North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL


October 15, 2008

Silver Hair Legislature looking after senior interests at state level

Mt. Olive Seniors by Dixie Kuykendall

The North Jefferson News

We all are advocates.

I was delighted to be the guest speaker for the Golden Eagles meeting at the Garden-dale Senior Center this week.

What a great group of senior adults. As this districts representative to the Alabama Silver Hair Legislature, I appreciated the opportunity to discuss several issues that affect our seniors now and in the future.

The Alabama Silver Hair Legislature is a nonpartisan, nonprofit model legislature of citizen volunteers age 60 and older appointed to represent the interest of older Alabamians. It is patterned after the Alabama State Legislature, with members representing each of the 105 state legislative districts.

Our purpose is to inform Alabamians about senior needs and issues of concern to the elderly by drafting resolutions, participating in committee work, debating and advocating legislation. Needs of the aging population are addressed in resolutions provided to the Alabama State Legislature and to the governor for appropriate action.

We work throughout the year to understand the needs and concerns of seniors through just this type of meeting. In our annual legislative session, held in the chambers of the Alabama House of Representatives in Montgomery, resolutions are introduced, debated and voted on. In our final session, we identify and prioritize the top issues from all those passed during the session.

We then present these top issues to the governor and to members of the Alabama State Legislature for the basis for legislation addressing senior needs.

Our top issue last year — and I expect will probably be again this year — is for a resolution to pass the “money follows the person” bill. This bill would allow Medicaid-eligible senior citizens the right of choice between nursing homes or home and community based care.

Of course there are many other issues concerning senior citizens that will be debated:

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