October 11, 2012
Shawnee State University's Health Executives and Administrators Learning Society featured two guest speakers at their October 4 meeting.
Area Agency on Aging District 7 representatives Debbie Gulley and Kaye Inoshita discussed the growing population of older Americans and the various occupations centered on caring for them. Established in 1972, AAA7, according to their mission statement, exists to assist individuals in maintaining independence and personal choice by providing resource options and services.
Debbie Gulley, director of Long-Term Care Programs, discussed the various services AAA7 offers, including Emergency Home Repair, Healthy Lifestyle Programs, and the National Family Caregiver support program, which provides relief for family members who have constant caregiving responsibilities.
Kaye Inoshita, Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman program director for AAA7, discussed the role of Ombudsmen. Ombudsmen act as advocates for those living in long-term care, investigating complaints regarding client rights and conducting quarterly advocacy visits to long-term care facilities.
HEALS will continue to offer lectures regarding older American welfare and general healthcare administration topics throughout the school year. To learn more, attend the next meeting on Oct. 17 at 4:30 in SSU's Kricker Hall 155 or contact Acting President Shari Wing at firstname.lastname@example.org.