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PNS Daily Newscast - February 23, 2018 


As the NRA doubles down on "good guys with guns," the Broward County Sheriff admits an armed deputy did not engage with the Parkland school shooter. Also on our nationwide rundown: workers across the nation will spend part of their weekend defending the American Dream; and a study says the Lone Star State is distorting Texas history lessons.

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Public News Service - IN: Senior Issues

The POST form allows people to choose medical care they will receive in emergency situations. (aarp.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to tweak a law that deals with the end of life is making its way through the Indiana Statehouse. In 2013, lawmakers approved the Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment form, also known as the POST. It's different from a Do Not Resuscitate form in that it deals w

The elderly and small children are most at risk from the influenza virus. (nih.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS — This year, Indiana and the rest of the country have been hit hard by the flu. People with flu-like symptoms are filling doctor's offices and emergency rooms. Dozens of Hoosiers have died, including last week's death of a 37-year-old mother of two from Plainfield who was diagno

Increases in utility bills hit many of Indiana's older folks hard because they're on a fixed income. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – Advocacy groups in Indiana are asking state regulators to reject a rate-hike request by Indiana Michigan Power, and they want a low-income assistance program set up to help Hoosiers who are struggling to make ends meet. I&M has requested an increase in the monthly fixed charge

Indiana ranked low in overall care for older adults. (Lorie Tuter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has some improvements to make in the way seniors and adults with disabilities are taken care of, according to a new report. The latest Long-Term Services Supports State Scorecard gave the state a 51, while other nearby states fared better. Indiana scored low for affordability

One in 30 baby boomers in the U.S. has Hepatitis C, which becomes a chronic condition when undiagnosed or untreated. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – One in 30 baby boomers has Hepatitis C – and most don't even know it. It's a chronic viral infection that affects about 3.5 million people, and is 10 times more infectious than HIV. Bob Rice, a former Hepatitis C patient, was diagnosed in 1992, and after several treatm

Indiana lawmakers are being asked for more funding to protect the state's vulnerable elders, and to prompt more collaboration among agencies that work in this field. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers are being asked to provide more funding for Adult Protective Services, and there's an effort to get all the agencies involved to collaborate on how that money would be spent. A report by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and the state's Pr

AARP Indiana says legislation by a lawmaker from Indiana helps older Americans across the country. (toddyoung.house.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – A lawmaker from Indiana is being honored for authoring a bill that benefits older Americans and their families. U.S. Rep. Todd Young of Bloomington helped to sponsor the bill, signed into law by President Barack Obama, that requires hospitals to inform patients and their famil

About a quarter of Indiana's seniors live in a household with other family members, including children. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - More than 7 million, or 40 percent, of seniors eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have not applied, and the numbers are even lower in the Hoosier State. During Older Americans Month, the National Council on Aging has an effort under way to close the "SNA

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