Janet Zander, Advocacy & Public Policy Coordinator
Office (715) 677-6723, Cell (608) 228-7253
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.
October’s Senior Beat hosted two WAAN volunteers who talked about WAAN’s priority issues, older adults and the upcoming election. Great job!
Find WAAN issue papers and other resource below under "Find What You Need."
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)
Wisconsin Senior Corps Association (WISCA)
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 impacts them. WAAN holds monthly meetings of core members and affiliates to discuss, strategize, and coordinate advocacy activities.