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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%.

he Parks and Rereation Department offers classes and activities at the Community Center for those those with signs of early dementia. 

For additional information including to register please call the Community Center, 260-427-6461 or 260-427-6466..  

Check out our Summer Unwind Your Mind flyer!

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2nd & 4th Fridays, 1:00 p.m.

Bingo is held at 1:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. Prizes are snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items. Fee: 3 cards/50¢ 

Hand Building-Clay Pottery

Come experience pottery at its best. You’ll hand build a project as well as try out a pottery wheel. Instructors: Brandon Furniss (weekdays) and Onie Mensch (Saturdays).  Max. 8.

Date      Day                        Time

10/6       Sa                           11:30 am-1 pm

10/13     Sa                           11:30-am-1 pm

10/8       M                            9:30-11 am

11/10     Sa                           11:30 am-1:00 pm

11/17     Sa                           11:30 am-1 pm

12/1       Sa                           11:30 am-1 pm

12/3       M                            9:30-11:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Glass Fusing

If you apply heat to glass, it will soften. Two or more pieces of glass will stick (or “fuse”) to each other. When the right kind of glass is heated and then cooled properly, the resulting fused glass piece will be solid and unbroken. All necessary materials will be provided. Instructor: Juanita Miller.

Date   Day         Time

8/8      W     1:30-3 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

Mondays, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

September 17, October 15 and November 19.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Who doesn’t like to color? Listen to relaxing usic; visit with your neighbor and color till your heart’s content using colored pencils. No pre-registration is necessary. Just drop in! Drop-in Fee: $1.

Creative Quilting

Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 pm

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Do you like to quilt? Do you want to meet other quilters, meet new friends, share your ideas and get your quilting questions answered? The iron and ironing board will be set up for pressing.  You will have a large table to work on and lay out your quilt. New friends, new ideas, and new patterns –all you need for an enjoyable afternoon. No need to call ahead. Just drop in! Drop in fee: $1

Mind, Music & Movement

Music is a great way to excite both sides of the brain. It is actually the only information that is stored twice in your brain. Join this engaging group that is filled with music designed to cognitively stimulate and challenge your memory. This time together will also be sure to add enjoyment and quality of life in a welcoming environment. Instructor: Kristine Agen. Registration deadlines: September 4 and October 16. Sponsored by Heritage Park.  

Dates                  Day                                  Time

9/11-10/2            T                              2-2:45 p.m.

10/23-11/13        T                              2-2:45 p.m.

# Sessions/Fee: 4/$10

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Acrylic Painting

Paint a picture and take it home the same day! You’ll be guided step-by-step from blank canvas to your finished painting, learn how to load the brushes, paint wet into wet and blend colors as you go. All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

Date      Day                           Time

10/23     T                              1:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Let’s Bake

Have fun in the kitchen as you review basic measuring, mixing and baking skills. You will be guided in steps to make and bake, and then take the treats home to share. 

Date      Day                                 Time

Muffins and/or Cupcakes

9/5         W                            1:30-3 pm


10/3       W                            1:30-3 pm

All American Pie

11/7       W                            1:30-3 pm  

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$5

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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