CICOA’s New CEO Living Out Dreams of Helping Others

January 14, 2020
Tauhric Brown

Tauhric Brown always knew he wanted a career where he could help make lives better for others. He knew it from the time he was a child when he spent his summers with his grandmother in Atlanta and saw how his aunt struggled with cerebral palsy. He wanted to do something to help. He’s landed…

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Seniors With Dementia Need an Advocate in the ER; Indy Doctor Provides Tips

September 16, 2019
ER Dementia Advocate

Going to the emergency room is stressful in the best of circumstances. For older adults – especially those with dementia – a trip to the ER can lead to confusion, extra medical tests and often longer hospital stays. Considering that 30 percent of seniors need emergency treatment annually, families need to prepare for the inevitable…

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CICOA’s First Occupational Therapy Resident Was Inspired by Her Grandparents

May 2, 2019
Sarah Baumgartner

Sarah Baumgartner always knew she wanted to work with elderly people. She’s fascinated by their stories and passionate about helping them live independently. “I have the most wonderful grandparents and am very close to them,” Sarah said. “I would rather hang out with them than anyone else.” So, when it was time for her to…

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Trash collector becomes lifeline for Indianapolis man

April 22, 2019
Trash Man Saves Man's Life

Jerald Bradford has escaped death more times than his mom, Shelia Wright, can count. Over his 38 years, Jerald has had more than 30 brain surgeries, the first when he was just six months old after being born with traumatic brain injury. There were more surgeries in 2002 after he was brutally beaten, run over…

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Co-owner of Two Chicks and a Hammer Shares Her Thoughts on Home Accessibility

October 17, 2018
Karen Laine

Almost everyone has a CICOA story, it seems. “I have a personal relationship with CICOA,” confessed Karen E. Laine, who along with her daughter Mina Starsiak, co-hosts HGTV’s Good Bones, a home renovation show based in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis. Laine served as emcee at CICOA’s 9th annual Safe at Home event on…

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Meeting People Where They Are

September 7, 2018
Meeting People Where THey Are

We’re all on a journey of some kind. A journey is defined as traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time. Is your journey through life full of adventure and exploration? Is it a pilgrimage with a purpose? Have you set a course, or are you muddling through? At CICOA, we…

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Medical Residents Shadow CICOA Care Managers to Understand Environmental Challenges of Seniors

March 13, 2018
St.Vincent Partnership

St. Vincent Health medical residents are getting real-world experience that most young doctors—or even veterans physicians—don’t get to do. They’re shadowing CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions care managers to better understand the environmental challenges that low-income seniors face. It is part of a new partnership between CICOA and St. Vincent Health led by Dustin Ziegler,…

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Making Strides

April 12, 2017
Bill and Maria Dampier

Greenwood bus driver named Caregiver of the Year It all started over a heart-shaped pizza on a cold winter afternoon in Garfield Park. Maria Dampier was a single mom trying to make ends meet. She wasn’t interested in dating. But then Bill Dampier asked her out for pizza, and she said, yes. They were both…

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Preventing the Unthinkable – Elder Abuse

June 13, 2016

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions is helping to spread awareness about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation through a new video, “Preventing the Unthinkable.” Now available for the public, the video is part of a six-part CareAware series, “Help and Hope for Family Caregivers.” Caregivers have a special bond with those for whom they provide care.…

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Anna’s New Friend Helps Her Get Organized

May 22, 2015
Anna and Colleen

Life can get lonely as you age. Which is why CICOA offers the Friendly Visitor program, where volunteers visit seniors in their homes or in health care facilities to offer companionship and encouragement. “As we age, we don’t always have same level of support and can become isolated,” said Dan Amonett, director of CICOA’s Safe…

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