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Free Tax Preparation  

February 1-April 14
 
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W Main St.

The Community Center/Parks and Recreation Department, IRS and AARP have teamed up to offer free Federal and Indiana state income tax preparation for seniors (ages 55+).  IRS E-file only. Please bring the following information with you: Social Security Cards for everyone on the return, current W-2 forms, 1099 statements, property tax receipts to qualify for a reduction on the Indiana Tax Return, a copy of your 2015 tax return forms, other income and deduction records. Indiana residents age 65 and older by December 31 of the tax year who earned less than $10,000 should file a tax return with the state. You could be eligible for a refund under Indiana’s Unified Tax Credit for the elderly.


Diabetic Screening

Diabetes affects approximately 25 million people or 8.3% of the U.S. population. While an estimated 18 million have been diagnosed, 7 million are unaware they have the disease. Sunshine Home Health Care will offer FREE diabetes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of every month. No appointment is required.

Day Dates Time
Thur 2/4, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5 9-11A
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

How’s Your Hearing?


Approximately 28 million Americans or about one in every ten people in this country, have some hearing loss. Many don’t even know it. Audiologist Dr. Gregory Lowe conducts FREE hearing screenings at the Community Center on the first Tuesday of each month. The screening only takes 15 minutes. Please call 427-6460 to make your appointment and arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Ages 50+.

Day Dates Time
Tues 2/2, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3 9-11:15A
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Foot Care Clinic 


A Lighter Step, L.L.C. provides foot care at the Community Center for persons age 55 and older. Foot care includes foot soaking, nail trimming, lotion massages and callus shaving. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 427-6460. Please bring a foot tub and towel. Payment by check or cash is required at the time of the appointment. 

Day Dates Time

2nd Tue 3/8, 4/12, 5/10 1-3:30P
1st Thur 3/3, 4/7, 5/5 8:30-11:30A
3rd Thur 3/17, 4/21, 5/19 1-3:30P
4th Thur 3/24, 4/28, 5/26 8:30-11:30A
Fee: $25
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin, L.L.C. representatives are at the Community Center on the first Friday of every month to answer your legal questions. Please call 427-6460 to make an appointment. This FREE service, sponsored by the Allen County Bar Association, is offered to persons age 50 and over. 

Day      Dates                  Time
Fri         2/5, 3/4, 4,1, 5/6 9A-12P
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 


Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

A trained SHIP counselor will be available to answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicaid and Long Term Care Insurance. They can also help you understand your rights as a beneficiary. A SHIP Counselor is at the Community Center on the first and third Thursday of each month. Assistance is also available in organizing your medical bills, Medicare and other insurance records and in filing claims and appeals. Call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment. This service is free and is not affiliated with any insurance agent or company.

Day Dates Time

Thur 2/4, 2/18, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19 9A-12P
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
 


Safe Food Handling

Tuesday, February 23, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This class is designed to teach the correct way to handle and cook foods, to prevent food poisoning and to keep our cooking area clean from food born bacteria. Cindy Hunt, Purdue Extension Office, will be the presenter for this free workshop. Please call 427-6460 by February 16 to sign up.  
 
 
Retirement Income Planning

Tuesday, February 9, 6:00-7:30 p.m. 
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Retirement income planning is the process of understanding how much income you’ll need during your retirement years to support the retirement lifestyle that you want and positioning your assets to provide that income efficiently. While there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” plan, there are steps that you can take to maximize the possibility of a financially secure retirement. In this workshop, you will learn:

How to plan for when your retirement will begin (including the impact of early retirement, delayed retirement and working during retirement) and planning for the lifestyle that you want
Steps to estimate the amount of money you’ll need in retirement to meet your goals factoring in health care costs, taxes, and inflation
How to supplement fixed income sources such as Social Security and employer pensions with your retirement savings, choosing a sustainable withdrawal rate, and the options for tapping into various accounts
 
A workbook will be provided that includes key information, worksheets, and questions to help you remember important points from the workshop.  This workshop is free, however pre-registration is required. You may reserve your seat by calling 427-6460 by February 2.

Retirement Income Planning

Tuesday, April 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Retirement income planning is the process of understanding how much income you’ll need during your retirement years to support the retirement lifestyle that you want and positioning your assets to provide that income efficiently. While there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” plan, there are steps that you can take to maximize the possibility of a financially secure retirement. In this workshop, you will learn:


how to plan for when your retirement will begin (including the impact of early retirement, delayed retirement and working during retirement) and planning for the lifestyle that you want 
steps to estimate the amount of money you’ll need in retirement to meet your goals factoring in health care costs, taxes, and inflation
how to supplement fixed income sources such as Social Security and employer pensions with your retirement savings, choosing a sustainable withdrawal rate, and the options for tapping into various accounts

A workbook will be provided that includes key information, worksheets, and questions to help you remember important points from the workshop. This workshop is free, however pre-registration is required. You may reserve your seat by calling 427-6460 by April 19.


