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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 Recreation 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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Physical Activity Seminar
Wednesday, November 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Physical activity is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle.  This seminar will help you understand why we need to get exercise in our daily lives.  We will also discuss how much exercise is needed and for how long each week.  This seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required by November 1. Call 427-6460 to reserve your seat.  Instructor Cindy Hunt is a Nutrition Education Program Assistant with the Purdue Extension Office.
 
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. Instructor: Marilyn Copeland.  All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

Date      Day                         Time

8/15      T       10:30 am-12:30 pm
8/21      M      10:30 am-12:30 pm
9/18      M      10:30 am-12:30 pm
10/16    M      10:30 am-12:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25/$30 day of class if held and space available
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
9/19       T        9:30-11 am
10/14     Sa     11:30 am-1 pm
10/17     T        9:30-11 am
11/11     Sa     11:30 am-1 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$17/$22  
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

 
Glass Fusing
If you apply heat to glass, it will soften. Two or more pieces of glass will stick (or “fuse”) to each other. When the right kind of glass is heated and then cooled properly, the resulting fused glass piece will be solid and unbroken. The May class will create a 7” x 10” platter, the June class will fuse a 7 x 7 inch curved plate, the July class features a 5½” curved plate and the August class will make a 7” square plate.  All necessary materials will be provided. Instructor: Juanita Miller.

Date    Day       Time


8/8      T    1:30-3:30 pm
9/5      T    1:30-3:30 pm
10/3    T    1:30-3:30 pm
11/7    T    1:30-3:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$20/$25 day of class if held and space available
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
 
Bingo
July 28; August 11, 25  
1:00 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.  Fee:  3 cards/50¢, 6 cards/$1, 9 cards/$1.50


Walking Group
Wednesdays, June 7-August 30, 11:00 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Have you wanted to get outside and enjoy a nice walk through Downtown Fort Wayne?  Join us for a fun mile walk while enjoying the company of others. We will walk different routes through the downtown area.  At the end of each walk, we will stop for a healthy drink or snack (on your own).  Please call 427-6460 to sign-up by the Monday before each walk. There is no fee to participate in these walks.  
 
Community Center Singers
Join Heartland Sings in a community choir experience where you will sing side-by-side with professional Vocal Artists and a group of your peers from all over the community. This choir is sure to be a fun and rewarding experience for all who love to sing and will culminate in a final lunchtime concert. No prior choir experience necessary. Program courtesy of Englewood Health & Rehabilitation. Registration deadline: September 12.  Min. 7.  Max. 40.

Code          Dates         Day         Time
441901-T1 9/19-10/17 T       10-11 am
# Sessions/Fee:  4/$10
Location: Community Center, 233 W Main St.


Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

Monday, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
September 18, October 16 & November 20
Who doesn’t like to color? Listen to relaxing music, visit with your neighbor and color to your heart’s content using colored pencils. No pre-registration is necessary.  Just drop in! Drop-in Fee: $1. Note: Our monthly Monday Luncheons are on the same dates, so make plans to stay for lunch (see page 52 for details)

Music Appreciation
The Community Center is joining forces with various organizations to offer a music appreciation program. We’ll look at a variety of music during the hour long program. This program will be once a month to start and will grow from there.  Call Patti  427-6465 for further details.

The Basics:  Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s
Wednesday, October 18, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This program is designed to help you understand the difference between normal age-related memory changes and more serious memory problems that should be evaluated by a medical professional.  Other topics covered include the common causes of memory loss, risk factors and importance of an accurate diagnosis.  Videos of physicians, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and caregivers are incorporated into the program. This seminar is free, however you will need to call 427-6460 by October 11 to reserve your spot.

Horseback Riding 101

A new study from The Ohio State University shows that spending time with horses can actually help improve the quality of life of people with dementia by helping them both mentally and physically. Meet us at Summit Equestrian Center for some quality horse time. The professional staff there will introduce you to their horses and even let you ride if you want.  Visit their website www.SummitEquestrian.org to learn more about the facility and programs. Be sure to wear closed toe shoes. Registration deadlines: September 12 and October 10.   Min. 5.  Max. 12.

Dates  Day             Time
9/19      T         10-11 am
10/17    T         10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$10
Location: Summit Equestrian Center, 10808 LaCabreah Lane 

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