Mental Health

Beyond Blue

Orion Bell Square HeadshotThe blues. A funk. Feelin’ down. We have lots of words for it. Depression is a mood disorder, a persistent feeling of sadness and a loss of interest. Occasional sadness is part of the human experience, but for some, depression can be debilitating, having a lasting, negative impact. It affects friendships and families, increases the risk for other health problems, and prevents the individual from enjoying life.

October is Depression Awareness Month, and an opportunity to share information about this medical condition that affects one in ten adults.


Know Your Caregiver Lifelines

Cindi UebeleIt comes as no surprise that caregivers are at high risk for depression.  Many are isolated and exhausted. Many, in trying to provide the best care for a loved one, neglect their own needs.

One of the first things I did after my move was to find out what caregiver resources already exist.   When your job is to throw a lifeline to those who feel like they are drowning, I was encouraged to see some of the great resources available in Central Indiana.


Improve Your Memory by Remembering These Foods

Tiffany CoxThe old adage “you are what you eat” is truer than most people realize. Many of us have varying degrees of awareness as to how certain foods impact our body’s appearance and performance, but have you ever considered how the food on your dinner plate impacts your mental health?

Our brains are incredible machines responsible for calculating our every thought, movement and reaction at blazing fast speeds. With such an important job, it’s no wonder the human brain consumes more than 20 percent of our daily caloric intake.


Eskenazi Health Announces New Sandra Eskenazi Center for Brain Care Innovation

Dr. Malaz Boustani, who serves as a member of CICOA’s Foundation Board of Trustees, has been named the founding director of the Sandra Eskenazi Center for Brain Care Innovation.

From Eskanazi Health: “As director of the Healthy Aging Brain Center, he developed core competencies to address the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia for his patients. He will build on this expertise in brain care research and health care innovation to lead the Sandra Eskenazi Center in developing and implementing a far-reaching and visionary model of brain care.”

Novel approach to Alzheimer’s care set for Midwestern rollout | Indianapolis Business Journal

Eskenazi launches $50M effort to take brain care around the world | Indianapolis Business Journal

Eskenazi Health plans innovative brain center to treat Alzheimer’s, depression | The Indianapolis Star

Lilly Volunteers Benefit CICOA Clients

Lilly Day of Service VolunteersOn Oct. 1, about 70 volunteers at Eli Lilly and Company spent a half day working on projects to benefit CICOA clients as part of Lilly’s Global Day of Service. Members of the marketing and biomedicines units gathered at Lilly headquarters to make blankets, wheelchair pocket holders, decorative boxes and calendars, as well as superhero capes for CICOA’s youngest clients.