Area IV serves eight counties in Indiana with dozens of helpful, educational, and fun programs. Many of our activities and programs are specialized to serve the needs of a specific county. Below you will find the programs for Benton County.
Affordable Housing Development
Through the Area IV Development Corporation, community economic development and affordable housing projects are provided that benefit low to moderate income persons, older adults (age 55 +), physically and mentally disabled persons, homeless persons and special needs populations who reside in mid-northwestern Indiana. We are committed to seek out and provide housing that improves the local economy and overall quality of life for our target populations.
Aging and Disability Resource Center: Information and Assistance
Information and Assistance – your first stop for information about care options, resources, and procedures for helping yourself or a disabled or aging loved one remain independent. It provides referrals to appropriate agencies and services and offers family consultations and personal needs assessments. Assessments and referrals are done for Medicaid Waiver and CHOICE in-home services and home-delivered meals.
Benton County HOPE Transit
HOPE (Helping Our People Every Day) Transit provides transportation for older or mobility-impaired people who need to get to a medical appointment. HOPE runs a limited number of hours each day and requires 24 hour notice to make a reservation.Read More
See the HOPE Transit/Benton County FAQ
Care Coordination Across Generations
Sara Moore, Area IV’s Care Coordinator Across Generations, is available to help you through the sometimes overwhelming process of finding and coordinating resources for the aging person.
Chronic Disease Self Management Program
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) was developed by scholars and physicians at Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center and Kaiser Permanente in 1996. The program is currently offered in all 50 United States, 19 foreign counties, and is available in 17 languages.
All Community Transportation programs are open to public based on available seating, and are wheelchair accessible. They are all-volunteer public transportation programs and can be used for all kind of personal business as often as needed. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are even some prescheduled trips!
This is a donation-based program. Your generous donation will go towards the gas costs plus help pay for a new vehicle when it is time to replace the existing one.
Click the link below to find out which programs operate in your area
See the Community Transportation FAQ
Congregate Meal Site Listing
Area IV provides nutrition services to many counties. This table shows each county's contact centers and hours of operation. Click below to find out which centers are closest to you.
See the full list or download the PDF.
Congregate Meal Sites per County
Congregate sites are located at Senior Centers and other community sites in our eight-county area. Theses offer a hot mid-day meal during weekdays to any person over age 60. There is no cost as this is a Title III program, although participants are encouraged to donate what they can. The philosophy is based on the Older Americans Act which intends to improve the nutrition and health of older adults.
Click your county below to find the congregate sites near you.
The EnhanceFitness Program was designed specifically with older participants in mind. It is intended to promote a healthy, social lifestyle among mature adults. The exercises focus on the most important health aspects for mature adults such as balance and low-impact exercises.
Equipment Loan Program
Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc. available for borrowing at no cost to client. Availability is dependent on donations received (donations are accepted).
Each June, Area IV hosts nearly 500 individuals aged 55 and over for the Senior Games and its sister event, Golden Games (with area nursing facilities). The Games offer a variety of recreational events, and there is something for everyone.
Protect Yourself from Identity Theft #1
Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet or purse or other documents that contain your Social Security number unless you need them. If your driver’s license contains you Social Security number, ask your local BMV to have it removed.
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2013 Senior Bus Trips: are now announced! The first trip is Mar. 27. See link to the complete listing of trips.
Area IV offers Congregate Meal Services for older persons through Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Tippecanoe, Montgomery, Warren, and White Counties.