retirement


Unwind Your Mind: Activities for Persons with Early Dementia

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia is life changing. Because individuals with dementia often feel isolated and disconnected, it is important that opportunities to participate in community activities that are meaningful, creative, and social are made available to them. Such activity can provide a sense of competence, a reduction in depression, and improved relationships with family members. Studies have shown that arts, crafts, computers and social activities help slow mild cognitive loss by up to 50%. The Community Center, in cooperation with Lutheran Life Village Village of Birchwood and Lori Stock of the Fort Wayne Alzheimer Association, is now offering classes and activities for those with signs of early dementia. A schedule of upcoming classes and programs are NOW available on the Unwind Your Mind link.



Winter Services Offered

Strategies to Help Your Money Last in Retirement

Tuesday, February 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

You’ve spent a lifetime accumulating money for retirement. You’ve saved, invested, and taken advantage of IRAs and workplace retirement plans. Now you need to generate a steady income stream from your assets, and the decisions you make could have lasting repercussions. Join us for an educational seminar where we’ll focus on a variety of strategies designed to help you make the most of your retirement and enjoy a more comfortable and rewarding lifestyle. As a seminar participant, you will receive a 20-page workbook on retirement income strategies. This full-color resource contains essential information that will help you assess your current situation and make sound financial decisions. This workshop is free, however pre-registration is required. You may reserve your seat by calling 427-6460 by February 9. Min. 10.        

The Importance of Sanitation

Wednesday February 17, 1:30-2:30 pm
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Food safety is vital to our health and well-being. Join Keyonia Cox to learn about food borne illnesses, the super 8 food allergies, cross-contamination, canned goods and refrigerator safety. She will also discuss the importance of food preparation and which cutting boards to use for what foods. This seminar is free; however you will need to call 427-6460 by February 10 to sign up.

Joint Screening & Fall Risk Assessment

Thursday, February 25,

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

More than 1/3 of adults 65 and older fall each year and 20-30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. Integrity Physical Therapy of Indi- ana is offering 15 minute appointments on January 28 and February 25 to assess your risk for falling. They will also provide you with education on risk factors and fall prevention strategies. The Joint Screening will focus on a brief evaluation of one joint (elbow, neck, shoulder, knee, hip, etc.) using Range of Motion and Manual Muscle Testing. Call 427-6460 to reserve your FREE appointment. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to check in. If there are openings or no shows walk-ins will be welcome.

 

Medicare & Medigap Supplements

Wednesday, February 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This seminar will cover the basics of Medicare from Part A to Part D as well as Medicare Supplemental Insurance. You will learn how Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D Medicare coverage work together with Medicare Advantage Plans or with Medicare Supplemental Insurance. The basics of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplemental Insurance plans will be discussed. You will learn where you can obtain the information you need to help you in your Medicare decision process. This free seminar is being presented by Ray Hunert. Call 427-6460 by January 13 or February 12 to sign up.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wills, Trusts and Power of Attorney

Wednesday,  February 24, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The law regarding wills, trusts and power of attorney is constantly changing. Whether you already have a will or trust or are just in the planning stage, you will find the information presented by Elder Law Attorney Jesica Thorson very helpful. The seminar is FREE. Call 427-6460 by January 8 to reserve your seat.

Alzheimer’s Educational Presentations

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

These FREE educational sessions are sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. Due to the Community Center being closed, you may attend the sessions virtually. Pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 at least one week in advance to sign up.

Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research

February 1, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement and hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin, L.L.C attorneys are at the Community Center on the morning of the first Friday of every month to answer your legal questions. Please call 427-6460 to make an appointment. This FREE service is offered to people age 50+. (Legal Counseling will not be offered in January.)

Day                 Dates                                                   Time
Fri                   2/5                                        9:30 am-12 pm
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

A trained SHIP counselor is available on the first and third Thursday of every month (and every Thursday during open enrollment) to answer your questions about Medicare, Medigap (supplement to Medicare), Prescription Drug Plans and Advantage Plans. Get a detailed explanation of Medicare coverage and learn the differences between Medigap and Advantage Plans and when an additional prescription drug plan is necessary. Please bring a list of your prescription drugs, as well as the strength and how often it is taken. This service is free and not affiliated with any insurance agency. Call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment.

