Welcome to Generations


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 Beacon Article - April

Ask SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Programs) – April 2019

 Q: I just got Medicare, and I don’t know if Medicare covers any mental health benefits like my employer insurance did. What does Medicare cover?

A: Medicare covers one depression screening per year. The screening must be done in a primary care doctor’s office or primary care clinic that can provide follow-up treatment and referrals. You pay nothing if your doctor or other health care provider accepts Medicare assignment.


Q: After I meet my Medicare Part B deductible, how much of my mental health services will be covered?

A: For outpatient treatment of your condition, you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount once you have paid your yearly Medicare Part B deductible.


Q: What kind of mental health services are covered?

A:  If you receive mental health services outside of the hospital, such as in a clinic, doctor’s office, or      hospital outpatient department, Medicare Part B typically helps pay for the following covered services:

• Individual and group psychotherapy.

• Diagnostic tests.

• Family counseling if the main purpose is to help with your treatment.

• Testing to make sure you’re getting the services and treatment you need.

• Psychiatric evaluation.

• Medication management.

• Occupational therapy that’s part of your mental health treatment.

• Certain prescription drugs that aren’t usually “self-administered”.

• Individual patient training and education about your condition.  


Q: What’s the difference between outpatient and inpatient treatment; or partial hospitalization and hospitalization?

A:  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. If you’re in a psychiatric hospital, Part A pays for up to 190 days of inpatient psychiatric hospital services during your lifetime.


If you receive mental health services outside of the hospital, such as in a clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital outpatient department, that is typically considered an outpatient service.


Q: What is a benefit period?

A: A benefit period begins the day you’re admitted as an inpatient in a hospital or in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). The benefit period ends after you haven’t had any inpatient hospital care or skilled care in a SNF for 60 days in a row. If you go into a hospital or SNF again after 60 days, a new benefit period begins, and you must pay a new deductible for any inpatient hospital services you get.


There is no limit to the number of benefit periods you can have for mental health care in a general hospital. You can also have multiple benefit periods when you get care in a psychiatric hospital, but there is a lifetime limit of 190 days.

If you have any questions about Medicare’s coverage of Mental Health Services, or any questions related to Medicare, call SHIP at 1-800-452-4800, 1-866-846-0139 TDD or online at www.medicare.in.gov.


SHIP is a free, unbiased counseling program provided by the Indiana State Department of Insurance.


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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.

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.


Generations’ column for March 31, 2019


MATTER OF BALANCE CLASS TO BEGIN IN APRIL:  Generations is accepting reservations for A Matter of Balance class that will be starting on April 1st at Good Samaritan Hospital in the Cancer Pavilion, 520 S. 7th St., Vincennes, IN.  The class consists of 8 weekly two-hour sessions beginning on Monday, April 1st and continuing every consecutive Monday through May 20th.  This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.  The classes will help you to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance.  Class is FREE!  Space is limited.   For more information, or to reserve your spot, please contact Mary Pargin at 812-885-3793.


APRIL DINE WITH A DOC® - APRIL 3RD:  Senior Education Ministries, in partnership with Generations and Vincennes University, will be presenting Dine with a Doc® on April 3rd 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 Grundman Shoes. April’s speaker will be Tracie Grundman-McNeece, M.S.CPED from Grundman Shoes.  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.


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 Bus Barn, 2009 Prospect Ave., Vincennes. We are appointment only site, please call 812-882-2285 to schedule an appointment.  We will be preparing Drop-offs only on Tuesdays 9 am to 2 pm with a break at noon for lunch.  Face to Face appointments will be scheduled for Wednesdays thru Fridays 9 am to 2 pm with a break at noon for lunch.  Items required at the time of appointments 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.  The Knox County TCE Coordinator is Linda Yochum.


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.



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.




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.


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!

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:

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.