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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Medical Research is Driving CICOA’s Future

Caregiver daughter feeding mom

Stanford publishes caregiver research conducted in part with Indianapolis-based nonprofit New research published this spring by Stanford University is setting the stage for the future of caregiving in Indiana and across the country. In its report, Caring for Caregivers, published in NEJM Catalyst, researchers shared that nearly 20 percent of U.S. adults are caring for…

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You Make the Sunshine


Hearing aids in, Mable, 92, answered her phone. Although her hearing is dulled with age, her mind remains sharp, her laughter quick. Today, Mable lives alone on Indy’s northwest side. She was married to her husband for 60-plus years when he passed in 2007, and she has one son, three grandchildren and a supportive extended…

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Providing Peace of Mind


For families, peace of mind means everything. Among the many resources CICOA provides, the knowledge and guidance of experienced professionals helps ease the journey for family caregivers like Andrea. Andrea’s mother, Silvera, 80, and aunt Betty, 83, live with her and her husband, Scott, in the Liberty Creek neighborhood on Indianapolis’ west side. Andrea, 52,…

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CICOA announces launch of its first for-profit company, Duett


Tech company plays matchmaker for clients and home-care providers Central Indiana nonprofit CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions today announced the official launch of Duett, a for-profit tech start-up designed to match people who need in-home care with providers who offer the services. The spin-off company is a first for CICOA, which empowers older adults and…

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The Only Face They May See

Meals for Seniors

CICOA employees have a well-deserved reputation of going the extra mile for their clients. For Meals & More driver Pete Shields, 79, it is more accurate to say he goes the extra miles. Delivering Meals to Homebound Seniors Home-delivered meals are vital to the wellbeing of many clients. During the COVID-19 pandemic, most of CICOA’s…

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Home-delivered Meals Offer Lifeline for Indy Woman

CICOA Home-Delivered Meals Testimonial

For more than eight decades, Janice has made ends meet. It’s not always been easy, especially as a single mom. But last summer, Janice knew she could no longer could do it alone. At 82, she returned to Indianapolis from southern Indiana, where she had cared for a terminally ill son. Her social security check barely…

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