April 4, 2019 Advocacy Alert

Make the Ask for FY 2020 Aging Funding
Reach out to your Senators and Representatives!

Appropriations season is well underway in Washington, DC, and Members of Congress have already started the process of determining funding for FY 2020, which is why advocates must connect with federal lawmakers NOW about the importance of increasing funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) and other aging programs.
Additionally, the current two-year budget agreement expires at the end of September, which means that to avoid significant across-the-board cuts in FY 2020, lawmakers must pass a budget agreement that raises overall spending caps. Overriding the Budget Control Act’s caps for FY 2020 to give Congress a larger topline amount for discretionary spending is essential to protecting current funding levels for OAA and to achieving much-needed increases.
Translation: we have a lot of advocacy to do this spring and we need your help! n4a has sent our annual appropriations request letter to Congress, and we’ve also begun requesting meetings with key Hill offices to make the case for investments in Older Americans Act and other vital discretionary programs that help older adults. For the full list of n4a’s requests for FY 2020 funding bills, check out n4a’s 2019 Policy Priorities.
But that’s not enough: we need Congress to hear directly from their constituents.  
Why We Need Your Advocacy
Years of stagnant funding and budget cuts have taken their toll on local aging programs. To make strides toward reversing this funding reality, n4a is taking a two-pronged approach on FY 2020 funding:

  1. Lawmakers must raise overall budget caps in FY 2020 and beyond to ensure there is enough funding available overall to increase OAA programs.
  2. Appropriators must make bold investments in OAA programs—especially Titles III B (Supportive Services), III E (caregiver support) and Title VI Native American aging programs—to begin to restore the capacity of the local agencies delivering these services that has been lost during years of austerity. 

We need all AAAs, Title VI Native American programs and all their local allies to raise their voices in support of Older Americans Act funding. We must ensure that all members of Congress know that stagnant and eroding funding risks the health, well-being and independence of their older constituents.
The good news is, many Members of Congress are already on board with these requests! Last month 130 Members of the House signed on to a Dear Colleague Letter asking for bold increases for critical Title III B and E programs!
Take Action Now
Contact your Representatives and Senators NOW to advocate for funding for OAA programs and services. Use n4a’s April 4 letter to appropriators as a template but customize it to fit your agency. It is important that you take the time to localize what this funding means for the older adults and caregivers in your state and community.

STEP 1: Put Your Requests in Writing! Send a real letter requesting their support. If you can put it on your agency’s letterhead that’s ideal. If not, send it from your Advisory Board or even yourself as a private citizen. Or do all three! Use our template but customize to your agency/community. Send the letter email to their DC and district offices. Find that contact information on your Members’ websites: www.house.gov and www.senate.gov.
STEP 2: Make Your Support for OAA Funding Public.

  • Attend any public events/town halls your Senators and Reps. are hosting during in the next congressional recesses (April 15–26 and then May 27–31) and raise OAA funding during the Q&A!
  • Turn your letter to your Member into a letter to the editor or op-ed and submit it to your local newspaper.
  • Find out whether any of your agency’s supporters know the Members of Congress serving your community or if they will be seeing them at any events. If so, ask that they put in a good word for OAA funding and its impact in your community. 

STEP 3: Invite Your Lawmakers to Visit. Members of Congress will be back in their states and districts April 15–26 (and later, May 27–31) so get on their local calendars NOW and engage them in your May Older Americans Month or other events! Individual site visits are also a great opportunity to educate your elected officials about the critical services you provide to their constituents. All you have to do is ask! (Tip: put the request in writing. Call or email the DC office to ensure your request gets to the Scheduler.)
STEP 4: Engage Your Provider Network. Urge your vendors/providers, advisory board members and other important stakeholders to send their own letters to Congress. Please do all you can to amplify the message and engage others who understand the value of OAA in their community! Stay tuned to n4a’s FY 2020 appropriations campaign page for additional advocacy resources, including an upcoming template advocacy alert that you can use with your grassroots advocates!

Stay tuned for more updates from n4a and thank you for your advocacy on this important issue!


