retirement


Long-Term Care Planning

Thursday, August 9, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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 by August 2 to sign up.


Understanding Grief

Tuesday, August 14, 1:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

As we walk through the death of a loved one, we experience a roller coaster of emotions. Each person responds in a unique way to the loss of a loved one and the reactions we experience change according to the kind of loss we are facing. The reactions can be physical symptoms, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Understanding these emotions can aid in the healing process. Join us at 1:30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month as representatives from Heartland Hospice discuss the grieving process. There is no charge and no pre-registration required. 

Diabetic Screening

Diabetes affects approximately 25 million people or 8.3% of the U.S. population. While an estimated 18 million have been diagnosed, 7 million are unaware they have the disease. 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       9/6, 10/4, 11/1   9-11 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

How’s Your Hearing?

Approximately 28 million Americans, or about one in every ten people in this country, have hearing loss. Many don’t even know it. Audiologist Dr. Zach Burkle conducts FREE hearing screenings at the Community Center on the first Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise specified). 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      9/11, 10/2, 11/6                9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin, L.L.C attorneys are at the Community Center on the morning of the first Friday of every month to answer your legal questions. Please call 427-6460 to make an appointment. This FREE service is offered to people age 50 and over.

Day        Dates                    Time

Fri           9/7, 10/5, 11/2   9 am-12 pm

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

A trained SHIP counselor is available on the first and third Thursday of every month to answer your questions about Medicare, Medigap (supplement to Medicare), Prescription Drug Plans and Advantage Plans. Get a detailed explanation of Medicare coverage and learn the differences between Medigap and Advantage Plans and when an additional prescription drug plan is necessary. Please bring a list of your prescription drugs, as well as the strength and how often it is taken. Call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment. This service is free and not affiliated with any insurance agency.  

Day        Dates                    Time

Thur       9/6, 20, 10/4, 18, 25         9 am-12 pm

                11/1, 8, 15, 29, 12/6

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

2018 Write a Will Day

Wednesday, October 24

9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy. You need only to have a cause you care about and the “will” to make a difference. Volunteer attorneys will be at the Community Center on October 24 to discuss your will and charitable bequest. If you choose to make a charitable bequest, a sample will shall be prepared for you, completely free of charge. Call 427-6460 now to make an appointment. This program is an initiative of the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana. Max. 12.

50+ Holiday Dinner & Light Tour

The Community Center will be hosting the Holiday Dinner and Light Tour again in December. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and music. After dinner, we will board the buses (courtesy of Excursion Travel) at 6:30 p.m. and take off on our planned route of Downtown Fort Wayne’s Christmas light displays. After viewing the Downtown Christmas lights, we will go to The Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park. A separate Light Tour that does not include dinner will visit the Christmas at the Castle and The Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park. Watch for more details in the Winter Fun Times in early November. 

Holly Trolley Shopping & Craft Collections Show

Saturday November 24, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Kick off your holiday shopping with a unique experience visiting nearly 70 venues in downtown Fort Wayne. The Community Center will once again be a stop on the Fort Wayne Holly Trolley as part of National Small Business Day on November 24.  This event takes place on a special day each year during HolidayFest in collaboration with Small Business Saturday promoting patrons across the country to shop local.

AARP Tax Preparers

AARP Smart Drive Class

Wednesday, October 24, 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: October 17. Please make checks payable to AARP. Fee: $20/$15 for AARP members (must have an AARP card).
 

Seminars

A Healthier You

4th Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This educational series sponsored by Miller’s Health Systems is offered on the 4th Tuesday of the month and provides information on important healthcare topics. The seminars are free and will include light refreshments. Pre-registration is required by the Wednesday before each meeting.  Call 427-6460 to sign up.  Space is limited.

Arthritis

Tuesday, August 28, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

There are several types of arthritis affecting people of all ages. We will discuss osteoarthritis, its symptoms, how to get diagnosed and recommendations on how to help prevent osteoarthritis before it develops.

Grief and Loss

Tuesday, September 25, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Learn some of the common symptoms of grief including feelings of weakness, change in appetite, survivor guilt and difficulty concentrating.

Senior Scams

Tuesday, October 23, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

We will highlight how some consumer scams and fraudulent schemes operate and how you can protect yourself.

Saving Your Vision

Tuesday, November 27, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Are you at risk for vision loss? We will highlight signs of potential vision loss and what precautions you can take to protect your eyesight.

