According to the Administration for Community Living, each year, an estimated 5 million older adults are abused, neglected, or exploited. Older Americans lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could be used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, and medical care. Unfortunately, it occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone — a family member, a neighbor, even you. It is estimated that only one in five of these crimes are discovered. All month, we will be providing tips on how YOU can avoid fraud:

— Take in to consideration how you pay for things. Credit cards usually have built in protection, however, there are many payment methods that do not. Wiring money through services such as MoneyGram or Western Union is very risky, as it is nearly impossible to get your money back if you have been scammed. Reloadable cards such as MoneyPak, Reloadit and Vanilla are also risky payment methods for the same reason. Honest companies and government offices will never require you to use these payment methods.

— Talk to someone that you can trust! Scammers and con artists want you to make a decision in a hurry. Do not be intimidated — even if they threaten you. Take a breath, check out their story, consult with an expert, check online or just simply tell a friend.


There will be no Dine with a Doc in the month of July. The program will resume on Aug. 7 at the Green E. Activities Center, 120 W. Harrison St. Details to come.


Generations’ annual Trailblazer 5K is on the horizon! This year’s event will take place on Aug. 10 with a race route that includes the beautifully restored Kimmell Park along the banks of the Wabash River. For more information on this event and to register, visit our website at and click on the Trailblazer 5k tab.


Do you own a local business? We would love to have you as a sponsor for our 5K to be held on Aug. 10 on the beautiful campus of Vincennes University. This is a fabulous way for you to get your business’ name “out there” while supporting your local Area Agency on Aging and Disability. Different sponsorship levels are available. For more information on how to become a sponsor, please contact Alma Kramer at 812-888-4527 or at You may also visit our website at and click on the Trailblazer 5k tab.


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

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

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