CICOA presents Honor Your Father and Mother Conference on Oct. 27 to support family caregivers

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Family Caregiver Conference

Caring for a loved one can be rewarding, but it also comes with lots of challenges, as it can be emotionally, physically and even financially draining. CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions understands these challenges and is providing a workshop on Oct. 27 to help those who are caring for aging parents or family members with disabilities. Area clergy and lay leaders also are invited to attend the conference, so they can better understand how to support those within their faith communities who are caring for loved ones.

Thanks to medical advances, people are living longer than ever before, however, more people also are living with chronic conditions that negatively impact their quality of life. Caregivers often struggle with how to best care for their loved ones.

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Words that Matter

One of my favorite things that happens at CICOA is Gratefulness Tuesday.

Each week, members of CICOA’s Wellness Committee send an e-mail to the staff. The e-mail usually includes an inspirational quote, a favorite of one of the committee members or one suggested by others on staff. The message is an opportunity to pause, reflect and be grateful – a note of encouragement to one another.

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Threats to Safety in the Home

When observing caregiving situations, we see that it is very often the caregiver—rather than the elder—who is concerned about threats to safety in the home. This is not surprising; many who have lived independently the majority of their lives feel quite confident that they are capable of continuing to do so, while their caregivers worry about the potential safety hazards in the home and are inclined to make life-altering decisions on behalf of the elder that are based on the presence of those hazards.

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Thank You to 29 Friends

In June, we asked our donors to consider making a gift to support those who use CICOA’s Way2Go transportation service. The donations came in all summer long! Thank you to all 29 friends of CICOA who gave nearly $3,000 to support transportation services for our clients.

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United Way Supports Transportation for Older Adults

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions has received a $75,000 grant from United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) in support of its Way2Go transportation service. This funding is important because it provides the local match required to access federal transportation funds to support transportation services for seniors in Marion County.

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CICOA Offers Phone Reassurance to Homebound Seniors Thanks to AmeriCorps

CICOA’s Meals & More staff is getting a helping hand thanks to two AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America), who are working to develop and implement a sustainable telephone reassurance service to homebound seniors.

It’s the first time CICOA has utilized AmeriCorps volunteers, but Lisa Schneekloth, director of  Meals & More, already sees the benefits.

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