Generations would like to expand our Matter of Balance (MOB) program! This nationally recognized evidence-based program’s goal is to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling and increase activity levels among community-dwelling older adults. Studies show that one-half of the older adult population fear falling, one-third of older 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. Our service area includes Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike counties, and we provide Matter of Balance classes in all counties throughout the year. Generations is hosting a free one-day Matter of Balance Coaches’ Training in February for volunteers interested in teaching this evidence-based fall prevention program to older adults in our service area. The training will be conducted on February 20th, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Vincennes University’s Zella Young Building, Room 305, 1019 N. 4th St., Vincennes, IN. Generations will provide materials for classes, supervision and program promotion. 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.
DO NOT ABBREVIATE 2020 ON CHECKS OR LEGAL DOCUMENTS
As we begin a new year and a new decade, experts are warning against abbreviating the year when signing and dating checks or legal documents. Why? Because the checks or documents could easily be altered with another date. For example, if you sign and date a document with today’s date, 1/11/20, it could easily be changed to another year by adding two numbers to the end of “20.” For example, let’s say that you date a legal document for today and you use the abbreviated year, 1/11/20; this date can easily be manipulated by adding numbers to the end of the date. So, 1/11/20 might be changed to 1/11/2017 – or to whatever year that the unscrupulous individual wants to change it to. So, just to be on the safe side, make sure to write the entire year out when dating checks or documents in the year 2020. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
DINE WITH A DOC
Senior Education Ministries, in partnership with Generations and Vincennes University, will be presenting Dine with a Doc® on February 5th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Indiana Center for Applied Technology (ICAT), 1500 N. Chestnut St., Vincennes, IN, on the Vincennes University Campus. The program is free to the public, and a free lunch will be provided. February’s speaker will be Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Kristy Kruger, OTD from ProRehab. This program provides the opportunity to fellowship with peers while receiving valuable information from our medical community. If you would like more information about Dine with a doc® you may visit www.dinewithadoc.com. Please RSVP by contacting Cathy Jones at 812-888-5159 or 1-800-742-9002.
CDC FLU SEASON FACT OF THE WEEK
FACT: There are prescription drugs that can treat influenza virus infections. People 65 and older should be treated with influenza antiviral drugs if they get sick with flu. If you have flu symptoms--even if you had a flu shot--call your doctor, nurse, or clinic. Doctors can prescribe medicine, called antiviral drugs, to treat flu and lessen the chance of serious illness. These medicines work better the sooner they are started. Call if you have any or all of the following symptoms:
• Fever or feeling feverish/chills
• Sore Throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Muscle or body aches
• Fatigue (tiredness)
• Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
It’s very important that antiviral drugs be used early to treat flu in people who are very sick with flu (for example, people who are in the hospital), and people who are sick with flu and are at high risk of serious flu complications, like people 65 and older.
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.
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