If you have questions or concerns about this Advocacy Alert or n4a’s policy positions, please contact Autumn Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Amy Gotwals at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

March 20, 2019 Advocacy Alert

Help Push for OAA Funding Increases:
Call Your Representatives TODAY!
Ask Them to Sign on to the Bipartisan OAA Letter


Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) has again this year circulated a letter to her fellow Representatives requesting their signatures in support of a request to House Appropriations Labor/HHS/Education Subcommittee leaders to increase funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III programs in FY 2020. This year, in this bipartisan effort, she’s joined by Representatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) in rallying their colleagues to support this effort.
This is one of the first advocacy opportunities in the FY 2020 annual appropriations process that determines what next year’s OAA funding will be. This letter will be one of thousands sent to the Appropriations Committee’s leaders asking for particular funding levels for thousands of federal discretionary programs. That’s why we need your support to drive signatures to the OAA letter, so appropriators notice the bipartisan support for these vital programs!

The letter specifically asks for significantly increased funding for OAA Title III B Supportive Services, Title III C Nutrition and Title III E National Family Caregiver Support Program. This approach complements n4a’s FY 2020 OAA appropriations priorities on OAA Title III programs, specifically III B and III E. Implementing the increases recommended in this letter would be an important step to restoring the capacity of the programs lost to stagnant funding and a growing population.
We need you to take action to urge your Representatives to sign on to this letter to ensure that it receives the strong support needed for the Subcommittee to take this request seriously.
Members’ signatures are due by close of business on Monday, March 25, so please do your outreach TODAY!
Action Requested:
Call your Representatives and ask them to sign on to the letter circulated by Reps. Bonamici, Stefanik, Deutch and Loebsack on OAA funding. Even if you know enough about your Member’s voting history to understand your request is not an easy one, please do this outreach anyway. It’s vital that all Representatives understand how critical OAA funding is to older adults and caregivers!

STEP 1: Check this list to see if your Representative(s) has already signed on to the letter. If his/her name isn’t on this list…
STEP 2: Call the DC office and ask for the staff member who handles Older Americans Act or appropriations issues. You can reach them through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 or find the number on your Member’s website.
STEP 3: Tell them about the Bipartisan Bonamici OAA Dear Colleague letter and offer to email them a link to the letter if they have not already seen it.
STEP 4: Let them know exactly why you want your Member to sign on to the OAA letter. Give local statistics that demonstrate the need for an increase in OAA funding. If they ask for a staff contact for Rep. Bonamici, tell them to phone Jack Arriaga at 202.225.0855.

The deadline for signatures is MONDAY, MARCH 25.

Ask other advocates to do the same! Urge colleagues, advisory board members, volunteers and clients to make calls to their Representatives, as well. We have a very short window of opportunity, so we need you and your colleagues to act fast on this particular request!

In the coming weeks, n4a will be launching our annual appropriations campaign, with new grassroots tools to help us make the case for OAA, so stay tuned!
Thank you for your advocacy!


If you have questions or concerns about this Advocacy Alert or n4a’s policy positions, please contact Autumn Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Amy Gotwals at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

n4a Announcement - 03-19-2019

n4a2019 Policy Agenda Released

Surrounded by more than 160 n4a members and allies at the 25th annual n4a Aging Policy Briefing and Capitol Hill Day, we released this year’s ambitious policy agenda!

The n4a 2019 Policy Priorities outline the most critical policy considerations facing Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American aging programs—and the Aging Network as a whole. They reflect where we think our collective advocacy is most needed in 2019 to promote the health, security and well-being of older adults in every community in the country. Please join us as we:

  • Reauthorize the Older Americans Act by strengthening the aging services and supports that make it possible for older adults to age well and safety at home and in the community. (For details, see our just-released OAA recommendations.)
  • Invest in Cost-Effective Aging at Home and in the Community, especially OAA Titles III B Supportive Services, III E National Family Caregiver Support Program and VI Grants for Native Americans.
  • Improve Health by Addressing the Social Determinants and recognize the important role that the Aging Network plays in achieving this goal.

n4a members will receive a hard copy in the coming days, but feel free to read the Priorities online now.

P.S. If you weren't able to join us for the 25th anniversary of n4a’s Aging Policy Briefing, chek out the action from the past two days by following @n4aACTION and #n4aAPB on Twitter!

