Exceptional Experiences Committee Leads CICOA on Imaginative Journey

The Exceptional Experiences Committee is setting the stage to shift CICOA’s focus from providing a service to creating an experience. Creating an experience requires a commitment to engage clients on an emotional, physical, intellectual and even spiritual level.

Compassion has always been a job requirement when serving CICOA clients. However, interacting with clients so that they may fully experience compassion is a new challenge. The Exceptional Experiences Committee will lead CICOA employees on an imaginative journey to do just that. This is no small task, as it requires a dramatic shift in the way success is measured. In fact, it is an expectation that we focus on what cannot be measured at all.

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Elder Abuse Awareness

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Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day designated by the United Nations to recognize elder abuse as “a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.”

The global population of older adults is expected to reach 1.2 billion people by 2025. It is estimated that 4 to 6 percent of them have experienced some form of maltreatment at home. 

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Awareness Turns to Action

kunk_kate_socialThe Marion County Prosecutor’s Office estimates that more than 50,000 endangered Hoosier adults are abused, neglected and exploited each year, and as few as one in twenty-five cases is actually reported to authorities. Why so few? Researchers explain that our current elderly were raised in a society that, for example, did not encourage speaking about domestic violence, seeking restraining orders, or talking about feelings and emotional needs.

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The Happiness Diet

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We’ve all heard about how the foods we eat can affect our weight, our cholesterol and blood pressure, but what we eat also contributes to our overall mood and mental health.

Eating for our mental health is the basis for a book, The Happiness Diet. Normally, I don’t like to promote these kinds of books as they tend to focus on one small bit of science and promote it as a cure all for everything.

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CICOA Medical Outreach Effort to Improve Quality of Life for Seniors and People with Disabilities

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions is spearheading a new effort to expand its reach within the medical community with the goal of improving the quality of life for senior citizens and those with disabilities in Central Indiana. The program is called Resources and Education Advancing Clinical Healthcare (REACH).

Key to this new outreach program will be a Medical Advisory Council, which includes 10 local aging and disability experts. The Medical Advisory Council will help bring together greater collaboration between CICOA and healthcare providers. The council also will offer guidance and best practices to help CICOA continue to improve and grow its services.

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CICOA Receives $15,000 Grant from INHP to Support Safe at Home

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions has received a $15,000 community grant from the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership® (INHP). The grant supports CICOA’s Safe at Home program and will help senior homeowners in Marion County successfully age in place.

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CICOA Receives Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Grant for Caregiver Video Series

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has awarded a $5,000 grant to CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions to expand caregiver support through its CareAware video series: Help and Hope for Family Caregivers.

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