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.

Summer Programs 

Joint Screening & Fall Risk Assessment

Thursday, August 26

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.

Long Term Care Planning

Tuesday, August 24, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Make a long term care plan now, before you need it. Learn strategies for paying for long-term care and discover key features and government incen- tives for long-term care insurance, as well as how Medicare and Medicaid factor into long-term care planning. You’ll receive a workbook to help you remember important points from the seminar. This seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by August 17 to sign up.

 

Advanced Care Planning

Wednesday, August 18, 10:30 a.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 to start the conversation surrounding your wishes. We encourage you to bring the person you think you would like to make decisions for you if needed; however, this is not required to attend the session. This program is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 to sign up by August 11.


Living with Late Stage Alzheimer’s

Mondays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

June 7 (Part 1), July 12 (Part 2), August 2 (Part 3) Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person that has the disease. Join us for this 3-part series and hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families. This 3-part series is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association® free of charge. You may attend in person at the Community Center or opt to attend virtually from the comfort of your home. Please call 427-6460 one week prior to each seminar to sign up.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Tuesday, August 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Find out what you need to know before making prearrangements with cemeteries and funeral homes. Helpful information for veterans is also included. Presenter Sarah (Schwehn) McMillan has 30 years of professional experience in the ceme- tery and funeral home industry. This informational seminar is free, and is also available virtually via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. Call 427- 6460 by July 27 to reserve your spot.

 

Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers Attorneys at Law offer FREE legal counseling to persons age 50 and over on the first Friday morning of every month. (In July, the ser- vice will be offered on the second Friday.) Please call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment.

Day                           Dates                                                             Time
F                               6/4, 7/9, 8/6                                         9:20-11 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 to answer your questions about Medicare, Medigap (supplement to Medicare), Prescription Drug Plans and Advan- tage 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

Th                             6/3, 6/17, 7/15,                                   9 am-12 pm
                                 8/5, 8/19

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
         

Diabetic Screening

Diabetes affects approximately 34.2 million Americans or just over 10% of the U.S. population according to the Center of Disease Control. While many are treated, an estimated 7 million people are unaware they have the disease. Are you one   of them? Sunshine Home Health Care offers FREE diabetes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of every month. No appointment is necessary.

Day                           Dates                                                             Time
Th                             6/3, 7/1, 8/5                                              9-11 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


How’s Your Hearing?

Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) age 18 and over report some trouble hearing. Audiologist Dr. Zach Burkle conducts FREE hearing screenings at the Community Center on the first Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. The screening only takes 15 minutes and can change your life. Please call 427-6460 to make your appointment and arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Ages 50+.

Day                           Dates                                                             Time
T                               6/1, 7/6, 8/3                                         9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.    


Fall Programs   
 

 

Greet & Eat

Tuesday, November 23, 10:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Join us for our fall Greet & Eat social! Miller’s Health Systems will serve a continental breakfast and offer opportunities to win prizes! “Greet & Eat” is held quarterly and it’s free! Our ABC Exercise and Cardio Flex fitness classes are held on the same morning, so why not fit a little fitness in before or after the social. Pre-registration is required by November 16 for the “Greet & Eat.”   Call 427-6460 to sign up. Max. 10.

Eating Smart & Moving More

Wednesdays, September 8-29, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Eating Smart and Moving More offers FREE advice on food, nutrition and exercise. Learn how to plan nutritious meals, be active, handle food safely, spend food dollars wisely and improve food purchasing and preparation skills. You can also earn a free cookbook and handy kitchen items just by attending! This program is free, however, pre-registration with an email address is required. Please call 427-6460 to sign up by September 1.


Healthy Living for Your Brain
and Body

Monday, November 1, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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. We will also use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. The program is free, however, pre-registration is required.  Please call 427-6460 to sign up by October 25.


Joint Screening &

Fall Risk Assessment

Thursday, September 23 and October 28

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.


What Does “Hearing Loss” Mean?

Tuesday, October 19, 1:30 pm

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

What does it mean to have a hearing loss? Dr. Burkle and Dr. Horgan present information regarding the ear’s ability to hear sound, and what it means to have a ‘loss of hearing.’ They will discuss how they measure/test hearing ability, various degrees and configurations of hearing impairment, and the effects that loss of hearing can have of quality of life. Time will be available to ask questions and free hearing screenings will be offered. This seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 to sign up by October 12.


Know the 10 Signs of Dementia

Monday, September 13, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia cause memory loss, as well as thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. Learn how to recognize common signs of the disease and how to approach someone about memory concerns. The importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process will also be discussed as well as the helpful resources available from the Alzheimer’s Association. This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by September 6 to register.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Monday, October 4, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging and it differs from other forms of dementia. Learn the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, how it impacts lives, the stages of the disease and risk factors for developing it. We will also go over current research and treatments available for some symptoms and Alzheimer’s Association resources. This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by September 27 to register.


