A MATTER OF BALANCE CLASS TO BE HELD IN VINCENNES IN OCTOBER

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. Generations, in partnership with Purdue Extension, will be offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls at the Vincennes University Agricultural Center, Room 102, 4207 N. Purdue Road. Classes will be held from 1-3 p.m. beginning Oct. 19 and continuing each Tuesday and Friday through Nov. 12. This 8-week program is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Spots are limited and masks are required! A workbook will be provided and refreshments will be served. For more information, or to register, contact the Knox County Purdue Extension at 812- 882-3509.

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT IS COMING — SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY

When’s the Medicare Open Enrollment Period? Every year, Medicare’s open enrollment period is Oct. 15-Dec. 7.

What’s the Medicare Open Enrollment Period? Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year — things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs.

How do people know if they need to change plans? People in a Medicare health or prescription drug plan should always review the materials their plans send them, like the “Evidence of Coverage” (EOC) and “Annual Notice of Change” (ANOC). If their plans are changing, they should make sure their plans will still meet their needs for the following year. If they’re satisfied that their current plans will meet their needs for next year and it’s still being offered, they don’t need to do anything.

When can people get information about next year’s Medicare plans? Information for next year’s plans will be available beginning in October.

Where can people find Medicare plan information or compare plans? 1-800-MEDICARE or Medicare.gov.

Generations is now taking appointments for SHIP (State Health Insurance Plan) counseling to assist you in choosing your best option for your Medicare prescription drug plan. The best plan for you could change from year to year depending on your health, medications, etc. Do not assume that the plan that you have always had is the best for you. Let us help you take a look at all of your options, and then you decide which plan that you want to go with. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with one of our SHIP counselors, contact Linda Yochum at 812-888-4854. Please, no walk-ins.

IT IS TIME AGAIN FOR BUILD-A-BASKET

This holiday season, Generations is sponsoring its 13th annual Build-A-Basket project to help provide for the basic needs of Generations’ clients while bringing them some holiday cheer. Generations serves older adults in Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike counties. These individuals are on fixed incomes and often cannot afford the everyday necessities that many of us take for granted. This project is open to schools, churches, businesses and individuals. Just purchase a laundry basket or tote and fill it with items such as dish soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. Many individuals also decorate their baskets to make them more festive. A list of suggested basket items, as well as list of drop-off sites will soon be available on the Generations’ Web site at www.generationsnetwork.org and on the Generations’ Facebook page. You may register your basket online by following the link on the Web site or Facebook post. Baskets must be completed and dropped off no later than Dec. 10. Generations’ staff and volunteers will deliver the gift baskets. For questions, or to register your basket by phone, please contact Alma Kramer at 812-888-4527, toll-free at 800-742-9002, or by e-mail at akramer@vinu.edu.

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 800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org.

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