Thrive Alliance

Thrive Alliance We help individuals access resources that improve their lives and build stronger communities.
Thrive Alliance provides a wide range of social services to residents of south central Indiana. We are Indiana’s Area 11 Agency on Aging and have served the residents of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson and Jennings counties for 33 years. Life changes with age and disability. Our goals are to help people discover their own strengths and enable them to maximize their independence by living better, healthier lives on their own terms. In addition to addressing elder issues, Thrive Alliance sponsors other programs that provide essential services for individuals of all ages. For example, you will find such diverse programs as Foster Grandparents, First Steps Early Intervention, and Legal Services Long-Term Care Ombudsman under our umbrella. We work together so that you can find what you need now and for the future.

07/01/2019

Thrive Alliance holding informational sessions for those interested in the Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults (VASIA) Program

Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults (VASIA) help enhance an individual’s quality of life by making decisions on that person’s behalf which reflect, as much as possible, the individual’s own choices and preferences.

Thrive Alliance is holding informational sessions for those who may be interested in serving as volunteer advocates. Two sessions are being offered on Wednesday, July 17 at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Thrive Alliance offices, United Way Center, 1531 13th Street, Suite G900 in Columbus.

You can find out more about the sessions, the VASIA program and reserve a spot at one of the sessions by email at [email protected] or by phone at 812-372-6918.

The VASIA Program recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to provide support and advocacy to those who are unable to care for themselves.

VASIA volunteers are caring individuals who:
• Are interested in helping others;
• Have a life or work experience with older or disabled adults;
• Have the ability to commit to the time required;
• Can follow guidelines and instructions;
• Have the ability to exercise sound decision-making;
• Are at least 21 years old;
• Have no criminal; history or social services history of violence;
• Successfully complete the application and screening process that includes providing three references, authorizations for release of criminal, driving and social services histories and able to complete the required training.

Volunteers maintain regular contact with the adult who is incapacitated. This regular involvement will allow the volunteer to attend and participate in care planning conferences, health care decisions and take steps to ensure that services are being provided in the most appropriate manner.

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Thrive Alliance serves the residents of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, and Jennings counties. Our services focus on helping older adults and individuals with disabilities remain safe and independent in their own home as long as possible.
Our services also include providing safe and affordable housing for low income individuals and families.

This lady is amazing!
06/29/2019

This lady is amazing!

Today we celebrated the retirement of United Way's first and only morning receptionist, Ann King.

Ann began working for United Way of Bartholomew County in 1997. Over the years, Ann has been the first helpful face for community members entering the Doug Otto United Way Center. She has guided thousands of children, adults and families find their way to the offices of helpful community services. She has also been a kind ear to the many employees of our local nonprofits who stop by her desk each morning on their way to work.

Thank you, Ann, for all your years of service and for making each of our lives a little brighter with your presence. We will think of you each time we walk by the newly-minted Ann King Conference Room in the Doug Otto United Way Center.

#LIVEUNITED #BartholomewCounty

Becoming dementia-friendly: Workshop offers tips to make community understanding, supportive
06/27/2019
Becoming dementia-friendly: Workshop offers tips to make community understanding, supportive

Becoming dementia-friendly: Workshop offers tips to make community understanding, supportive

With a growing number of Baby Boomers now in retirement, the number of Hoosiers affected by dementia is likely to grow rapidly.While 1 in 9 who are over 65 suffer from some form of dementia, that figure rises to one-half of all people 85 and over, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.Although ...

Thrive Alliance Receives Accreditation for Case Management Long-Term Services and Supports from NCQA.Thrive Alliance’s L...
06/25/2019
News | Thrive Alliance | Blog | Caregiving | Indiana | Social Services

Thrive Alliance Receives Accreditation for Case Management Long-Term Services and Supports from NCQA.

Thrive Alliance’s Long-Term Services and Supports Case Management program has gained two-year accreditation from the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Thrive Alliance Case Management leadership completed the accreditation process with funding assistance provided, in part, by the Heritage Fund.
Read the full release: https://thrive-alliance.org/news/

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Congratulations to Donna Bottorff and Stacey Batres-Gramajo for receiving the Excellence in Service Award for Cluster J ...
06/24/2019

Congratulations to Donna Bottorff and Stacey Batres-Gramajo for receiving the Excellence in Service Award for Cluster J & H at the annual First Steps Conference.

Your hard work and dedication to the families we serve is appreciated!

