Special Care for Special Kids

February eMessengerEven though aging is in our name, more than 400 of CICOA’s clients are under the age of 18. The youngest is only four months old. These special kids require special care because of complex medical needs resulting from a birth defect, traumatic injury or major illness. Their needs are extensive and expensive, beyond what most families can sustain. Thank you for helping make life a little better for these special kids and their families.

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Caring for Children with Special Needs

When you think about CICOA and the people we serve, the first image that comes to mind is probably of a senior. We are an Area Agency on Aging, after all. And if you visit our website, or peruse our printed materials, you will see many images of older adults. But it might surprise you to find out that 40 percent of the people who receive home and community-based care services from CICOA are under the age of 60.


Champions for Children

I had just started second grade in a new school when I came to understand what it means to be the sibling of a child with a disability.  My older brother was diagnosed with leukemia, which in 1957 was rare, debilitating and always terminal.

As a seven-year-old, I had never heard the words “primary caregiver,” but I knew who that was in our family because she was suddenly and often absent for weeks at a time in order to stay with Ben at a hospital far away.


Fun Foods for Picky Eaters

Tiffany Cox

Special Care for Special Kids. That’s the theme for a new campaign CICOA is launching this month, so I thought it would be appropriate to talk about how we can show our kids just how much we love them by serving up kid-friendly meals and snacks that will appeal to even the pickiest of eaters. The bonus – you’ll probably like these foods, too.


A Newborn Teacher

Lilah Miller

Lilah was born on April 17, 2015, with Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB), a disease in which the skin is not anchored to the body. Affecting only one in one million births, it is known as “the worst disease you’ve never heard of.” RDEB has no cure and requires constant attention, because the slightest touch or friction causes the skin to blister and come off.


We’re not just aging, we’re everyone!

CICOA has a new commercial that began airing this week on WTHR. It will appear primarily during news segments at various hours of the day with some bonus spots on other programming. You can view it above, or click on the link below to learn more about the individuals featured in the commercial.

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