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Retirement Income Planning 
Tuesday, February 6, 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 January 30.


Savvy Social Security Planning
Tuesday, January 23, 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 January 16.

2017 Write a Will Day 
Wednesday, October 25 
9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m. 
Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 

You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy. You need only to have a cause you care about and the “will” to make a difference. Volunteer attorneys will be at the Community Center to discuss your will and charitable bequest. If you choose to make a charitable bequest, a sample Will shall be prepared for you during this 15 minute appointment completely free of charge. Call 427-6460 now to make an appointment. This program is an initiative of the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana.  Max. 12.

Long-Term Care Planning
Tuesday, November 7, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn strategies to pay for long-term care, discover 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. The program is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by October 31 to sign up.

Long-Term Care Planning
Tuesday, February 27, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn strategies to pay for long-term care, discover 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. The program is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 to sign up by February 20.    

Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar
Monday, January 22, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, February 14, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

On average, Medicare covers about half of the health care charges for those enrolled. The enrollee must then cover their remaining costs either with supplemental insurance, separate insurance or out-of-pocket. We’ll discuss the basics of Medicare, from Part A to Part D as well as Medicare Supplemental Insurance. You will learn how Medicare coverage works together with Medicare Advantage Plans or with Medicare Supplemental Insurance. We will also go over where you can obtain the information you need to help you in your Medicare decision process. This free seminar is being presented by Ray Hunert. Please call 427-6460 to register by January 15 and February 7.


Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop
Tuesday, January 23, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn what questions to ask at the funeral home and cemetery before making choices. Information on V.A. burial benefits will be provided to veterans who attend. 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 January 16 to reserve your spot.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Middle Stage 
Monday, February 12, 19, 26, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

In this 3-part seminar you will learn the symptoms and care needs associated with the middle stage of Alzheimer’s and also explore the relationship changes that occur in this stage. You will find out how to maximize safety, prepare for emergencies and access respite care. You will also learn effective ways to provide personal care and manage challenging behaviors. Week one will educate the caregiver on changes in the brain, how to effectively communicate and the care requirements. Week two will focus on behavioral changes and safety concerns. Week three will cover home care assistance options, planning for future care, behavioral issues with medication management and caregiver coping strategies. This seminar is free; however you will need to call 427-6460 by February 5 to reserve your spot.


Benefits of Physical Activity
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.  Come and enjoy learning about the benefits of physical activity and at the end of the lesson, each person attending will get a small “thank you” gift. This seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required by November 1. Call 427-6460 to reserve your seat for this free seminar. Instructor Cindy Hunt is a Nutrition Education Program Assistant with the Purdue Extension Office.


Kidney Smart Seminar
Wednesday, October 25, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn how kidneys function and how high blood pressure, diabetes and other ailments can cause chronic kidney disease. We’ll discuss medication, diet and nutrition and how they work together to keep you healthy. Call 427-6460 by October 18 to reserve your seat.

 
Internet Security Awareness
Thursday, November 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Do you want to learn how to use the internet safely? Do you trust that e-mail you received promising a free vacation? Do you trust what you read online? In this course you will learn how to browse safely, and learn how to identify rougue e-mail. You will learn awareness tips on: viruses, phishing, social engineering, privacy and data protection. These basic tips will be useful at home, on the internet, on social media, and on the job. The seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by November 2 to reserve your seat.

How’s Your Hearing?
Approximately 28 million Americans, or about one in every ten people in this country, have hearing loss. Many don’t even know it. Audiologist Dr. Zach Burkle conducts FREE hearing screenings at the Community Center on the first Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise specified). 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   11/7     9-11:15 am
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. Zach Burkle 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+. (There will be no screenings offered in January.) 

Day      Dates               Time

Tues    12/5, 2/6 9-11:15 am
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


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 11/2    9-11 am
Location:  Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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 the month. No appointment is required. (There will be no screenings offered in January.)

Day Dates Time

Thur 12/7, 2/1 9-11 am
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Foot Care Clinic
A Lighter Step, L.L.C. provides foot care at the Community Center including foot soaking, nail trimming, lotion massages, and callus shaving for persons age 55 and older. 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.

Dates            Day               Time
11/14 2nd     Tue        1-3:30 pm
11/2 1st        Thur 8:30-11:30 am
11/16 3rd      Thur       1-3:30 pm
10/26 4th      Thur 8:30-11:30 am
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
Fee: $25

Foot Care Clinic 
A Lighter Step, L.L.C. provides foot care at the Community Center including foot soaking, nail trimming, lotion massages, and callus shaving for persons age 55 and older. 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         12/12, 1/9, 2/13      1-3:30 pm
1st Thur         12/7, 2/1           8:30-11:30 am
3rd Thur        12/21, 1/18, 2/15     1-3:30 pm
4th Thur        1/25, 2/22         8:30-11:30 am
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
Fee: $25


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   11/3 9 am-12 pm
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. (Legal Counseling will not be offered in January.) 

