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.
Generations' Mission: "To offer older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers options for a better quality of life."
Flu Season will soon be upon us! Please check out Flu + You information provided by the National Council on Aging and Sanofi Pasteur.
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.
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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 email@example.com or call 1-800-742-9002.
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Please send all communications regarding the magazine to:Generations, c/o Brenda Hancock P.O. Box 314 Vincennes IN 47591
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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.
Generations’ column for February 26, 2017
PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM THE FLU: The flu season in in full swing, and is rearing its ugly head in our community. However, there are ways to protect yourself! The CDC recommends that anyone over the age of 6 months receive an annual flu vaccine. This is especially important for high risk groups such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. Although the vaccine does not protect against all strains, it does provide protection from the most prevalent strains, including type A viruses. Receiving the vaccine does not necessarily mean that you will not get the flu, as it cannot protect against every strain, however, it greatly reduces your chance of contracting it. If you should get the flu, get to your doctor immediately! Although the virus must simply run its course, your doctor may prescribe antiviral medication that could reduce the duration of your flu symptoms if the medication is started within in 2 days of onset. To reduce your chances of getting the flu, avoid close contact with sick people, wash your hands often with soap and water, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Simple precautions go a long way!
VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED FOR FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM: Generations is looking to expand our Matter of Balance (MOB) program. This nationally recognized evidence-based program’s goal is to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels & peer socialization among community-dwelling older adults. Matter of Balance classes are offered in each county of Generations’ six-county service area which includes the counties of Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike. Studies show that one-half of adults fear falling, one-third of adults do fall and falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for this group. We need volunteers who would like to be trained to lead these classes in our community. Each class is led by two trainers. Generations is hosting a free one-day Matter of Balance Coaches’ Training in March for volunteers interested in teaching this evidence-based fall prevention program to older adults in this area. The training will be conducted on March 1, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fort Sackville Room in the Vincennes University Student Union, 1101 N 2nd St., Vincennes, IN 47591. Generations and their partners will provide materials for classes, supervision and program promotion. Lunch will also be provided. There is no selling involved. Seating is limited. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alma Kramer at 812-888-4527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GENERATIONS MAGAZINE: The winter issue of Generations magazine is out. Our magazine is geared toward adults in pre-retirement and retirement years and promotes active aging and preventive health. It is published three times a year and is free to subscribers. All we need is your name and address. If you would like to receive future copies of the magazine, contact Brenda Hancock at 812-888-5146 or email@example.com.
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.
3 Scams to Protect Against in the New Year
National Council On Aging
By Brandy Bauer | 1.12.2017
Millions of Americans fall prey to scams each year. Staying alert and knowing where to report financial exploitation helps stop scammers from claiming more victims. Here are three tips to keep you up-to-date on scams that are making the rounds right now.
Wealth is not coming in the mail
The U.S. Department of Justice has seen a spike in mass mailing fraud targeted at the elderly. This scam involves personalized, sometimes “registered” letters in your mailbox that appear to indicate you’ve won a sizable prize and just need to pay a small processing fee for it to be sent to you.
Older Americans have lost millions of dollars in this scam, and unfortunately, responding to such a letter targets the person for future fraudulent mailings. If you or a loved one receives a scam letter, report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online or call 1-877-FTC-HELP
Beware the tax man
Scammers know that taxes strike fear in the hearts of men and women. Exploiting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) name and function is one way that scammers have been able to get people to open their wallets.
Two types of IRS scams have been making the rounds in the past year:
- Fake notices that claim you owe money as a result of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). These are especially tricky, says the Federal Trade Commission, because their design mimics the real IRS notices.
- Automated calls from the IRS claiming that you owe back taxes, and requesting you pay via gift card. Sometimes these fake IRS calls are not automated, but rather a live person calling from a Washington, DC area code (202) using high pressure scare tactics to get your money (for example, saying the police are coming to arrest you for not paying your taxes). There are several red flags and tips to know whether you’re dealing with the real IRS vs. a scammer:
- The IRS never initiates contact with you via phone call, email, or through social media.
- The IRS cannot threaten to have you arrested or deported for not paying.
- You will never be asked to pay using a gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer; the IRS also never takes credit/debit card information over the phone.
- If you owe the IRS back taxes, you will always have the opportunity to question or appeal the amount.
You can send any suspect correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org and let the FTC know. If you get a fake IRS call, hang up immediately and report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
Don’t order a back/knee brace from a postcard
You receive a colorful postcard stating that the sender has been trying to contact you about ordering a Medicare-covered back or knee brace. All they need is for you to send your Medicare information. What’s to lose?
This scam is particularly insidious, because you may actually receive something in the mail, usually a Velcro-style band for your back or knee. The scammer then bills Medicare for a device worth hundreds or thousands of dollars more than the one you received. And, armed with your Medicare information, they can continue to bill Medicare for services not rendered.
Medicare has strict coverage rules for its services and supplies, and it pays to keep these tips in mind:
- Never respond to open solicitations for Medicare-covered supplies/services.
- Only provide your Medicare number to health care providers or facilities at the time you are actively seeking service.
- Carefully monitor your Medicare statements for any claims for services or supplies billed to you which you did not receive. You can set up an account at MyMedicare.gov and access your claim information online anytime.
If you’ve been solicited by a possible Medicare scammer, report it by calling 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477), or submit a complaint online to the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Brandy Bauer is Communications Manager for Economic Security at NCOA, where she educates both aging network professionals and consumers about Medicare and opportunities to improve seniors’ economic outlook, including through public benefits, community service employment, financial education, and using their home equity wisely.