Difference Makers

The Making of a Caregiver, Advocate

September 21, 2021
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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Want to Live a Happier, Healthier Life as a Senior? Volunteer!

September 7, 2021
Volunteering in retirement

In the third quarter of 2020, about 28.6 million Baby Boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 – reported that they were out of the labor force due to retirement, according to the Pew Research Center. Embarking into a new season of retirement can be both exciting and a bit scary for older adults. …

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Former CICOA Board Chair Anita Harden Joins Mission to Find Cure for Alzheimer’s

February 23, 2021
Anita Harden at CICOA Signature Breakfast 2019

Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges, and former CICOA Board Chair Anita Harden knows them all too well. For more than a decade, she served as a family caregiver for her mother, father and an aunt with Alzheimer’s disease, all while managing a private elder care law practice and serving on…

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The Only Face They May See

January 20, 2021
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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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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