Success Stories

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 one of the challenges she thrives on tackling. Natalie runs her own web-design business, is an elite-level power soccer player and travels the world in…

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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 they once did. Verlie has spinal issues. Shirley has Alzheimer’s. “One of my biggest concerns is falls,” said Shirley’s daughter, Courtney, who regularly stops by…

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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 tape. She could write her own book, given all she has experienced and accomplished. But throughout her life, Alice has been determined to look forward…

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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 was the same,” Linda’s husband, Richard, chimed in. “I have four older sisters, and we were always fighting over food.”  Richard’s dad planted a huge garden in the…

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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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