This holiday season, Generations’ is once again sponsoring its Build*A*Basket project to help provide for the basic needs of Generations’ clients while bringing them some holiday cheer. These older adults are on fixed incomes and often cannot afford the everyday necessities that many of us take for granted. Baskets must be completed and dropped off by December 16th. To register for the project and to receive a complete list of basket items, contact Alma Kramer by calling 800-742-9002 or 812-888-4527 or emailing email@example.com.
ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:
Are you in need of assistance with your utility bills? The Energy Assistance Program offered through Pace Community Action Agency is designed to assist qualifying households with the higher costs of heating their homes in the winter months. The program begins November 1st and runs through mid-May. Households that meet program guidelines receive a one-time benefit to their primary heat source to help defray the higher cost of heating their home. The amount of assistance a household receives is based on a point system and not the amount of the utility bill. A home can earn up to 16 points with each point equating to $25 to the home’s primary heat source. An additional $75 benefit is given to the home’s electric account as well. Points are earned based on the following categories, household income, type of home, housing status, at risk category, heat type and payment status. Applications will be available November 1st and can be found on the Pace website at www.pacecaa.org or by contacting the Energy Assistance office in your county of residence.
MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT:
Open enrollment for 2017 Medicare coverage is from October 15 to December 7. Generations’ SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Programs) counselors will once again be offering free assistance to those Medicare recipients who need help choosing the best plan. Counseling sessions are by appointment only and can be conducted face-to-face or over the telephone. An appointment can be scheduled by calling Linda Yochum at (812) 888-4854 or 1-800-742-9002.
TIME FOR FLU VACCINATIONS:
Influenza (“the flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness that can be severe and life-threatening, especially for adults 65 years of age and older. The immune system weakens with age, which makes it harder to fight disease. The flu can be dangerous in older adults whether they are healthy or have a chronic health condition such as heart disease or diabetes, which can worsen as a result of the flu. Getting an annual flu vaccination is one of the things you can do to help maintain your health. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the single best way to help prevent the flu is to get an annual vaccination.
Identity theft happens when someone uses your personal information without your consent to commit fraud or other crimes. Personal information includes your name, Social Security, Medicare, or credit card numbers. The crime takes many forms. You may not find out about the theft until you review your credit report or a credit card statement and notice charges you didn’t make - or until you’re contacted by a debt collector. While some identity theft victims can resolve their problems quickly, others spend hundreds of dollars and many days repairing damage to their good name and credit record. Protect yourself. Keep your personal information safe. Don’t give your information out over the Internet, or to anyone who comes to your home (or calls you) uninvited. Give personal information only to doctors or other Medicare approved providers. To see if a provider is Medicare approved, call: 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) or 877-486-2048 (TTY users).
BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING:
Generations is supporting a national campaign led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) to spread awareness of the fact that older adults may reap major physical, mental and emotional benefits by volunteering for as little as two hours a week. There is a growing body of research that shows that older volunteers may experience a reduction in depression, chronic pain and stress, while improving their mental functionality and even their chances of living longer.
Honor Flight of Southern Indiana will be scheduling two flights in 2017 – April and October. Dates should be confirmed in November. Top priority is given to World War II and terminally ill veterans from all wars. For more information, call 812-297-4136, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.HonorFlightSI.org.
The fall issue of Generations magazine is out. 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 Jane Hall at 812-888-5138 or email@example.com.
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.