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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.

Diabetic Screening
Diabetes is one of the major causes of early illness and death worldwide. Approximately 25% of Americans over age 65 have diabetes. That’s 11.8 million seniors, many of them undiagnosed.  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 12/1, 1/5, 2/2  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. Please call 427-6460 to make your appointment and arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.

Day    Dates                       Time
Tues  12/6, 1/3, 2/7  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. 

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 is sponsored by the Allen County Bar Association.

Day                 Dates                            Time

Fri                   12/2, 1/6, 2/3      9 am-12 pm
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Retirement Income Planning
Tuesday, February 7, 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 31.

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.

Savvy Social Security Planning
Tuesday, January 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. Please call 427-6460 by January 19 to sign up for this free program.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wills, Trusts and Power of Attorney
Wednesday, January 18, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 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. Please call 427-6460 by January 11 to reserve your seat in this free program.

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.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop
Wednesday, January 25, 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 (Schwehn) McMillian 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 20 to reserve your spot.

Three Ladies and…
Thursday, February 2, 11:30-12:15 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This lunch program provides information on current and future healthcare needs. The program is free (including lunch); however, pre-registration is required by the prior Monday. Call 427-6460 to sign up. Sponsored by Signature HealthCARE of Fort Wayne. 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.

Memory Seminar

Wednesday, January 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Do you have difficulty remembering names?  Recalling details? Where you parked your car in the shopping center parking lot? This seminar will help you be proactive about your memory and optimize your mental health. Presenters:  Drs. Vicki and Charles Kelsey, D.C.  This seminar is free; however you will need to call 427-6460 to register by January 11. 

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.

Immersion Seminar
Wednesday, January 25, 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 8, 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
The Immersion Experience teaches us to understand people in different cognitive stages of decline due to dementia and Alzheimer’s. It immerses us in their world instead of making them live in ours. It also helps us become better health care providers. This seminar is sponsored by Signature HealthCARE of Fort Wayne; however you will need to call 427-6460 to register five days prior to each seminar.

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 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 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 (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, 1/3, 17; 2/7, 21; 2-4 pm
Disorderly Bears Thursday, 3/2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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