Estate Planning in Today’s World

Thursday, April 7, 1:00-3:00 pm
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

If you don’t have an estate plan, the State of Indiana has one for you. Every person is unique and deserves to have estate planning that meets his or her individual needs. Elder lawyer Stephen Adair will discuss your planning options and answer your questions. Please call 427-6460 by Monday April 4 to reserve your seat for this FREE information seminar. Ages 50+.

Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar

Monday, February 15,  10:00-11:30 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This seminar will cover what each Medicare plan covers, Medicare Options that are available at the time of enrollment, the cost for each plan, as well as what the Medicare Advantage plan costs and what it can do for you. Information will also be provided on Medigap Supplemental Insurance policies that are offered through private insurance companies and the coverage they offer. You will be given information about where you can get Medicare plans and Medigap Insurance policies. This free seminar is sponsored by Ray Hunert, Senior Consultant at Capital Insurance & Financial Services. Please call 427-6460 by February 8 to sign up.
 

Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar

Tuesday, May 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This seminar will cover what each Medicare plan covers, Medicare Options that are available at the time of enrollment, the cost for each plan, as well as what the Medicare Advantage plan costs and what it can do for you. Information will also be provided on MediGap Supplemental Insurance policies that are offered through private insurance companies and the coverage they offer. You will be given information about where you can get Medicare plans and Medicap insurance policies. This free seminar is sponsored by Ray Hunert, Senior Consultant at Capital Insurance & Financial Services. Please call 427-6460 by May 10 to sign up.


Long Term Care Planning

Tuesday March 15, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This seminar will give you information on what long-term care is and where it’s provided. You will learn strategies to pay for long-term care, key features and government incentives for long-term care insurance as well as how Medicare and Medicaid factor into long-term care planning. You’ll receive a free workbook with key information, worksheets and questions to help you remember important points from the seminar. This seminar is free, however pre-registration is required by March 8, please call 427-6460.
 
 
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. A schedule of spring classes and programs are available by calling the Community Center, 427-6465 or visiting www.fortwayneparks.org.


Alzheimer’s Legal and Financial

Thursday, May 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can change plans that families have for the future. This program will cover important legal and financial information to consider as the disease progresses. This seminar is free, however, you will need to call 427-6460 to register by May 12.

Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits and Legal & Financial Planning for the Future

Thursday March 10, 12:00-1:30 pm
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. This program is designed to help you talk with your entire family, including the person with signs of dementia, about some challenging and often uncomfortable topics related to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Topics include going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving and making legal and financial plans. Please call 427-6460 by March 3 to sign up for this free seminar.

Savvy Social Security Planning

Tuesday, May 24, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
The decisions you make today will have a tremendous impact on the amount of Social Security benefits you will receive over your lifetime. This workshop will help you determine how much you can expect to receive, when to apply, as well as how to maximize your benefits. Learn the rules for spousal benefits and much more. This seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 to register by May 17.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Wednesday, April 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
Learn what questions to ask at the funeral home and cemetery before making choices. We’ll also cover veterans’ benefits. Presenter Sarah (Schwehn) McMillan has 30 years of professional experience in the cemetery and funeral home industry. This informational seminar is free, however pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by April 5 to reserve your spot.

Disaster Preparedness

Wednesday April 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St
A representative from the American Red Cross will be here to help seniors learn how to protect yourself and cope with disaster by planning ahead. Even if you have physical limitations, you can still protect and prepare yourself. You can deal with disaster better by preparing in advance and by working with those in your support network. Each participant will receive a Disaster Preparedness booklet. Ages 50+. Please call 427-6460 by April 6 to register for this FREE seminar.

Three Ladies and . . .

This exciting and informative lunch series provides education on current and future healthcare needs. The program runs from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and is free (including lunch), however, pre-registration is required by the Monday prior. Call 427-6460 to sign up. Sponsored by Lutheran Life Villages Home Care and Villages at Birchwood. Space is limited.
Thursday, March 3, 11:30 a.m.
Mind, Body and Spirit
Thursday, April 7, 11:30 a.m.
Flower Power
Thursday, May 5, 11:30 a.m.
Vacation Destinations

Volunteer and Instructor Opportunities 

Parks and Recreation is not just for kids! We offer numerous opportunities for retirees and senior citizens to join our family of over 200 volunteers and become involved in Community Center programs and operations. As a Community Center volunteer, you will find satisfaction in being of service to the community, develop your interests, and make new acquaintances. You may choose to volunteer on a regular weekly schedule or on an occasional basis. Please call 427-6461 for more information. Examples of volunteer positions include:

Information Desk Staff 
Crafter’s Corner Sales Assistants
Book Sale Assistants
Class Instructors
Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors 
Special Events Helpers (Halloween Haunt, Santa’s Workshop, Winter Carnival, Amazing Races and Holiday Dinner and Light Tour)

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