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IDOA Aging Tips for Winter

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 IL Department on Aging Tips for Winter Weather Preparedness

Health hazards to be aware of during the winter that could affect older adults

Springfield, IL - To prepare for the dangers of the winter weather storms predicted over the next few days, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) today urged older Illinoisans and their families to recognize that winter poses a special threat to seniors and has compiled a list of tips and signs to look out for to avoid serious safety and health complications. The environmental conditions during winter in Illinois poses a health risk to all residents, especially those in the older adult community. Older residents who do not have full mobility or live in isolation should have a plan of action in emergency weather conditions, such as snow storms and extremely cold temperatures. Those living in isolation should also have a contact to check in with during extreme winter weather situations.

IDoA has identified some health problems that can be brought on by severe winter weather:


  • The "flu" is a contagious respiratory infection. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose and soreness and aching in the back, arms and legs.
  • For older persons who have a chronic health problem, the flu can result in serious complications, such as pneumonia.
  • Flu shots are recommended for all persons aged 65 years and older and for those who suffer from chronic health problems, such as heart disease, respiratory problems, renal disease, diabetes, anemia or any disease that weakens the body's immune system (consult your doctor before getting a flu shot on your own).


  • This is a condition brought on when the body temperature drops to 95 degrees or less.
  • Symptoms include slow or slurred speech, incoherence, memory loss, disorientation, uncontrollable shivering, drowsiness, repeated stumbling and apparent exhaustion.
  • It is recommended that older persons should not set their thermostats below 65 degrees during the winter months.
  • Even mild indoor temperatures of 60 - 65 degrees can trigger hypothermia.


  • Exposed areas of the face (cheeks, nose, chin and forehead), ears, wrists, hands and feet are most affected by frostbite.
  • Symptoms are loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance to the skin.
  • To treat frostbite, warm the affected part of the body gradually. Wrap the frostbitten area in blankets, sweaters, coats, etc.
  • Caution: Do not rub the affected areas, severe damage to the tissue can occur.

The State of Illinois offers warming centers for all individuals to escape the harsh winter cold. Local warming centers at https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/KeepWarm/SitePages/WarmingCenters.aspx, or by calling the toll-free Keep Warm Illinois hotline at 1-877-411-WARM.

Please visit the IDoA website for more information on winter storm safety preparedness at:https://www.illinois.gov/aging/Documents/winter_storm_preparedness_guidebook.pdf

For more information about program services to assist older adults in Illinois and their caregivers, contact the Department on Aging Senior HelpLine at (800) 252-8966.


IL Department on Aging Tips for Winter Weather Preparedness​​


McLean County Government Press Release

For Immediate Release
DATE: January 24, 2019                                                                                                        

Kathy Michael, County Clerk                           Paul Shannon, Executive Director
McLean County Clerk’s Office                         Bloomington Board of Election Commissioners
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Voter Registration closes Tuesday March 5, 2019 for the above election.  If are not able to register by March 5th you may do so online through March 17th .  You may Grace period register AND vote from March 6th through and including Election Day.  If you have questions or need more information, dates and times and live outside of the City of Bloomington please call the office of McLean County Clerk’s office, at 309-888-5588 and residents of the City of Bloomington should call the Board of Election Commissioners, 309-888-5136. 


Voter assistance will be available in all polling places in McLean County and the City of Bloomington.  In extreme situations, with prior notification, judges are available to assist you in your vehicle at the polls.

You may request a Vote by Mail Ballot Application by calling our offices.  You may also submit your request online from our websites. Upon receipt of your completed and signed application, your ballot will be mailed toward the end of February.  If you wish, you may be eligible to receive a Vote by Mail Application for a ballot for each subsequent election. Call the appropriate telephone number above to receive more information as to eligibility.   

Registered voters may early vote by personal appearance in the office of the McLean County Clerk (county residents who live outside the City of Bloomington) or the Bloomington Board of Election Commissioners (Residents within the City of Bloomington).  Please check our websites for all updated election information, including Early Voting dates, times and locations.

Information on the 2019 Consolidated Election visit our main pages

Information on the Candidates please see the links listed below Bloomington Election Commission and also McLean County Clerk

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