The entire network of Young at Heart Resources takes an active role in advocating for older adults, whether on the federal, state, or local level. The important issues vary greatly and can include funding and legislation, local ordinances, codes, projects, and services. 

Policy Work

There are many national, state, and local issues and efforts pertaining to aging and older adults. More information is available by navigating the tabs below.

To find out about national aging issues, you can visit these websites:

The United States House of Representatives

The United States Senate

For Missouri State aging issues, you can visit:

Official Missouri State Website

Young at Heart Resources is active in each community of our Northwest Missouri service area, and is member of the Cameron and Albany Chambers of Commerce.

Silver Haired Legislature

This legislature was created in 1973 by a small group of seniors whose specific purpose was the advocate for senior issues, and the Missouri group was the first organization of its type in the United States. Some of the earliest proposals passed into law include Exploitation of the Elderly, the MO Senior RX Program, implementation of elder abuse laws, and the deletion of sales tax on pharmaceuticals.

The Silver Haired Legislature (SHL) group is composed of citizens, age 60 or older, who volunteer their time to advocate on behalf of Missouri’s older adults. Delegates are elected from each of Missouri’s ten Area Agencies on Aging, and all legislators meet annually for a model legislative session at the State Capitol to deliver five priority proposals.