Seniors of Alaska is a 501 (c)4 non-profit organization, consisting of Alaskan Seniors and established to represent Alaska Senior Citizen perspectives and to guarantee their equitable treatment by municipal, borough and state agencies. This effort includes oversight of Alaska legislative actions and their effect on our Senior population.
Seniors of Alaska will have a statewide focus, by helping to bring Senior issues to the forefront of public attention, and addressing the challenges they and the organizations supporting them face.
Why is this needed?
The many great Senior Citizen organizations that exist in Alaska focus on providing information, promoting activities and awareness of Senior activities. Seniors of Alaska will supplement the missions of these important organizations as a separate but strong, non-partisan lobbying voice dedicated to safeguarding the treatment of all Senior Citizens and programs statewide.
Seniors need a strong political pressure group and Seniors of Alaska fills that requirement. While politicians voice unconditional support for Senior causes during elections, that support usually evaporates during legislative sessions. In the next session, Legislation affecting Medicare, Senior Benefits, Senior organizations and the well-being of Senior Citizens will receive pressure for budget cuts, or even elimination. Seniors of Alaskawill make sure that Alaskan legislators not only listen, but cast their vote in favor of Alaska’s Senior population.
Seniors of Alaska will take positive, strong positions on legislative actions related to Senior programs. We will reach out to Seniors statewide, to engage them with their local district House and Senate representatives to ensure Alaska’s legislators know Seniors are active constituents who insist their voices be heard.
Typical Senior issues include: Benefits programs; Medicare/Medicaid; Veterans programs; Voter registration and protection; Housing programs; access to technology; Full PFD distributions, and “Get Out the Senior Vote”. The necessity for protecting the rights and benefits for the Senior community is here NOW.
Seniors of Alaska will engage Seniors utilizing technology—social media, digital media, radio and TV-- to bring the voting power of Seniors into focus on legislators as they act on bills related to Senior issues. Using the power of numbers, and Seniors who vote, Seniors of Alaska will lobby legislators and municipalities for positive results.
In the Covid era Seniors have been designated as an extremely vulnerable group, but who is truly looking out for their health and safety? It’s more important than ever to protect our Senior Citizens by giving them the voice they deserve, and a seat at the government policy table. Real progress and successful support of the Senior community takes commitment, time and money. We have the people, we are making the time and now raising the funding to bring words into actions and success.