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.
Generations is once again providing Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) in several of our service area counties. This program provides free assistance to low income, elderly and special needs taxpayers in filling out both the federal and state tax forms.
Volunteers have completed their certification with the Internal Revenue Service, and they are now available to complete tax forms. Call to schedule your appointment today!
Ask SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program)
Q: I didn’t sign up for Medicare Part B when I was first eligible. Can I sign up any time?
A: When you're first eligible for Medicare, you have a 7-month Initial Enrollment Period to sign up for Part A and/or Part B. If you don’t sign up for Part B then, there are a few specific times when you may sign up, depending on your situation.
General Enrollment Period
The General Enrollment Period runs January 1 -March 31 each year. During this time, you can sign up for Medicare Part B at your local Social Security office. Your Medicare Part B coverage won’t start until July 1 of the year you sign up. If your income is above a certain amount, then you may have to pay a higher Part B premium.
Special Enrollment Periods
If you're covered under a group health plan based on current employment, you will have a Special Enrollment Period to sign up for Part A and/or Part B any time, as long as you or your spouse (or family member if you're disabled) is actively working, and you're covered by a group health plan through the employer or union based on that work. You also have an 8-month Special Enrollment Period to sign up for Part A and/or Part B that starts the month after the employment ends or the group health plan insurance based on current employment ends, whichever happens first. In most cases, you don't pay a late enrollment penalty if you sign up during a Special Enrollment Period. If you are not covered under a group health plan and you didn’t sign up for Medicare Part B when you first became eligible, you may be able to sign up during the General Enrollment Period.
Late Enrollment Penalty
The cost of Medicare Part B will go up 10% for each full 12- month period that you could have had Medicare Part B but didn’t take it, except in special cases. You must pay this penalty as long as you have Medicare Part B.
Medicare Part B covers two types of services:
Medically necessary services: Services or supplies that are needed to diagnose or treat your medical condition and that meet accepted standards of medical practice.
Preventive services: Health care to prevent illness (like the flu) or detect it at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to work best.
If you already have Medicare Part A and need Part B, you can sign up for Part B at your local Social Security office or by calling 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778).
For more information about Medicare Part B, or any other questions about Medicare, call SHIP at 1-800-452-4800, 1-866-846-0139 TDD or online at www.medicare.in.gov
SHIP is a free, unbiased counseling program provided by the Indiana State Department of Insurance.
If you experience a scam related to your new Medicare card, please contact the Indiana Senior Medicare Patrol at 800-986-3505.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Generations’ column for February 11, 2018
TAX COUNSELING FOR THE ELDERLY – REVISED INFORMATION: Generations is once again providing Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) in Knox County. This program provides free assistance to low income, elderly and special needs taxpayers in filling out both the federal and state tax forms. Volunteers have completed their certification with the Internal Revenue Service, and they are now available to complete tax forms at Bettye J. McCormick Senior Center, 2009 Prospect Ave., Vincennes. The program requires no appointment and uses a drop-off method this year. Drop-offs will be Monday and Wednesdays 9 am to 3pm with a break at noon for lunch. Pickups will be Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am to 3pm with a break at noon for lunch. Items required at the time of drop off are: photo ID, Social Security card for yourself and dependents, all tax forms, a copy of last year’s taxes, property tax statement for homeowners and landlord’s name and address for renters. For direct deposit of tax refunds, you will need your banks routing number and account number. Anticipated return time is one week. The Knox County TCE Coordinator is Linda Yochum.
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, stop the fear of falling and increase activity levels among community-dwelling older adults. Studies show that one-half of the older adult population fear falling, one-third of older 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. Generations is hosting a free two-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 1st and 2nd from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Vincennes University (location to be announced). Generations and their partners will provide materials for classes, supervision and program promotion. There is no selling involved. Seating is limited. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alma Kramer at 812-888-4527 or email@example.com.
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.
GENERATIONS MAGAZINE: The fall/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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.