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Betty Finds Purpose in Encouraging Others

April 29, 2014 Comments Off on Betty Finds Purpose in Encouraging Others
January 20 @ 9:51 am

Visitors who meet Betty, 82, tend to stay awhile. She tells stories in an easy-going manner with a wide, friendly smile. Betty is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis who raised her family on the city’s west side while working for RCA for 38 years. She fondly recalls hosting themed parties, shopping and serving in various…

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Mary

81-Year-Old Mary Stays Active

March 26, 2014 Comments Off on 81-Year-Old Mary Stays Active
January 20 @ 9:51 am

For 81-year-old Mary, staying active is not difficult. She is soft-spoken and sweet, and greets people with a warm hug. Every day she calls members of her St. John Missionary Baptist Church congregation to see how they are doing and to chat for a few minutes. Mary first connected with CICOA after undergoing open-heart surgery…

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Medicaid Waiver Helps Eligible Individuals Remain at Home

February 26, 2014 Comments Off on Medicaid Waiver Helps Eligible Individuals Remain at Home
January 20 @ 9:51 am

Moving into a nursing facility may not be the only option for seniors or those with disabilities who require assistance with activities of daily living. Individuals who meet Medicaid requirements who are at risk of institutionalized care may want to consider contacting CICOA’s ADRC to determine their eligibilty for the Medicaid Waiver program. Services provided…

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Five Ways to Help Seniors Keep Their Minds Sharp

November 2, 2013 Comments Off on Five Ways to Help Seniors Keep Their Minds Sharp
January 20 @ 9:51 am

To help seniors keep their minds active, caregivers can encourage them to: Learn something new. It’s never too late to take up a new hobby, visit a new park or theater or learn to play an instrument. Stay connected. Seniors should meet with friends and family in their homes and outside the home if possible.…

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And the Best Substitute for Sleep Is…

October 25, 2013 Comments Off on And the Best Substitute for Sleep Is…
January 20 @ 9:51 am

Actually, there IS no substitute for sleep! Ironic, isn’t it?  Some of the things that make us better caregivers are the very things that are in short supply because of caregiving. One glaring example of this is sleep. We don’t need research to prove that sleep deprivation causes problems with reflexes and decision making. What…

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CICOA Care Transitions Provides High Quality of Care, Reduces Health Care Costs

August 16, 2013 Comments Off on CICOA Care Transitions Provides High Quality of Care, Reduces Health Care Costs
January 20 @ 9:51 am

After Clarissa, 84, fell down the stairs of her home, she was rushed to Methodist Hospital where she was diagnosed with a brain contusion and spent seven days in the Intensive Care Unit. For the next several weeks, however, she remained hospitalized, dealing with secondary health conditions including multiple infections, pneumonia, memory loss and difficulty…

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Sydni

Respite Gives Parents Time to Refocus

April 30, 2013 Comments Off on Respite Gives Parents Time to Refocus
January 20 @ 9:51 am

In 2008, Stacie was pregnant with twin girls when she went into premature labor at 20 weeks. One of the twins was born and didn’t survive. Four weeks later, the second twin, Sydni, was born without a pulse but was resuscitated. Sydni spent her first nine months in the hospital, fighting literally for life and…

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Keith

Doctors Said Keith Would Not Live to His First Birthday

April 30, 2013 Comments Off on Doctors Said Keith Would Not Live to His First Birthday
January 20 @ 9:51 am

“Can I call you Mom?” Keith, 51, asked his cousin Tracy, 47. Normally, Keith calls her by her name. But when he is feeling low, he asks for the reassurance that comes with the name “Mom.” Keith is diagnosed with developmental disabilities, which give him the mental functioning of a child. He also has severe…

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Dorothy

So Grateful For the Help CICOA Provides

April 30, 2013 Comments Off on So Grateful For the Help CICOA Provides
January 20 @ 9:51 am

At 103, Dorothy still gets around, which is not always a good thing. A year ago she was residing in an assisted living facility when she wandered outside and got lost. Dorothy suffers from dementia, among other ailments. Her daughter Phyllis, who was managing a building in the complex, was told that her mother was…

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Corrine

Can't Imagine Mom With Anyone Else

April 30, 2013 Comments Off on Can't Imagine Mom With Anyone Else
January 20 @ 9:51 am

“I wish you could have known my mom. She was so vibrant at one time,” said Sondra. “She loved to dress in suits and hats. I never saw her in pants until she had her stroke.” Sondra is the daughter of Corrine, 80, who was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1997, around the same…

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