Difference Makers

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, 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 the…

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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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Indy Physician Passionate About Educating Future Doctors About Dementia

July 18, 2019
Dr. Diane Healey Award

Dr. Diane Healey has high expectations for primary care residents during their geriatric rotations at St. Vincent Health Care Center for Healthy Aging. She thinks it’s vital that residents not only understand an older adult’s medical and physical condition, but also social conditions. That’s one of the reasons she began asking residents to become Dementia…

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Retired Noblesville Engineer Becomes Full-Time Volunteer

July 17, 2019
2019 Senior Volunteer of Year Lamar Ziegler

CICOA honors Lamar Ziegler as 2019 Senior Volunteer of the Year After people retire, they often spend their time golfing, traveling or working on a hobby. Not Lamar Ziegler. The 70-year-old from Noblesville often can be found repairing a roof or installing a grab bar, fixing loose deck boards or repairing a leaking faucet. When…

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Board Member Reflects on Caring for a Grandmother With Dementia

June 26, 2019
Brianna Saunders

When Brianna Saunders was 24, she took on the role of primary caregiver for her grandmother Evelyn, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Brianna cared for Evelyn for the last 10 years of Evelyn’s life. Although Brianna did not know about CICOA at the time, today she is a passionate member of the CICOA Board of…

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