Lifting Up Older Adult Voices for Advocacy

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In this Video Blog, Pennsylvania volunteer consumer leader Debbie McCarthy-Arnone discusses the power that older adults can have when they acquire advocacy skills that can help them speak up to improve programs that serve them. In 2017, Pennsylvania was in the midst of launching a new managed care program to provide long-term services and supports for dually eligible older adults and people with disabilities. Debbie took part in a training co-conducted by staff from the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation and from the Pennsylvania Health Action Network (PHAN), using the Center’s “Lift Up Your Voice” curriculum. 

In this vlog, Debbie shares the sense of empowerment she gained from the training, and the imperative for older adults to become engaged in improving the programs and systems of care they depend on. Her takeaway: “If you don’t advocate for yourself…people forget you. They forget you have needs.”