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

Savvy Social Security Planning

Tuesday, January 19, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The decisions you make today will have a tremendous impact on the amount of Social Security benefits you will receive over your lifetime. This workshop will help you determine how much you can expect to receive, when to apply, as well as how to maximize your benefits. Learn the rules for spousal benefits and much more. This seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by January 12 to register. Min. 10.

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.        

Nutrition Awareness

Tuesday, January 26, 1:30-2:30 pm
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can have many causes. Some diseases and even certain food sources are associated with deficiencies of vitamins C, E, D and A and minerals such as Copper, Calcium and Magnesium. These deficiencies can affect your vision and immune system. Learn how you can ensure you are getting the nutrition your body requires and how to interpret the new USDA food. Presenter: Keyonia Cox. The seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by January 19 to register.

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, January 28 and 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.

Advance Care Planning

Wednesday, January 27, 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Advance care planning is about making choices on how you wish to live the end of your life. Most importantly, it is sharing these choices with your loved ones while you are still able to do so. The Advanced Care Team from Parkview Health shares tips for making these decisions. You may attend the sessions alone, but we encourage you to attend with the person who will likely be making care decisions for you. This program is free. Please call 427-6460 by January 20 to reserve your spot.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Tuesday, January 19, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn what questions to ask 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; however, pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by January 12 to reserve your spot.    

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.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

December 7, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Learn the common signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and how to watch for in them in yourself or others. We’ll explore typical age-related changes, offer tips for how to approach someone about memory concerns and explain the importance of early detection and the benefits of diagnosis.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

January 4, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

This seminar is designed to provide a general over- view of the relationship between Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, the risk factors, FDA-approved treatments and what’s on the horizon in Alzheimer’s research.

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.


Volunteer/Instructor Opportunities

The Community Center offers numerous oppor- tunities for people of all ages to join our family   of over 200 volunteers and become involved in programs and operations. As a Community Cen- ter 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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