GENERATIONS OFFERS NEW ONLINE RESOURCE: Generations is excited to offer a new free online health resource called Active Daily Living which can be accessed through the Generations website. Active Daily Living offers a variety of informational resources that support older adults and caregivers through interactive online tools and personalized content designed to maximize one’s ability to age in place. Users can browse the site for information on different aging and caregiving topics and can sign up to receive free monthly e-mails tailored to their own interests/needs. To access Active Daily Living, simply visit the Generations website at www.generationsnetwork.org and click on Active Daily Living on the home page.

PURDUE EXTENSION TO OFFER MATTER OF BALANCE IN WASHINGTON: The Purdue Extension Educators will be hosting a weekly Matter of Balance class beginning on Thursday, March 5th running through Thursday, April 23 in 4-H Exhibit Building, 4-H Way, Washington. The class consists of 8 weekly two-hour sessions and will be held each week from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. The classes will help you to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Class is free. Space is limited. For more information, or to reserve your spot, please call Jennifer Stefancik at 812-254-8668.

TAX COUNSELING FOR THE ELDERLY IN WASHINGTON: Generations is once again providing Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) in Daviess 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 have completed their certification with the Internal Revenue Service, and they are now available to complete tax forms at Washington Senior and Family Services Center, 211 E. Main St., Washington. Appointments can be scheduled Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call 812-254-1881. The Daviess County TCE Coordinator is Sharon Hite.

DINE WITH A DOC® – MARCH 4: Senior Education Ministries, in partnership with Generations and Vincennes University, will be presenting Dine with a Doc® on March 4th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Indiana Center for Applied Technology (ICAT), 1500 N. Chestnut St., Vincennes, on the Vincennes University Campus. The program is free to the public, and a free lunch will be provided. March’s speaker will be Family Practitioner, Dr. Scott Stine, MD from the Medical Center of Vincennes. A free lunch will be provided by Caregiver Homes. 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. Please note that we will be in the same location as February.

MANAGING STRESS FOR HEART HEALTH: Research suggests that an emotionally upsetting event, particularly one involving anger, can serve as a trigger for a heart attack or angina in some people. Stress can contribute to high blood pressure and other heart disease risk factors. Some of the ways people cope with stress—drinking alcohol, using other substances, smoking, or overeating—are not healthy ways to manage stress. Learning how to manage stress and cope with problems can improve your mental and physical health. Consider healthy stress-reducing activities such as:

• Talking to a professional counselor

• Participating in a stress management program

• Practicing meditation

• Being physically active

• Trying relaxation techniques

• Talking with friends, family, and community or religious support systems

Ask your doctor what kinds of stress management are safe for you.

  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute – National Institutes of Health

GENERATIONS MAGAZINE: 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 bhancock@vinu.edu.

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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