Celebrating Older Americans in May

Older adults play vital, positive roles in our communities – as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce, and more. Just as every person is unique, so too is how they age and how they choose to do it – and there is no “right” way. That’s why the theme for […]

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Pivot 4.0

  Pivot just might be the most frequent word we hear now related to COVID-19. It is the word we have all used to describe the changes we made in our work, home and other daily routines so they could be done remotely, distanced, touchless and otherwise safely. Pivot is how we all survived. In […]

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Older Americans Month: Communities of Strength

  In tough times, communities find strength in people—and people find strength in their communities. In the past year, we’ve seen this time and again as Hoosier friends, neighbors, and businesses have found new ways to support each other. In Indiana, older adults are a key source of this strength. Through their experiences, successes, and […]

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Don’t be Afraid to Just…Block Calls – Part 2

  In our last article on spam calls, we highlighted the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) blog on How to Stop Unwanted Calls. Now that you’ve learned about call blocking, call screening and spoofing, here are some tips as you take a deeper dive. Some DO’s and DON’Ts: Do learn the terminology! (i.e., call blocking, screening, labeling, spoofing, etc.) […]

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Don’t be Afraid to Just…Block Calls

  Why do I keep getting robocalls? I’m receiving even MORE spam calls during the pandemic! I’m on the Do Not Call List (state and federal) —why doesn’t that help? We frequently hear these frustrations from older adults and their families when they call to report a healthcare or consumer fraud scam. We tell them […]

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State Adds 60+ Cohort for COVID-19 Vaccine

Starting Tuesday, February 23rd, Hoosiers at least 60 years old can get a free COVID-19 vaccine. All it takes is a simple registration at www.ourshot.in.gov to find the closest vaccination site to you and to make an appointment. If you need help using a computer, a friend or loved one can register for you. Or, you can call […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Hoosiers 80+

  Starting Friday, January 8th, Hoosiers at least 80 years old can get a free COVID-19 vaccine. All it takes is a simple registration at www.ourshot.in.gov to find the closest vaccination site to you and to make an appointment. If you need help using a computer, a friend or loved one can register for you. Or, […]

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“Home for the Holidays” Raises Awareness of Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults and Caregivers

The holidays will look very different for many of us this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and interact with one another. For many older adults, this can mean a loss of social connections that, if left unaddressed, can have serious negative mental and physical health consequences. This is why IAAAA […]

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It’s National Family Caregivers Month. Indiana Ranks Last in the Nation.

During November each year we highlight the importance of family caregivers, the primary source of support for older adults and people with disabilities in the U.S. One in five Americans is an unpaid family caregiver, arguably the nation’s largest workforce. In Indiana, that workforce is 850,000 Hoosiers strong, providing care valued at $9.3 billion annually. […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Indiana AAAs Combat Social Isolation

How many of us will miss giving our mom a hug on Mother’s Day because she is social distancing? One of the said ironies of the current pandemic is that keeping at-risk persons safe at home can exacerbate the negative physical and mental health effects of social isolation. Social isolation is the result of a […]

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