Welcome to Generations
Our Focus Is Simple: YOUR HEALTH & HAPPINESS
We provide information and services to older adults, individuals with disabilities of any age and their caregivers in Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike counties.
From nutrition to arranging the right in-home services, our job is to connect individuals with the right programs and services to help improve their quality of life. Generations is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Service Division.
"To offer older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers options for a better quality of life."
The Happy Hoopers of the Generations Volunteer Program were hard at work this week making heart pillows, walker bags, and chemo port pads for the Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Center. If you would like to join the Happy Hoopers, or are interested in volunteering in your county, please click on the volunteer tab and choose your county of residence for contact information.
Every Penny Counts.
For as little as $25 a month, you can provide a family in need with the peace of mind that comes from owning their own Personal Emergency Response System. For $50, you can give a caregiver what he or she needs most: an afternoon out of the house with the help of our respite care program. And for less than that, you can provide our clients with Meals on Wheels gift certificates, transportation tokens, and even one-of-a-kind Teddy Bears. The point is, your contribution can help our friends and neighbors continue to live independently.
To help us meet our mission and financial challenges, we’ve established the "Looking to the Future" endowment through the Vincennes University Foundation. In addition, donations may also be made to Generations endowment through the Dubois County Community Foundation, Huntingburg Community Foundation and Greene County Community Foundation.
If you're interested in learning more about donating to Generations, you may click the donation button on home page of our website, or give us a call at 1-800-742-9002. You may also donate by mail. Your tax-deductible gift to Generations may be mailed to:
1019 N. 4th Street P.O. Box 314 Vincennes, IN 47591
Generations is thankful for the financial support provided by United Way, Community Foundations and charitable businesses, organizations and individuals in our communities.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides caregivers and families with comprehensive online resources and information Their professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) offers information and advice to more than 250,000 callers each year. Visit their website at: www.alz.org
The Support Group for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia meets the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at Central Church of Christ (Fellowship Hall), 1600 Forbes Road, Vincennes. The meetings provide the latest information on Alzheimer's research and medications, help and encouragement from other caregivers and open but confidential discussions and a chance to be heard. For more information, contact Roger Wright, Support Group Facilitator, at (812) 882-7963 or email@example.com.
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Magazine Promotes Successful Aging
Generations Magazine is a free publication especially for active and informed adults that made its debut in the fall of 1998. Promoting successful aging for individuals in pre-retirement and retirement years, the magazine provides helpful information on a wide array of topics including health and fitness, caregiving and legal issues, investment and financial advice, and light reading to educational opportunities available through many outreach efforts and programs. Featured guest writers bring additional expertise and creditability to the magazine’s professionalism and dedication to quality.
Generations Magazine is published 3 times a year and is sent to more than 5,000 subscribers. With advertiser support, we are able to provide the magazine free of charge to our readers. To be added to our mailing list, email your name and address to Linda Yochum at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-742-9002.
Or, If you would like to download the digital version of the magazine, click on the button below.
Please send all communications regarding the magazine to:Generations, c/o Brenda Hancock P.O. Box 314 Vincennes IN 47591
For advertising information contact Brenda Hancock at (812) 888-5146 or email@example.com
Benefits of an Active Lifestyle
National Institute on Aging
Engaging in social and productive activities you enjoy, like taking an art class or becoming a volunteer in your community or at your place of worship, may help to maintain your well-being.
Research tells us that older people with an active lifestyle:
Are less likely to develop certain diseases. Participating in hobbies and other social and leisure pursuits may lower risk for developing some health problems, including dementia.
Have a longer lifespan. One study showed that older adults who reported taking part in social activities (such as playing games, belonging to social groups, or traveling) or meaningful, productive activities (such as having a paid or unpaid job, or gardening) lived longer than people who did not. Researchers are further exploring this connection.
Are happier and less depressed. Studies suggest that older adults who participate in what they believe are meaningful activities, like volunteering in their communities, say they feel happier and healthier. One study placed older adults from an urban community in their neighborhood public elementary schools to tutor children 15 hours a week. Volunteers reported personal satisfaction from the experience. The researchers found it improved the volunteers’ cognitive and physical health, as well as the children’s school success. They think it might also have long-term benefits, lowering the older adults’ risk of developing disability, dependency, and dementia in later life.
