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Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

Senior Tar Heel Legislature (STHL)

North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature (NC STHL)
With the passage of Senate Bill 479, the North Carolina General Assembly created the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature (STHL) in July of 1993.

The Senior Tar Heel Legislature was created to:

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

Each 100 North Carolina counties is entitled to one delegate to the STHL. Most counties also have an alternate delegate. Delegates and alternates must be age 60 or older and residents of their respective counties. The North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services provides staff support for the STHL in cooperation with the 16 Area Agencies on Aging. 

The Senior Tar Heel Legislators meet three times a year statewide to advocate on behalf of older persons. The statewide meetings occur in March, June, and October. The March and June meetings are in Clemmons, NC and the October Meeting is usually in Raleigh. Regional STHL meetings and engagements are held to provide opportunities to connect on a regional level. Delegates and alternates from each county advocate with the North Carolina General Assembly for the passage of legislation to improve the lives of older adults. You can learn more about the statewide STHL here: www.ncsthl.org.

Upper Coastal Plain Area Agency on Aging selects delegates and alternates in cooperation with the counties to secure the representatives elected by January 15th of odd-numbered years to serve a two-term year.


Senior Tar Heel Legislature Application

Senior Tar Heel Reappointment Form

Applications are due by December 1, 2022, and should be submitted by mail or email to:

Tyronda Whitaker
Regional STHL Liaison
P.O. Box 9

Wilson, NC