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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%.

The 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.  

Winter Programs 

Fidget Blankets

The Alzheimer’s Association in conjunction with Annie’s Caring Crochet Kit Club offers free Fidget Blankets to Alzheimer’s caregivers. These crocheted blankets have various objects securely attached to them that can help stimulate the mind and keep a person occupied as they “fidget” with each item. The Community Center is currently assisting with the distribution of Fidgit Blankets. Call Patti Davis at the 427-6465 to arrange a pickup.

ABC Exercise

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

ABC Exercise, formerly Arthritis Foundation Exercise, is a recreational exercise program designed for anyone with arthritis or related rheumatic disease and/or joint problems (hip/knee replace- ment, stroke, etc.). If you are just beginning to exercise, start with this class specifically designed to improve strength and flexibility, reduce pain caused by arthritis and other ailments and increase mobility. 

This class is being offered Virtually only at this time.  Learn more by calling the Community Center (260) 427-6460.  

Tuesday Movies

Join us for an afternoon at the movies! All features are recent releases and shown right here at the Community Center. Admission is FREE, however, we do require pre-registration by the Monday prior to the movie. Call 427-6460 to reserve your seat. Show time is 1:30 p.m. Tuesday movies are sponsored by: Miller’s Merry Manor Fort Wayne.

February 2............................................. Call of the Wild

February 16............................................Emma

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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
2/16                                     T                      1:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 

Alzheimer’s Educational Presentations

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

These FREE educational sessions are sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and will be offered virtually at this time.  Pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 at least one week in advance to sign up.

Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research

February 1, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement and hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Spring Activities

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

Mondays, March 15, April 19, May 17

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Who doesn’t like to color? Listen to relaxing music, visit with your neighbor and color until your heart’s content using colored pencils. Masks are required. No pre-registration is necessary. Just drop in! Drop-in fee: $1. (Note: Our monthly Monday Luncheons are on the same dates, so make plans for lunch.)


Fridays, March 12, 26, April 9, 23, May 14, 28

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¢

Living with Alzheimer’s: Middle Stage

Mondays, 3:30 p.m.,

March 1 (Part 1), April 5 (Part 2), May 3 (Part 3)

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this 3-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. You may attend in person at the Community Center or opt to attend virtually from the comfort of your home. Pre-registration is required in either case. Call 427-6460 at least one week in advance to sign up for this free series.

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 deadline: March 31. Call 427-6466 to sign up. 

Dates                   Day                              Time

4/7-5/12               W                            1-2 p.m.

# Sessions/Fee: 6/$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. All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

Date      Day                              Time

5/11       T                              1:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


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