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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 Parks and Rereation Department offers classes and activities at the Community Center for those those with signs of early dementia. 

For additional information including to register please call the Community Center, 260-427-6461 or 260-427-6466.  


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Summer Programs 

Acrylic Painting

Paint a picture and take it home the same day! You’ll be guided step-by-step from blank canvas to your finished painting, learn how to load the brushes, paint wet into wet and blend colors as you go. All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

Date                      Day               Time

7/21                       T              1:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Hand Building Clay Pottery

Come experience pottery at its best. You’ll hand build a project as well as try out a pottery wheel. Instructors: Brandon Furniss (weekdays) and Onie Mensch (Saturdays). Max. 8.

Date      Day                                         Time

6/20       Sa                           11:30 am-1 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

Mondays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

July 20, August 17

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Who doesn’t like to color? Listen to relaxing music; visit with your neighbor and color till your heart’s content. For your safety, please bring your own pencils and pens. No pre-registration is necessary. Just drop in! Drop-in Fee: $1.

Downtown Walkers

Wednesdays, June 17-August 26, 11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 

Get some fresh air and enjoy a brisk one-mile walk in the company of others. We will take different routes through the downtown area each week. Walks may include stops at various locations for a quick tour. There is no fee to participate, however, we ask that you call 427-6460 to sign up the Monday before each walk.

Bingo

June 26, July 10, 24, August 8, 22, 1:30 p.m.

Bingo is held at 1:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. Prizes are snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items. Sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor of Huntington. Fee: 3 cards/50¢

Effective Communication Strategies

Monday, June 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways. This seminar is provided by the Alzheimer’s Association® and is free of charge. Call 427-6460 by June 22 to sign up.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Wednesday, July 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This presentation provides a general overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia for people who are facing a diagnosis as well as those who wish to be informed. Join us for this informational program and learn more about the relationship between Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, risk factors, FDA-approved treatments and what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association free of charge. Call 427-6460 by July 22 to register.

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