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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

 Individual therapy

 Group therapy

 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 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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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.


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 or call 1-800-742-9002.

Or, If you would like to download the digital version of the magazine, click on the button below.


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

Privacy Policy: Your personal information is for Generations' use only. We will not sell any of your data to a third party.


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.

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:

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


Generations’ Column for April 4, 2020


CENSUS 2020 – EVERYONE COUNTS!!  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:

Everyone counts, so be sure to respond today!


STAYING ACTIVE WHILE STAYING AT HOME:  Just because we are spending the majority of our time in our homes right now, doesn’t mean that we cannot remain active. In fact, it is very important to keep moving!  Here are some ideas on how you can stay active during this time:  When watching TV, get up during every commercial and do an active chore. For example, empty the dishwasher, throw some clothes in the laundry, take out the garbage or just walk a lap inside of your home. Feel productive after just one show! If you can’t walk or stand, try seated knee lifts, kicks, foot slides, punches or arm circles.


GENERATIONS UPDATE:  Generations’ mission is to offer older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers options for a better quality of life, and this mission does not change in any situation.  You may continue to contact our agency by phone at (800)742-9002 and can access agency information on our website at  Referrals may continue to be made by phone or on the Generations’ website.


KNOX COUNTY RSVP NEWS:  Generations is pleased to announce that the Corporation for National and Community Service has approved continued funding of Senior Corps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) to support senior volunteer services in Knox county. In these trying times many of our volunteers are still making emergency food packets, sewing mask, and calling older homebound adults to check on them. If you are over 55 years old and are interested in volunteering through the RSVP program, you can fill out a volunteer application online at – just click on the Volunteer tab which will lead you to a link to the online application.  Please, also, feel free to contact us through private message on the Generations’ Facebook page.  And, as always, you can give us a call at 1-800-742-9002. Generations is very proud of all of the things that our volunteers accomplish on an ongoing basis, and we are excited to be able to continue to offer these volunteer opportunities to older adults in Knox County.


TAX COUNSELING FOR THE ELDERLY:  Due to the Shelter in Place order we will discontinue Tax Counseling at this time until further notice. The deadline for filing and paying has been extended to July 15th, and we plan to be available for tax preparation after our government issues a change in our current situation.


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


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