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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.  

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Hand Building Clay Pottery
Come experience pottery at its best. You’ll hand build a project of your choosing as well as try out a pottery wheel. Instructors: Brandon Furniss (weekdays), Onie Mensch and Tom Sherbondy (Saturdays). Max. 8.

Dates          Day                                    Time 
3/4               Sa                      11:30 am-1 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12/$15 day of class
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.

Dates      Day                Time
3/20        M           9:30-11 am
3/25        Sa    11:30 am-1 pm
4/1          Sa    11:30 am-1 pm
4/8          Sa    11:30 am-1 pm
4/17        M           9:30-11 am
5/6          Sa    11:30 am-1 pm
5/13        Sa    11:30 am-1 pm
# 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
3/20      M      10:30 am-12:30 pm
4/10      M      10:30 am-12:30 pm
5/15      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 March class will create a 7” x 7” curved dish, the April class a 5” x 5” curved dish and the May class a 7” x 10” platter. All necessary materials will be provided. Instructor: Juanita Miller.
Date    Day       Time
3/2      Th   1:30-3 pm
4/18    T     1:30-3 pm
5/16    T     1:30-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$20/$25 day of class if held and space available
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
 
Bingo
2nd & 4th Fridays, 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
 
Healthy Living for Brain & Body: Tips from Latest Research
Monday, April 24, 5:00-6:30 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, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.  This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by April 17 to register.

Chair Yoga for Seniors
In Chair Yoga you will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing Yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, range of motion, balance and build endurance. Ages 50+. Registration deadline: March 16. Instructor:  Kim Labenberg. Min. 6.  Max. 15.
Code           Dates           Day           Time
241221-R1  3/23-4/27      Th      1:15-2 pm
# Sessions/Fee:  6/$33/$38 after March 16
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
 

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