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.  

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Carefree Crafts

Mondays, 12:30 p.m.

March 18, April 15, May 20 Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Join us for some carefree crafts! Our monthly Monday Luncheons are on the same dates, so make plans to have lunch then stay to make and take home a craft! Ages 50+. Pre-registration is required by the previous Wednesday. Fee: $3/$1 with paid Monday Luncheon reservation. Spon- sored by: Majestic Care (Fort Wayne and New Haven).


March 8, 22, April 12, 26, May 10, 24, 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 3/16             Sa            11:30 am-1 pm

4/15                M                              11:30 am-1 pm

4/20                Sa                            11:30 am-1 pm

5/18                Sa                            11:30 am-1 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

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

March 18, April 15, May 20 Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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

$1. Note: Our monthly Monday Luncheons are on the same dates, so make plans to stay for lunch.

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

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
3/26                 T                                          1:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Walking Group                     

Wednesdays, April 10-May 29 11:00 a.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Would you like to get outside and enjoy a nice walk through Downtown Fort Wayne? Join us for a fun mile walk while enjoying the company of others. We will walk different routes through the down- town area.  Some of the walks will include a stop  at various locations for a quick tour. Please call 427-6460 to sign-up by the Monday before each walk. There is no fee to participate in these walks.

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 cogni- tively 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: April 2. Call 427-6466 to sign up.

Dates                                   Day                      Time
4/9-4/30                               T                  2-2:45 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 4/$10
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


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