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.

Thank You!

Thank you to Good Samaritan Society - Northwood Retirement Community for their generous donation of $1,500 to the Meals on Wheels program. We could not do what we do without community support!

Generations Beacon Article - July

Staying Heart Healthy After 65: What You Need to Know About Atrial Fibrillation

American Heart Association

 

Adults aged 65+ are at the highest risk for developing a dangerous heart condition called atrial fibrillation (AFib). When left untreated, AFib can increase your risk of having a stroke by 500% and double your chances of heart-related death.

 

Even scarier is that many older adults never experience, or fail to recognize, AFib warning signs. But there are steps you can take to prevent or manage AFib. Start by following our tips below.

 

What causes AFib?

AFib affects 9% of Americans aged 65+ and occurs when electrical signals in the upper chambers of your heart become chaotic—causing the upper chamber to quiver rather than pump, disrupting its ability to efficiently move blood through its chambers.

 

When blood collects in the upper chambers or moves slowly, a clot can form and potentially cause you to have a stroke if it is pumped out of your heart and travels to your brain.

 

So what can you do to prevent or manage AFib?

 

Know and avoid AFib risk factors

There are some risk factors that are unavoidable, like age and family history, but you have the power to control other risks. Start by taking a broader approach to chronic disease prevention and management. Conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and sleep apnea are major AFib triggers that are often easy to prevent.

 

Also adjust your lifestyle habits:

  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Don’t smoke
  • Avoid prolonged athletic training

 

Stay on alert for AFib symptoms

Some of AFib’s most common symptoms aren’t typically seen as alarming. That’s why it’s especially important to know the warning signs and not dismiss them. Signs include:

  • A fluttering heartbeat
  • Heart palpitations
  • Light-headedness
  • Feeling winded even while at rest
  • Chest pain
  • Fainting

 

Today’s technology has made it easier for medical professionals to detect AFib early, so don’t be a stranger at the doctor’s office. Be proactive and make sure to get your annual wellness checkup and take advantage of all of Medicare’s preventive benefits and screenings.

 

Manage AFib with treatment

If you suspect that you have AFib—or if you’ve already been diagnosed—know that there are treatments that can significantly reduce your risk of a stroke. Explore your options with a health care professional. Treatment could include blood thinner medications and/or a surgical procedure called a cardiac ablation, which removes the bad heart tissue.

 

Keep in mind that if your doctor prescribes medications, don’t stop taking them even if you no longer notice symptoms—it doesn’t mean AFib is gone.

 

February is American Heart Month

February is a great month to pay close attention to your heart health, but following these tips will help you stay healthy all year long. Be proactive about avoiding the risk factors for AFib and visiting your doctor.

 

United Way

 

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

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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 credability 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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Generations, c/o Brenda Hancock
P.O. Box 314
Vincennes IN 47591

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Generations’ column for February 3, 2019

FEBRUARY DINE WITH A DOC® - FEBRUARY 6THSenior Education Ministries, in partnership with Generations and Vincennes University, will be presenting Dine with a Doc® on February 6th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Green Activities Center, 120 W. Harrison St., Vincennes, IN, on the Vincennes University Campus. The program is free to the public, and a free lunch will be provided by Back to Health. February’s speaker will be Chiropractor, Dr. Richard Snider from Back to Health.  This program provides the opportunity to fellowship with peers while receiving valuable information from our medical community. If you would like more information about Dine with a doc® you may visit www.dinewithadoc.com. Please RSVP by contacting Cathy Jones at 1-800-742-9002.

 

SAVE THE DATE – TUESDAY, MARCH 26TH, 2019:  Ever wonder how nutrition can affect your health?  Come and listen to Tonya Short with Purdue Extension.  Generations’ will be hosting an Aging Well Retreat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Green Activities Center on the Vincennes University Campus.  Speakers will be presenting on the following topics:  advance care planning, nutrition, mental health in older adults, Alzheimer’s caregiving, the importance of volunteering & recognition for our volunteers, and physical activity & demonstrations.  Lunch will be provided. Vendors will be on hand and free health screenings from multiple organizations will be available.  Stay tuned for more information, but mark it on your calendar today! 

 

PECANS STILL AVAILABLE:  Generations' Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is still selling pecans.  These pecans are fresh from Georgia from the most recent pecan crop.  Prices are $10 per bag with your choice of either a 12 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 MAGAZINE: 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.

Aging Well Retreat

Register HERE for the Aging Well Retreat - Passport to Aging Well on March 26, 2019

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Upcoming Matter of Balance Classes

UPCOMING MATTER OF BALANCE CLASSES

If you are interested in attending a Matter of Balance class in the future and you live in, or near our six-county service area, please contact Alma Kramer at (812)888-4527.  If enough interest is generated in an area, we will do our best to set up a class in that area.

 

 

Alzheimer's

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.

 

Every Penny Counts

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.