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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 12/1, 12/15, 1/5,  9 am-12 pm  
         1/19, 2/2, 2/16  
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               3/2, 16; 4/6, 20; 5/4, 18 9 am-12 pm
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Diabetes Screening

Diabetes is one of the major causes of early illness and death worldwide. Approximately 25% of Americans over ages 65 have diabetes. That’s 11.8 million seniors, many of them undiagnosed. Sunshine Home Health Care offers FREE diabetes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of every month. No appointment is required.
Day       Dates                Time
Thur      3/2, 4/6, 5/4  9-11 am
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


How’s Your Hearing?

About one in every ten Americans has some degree of hearing loss. At age 65, that number increases to one in three . . . and many don’t even realize 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 and is open to adults of any age. Please call 427-6460 to make your appointment and arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. 
Day Dates  Time
Tues 3/7, 4/4, 5/2   9-11:15 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.

Day         Dates                         Time
2nd Tue 12/13, 1/10, 2/14 1-3:30 pm
1st Thur 12/1, 1/5, 2/2 8:30-11:30 am
3rd Thur 12/15, 1/19, 2/16 1-3:30 pm
4th Thur 12/22, 1/26, 2/23 8:30-11:30 am
Fee: $25
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.
Day Dates Time
2nd Tue 3/14, 4/11, 5/9 1-3:30 pm
1st Thur 3/2, 4/6, 5/4 8:30-11:30 am
3rd Thur 3/16, 4/20, 5/18 1-3:30 pm
4th Thur 3/23, 4/27, 5/25 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        3/3, 4/7, 5/5  9 am-12 pm
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
 
 
Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar
Wednesday, April 19, 10:00-11:30 am
Wednesday, May 17, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This free 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. Instructor:  Ray Hunert. Please call 427-6460 by April 12 or May 10 to sign up.

Long-Term Care Planning
Tuesday, February 28, 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, 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 21.

Long Term Care Planning
Tuesday March 21, 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. Please call 427-6460 by March 14 to reserve your seat.
 
Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning
Monday, May 22, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This workshop offered by the Alzheimer’s Association offers helpful tips to assist families in having honest and caring conversations with family members about dementia. The workshop reinforces the need to plan ahead and build a care team that communicates well in order to reduce the stress that can accompany a disease like Alzheimer’s and connects you with helpful resources to enhance quality of life for everyone involved. This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by May 15 to register.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Late-Stage Caregivers
Monday, March 27, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. Hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families. This seminar is free. Please call 427-6460 by March 20 to reserve your seat.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop
Wednesday, April 12, 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.

Savvy Social Security Planning
Tuesday, May 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 May 16.

Estate Planning in Today’s World
Wednesday, April 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
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 an estate plan 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 3 to reserve your seat for this FREE information seminar.

Mediation: A Primer
Wednesday, May 10, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W Main St.

Mediation is a process for resolving differences and/or conflicts between individuals, groups, and organizations. The process allows participants to clarify issues, explore possible solutions, and ultimately develop an agreement, which benefits all parties. Mediation is facilitated by a skilled mediator who has been trained in this process. In this seminar, we will discuss what mediation is and why we use it, then we will examine the mediation process. 

Personal Budgeting Assistance
Wednesdays, 12:30-3:00 p.m.
April 12-May 31

Managing money comes naturally to some people, but for others it’s just overwhelming and frustrating. Talking to someone is the best way to get individual help with your finances, but at some point you’ll need to manage them yourself without their help. If you don’t feel knowledgeable enough to do it, the best way to fix that is to learn good financial habits. While we are not financial planners or financial counselors, we can assist you with your personal budgeting.  This service will be available on Wednesdays from 12:30-3:00 pm. Bring any information that would be pertinent to the concerns being discussed.  Call 427-6460 to make an appointment.