Margaret Hedrick, Hope, (far left) is shown with Foster Grandparent Program Director, Marcia DeBock, and Roy Sangl, who ...
06/24/2019

Margaret Hedrick, Hope, (far left) is shown with Foster Grandparent Program Director, Marcia DeBock, and Roy Sangl, who has also served as a Foster Grandparent at Hope Elementary School for seven years.

Thrive Alliance held a recognition luncheon for participants in the Foster Grandparents program on June 12 at Vernon Baptist Church. The theme of the luncheon was “Do You Believe in Magic” and featured a performance by Nashville, Indiana magician Crystal James. Foster Grandparents were recognized for their contributions throughout this past school year.

Special recognition was given to those who have served as Foster Grandparents for more than 10 years. Among those recognized was Margaret Hedrick of Hope, who has served as a Foster Grandparent at Hope Elementary School for 20 years.

Foster Grandparents serve in classrooms, Head Start Centers and other youth-serving programs throughout Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson and Jennings counties. Serving with Foster Grandparents provides seniors the opportunity to share their lifetime of experiences, talents, learning, wisdom and interest in a one-on-one situation.

More information can be found at: www.fostergrandparensthrive.org

Congratulations to Christy Henderson, Christina McCord, and Suzie Singer from Our Hospice of Central Indiana on becoming...
06/21/2019

Congratulations to Christy Henderson, Christina McCord, and Suzie Singer from Our Hospice of Central Indiana on becoming a Dementia Friend!

Dementia Friends Information Sessions are being offered today, led by Kimberly Self, ADRC Program Manager at Thrive Alli...
06/21/2019

Dementia Friends Information Sessions are being offered today, led by Kimberly Self, ADRC Program Manager at Thrive Alliance. The Five Key messages of the Dementia Friends Movement:
1. Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Not everyone who grows old will develop dementia.
2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain. The most common is Alzheimer's.
3. Dementia is not just about having memory problems. It can affect thinking, communication and doing every day tasks.
4. It is possible to have a good quality of life with dementia.
5. There's more to the person than the dementia. People with dementia are a valuable part of our community.

06/19/2019
Thrive Alliance

See how Columbus is becoming a Dementia Friendly community. Dementia Friends of South Central Indiana Dementia Friends

See how Columbus, Indiana is making its community more Dementia Friendly.

06/16/2019
Thrive Alliance to have training sessions

Thrive Alliance to have training sessions

Thrive Alliance will offer Dementia Friends Training Sessions in three installments on Friday.One in nine people older than 65 have dementia, and about half of people over age 85 have some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Thrive Alliance is leading an effort to create dementia-frie...

The Center for At-Risk Elders
06/15/2019

The Center for At-Risk Elders

The Center for At-Risk Elders wants to remind everyone that June 15th is World Elder Abuse Day. Approximately one in 10 Americans age 60 and older has experienced elder abuse. Research shows that for every case of abuse against an older person that authorities become aware of, another 14 go unreported. We must do better as a society to protect our elders. #CAREJustice #elderabuseawareness #worldelderabuseawarenessday #WEAAD

Columbus Pickleball Club
06/15/2019

Columbus Pickleball Club

Registration for the 2019 Discover Columbus Pickleball Tournament Oct 11-13 is OPEN! As of July 31st 134 players registered! This non-sanctioned, outdoor tournament is a fundraiser with proceeds going towards the expansion of Pickleball courts at Donner Park. New this year is cash $$$ Prizes for 5.0 Open Divisions - 1st ($250), 2nd ($150), & 3rd ($100). On Friday, Oct 11 beginning at 12 PM we will hold open play on 12 taped courts on the Burnett Tennis Courts, followed by a pro exhibition and an evening social. Come out for a light bite to eat and meet your competitors!

https://www.pickleballtournaments.com/welcome.pl?tid=3142

06/15/2019
Pickleball tourney benefits Thrive Alliance

Pickleball tourney benefits Thrive Alliance

Staff ReportsMore than 75 participants played a total of 119 matches in Thrive Alliance’s third annual Pickleball Tournament fundraiser, which generated more than $4,500 to support the organization’s services.The event, conducted June 7-9 at Central Middle School in downtown Columbus, attracted ...

06/13/2019
Foster Grandparents training sessions planned

Foster Grandparents training sessions planned

Adults age 55 and older are invited to become a Classroom Foster Grandparent to local students beginning this fall.The Foster Grandparents program is a school-based tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk children. Locally, the program serves 29 educational sites using 71 volunteers across Bartho...

