Medical Residents Shadow CICOA Care Mangers to Understand Environmental Challenges of Seniors

St. Vincent Hospital medical residents are getting real-world experience that most young doctors—or even veterans physicians—don’t get to do. They’re shadowing CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions care managers to better understand the environmental challenges that low-income seniors face.

It is part of a new partnership between CICOA and St. Vincent Health led by Dustin Ziegler, CICOA’s director of community programs, and Dr. Diane Healey, who specializes in geriatrics at St. Vincent Health Center for Healthy Aging and also serves on CICOA’s Medical Advisory Council.


Be Cool

Indiana recognizes March as Indiana Disabilities Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Be Cool.” The campaign includes some great poster art and a variety of messages that promote the importance of “being comfortable in your own skin and being yourself.”


Disaster Planning and Dementia

It is unrealistic to think that we have any control over any major, potentially disastrous event that might threaten the wellbeing of our loved ones or life as we know it.  However, with the investment of some time, careful thought, conversation and planning, we can—to some extent—control our response to catastrophic events, possibly even preventing the less favorable outcomes of injury, increased confusion, anxiety and trauma to our loved ones.


Five Anti-Aging Foods You’ll Want to Devour This Spring

Anyone else notice that beets have been all the rage? Go to just about any local restaurant, and you’re likely to find beats on the menu, whether it’s pickled beets at Hollyhock, a roasted beet salad at Bluebeard or even Beet Tartine at Tinker Street. These earthy veggies with their deep purple color brighten up a bed of lettuce in salads, and best of all, beets are a real super food.

This spring, they are No. 1 on my list of the top five foods you’ll want to add to your diet if you’re looking for fresh flavors that also have health benefits, including anti-aging.


Nine Simple Tips to Prevent Falls in the Home

According to Everyday Health, ONE out of THREE seniors will fall this year. Falls are the number one cause of injuries and hospital visits for older adults. And if a fall happens, it can result in fatal injuries, nonfatal injuries, or simply frighten seniors that they may fall again. Most falls occur inside of the home, but with a few simple changes, many falls can be prevented. Caregivers can help make this possible by having a conversation with your loved one about these tips, and by helping with simple home modifications that might be needed.


County CASOA Presentations Announced

Central Indiana communities and agencies should be doing more to support older adults, according to the 2017 Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults (CASOA), a study commissioned by CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions. The study of people age 60 and older in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties found seniors want to be more involved in their communities, but need help finding the appropriate resources. The public is invited to a presentation of the findings by county.