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Retirement Income Planning
Tuesday, October 10, 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 by October 3. Reserve your seat by calling 427-6460.

Savvy Social Security Planning
Tuesday, September 12, 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 September 5.

Estate Administration & Planning
Monday, October 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W Main St.

There have been several changes in the law lately. Even if you already have a will or trust, these changes might affect you. Elder Law Attorney Steve Adair will answer your questions regarding wills and estate planning. Pre-registration is required.  Please call 427-6460 by October 9 to reserve your seat. This informational seminar is FREE.  (Attend the Monday Luncheon the same day at 11:30 a.m. See page 52 for details.)

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.

Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar
Wednesday, September 27, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Monday, October 9, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The basics of Medicare, from Part A to Part D as well as Medicare Supplemental Insurance, is the topic of this seminar. Learn how Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D Medicare coverage work together with Medicare Advantage Plans or with Medicare Supplemental Insurance and where you can obtain the information you need to help you in your Medicare decision process. Call 427-6460 one week in advance to sign up.

Elder Mediation
Wednesday October 18, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Mediation is a process for resolving differences and/or conflicts between individuals, groups and organizations.  In this seminar, we will give a brief explanation of mediation, the process and its benefits.  We will also cover issues facing aging parents, their adult children and/or caregivers (disputes over driving skills, special health care, living arrangements, etc.)  Please call 427-6460 by Wednesday October 11 to reserve your seat for this free seminar.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop
Tuesday, October 10, 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. 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 October 3 to reserve your spot.

Is It Alzheimer’s?: Know the 10 Signs
Wednesday, September 27, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This program will provide you with an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s.  Find out what to do if you or someone you know has signs of the disease.  View videos of real people in the early stages of dementia and their families addressing fears and myths associated with Alzheimer’s disease.  This seminar is free, however, you will need to call 427-6460 by September 20 to reserve your spot.

The Basics:  Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s
Wednesday, October 18, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This program is designed to help you understand the difference between normal age-related memory changes and more serious memory problems that should be evaluated by a medical professional.  Other topics covered include the common causes of memory loss, risk factors and importance of an accurate diagnosis.  Videos of physicians, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and caregivers are incorporated into the program.  This seminar is free, however you will need to call 427-6460 by October 11 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.

Healthy Habits for a Healthier You
Monday, September 18, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

There are four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging including: cognitive activity, physical health/exercise, diet/nutrition and social engagement. In each area we will discuss what we know from current research as well as what we can do now to improve or maintain overall health in each area. Call 427-6460 by September 11 to register for this free seminar and get started on a healthier you.

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.

In Touch With Facebook
Wednesday, September 6, 13 & 20   
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Facebook is one of the most popular social media websites with more than 1.79 billion active members. This website can be a great platform for communication with friends and family. We’ll show you how to create an account, find friends and post a status and pictures on the timeline. You’ll learn how to “like” and comment on other’s posts, send messages and share posts with friends. Basic Internet skills, like how to open an Internet browser and how to navigate to a website are necessary but any level of Facebook ability is welcomed. The seminar is free, however, you will need to call 427-6460 by August 30 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 9/12, 10/3, 11/7 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 9/7, 10/5, 11/2 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
9/12, 10/10, 11/14 2nd Tue 1-3:30 pm
9/7, 11/2 1st Thur 8:30-11:30 am
9/21, 10/19, 11/16 3rd Thur 1-3:30 pm
9/28, 10/26 4th Thur 8:30-11:30 am
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
Fee: $25

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 on October 25 to discuss your will and charitable bequest. If you choose to make a charitable bequest, a sample will shall be prepared for you, 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.

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 9/1, 10/6, 11/3 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, 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 and one extra Thursday in October.  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 9/7, 9/21, 10/5, 10/12 9 am-12 pm  
10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 12/7    
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Three Ladies and . . .
Thursday, October 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Join us for lunch and an informative healthcare presentation of “Fall Fun” sponsored by Signature HealthCARE of Fort Wayne. Pre-registration is required by September 29. Space is limited, so call 427-6460 to sign up now! Fee: $3 (includes lunch).

 

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   9/5, 19; 10/3, 17; 11/7, 21;  2-4 pm
Disorderly Bears
Thursdays   9/7, 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:
Information Desk
Staff Book Sale Assistants
Volunteer and Paid Class Instructors
Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors
Daytime Experienced Tap Dancers
Volunteer Coordinator
Raised Garden Bed Helpers
Bingo Caller
Fitness and Conditioning Coordinator
Excursion Tour Escorts
Monthly Luncheon Kitchen Help
Craft Coordinator
Special Event Helpers


18th Annual Senior Information Fair
Thursday, September 14
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Allen County Public Library
9000 Library Plaza
Health Screenings • Speakers • Vendors 


Summer Programming




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Check out FREE Seminars offered by the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department! 

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.

Dates                Day                                        Time
6/1, 6/15, 7/6,   Thur                                        9 am-12 pm
7/20, 8/3, 8/17     
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.

Dates           Day       Time
6/1, 7/6, 8/3 Th          9-11 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 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 on July 4.

Dates                      Day          Time
6/6, 7/11, 8/1          Tues         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+. 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
6/13, 7/11, 8/8      2nd Tue    1-3:30 pm
6/1, 7/6, 8/3          1st Thur    8:30-11:30 am
6/15, 7/20, 8/17    3rd Thur    1-3:30 pm
6/22, 7/27, 8/24    4th Thur    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+.

Dates                   Day  Time
6/2, 7/7, 8/4         Fri     9 am-12 pm
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 
  

Garden Alliance
1st Thursday of each month, 12:30 pm
Community Center,   233 W. Main St.

The Community Center Garden Alliance is responsible for the 9 raised garden beds 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.  Bring a sack lunch and we will provide the beverages. There is a drop in fee of $1. Call 427-6460 to reserve your spot by the Monday prior to the seminar. 

The topics to be discussed are:

July 6 Disease Management on Plants 
            Speaker: Lynda Heavrin, Lawton Park Greenhouse
Aug 3 Preserving Your Garden Produce   
            Speaker: Vicki Hadley, Purdue Extension Service
  
Three Ladies and . . .
Thursday, August 3, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Join us for lunch and an informative healthcare presentation sponsored by Signature HealthCARE of Fort Wayne. 

The topic is “CPR From Scratch: An Introduction to Basic Life Support.”  Fee: $3 (includes lunch). Please call 427-6460 by July 27 to sign up. Space is limited.


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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