'Tis The Season

Generations' Build*A*Basket Program is in full-swing!  If you are interest in finding out more about this program, or would like to register to donate a basket, please contact Alma Kramer at 812-888-4527 or e-mail her at akramer@vinu.edu.

 

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."

This holiday season, Generations' AngelWorx Volunteer Program is sponsoring its 8th annual Build*A*Basket project to help provide for the basic needs of our clients while bringing them some Christmas cheer.  Click here to find out how you can be part of this national award-winning project.

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Your contribution can help your friends and neighbors continue to live independently in their own homes.

Flu Season will soon be upon us!  Please check out Flu + You information provided by the National Council on Aging and Sanofi Pasteur.

In order to view upcoming events in our six county area, please click on the Generations logo below, or click on the events tab on the menu above.

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:

GENERATIONS
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.

Medicare Open Enrollment

October 15 through December 7

Generations' SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Programs) Counselors are available by appointment to assist Medicare recipients who need help choosing the best plan.  The counseling is free.

For tips on reviewing your current Medicare coverage and additional information on Open Enrollment, please click here to access information from the National Council on Aging.

 

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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 lyochum@vinu.edu 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 Jane Hall
P.O. Box 314
Vincennes IN 47591

For advertising information contact Jane Hall at (812) 888-5138 or jhall@vinu.edu

Privacy Policy: Your personal information is for Generations' use only. We will not sell any of your data to a third party.

 

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 centralccc@gmail.com.

 

 

Generations’ column for December 4, 2016

BUILD*A*BASKET:  This holiday season, Generations’ is once again sponsoring its Build*A*Basket project to help provide for the basic needs of Generations’ clients while bringing them some holiday cheer.  These older adults are on fixed incomes and often cannot afford the everyday necessities that many of us take for granted. Baskets must be completed and dropped off by December 16th. To register for the project and to receive a complete list of basket items, contact Alma Kramer by calling 800-742-9002 or 812-888-4527 or emailing akramer@vinu.edu.

ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:  Are you in need of assistance with your utility bills?  The Energy Assistance Program offered through Pace Community Action Agency is designed to assist qualifying households with the higher costs of heating their homes in the winter months.  The program begins November 1st and runs through mid-May.  Households that meet program guidelines receive a one-time benefit to their primary heat source to help defray the higher cost of heating their home.  The amount of assistance a household receives is based on a point system and not the amount of the utility bill.  A home can earn up to 16 points with each point equating to $25 to the home’s primary heat source.  An additional $75 benefit is given to the home’s electric account as well.  Points are earned based on the following categories, household income, type of home, housing status, at risk category, heat type and payment status.  Applications will be available November 1st and can be found on the Pace website at www.pacecaa.org or by contacting the Energy Assistance office in your county of residence.  You can contact the Vincennes Pace office at 812 882-7927, ext. 2.

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT:  Open enrollment for 2017 Medicare coverage is from October 15 to December 7. Generations’ SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Programs) counselors will once again be offering free assistance to those Medicare recipients who need help choosing the best plan. Counseling sessions are by appointment only and can be conducted face-to-face or over the telephone. An appointment can be scheduled by calling Linda Yochum at (812) 888-4854 or 1-800-742-9002.

PECANS FOR SALE:  Generations Annual Pecan Sale has begun.  We will be selling pecans for $10 per bag; they may be purchased in 16 oz bags of pieces or 12 oz bags of whole pecans.  Proceeds will go to programs such as Little Elves Workshops.  To order, either stop by the Generations office, call (812)888-4854 or e-mail Patty Dreiman at pdreiman@vinu.edu.

TIME FOR FLU VACCINATIONS:  Influenza (“the flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness that can be severe and life-threatening, especially for adults 65 years of age and older. The immune system weakens with age, which makes it harder to fight disease. The flu can be dangerous in older adults whether they are healthy or have a chronic health condition such as heart disease or diabetes, which can worsen as a result of the flu.  Getting an annual flu vaccination is one of the things you can do to help maintain your health. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the single best way to help prevent the flu is to get an annual vaccination.

SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: The Knox County Support Group for Caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease (or other dementia) meets the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at Central Church of Christ (Fellowship Hall), 1600 Forbes Road, Vincennes.  However, due to Election Day, the next meeting will take place on November 15th.  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 centralccc@gmail.com.

PROTECT YOURSELF:  Identity theft happens when someone uses your personal information without your consent to commit fraud or other crimes. Personal information includes your name, Social Security, Medicare, or credit card numbers.  The crime takes many forms. You may not find out about the theft until you review your credit report or a credit card statement and notice charges you didn’t make - or until you’re contacted by a debt collector. While some identity theft victims can resolve their problems quickly, others spend hundreds of dollars and many days repairing damage to their good name and credit record. Protect yourself. Keep your personal information safe. Don’t give your information out over the Internet, or to anyone who comes to your home (or calls you) uninvited. Give personal information only to doctors or other Medicare approved providers.  To see if a provider is Medicare approved, call: 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) or 877-486-2048 (TTY users).

BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING:  Generations is supporting a national campaign led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) to spread awareness of the fact that older adults may reap major physical, mental and emotional benefits by volunteering for as little as two hours a week. There is a growing body of research that shows that older volunteers may experience a reduction in depression, chronic pain and stress, while improving their mental functionality and even their chances of living longer.

WALK WITH A DOC:  Good Samaritan Hospital is holding a series of free Walk with a Doc events every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Gregg Park.  Learn about a current health topic then spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk and conversation with a local doctor.  Walk at your own pace and distance.  Doctors will rotate as walk leaders.  To keep track of walks or to find more information about Walk with a Doc, visit http://walkwithadoc.org/our-locations/vincennes-indiana/.

HONOR FLIGHT:  Honor Flight of Southern Indiana will be scheduling two flights in 2017 – April and October.  Dates should be confirmed in November.  Top priority is given to World War II and terminally ill veterans from all wars.  For more information, call 812-297-4136, email jerrychfsi@gmail.com or visit their website at www.HonorFlightSI.org.

GENERATIONS MAGAZINE:  The fall 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 Jane Hall at 812-888-5138 or jhall@vinu.edu. 

 

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.

 

 

Meals on Wheels Appeal

Generations’ Meals on Wheels program has acted as a safety net for over 40 years providing basic nutrition and care checks that enable them to remain at home all year and enjoy the holiday season. But we need your help!
•    Nutrition funding has been cut drastically.
•    The elderly population is the largest in history, many living below the poverty level.
•    1 out of 9 people in our community have food insecurities.

You can make a difference, right here, where you live, for your neighbors! Any amount is appreciated and your gift stays here and helps to ensure that no homebound senior has to go on a wait list for meals.

Please mail your tax-deductible donation today to Generations, P.O. Box 314, Vincennes, IN 47591.  Thank you.

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