How to Advocate for Seniors
Committed to Our Core Values | Advocacy
We regularly hear people wanting to be helpful to those around them. One of the best ways you can help MSV is by advocating for our communities and our clients. We thought we would make it easy by breaking it down and explaining exactly how you can be an advocate for seniors at the individual, city, and state levels.
1. LEARN ABOUT ISSUES FACING SENIORS
HOUSING: For more information about the difficulties seniors face with housing click here.
MEDICARE & MEDICAID: To get started on learning about Medicaid and Medicare for seniors click here.
SOCIAL SECURITY: To find out more about social security and how it affects seniors check out CBPP’s quick facts and information about social security in America.
2. EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT ORGANIZATIONS ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS
MSV is one of many organizations that advocates for seniors. For more information about our work with seniors check out our Senior Services page. For information about other organizations advocating for seniors check out this list.
3. HELP WITH GROCERIES
Check in with the seniors in your neighborhood to see if they need assistance with grocery shopping or other errands. Food security is especially important for seniors and interaction helps ward off isolation and loneliness; two issues that plague the senior population and can have detrimental effects.
According to MSV Senior Services team member, Sr. Kathy Overman D.C., “Helping a senior get their groceries is helpful for many reasons. It gives you a chance to see if they are doing ok and it makes people feel good about themselves. It’s a chance for possibly isolated seniors to talk to someone and you both have the opportunity to learn from each other.”
1. Attend alderman open forums regarding senior related topics
If you are unsure about who your alderman is and how to contact them, go to chicago.gov for more information.
2. Donate to your local food pantries to support seniors facing food insecurity
MSV is one of dozens of Chicago-based organizations operating food pantries in the city. We currently have two locations and with the rise of COVID-19 the amount of seniors experiencing food insecurity has sky rocketed. If you would like to donate to or volunteer at one of our food pantries check out our Food Pantry page.
3. Email your alderman asking about what initiatives they are taking to support seniors
To look up your ward and alderman’s information use chicago.gov’s handy tracker.
1. LEARN ABOUT WHAT STATE OFFICIALS ARE DOING FOR SENIORS
Check out the Attorney General’s website for current initiatives that Illinois is pursuing for seniors.
2. WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS ABOUT ISSUES SENIORS CURRENTLY FACE
To find out who your state representatives visit the Advocacy page on our website.
3. VOTE IN LOCAL ELECTIONS
To find your local polling place and register to vote go to the Advocacy page on our website.
Find important election dates in Cook County on the Cook County Clerk’s website.
Committed to Our Core Values is a six part series exploring the six core values of MSV: creativity, advocacy, respect, empowerment, integrity and excellence. Over the course of these six months we will provide real life examples of how MSV lives these core values out daily.