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.
Approximately fifty individuals took part in the Dine with a Doc® program held on the Vincennes University Campus on October 4th sponsored by Senior Education Ministries, Inc in partnership with Generations and Vincennes University. Dr. David Blemker was the featured physician and spoke to the crowd about heart health. Bridgepointe Health Campus, Home Instead Senior Care and Generations were also in attendance and addressed the attendees briefly. Lunch was provided free of charge by BridgePointe Health Campus. If you missed the Dine with a Doc® program this month, don't worry because these programs are held on the first Wednesday of each month. November's speak will be Dr. Jane Bridges. Stay tuned for details on how to register!
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.
Autumn Safety Tips for Older Adults
As the weather turns cooler and our thoughts turn to autumn, it is important to remember to keep yourself protected from seasonal dangers. Here are a few tips to keep you safe:
- Make sure that your home heating system is in good working order by having it checked by a professional to address any potential problems. Also, be sure to change your furnace filter.
- If you have a chimney, have it inspected and cleaned.
- Do not use your stove or oven to heat your home.
- If you are using a space heater, allow at least 3 feet of empty space around the heater.
- Keep walkways and stairways free of leaves and other objects that could cause you to slip and fall.
- Keep your driveway free from leaves; wet leaves can create a slip hazard for walking or driving.
- Use caution if cleaning your gutters, or have someone do it for you.
- Take frequent breaks when raking leaves, or have someone do it for you.
- Learn about outdoor burning regulations in your area if you are planning on burning your leaves; you can find this out from your local fire department.
- Do not burn leaves near your home.
- Do not burn leaves in windy or very dry conditions.
- Remember that wet leaves on the road can make the road slippery, so use caution.
- Deer activity increases in the fall, so be alert.
- Leaves on the roadway can cover dangers such as potholes and objects on the pavement.
- Use extra caution when leaves are piled near the roadway, as children love to play in piles of leaves.
Generations’ column for October 8, 2017
CAREGIVER EVENT SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER: In celebration of National Family Caregiver Month, Generations is sponsoring a FREE program for family caregivers. The Caregiver Connection event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 1st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vincennes University’s Beckes Student Union - Fort Sackville Room, 1101 N. 2nd St, Vincennes. A FREE lunch will be provided, as well as FREE blood pressure checks & pulse ox readings and exercise demonstrations from our Matter of Balance classes! Topics will include:
- Caregiver services & supports offered through the Veterans Administration
- Geriatric Nutrition Concerns
- Advance Care Planning
- Caregiver Advocacy and Resources
- Medicare Fraud & Responsibilities of POA
- PLUS, several area businesses and agencies will be on hand to speak to you about your specific caregiving needs.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP by calling Linda Yochum at 812-888-5880 or at 1-800-742-9002 by October 25, 2017. *VENDORS WELCOME! If your business/agency is interested in renting a display table at this event, the cost is $25. Interested vendors may contact Cindi Holloway at 812-888-4267 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT COMING OCTOBER 15th: Generations is now taking appointments for SHIP (State Health Insurance Plan) counseling to assist you in choosing your best option for your Medicare supplement. The best supplemental plan for you could change from year to year depending on your health, medications, etc. Do not assume that the plan that you have always had is the best for you. Let us help you take a look at all of your options, and then YOU decide which plan that you want to go with. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with one of our SHIP counselors, please call us at 1-800-742-9002.
When’s the Medicare Open Enrollment Period?
Every year, Medicare’s open enrollment period is October 15 - December 7.
What’s the Medicare Open Enrollment Period?
Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year—things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. October 15 to December 7 is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs.
How do people know if they need to change plans?
People in a Medicare health or prescription drug plan should always review the materials their plans send them, like the “Evidence of Coverage” (EOC) and “Annual Notice of Change” (ANOC). If their plans are changing, they should make sure their plans will still meet their needs for the following year. If they’re satisfied that their current plans will meet their needs for next year and it’s still being offered, they don’t need to do anything.
When can people get information about next year’s Medicare plans?
Information for next year’s plans will be available beginning in October.
Where can people find Medicare plan information or compare plans?
1-800-MEDICARE or Medicare.gov.
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:
- 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.
- Elements: Unique classes including: Yoga, Cardio Drumming, Barre Fit, and Rowing. First class is free. For more information, call 812/881-9400 or visit www.elements2wellness.com
GENERATIONS MAGAZINE: The latest issue of Generations magazine will be here any day! 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.
Thank you to our AMAZING volunteers from KCARC today for United Way of Knox County's Day of Caring. They helped cut strips for and stuff pet beds that will be donated to the pet port for animals that are awaiting adoption.
Generations' Stacey Kahre and Donna Polen presented Medicare 101 on Tuesday at the Beckes Student Union on the Vincennes University Campus. The presentation was free to the public and was part of the VU Foundation Education Series and was presented by Carson Wealth Management. If you would like information on Medicare and/or the upcoming Medicare Open Enrollment, please contact our office at 1-800-742-9002.
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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.
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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
Are you caring for a loved one? At Generations, we know that caregiving is not an easy job! Please join us at our Caregiver Connection event for an day designed around you and your caregiver needs. Local businesses and agencies will be on hand for you to speak to, informational speakers will be presenting helpful caregiving information, and a FREE lunch will be provided. The program is FREE. Come join us!
Generations would like to thank The Villages at OakRidge for their generous donation to our Meals on Wheels program. Their fundraiser, Independence from Hunger raised over $1,600 for Meals on Wheels!
Generations' volunteers gathered at Community United Methodist Church in Vincennes to prepare care packages/kits for Hurricane Irma victims in Florida. 62 kits were assembled and delivered to Evansville for transport to Florida.
Children's Vision Screening volunteers were busy at the Civitan Center this morning. To date, over 1,200 children, ages 3-6 are scheduled to be tested for Ambylopia (lazy eye) and Stereopsis (depth perception).
Generations volunteers are working hard today making stockings for Good Samaritan Hospital's December baby deliveries. If you are interested in becoming a Knox County Generations volunteer, please contact Patty Dreiman at 812-888-5879, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.