Are better prepared to cope with loss. Studies suggest that volunteering can help with stress and depression from the death of a spouse. Among people who experienced a loss, those who took part in volunteer activities felt more positive about their own abilities (reported greater self-efficacy).
May be able to improve their thinking abilities. Another line of research is exploring how participating in creative arts might help people age well. For example, studies have shown that older adults’ memory, comprehension, creativity, and problem-solving abilities improved after an intensive, 4-week (8-session) acting course. Other studies are providing new information about ways that creative activities like music or dance can help older adults.
CHILDREN'S VISION SCREEN TRAINING
Generations' volunteer's annual Children's Vision Screen training and team scheduling was held on August 1st! Volunteers were trained to screen children (3-5 years old) as well as children of migrant workers (4-14 years old) for common vision problems so they can be addressed early to avoid permanent damage. If you are interested in becoming a Children’s Vision Screening volunteer in Knox County, please contact Patty Dreiman at 812-888-4854 or 1-800-742-9002. You may also e-mail Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generations' Stacey Kahre and Cindi Holloway present information about Generations and Advance Care Planning at the Knox County Partners Meeting
Generations’ column for August 13, 2017
UPCOMING GENERATIONS’ FIT & 50+ EVENTS: Generations, in partnership with Vincennes Parks & Rec Dept, the Vincennes YMCA, Creole Lanes, Bicknell Country Club and Zumba will be sponsoring several area events throughout the summer and fall that help to promote fun and healthy family activities for little or no cost to adults 50+. These events are designed to promote health while having fun with the child, or children in your life.
Scheduled events include:
- Rainbow Beach - $1 a piece entry for 50+ and child on Aug 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th & 27th and September 2nd & 3rd
- Bicknell Country Club Golf Outing – Sept. 14th from 6-8 p.m.; 50+ adult and guest may golf 9 holes for $30. Price includes cart, complimentary goodie bag and a chance to win prizes. Call 800-742-9002 to register.
- Creole Lanes – Oct. 24th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 50+ and guest bowl for $10.
- Zumba® classes with Tricia Trent (Gold, and toning, too) - first class free, call 812-890-1139 for more information.
FEELING FATIGUED?: We all feel fatigued now and then. Some changes to your lifestyle can make you feel less tired. Here are some suggestions:
- Keep a fatigue diary to help you find patterns throughout the day when you feel more or less tired.
- Exercise regularly. Almost anyone, at any age, can do some type of physical activity. If you have concerns about starting an exercise program, ask your doctor if there are any activities you should avoid. Moderate exercise may improve your appetite, energy, and outlook. Some people find that exercises combining balance and breathing (for example, tai chi or yoga) improve their energy.
- Try to avoid long naps (over 30 minutes) late in the day. Long naps can leave you feeling groggy and may make it harder to fall asleep at night.
- Stop smoking. Smoking is linked to many diseases and disorders, such as cancer, heart disease, and breathing problems, which can drain your energy.
- Ask for help if you feel swamped. Some people have so much to do that just thinking about their schedules can make them feel tired. Working with others may help a job go faster and be more fun.
If you feel fatigued for several weeks with no relief, make sure to talk about it with your doctor.
MATTER OF BALANCE CLASSES TO BEGIN IN AUGUST!!: Generations is accepting reservations for A Matter of Balance class that will be starting in August at Oak Village Healthcare, 200 4th St., Oaktown, IN. The class consists of 8 weekly two-hour sessions beginning on Wednesday August 23rd and continuing every consecutive Wednesday through October 11th. This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. The classes will help you to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Class is FREE! Space is limited. For more information, or to reserve your spot, please contact Alma Kramer at 812-888-4527.
GENERATIONS RECEIVES SENIOR CORPS RSVP GRANT: GREAT NEWS!! New volunteer opportunities for volunteers ages 55+ will be on their way to Knox County soon! Plenty of opportunities already exist for volunteers of all ages, so if you are interested in volunteering in ANY of the counties in our service area (Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike), give us a call at 1-800-742-9002.
Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Services Division. Our agency connects individuals and caregivers to community resources and options for long-term care and in-home services. For more information, call 1-800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org.