Started in 1978 United Senior Action is Indiana's only home-grown advocacy organization that educates, engages, and empowers seniors and those who care about them to become dynamic advocates for issues and programs that affect them.

We believe that now more than ever Indiana needs a strong grassroots network of Hoosiers who care about issues affecting older residents, their families, & their communities.

We believe that all seniors should be able to live with the independence they want and the dignity they deserve.

 

 

Why We Have Joined the Raise the Wage Coalition

 

Raising the minimum wage is a crucial component to improving the lives of persons who need home health care and community based services.  The Generations Project Hoosiers First and United Senior Action have joined the Raise the Wage coalition because too many home care and nursing home workers are grossly underpaid and forced to work with few viable benefits.  That leads to high rates of turnover among those workers…and that puts people who depend on them for their health, safety, dignity and freedom at risk.  Without a doubt economic justice and health justice in Indiana and throughout America are absolutely linked.  To our readers and supporters we ask them to join their fellow Hoosiers and Americans in calling for wages to be raised.  Raise the Wage!

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Adverse Drug Reactions

Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) are the 4 th leading cause of death in the U.S. It is also the second leading health care expense. People in the undeveloped countries are dying from lack of medical care. But in the United States, unintended harmful drug reactions are causing thousands of deaths and hospital admissions every year. According to the Center for Disease Control, adverse drug reactions send 700,000 Americans to the emergency rooms every year.

This is a very serious problem. Be careful about prescription drugs you are taking. If you have more than one doctor be sure they all know what other doctors are prescribing you. Be careful about supplements that you take and check with your pharmacist to be sure they do not cause a negative reaction with your prescription drugs. In other words, each of your doctors should be aware of all the medications you are taking and don't be afraid to ask professionals about potential drug interactions.

United Senior Action is researching this problem and will be furnishing information about what you need to do to keep from being one of the 700,000 patients that end up in unnecessarily in emergency rooms due to adverse drug reactions.

 

INDIANA ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES INVESTIGATORS

Why does Indiana not run Adult Protective Services as a Social Services Agency?

According to the National Adult Protective Services Association(NAPSA) is supposed to be run as 'Social Services' agencies. Indiana is the only state in the union that does not comply with national standards that the states were supposed to follow when this Federal law was passed. The following is a quote from NAPSA, “ APS is a social services program, which focuses on meeting the needs of, and protecting, vulnerable adult victims of abuse (note: one state, Indiana, is administered through county district attorneys’ offices but that is the exception). In general, APS investigators and caseworkers are social workers who have been trained to investigate all types of abuse, including financial exploitation.”

I can not speak all of the Adult Protection Services areas, but Area 6 Adult Protective Services is run by a supervisor who is appointed by our county Prosecutor. I have been working with seniors for 18 years and every Adult Protective Services Investigator that I ever met was a retired law enforcement officer. For the past seven or eight years, seniors who are exploited, abused and/or neglected in our area, have not been able to get much help from Adult Protective Services.

It is my experience some of the APS Investigators who are retired law enforcement officers were probably really good criminal investigators. However they lack the training that APS Investigators that have 'social services' backgrounds that include gerontology and mental health training and have experience working with people who have problems that are associated with diminished cognitive ability.

Indiana sadly lags behind in too many areas when it comes to protecting Indiana's older Hoosiers. Not having Adult Protective Services Investigators with the proper backgrounds costs the taxpayers millions of dollars plus the frustration and stress of the older Hoosiers and their families. 

Denny Lanane, President of the Board, United Senior Action

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