REACH OUT TO NEIGHBORS — OLDER AMERICANS MONTH 2021

As we celebrate Older Americans Month in May, we will be encouraging community members to share their experiences. One way that we can find strength and create a stronger future is to reach out to neighbors. Even if you can’t get together in person right now, you can still connect with your neighbors. Leave a small gift on their doorstep, offer to help with outdoor chores, or deliver a home-cooked meal. Together, we can create communities of strength!

GENERATIONS

TO OFFER LIVING A HEALTHY LIFE WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS IN JUNE

Generations will be offering a free 6-week course, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, from 10 a.m.-noon every Tuesday beginning June 1 through July 13 at Robert E. Green Activities Center on the Vincennes University campus, 120 W. Harrison St. 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. This program 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. For more information, or to register, please contact Cathy Jones at 812-888-5159 or by e-mail at catherine.jones@vinu.edu.

SHOULD YOU

LAMINATE YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION CARD?

The answer is simple — No. The reason? The card has blank spaces to record future vaccinations. Since it is not certain at this time whether or not boosters will be needed, a sealed card would prevent future vaccinations from being recorded on the original card. Don’t fret if you have already laminated your vaccine card. If you require a booster in the future, you can ask for a new card at your original vaccination site at the time of your appointment. If you are worried about your card becoming stained or damaged, a better way to protect it might be to use a plastic sleeve like the ones used for ID badges; these are inexpensive and will offer protection without lamination.

ALZHEIMER’S

ASSOCIATION — SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR NEEDED

Support Group Facilitators create a safe, open environment where people share their feelings, thoughts and experiences in a combined effort to better cope with and manage the shared problems of dementia. The goal of Alzheimer’s Association support groups is to provide emotional, social and/or educational support to group members. As facilitators, individuals may be responsible for general caregiver, adult children, spouse, gender-specific or language-specific groups. Support Group Facilitators commit to a one-year term delivering a monthly group. Training includes the following: application submission, background check and signature of confidentiality/conflict of interest forms, viewing four modules (online) that are approximately one hour each, and attending a 1-2 hour role specific facilitator training (which can also be completed online). If you are interested in becoming an Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitator, or would like more information, please contact Reilly Huelsmann, program manager, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter at 317-587-2207 or by e-mail at rhuelsmann@alz.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 800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org.

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