Signature Breakfast to be held April 20

CICOA’s eighth annual Signature Breakfast, presented by Comfort Keepers, will be held April 20, 7:30-9 a.m. at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel, Ind. Jason Fechner, anchor, host and reporter at WRTV6, the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Sharing the keynote address that day are Jane and Brandon Scott.

When Jane had her first child 27 years ago, she wasn’t prepared for what followed. Her son, Brandon, was born without arms or legs. It’s such a rare condition, there is no name for it. Jane and her husband made an important decision: Rather than let their son feel sorry for himself, they were going to help him be as independent as possible. Today, Brandon is a college graduate, has a job, drives a car and recently got married.

The fundraising event consists of a free breakfast followed by the Scotts’ message and an opportunity for attendees to make a donation to fund services for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers. CICOA also will present the annual Caregiver of the Year Award, which honors one personal caregiver in Central Indiana who models courage, sacrifice, strength and creativity while caring for another. To RSVP, call (317) 803-6034 before April 7 or email


A United Front

Orion Bell Square HeadshotI keep a piece of notebook paper on the bulletin board in my office. The paper has my hastily-scrawled notes from a conversation at the old Wishard Hospital with Dr. Steven Counsel when I was “new” at CICOA. Even though it is barely legible and the ink is faded, I keep it as a reminder. Across the top of the page I wrote, “Steve Counsel’s Idea.” The idea was a simple one: Wouldn’t it be great if we could find a way to embed a CICOA Care Manager in the multi-disciplinary care teams at the hospital for geriatric patients?


Wanted: Good Dirt

kunk_kate_socialSome think it was Plato, others certainly not, but whoever said this seems to have had the right idea: “People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person, or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.” Caregivers in particular, who are at risk for isolation, are very much in need of a support system that is comprised of positive people.


5 Tips for Healthy Grocery Shopping on a Budget


It may appear that it costs more to buy healthy food than to buy junk food. It’s also easy to fall into the trap of relying on processed foods because they’re easier than fresh fruits and vegetables. Take a closer look… many times we are really paying a lot for packaging and not getting much food at all. It doesn’t have to be that way: Here are five tips to help you save money and still eat healthy.


Want to live to be 107? Bernice will tell you how

CICOA client Bernice Bohannon celebrated her 107th birthday this week and was featured Monday on the front page of the Indianapolis Star. Bernice also appeared in the Independence For All video shown at last year’s Signature Breakfast. CICOA has 30 clients age 100 or greater. Bernice is our second oldest client; the oldest is 108. We also serve 446 children under age of 19.

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Vote for Caregiver of the Year

Voting is now open for CICOA’s 2017 Caregiver of the Year Award to honor an unpaid caregiver in Central Indiana who models courage, sacrifice, strength and creativity. Ten finalists were announced on March 1 on CICOA’s Facebook page at The public is invited to like and share their favorite caregiver story. At noon on Friday, March 31, the entrant with the most likes on will be announced the winner. (You must have a Facebook profile to vote.) The CICOA Caregiver of the Year will receive a $500 cash prize, be recognized at CICOA’s annual Signature Breakfast on April 20 and be featured in the May/June edition of KIT Magazine.

Vote Here