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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 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.

Fall Programs   
 

 

Greet & Eat

Tuesday, November 23, 10:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Join us for our fall Greet & Eat social! Miller’s Health Systems will serve a continental breakfast and offer opportunities to win prizes! “Greet & Eat” is held quarterly and it’s free! Our ABC Exercise and Cardio Flex fitness classes are held on the same morning, so why not fit a little fitness in before or after the social. Pre-registration is required by November 16 for the “Greet & Eat.”   Call 427-6460 to sign up. Max. 10.

Healthy Living for Your Brain
and Body

Monday, November 1, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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. We will also use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. The program is free, however, pre-registration is required.  Please call 427-6460 to sign up by October 25.


The Do’s and Don’ts of Downsizing

Wednesday, November 3, 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

You have spent a lifetime making a home for your family, and now you are thinking about downsizing. Or perhaps you are working with your siblings to relocate your parents and have questions about the process. Whatever the situation, your family is unique and so are the challenges. Join this discussion with Kurt Ness as he breaks down the do’s and don’ts of downsizing. Let us help by addressing your concerns and answering your questions about the process. This event is free and will be offered virtually upon request.  Call 427-6460 by October 27 to register.


Tech Help for Seniors

Mondays & Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

September 3-November 19

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Do you get frustrated with your so-called “smart” phone or device? Would you like to know everything your device can do? We can help! Whether it’s a smartphone, computer, tablet or a wearable (such as a smart watch) we can help educate and train you on how to use these devices and platforms effectively and provide continuous support whenever you need. We can also show you how to setup an email, Facebook account or learn new apps on your device. Sponsored by Bumber, a tech support company focusing on helping seniors gain necessary technology skills in today’s world. Call 427-6460 to reserve a time. Appointments are required 5 business days prior to reservation.

Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

A trained SHIP counselor is available on the first and third Thursday of every month (during open enrollment it is every Thursday) 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. This service is free and not affiliated with any insurance agency.  Call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment.

Day                  Dates                                         Time

Th                    9/2, 16;                           9 am-12 pm

                        10/7, 14, 21, 28;        
                        11/4, 11, 18; 12/2    

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin, L.L.C. attorneys are at the Community Center on 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                    9/10, 10/1, 11/5              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 (American Diabetes Association). Sunshine Home Health Care will offer FREE diabetes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of every month. No appointment is necessary.

Day                  Dates                                         Time

Th                    9/9, 10/7, 11/4                      9-11 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

How’s Your Hearing?

Approximately 28 million Americans have some type of hearing loss and over half of them avoid seeking help. Don’t be one of those people! Audiologist Dr. Zach Burkle conducts FREE hearing screenings at the Community Center on the first Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted.   The screening only takes 15 minutes and can change your life. Please call 427-6460 to make your appointment and arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Ages 50+.

Day                  Dates                                         Time

T                      9/7, 10/5, 11/2                 9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

 

WINTER PROGRAMS

Greet & Eat

Tuesday, February 22, 10:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Join us for a continental breakfast and social sponsored by Miller’s Health Systems of Greater Fort Wayne. It’s your opportunity to meet and mingle, win prizes and see what fun things are happening at the Community Center. ABC Exercise and Cardio Flex classes are offered on the same day, so plan to drop in for a little exercise. Greet & Eat is free, however, pre-registration is required by February 15. Call 427-6460 to sign up. Space is limited.


Eating Smart and Moving More

Wednesdays, January 12-February 2

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Eating Smart and Moving More are free lessons on food, nutrition and exercise. These sessions will help you plan nutritious meals, be active, handle food safely, spend food dollars wisely and improve food purchasing and preparation skills. You can also earn a free cookbook and handy kitchen items just by attending! The sessions are free, however, pre-registration with an email address is required. Please call 427-6460 to sign up by January 5.