Assisted Living Lunch & Learn

Thursday, September 23, 1:00pm

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

People often confuse assisted living facilities for nursing homes, but the two senior care options are very different.  We will discuss the topic of preparing yourself, or a loved one for an assisted living community. What is an Assisted Living Community? What is the cost? Can spouses live together? Can I leave when I want? Is there financial assistance for assisted living communities? What services are offered in this type of setting? These are all questions that will be answered while you enjoy lunch! The seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by September 16 to register. Min. 5. Max. 15.


The Do’s and Don’ts of Downsizing

Wednesday, November 3, 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

You have spent a lifetime making a home for your family, and now you are thinking about downsizing. Or perhaps you are working with your siblings to relocate your parents and have questions about the process. Whatever the situation, your family is unique and so are the challenges. Join this discussion with Kurt Ness as he breaks down the do’s and don’ts of downsizing. Let us help by addressing your concerns and answering your questions about the process. This event is free and will be offered virtually upon request.  Call 427-6460 by October 27 to register.


Medicare & Medigap Supplements

Wednesday, September 22, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Monday, October 4, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

On average, Medicare covers about 80% of the health care charges for those enrolled in Part A and B. 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 cover how Parts A through D 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 being presented by Ray Hunert. Please call 427-6460 by September 15 or September 27 to sign up.


Savvy Social Security Planning

Tuesday, September 21, 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. The seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by September 14 to sign up. Min. 10.

Investment Basics

Tuesday, October 19, 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, however, pre-registration is required. Reserve your seat by calling 427-6460 by October 12. Min. 10.


Estate Administration & Planning

Wednesday, October 13, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The laws regarding estates are ever changing. Even if you already have a will or trust, you could be affected. Elder Law Attorney Jesica Thorson will answer your questions regarding wills and estate planning. Pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by October 6 to reserve your seat. This informational seminar is FREE.


2021 Write a Will Day

Wednesday, October 20, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy. You need only to have a cause you care about and the “will” to make a difference. Volunteer attorneys will be at the Community Center on October 20 to discuss your will and charitable bequest. If you choose to make a charitable bequest, a sample will shall be prepared for you, completely free of charge. Call 427-6460 by October 13 to make an appointment. This program is an initiative of the Charitable Gift Planning of Northeast Indiana. Max. 12.


Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Tuesday, October 12, 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 October 5 to reserve your spot.

Tech Help for Seniors

Mondays & Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

September 3-November 19

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Do you get frustrated with your so-called “smart” phone or device? Would you like to know everything your device can do? We can help! Whether it’s a smartphone, computer, tablet or a wearable (such as a smart watch) we can help educate and train you on how to use these devices and platforms effectively and provide continuous support whenever you need. We can also show you how to setup an email, Facebook account or learn new apps on your device. Sponsored by Bumber, a tech support company focusing on helping seniors gain necessary technology skills in today’s world. Call 427-6460 to reserve a time. Appointments are required 5 business days prior to reservation.

AARP Smart Drive Class

Wednesday, September 22, 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

AARP and the Community Center are teaming up to offer a one-day defensive driving course for seasoned drivers. Don’t miss this opportunity to brush up on your driving skills. This course is open to all ages. There will be a lunch break, so bring your own sack lunch or there are several fast food locations within walking distance of the Community Center. Call the Community Center at 427-6460 for more information or to sign up. Registration deadline:  September 15. Please make checks payable to AARP. Fee: $25/$20 for AARP members (must have an AARP card). Payment can be made the day of class.

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

Th                    9/2, 16;                           9 am-12 pm

                        10/7, 14, 21, 28;        
                        11/4, 11, 18; 12/2    

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin, L.L.C. attorneys are at the Community Center on 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.

Day                  Dates                                         Time

Fri                    9/10, 10/1, 11/5              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 (American Diabetes Association). Sunshine Home Health Care will offer FREE diabetes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of every month. No appointment is necessary.

Day                  Dates                                         Time

Th                    9/9, 10/7, 11/4                      9-11 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

How’s Your Hearing?

Approximately 28 million Americans have some type of hearing loss and over half of them avoid seeking help. Don’t be one of those people! Audiologist Dr. Zach Burkle conducts FREE hearing screenings at the Community Center on the first Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted.   The screening only takes 15 minutes and can change your life. Please call 427-6460 to make your appointment and arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Ages 50+.

Day                  Dates                                         Time

T                      9/7, 10/5, 11/2                 9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.



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

We offer numerous opportunities for people of all ages to join our family of over 180 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

Fitness & Conditioning Coordinator

Book Sale Assistants

Senior Games Coordinator

Craft Coordinators and Class Instructors

Cleaning Assistants

Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors

Special Events Helpers

Music Education






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