An essay by Dr. Jennifer Sasser, gerontology program director, was published in the International Journal of Reminiscence and Lifelong Learning in January 2015.
Davis presented two workshops, Effectively Mobilizing Your Senior Advocacy Base, exploring various volunteer advocacy models and the maintenance of community-based coalitions, and Historical Review of Senior Policy, highlighting major milestones in health and financial policies designed to benefit the lives of older adults, including early senior advocacy movements, creation of Social Security, implementation of the Great Society programs and more.
He also facilitated the Grassroots Advocacy / Public Policy Peer Group, in which participants shared successes and challenges in engaging and involving seniors in legislative and advocacy strategies, discussed the use of coalitions and ways to educate and organize seniors to make their voices heard.
Jim Davis is an associate professor in the Department of Human Sciences at Marylhurst University. His areas of expertise are gerontology, social/community psychology and public policy. He currently serves as chair of the National Coalition of Consumer Organizations on Aging, an advocacy arm of the National Council on Aging.