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Aging Committees

Senior Tar Heel Legislature


Established to:


  • Provides information to senior citizens on the legislative process and matters being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly.


  • Promotes citizen involvement and advocacy concerning aging issues before the North Carolina General Assembly.


  • Assess the legislative needs of older citizens by convening a forum modeled after the North Carolina General Assembly.


There is one (1) delegate to the Senior Tar Heel Legislature from each of the 100 counties in the state and most of the counties have an alternate delegate.  Delegates must be age 60 or better.


The North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services provide staff support for the Senior Tar Heel Legislature in cooperation with the 16 Area Agencies on Aging who are responsible for the selection of delegates and alternates.


Since the inception of the Senior Tar Heel Legislature, delegates and alternates to the Senior Legislature have undertaken a variety of activities in their counties to help inform and educate older citizens on matters before the General Assembly and to hear from people regarding their needs. 


Currently, the Senior Tar Heel Legislature meets three (3) times a year, usually in the Triangle Area, to study issues, to hear from key resource persons and state officials, and to develop recommendations to present to the N.C. General Assembly.


The Senior Tar Heel Legislature submits three (3) to five (5) priority recommendations to the General Assembly each legislative session.  With few exceptions, the General Assembly has taken positive action, in some form or fashion, on these recommendations.


See below for  the Senior Tar Heel Delegate for your county. 

Senior Tar Heel Legislative
Delegates and Alternates

COUNTY                DELEGATES            ALTERNATES

Bladen County                               Dr. Delilah B. Blanks                      Jean Q. Lloyd


Hoke County                                  Vacant                                            Thomas Squier **    


Richmond County                          Vacant                                             Vacant                                                     

Robeson County                            Dr. Earlena C. Lowry**                   Betty Rising**         


Scotland County                            Sheila Swift                                     Vacant

Region N Aging Advisory Council (RAAC)


Each of the “AAA’s” has a regional board of advisors that assist the staff in making sure that the objectives of the programs are met.  The Advisory Council is composed of (6) members from each county.  They meet quarterly to help the staff monitor service dollars that are spent in the region. They assist with the development of the Aging Services Plan every (4) years and serve as consultants to local aging boards as needed.


JURISDICTION - Bladen County



  • G. Michael Cogdell

  • Dr. Teresa Duncan

  • David Foster

  • Jean Lloyd

  • Louella Thompson(Chair)

  • Tommy Thompson





  • Stella Edens

  • Patricia Graham

  • Della Maynor

  • Linda Revels (Vice-Chair)

  • Thomas Squier*


JURISDICTION - Richmond County



  • Maria Council

  • Dennis Holloway

  • Theresa Mercer

  • Millie Wright


JURISDICTION - Robeson County



  • Betty Rising

  • Jean Love

  • Frederia Stephens

  • Dr. Earlena Lowry


JURISDICTION - Scotland County



  • Carol Butler

  • Brenda Gilbert

  • William Matthews

  • Betty Mitchell

  • Sheila Swift

  • Rev. Dr. Howard H. Whitehurst* 


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