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The Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network (WAAN) is a collaborative group of individuals and associations working with and for Wisconsin's older adults to shape public policy that improves the quality of life of older people throughout the state. WAAN educates both supporters and opponents, mobilizes allies on priority issues, and advocates positions utilizing the shared experience, knowledge, and constituencies of member organizations.

WAAN Aging Advocacy Day 2017

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Core Member Organizations

Aging and Disability Professionals Association of Wisconsin (ADPAW)
Alzheimer's Association SE Wisconsin Chapter
Wisconsin Adult Day Services Association (WADSA)
Wisconsin Association of Area Agencies on Aging (w4a)
Wisconsin Association of Benefit Specialists (WABS)
Wisconsin Association of Nutrition Directors (WAND)
Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers (WASC)
Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA)

Organization and Structure

Membership in WAAN consists of two types: core (organizations funded under the Older Americans Act) and affiliate (other groups and individuals with an interest in and commitment to advocacy on behalf of older people). Core members vote on and adopt WAAN platform of priority issues. Potential new members will be approved on consensus of the WAAN membership. WAAN affirms that older adults should always be at the table in discussion that impact them. WAAN holds monthly meetings of core members and affiliates to discuss, strategize, and coordinate advocacy activities. 

WAAN Issue Papers


Charitable Driving Reimbursement Rate July 2017
Medicare Nov. 2016
Older Americans Act (OAA) - Appropriations Nov. 2016
Social Security/Retirement Security Nov. 2016


Adult Long-Term Care System July 2016
Aging & Disability Resource Centers July 2016
Dementia Care Specialist March 2017
Direct Care Workforce 2017
Family Caregivers
July 2016
Healthy Aging Grants July 2016
Homestead Tax Credit July 2016
Interagency Transportation Coordination July 2016
Long-Term Care Investment Fund July 2016
SeniorCare July 2016
Specialized Transportation July 2016
Voter Photo ID July 2016
Wisconsin Medicaid Program July 2016

White House Conference on Aging

White House Conference on Aging Issue Brief on Healthy Aging July 2015
White House Conference on Aging Issue Brief on Retirement Security
July 2015

WAAN Advocacy Statements

Advocacy Alert on Trump Budget 5/27/17
AHCA Action Alert Mar. 2017
Governor’s Budget Includes Key Aging Priorities Feb. 2017
Long-Term Care Investment Fund Packet

Mixed Reactions to JFC LTC Action
May 28, 2015
NEMT Alliance Urges DHS to Implement Third-Party Advocate for NEMT Program
Nov. 2015
Repeal ACA and Replace AHCA Update 6/27/17
Save Medicare Advocacy Alert REVISED
 Jan. 2017
WAAN Urges Keeping Complete Streets Policy May 2015
WAAN Reponds to Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) Audit May 2015

ADRC Advocacy Links

League of Women Voters of Wisconsin
Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations
WI Counties Association
WI Long-Term Care Coalition