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Caregivers: Take Care of Your Heart

January 24, 2015 Comments Off on Caregivers: Take Care of Your Heart
January 20 @ 8:49 am

While caregiving is a rewarding experience, the added burden of caring for a loved one can have a tremendous physical and emotional impact. Oftentimes, caregivers get so caught up in maintaining their loved one’s health that they forget to take care of themselves. According to the Center for Advancing Health, this neglect leads to an…

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Aging & Disability Resource Center: What Happens When I Call?

January 20, 2015 Comments Off on Aging & Disability Resource Center: What Happens When I Call?
January 20 @ 8:49 am

The Aging & Disability Resource Center often is referred to as the “front door” of CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions. The ADRC is a one-stop resource center for programs and information on services for older adults and people with disabilities in Central Indiana. While the majority of client and caregiver interaction happens by phone the…

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Senior Medicare Patrol Fights Fraud and Abuse

January 18, 2015 Comments Off on Senior Medicare Patrol Fights Fraud and Abuse
January 20 @ 8:49 am

You’ve probably heard your friends and neighbors tales of Medicare fraud: scam artists asking for your Medicare card, providers charging for procedures you never had, or charging Medicare patients higher rates. Thankfully, in Indiana, there are senior citizens on patrol. This isn’t your typical neighborhood crime watch. Instead, it’s a statewide network of volunteers charged…

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Respite Care: Why Caregivers Need Eight Hours A Week and Where to Get It

November 30, 2014 Comments Off on Respite Care: Why Caregivers Need Eight Hours A Week and Where to Get It
January 20 @ 8:49 am

Caregiving can take a toll on caregivers, physically, mentally and emotionally. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, caregiving can lead to increased stress, chronic health challenges and depression. It is important that caregivers have a break, or respite, from their caregiving responsibilities on a regular basis. Respite care can be good for both the caregiver and…

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Homeowner Considers Consequences of Falling

October 1, 2014 Comments Off on Homeowner Considers Consequences of Falling
January 20 @ 8:49 am

Leona Bishop, 74, tripped and fell down the stairs from her bedroom to her living room. Sore and bruised, but not injured, she began to consider the consequences of falling to her health and independence.  A short time later, she slipped while stepping into her bathtub—avoiding injury once again, but now beginning to grow fearful.…

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Respite for the Caregiver…Optional, or Mandatory?

July 28, 2014
January 20 @ 8:49 am

As caregivers, we want to provide the very best possible care for our loved ones. Often, though, we can fall into the trap of being the sole caregiver, convinced that we don’t need much help (if any at all) and that no one else can perform the necessary tasks to meet our high expectations. Unfortunately,…

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CICOA’s Way2Go Transportation Program Provides Vital Service to Seniors and People with Disabilities

May 28, 2014 Comments Off on CICOA’s Way2Go Transportation Program Provides Vital Service to Seniors and People with Disabilities
January 20 @ 8:49 am

Vicki Edwards, 54, awoke one night in April 2013 with a pain in her neck. The pain turned out to be a ruptured disc, and within an hour of being taken to the hospital, she was paralyzed. Prior to her injury, Edwards was a manager at a dental office who was active with family and…

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Chris

Chris Pursues Love of Technology

April 29, 2014 Comments Off on Chris Pursues Love of Technology
January 20 @ 8:49 am

In 1987, Chris wrote in an article for Indianapolis Monthly magazine, “You either do something in your life, or sit and do nothing.” Chris is definitely a “do something” person. The 58-year-old was born with a hereditary form of muscular dystrophy, which has caused muscle deterioration, and means he needs help bathing, dressing and moving…

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Owen

6-Year-Old Superhero Models Winning Spirit

April 29, 2014 Comments Off on 6-Year-Old Superhero Models Winning Spirit
January 20 @ 8:49 am

Owen is like any other 6-year-old boy. He loves superheroes, video games, baseball and garbage trucks. He can run like the wind, with or without his Star Wars-themed prosthetics. As a toddler, Owen was burned on more than 98 percent of his body. He has endured numerous surgeries to repair his skin, hands and eyes.…

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Yolanda

Easy Access to Home Improves Independence

April 29, 2014 Comments Off on Easy Access to Home Improves Independence
January 20 @ 8:49 am

Outside Yolanda’s front door is a wooden ramp. The ramp has sturdy handrails around it, which allows Yolanda to leave her home safely without the worry of maneuvering stairs in a wheelchair. Easy access to her home is just one aspect of Yolanda’s recent independence. For the past few years, Yolanda has been able to…

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