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13 Essential Resources Providing Senior Services and Information in Central Indiana

November 5th, 2012

At BrightStar Care, we understand that it can be difficult to navigate the many rivers of information regarding eldercare and senior services. If you are the child or primary caregiver for an aging parent or elderly person, sometimes you simply need pointed in the right direction to provide better care for your aging loved one. Of course, you can contact us at BrightStar Care whenever you have eldercare questions, especially those concerning seniors who might need assistance while living at home or in the caregiver's home. But we also understand that you might have questions or concerns that are best addressed by specific senior service agencies or service providers.

So, here, using information gathered from online and other sources, we present 13 resources to help you get the information you need about aging and eldercare services in Central Indiana. Please note that BrightStar does not necessarily endorse or work directly with any of these resources, nor can we guarantee that the information presented here will remain current:

General Information:


This is the national abbreviated telephone dialing code to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services, including housing, home repairs, employment, legal aid and counseling.

Phone: Simply dial 211.

CICOA: Central Indiana Council On Aging

CICOA provides information, advocacy and support services for older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers. Their aim of this private, not-for-profit agency is to help seniors and disabled persons of any age remain comfortably and safely at home and out of institutional care. CICOA serves the Central Indiana counties of Marion, Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan and Hendricks.

Website: www.cicoa.org Phone: 317.254.3660

Senior Advocacy:

AARP (Formerly American Association of Retired Persons)

AARP is a 37 million-member nonprofit organization that helps people age 50 plus maintain independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole.

Website: www.AARP.org Phone: 800.OUR.AARP (800.687.2277)

United Senior Action

United Senior Action is an Indiana-based senior advocacy organization that addresses policy-based issues such as long-term care, nursing home quality, fair utility rates, and prevention of elder abuse.

Website: www.usaindiana.org Phone: 317.634.0872


Alzheimer's Association

Founded in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association advances research with goals to end Alzheimer's and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.

Website: www.alz.org Phone: 800.272.3900

Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center

The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center serves as a shared resource to facilitate research in Alzheimer disease and related disorders, and to distinguish them from normal aging.

Website: www.iadc.iupui.edu Phone: 317.274.4333

Senior Quality of Life Resources:

PrimeLife Enrichment

PrimeLife Enrichment Inc. is a private, not-for-profit charitable organization that provides services and programs promoting independence, wellness and socialization for those age 50 and beyond in Hamilton County.

Website: www.primelifeenrichment.org Phone: 317.815.7000

Families First

Families First has programs and services to help families and individuals, including seniors, overcome specific challenges, including negative behavior cycles that impact the family bond.

Website: www.family-service-inc.org Phone: 317.634.6341

Adult Protective Services (IN FSSA)

This agency resource investigates abuse and financial exploitation of elderly and/or mentally disabled persons in Marion, Boone, Hamilton and Hendricks Counties in Indiana.

Website: www.in.gov.fssa Phone: 317.327.5600

Long-term Care Ombudsman (IN FSSA)

This agency resource serves the elderly and persons with disabilities at risk of losing their independence.

Website: www.in.gov.fssa Phone: 317.234.0373

Senior Benefits:

National Council on Aging's Benefits CheckUp

This online resource from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) provides information about federal, state, local and private programs that may help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care and other needs.

Website: www.benefitscheckup.org

Elder Law and Senior Legal Resources:

Senior Law Project / Indiana Legal Services

The Senior Law Project of Indiana Legal Services is funded in part by CICOA to assist low-income seniors with free legal services, helpful booklets regarding senior law issues, and referrals to attorneys specializing in senior law.

Website: www.indianajustice.org Phone: 317.631.9424

National Senior Citizens Law Center

The National Senior Citizens Law Center provides education and counseling to local advocates who work with older adults. Their priorities include elder health care, economic security and federal rights for seniors.

Website: www.nsclc.org Phone: 202.289.6976


Can't find the answers you are looking for, or need additional information on Indianapolis-area in-home senior care? Contact us at BrightStar Care today at 317.706.0799. And for continuing engagement and helpful information, follow this blog and "Like" us on Facebook!


For the BrightStar Care Team

Topics: Senior Care