Israel Says She’d Do It All Again, In a Heartbeat

2018 Caregiver of Year Darla Israel

2018 Caregiver of Year Darla Israel

Alma “Sis” Kincaid was only 55 when doctors told her it was no longer safe for her to live alone. She would leave the stove on or burn potpourri and forget until the pot was scalded. The family knew something had to be done.  Darla Israel, one of Kincaid’s seven children, decided she would become her mom’s full-time caregiver. That was 24 years ago. Israel received CICOA’s 2018 Caregiver of the Year Award on Wednesday, April 18, during the nonprofit’s ninth annual Signature Breakfast. The award honors a personal caregiver in Central Indiana who models courage, sacrifice, strength and creativity while caring for another.

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The Habit of Giving

Does your life include the habit of philanthropy? The website, www.365Give, offers examples of how to establish the giving habit. Among the suggestions, start small. And give regularly. Be intentional about your giving. Establish the habit.

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Running to Win

Are you familiar with the world’s 800+ marathon events annually?  This long-distance foot race of about 26 miles is completed by running, walking or a combination of the two, and there are also wheelchair divisions.   We seem to be a civilization that loves racing and winning—and while caregivers might not win a literal marathon, successful caregiving requires similar characteristics to those of a marathon champion.

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Easy, Healthy Meals to Make, Take to Others

When someone is sick, recovering from surgery or going through a hard time, we often want to do something to help. If you’re like me, you like to bring comfort to others with a good, home-cooked meal. But, what to take? You want it to be easy to bake, reheat or freeze.

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Resources for Home Repairs and Modifications

Home is a place you should feel safe and comfortable. But as we age, it can be harder to keep up with routine maintenance and repairs that are important for the safety of yourself and others. According to Indiana Legal Services, your home is often the biggest investment you will make. Sometimes, small problems can lead to bigger ones, which is why you need to fix them early. This can save you more costly repairs later, and also can prevent you or others from falling or being injured.

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Your Touch Has an Impact

Touch can be healing. It’s a way to communicate and can produce feelings of affection, gratitude or sympathy. Touch can be a blow or a brush, a crash or a caress. But touch always has an impact. We truly appreciate all the kind touches from CICOA’s family of donors, volunteers, advocates and community partners. No matter how you’ve touched CICOA, your touch is more important than you know.

We just printed CICOA’s annual report for fiscal year 2017. It is a chronicle of the people and lives you’ve touched. I invite you to see how you’re part of the story, and I’m honored by every person, every company, and every foundation that chose to reach out to touch CICOA.

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INHP Grant to Improve Home Safety for Low-Income Seniors

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The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership® (INHP) awarded a $20,000 grant to CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions to provide home safety and accessibility modifications for five low-income senior homeowners in Marion County through CICOA’s Safe at Home program.

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The Indianapolis Foundation Awards CICOA $60,000

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions has received a $60,000 grant from The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, to support home safety and accessibility modifications for low-income Marion County seniors. This grant from The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, will fund 27 home modification projects through February 2019. Under the supervision of Dan Amonett, director of Safe at Home and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, each home project receives an assessment of need, scope of work required, verification of homeowner income, and pre- and post-evaluation of completed modifications.

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