Generations

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, Spring

Advocacy and Advocates: Definitions and Ethical Dimensions
From jawboning to community organizing to lobbying to legal proceedings.To be an advocate and to engage in advocacy is to adopt a stance, advance a cause, and attempt to produce a result in behalf of an interest of a person, group, or cause.The wellspring...
Advocacy and Aging
IntroductionThe tradition of advocacy remains an essential underpinning of our mission.Virtually every person who has worked in the field of aging over the past forty years has called him- or herself an advocate at some point, and meant it. And for most,...
Advocacy and Aging Policy: The Prognosis
The best advocacy often comes when people and programs are threatened.Over the years, advocacy and aging policy have enjoyed an interesting relationship, much of it determined by historythe convergence of particular events at one time. Some advocacy...
Advocacy and Policy Success in Aging
What role has advocacy played in the expansion of aging policy in the U.S.?Two analytical questions lie at the heart of understanding the role of advocacy in the expansion of aging policy in America: (1) how have advocacy efforts evolved as aging policy...
Advocacy in Aging Policy: Working the Bills on Capitol Hill(s)
How to do it in the real world.Caricatures of activists and the legislative process sell movies. In the 2003 movie Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde, the lead character Elle Woods (played by Reese Witherspoon) arrives in Washington to fight for...
Advocacy in an Aging Society: The Varied Roles of Attorneys
'Thinking like a lawyer.'Unlike their counterparts in many other spheres of professional education, law professors do not strive primarily to foster in their students a working mastery of an enormous body of arcane factual information. Instead, the main...
Advocacy in an Era of Neoconservatism: Responses of National Aging Organizations
Current policy proposals amount to dismantling the old-age welfare state. Who cares?The passage of Social Security in 1935 politically legitimated the status of older people as a major and "deserving" governmental concern. It laid the foundation for...
Advocacy in Organizations: The Elements of Success
From the Gray Panthers to the National Alzheimer's Association, what creates the power to bring about a change?As soon as several of the inhabitants of the United States have taken up an opinion or a feeling which they wish to promote in the world, they...
Developing an Advocacy Coalition with Varied Interests and Agendas: A Pennsylvanian Experience
Elders, families, caregivers, and businesses.In Pittsburgh in 1988, a small group of individuals working in various disciplines in the field of aging decided to meet regularly for discussion and dinner. The sharing of ideas that occurred at these informal...
Double Jeopardy: Advocating for Indian Elders
In Indian Country, the principles are the same as for most advocates, but the task is more complex and difficult.The principles of good advocacy are the same for most advocates, but from Indian Country, the task of getting there is more difficult."It...
Our Guest Editor
Advocacy has been a hallmark of progress in the field of aging in the United States. Since the 1930s, champions of older people have pressed to make their lives better, from demonstrations at town meetings to the realms of policy formulation at the state...
The Circumscribed Sometimes-Advocacy of the Case Manager and the Care Provider
Where does advocacy end and gatekeeping begin?Advocacy means vigorous representation for a person or a cause. In contrast to advocates for a person, advocates for a cause typically strive for specific goals. National health insurance, increased affordable...
The Power of Local Advocacy: Funding for Senior Services in Ohio
An older woman wanted to build a rural senior center and ended up changing the state law.In the late 19705 a retiree, Lois Dale Brown, sought local funding to build a senior center in her community in rural southwestern Ohio. Brown had expected that...
The World of Interest-Group Advocacy: An 'Insider's' View
'It is only from my role as a bureaucrat that I still have some raw skin?Over my forty-five- year career in social welfare, I have served in positions on both sides of the so-called inside-outside dimensions of advocacy. I also studied and taught about...
Where Have All the Advocates Gone?
How to build a new foundation for a new generation.In 1978, fresh out of a master's program in aging policy, I came to Washington, D. C., to work for the American Association of Retired Persons/ National Retired Teachers Association. It was an exciting...
Why Haven't We Been More Successful Advocates for Elders?
'We have gotten too comfortable on just one side of the aisle.'I have been a leader in advocacy for elders' issues for almost twentyfive years, but I am more frustrated today than ever by the modest progress we have made during this quarter century....