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AARP 55 Alive Defensive Driving
Wednesday, October 12, 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 one-day defensive driving course for seasoned drivers. Don’t miss this opportu- nity 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 sev- eral 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 dead- line: October 5. Please make checks payable to AARP. Fee: $20/$15 for AARP members (must have an AARP card).


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 every Thursday in October and November (except Thanksgiving). Assistance is also available in organizing your medical bills, Medi- care 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              9/1, 9/15                          9 am-12 pm 
                     10/6, 13, 20, 27 11/3, 10, 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.
Day        Dates                         Time
Thur       9/1, 10/6, 11/3       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. Audi- ologist 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+. * Note September date change.
Day     Dates                              Time
Tues   9/13*, 10/4, 11/1    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     9/13, 10/11, 11/8          1-3:30 pm
1st Thur    9/1, 10/6, 11/3       8:30-11:30 am
3rd Thur    9/15, 10/20, 11/17       1-3:30 pm
4th Thur    9/22, 10/27      8:30-11:30 am
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     9/2, 10/7, 11/4     9 am-12 pm
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St


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.


Understanding Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Monday, October 17, 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 incor- porated into the program. This seminar is free, however, please call 427-6460 by October 10 to reserve your seat.  

Alzheimer’s Disease: Know the 10 Signs
Wednesday, September 28, 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 21 to reserve your spot.

Three Ladies and…

This is an exciting and informative lunch series given to provide education for both current and future healthcare needs. The program is free (including lunch), however, pre-registration is required by the Friday prior.  Call 427-6460 to sign up.  Sponsored by Signature HealthCARE of Fort Wayne. Space is limited.
Thursday, October 6, November 3 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Long-Term Care Planning
Tuesday November 8, 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 November 1.   

Healthy Habits for a Healthier You
Monday, September 19, 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: cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition and social engagement. In each area we will dis- cuss what we know, drawing on current research as well as what we can do-steps to take now to improve or maintain overall health in each area. This seminar is free, however, you will need to call 427-6460 to register by September 12.
 

Physical Activity Seminar
Wednesday, November 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
Are you confused as to what foods to eat or how to eat a balanced diet? Do you worry about how to eat all the calories that are nec- essary to maintain a healthy body? My Plate, developed by the USDA in 2010, shows you a simple and healthy way to eat on a budget. Discover how to eat seasonally, how to change recipes to make them healthier and how to set the proper proportions of your meal. You will also learn how to read the label information on products so you can buy the most nutritious products for your family. Light refreshments will be provided. This seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required by November 2. Call 427-6460 to reserve your seat. Instructor Cindy Hunt is a Family Nutrition Assistant with the Purdue Extension Office.   

Retirement Income Planning
Tuesday October 11, 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 posi- tioning 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. 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 today by calling 427-6460 by October 4.
 

Savvy Social Security Planning
Tuesday September 13, 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 6.

Estate Administration & Planning
Monday, October 17, 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 10 to reserve your seat. This informational seminar is FREE.
 

Long-Term Care Planning
Tuesday November 8, 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 November 1.  

Parents, Kids and Money Matters
Tuesday, October 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
Parents and children are invited to attend this seminar together. You’ll learn  about  spending influences and options for sharing, saving and spending your money. The light-hearted environment makes this serious  matter  fun for attendees. This seminar is presented by a Thrivent Financial representative at no charge, however, you will need to call 427-6460 by October 11 to reserve your seat.

Identity Theft
Tuesday September 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Be proactive in protecting your identity. A representative from Thrivent Financial will share tips and tools to help you avoid identity theft or deal with the consequences should you become a victim.. The seminar is free. Please call 427- 6460 by September 13 to sign up.

2016 Write a Will Day
Wednesday, October 19, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 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 19 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 461-6218 now to make an appointment. This program is an initiative of the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana. Max. 16.

17th Annual Senior Information Fair
Thursday, September 15
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Allen County Public Library 9000 Library Plaza  

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop
Tuesday, October 4, 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. We’ll also cover veterans’ benefits. Presenter Sarah McMillian (Nee Schwehn) 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 September 27 to reserve your spot.
 

Kidney Smart Seminar
Wednesday, October 26, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
In this seminar you will learn how kidneys function as well as what chronic kidney disease is such as diabetes and high blood pressure. You will also learn how medications, diet and nutrition work together to keep you healthy. This seminar is free, however, you will need to call 427-6460 by October 19 to reserve your seat.
 

Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar
Wednesday, September 28, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Monday, October 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 also 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, and Marcus Elam, Humana. Please call 427-6460 to register by September 21 and October 10.  

 Volunteer and Instructor Opportunities

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 Com- munity Center volunteer, you will find satis- faction in being of service to the community, develop your interests, and make new acquain- tances. You may choose to volunteer on a regu- lar 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 • Daytime Experienced Tap Dancers • Qualified Tax Preparers for 2017 Tax Season 

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  9/6, 20; 10/4, 18; 11/1, 15, 2-4 pm

Disorderly Bears
Thursdays  9/1, 11/3, 6:30-8:30 pm

 

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