Indiana Aging in Place Support and Resources
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The Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging provide services and support systems within the community and via public subsidies to Hoosiers who are in need of long-term care. There are 15 associate members in the state to help provide this care.
Serving the Indianapolis-area, the Central Indiana Council on Aging Inc. is the largest Area Agency on Aging in the state. The specific services they provide to seniors and individuals with disabilities include meals, transportation, home modifications, caregiver support and much more! You can learn more about events, news and services on their website.
The Regenstrief Institute
The Center for Aging Research, established by the Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University and the IU School of Medicine creates and tests innovative strategies to improve healthcare methods used by older adults, especially those who may be vulnerable, medically or socially. You can view the many projects they have implemented on their website.
The Regenstrief Institute also hosts a podcast called The Problem, which is about the big, complicated issues in healthcare and how we can work to improve them as a society.
Senior Citizens Organization, Inc.
Hamilton County’s The Senior Citizens Organization, Inc. offers a variety of activities for seniors including card games, crafts, dancing, movies, exercise classes and pool tables. A monthly birthday party featuring local entertainment helps seniors celebrate each month, and a monthly newsletter keeps participants up to date on current happenings. Lunch is provided. The organization is completely self-supporting with funds being raised through an extensive recycling program. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Catholic Social Services / A Caring Place
A day program that provides a safe environment for older adults with physical and cognitive challenges.
Caring Place offers programming and socialization, a health assessment and monitoring, and medication administration by a registered nurse. Breakfast, lunch and a snack are available daily as well as limited transportation services. Our Fall Prevention and Walking Programs are managed by our licensed physical therapist. We also offer referral and assistance in obtaining other needed services for your loved one to enable them to remain safe in their home and in the community.
Elder Friendly Communities /Reuben Center
Joy’s House – Located in the Broad Ripple area and on the south side of Indianapolis, Joy’s House is an adult day service devoted to safety, comfort and care for guests (clients) who visit on a daily basis and their family caregivers.
Meals on Wheels of America
Meals on Wheels promotes dignity and independent living for the homebound, through volunteer delivery of nutritious meals in the greater Indianapolis area, as well as parts of Boone, Hamilton and Johnson counties.
Rock Steady Boxing
Still Waters Adult Day Center
Still Waters Adult Day Care / Castleton United Methodist Church – A home away from home for adults who need supervised care. Opening in 2011, Still Waters Adult Day Center is a ministry of Castleton United Methodist Church. Our mission is “To strengthen, support and provide services for older adults and families throughout their journeys as aging individuals and caregivers.”
Still Waters operates in 2 locations; at Castleton United Methodist Church in Northeast Indianapolis and at Eastgate Christian Church on the near Eastside of Indianapolis.
Central Indiana Community Organizations
Dementia Support and Resources in Central Indiana
Story Cottage by Senior Home Companions
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Indiana Alzheimer’s Association
The Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has a great number of resources on their website, including education programs, a wide variety of local caregiver support groups and a blog with tips and stories from both individuals with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones.
They also promote advocacy and research in their effort to see a world without Alzheimer’s. One of their major awareness events is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, the world’s largest event for Alzheimer’s advocacy.
A Memory Cafe is a unique program for individuals and their caregivers that originally comes from the Netherlands. It can benefit anyone with dementia or mild cognitive impairment. They are typically hosted by social service professionals, with a focus on activities and fostering social connections.
Here in Central Indiana there are two Memory Cafes, one located at Conner Prairie and the other at Hamilton East Public Library in Fishers. The Hamilton East Library also hosts a number of other events for seniors and caregivers, like workshops and information sessions, that you can check out on their events calendar.
Dementia Friends of Indiana
The Dementia Friends of Indiana is an initiative out of the national Dementia Friendly America organization. Dementia Friends seek to provide both education and support to individuals with dementia and their loved ones, break down stigmas and create practical changes in the area.
When you become a Dementia Friend, you can attend an in-person or online session to learn how dementia affects others and how to educate others about the changes in our community that can help reduce stigma and improve support.
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