Child Fights Brittle Bones With Unbreakable Spirit

Ateven ParkerThis is a story about perseverance. Steven Jr. was born May 27, 2008, with a rare congenital bone disorder commonly referred to as brittle bone disease. Undiagnosed until after delivery, Steven entered the world with over 40 fractures, a shattered skull and hemorrhaging in his brain. He left the hospital on hospice care, but he steadily began to improve. That’s the beginning of his story, and he’s been persevering ever since.

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Person-Centered Resolutions

Orion Bell Square HeadshotEvery time a CICOA care manager sits downs with a person to discuss a plan of care, they include a conversation about goals. What does that person want to accomplish? Maybe it’s a desire for a healthier diet, to walk more, to see a new grandbaby, or attend a grandchild’s wedding. For some it is a desire to go to school, visit a neighbor, find an apartment. Be more independent.

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Caregiver Goals for the New Year

The most commonly broken resolutions, of course, often have to do with improvements in health and lifestyle. Ironically, for caregivers, these are the resolutions that should never be broken! Health greatly influences not only one’s quality of life, but also one’s ability to remain effectively in the role of caregiver for as long as may be required. Caregivers, if you’re having trouble living into your goals, it’s time for a better, more specific plan.

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DASH Diet Can Help You Keep New Year’s Resolutions

Tiffany CoxThe DASH diet does more than help lower your blood pressure. According to numerous studies, those who follow the meal plan can reduce their risks of other diseases, including some kinds of cancer, stroke, heart disease, heart failure, kidney stones and diabetes. And, it’s an effective way to lose weight.

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Josh Bleill to Keynote 2016 Signature Breakfast

Josh Bleill 2Josh Bleill, U.S. Marine Corporal and spokesperson for the Indianapolis Colts, will be the keynote speaker at CICOA’s seventh annual Signature Breakfast on April 21, 7:30-9:00 a.m., at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel, Ind.

Bleill, who lost both legs in 2006 while on a tour of duty in Iraq, will address this year’s theme, “Independence for All.” After rehabilitation, Bleill returned to his native Indiana, where he now works for the Indianapolis Colts.  He is the author of the book “One Step At A Time:  A Young Marine’s Story of Courage, Hope and a New Life in the NFL.”

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Honor Your Father and Mother Conference

Are you a member of a faith community? If so, please help us reach out to your clergy and lay leaders by inviting them to CICOA’s 2016 Family Caregiver Conference. Titled Honor Your Father & Mother, the half-day workshop will be held Friday, March 11, 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W. 42nd St., #110, Indianapolis, 46208.

Conference attendees will discuss practical resources and share best practices in their own outreach to members of their faith communities who are caring for an aging or disabled loved one. They also will preview excerpts from CICOA’s new caregiver video series, which will be offered free to all participating congregations.

For more information, visit www.cicoa.org/honor or call 317-803-6034.

New Name, Same Dedication to Care: Nurses and More

Things change all the time; the trick is knowing what not to change. On January 1, 2016, the in-home care and healthcare staffing agency known as Nursefinders changed its name to Nurses and More. The change was predicated by organizational changes within the parent company, AMN Healthcare.

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