RSVP (RETIRED SENIOR & VOLUNTEER PROGRAM) HOOSIERS AGE 70 AND OLDER ARE NOW ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE COVID-19 VACCINE
Hoosiers age 70 and older have been selected to be among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine because they are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. The vaccine provides another level of protection to keep them and loved ones safe. Visit ourshot.in.gov to find a vaccination site near you. If an individual does not have access to a computer, call 211 to register. information provided by Family and Social Services Administration
Generations’ RSVP program has several volunteer opportunities available for individuals who are interested in helping with Indiana’s roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine. These opportunities range from making phone calls to actually volunteering at a vaccination site. If you would like to learn more about these volunteer opportunities and how you can help, contact Kim Fourman, RSVP director, at 812-888-5879 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR THE ELDERLY
Generations is once again providing Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) in Knox County. This program provides free assistance to low income, elderly and special needs taxpayers in filling out both the federal and state tax forms. Volunteers will be available to complete tax forms beginning Tuesday. Due to COVID-19, the location has changed to Community United Methodist Church, 1548 S. Hart Street Road, Vincennes. This is an appointment only site. Please call 812-888-5880 to schedule your appointment or contact us by e-mail at email@example.com. Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a break at noon for lunch. For taxpayers who are not comfortable with a face-to-face appointment, drop-off appointments will be available. For the protection of our volunteers and other taxpayers, masks will be required by all. If you have a temperature (temperatures will be checked upon arrival) or are not feeling well, please don’t come to the site — we can reschedule. Items required at the time of appointments are: photo ID, Social Security card for yourself and dependents, all tax forms, a copy of last year’s taxes, property tax statement for homeowners, landlord’s name and address for renters and this year, we will need to verify if you received the first and second stimulus checks and the amounts received. For direct deposit of tax refunds, you will need your banks routing number and account number. The Knox County TCE coordinator is Linda Yochum.
TO OFFER ONLINE CHRONIC DISEASE SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
According to the National Council on Aging, about 80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 68% have at least two. Many adults with conditions such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and others struggle to find ways to manage their condition. Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions will address issues faced by individuals dealing with chronic disease. Some of the topics discussed during the course of this program are: techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep; decision-making skills to better deal with medication use and treatment options; exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance; pacing activity and rest; nutrition gaps; and action planning. Generations would like to schedule a workshop in the near future for interested individuals. If you are interested in learning more about this excellent program and possibly participating in this workshop, please contact Cathy Jones at 812-888-5159.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.