Day     Dates                                                  Time

Thur    1/21, 2/4, 2/18                         9 am-12 pm
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

 

Diabetic Screening

Diabetes affects approximately 25 million people or 8.3% of the U.S. population. While an estimated 18 million have been diagnosed, 7 million are unaware they have the disease. Sunshine Home Health Care will offer FREE diabetes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of the month. No appointment is required.

 

Day                 Dates                                        Time
Thur                2/4                                       9-11 am
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


How’s Your Hearing?

Approximately 28 million Americans, or about one in every ten people in this country, have some hearing loss. Many don’t even know it. Audiologist Dr. Zach Burkle conducts FREE hearing screenings at the Community Center on the first Tuesday of each month. The screening only takes 15 minutes. Please call 427-6460 to make your appointment and arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Ages 50+.

Day                 Dates                                        Time
Tues               2/2                                   9-11:15 am
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

 

Spring Programs

Diabetic Screening

According to the CDC, 34.2 million Americans—just over 1 in 10—have diabetes and another 88 million adults are pre-diabetic. Many are unaware they have the disease or are at risk for developing it. Sunshine Home Health Care will offer FREE diabetes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of the month. No appointment is required.

Day        Dates                    Time

Thur       3/4, 4/1, 5/6       9-11 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


How’s Your Hearing?

Approximately 28 million Americans, or about one in every ten people in this country, have some hearing loss. Many don’t even realize it. Audiologist Dr. Zach Burkle conducts FREE hearing screenings at the Community Center on the first Tuesday of each month. The screening only takes 15 minutes. Please call 427-6460 to make your appointment and arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Ages 50+.

Day        Dates                                         Time

Tues      3/2,   4/6,   5/4                  9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

A trained SHIP counselor is available on the first and third Thursday of every month (during open enrollment it is every Thursday) to answer your questions about Medicare, Medigap (supplement to Medicare), Prescription Drug Plans and Advantage Plans. Get a detailed explanation of Medicare coverage and learn the differences between Medigap and Advantage Plans and when an additional prescription drug plan is necessary. Please bring a list of your prescription drugs, as well as the strength and how often it is taken. This service is free and not affiliated with any insurance agency.  Call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment.

Day        Dates                                         Time

Thur       3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15          9 am-12 pm

                5/6        

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers Attorneys at Law are at the Community Center on the morning of the first Friday of every month to answer your legal questions. Please call 427-6460 to make an appointment. This FREE service is offered to people age 50 and over. (Legal Counseling will not be offered in April due to Good Friday.)

Day        Dates                                              Time

Fri           3/5, 5/7                                9 am-12 pm

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.



Greet & Eat

Tuesday, May 25, 10:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This fun and social program is sponsored by Miller’s Health Systems of greater Fort Wayne. They will be serving a continental breakfast and offering opportunities to win prizes! This “Greet & Eat” is free to participate and will be offered quarterly. ABC Exercise and Cardio Flex fitness classes are held the same morning, so plan to get a little work out in before or after! Pre-registration is required by May 18. Call 427-6460 to sign up. Space is limited and masks are required.


Strategies to Help Your Money Last in Retirement

Tuesday, May 18, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

You’ve spent a lifetime accumulating money for retirement. You’ve saved, invested and taken advantage of IRAs and workplace retirement plans. Now you need to generate a steady income stream from your assets, and the decisions you make could have lasting repercussions. Join us for an educational seminar where we’ll focus on a variety of strategies designed to help you make the most of your retirement and enjoy a more comfortable and rewarding lifestyle. As a seminar participant, you will receive a 20-page workbook on retirement income strategies. This full-color resource contains essential information that will help you assess your current situation and make sound financial decisions. This workshop is free and will be offered virtually upon request. Pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by May11 to sign up. Min. 10.


Investment Basics

Tuesday, April 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The best investing strategy is a carefully planned and prepared approach to managing and accumulating money. A well-planned strategy can help you meet your short-term, mid-term, and long-term financial goals. Investment planning requires discipline and patience. But it doesn’t have to be difficult. In this seminar you’ll learn:

Investment fundamentals, including the effects of inflation and compounding

How to identify financial goals and time horizons

How to measure your risk tolerance, and the relationship between risk and return

The difference between cash equivalents, bonds, stocks and mutual funds, and the importance of asset allocation

You’ll also receive a free workbook created just for this presentation. The workbook contains key information, worksheets, and questions to help you remember important points from the seminar. This workshop is free and will be offered virtually upon request. Pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by April 13 to sign up. Min. 10.


