Central Indiana has a rich history of collaboration between research, healthcare and community organizations. Excellent healthcare facilities, world-class research institutions, and high-quality educational programs in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work find common ground in the Indianapolis area. Thanks to partnerships, we all work together to translate research into better health and better care for the people we serve.
We are grateful for the advocacy, partnership and opportunity to work together to enrich the lives of older adults, people with disabilities and the people who care about them.
The Center for At-Risk Elders
The Center for At-Risk Elders, Inc. is a lawyer-led team of advocates guarding Indiana’s neglected, abused and exploited elders. The Volunteer Advocates Program is a key component of the Center for At-Risk Elders (CARE).
Far too many adults and elders are unable to make quality decisions for themselves as a result of incapacity, requiring guardian services. Yet a significant number have no family or friend who is appropriate to serve as guardian. This is where the Volunteer Advocates Program comes in. CARE matches Volunteer Advocates one-on-one with adults in need of a guardian.
Guardianships allow trained, court-approved volunteers to provide oversight and advocacy for adults admitted to the hospital who have dementia, mental illness, developmental disability, chronic addiction or brain injury and no friend or relative to advocate on his or her behalf.
Dementia Friends Indiana
Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia.
As the number of Indiana residents affected by dementia continues to grow, so does the need for communities to better understand dementia and better accommodate the challenges of those affected by the diseases that cause it. The Dementia Friends Indiana initiative seeks to educate communities across the state about dementia, break down the stigma surrounding dementia, and implement practical changes that make life easier to navigate for those with dementia and for their loved ones.
Indiana became the 10th state with a Dementia Friends program in 2017. The initiative was launched in Central Indiana in 2017 by CICOA and expanded in 2019 through partnership with 15 area agencies on aging statewide.
Each sector of a community has a unique role to play in contributing toward dementia friendliness, whether it is a hospital or health care settings, a business or retail locations, community-based services, faith communities, local government or residential care. Learn what you can do to help.
Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition
Fall prevention focuses on factors that can reduce the risk of falls at home among the aging population. The Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition is committed to raising awareness of fall prevention, reducing fall-related injuries and effecting policy change through leadership, advocacy and education. The coalition is a group of professionals representing a broad range of statewide agencies and organizations.
Indy Hunger Network
The Indy Hunger Network is a coalition of representatives from leading anti-hunger organizations, both public and private, in Indianapolis.
By fostering collaboration between organizations, the Indy Hunger Network is making the food system that feeds the hungry more efficient and effective. Individually and collectively we are dramatically reducing hunger.