Delivering meals to seniors with Southport Police Department

To the Southport Police Department, protect and serve means keeping the community safe, but also taking care of the less fortunate. Once the coronavirus pandemic hit, the police department was especially concerned about elderly people in the community. “We have a lot of seniors who can’t get out,” said Assistant Police Chief Lossie Davis. “They…

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Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund

The Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund (C-CERF) has awarded $75,000 to CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions to support the emerging needs of clients during the COVID-19 outbreak. CICOA is one of 46 organizations receiving immediate grants from C-CERF. C-CERF is a community fund established by founding partners Lilly Endowment Inc., Central Indiana Community…

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Twiddle Muffs Sensory Tool for People with Alzheimer's and Dementia

When Leann Moss was caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease, her mother’s hands were often restless, picking at clothing until she rubbed holes in them. Such behavior is common in a person with dementia, and one of the many challenges caregivers face. If only she had known about Twiddle Muffs, Leann said. Twiddle Muffs…

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CICOA Client Sean Toth

For some, just one surgery can change a life forever. For Indianapolis native Sean Toth, surgeries are normal and frequent. The 51-year-old has had 346 surgeries in his life, many resulting from Type IV Hereditary Dysautonomia Neuropathy, a disease that affects his immune and central nervous systems. “Left leg, right foot below the knee, right…

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IU Health Saxony Hospital becomes first Dementia Friends Indiana Hospital

Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital has been named the first hospital in the state to be recognized as a Dementia Friends Indiana Hospital. To accomplish this, IU Health Saxony partnered with CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions, state administrator of Dementia Friends Indiana, to create a first-of-its-kind program that increases awareness, comfort level and competency for…

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CICOA helps Viqtouria's family with her special needs

Chanel Bradshaw gave birth to her daughter Viqtouria when she was only 16 years old. It’s difficult to become a parent as a teenager, but Chanel quickly had to learn how to become a caregiver as well.  “Viqtouria started having seizures when she was just four months old,” Chanel said. “She’s 13 now, but she…

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The Magic Ball Goes Woodstock Benefiting CICOA

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions is proud to announce its inaugural Magic Ball, presented by Comfort Keepers, on Friday, April 3, 6-11 p.m. at the Biltwell Event Center in Indianapolis. Tickets are on sale now. The Woodstock-themed evening includes dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and a costume contest. Costumes are optional, but attendees are encouraged to…

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Brehm Family Caring for Special Needs Child in Shelbyville Indiana

There are lots of good days. The days when Jeremy and Amanda Brehm take Jonah to the Indianapolis Zoo and watch as their 3-year-old presses his little hands against the glass trying to get the attention of the orangutans. It’s a good day when the family walks around the zoo, Jonah on Jeremy’s shoulders, just…

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LINKS Volunteers at CICOA Indianapolis

Every Tuesday for three hours, volunteers Jarrel, Mark, Mackenzie and Pam perform clerical and administrative tasks at CICOA, such as assembling new client packets or filing, as part of the LINKS volunteer program. On other days, they assist other nonprofits, packing food and hygiene items and distributing them to people in need or performing other…

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