Senior care supporters to meet with lawmakers during advocacy day

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JEFFERSON CITY - A group devoted to furthering the interests of senior care providers will be hosting a Public Policy Advocacy Day Wednesday at the Missouri State Capitol.

Members of LeadingAge Missouri are set to meet with lawmakers to discuss a variety of topics including funding and assisted living regulations. 

The group met with lobbyists Tuesday to go over issues affecting the elderly that LeadingAge would be interested in discussing with legislators and prepare them for Wednesday's meetings.

Members also met with lawmakers at a reception. 

Paul Ewert, Chairman of the Board, said it is important that the elderly be looked after.

"These are individuals who, you know, when we were growing up they were the policemen. They were the firemen. They drove the buses. They cleaned the church. They did all these jobs for us, and now they're depending upon us to help take care of them," Ewert said.

He also said Wednesday's event will help lawmakers hear of things happening in their areas and help to build relationships between LeadingAge members and legislators. 

Members can help lawmakers create a balance in priorities of funding to insure that no group is left out, which can be difficult at times.

"It's a difficult thing. We all think that our program needs more money. But yet we also don't want to say take your money away from somebody else and give it to us. How can we most efficiently help them find ways to utilize the states limited resources," Ewert said. 

Wednesday's events begin with registration at 9 a.m. In addition to meetings with lawmakers, Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is also scheduled to speak with LeadingAge members.