Day Dates                Time

Fri   12/1, 2/2 9 am-12 pm
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, Medigap (supplement to Medicare), Prescription Drug plans and Advantage Plans. You will get an explanation of Medicare coverage and she will help you to understand the differences between Medigap and Advantage Plans and who must purchase an additional prescription drug plan. These plans are for those eligible for Medicare because they are age 65 or older and those eligible for Medicare due to receipt of Social Security disability prior to age 65. Please bring a list of your prescription drugs as well as the strength and how often it is taken. Call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment. This service is free and not affiliated with any insurance agency. 

Day Dates Time

Thur 12/7, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15 9 am-12 pm
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
 

Matters of the Heart
Thursday, February 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

In celebration of heart month, this innovative and educational lunch program will focus on heart health. Pre-registration is required. The $3 fee includes lunch. Call 427-6460 by January 29 to sign up. Sponsored by: AshMore Health Pros.


Free Tax Preparation 
January 29-April 16
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. Call 427-6460 for available times or check our Facebook page. Please bring the following information with you: Social Security Card 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 2016 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. If you are interested in being a volunteer to help prepare taxes at the Community Center, please call 427-6461.


Budget Counseling *NEW
Wednesday, January 17, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 21, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Does it seem like your income is frequently a little less than what you need every month? There are habits that you can develop to strengthen your spending and savings power. You will receive tips on stretching your dollars and have the opportunity to receive free individualized counseling by a certified budget counselor. Please call 427-6460 by January 10 and February 14 to register for this free seminar.

Money Safety for Seniors
Monday, December 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main Street

Seniors are frequently victimized by financial crimes. Elder financial exploitation crosses all social, educational, and economic boundaries and can be devastating to its victims. Money Safety for Seniors explains the signs of financial abuse. It also discusses a variety of ways to protect yourself and loved ones against common fraud and help you avoid financial exploitation. The workshop is free and all materials will be provided. Presenter: Kathy Callen. This informational seminar is free, however pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by December 11 to reserve your spot.

Safe Food Handling
Wednesday, February 21, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Cindy Hunt, NEP Assistant with Purdue Extension, will share safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage that are essential to prevent foodborne illness. Call 427-6460 by

February 14 to sign up for this free seminar.

Medication Safety for Seniors
Friday February 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Community Center 233 W. Main St.

Medicines are generally safe when used as prescribed or as directed on the label, but there are risks in taking any medicine. Learn what questions to ask when it comes to your prescribed medications and how to avoid drug to drug, drug to food, and drug to health condition interactions. This seminar will be presented by a New Haven Walgreens Pharmacist. Please call 427-6460 to reserve your spot by February 9.

Grief and the Holidays 
Tuesday, December 12, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

When we are grieving, facing holidays and special days can be difficult. For some, thoughts of an empty chair at a holiday celebration cause anxiety, stress and worry. Join grief counselors from the Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center for ideas on how to cope during these times; the importance of getting in touch with your emotions, how to ask for help, reevaluate traditions and create new traditions to remember your loved one. Please call 427-6460 by December 5 to sign up for this free seminar.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wills, Trusts and Power of Attorney
Wednesday, January 17, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The law regarding wills, trusts and power of attorney is constantly changing. Whether you already have a will or trust or just in the planning stage, you will find the information presented by Elder Law Attorney Steve Adair very helpful. The seminar is FREE, however pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by January 10 to reserve your seat.

AARP Smart Driver Class
Wednesday, October 25, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 
Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 

AARP and the Community Center are teaming up to offer a half day AARP Smart Driver Class for seasoned drivers. Don’t miss this opportunity to brush up on your driving skills. This is an “Open” course so you do not need to be over 55 to register. There will be a lunch break, so bring your own sack lunch, or there are several fast food locations within walking distance of the Community Center. Call the Community Center at 427-6460 for more information or to sign-up for this class. Registration deadline: October 18. Please make checks payable to AARP. Fee: $20/$15 for AARP members (must have an AARP card).

Monthly Organization Meetings

The following organizations hold monthly meetings at the Community Center.  For more information about any of these organizations, you may attend a meeting or call 427-6460 for a contact name and phone number.

Socrates Café
Tuesdays   11/7, 21;  2-4 pm
Disorderly Bears
Thursdays   11/2, 6:30-8:30 pm

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:

Bingo Caller
Fitness & Conditioning Coordinator
Excursion Tour Escort
Book Sale Assistants
Craft Coordinators and Assistants
Volunteer and Paid Special Interest Class Instructors
Cleaning Assistants
AARP Tax Preparers (February-April, training in January)
Monthly Lunch Kitchen Help
Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors
Special Events Helpers
Music Education

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 upcoming classes and programs are NOW available on the Unwind Your Mind link.

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