- Every cause is political. Every group can be a political action group.
- Politics is more accessible than you think.
- Start at the local level
- Sign up for listservs and newsletters from the groups you respect to get your news.
- It is all about building relationships also with people you are not aligned with.
- Know the political structure.
- Concise message is key
- Persistence is essential
Current Health and Aging
- Health and Housing might become linked in the future.
- Dual eligibility is handled differently in every county and an experiment.
- Only by increasing the revenue stream can we tackle aging issues.
- Older American’s Act has been reauthorized but is lacking ‘tooth’.
- Pulling on heartstrings does not work for aging issues anymore – it is about cost saving and/or revenue streams.
- AARP is starting to act more local – that is where the action is.