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New website provides Hoosiers free expert mental health resources during COVID-19
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has launched a new website, BeWellIndiana.org, that provides Hoosiers with free mental health resources. The site is designed to address the increase in anxiety, depression and other mental health issues caused by the pandemic, including both first-time issues as well as preexisting mental health concerns.
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Generations Beacon Article - March
Ask SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program)
Q. Mental health is important to me. What types of services are covered now that I am on Medicare?
A: Mental health is very important, and preventive care can help identify patients who are at risk for mental health problems to get them treatment sooner.
Medicare Part B fully covers many preventive services, including screenings to access your risk for certain mental health conditions. Medicare 100% covers the following preventive benefits:
Annual depression screening All people with Medicare can get one free evaluation for depression per year as long as the doctor accepts Medicare assignment.
Alcohol misuse screening Some people with mental health problems may struggle with alcohol or drug abuse. Medicare covers one alcohol misuse screening per year. All Medicare enrollees who are not alcohol-dependent may qualify. If you’re alcohol-dependent, you may qualify for counseling
‘Welcome to Medicare’ visit This introductory preventive visit includes a review of your risk for depression. You’ll need to have the exam within the first year of getting Medicare.
‘Wellness’ visit During this annual visit, your doctor will evaluate your physical and mental health, and you’ll have the opportunity to bring up any mental health concerns with your physician. Your doctor may make recommendations based on your risk factors or refer you for additional treatment.
After you meet your Medicare Part B deductible, you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for outpatient treatment of a condition.
Medicare covers counseling services, diagnostic assessments including, but not limited to:
Psychiatric evaluation and diagnostic tests
Family counseling (if the goal of therapy is to help your condition)
Alcohol abuse counseling (up to four sessions)
If you receive inpatient mental health services, Medicare Part A helps pay. These services can be either in a general hospital or in a psychiatric hospital that only cares for people with mental health conditions. There’s a cap on Medicare coverage for inpatient services if you stay at a psychiatric hospital.
If you or someone you know has questions about mental health coverage by Medicare or any other Medicare questions, call SHIP at 1-800-452-4800, 1-866-846-0139 TDD or online at www.medicare.in.gov. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
SHIP is a free, unbiased counseling program provided by the Indiana State Department of Insurance.
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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.
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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.
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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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Ombudsman Contact Information
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generations’ Column for April 18, 2020
GENERATIONS IS HERE FOR YOU! In this ever changing situation, we are determined to continue to carry out our mission to offer older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers options for a better quality of life. We are here to take your calls, listen to your needs and to connect you to the information and resources that will help. Even though life looks very different for most of us right now, Generations will continue to be here for you. Call us at 1-800-742-9002 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org. We WILL get through this – together!
LONG TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN AVAILABLE: Did you know that the local Ombudsman is available to advocate for residents of long-term care and residential facilities? The primary purpose of the Ombudsman is to promote and protect the resident rights guaranteed to residents under federal and state law. During this time of nursing home and other facility visitation restrictions, please know that Long Term Care Ombudsman services are still available to residents. While ombudsmen are restricted from visiting facilities, you can still talk with the ombudsman in your area via telephone or email.
- Toll-free 800-742-9002
- Direct Line: 812-888-5158
- E-mail: email@example.com
MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE COUNTED – RESPOND TO THE 2020 CENSUS: The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. By now you should have received your 2020 Census forms. You have three options for responding:
- Online at https://my2020census.gov/
- By phone
- By mail
Everyone counts, so be sure to respond today!
IMPORTANT SCAM INFORMATION FROM THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: The FTC is getting a lot of reports about fraudulent calls, texts, and emails coming from people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration, IRS, Census, USCIS and the FDIC. These fake government messages might say that you’re approved for money, can get quick relief payments, or get cash grants due to the Coronavirus. Scammers might also promise you small business loans, or send a (phishing) alert that a check is ready to be picked up. These are all scams, and none of those messages come from a government agency. If you respond to these calls or messages, they might ask you for money, personal information, or both. Don’t give it. And remember that the surest sign of a scam is anyone who asks you to send cash, pay with a gift card, wire money, or pay with cryptocurrency. Stay on top of all types of imposter scams by visiting ftc.gov/imposters, and sign up for the FTC’s Consumer Alerts to get the latest on all kinds of scams.
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 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