Understanding Grief

Tuesday, September 11, October 9 and November 13, 1:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

As we walk through the death of a loved one, we experience a roller coaster of emotions. Each person responds in a unique way to the loss of a loved one and the reactions we experience change according to the kind of loss we are facing.  The reactions can be physical symptoms, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Understanding these emotions can aid in the healing process.  Join us at 1:30 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month as representatives from Heartland Hospice discuss the grieving process. There is no charge and no pre-registration required.|


Healthy Living for Brain and Body

Monday, September 17, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This workshop will cover four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging including: cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, and social engagement. In each area we will discuss what we know drawing on current research, as well as what steps to take now to improve or maintain overall health in each area. This seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by September 10 to sign up.

Effective Communication Strategies

Monday, November 5, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways. Effective Communication Strategies is a program provided by the Alzheimer’s Association® that explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease. The program is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by October 29 to sign up.


Internet Security Awareness

Saturday, October 27, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Do you want to learn how to use the internet safely? Do you trust that email you received promising a free vacation? Do you trust what you read online? Learn how to browse safely and how to identify rogue e-mails. You will learn awareness tips on viruses, phishing, social engineering, privacy and data protection. These basic tips will be useful at home, on the internet, on social media and on the job. The seminar is free. Please call 427-6460 by October 20 to reserve your seat. 

Tax Saving Opportunities You Need to Know

Thursday, October 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Opportunities for reducing your tax burden are numerous. Have you heard of American Opportunities/Lifetime Credits? Do you know how Indiana’s 529 can work for you? Maybe the Indiana Humanities Service Deduction is something you can take advantage of. These and over 20 other tax saving opportunities will be presented. You should bring copies of your 2015, 2016 and 2017 tax information including any college related tax documents. Presenter Rod Thomas, Norman Myers C.P.A. Group. Please call 427-6460 by October 4 to sign up for this free seminar.

Savvy Social Security Planning

Tuesday, September 11, 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 by September 4 to sign up.

Retirement Income Planning

Tuesday, October 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. Reserve your seat by calling 427-6460 by October 2.

Estate Administration & Planning

Monday, October 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

There have been several changes in the law lately. Even if you already have a will or trust, these changes might affect you. Elder Law Attorney Steve Adair will answer your questions regarding wills and estate planning. Pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by October 8 to reserve your seat.  This informational seminar is FREE.  Attend the Monday Luncheon the same day at 11:30 am for $4 to make it a day!

2018 Write a Will Day

Wednesday, October 24

9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy. You need only to have a cause you care about and the “will” to make a difference. Volunteer attorneys will be at the Community Center on October 24 to discuss your will and charitable bequest. If you choose to make a charitable bequest, a sample will shall be prepared for you, completely free of charge. Call 427-6460 now to make an appointment. This program is an initiative of the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana. Max. 12.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Tuesday, October 9, 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. Information on V.A. burial benefits will be provided to veterans who attend. Presenter Sarah (Schwehn) McMillan 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 October 2 to reserve your spot.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Wednesday, October 17, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This program is designed to help you understand the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Topics include:

what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s

risk factors for and three general stages of the disease

FDA-approved treatments available to treat some symptoms

what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research

helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources

Call 427-6460 by October 10 to reserve your spot at this free seminar.

The 10 Signs of Alzheimers

Wednesday, September 26, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Is it just age-related memory loss or is it dementia? This program will help you understand the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s.  Find out what to do if you or someone you know has signs of the disease. View videos of real people in the early stages of dementia and their families addressing fears and myths associated with Alzheimer’s disease.  Call 427-6460 by September 19 to reserve your spot at this free seminar.

Medicare & Medigap Supplements

Wednesday, September 26, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Monday, October 8, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

On average, Medicare covers about half of the health care charges for those enrolled. The remaining charges must be covered with separate insurance, a supplemental plan or out-of-pocket. Learn what you need to know about Medicare, from Part A to Part D, as well as Medicare Supplemental Insurance. We will cover how Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D Medicare coverage works together with Medicare Advantage Plans or with Medicare Supplemental Insurance. You will also learn where you can obtain the information you need to help you in your Medicare decision process. This free seminar is being presented by Ray Hunert. Please call 427-6460 by September 19 or October 1 to sign up.

Long-Term Care Planning

Tuesday, November 6, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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 by October 30 to sign up.


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.

Garden Alliance

Thursday, 9/6, 10/4, 11/1, 12-2 p.m.

Socrates Café

Tuesdays, 9/4, 18, 10/2, 16, 11/6, 20, 2-4 p.m.

Disorderly Bears

Thursdays, 9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.



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

Volunteer and Paid Class Instructors

Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors

Daytime Experienced Tap Dancers

Volunteer Coordinator

Raised Garden Bed Helpers

Bingo Caller

Music Education

Fitness and Conditioning Coordinator

Excursion Tour Escorts

Craft Coordinators and Assistants

Special Event Helpers

Shuffle Board League Coordinator

Cleaning Assistants

Brain Teaser Leader


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.

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