Fill your belly and say goodbye to scammers!

For many years, Indiana Senior Medicare Patrol (INSMP) has educated seniors and their caregivers about how to identify scams and fraud to avoid becoming a victim. One of the tools we developed is Cooking for One recipe cards which include tips for preventing fraud and financial exploitation. We are sharing these again now since because of physical distancing, you may have exhausted your “tried and true” recipes and want to try something new.

The titles describe the recipe. Below the title are the reminders they carry. If you suspect you have fallen victim to any of these fraud schemes, we can connect you to the appropriate agency for help, one of our partners in the Indiana Coalition Against Senor Exploitation (IN-CASE).

Here is a printable PDF of the recipe cards. If you would like a laminated set, email us at lmurphy@iaaaa.org, or call us at 317-205-9201, and we will be glad to send them via postal mail.

Meathead Meatloaf in a Mug

Protect your Information – don’t give your Medicare, Social Security, or banking information to MEATHEADS or criminals who might call you unsolicited on the phone, visit your home, email or speak with you at events. Personal information is the commodity of the 21st Century! Protect your Social Security number by placing a security or credit freeze. See the Indiana Attorney General’s Office website for more information.Read More

IAAAA Statement on Racial Justice

Over the past weeks, Indiana Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) have been reflecting on how best to contribute to the local, statewide and national conversations on racial justice. Our AAAs have individually made their own statements to the communities they serve regarding racial injustice and inequality.

As a statewide association whose members support the health, independence and quality of life of older adults, people with disabilities and complex-care patients by managing social determinants of health, we think the best contribution we can make is to highlight healthcare disparities experienced by persons of racial or ethnic minority status.

Well-documented disparities directly involving clinical health care include access to health care, quality of care, and outcomes of care. Persons of racial or ethnic minority status experience more barriers in accessing and affording care. Quality of care suffers due to both explicit and implicit bias and lack of cultural competency. And outcomes of care are impacted by higher rates of co-morbidities.

But only 20 percent of health care happens in clinical settings. The other 80 percent involves socio-economic influences, health behaviors and the physical environment, all of which lie outside the traditional purview of clinical settings. When people are food insecure, lack transportation, struggle with literacy, experience discrimination and racism, live in substandard housing or unsafe neighborhoods or lack income to provide for basic needs, they experience disparate health outcomes: higher rates of mortality and morbidity, decreased life expectancy, larger health care expenditures, poorer overall health status and more functional limitations.

Indiana AAAs urgently support prioritizing actions that promote racial justice and equality across all these domains to decrease health disparities and improve health outcomes. As individual human service organizations, we prioritize underserved communities as integral to our missions. We commit to purposeful and ongoing attention to data collection, outreach, cultural competency and person-centeredness. And we will lead intentional and meaningful inclusiveness at all levels of our organizations: governance boards, community advisors, agency staff and volunteers.