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!
Getting Enough Fluids
National Institute on Aging
It’s important for your body to have plenty of fluids each day. Water helps you digest your food, absorb nutrients, and then get rid of the unused waste.
With age, some people may lose their sense of thirst. To further complicate matters, some medicines might make it even more important to have plenty of fluids.
Drinking enough fluids every day also is essential. Check with your doctor, however, if you’ve been told to limit how much you drink.
Try these tips for getting enough fluids:
- Try to add liquids throughout the day.
- Take sips from a glass of water, milk, or juice between bites during meals.
- Have a cup of low-fat soup as an afternoon snack.
- Drink a full glass of water if you need to take a pill.
- Have a glass of water before you exercise or go outside to garden or walk, especially on a hot day.
- Remember, water is a good way to add fluids to your daily routine without adding calories.
- Drink fat-free or low-fat milk, or other drinks without added sugars.
- If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly and in moderation. That means up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks for men.
- Don’t stop drinking liquids if you have a urinary control problem. Talk with your doctor about treatment.
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.
If you experience a scam related to your new Medicare card, please contact the Indiana Senior Medicare Patrol at 800-986-3505.
Sign Up For Our Free Magazine
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.
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 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.
Generations’ column for March 18, 2018
LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY? Volunteers are needed to attend classes with current Vincennes University students who have disabilities to assist with note taking. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Vincennes University’s Director of Disability Services, Jill Steele at 812-888-4502 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PECANS ARE STILL AVAILABLE BUT GOING FAST! Generations' Retired and Senior Volunteer Program still has Georgia pecans for sale! 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.
TAX COUNSELING FOR THE ELDERLY: 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. PLEASE NOTE: This site will be drop-off only, however, you will need to schedule an appointment to drop off your tax information at (812)882-2285; once your taxes are completed, the staff will call you to come and pick up your completed forms. 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.
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.
THINKING ABOUT SUPPLEMENTS? DO YOUR HOMEWORK! If you are thinking about using dietary supplements:
- Learn. Find out as much as you can about any dietary supplement you might take. Talk with your doctor, your pharmacist, or a registered dietitian. A supplement that seemed to help your neighbor might not work for you. If you are reading fact sheets or checking websites, be aware of the source of the information. Could the writer or group profit from the sale of a particular supplement? Read more about choosing reliable health information websites.
- Remember. Just because something is said to be “natural” doesn’t mean it is safe or good for you. It could have side effects. It might make a medicine your doctor prescribed for you either weaker or stronger. It could also be harmful to you if you have certain medical conditions.
- Tell your doctor. He or she needs to know if you decide to use a dietary supplement. Do not diagnose or treat any health condition without first checking with your doctor. Learn how medications can interact with dietary supplements. For more information, visit the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
- Buy wisely. Choose brands that your doctor, dietitian, or pharmacist recommend. Don’t buy dietary supplements with ingredients you don’t need. Don’t assume that more is better. It is possible to waste money on unneeded supplements.
- Check the science. Make sure any claim about a dietary supplement is based on scientific proof. The company making the dietary supplement should be able to send you information on the safety and/or effectiveness of the ingredients in a product, which you can then discuss with your doctor. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
*Information courtesy of the National Institute on Aging.
GENERATIONS MAGAZINE: The fall/winter issue of Generations magazine is out and the spring issue is on its way! 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.