Joint Screening & Fall Risk Assessment

Thursday, January 20 and February 17

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

More than 1/3 of adults 65 and older fall each year and 20-30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. Integrity Physical Therapy of Indiana is offering 15 minute appointments on the 4th Thursday of the month to help you identify if you are at risk for falling. They will also provide you with education on risk factors and fall prevention strategies. The Joint Screening will focus on a brief evaluation of one joint (elbow, neck, shoulder, knee, hip, etc.) using Range of Motion and Manual Muscle Testing. Call 427-6460 to reserve your FREE appointment. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to check in. If there are openings or no shows walk-ins will be welcome.


Speech, Voice and Cognition Screening

Tuesday January 19, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24, 8:30-11:00 a.m.

Whether you have experienced any recent changes in your voice, speech and thinking, or simply want to contribute to the learning experience of graduate students at Purdue Fort Wayne, volunteers are needed for screenings. Under the guidance of a licensed speech-language pathologist, graduate students will conduct a 15-minute screening of the volunteer’s speech, voice and thinking skills. They will then answer any questions you may have and provide education on typical changes associated with aging. The screenings are free. Please call 427-6460 to make an appointment or stop by the Center on January 12 or February 17 to schedule in person with PFW staff who will be on site.


10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, January 18, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn to recognize some common signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. We’ll explore typical age-related changes, offer tips for how to approach someone about memory concerns and explain the importance of early detection and the benefits of diagnosis. The seminar is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and will be presented virtually. You may participate from the comfort of your home or join others at the Community Center. Please call 427-6460 by January 11 to reserve your spot. Min. 7.


Healthy Living for your Brain & Body

Tuesday, February 15, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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. This seminar is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and will be presented virtually. You may participate from home or join others to participate from the Community Center. Please call 427-6460 to sign up by February 8. Min. 7.


Investment Basics

Tuesday, February 15, 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, and

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

You’ll 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 8. Min. 10.


Savvy Social Security Planning

Tuesday, January 18, 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 to register by January 11. Min. 10.


Wills, Trusts & Power of Attorney

Wednesday, January 19, 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The law regarding wills, trusts and power of attorney is constantly changing. Whether you already have a will or trust or are just in the planning stage, you will find the information presented by Elder Law Attorney Jesica Thorson very helpful. The seminar is FREE, however pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by January 12 to reserve your seat.


Medicare & Medigap Supplements

Monday, January 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, February 16, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Let us clear up any confusion you have about Medicare from Part A to Part D to Medicare Supplemental Insurance. We will review how Parts A, B, C and D Medicare coverage work together with Medicare Advantage Plans or with Medicare Supplemental Insurance. You’ll also learn where you can obtain the information you need to help with your Medicare decision process. This free seminar is being presented by Ray Hunert. Please call 427-6460 to register by January 10 or February 9.


Assisted Living Lunch & Learn

Thursday, January 27, 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

People often confuse assisted living facilities for nursing homes, but the two senior care options are very different. We will discuss the topic of preparing yourself, or a loved one for an assisted living community. What is an Assisted Living Community? What is the cost? Can spouses live together? Can I leave when I want? Is there financial assistance for assisted living communities? What services are offered in this type of setting? These are all questions that will be answered while you enjoy lunch! The seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by January 20 to register. Min. 5. Max. 15.


Cemetery/Funeral Planning Workshop

Tuesday, January 18, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn what questions to ask before making pre-arrangements with cemeteries and funeral homes. Helpful information for veterans is also included. 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 January 11 to reserve your spot.


Volunteer and Instructor Opportunities

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

We offer numerous opportunities for people of all ages to join our family of over 150 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

Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors

Experienced Tap Dancers

Volunteer Coordinator

Raised Garden Bed Helpers

Music Education

Fitness and Conditioning Coordinator

Craft Coordinators and Assistants

Shuffle Board League Coordinator

Cornhole League Coordinator

Cleaning Assistants

Brain Teaser Leader


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                 12/2, 1/6, 2/3                        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                 12/7, 2/1                          9-11:15 am

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 (during open enrollment it is every Thursday) 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. This service is free and not affiliated with any insurance agency.  Call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment.

Day                  Dates                                         Time

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

                        2/3, 2/17    

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Legal Counseling

Beers Mallers Attorneys at Law answer your legal questions at the Community Center on the first Friday of every month. 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                    12/3, 2/4                    9:20 am-12 pm

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.




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