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."

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

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.

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.

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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.

 

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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Generations’ column for March 12, 2017

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 centralccc@gmail.com.  Next meeting date is Tuesday, March 104h and the topic will be Comfort Zones.  The discussion will revolve around issues including advance directives and looking down the road to how to take care of our loved ones and to take care of ourselves.

VOLUNTEER COACHES STILL 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 and increase activity levels & peer socialization among community-dwelling older adults.  Matter of Balance classes are offered in each county of Generations’ six-county service area which includes the counties of Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike.  Studies show that one-half of adults fear falling, one-third of 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.  Each class is led by two trainers. Generations and their partners will provide materials for classes, supervision and program promotion.  Lunch will also be provided.  There is no selling involved.  Due to the overwhelming response from those interested in the first training and limited seating, Generations will be scheduling another train-the-trainer event in near future.  For more information, contact Alma Kramer at 812-888-4527 or akramer@vinu.edu. 

 

PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM THE FLU:  The flu season in in full swing, and is rearing its ugly head in our community.  However, there are ways to protect yourself!  The CDC recommends that anyone over the age of 6 months receive an annual flu vaccine.  This is especially important for high risk groups such as children, pregnant women and the elderly.  Although the vaccine does not protect against all strains, it does provide protection from the most prevalent strains, including type A viruses.  Receiving the vaccine does not necessarily mean that you will not get the flu, as it cannot protect against every strain, however, it greatly reduces your chance of contracting it.  If you should get the flu, get to your doctor immediately!  Although the virus must simply run its course, your doctor may prescribe antiviral medication that could reduce the duration of your flu symptoms if the medication is started within in 2 days of onset.  To reduce your chances of getting the flu, avoid close contact with sick people, wash your hands often with soap and water, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Simple precautions go a long way!   

 

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 bhancock@vinu.edu.

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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Healthy Eating As We Age

USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

As we age, healthy eating can make a difference in our health, help to improve how we feel, and encourage a sense of well-being. Eating healthy has benefits that can help older adults:

Nutrients

  • Obtain nutrients needed by the body such as potassium, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, minerals, and dietary fiber.
  • Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. If you have a chronic disease, eating well can help to manage the disease.
  • Meet individual calorie and nutrition needs.
  • Help to maintain energy levels.
     

Special Nutrition Concerns for Older Adults

Our daily eating habits change as our bodies get older. Make small adjustments to help you enjoy the foods and beverages you eat and drink.

  • Add flavor to foods with spices and herbs instead of salt and look for low-sodium packaged foods.
  • Add sliced fruits and vegetable to your meals and snacks. Look for pre-sliced fruits and vegetables on sale if slicing and chopping is a challenge.
  • Ask your doctor to suggest other options if the medications you take affect your appetite or change your desire to eat.
  • Drink 3 cups of fat-free or low-fat milk throughout the day. If you cannot tolerate milk try small amounts of yogurt, butter milk, hard cheese or lactose-free foods. Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
  • Consume foods fortified with vitamin B12, such as fortified cereals.
     

Be Active Your Way

Focus on maintaining a healthy body weight. Being physically active can help you stay strong and independent as you grow older. If you are overweight or obese, weight loss can improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of disease and disability. 

  • Adults at any age need at least 2 ½ hours or 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. Being active at least 3 days a week is a good goal.
  • Find an activity that is appropriate for your fitness level. If you are not active, start by walking or riding a stationary bike. Strive for at least 10 minutes of exercise at a time and be as active as possible.
  • Include activities that improve balance and reduce your risk of falling such as lifting small weights. Add strength building activities at least 2 times per week.
  • Being active will make it easier to enjoy other activities such as shopping, playing a sport, or gardening.
  • If you are not sure about your level of fitness, check with your doctor before starting an intense exercise program or vigorous physical activity.