Success Stories

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 own meal, even if it means he goes without. Princess has been Alan’s constant companion for the last six years. They’ve been through a lot together. The black cat with bright…

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

December 14, 2021
Carmine

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 his mom, Shecara Squires Reives of Brownsburg. Like lots of preschoolers, Carmine loves to dance, sing and read. He’s picky about what he eats, too.…

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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 other processed foods. She knew it wasn’t good for her or her high blood pressure, but she didn’t know what else to do. “They say…

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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 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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