Success Stories

You Make the Sunshine

April 6, 2021
Mable

Hearing aids in, Mable, 92, answered her phone. Although her hearing is dulled with age, her mind remains sharp, her laughter quick. Today, Mable lives alone on Indy’s northwest side. She was married to her husband for 60-plus years when he passed in 2007, and she has one son, three grandchildren and a supportive extended…

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Providing Peace of Mind

March 9, 2021
Andrea

For families, peace of mind means everything. Among the many resources CICOA provides, the knowledge and guidance of experienced professionals helps ease the journey for family caregivers like Andrea. Andrea’s mother, Silvera, 80, and aunt Betty, 83, live with her and her husband, Scott, in the Liberty Creek neighborhood on Indianapolis’ west side. Andrea, 52,…

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Home-delivered Meals Offer Lifeline for Indy Woman

January 13, 2021
CICOA Home-Delivered Meals Testimonial

For more than eight decades, Janice has made ends meet. It’s not always been easy, especially as a single mom. But last summer, Janice knew she could no longer could do it alone. At 82, she returned to Indianapolis from southern Indiana, where she had cared for a terminally ill son. Her social security check barely…

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Three Generations Caring for One Another Through Alzheimer’s and COVID

December 16, 2020
1 in 4 caregivers is a millennial

Roger never expected his daughter would one day become his caregiver, but then again, this former blackbelt and martial arts teacher never thought he’d need one. That was his job. He’s been the caregiver for family members over the years, and when his mom, Lena, 82, needed him because of her advancing Alzheimer’s disease, he…

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Facing the Holidays Alone

November 17, 2020
Nancy receives home delivered meals

For Nancy, 71, this Thanksgiving and Christmas will look different than in years past. She is facing the holiday season alone without Steve, her husband of 47 years, a career Army man who died in July. “That made me mad, because I was supposed to die first, not my husband,” Nancy fumed. “I’ve had three…

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An Ordinary Instant and a New Life

November 10, 2020
Care manager Judy and son Matt

July 26, 2014, began as an ordinary, beautiful summer day. But in an ordinary instant, our lives changed dramatically.  It was about 4:00 p.m. that Saturday when I received a call from my son’s girlfriend that she couldn’t rouse Matt. She had tried all day and couldn’t get a response. She asked me what to do.…

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Indy Millennial Helps Grandmother Live Safer at Home

October 7, 2020
Walk-in shower with grab bars for Indianapolis grandma

Mae has lived in the same home on Indianapolis’ northeast side for the last 50 years. While the 88-year-old grandmother is still able to cook and do some light housework, getting in and out of the shower was getting increasingly difficult. Mae admits she was afraid she might fall, but she can be a little…

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Honoring Mom’s Wishes

September 9, 2020
Jewell and Family

Jewell always told her family she wanted to die at home. Her family promised her that she would not have to worry about that; they would take care of her at home as she aged. When the promise was made, her children had no idea she would develop dementia at the age of 60 and…

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CICOA Client Perseveres After Death of Husband, COVID and Health Setbacks

August 12, 2020
CICOA Client Sallie

When Tamara France first met Sallie Preston five years ago, she felt sorry for the woman. At only 67, Sallie is blind in one eye and losing vision in her other eye. Her leg, three fingers and toes have been amputated. She has kidney disease, coronary artery disease, diabetes, neuropathy and MRSA. She had a…

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Keeping a Promise to Keep Her at Home

July 22, 2020
Senior Couple at Home

“Mike, honey, I don’t know where I am or how to get home.” Sitting in the parking lot of a local store, Corinne called her husband, confused. They both realized something was not right. She was able to describe her surroundings, however, and Mike was able to retrieve her. The diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s…

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