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Diabetes Screening
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes; 1 in 4 doesn’t know. 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 6/2, 7/7, 8/4  9-11 am
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

How’s Your Hearing?
About 20 percent of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss. At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss. Many don’t even know it. Audiologist Dr. Gregory Lowe 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+.
Day Dates  Time
Tues 6/7, 7/5, 8/2  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 6/14, 7/12, 8/9  1-3:30 pm
1st Tue 6/7  8:30-11:30 am
1st Thur 7/7, 8/4  8:30-11:30 am
3rd Thur 6/16, 7/21, 8/18  1-3:30 pm
4th Thur 6/23, 7/28, 8/25 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 6/3, 7/8, 8/5  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.  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 6/2, 6/16, 7/7,  9 am-12 pm
 7/21, 8/4, 8/18  
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
 

Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar

Tuesday, May 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 be given information about where you can get Medicare plans and Medicap insurance policies. This free seminar is sponsored by Ray Hunert, Senior Consultant at Capital Insurance & Financial Services. Please call 427-6460 by May 10 to sign up.



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

Alzheimer’s Legal and Financial

Thursday, May 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can change plans that families have for the future. This program will cover important legal and financial information to consider as the disease progresses. This seminar is free, however, you will need to call 427-6460 to register by May 12.

Savvy Social Security Planning
Tuesday, May 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. This seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 to register by May 17.


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, June 2, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 7, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Thursday, August 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

My Plate Seminar
Wednesday, July 27, 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 necessary 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 July 23. Call 427-6460 to reserve your seat.  Instructor Cindy Hunt  is a Family Nutrition Assistant with the Purdue Extension Office.

Understanding Grief

Monday, June 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 27, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
Grief is a normal response to a natural life event-- the death of a loved one. The reaction of each individual to losing someone loved is unique and based on relationship, ability to cope and events surrounding the death. Providing interactive grief support and education serves as an integral part in our wellness and ability to adapt to the changes that come with grief, as well as honoring life. In this program, grief counselors from the Visiting Nurse Community Grief Center will offer insight and a better understanding of the grief process. This seminar is free. Please call 427-6460 to sign up. Registration deadlines: June 20 and July 20.

Living With Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: The Early Stages

Mondays, July 11, 18, 25,  5:00-7:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
This 3-part series covers the symptoms of early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease as well as legal, financial and resource planning. The seminar is free. Please call 427-6460 by July 5 to reserve your seat.

Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar

Monday, June 27, July 25, 10:00-11:30 am
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 one week in advance to sign up.

Senior Annuities

Tuesday, August 23, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
We will be looking into the pros and cons of how annuities can make an impact on your financial stability in retirement and how an annuity could be a viable CD alternative. If you are concerned that you may outlive your current retirement savings, annuities can provide income for life. We will also discuss how you can use an annuity as a wealth transfer vehicle or to assist you in your long term care plan. This seminar is free, however, you will need to call 427-6460 to register by August 16.

Savvy Social Security Planning

Thursday, July 7, 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 June 30.

Long-Term Care Planning

Thursday, August 11, 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 August 5.

Retirement Income Planning

Thursday, June 9, 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 today by calling 427-6460 by June 2.

Preserving Assets for the Future

Tuesday, June 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W Main St.
A couple years ago the rules changed drastically for people entering a nursing home or needing Medicaid assistance. These new laws could affect you or someone in your family. Elder law attorney Stephen Adair will discuss your planning options and answer your questions in this FREE informational seminar. Please call 427-6460 by Friday, June 10, to reserve your seat.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Tuesday, July 19, 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 July 12 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
Book Sale Assistants
Class Instructors
Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors
Daytime Experienced Tap Dancers

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.
ITT Retirees
Tuesdays, 6/21, 7/19, 8/16, 9 am-12 pm
Socrates Café
Tuesdays, 6/7, 21, 7/5, 19, 8/2, 16, 2-4 pm
Disorderly Bears
Thursdays, 6/2, 7/7, 8/4, 6:30-8:30 pm

AARP Smart Drive Class

Wednesday, June 22, 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 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: June 17. Please make checks payable to AARP. Fee: $20/$15 for AARP members (must have an AARP card)

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