5 ways we rob people with dementia of their dignity
06/13/2019
5 ways we rob people with dementia of their dignity

5 ways we rob people with dementia of their dignity

Sadly, there are countless ways we rob people who live with dementia of their dignity. Here are five I’ve learned based on my personal experience: 1 ) Calling them by diminutive pet names ins…

Thrive Alliance Tournament
06/10/2019
Thrive Alliance Tournament

Thrive Alliance Tournament

3 days of great Pickleball playing at Central Middle School gyms. This tournament was a fundraiser to support Thrive Alliance put on by...

Thank you to Paula Bandos for sharing this summary of the Thrive Alliance Pickleball Tournament this weekend.
06/10/2019
Thrive Alliance Tournament

Thank you to Paula Bandos for sharing this summary of the Thrive Alliance Pickleball Tournament this weekend.

3 days of great Pickleball playing at Central Middle School gyms. This tournament was a fundraiser to support Thrive Alliance put on by...

06/09/2019

Mixed doubles at today’s Thrive Alliance Pickleball Tournament.

Action from today’s mixed doubles competition.
06/09/2019

Action from today’s mixed doubles competition.

Photos from today’s morning rounds.
06/08/2019

Photos from today’s morning rounds.

Mark Lindenlaub, president of Thrive Alliance presents Trophies to winning teams.1st place: Dave Adams, Charlie Day - DL...
06/07/2019

Mark Lindenlaub, president of Thrive Alliance presents Trophies to winning teams.
1st place: Dave Adams, Charlie Day - DLZ
2nd place: Ashley Craig, Judy Cummings - Papas Grill
3rd place: Mel Hunter, Deb Lienhoop (not pictured) - Egenolf

Congratulations to Dave Adams and Charlie Day, winners of the Corporate Challenge!
06/07/2019

Congratulations to Dave Adams and Charlie Day, winners of the Corporate Challenge!

06/07/2019

Championship point!

06/07/2019

Final game underway in the Corporate Challenge!

06/07/2019

Down to two teams in the Thrive Alliance Pickleball Tournament Corporate Challenge.

Down to the semifinals in the corporate challenge. Playing for the coveted Thrive Alliance trophy!
06/07/2019

Down to the semifinals in the corporate challenge. Playing for the coveted Thrive Alliance trophy!

06/07/2019

The Corporate Challenge is under way at the Thrive Alliance Pickleball Tournament!

https://www.marketplace.org/collection/brains-losses-aging-financial-vulnerabilityNPR has been airing a really good seri...
05/22/2019
Brains and Losses: Aging and Financial Vulnerability to Scams - Marketplace

https://www.marketplace.org/collection/brains-losses-aging-financial-vulnerability

NPR has been airing a really good series called Brains and Losses the last few days on Marketplace. The series in linked above. One of the interesting tidbits is that new research is showing even those who have no signs of dementia are vulnerable, especially for financial exploitation and scams. Cornell researchers have labeled it, age-associated financial vulnerability. Social isolation is a huge factor, as well.

How the aging brain may become more susceptible to financial scams. David Brancaccio reports on alleged fraud victims and their families.

Learn about becoming a Dementia Friend at one of our upcoming information sessions.
05/17/2019

Learn about becoming a Dementia Friend at one of our upcoming information sessions.

Comfort Keepers Columbus
05/17/2019

Comfort Keepers Columbus

Sandy, a daughter, a sister, a caregiver, a power house, a friend of dementia.💜

Amazing community member!
05/15/2019

Amazing community member!

Captain Mike Wilson, an amazing community member that understands the need for dementia education, he’s a GREAT Friend of dementia! 💜
Dementia Friends Indiana

Join us and become a Dementia Friend! Check our website for future trainings.
05/15/2019

Join us and become a Dementia Friend! Check our website for future trainings.

Dementia Friends kick-off has kicked off!
05/15/2019

Dementia Friends kick-off has kicked off!

Come join us as we kick-off becoming a Dementia Friendly Community!  We're at the Columbus Learning Center today from 11...
05/15/2019

Come join us as we kick-off becoming a Dementia Friendly Community!
We're at the Columbus Learning Center today from 11:00-1:00.

If you have not RSVP no worries!  Just stop on by for the Dementia Friends Kick-Off.
05/14/2019

If you have not RSVP no worries! Just stop on by for the Dementia Friends Kick-Off.

Address

1531 13th St, Ste G900
Columbus, IN
47201-1302

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(812) 372-6918

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