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 - May

How do I exercise safely with arthritis?

Center for Disease Control and Prevention


Learn how you can safely exercise and enjoy the benefits of increased physical activity with these S.M.A.R.T. tips.

  • Start low, go slow.
  • Modify activity when arthritis symptoms increase, try to stay active.
  • Activities should be “joint friendly.”
  • Recognize safe places and ways to be active.
  • Talk to a health professional or certified exercise specialist.


Start low, and go slow

When starting or increasing physical activity, start slow and pay attention to how your body tolerates it. People with arthritis may take more time for their body to adjust to a new level of activity. If you are not active, start with a small amount of activity, for example, 3 to 5 minutes 2 times a day. Add activity a little at a time (such as 10 minutes at a time) and allow enough time for your body to adjust to the new level before adding more activity.


Modify activity when arthritis symptoms increase, try to stay active.

Your arthritis symptoms, such as pain, stiffness, and fatigue, may come and go and you may have good days and bad days. Try to modify your activity to stay as active as possible without making your symptoms worse.


Activities should be “joint friendly.”

Choose activities that are easy on the joints like walking, bicycling, water aerobics, or dancing. These activities have a low risk of injury and do not twist or “pound” the joints too much.


Recognize safe places and ways to be active.

Safety is important for starting and maintaining an activity plan. If you are currently inactive or you are not sure how to start your own physical activity program, an exercise class may be a good option. If you plan and direct your own activity, find safe places to be active. For example, walk in an area where the sidewalks or pathways are level and free of obstructions, are well-lighted, and are separated from heavy traffic.


Talk to a health professional or certified exercise specialist.

Your doctor is a good source of information about physical activity. Health care professionals and certified exercise professionals can answer your questions about how much and what types of activity match your abilities and health goals.


*May is Arthritis Awareness Month



United Way

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!


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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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

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Generations’ column for May 18, 2019


Creativity keeps our minds active as we age.  Are you looking for some ways to expand your creativity?  Here are some ideas:

  • EXPLORE THE ARTS: The National Center for Creative Aging provides resources that help older adults amplify their creative potential through a diverse network of organizations and individuals that advance the creative aging field. Visit creativeaging.org.

  • INSPIRE CREATIVITY: Creativity Matters is a toolkit designed to increase the expertise of those who direct or want to start community arts and aging programs. Visit nationalguild.org/resources/resources/free-guild-resource/creativity-matters-the-arts-and-aging-toolkit.

  • KEEP FIT: Go4Life is a campaign designed to help older adults incorporate physical activity into daily life. It offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going. Visit go4life.nia.nih.gov.

  • TAKE A CLASS: The Lifelong Learning Institute Directory provides a national listing of programs in older adult education. Visit bit.ly/LifelongLearningDirectory.

  • CONNECT WITH ARTS ORGANIZATIONS: The National Endowment for the Arts provides federal support for projects that benefit local communities. For a list of participating state and regional arts agencies and organizations, visit arts.gov/partners/state-regional.

  • CREATE A FINANCIAL SECURITY PLAN: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides resources for older adults and their families to plan for later-life financial security. Visit consumerfinance.gov/practitioner-resources/resources-for-older-adults.

  • EAT HEALTHIER: The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides information on how healthy eating can encourage a sense of well-being. Visit choosemyplate.gov/older-adults.

  • ACTIVITIES FOR FUN: The National Institute on Aging explains the benefits of participating in activities that promote health and personal enrichment as we age. Visit nia.nih.gov/health/participating-activities-you-enjoy.


VINCENNES RENDEZVOUS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Looking for some fun volunteer opportunities?! The Vincennes Rendezvous is looking for volunteers May 25 & May 26. Three or more hour shifts are available on one or both days. Those that volunteer receive free entry into the event! Period clothing is not required for most positions available, but it is more than welcome! If you or your crew is interested in participating in the Midwest’s Premier Revolutionary Event, take this opportunity to get involved! This event is a huge benefit to our community and surrounding area as it brings in thousands of people who stay in local hotels, shop at local stores, and get to see what all our historical town offers! Without volunteers, this event would not exist! Thank you in advance for your interest!  Please call Debbie Dunn for more information and set up your volunteer times today! 812-483-5406.


FABRIC DONATIONS NEEDED:  Generations’ RSVP (Retired Senior & Volunteer Program) volunteers are at it again!  The Happy Hoopers will be making wheelchair and walker caddies for homebound individuals served by Generations.  They are in need of durable, quality fabric donations that will hold up to use.  If you can help, please drop off your fabric donations at the Generations office, Room 311.  We are located on the 3rd floor of the Zella Young Building on the Vincennes University Campus, 1019 N. 4th St., Vincennes, IN.

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.


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.