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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 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. For additional information please call the Community Center, 260-427-6465.  

summer

The Longest Day: Summer Solstice Celebration
Wednesday, June 21, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
•   Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
Download The Longest Day flier


Cookout  •   Music  •  Entertainment  •  Arts & Games

The Community Center and Kingston at Dupont have joined together to offer this fun filled event on “The Longest Day.”  Along with food and fun this event is a global awareness movement to help end Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Entertainment by local performance groups including the Alley Kats and Community Cloggers
  • Music by Remember When
  • Sing Along/Karaoke
  • Arts such as pottery and painting
  • Historic Downtown Walking Tour at 1 pm
  • Games  including  shuffleboard, table box  hockey and a downtown scavenger hunt
  • Box lunches for $5 (including burgers fresh off the grill, chips, cookie and drink)
If you can’t make it to the celebration, you can still participate by allowing us to deliver box lunches to you and your friends (minimum 3 meals) within a 5 mile radius of downtown Fort Wayne. Lunch delivery reservations are required by June 16 by calling Jill at 602-4278 with the quantity, contact name and delivery address.
This event is sponsored by Kingston Healthcare Company.

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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.

Dates      Day                Time
5/6          Sa    11:30 am-1 pm
5/13        Sa    11:30 am-1 pm
6/20        T            9:30-11 am
7/8          Sa    11:30 am-1 pm
7/18        T            9:30-11 am
7/22        Sa    11:30 am-1pm 

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12/$15 day of class 
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
 
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
5/15      M      10:30 am-12:30 pm
8/15      T       10:30 am-12:30 pm
8/21      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.
 
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
5/16    T    1:30-3 pm
6/13    T    1:30-3 pm
7/11    T    1:30-3 pm
8/8      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
June 9, 23; July 14, 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

Gardening Classes

Mixed Hanging Basket or Patio Pot
Wednesday, June 28, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

We will pot a combination of annual flowers and herbs to make a 10” patio pot or hanging basket that you can take home and enjoy for the summer.

Houseplants
Wednesday, July 26, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

It may be hot outside so we will work on a variety of houseplants that were started from cuttings in the greenhouse. You will have the opportunity to pot up your favorite house plant.

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.  

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