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ER Dementia Advocate

Seniors With Dementia Need an Advocate in the ER; Indy Doctor Provides Tips

Going to the emergency room is stressful in the best of circumstances. For older adults – especially those with dementia – a trip to the ER can lead to confusion, extra medical tests and often longer hospital stays. Considering that...
Making home safer for seniors in Indianapolis

CICOA Volunteers Give Indy Woman a Safer, Tidier Home

CICOA had a challenge on its hands. It’s the kind of challenge every nonprofit would love to have: too many volunteers. In 2018, Dan Amonett, certified aging in place specialist, was coordinating the work of more than 150 volunteers to...
When in Doubt toss it out

When in Doubt, Toss it Out!

Nothing says summer like an outdoor picnic or enjoying a meal of refreshing, cold foods. But summer or winter, healthy eating involves not only what you eat, but also maintaining proper food temperatures. According to the Centers for Disease Control...
Communicating with person Dementia

Communication Tips for a Loved One with Dementia

Communication—both verbal and nonverbal—is intrinsic to the human experience. Effective communication, however, far from being an innate trait, is a learned skill. Throughout our lifetime, social environments (i.e. parents, teachers, friends, jobs, and other life experiences) shape our understanding of...
Hannah Monroe

From Disease-Centered to Person-Centered Care Management

Dr. Healey, a geriatrician with St. Vincent’s Center for Healthy Aging, made a presentation to CICOA’s care management staff in May about the need for a paradigm shift in the medical field from disease-centered to person-centered care management. As a...
CICOA clients Jennifer and Billy

Out of the Chaos Into the Calm

When she started as a care manager at CICOA, Mr. B was the first client on Lara’s caseload. He had yet to start any services, and Lara was fresh out of grad school, eager but naïve about the difficulties awaiting both...

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