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

Survey Participation for COVID-19

Please share this invitation with caregivers, coworkers, families, and friends to participate in a research study specific to COVID-19.  Dr. Cassandra M. Germain, Assistant Professor, and Coordinator of the project, Center for Outreach Alzheimer’s Aging and Community Health (COAACH) North Carolina A&T State University, has offered the invitation, link and Code for access below

Invitation: The Center for Alzheimer’s Aging and Community Health (COAACH) at North Carolina A&T State University is conducting a survey to examine the impact of COVID-19 (Corona virus) and the statewide stay at home order on social functioning in the Triad. Participation in the survey is voluntary. If you would like to participate in the survey, please click this link:

Survey Link

Thank you for participating

Dear TRLA Education Committee,

As the dust continues to settle (some), each of us are carrying-out our work in many different ways.  Some have been impacted more significantly than others.  We all continue to remain committed to the mission and vision of TRLA and appreciate your time, wisdom and support for the quarterly educational events we have successfully hosted this last year.  That said, to even speculate when we could host a community education event would be a guess at best. Currently, we are not meeting as a committee for obvious reasons.  Please email Tammy at and Mark at if you feel that we should be trying to schedule a virtual meeting at this time.

We are, however, supplying the latest advocacy information to President Stephanie Franklin to include with the TRLA newsletter, website and Facebook page.  Case in point, SCAMS related to COVID19 have increased reports of fraud by 43% as of today.  This is a reminder that each of us can be an advocate and remind older adults to avoid calls, texts and emails related to COVID19 or stimulus payments.

Lastly, please let us know if you have any questions, ideas or comments.  Also, if your organization has needs or wants to offer some type of assistance, please look to TRLA as a trusted partner and leader for the senior and retirement community.

Thank you,

Tammy McKee and Mark Hensley

Co-Chairs, TRLA Education/Advocacy Committee

Guard against known and emerging scams tied to COVID-19:

The Department of Justice urges Americans to guard against known and emerging scams tied to COVID-19:

  • Independently verify the identity of any company, charity or individual that contacts you regarding COVID-19.
  • Check the websites and email addresses offering information, products or services related to COVID-19. Be aware that scammers often employ addresses that differ only slightly from those belonging to the entities they are impersonating. For example, they might use “” or “” instead of the legitimate “”
  • Be wary of unsolicited emails offering information, supplies or treatment for COVID-19 or requesting your personal information for medical purposes. Legitimate health authorities will not contact the general public this way.
  • Do not click on links or open email attachments from unknown or unverified sources. Doing so could download a virus onto your computer or device.
  • Make sure the antimalware and antivirus software on your computer is operating and up to date.
  • Ignore offers for a COVID-19 vaccine, cure or treatment. If a vaccine becomes available, you won’t hear about it for the first time through an email, online ad or unsolicited sales pitch.
  • Check online reviews of any firm offering COVID-19 products or supplies. Avoid firms whose customers have complained about not receiving what was ordered.
  • Research charities or crowdfunding sites soliciting donations. An organization may not be legitimate even if it uses words like “CDC” or “government” or has reputable-looking seals or logos.
  • Be wary of any business, charity or individual requesting payments or donations in cash, by wire transfer or gift card, or through the mail. Don’t send money through any of these channels.
  • Be cautious of “investment opportunities” tied to COVID-19, especially those based on claims that a small firm’s products or services can help stop the virus. Carefully research the investment beforehand and visit the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) website to learn more about avoiding investment fraud.

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)