Generations is looking to expand our Matter of Balance (MOB) program. This nationally recognized evidence-based program’s goal is to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels and peer socialization among community-dwelling older adults. Matter of Balance classes are offered in each county of Generations’ six-county service area which includes the counties of Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike. Studies show that one-half of adults fear falling, one-third of adults do fall and falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for this group. We need volunteers who would like to be trained to lead these classes in our community. Each class is led by two trainers. Generations is hosting a free one-day Matter of Balance Coaches’ Training in March for volunteers interested in teaching this evidence-based fall prevention program to older adults in this area. The training will be conducted on March 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fort Sackville Room in the Vincennes University Student Union, 1101 N 2 nd St., Vincennes, IN 47591. Generations and their partners will provide materials for classes, supervision and program promotion. Lunch will also be provided. There is no selling involved. Seating is limited. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alma Kramer at 812-888-4527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February is National Heart Health Month: Avoiding unhealthy food and eating foods rich in nutrients, fiber and healthy fats may help to reduce your risk of a heart attack. By incorporating some of the foods listed, you can reduce your risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease. Many people think that eating healthy requires eating foods that are less than tasty; however this is certainly not the case. Help yourself to any of these foods and reduce your risk of heart attack: Salmon, Oatmeal, Blueberries, Dark Chocolate, Citrus Fruits, Soy (tofu and soy milk), Potatoes (not fried), Nuts (low salt varieties), Legumes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Red Wine, Green Tea, Broccoli, Spinach, Kale, Coffee, Flax Seed, Chia Seeds, Avocado, and Pomegranate.
Generations Magazine: The winter 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 Brenda Hancock at 812-888- 5146 or email@example.com.
Guard your Medicare number: Protect it the same way you do for your credit card numbers. Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare number or other personal information. Don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by phone, email, or by approaching you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. You can report suspected fraud by calling 1-800- MEDICARE (1-800- 633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging and 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.