The Making of a Caregiver, Advocate

Deanna Conerly

Deanna Conerly describes herself as an extraverted introvert. However, her story shows someone who’s not hesitant about providing care and advocating for others. As one of CICOA’s newest Board members, Deanna brings an exceptional level of passion and experience to a role that allows her to advocate for the organization’s mission and help more people…

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Falling is Big Concern for 76-year-old Twin Sisters Who Live Together

Shirley Courtney and Verlie

After Shirley’s divorce in the 1990s, she and her twin sister, Verlie, bought a house together in Perry Township. Now at age 76, they don’t get around as well as they once did. Verlie has spinal issues. Shirley has Alzheimer’s. “One of my biggest concerns is falls,” said Shirley’s daughter, Courtney, who regularly stops by…

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Taking Time to Thrive at 105

Ask Alice McGinnis, who turned 105 this summer, about the secret to her longevity. “I never get in a hurry,” she says. Today, Alice likes to listen to books on tape. She could write her own book, given all she has experienced and accomplished. But throughout her life, Alice has been determined to look forward…

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CBO Innovation in the Era of Value-Based Care

Envision Lecture Innovation in CBOs

Community-based organizations like CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions not only provide valuable resources and services for vulnerable populations, but also increasingly must become innovators as part of an integrated, multidisciplinary healthcare delivery model. So said Dr. Venus Wong and Dr. Sarah Rosenbaum, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Clinical Excellence Research Center, during…

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CICOA Receives $10,000 from Glick Philanthropies to Support Residents Amid COVID-19

CICOA Among 106 Organizations Selected for $830,000 Community Relief Fund CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions received a $10,000 grant from the Glick Community Relief Fund, a grant program of Glick Philanthropies, to help local nonprofit organizations continue responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will support CICOA’s Way2Go transportation service, providing reliable, affordable transportation to help clients maintain their health and independence…

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CICOA Receives Aging Achievement Award

n4a Aging Achievement Awards 2021

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions announces that its innovative online application Duett received a 2021 Aging Achievement Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) during the n4a Annual Conference and Tradeshow, July 19-22. Duett, which won in the agency operations category, streamlines the process of matching older adults and people with…

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Nonprofits Join Forces to Keep People Safe at Home

Debra enjoys freedom with her new wheelchair ramp

Woman celebrates freedom after volunteers build wheelchair ramp Debra Jones feels free. For the first time in more than a year, she can safely go outside. She can’t get enough of the fresh air and sunshine after being confined to her home, unable to climb up or down the steps. On any given day, you’ll…

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Innovation, Compassion during Pandemic Inspire CICOA Awards

CICOA Spirit Award for Southport Police

When the pandemic struck, people came forward to find solutions to care for Central Indiana’s most vulnerable residents. CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions honored some of the heroes during its annual awards. It also awarded a hospital system and Indianapolis physician for work to advance care for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Exceptional Service Award:…

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Giving from the Heart

Laurinda Swank and her mother Theresa

Central Indiana is home to enough nonprofit organizations with worthy causes to make an interested donor’s head spin. How to choose one over another? Laurinda Swank believes in following her heart.  “Seniors and children are a soft spot for me,” said Laurinda, 50.   She finds value in CICOA’s focus on the long-term health and safety of its…

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CICOA Seeds Encourage Gardening

Richard and Linda Daily in the Garden

Linda Daily remembers her parents working circles around her in the garden. She hated all the planting, weeding and picking, but it was a way of life for her Depression-era parents.    “My family was the same,” Linda’s husband, Richard, chimed in. “I have four older sisters, and we were always fighting over food.”  Richard’s dad planted a huge garden in the…

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