CICOA Staff and Volunteers Deliver Holiday Gifts to Low-Income Seniors

On Friday, Dec. 9, staff and volunteers from CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions delivered 200 totes filled with holiday food, 100 gift cards, and 135 “Be A Santa to a Senior” gifts to low-income older adults in Central Indiana. In all, 700 CICOA clients received some form of holiday assistance that, when shared with others in the same households, served 1,300 individuals in the community.

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Are You Lonely During the Holidays?

Orion Bell Square HeadshotFor some in our community, however, the holidays are not a time of togetherness but rather a reminder of the isolation felt each day.  It is estimated that one in five people over age 50 are lonely, a problem that has been associated with higher rates of chronic disease, depression, dementia and death. Many of these individuals are separated from loved ones by time and distance, homebound due to illness or mobility limitations, or disconnected from the community because of the demands of caregiving.

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Make a Difference for a Lifetime

kunk_kate_socialToo often, we as a society take for granted a progressively lower quality of life and less productivity in people as they age—and in turn, many seniors succumb to a self-fulfilling prophecy of decline, believing that passing some imaginary number of birthdays presents both a license and an obligation to slow down, step aside, isolate, and fade away.

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Enjoy the Holidays Without Packing on Extra Pounds

cox_tiffany_socialI’ll be the first to admit, it’s hard to resist holiday sweets and homemade baked goodies. With all the get-togethers and holidays parties, temptations are everywhere you turn. I’m not going to tell you not to enjoy yourselves during the holidays, but I do want to give you some tips to help you avoid packing on extra pounds. Yes, there are ways to indulge without overdoing it.

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James Proctor Fund Awards $51,000 Grant for Safe at Home

cicf_indnplsfoundanniversarylogo_4cCICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions has received a $51,000 grant from the James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate. The grant supports CICOA’s Safe at Home program, providing home accessibility and safety modifications to low-income senior home owners.

“This is good for seniors and for the neighborhoods they live in,” said CICOA president and CEO Orion Bell. “This grant helps us provide home modifications for older adults who don’t qualify through Medicaid or other public programs. We have data that shows low-cost modifications, like grab bars and handrails, reduce the risk of falls and emergency room visits and help seniors continue living independently in their homes,” he said.

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Holiday Basket is Answer to Prayer

Holiday Basket DeliveryAs CICOA care manager Shea Colley enters the apartment carrying a large plastic tote, across the room Carolyn claps her hands in delight and laughs. The smiles and laughter continue as Shea opens the tote and shows Carolyn its contents. Inside are all the fixings for a holiday meal: a ham, dinner rolls, fresh fruit, canned vegetables, sweet potato pie and much more.

The holiday basket program is an annual December tradition in which CICOA staff and volunteers deliver food, gift cards and “Be A Santa to a Senior” gifts to clients across Central Indiana.

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