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.

OUR MISSION

To offer older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers options for a better quality of life.

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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.

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.

 

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SEPTEMBER BEACON ARTICLE

 

Stay Active As You Get Older: Quick tips Stay Active As You Get Older: Quick Tips

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

 

Physical activity is good for people of all ages. Staying active can help:

 

  • Lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer
  • Improve your strength and balance so you can prevent injuries and stay independent
  • Improve your mood
  • Feel better about yourself
  • Improve your ability to think, learn, and make decisions

 

Before you start...

 

If you have a health problem like heart disease, diabetes, or obesity, talk to your doctor about the types and amounts of physical activity that are right for you.

 

Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activities.

 

  • If you were not exercising before, start slowly. Begin with 10 minutes of aerobic activity and gradually build up to doing 30 minutes at a time.
  • Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic activity on most days of the week.
  • Choose aerobic activities – activities that make your heart beat faster – like walking fast, dancing, swimming, or raking leaves.
  • Tell your doctor if you have shortness of breath, chest pain, or unplanned weight loss.

 

Do strengthening activities 2 days a week.

 

  • Try using exercise bands or lifting hand weights. You can also use bottles of water or cans of food as weights.
  • Breathe out as you lift the weight, and breathe in as you lower it. Don't hold your breath – holding your breath can cause unsafe changes in your blood pressure.

 

Do balance activities 3 or more days a week.

 

  • Practice standing on one foot (hold onto a chair if you need to at first).
  • Stand up from a sitting position without using your hands.
  • Learn tai chi (“ty chee”), a Chinese mind-body exercise that involves moving the body slowly and gently.
  • Sign up for a yoga class, or try following a yoga video at home.

 

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

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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 lyochum@vinu.edu 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 bhancock@vinu.edu

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

 

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.

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).

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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 pdreiman@vinu.edu.

 

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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 pdreiman@vinu.edu.

Generations’ column for September 17, 2017

WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR AFTER A FALL:  Because it is not always possible to avoid a fall, it is important to know what symptoms to look for after a fall that would warrant a visit to your doctor.  If you have experienced a fall and begin to notice any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.

  • loss of consciousness just before or after the fall
  • injuries
  • a strong or lingering pain
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • overall weakness or unsteadiness
  • headaches
  • vision problems
  • drowsiness

Symptoms may appear in the days that follow a fall. If you fall, take note of your condition. In some cases, a fall may be the sign of an illness, or it may be caused by medication. It's always better to mention falls to your doctor.  He or she can then assess the situation and see if the fall is linked to an illness, prescribed medication or over-the-counter drugs.

 

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT COMING SOON:

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

LEGAL SUMMIT & CASA OUTREACH:  Wednesday, September 27th, 20017 at 5:30 pm at The Fortnightly, 421 N. 6th St., Vincennes, IN – doors open at 5 p.m.  “Who is a CASA?” video will debut followed by panel introduction & discussion.  Learn about legal proceedings as related to the protection of children who have experienced child abuse or neglect and the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) intervention for children.  Legal focus is around Child in Need of Services (CHINS) & Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) court proceedings.  RSVP is appreciated through Evenbrite.com.  If you have questions about the event, please contact Dena Held at 812-886-4470, or by e-mail at dheld@cfsindiana.org.

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.

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Generations' Stacey Kahre and Cindi Holloway present information about Generations and Advance Care Planning at the Knox County Partners Meeting