The Elder LEAD program is an evidence-inspired statewide initiative that promotes health and wellness among senior citizens.
The initiative works to reduce the likelihood of substance abuse and misuse as well as the onset of mental illness among the elder population. Elder LEAD serves as a protective factor helping to fill the gaps and provide resources to the senior community.
Elder LEAD is designed to provide seniors with the tools necessary to be:
- Personal Health Advocates – take an active role in having a healthy body, a healthy mind and a healthy social life. As personal health advocates, program participants will learn the skills to maintain and improve their personal health as well as the skills and knowledge to help their friends and loved ones.
- Manage Changes Linked to Aging – learn new ways to adapt to changes, stay active, find new joys, and continue to improve their lives.
The Elder LEAD program is implemented through a series of workshops that are facilitated in senior centers, faith-based communities, and in agencies working with the senior population. The workshops, A Healthy Body, A Healthy Mind, A Healthy Social Life, and A Healthy Community, are designed to:
- Educate and provide information about proper medication usage
- Increase awareness of medication and alcohol misuse
- Understand the emotional challenges associated with aging
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of depression and suicidal ideation
Geminus Corporation provides administrative oversight for Elder LEAD, which is made possible due to funding from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (part of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.)