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

Coronavirus Relief Bill for Seniors and People with Disabilities  

Action Requested:

Call Senator Burr (202) 224-3154 and Senator Tillis (202) 224-6342  (press option 2)and ask them to support emergency funding for vital home and community-based services, caregiver supports and nutrition services for older adults affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPDATE   March 23, 2020

Call Your Senators and Ask Them to Support Senate Bill 3544, the Coronavirus Relief Bill for Seniors and People with Disabilities  $2.9 Billion in funding for meals and other services!!!

Last week, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), the lead Democrat on the Senate Aging Committee, introduced the Coronavirus Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act, (S.3544) to provide resources to help local agencies respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill would send nearly $2.9 billion in flexible funding for programs to the Aging Network.

The legislation includes $1 billion for Title III B Supportive Services, $1.65 billion for Title III C2 home-delivered nutrition services, $185 million for Title III E Family Caregiver Supports and nearly $16 million for long-term care ombudsman services. Funding included in this bill would be available for expenditures through FY 2021 and would provide local agencies with a great deal of flexibility to meet the needs of both older adults and people with disabilities who may also require assistance during this crisis.

Legislators are moving quickly, so please take just a moment TODAY or TOMORROW to reach out to your Senators to urge them to support Senator Casey’s bill as part of a third emergency funding package that the Senate and House will consider in the coming days.

Action Requested:

Call Senator Burr (202) 224-3154 and Senator Tillis (202) 224-6342  (press option 2)and ask them to support emergency funding for vital home and community-based services, caregiver supports and nutrition services for older adults affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following script may be useful in your conversations, but most importantly, make sure to tell them why this funding is so important or older adults and caregivers in your community.

On behalf of [agency] in [blank county], we are funded through the federal Older Americans Act and provide vital services and supports that enable older adults and their caregivers to age with health and dignity in their homes. The critical services that we provide to [Senator       ‘s ] older constituents are needed even more urgently as many older Americans nationwide are being urged to stay at home and self-quarantine as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Emergency funding for aging programs across the country will be critical as we urgently work to meet the changing and increasing needs of seniors in the wake of this pandemic.

We urge [Senator    ] to support emergency funding for vital Older Americans Act nutrition, caregiver and supportive services included in Senator Casey’s Coronavirus Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act, which he is expected to introduce this week. We hope [Senator       ] will urge Senate leadership and colleagues to include emergency funding for services supporting older Americans in the next round of emergency funding legislation.

If you can, ask other advocates to do the same! Urge colleagues, advisory board members, volunteers and clients to make calls to Senators, as well. We have an incredibly short window of opportunity, so your immediate action is urgently needed!

Bob Cleveland, PTRC Area Agency on Aging

Protecting Older Workers Against Age Discrimination Act (POWADA).

Advocacy News January 21, 2020

POWADA PASSES HOUSE:  Last week, the U.S. House passed the Protecting Older Workers Against Age Discrimination Act (POWADA). Voting yes were 224 Democrats and 34 Republicans — a rare bipartisan victory in today’s Washington. This was a long time coming since the bill was first introduced a decade ago, and a positive step forward on an issue of critical importance to older Americans. A court ruling approximately ten years ago made it harder to prove age discrimination than any other kind of workplace discrimination. POWADA would level the playing field, restoring older workers’ rights to be treated fairly. More and more older Americans are looking to stay in the workforce past traditional retirement age.  AARP research findings report that more than 60% of workers age 45+ have seen or experienced age discrimination. An identical bill has been introduced in the Senate. While there is also some bipartisan support in the upper chamber, the bill’s prospects there are still not clear. AARP will continue to urge the Senate to pass the bill.

Mark Hensley | NC Associate State Director of Community Outreach and Advocacy Triad Region | Cell: (919) 798-9424 | Email:


URGENT NC State Age Planning Survey


This is urgent.  Please help the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging circulate the Aging Plan Survey across all age groups and community groups!  You may direct people to the PTRC website:  and click on this link to access form (  Hard copies may also be requested from the PTRC office (336-904-0300), and can be sent back to PTRC for input.  Please share with clients, support group members, program participants, residents, family, friends and coworkers… and if possible, collect hard copies and mail to the address PTRC 1398 Carrollton Crossing Drive Kernersville 27284 ensure they are received.

The PTRC would like to receive all surveys by the beginning of March.  The results will provide input and will inform the 4-Year Aging Plan due at the Division of Aging and Adult Services by May 1.

Laura Regan, MHA
Cone Health | Alamance ElderCare
Executive Director

The Living Smarter Series

This educational series by the Education & Advocacy Committee is held quarterly. Below is a preview of upcoming topics.


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

April 21, 8:30am to 10:00am.

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

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