“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” — Agnes Mae Pharo

Generations would like to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy and HEALTHY New Year!

GENERATIONS JOINS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS OF SOCIAL ISOLATION AND LONLINESS AMONG OLDER ADULTS AND CAREGIVERS

The holidays will look a bit different for many of us this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and interact with one another. For many older adults, this can mean a loss of social connections that, if left unaddressed, can have serious negative mental and physical health consequences. This is why Generations is participating in Home for the Holidays, a national campaign led by the Eldercare Locator and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), this year in partnership with the University of California, San Diego Center for Healthy Aging. Launched every year during the holiday season, Home for the Holidays is intended to help families and friends discuss difficult topics with their loved ones. A new consumer brochure is the focus of this year’s campaign, “Staying Connected and Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Resources for Older Adults and Caregivers,” which highlights the importance of social connection, its impact on our physical and mental health — and ways the Aging Network can help older adults connect to their communities during this time of limited in-person social interactions. The “Staying Connected” brochure can be found online at n4a.org. Generations can connect consumers to programs that provide a variety of ways to stay connected to others in their communities, including volunteer opportunities and health aging workshops. For more information on Generations volunteer programs and healthy aging workshops, please contact Cathy Jones at 812-888-5159.

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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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