Aging & Disability

Oak Street Health collaboration supports at-risk seniors

April 17, 2020
Wilson and Ziegler

“What do you need? How can we help?” The call came from Matt McLaughlin, Regional Vice President for Oak Street Health, who was exploring food deliveries for at-risk seniors during the present COVID-19 health crisis. Being able to quickly identify and support at-risk individuals is central to CICOA’s collaboration with Oak Street Health in the…

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Stuck at Home? Stay Safe at Home

April 1, 2020

Are you stuck at home during the COVID-19 scare? For most of us, home is a special place to be with those we love in a comfortable, safe environment. For some, however, the home can present its own hazards. The CDC estimates that one in four people age 65 and older fall every year, and…

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Music Therapy Offers “Healing” Experience for CICOA Clients

December 7, 2017
Amy Rohn

One of CICOA’s goals is to enrich the lives of those it serves. That’s now happening through music therapy. Amy Rohn, a Celtic harpist from Indianapolis, volunteers her time to bring her music into the homes of several CICOA clients each month. While music therapy at CICOA is in its early stages, it’s already garnering…

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Call for Help Receives Outpouring of Generosity

March 17, 2015
Tom Short

“I’m just thankful for all God’s done for me.” Tom, 62, a Marine Corps veteran with disabilities, sat on the edge of his bed and wiped a tear from his eye, unable to continue speaking. Around him, Tom’s home was filled with the sounds of demolition — hammers, power tools, the hollow noise of wood…

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Tips for Traveling With People With Disabilities

March 1, 2015
Importance of Touch

For the nearly 1.25 million Hoosiers living with a disability, transportation goes far beyond getting from one place to another. Being in a different environment, be it a new room, new city or on a plane, can be extremely stressful. Even tasks as seemingly simple as getting in and out of a car can become…

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Aging & Disability Resource Center: What Happens When I Call?

January 20, 2015

The Aging & Disability Resource Center often is referred to as the “front door” of CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions. The ADRC is a one-stop resource center for programs and information on services for older adults and people with disabilities in Central Indiana. While the majority of client and caregiver interaction happens by phone the…

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Senior Medicare Patrol Fights Fraud and Abuse

January 18, 2015

You’ve probably heard your friends and neighbors tales of Medicare fraud: scam artists asking for your Medicare card, providers charging for procedures you never had, or charging Medicare patients higher rates. Thankfully, in Indiana, there are senior citizens on patrol. This isn’t your typical neighborhood crime watch. Instead, it’s a statewide network of volunteers charged…

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CICOA’s Way2Go Transportation Program Provides Vital Service to Seniors and People with Disabilities

May 28, 2014

Vicki Edwards, 54, awoke one night in April 2013 with a pain in her neck. The pain turned out to be a ruptured disc, and within an hour of being taken to the hospital, she was paralyzed. Prior to her injury, Edwards was a manager at a dental office who was active with family and…

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Medicaid Waiver Helps Eligible Individuals Remain at Home

February 26, 2014

Moving into a nursing facility may not be the only option for seniors or those with disabilities who require assistance with activities of daily living. Individuals who meet Medicaid requirements who are at risk of institutionalized care may want to consider contacting CICOA’s ADRC to determine their eligibilty for the Medicaid Waiver program. Services provided…

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