Why should I become a Public Policy advocate?
Why should I become an advocate for long-term care? Why get involved in public policy? Does this even impact me?
The way to protect the rights of your loved ones and your future rights is by becoming involved in public policy – getting involved and making your VOYCE heard. Public policy decisions by federal, state and local lawmakers directly impact the well being of your loved ones and your future well being. 70% of people turning age 65 can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives, whether home care or living in an assisted living community or skilled care nursing community. Join the VOYCE Action Network.
A recent article in the Los Angeles Times, "Oldest often become disabled in the final months: Frailty is typically inevitable, studies say" – discussed two recent studies that demonstrate that people will suffer a disability at the end of life (July 11, 2013).
Over all ages, the prevalence of disability increased during the last two years of life, with 28% reported being disabled 24 months before death, and 56% in the last month of life. Among women of all ages, 32% were disabled in the last two years of life; among men, 21%. Join the VOYCE Action Network
As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so let's take a look at a few videos to see the impact. PBS Frontline partnered with ProPublica on a year-long documentary series on long-term health care. This series provides just a few examples of the real issues that exist in long-term care. As you view these videos, you may think of your loved ones, or of yourself, as being in these communities someday. What issues would be important to you?
What can I do?
You can make your VOYCE heard – join our advocacy efforts by signing up for our VOYCE Action Network to receive advocacy alerts and learn of ways to advocate for those receiving long-term care.
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