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."
Thanks to all who dontated baskets to make the Build*A*Basket program a great success again this year!! Generations could not provide these wonderful baskets without the help of the community. This year, a total of 678 baskets were donated, collected, and delivered to Generations clients in needs, as well as others who are in need in our communities.
Flu Season will soon be upon us! Please check out Flu + You information provided by the National Council on Aging and Sanofi Pasteur.
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.
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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
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.
Generations’ column for January 1, 2017
NEW YEAR: NEW INVOLVEMENT? CASA SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: Can you be the voice for a child? Do you want to help break the cycle of child abuse and neglect but aren’t sure how? The Knox County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program is seeking volunteers to serve as advocates in court cases for children. To find out more, visit childadvocatesnetwork.org or contact Dena Held, Director, Knox County CASA Program, 105 Broadway Street, Vincennes; firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-886-4470. A new training class is being organized now!
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.
FREE SMOKE ALARMS AND INSTALLATION: The American Red Cross is offering a free smoke alarms and installation program. Smoke alarms are only guaranteed to work for ten years. Residents should test their smoke alarms monthly, change the batteries every six months, and replace their alarms every ten years. Alarms should be replaced if they are older than 2007. To schedule an appointment for FREE smoke alarms and installation, contact the American Red Cross at 812-471-7200 between 8:30 am and 5 pm.
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. 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.
GUARD YOUR MEDICARE NUMBER: Protect it the same way you do for your credit card numbers. Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare number or other personal information. Don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by phone, email, or by approaching you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. You can report suspected fraud by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
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 the Vincennes University Student Recreation Center through March when it will return to 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/.
GENERATIONS MAGAZINE: The 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.
Winterize To Prevent Falls
Excerpt from article by the National Council on Aging
Winter weather can lead to devastating slips, trips, and falls. Below are some simple steps that YOU can take this winter to reduce falls among older adults and adults with disabilities in your community.
- “Winterize” shoes, boots and assistive devices.
- Attach spikeless ice and snow shoe gripper sole covers to shoes for extra stability when walking on slippery surfaces. Look for these at sporting goods stores.
- Attach an ice gripper cane tip that has spikes on the bottom to penetrate the ice and secure a firm grip. Ice grip tips can be purchased online.
- Choose winter shoes with rubber soles to maintain traction on slippery surfaces.
- Carry kitty litter for slick surfaces.
Encourage older adults to carry a zip top bag filled with a lightweight kitty litter in their pocket and cast it out ahead of themselves on slick surfaces.
- Give the gifts of fall prevention.
- Fall alarm systems that are motion triggered without hitting a button
- Higher toilets in the home
- Replace multifocal glasses with single vision eyeglass lenses
- Grab bars in bathroom and next to outside steps or inside thresholds
- Install firm stair railings on both sides of stairways and set automatic lights over stairways and by outside entrances
- Cover the entryway to the home and provide a table to set down bags while finding keys
- Shorter days mean more time in the dark—give tiny flashlights to attach to keys, hats, and coat buttons.
Help make this season a safe, warm, and wonderful one for your patients, family, and community!
Source: Mindy Oxman Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT; Chair, American Physical Therapy Association’s AGPT Balance & Falls SIG; Lead, Montana’s Falls Free Coalition; University of Montana Rural Institute/MonTECH programs.