Success Stories

Better Housing Means Better Quality of Life for Indy Senior

May 10, 2022

What does “home” mean to you? For Indianapolis native Paul Martin, home is not a place, but a person. “To be honest. I haven’t felt like I’ve been at home…

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How One Woman’s Drive To Survive Made Local History

April 13, 2022
Mildred playing the harmonica

Yodeling earned her a blue ribbon; electroplating made this Indy woman a trail blazer Mildred Juanita Rebennack says her claim to fame is winning a talent competition for singing, yodeling…

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The Call That Saved a Life

February 14, 2022
Dennis Schneider

A sweet man, soft spoken and kind, 72-year-old Dennis doesn’t want to be a burden to anyone, including his care team. CICOA care manager Kia Sease often reassures him that…

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Seniors No Longer Have to Decide Between Feeding Themselves and Their Pets

January 11, 2022
Pet food program for Indianapolis seniors

CICOA receives Meals on Wheels America grant to provide pet food for Indianapolis seniors  Alan Hall loves his cat Princess so much, it’s not unusual for him to give her some of his…

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Indy Mom Finds Inspiration From Their Miracle Baby to Create Children’s Books

December 14, 2021

Four-year-old Carmine may rely on a G-tube for nourishment, and he may not have mastered as many words as his peers, but Carmine is a celebration, not a condition, says…

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The Monumental Impact Of Meal Delivery For Seniors

November 16, 2021
Senior Meal Delivery Recipient Joyce

With a food budget of $50 a month, Joyce couldn’t afford fresh fruit and vegetables, so she shopped at budget stores and made meals of Little Debbie snack cakes and…

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Shortage of In-Home Aides is Challenge for Team USA Power Soccer Player

October 13, 2021
Natalie playing with local team Circle City Rollers

Natalie is the definition of irrepressible. She views spinal muscular atrophy, the genetic disease that affects her central nervous system and requires her to use a wheelchair, as just another…

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Falling is Big Concern for 76-year-old Twin Sisters Who Live Together

September 8, 2021
Shirley Courtney and Verlie

After Shirley’s divorce in the 1990s, she and her twin sister, Verlie, bought a house together in Perry Township. Now at age 76, they don’t get around as well as…

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Taking Time to Thrive at 105

August 17, 2021

Ask Alice McGinnis, who turned 105 this summer, about the secret to her longevity. “I never get in a hurry,” she says. Today, Alice likes to listen to books on…

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CICOA Seeds Encourage Gardening

May 26, 2021
Richard and Linda Daily in the Garden

Linda Daily remembers her parents working circles around her in the garden. She hated all the planting, weeding and picking, but it was a way of life for her Depression-era parents.    “My family…

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