Garden Alliance
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The Community Center Garden Alliance is responsible for the 9 raised bed gardens at the Community Center and the annual plant sale held at the Center to benefit our wellness programs. Anyone who has a love of gardening, or would like to experience gardening with a “hands-on” approach, is invited to join the fun. The Garden Alliance meets at the Community Center to discuss various topics, listen to guest speakers and work in the gardens. There is a drop in fee of $1. Hands-on projects will include planting and tending the Community Center’s raised beds, and later in the year seed planting and maintenance of seedlings with a plant sale benefiting the Community Center. We also plan several field trips to visit greenhouses and gardens. Meetings are at 12:30 p.m., so bring a sack lunch (we will provide the beverages).  Check monthly calendar at www.fortwayneparks.org or call 427-6460 for specific dates and times.  
 
 

Retirement Income Planning
Thursday, April 27, 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 20.


Free Tax Preparation 
January 30-April 18
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 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.

Confusing Fats
Wednesday April 19, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Good fat . . . bad fat! Which is which? Cindy Hunt, Nutrition Education Program Assistant for Purdue Extension, will stop the confusion and clarify the role of fat in a healthy diet.  This seminar is free. Please call 427-6460 by April 12 to reserve your spot.

Cardiovascular Disease
Thursday, March 30, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year. That’s one in every four deaths in this country. The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease, which can cause a heart attack. Other kinds of heart disease may involve the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and cause heart failure. Call 427-6460 by March 23 to sign up.

Varicose Veins and Superficial Venous Disease
Monday, March 6 or May 1, 5:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W Main St.

This seminar will describe the clinical course and outcome varicose vein disease and underlying superficial venous disease can have on the lower extremities.  We will review typical symptoms, progression of disease from skin changes to ulceration and non-surgical treatment modalities now available.  We will discuss risk factors for this disease, risk for deep vein blood clots related to this disease and clinical classification of superficial venous disease.  We will also review the different non-surgical and minimal surgical treatments for varicose vein disease all done as an outpatient procedure.  Finally, there will be time for questions and open discussion. Please call 427-6460 by March 1 or April 26 to sign up. The seminar is free.

Healthy Living for Brain & Body
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.

Senior Fraud and Scams
Wednesday, April 12, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Seniors are the most common victims of fraud and scams. Learn how to identify common scams and the steps you can take to protect yourself. This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by April 10 to reserve your spot.


Three Ladies and…

Thursday, May 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Join us for lunch and an informative healthcare presentation sponsored by Signature HealthCare of Fort Wayne. Call 427-6460 to reserve your spot today! Registration deadline: May 1.  Fee: $3.


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.

Balance Workshop
Friday, February 17, 10:00-11:00 am
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Why do we stumble? Which parts of the brain govern balance? Learn a few simple tests that will show if your balance mechanisms are working. Presenters:  Drs. Vicki and Charles Kelsey, D.C.  This seminar is free; however, you will need to register by February 10 by calling 427-6460. 


Safe Food Handling
Wednesday, February 22, 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 15 to sign up.


Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar
Wednesday, 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 presented by Ray Hunert of Humana Marketpoint. Please call 427-6460 by February 8 to sign up. 


Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers:  Middle Stage
Monday, February 13, 20, 27, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

In this three-part program, 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 learn 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 cover behavioral changes and safety concerns and in week three we will discuss home care assistance options, planning for future care, behavioral issues with medication management and caregiver coping strategies. This seminar is free. Please call 427-6460 to reserve your spot. 

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 175 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
Book Sale Assistants
Class Instructors
Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors
Special Event Helpers (Halloween Haunt, Santa’s Workshop, Winter Carnival, Amazing Races and Holiday Dinner and Light Tour) 

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, 2/7, 21; 2-4 pm
Disorderly Bears Thursday, 3/2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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, 3/7, 21; 4/4, 18; 5/2, 16; 2-4 p.m.
Disorderly Bears
Thursdays, 3/2, 5/4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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