Education & Advocacy


The Education & Advocacy Committee is made up of members who are industry experts in specific areas such as Clinical, Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, Home Care and Home Health, Financial & Insurance and Legal. The committee will bring to the surface industry topics and information to educate members on current issues and topics.

The Committee will conduct quarterly events/programs open to the membership including the general public.

Mission: The Education and Advocacy (EAA) Committee will serve TRLA members and their constituents with valuable information regarding senior industry topics, trending issues facing seniors, and community resources available to seniors and their families. The EAA Committee will identify issues and challenges facing seniors in our local community and seek ways to advocate for change to improve the lives of seniors in our community.

Chairs: Mark Hensley, AARP and Tammy McKee, Alamance Eldercare

The Education & Advocacy Committee


Call to Action


Stop Rx Greed

Click to read more about Stop Rx Greed

The AARP Stop Rx Greed campaign is a nationwide, sustained effort aimed at pressing Congress, the Administration and state lawmakers to take action now to lower drug prices.  Americans continue to pay the highest brand name drug prices in the world.  Seniors are particularly vulnerable because they take an average of 4.5 medications a month.  AARP is calling for policy solutions that actually lower drug prices instead of simply shifting the costs around within the health care system.  To do that, we must deal directly with the root cause of the high drug prices: price gouging by drug companies.

Government is broken while drug companies are making BILLIONS in profits off seniors and hardworking Americans.  Congress needs to work together to pass legislation to lower prescription drug prices now.

  • Protect Older Americans: No one should have to choose between food and medicine.
  • Stop Overcharging: It’s time to crack down on drug companies for charging Americans the highest prices in the world for the medicines they need.
  • Driving up Costs: The tens of billions drug companies spend on advertising each year is shameful and makes drugs more expensive, e.g. they spend billions more on advertising than it costs them to develop new drugs.
  • Commonsense solutions to lower Rx costs: People of ALL ages depend on their prescriptions and unfair prices are putting their medicines out of reach.

Call to Action: Tell Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to lower prescription drug prices by completing this petition and returning to Mark Hensley at  Thank you.

What’s Happening

Education & Advocacy News and Events

Announcing ACAP Guilford County

We are excited to announce the formation of ACAP (Adult Children of Aging Parents) Guilford County Program.  It could not have been done without the support of the TRLA Board and members.

A big thank you to TRLA members who serve on the Leadership Team of ACAP.  Your dedication and commitment to serving seniors in our community is greatly appreciated.  

  • Bruce McReynolds (ACAP Guilford County Chapter Coordinator) – Director of Griswold Home Care
  • Patty Aiken – Home Instead Senior Care
  • Lily Alexander – Brighten Gardens
  • Steve Arrington – The Arrington Firm
  • Dr. Corinne Auman – Choice Connections
  • Rev. Odell Cleveland – Mount Zion Baptist Church
  • Dr. Cheryl Greenberg – The Age Coach
  • Lisa Guy – Greensboro Area Health Education Center
  • Jennifer Harriss – Age with Grace
  • Teresa Jackson – Area Agency on Aging
  • Ashlyn Martin – Senior Resources of Guilford
  • Judy Nelson – Healthwise Benefits Consultant
  • Kevin Pearce – AuthoraCare Collective
  • Judi Picard – Hanes Lineberry Funeral Homes
  • Brenda Planes – Elder and Wiser
  • Angie Swann-Jones – Community Member / AARP
  • Mikayla Tate – Senior Resources of Guilford
  • Robin Thompson – Providence Place
  • Ellen Whitlock – Senior Resources of Guilford
  • Alexis Williams – Caregiver Connect, Inc.

Sponsorships are available… Please reach out to Bruce McReynolds Chapter Coordinator at


Protect Nursing Home Residents

AARP’s advocacy is lazer focused on getting congress to implement and PAY for improvements in every nursing home in the US.  Below is a video released today.  There will be more and state’s specific media for the next 6 weeks.

Please reach out to:

Mark Hensley | Associate State Director of Community Outreach and Advocacy | AARP NC

Triad Region | Cell: (919) 798-9424 | Email:



The Living Smarter Series

This educational series by the Education & Advocacy Committee is held quarterly. Below is a preview of upcoming topics.  Due to COVID restrictions we are restructuring the programs.

Living Smarter Series: Staying Home and Loving It!

“Staying Home and Loving It!” was a live facebook event held as part of our quarterly TRLA Living Smarter Series.

>> Watch the video now to: Learn from our experts about 1) de-cluttering and downsizing; 2) simple home modification; 3) aging in place; and 4) the current real estate market in the Triad. This workshop has something for everyone, regardless of your age or living arrangement. See you on Facebook Live!


2nd Quarter. Home Care, Medical and Non-Medical

1st Quarter: Community Programs
Jan 21: Know the Difference of Levels of Care
For details and to RSVP, visit the AARP RSVP link

Past events 2019:
2nd Quarter: Elder Law and Financial Planning
3rd Quarter: Medicare / Medicaid / Acute Care / Diagnosis Specific
4th Quarter: Long-Term Care (Communities / Home Care / Hospice)