Community survey findings and current clinical research studies

When we know more about the needs of older adults, we can better serve those in our community.

CICOA has participated in a number of national, state and local surveys designed to give statistically relevant information about the needs of older adults in our community. Data from these surveys is used in planning services for Central Indiana.

Research Study Opportunities

Self-Care While Caregiving

Indiana University Health and Human Sciences

This study aims to understand the barriers and motivations among older adult caregivers to engage in physical activity. The findings of this study will be used to propose a remotely delivered physical activity program for caregivers to stay active and connected with other caregivers.


  • 60 or older
  • Live in Marion County
  • Caregiver for someone with a dementia or Alzheimer's Disease diagnosis

Study Overview

  • Wear a physical activity tracker (like a fit bit) for 1 week/month for 4 consecutive months.
  • Complete an online survey for 4 consecutive months.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the consent form and email or contact (317) 278-9598 to get more information.

Decisions about Cancer Screening in Alzheimer's Disease

Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine

The DECAD project aims to test the impact of a decision aid for caregivers of older women. The decision aid is aimed to support caregivers in decision making around cancer screening for older women with dementia.


  • 75 or older
  • Female
  • Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
  • Have a spouse, adult child, or Legal Authorized Representative that is a caregiver for the patient.

Study Overview

  • May last up to 24 months
  • Three interviews about caregiving and making medical decisions for their loved one conducted over the phone or in-person.
  • Participants will receive $25 gift card after each interview.

Aging with a Disability

The University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is seeking participants for a research study about aging with a physical disability. The Community Health Study is a telephone-based health/wellness coaching program for adults 45-64 years old who have been living with a physical disability/long-term health condition where symptoms started before age 40.

CASOA Survey

In the Spring of 2017, CICOA participated in The Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults (CASOA). Surveys were sent to 3,000 households in Central Indiana with one or more resident age 60 or older.

Results focus on six dimensions that provide an overall picture of Central Indiana as a livable community for older adults:

  • Overall community quality
  • Community and Belonging
  • Community Information
  • Productive Activities
  • Health and Wellness
  • Community Design and Land Use

Survey Highlights


of older adults identified themselves as caregivers


reported they had fallen and injured themselves in the previous 12 months


of older residents rate their quality of life as excellent or good