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Self-care is vital to the health and well being of us all, but especially caregivers. On a recent Caregiver Crossing episode, we were joined by Jodi Patsiner, caregiver, friend and practitioner of The Work- a practice of self-reflection and a tool used to find inner peace. Click the links below to hear the conversation with...
When you think of a beautiful, vibrant 27-year-old woman, you probably picture someone much like Alissa K.  Alissa is a fun-loving young woman who happens to be living her life with Down Syndrome. Alissa and Lisa Wells, Executive Director of Down Syndrome Indiana, recently joined us on Caregiver Crossing and boy, did we have fun!  We...
  The hectic schedule of a caregiver often doesn’t allow for time to cook healthy meals.  But nutritious meals are one of the best ways to fuel the body, especially during times of increased stress.  A little bit of planning can go a long way to make mealtime more enjoyable. Use Your Slow Cooker –...
When I first entered Joy’s House, I was asked if I knew anything about adult day, Joy’s House, or Alzheimer’s disease. My response: No. If you’d ask me that same question almost two years later, I’d tell you that Joy’s House gave me strength, courage and guided me to find my passion. I started at...
Editor’s note: In celebration of the recent 2nd anniversary of our grand opening of Joy’s House at UIndy, we asked the team to come up with 10 things that bring them joy. We hope you’ll stop by and experience the fun with them soon!  1. Volunteers from the University of Indianapolis working with our Guests....
Some people just can’t help themselves. They make friends wherever they go. This is Miss Allene and she has been like this for as long as anyone can remember. In her younger years, she was the neighborhood mom. Her front porch was the place to come and talk about life’s challenges and glories. It was...
Editor’s note: We’re excited to roll out this new blog feature, called 10 Things That Bring Me Joy! Each post will be written by a Joy’s House staff member or volunteer, with the hopes that you’ll learn more about the faces and people you see in and around Joy’s House on a daily basis. If...
With only just a few months experience at Joy’s House I have so enjoyed learning more and more about our relationship with The University of Indianapolis. As community partners, Joy’s House participated in their Community Engagement Fair. UIndy invites community partners into the student center to speak about volunteer opportunities within the different organizations. It...
Many of us experience family traditions without thinking about it. Maybe it’s the first day of school photos that happen every fall or the bedtime stories every night. Maybe it’s something as creative as a secret family handshake or burying jack-o’-lanterns the day after Halloween. For others, it gets more personal. Mr. Dominic and his...
February 1, 2018
  I was there when he took his last breath.  His name is Doug and at some point over the last nearly twenty years, he became family to me.  The details of those years don’t matter to you, but they included a souped-up golf cart, Joy’s House, family meals, a really cool Harley, a backhoe...