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B Patrick Bauer

Recent editorials published in Indiana newspapers

The Indianapolis Star. Jan. 15, 2016

Indiana's shameful neglect of elderly citizens

It's shameful and dangerous. But Indiana's tragic neglect of vulnerable elderly citizens, those most at risk of abuse and exploitation, also is a very solvable problem.

As The IndyStar's Marisa Kwiatowski documented in a recent investigation, the state has woefully underfunded its Adult Protective Services program, investing far less than comparable states such as Tennessee and Arizona. Thousands of older Hoosiers are left to suffer from abuse and neglect, sometimes to the point of death, as a result.

Kwiatowski found that state investigators, overwhelmed with caseloads that far...