GENERATIONS WELCOMES NEW RSVP DIRECTOR: Generations would like to welcome Kim Fourman as the new Knox County RSVP Director. RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. You can use the skills and talents you’ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities in your community. Even in a world of social distancing, Kim can work with you to find a volunteer opportunity that suits your comfort level. To find out more about becoming an RSVP volunteer or to find out more about the program, you may contact Kim at 812-888-5879 or by e-mail at kfourman@vinu.edu.

QUICK MEDICATION TIP FROM ACTIVE DAILY LIVING: If you use a pill organizer, always keep one or two pills in the original bottle. It can be used to remind you what the pill is. Also, if you drop a pill on the floor, you can match it to the bottle pill, so you know what it is. If you found this quick tip helpful and would like to access more tips like this, please visit the Generations website at www.generationsnetwork.org and click on the Active Daily Living link on the home page. Active Daily Living offers free, personalized advice to enhance health, independence and aging in place. Here you can access videos, articles and resources that are tailored to your needs on a variety of topics that focus on older adults and caregivers.

INDIANA LAUNCHES BE WELL CRISIS HELPLINE TO SUPPORT HOOSIERS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND RECOVERY: Counselors and resources now available 24/7 at Indiana 211. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has announced the launch of the Be Well Crisis Helpline, a confidential resource available through Indiana 211 that will allow Hoosiers to call and speak with a trained counselor 24/7. The free Be Well Crisis Helpline was established by FSSA’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction in direct response to the elevated levels of stress and anxiety Hoosiers are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indiana 211 is a free service that connects Hoosiers with assistance and answers from thousands of health and human service resources across the state — quickly, easily and confidentially. Earlier this month, Indiana 211 officially became part of FSSA, helping enable specialized programs such as the Be Well Crisis Helpline as needed. “By calling 2-1-1 (and selecting 3), callers will connect with an experienced and compassionate counselor specially trained to help with issues triggered or worsened by COVID-19,” said Jay Chaudhary, J.D., DMHA director. “The trained counselors will be able to listen, provide support and promote personal resiliency.”

The Be Well Crisis Helpline is funded by a Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In Indiana the program becomes part of the state’s new Be Well Indiana initiative. Additional information about the mental health resources available to Hoosiers is available at BeWellIndiana.org.

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.

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