Eagle Scout Installs Exercise Equipment for Seniors and Disabled at Franklin Park

Eagle Scout Nicholas Wallace park project in Franklin, IN

Nicholas Wallace is looking forward to the day he can take his grandpa to Blue Heron Park in Franklin. His grandpa has Parkinson’s Disease. Thanks to Wallace, there’s now an exercise area in the park designed for seniors and people with disabilities. It’s place where they can do assisted squats, lift weights, stretch, do sit ups and more.

While the area is open for everyone, Wallace, a junior at Franklin Community High School, wanted to provide an exercise area to help the elderly for his Eagle Scout project. He got inspired after his mom showed him a video of seniors exercising on specialized equipment on a beach in Florida. After a visit to a Valparaiso park last Thanksgiving, he realized he could bring the same kind of attraction to his hometown of Franklin.

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Three Questions To Guide Our Future

Recently, we began a series of reflective conversations among our staff about CICOA’s programs and services and how they fulfill our mission in Central Indiana. The conversations involve three deceptively simple questions:  What? So What? Now What?

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The Healing Properties of Art Therapy

If you are a non-artist like many of us (let’s face it, we’re the ones who consistently draw in stick figures and circles, all the while admiring the artistic work of other people whom we believe actually have “talent”), it is likely that even hearing the phrase “art therapy” produces anxious thoughts that just might be myths.

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5 Reasons to Buy Fresh, Local

Food tastes better in the summertime when you use fresh-from-the-vine produce. Recently, I made tacos that were amazing, because of the fresh peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and cilantro.

Not only was it easy to make, I know it was a whole lot healthier, because everything was fresh and in-season.

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CICOA offers free seminars to help seniors get the most out of Medicare benefits

Insurance is complicated, especially for senior citizens and those with disabilities who are eligible for Medicare benefits. Because it’s so complicated, Hoosiers aren’t taking full advantage of their Medicare coverage and it’s taking a toll on their health and finances.

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions is working to take some of the stress and confusion out of Medicare by offering free seminars in Indianapolis, Danville, Greenwood and Mooresville during National Medicare Education Week, Sept. 15-21.

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H.O.P.P. Conference 2017

CICOA joins other health care providers and community organizations in hosting a one-day program focusing on the health of seniors.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Changes on the Horizon.” Cost to attend is $8, if the registration form is postmarked by Aug. 25, 2017, or $12 after that date. No walk-ins are accepted.

For more information about the conference or registration, please contact Judy Wharton at the Marion County Public Health Department, 317-221-3022 or jwhorton@marionhealth.org.

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