Blog
  Hi Everyone! My name is Brittany, and this semester I had the pleasure of facilitating a six-week art therapy group at Joy’s House. I am a Master of Arts in Art Therapy candidate at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI). After submitting a proposal for my graduate thesis, I...
April 11, 2018
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra area of our brains.  When a person develops Parkinson’s disease, they may begin to experience symptoms such as: Tremors Slowness of movements Rigidity in limbs Balance and gait (walking) problems Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, treatment options can include medication,...
Having a beautiful community of family, friends, coworkers and Guests Being able to help and encourage others on a daily basis Knowing that Spring really is here and that one day very soon, we will wake up and the Earth will be bursting with color! Great food. Junk food to healthy food, I love it...
  Meet Max Cruz. Max is 7 years old and is the son of Joy’s House supporters Charlie and Kathy Cruz. Kathy has been involved with Joy’s House in a number of ways, including as a current Board Member, and her generous spirit is now evident in her children. Here’s the thing about Max: He...
To hear Mr. Charles’ daughter, Alisha, talk about him, you can’t help but to picture him as a young adult sitting in a big chair in the corner of the room with his two younger kids in his lap, his son on one knee and Alisha on the other. In this image, Mr. Charles is...
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....