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Unwind Your Mind: Activities for Persons with Early Dementia

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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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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.
 
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
5/8       T       1:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

 

Bingo

March 9, 23, April 13, 27, May 11, 25, 1:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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


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
3/31       Sa      11:30 am-1 pm
4/7         Sa      11:30-am-1 pm
4/9         M              9:30-11 am
4/14       Sa      11:30 am-1 pm
4/21       Sa      11:30 am-1 pm
4/28       Sa      11:30 am-1 pm
5/14       M             9:30-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12
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

2/13    T    1:30-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25
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. All necessary materials will be provided. Instruc- tor: Juanita Miller.

Date     Day       Time
3/14      W 1:30 -3 pm
4/18      W 1:30-3 pm
5/16      W 1:30-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

Mondays, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
March 19, April 16 & May 21
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 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.

Creative Quilting

Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Do you like to quilt? Do you want to meet other quilters, meet new friends, share your ideas and get your quilting questions answered? The iron and ironing board will be set up for pressing. You will have a large table to work on and lay out your quilt. New friends, new ideas, and new patterns – all you need for an enjoyable after- noon. Ages 50+. No need to call ahead. Just drop in! Drop in fee: $1

Mind Sharpening Brain Training

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Keeping the mind active and regularly challenged may help you spend a shorter part of life in a state of decline. The Luminosity app provides math, vocabulary and reading challenges to help keep your mind sharp. You will learn how to sign up for your own account that can be accessed from any computer, smartphone or tablet that has internet access. Drop-in fee: $1


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