A MATTER OF BALANCE CLASS TO BE HELD IN VINCENNES

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. Generations’ A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls will be offered at Vincennes University’s Green Activities Center, 120 W. Harrison St., beginning March 30 and continuing each Tuesday through May 18. Classes will be held from 1-3 p.m. This 8-week program is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Spots are limited and masks are required! A workbook will be provided and refreshments will be served. For more information, or to register, contact Cathy Jones at 812-888-5159 or by e-mail at cjone171@vinu.edu.

GENERATIONS 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. Generations will be offering a free online six-week course, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, from 9-11 a.m. every Tuesday beginning March 30. 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, contact Cathy Jones at 812-888-5159.

DO YOU CONSUME TOO MUCH SODIUM?

March is Nutrition Awareness Month and, as many of us know, consuming too much sodium in our daily diet can cause health issues such as high blood pressure — especially as we age. Here are some ideas from the National Institutes of Health to help you to lower your sodium intake:

Lower your sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg a day (about a teaspoon of salt). That includes sodium added during packaging, cooking, and at the table when eating.

Read the Nutrition Facts label on foods and beverages to find the sodium content.

Buy foods and beverages that are low in sodium.

Limit how much packaged and fast foods and beverages you consume.

Use less salt when cooking and eating.

Cook with lemon and spices that have no sodium.

TAX COUNSELING 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 are available to complete tax forms at 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 generationstce@gmail.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.

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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