Difference Makers

Coronavirus shuts off lifeline to seniors; Southport police rally community to help

March 30, 2020
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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Get Involved to Prevent Falls

February 27, 2020
Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition at Senior Health Fair

Happy, healthy and upright—that’s the unspoken goal of many older adults who know they are one fall away from the hospital. It’s also the goal of the Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition (INFPC), which is now seeking new members to help raise awareness of fall prevention and how seniors can stay safe in the home.  Falls…

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LINKS Volunteers Prepare for Jobs and Independence

February 3, 2020
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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Indy woman volunteers, discovers a new friend

January 13, 2020
Volunteer to help seniors in need in Indianapolis

When Linda Pratt retired from Indiana University School of Medicine, she decided she wanted to volunteer. If you ask Ellie Petry, Linda is so much more. Yes, Linda helps Ellie with grocery shopping. She reads Ellie’s mail, helps pay some bills and other odds and ends, but those really aren’t the most important things they…

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Zionsville Students Deliver Holiday Totes to Seniors

December 18, 2019
Zionsville High School Students Deliver Holiday Totes to Seniors

On Friday, Dec. 13, ten students from Zionsville Community High School’s Customized Learning Program boarded a Way2Go shuttle. Karren (Sondrini) Brooks, director of CICOA’s Way2Go transportation service and their driver for the day, turned around to give some instructions: Find a seat, buckle up, pass out these lyrics for some Christmas carols. Who’s gonna start…

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Herman & Kittle Supports CICOA’s Holiday Assistance Program

December 13, 2019
Herman & Kittle employees volunteer at CICOA for holidays

Herman & Kittle Properties has been a valued partner with CICOA at the Nora Commons senior apartment complex for 10 years. While the Herman & Kittle team specializes in real estate development, construction and design, the organization makes a point to get involved in the community through volunteer work, such as this year supporting CICOA’s…

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Fishers Business Owner Steps Up to Support Dementia Friends

October 7, 2019
Tim Paul of Comfort Keepers

At a time when women were more likely to be homemakers than executives, Mary Paul was breaking barriers and crashing glass ceilings. She also was making an impression on her grandson, Tim Paul, as she climbed the ranks at Union Bank in Kokomo, becoming the first woman to be bank president. She was a mentor.…

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What It’s All About

September 30, 2019
Office Team Building Volunteer Project

What began nine years ago as a simple team building exercise for staff turned into so much more. William Anderson, vice president of business development at United Home Healthcare, recalled his first experience volunteering at CICOA’s annual Safe at Home event. “One of my first tasks when I got hired at United Home Healthcare was to…

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CICOA Honors Conner Prairie for Working to Help People with Dementia

July 18, 2019
Conner Prairie

When CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions was looking for partners to help expand Dementia Friends Indiana, it turned to Conner Prairie in Fishers. The living history museum embraced the idea immediately. Since 2018, Conner Prairie has made significant improvements to make the museum a friendlier place for those with dementia. CICOA presented Conner Prairie with…

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Comfort Keepers receives CICOA Impact Award for Support of Programs and Services

July 18, 2019
Comfort Keepers Award

Providing in-home care to clients is a vital part of the work CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions does to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities live as independently as possible. Comfort Keepers Indianapolis has been filling that role since 2011. The Indianapolis home health care company, though, has been doing a lot more behind…

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