retirement


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.



Winter Programs
 

Free Tax Preparation

Mon/Wed/Fri, February 3-April 15 
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The Community Center/Parks and Recreation Department, IRS and AARP have teamed up to offer free Federal and Indiana state income tax preparation for seniors (ages 55+). IRS E-file only.   Please bring the following information with you: Social Security Card for everyone on the return, current W-2 forms, 1099 statements, property tax receipts to qualify for a reduction on the Indiana Tax Return, a copy of your 2016 tax return forms, other income and deduction records. Indiana residents age 65 and older by December 31 of the tax year who earned less than $10,000 should file a tax return with the state. You could be eligible for a refund under Indiana’s Unified Tax Credit for the elderly. If you are interested in being a volunteer to help prepare taxes at the Community Center, please call 427-6461.


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                         1/16, 2/6, 2/20                                     9 am-12 pm

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. (Legal Counseling will not be offered in January.)

Day                           Dates                                                             Time

Fri                              12/6, 2/7                                             9 am-12 pm

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


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 the month. No appointment is required. (There will be no screenings offered in January.)

Day                           Dates                                                             Time

Thur                         12/5, 2/6                                                    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 some 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. 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+. (There will be no screenings offered in January.)

Day                           Dates                                                             Time

Tues                        12/3, 2/4                                              9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Money Safety for Seniors

Tuesday, February 18, 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main Street

Seniors are often victimized by financial crimes. Elder financial exploitation crosses all social, educational, and economic boundaries and can be devastating to its victims. In Money Safety for Seniors we’ll explain signs of financial abuse and discuss ways to protect yourself and loved ones against common frauds and financial exploitation. Presenter: Kathy Callen, Old National Bank. This informational seminar is free, however pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by February 11 to reserve your spot.


Retirement Income Planning

Tuesday, February 4, 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 by calling 427-6460 by January 28.


Investment Basics

Tuesday, February 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The best investing strategy is a carefully planned and prepared approach to managing and accumulating money. A well-planned strategy can help you meet your short-term, mid-term, and long-term financial goals. Investment planning requires discipline and patience. But it doesn’t have to be difficult.

“It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.” -- Warren Buffet

In this seminar on Investment Planning, you’ll learn:

Investment fundamentals, including the effects of inflation and compounding

How to identify financial goals and time horizons

How to measure your risk tolerance, and the relationship between risk and return

The difference between cash equivalents, bonds, stocks and mutual funds, and the importance of asset allocation

You’ll also receive a free workbook created just for this presentation. The workbook contains key information, worksheets, and questions to help you remember important points from the seminar. This workshop is free, however pre-registration is required. You may reserve your seat by calling 427-6460 by February 18.



Medicare & Medigap Supplements

 

Wednesday, February 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn the basics of Medicare from Part A to Part D as well as Medicare Supplemental Insurance. We will review how each Medicare coverage works together with Medicare Advantage Plans or with Medicare Supplemental Insurance and 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. Call 427-6460 to register by January 13 and February 12.


Spring Programs

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 the month. No appointment is required.

Day        Dates                    Time

Thur       3/5, 4/2, 5/7       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 some 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. 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      3/3, 4/7, 5/5          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           3/6, 4/3, 5/1       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       3/5, 3/19; 4/2, 4/16;        9 am-12 pm

                5/7, 5/21

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Free Tax Preparation

Thru April 15

Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W Main St.

AARP has teamed up with the IRS to offer free Federal and Indiana state income tax preparation for seniors (ages 55+) at the Community Center. (This service uses IRS E-file only.)   Please bring the following information with you: Social Security card for everyone on the return, current W-2 forms, 1099 statements, property tax receipts to qualify for a reduction on the Indiana Tax Return, a copy of your 2019 tax return forms, other income and deduction records. Indiana residents age 65 and older by December 31 of the tax year who earned less than $10,000 should file a tax return with the state. You could be eligible for a refund under Indiana’s Unified Tax Credit for the elderly. If you are interested in being a volunteer to help prepare taxes at the Community Center, please call 427-6461.

 

 

 

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