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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7 Things to Check Before You Leave the Pharmacy

National Institute on Aging

 

Did you know that your pharmacist can work with you to help you take medications safely and reliably? Here are a few things to check when you fill a prescription, especially for a new medication:

 

  • Make sure the label has your name on it and the directions from your doctor. If it doesn't have directions, talk with the pharmacist before taking the medicine.
  • If the medicine is something you've taken before, see if it looks the same. If the medicine looks different from what you were expecting, ask the pharmacist to double check that it is correct.
  • If you have trouble swallowing pills, ask if a liquid medicine is available. Do not chew, break, or crush pills until you find out whether the drug will still work.
  • Make sure you can read and understand the medicine's name, directions, and any warning stickers on the bottle. If the label is hard to read, ask the pharmacist to use a larger type.
  • Make sure you can open the container. If not, and you don't have children in the house, ask for medicine bottles that are easier to open.
  • Ask if the medicine needs to be stored in a particular way, such as in a refrigerator or a dry area.
  • Give your doctor and pharmacist an up-to-date list of any allergies and other medications you're taking so they won't give you a medicine that contains something you're allergic to. You can check the label, too, to make sure you're not allergic to any of the ingredients.

 

If you have any questions about a medication you are taking or any of the written information that comes with your prescription, talk with the pharmacist or your doctor. Making sure you understand your medications is an important step in taking care of your health.

 

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

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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 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.

 

Flu Season is here! Flu Season is here!

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.

Generations’ column for January 14, 2018

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO?  Over 55?  Looking for something to do on these long winter days?  Would you like to make someone's day a little brighter?   Generations' Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is looking for volunteers to assist with phone care checks to our home delivered meal clients.  This provides, not only a care check on the individual, but also offers some socialization to these individuals who otherwise might not speak to anyone at all that day.  It is a great way to make someone feel special!  If you’re interested, or for more information, please contact Cathy Jones at 812-888-5159, or toll-free at 1-800-742-9002.

 

UPCOMING NOVEMBER DINE WITH A DOC®Generations is partnering with Senior Education Ministries, Inc. to present Dine with a Doc® on Wednesday, February 7th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Beckes Student Union food court on the Vincennes University campus, 1002 N. 1st St., Vincennes, IN.  MiracleEar will be presenting at this event. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, fellowship with others and win door prizes.  This is a FREE event, and the public is encouraged to attend.  A FREE lunch will be provided, courtesy of MiracleEar.  An RSVP is required so that we can have an accurate lunch count.  Seating is limited so you must RSVP to 1-877-223-6109 in order to secure your spot.  You may visit www.dinewithadoc.com for more information.  

FIGHTING FLU – IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE CDC:  Do you have Asthma, Diabetes, or Chronic Heart Disease? If so, you are at high risk of serious illness if you get the flu. Asthma, diabetes and chronic heart disease were among the most common of these. Treatment with an influenza antiviral drug can mean the difference between having milder illness instead of very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay. This fact sheet provides information about using prescription antiviral drugs to treat influenza in people at high risk for flu complications.

 

Why am I at greater risk of serious flu complications? Your medical condition makes it more likely that you will get complications from the flu, like pneumonia. The flu also can make long-term health problems worse, even if they are well-managed. People with asthma or chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of their conditions. Diabetes (type 1 and 2) can make the immune system less able to fight the flu. Also, flu illness can raise blood sugar levels.

 

Can the flu be treated? Yes. There are prescription medications called “antiviral drugs” that can be used to treat influenza illness. Antiviral drugs fight influenza viruses in your body. They are different from antibiotics, which fight against bacterial infections.

 

What should I do if I think I have the flu? If you get the flu, antiviral drugs are a treatment option. Check with your doctor promptly if you have a high risk factor and you get flu symptoms. Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat your flu illness.

 

Should I still get a flu vaccine? Yes. Antiviral drugs are not a substitute for getting a flu vaccine. While flu vaccines can vary in how they work, flu vaccination is the first and best way to prevent influenza. Antiviral drugs are a second line of defense to treat the flu if you get sick.

 

What are the benefits of antiviral drugs?  When used for treatment, antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick by 1 or 2 days.  Antiviral drugs also can prevent serious flu-related complications (like pneumonia). This is especially important for people with a high-risk health condition, like asthma, diabetes or chronic heart disease.

 

What are the possible side effects of antiviral drugs? Some side effects have been associated with the use of influenza antiviral drugs, including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, runny or stuffy nose, cough, diarrhea, headache, and some behavioral side effects. These are uncommon. Your doctor can give you more information about these drugs or you can check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) websites.      

 

PECANS STILL AVAILABLE:  Didn’t get all of your holiday baking done?  Generations' Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is still selling pecans for all of your baking needs!  These pecans are fresh from Georgia from the most recent pecan crop.  Prices are $10 per bag with your choice of either a 16 oz. bag of small pieces, or a 12 oz. bag of halves.  Money raised from these sales support projects that benefit our local community such as Children's Vision Screening, Little Elves Workshops, Love-A-Bears, Pet Pad Program, etc.  To purchase pecans, please contact Patti Dreiman at 1-800-742-9002 or come by our office on the 3rd floor of the Young Building at 1019 N. 4th St., Room 311.

 

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.