NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS DON’T HAVE TO BE DAUNTING!

We have all been there…new year, new you, right? How many times have you said to yourself, “This year, I am going to lose weight,” or “This year I am going to follow an exercise regimen,” and on and on until we have completely overwhelmed ourselves and set ourselves up for failure. Although diet and exercise goals are a great idea, be sure that you don’t overwhelm yourself with resolutions that you cannot keep. Let’s face it, we could all use some success in 2021. So, if you want to live a healthier life, then start with small concise goals, such as “I’m going to walk once around my house every day,” or “I will include a vegetable in every meal.” Small changes to our lifestyles add up significantly over time. So this new year, set yourself up for success. There is no rule that resolutions have to come at the beginning of a new year. Resolve each day to make small positive changes that become habit over time, then you are sure to succeed. Happy New Year.

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION WARNS AGAINST COVID-19 VACCINE SCAMS

While we wait for a timeline and more information, there’s no doubt scammers will be scheming. Here’s what you need to know to avoid a vaccine-related scam:

• You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.

• You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.

• You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine.

• No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.

• Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.

If you get a call, text, email — or even someone knocking on your door — claiming they can get you early access to the vaccine, STOP. That’s a scam. Don’t pay for a promise of vaccine access or share personal information. Instead, report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov or file a complaint with your state or territory attorney general through consumerresources.org, the consumer website of the National Association of Attorneys General. (consumer.ftc.gov)

PECANS FOR SALE

Generations’ Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is, once again, selling pecans for all of your holiday baking needs! These pecans are fresh from Georgia from the most recent pecan crop. Prices are $10 per bag with your choice of either a 12 ounce bag of small pieces, or a 12 ounce bag of halves. Money raised from these sales support projects that benefit our local community such as Children’s Vision Screening, Little Elves Workshops, Love-A-Bears, Pet Pad Program, etc. Please contact Generations at 800-742-9002 to arrange purchase and pick up. We are located in the Zella Young Building on the campus of Vincennes University, 1019 N. Fourth St., Vincennes. Please call the office when you arrive and a staff person will bring your pecans down to you. Thank you!

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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