Difference Makers

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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CICOA Client Brings Unique Voice to Board of Directors

February 27, 2019
CICOA Volunteer Case Calvert

What would life be without CICOA? Case Calvert pauses. It’s a question he’s never considered. He doesn’t really want to think about it. “I’d hate to have to go through that. It would change a lot of aspects of my life.” Then he sums it up with a single word. “Clarity.” That’s what CICOA has…

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Two Women Find Friendship Through CICOA

January 16, 2019
CICOA Friendly Visitor

Diane Kobylinski was flipping through IndyBoomer Magazine when an article caught her eye: “The Rise of the Elder Orphan.” The article was about a CICOA program designed to help stave off depression and feelings of isolation that impact as many as 40 percent of seniors. She learned CICOA was looking for volunteers to visit homebound seniors. “I…

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Carmel Woman Makes Time to Brighten a Senior’s Holiday

December 19, 2018
volunteer Kim Borges holding a pumpkin pie

Kim Borges juggles a lot of things in life. She has a demanding job that often takes her on the road marketing the good things Regions Bank is doing throughout 15 states. She serves on boards for the CICOA Foundation, Second Helpings and Dress for Success, and she volunteers for the Susan G. Koman Race…

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Donor Finds a Place He Can Make a Difference with CICOA

November 5, 2018
Pete Ritz

When a friend suggested Peter Ritz join the CICOA Foundation Board of Trustees about a decade ago, it didn’t take him long to say yes. Ritz was well aware of issues affecting the elderly. His 96-year-old dad was then living in a retirement center, and his wife’s dad had died just two years earlier. “I…

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Investing in Social Outcomes

August 14, 2018
David Hoover

When David Hoover took a job working for a commercial disability insurance company, he thought he would be helping people. Instead, he found he was spending most of his time arguing contract language, which was no fun. So when presented the opportunity, Hoover accepted the role as president of the Hoover Family Foundation, which was established…

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