Aging & In-Home Services Celebrating 35 Years of Service

Service Milestones

1974 State of Indiana calls for the creation of a regional nonprofit to carry out planning, advocacy and service development functions of an Area Agency on Aging as outlined in the Older Americans Act.

1974-1975 A new nonprofit corporation, the Area III Council on Aging (COA), is formed by local volunteers in response to this need and begins operation in nine counties in Northeast Indiana.

1975 The Nutrition Program for Older Americans was consolidated with the Area III COA operation and expanded as a support service for entire region. Both community congregate meals and home-delivered meals were made available to seniors.

1978 Organization begins offering in-home assessments for older clients.

1982 In partnership with local County Councils on Aging, transportation expands throughout region.

1983 Agency is charged with providing Pre-Admission Screening (PAS) for all potential nursing home applicants in the region.

1989 Community & Home Options to Institutional Care for the Elderly (CHOICE) is piloted in Allen County.

1992 CHOICE funding is awarded throughout our region and the state of Indiana.

1993 Agency officially changes name to Aging and In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana, Inc. (AIHS)

1993 AIHS begins administering services through the Aged and Disabled Medicaid Waiver program to help more people stay in their homes.

2000 AIHS begins administering services through the Traumatic Brain Injury Medicaid Waiver program.

2001 AIHS convenes a task force leading to the development of first Adult Day Care in our region.

2001 The Family Caregiver Program is initiated and administered throughout region offering supportive services, respite care, and counseling.

2003 AIHS moves into its permanent home office at 2927 Lake Avenue in Fort Wayne.

2004 AIHS launches “Aging in Place” initiative in multiple counties.

2005 AIHS is accredited for the first time by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services, Inc.

2007 AIHS is designated by the State of Indiana as the regional Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC).

2008 ADRC receives State of Indiana Certification.

2009 ADRC receives Alliance of Information and Referral Systems Accreditation.

2009 Senior Health Information Program launched.

2010 Connie Benton Wolfe, new President of AIHS

Leadership Throughout Our History

  • 1998 – 2002 Suzonne Motz
  • 2002 – 2006 Barbra Frymier
  • 2006 – Current Julie Sanchez

Board of Directors (current)

Providing the Vision for Continued Growth

  • Julie Sanchez, Chair
  • Roger Gump, Vice-Chair
  • John Rogers, Secretary
  • Kristi Harkenrider, Treasurer
  • Heidi B. Adair
  • Mark Coratti
  • Sarah Earls
  • Barbra Frymier
  • Keith P. Huffman
  • Beth Kaskel
  • Ranetta Williams

Chief Executive Officers – Executing our Mission

  • 1974- 1977 Patricia Streeter
  • 1977-1984 L. Joyce Smith
  • 1985-2010 Diann Shappell McCormick
  • 2010 - Current Connie Benton Wolfe