Estate Planning in Today’s World

Wednesday, April 21, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Estate Planning is important for people of all ages – now more than ever. During this seminar, you will get the latest information on all of the new laws. Elder Law Attorney Jesica Thorson will discuss your planning options and answer your questions. This seminar is free and will be offered virtually upon request. Please call 427-6460 by April 14 to sign up. Ages 25+.


Medicare & Medigap Supplements

Monday, April 12, 10:00-11:30 am

Wednesday, May 19, 10:00-11:30 am

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

On average, Medicare covers about half of the health care charges for those enrolled. The remaining charges must be covered with separate insurance, a supplemental plan or out-of-pocket. Learn what you need to know about Medicare, from Part A to Part D as well as Medicare Supplemental Insurance. We will discuss how Medicare coverage works together with Medicare Advantage Plans or with Medicare Supplemental Insurance. You will also learn where you can obtain the information you need to help you in your Medicare decision process. This free seminar is presented by Ray Hunert and will be offered virtually for those who request it. Please call 427-6460 by April 5 or May 12 to sign up.


Stop the Bleed

Tuesday, March 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Are you prepared to render possible life-saving emergent care to yourself, a family member, friend or bystander in the event of a traumatic bleed? Stop the Bleed is an interactive educational experience that will prepare you with the knowledge and skill to provide care until medical help arrives. How to recognize a situation and what proactive measures to take will be presented followed by hands-on practical application. This training is suited for all ages and no prior medical training is required. This informational seminar is free, however pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by March 9 to sign up. This seminar is also offered in virtual format.


Joint Screening & Fall Risk Assessment

Thursday, March 25, April 29, May 27,   10:00-11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

More than 1/3 of adults 65 and older fall each year and 20-30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. Integrity Physical Therapy of Indiana is offering 15 minute appointments on the 4th Thursday of the month to help you identify if you are at risk for falling. They will also provide you with education on risk factors and fall prevention strategies. The Joint Screening will focus on a brief evaluation of one joint (elbow, neck, shoulder, knee, hip, etc.) using Range of Motion and Manual Muscle Testing. Call 427-6460 to reserve your FREE appointment. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to check in. If there are openings or no shows, walk-ins will be welcome.


Living with Alzheimer’s: Middle Stage

Mondays, 3:30 p.m.

March 1 (Part 1), April 5 (Part 2), May 3 (Part 3)

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this 3-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. You may attend in person at the Community Center or opt to attend virtually from the comfort of your home. Pre-registration is required in either case. Call 427-6460 at least one week in advance to sign up for this free series.


Advance Care Planning

Thursday, May 27, 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Have you thought about who would make medical decisions for you in the event that you are unable to make them for yourself? The Advance Care Planning team from Parkview Health will be here to discuss Advance Care Planning, the process of thinking and talking about what type of medical care you would want should you not be able to speak for yourself. We invite you to attend this session either in person or virtually to start the conversation surrounding your wishes. We encourage you to invite your potential medical power-of-attorney to attend with you. This program is free and will be offered virtually via Zoom for those who request it. Please call 427-6460 by May 20 to sign up.


Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Tuesday, April 13, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Find out what you need to know before making pre-arrangements with cemeteries and funeral homes. Helpful information for veterans is also included. Presenter Sarah (Schwehn) McMillan has 30 years of professional experience in the cemetery and funeral home industry. This informational seminar is free and is also available virtually via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by April 6 to sign up. 

         

Volunteer/Instructor Opportunities
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

We offer numerous opportunities for people of all ages to join our family of over 200 volunteers and become involved in Community Center programs and operations. As a Community Center volunteer, you will find satisfaction in being of service to the community, develop your interests, and make new acquaintances. You may choose to volunteer on a regular weekly schedule or on an occasional basis. Please call 427-6461 for more information. Examples of volunteer positions include:

Information Desk Staff

Volunteer and Paid Class Instructors

Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors

Daytime Experienced Tap Dancers

Volunteer Coordinator

Raised Garden Bed Helpers

Bingo Caller

Music Education

Fitness and Conditioning Coordinator

Craft Coordinators and Assistants

Special Event Helpers

Shuffle Board League Coordinator

Cleaning Assistants

Brain Teaser Leader

AARP Tax Preparers

(February-April, training in January)







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