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

Dementia Caregivers

The IU Center for Aging Research is seeking participants for the TACTICs project. This project is open to ANY (non-paid) caregiver of an adult with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia and is 100% by phone or mail, and can be done at a time that works for the caregiver. Also, the caregiver can live anywhere in the country (not just Indiana!).

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