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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. All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

Date     Day      Time
2/20      T      1:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Bingo

2nd and 4th Friday, 1:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Prizes include snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items.  Fee:  3 cards/50¢


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
2/24       S  11:30 am-1 pm
2/19       M  9:30-11 am
3/3         S  11:30 am-1 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12
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

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 January class will fuse a 7” x 7” curved dish. The February class will fuse a 5” x 5” curved dish. All necessary materials will be provided. Instructor: Juanita Miller.

Date    Day       Time

11/7    T    1:30-3:30 pm
1/16    T    1:30-3 pm
2/13    T    1:30-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Glitter Galaxy Ornaments
Make 2 unique ornaments to hang on your own tree or give as gifts.  We’ll listen to holiday music while we work to get in the Christmas spirit.

Date      Day  Time
12/13     W     1-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$5
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 
All necessary materials will be provided.
Instructor: Juanita Miller.
 
Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring
Monday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 
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. 

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