Alzheimer’s Education

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

These following educational sessions are sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. The sessions are free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 to register. Registration deadlines are one week prior to the program.

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.

Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning

Monday, May 20, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This educational workshop offered by the Alzheimer’s Association provides helpful tips to assist families in having honest and caring conversations with family members about dementia. The workshop reinforces the need to plan ahead and build a care team that communicates well in order to reduce the stress that can accompany a disease  like Alzheimer’s and connects you with helpful resources to enhance quality of life for everyone involved. This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by May 13 to register.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, June 26, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Learn to recognize common signs of Alzheimer’s and know what to watch for in yourself and others.  We’ll also explore typical age-related changes, offer tips for how to approach someone about memory concerns and explain the importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis. 

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Wednesday, July 31, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

This seminar aims to provide a general overview of Alzheimer’s and dementia for people who are facing a diagnosis as well as those who wish to be informed. Join us for this informational program and learn more about the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, risk factors, FDA-approved treatments and what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research.

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

Wednesday, August 28, 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. 

Greet & Eat

Tuesday, August 27, 10:00 a.m.

Community Center,  233 W. Main  St.

This fun and social program is sponsored by Miller’s Health Systems.  They will be serving a continental breakfast and offering opportunities to win prizes!  This “Greet & Eat” is free to participate and will be offered quarterly.  Pre-registration is required by August 20. Call 427-6460 to sign up.  Space is limited. (Note:  Everyday Exercise and Cardio Flex are offered today. Drop in before and/or after the seminar. )

Eating Smart & Moving More

Thursdays , July 11-August 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Eating Smart & Moving More provides FREE lessons on food, nutrition and exercise. This class 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!  This program is free, however, pre-registration is required.  Please call 427-6460 to sign up by July 5.

New Technologies in Hip and Knee Replacements

Wednesday, August 14, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Recently, The Orthopedic Hospital/Fort Wayne Orthopedics purchased new and innovative technology that aids in hip and knee replacement. The technology itself is a Robot named MAKO. MAKO allows surgeons for the first time in Northeast Indiana to perform robotic-assisted hip and knee replacements. This technology allows surgeons to plan and execute patient specific operative plans. The team of orthopedic surgeons at Fort Wayne Orthopedics and The Orthopedic Hospital are interested in educating the public concerning joint health and the numerous surgical and non-surgical treatment options for joint pain and living with arthritis.  The presentations offer guests the opportunity to ask questions and interact with peers in a relaxed and informal setting.  Lunch will be provided.  This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 to register by August 7. 

Need Advice?

Money Safety for Seniors

Wednesday, June 5, 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main Street

Seniors are frequently victimized by financial crimes. Elder financial exploitation crosses all social, educational, and economic boundaries and can be devastating to its victims. Money Safety for Seniors explains the signs of financial abuse. It also discusses a variety of ways to protect yourself and loved ones against common frauds and helps you avoid financial exploitation. Presenter: Kathy Callen. This informational seminar is free, however pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by May 29 to reserve your spot.

Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar

Monday,  June 24, 10:00-11:30 am

Wednesday, July 31, 10:00-11:30 am

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This seminar will cover the basics of Medicare from Part A to Part D as well as Medicare Supplemental Insurance. We will go over how Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D Medicare coverage work together with Medicare Advantage Plans or with Medicare Supplemental Insurance. The basics of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplemental Insurance plans will be covered. We will also go over 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 to register by June 17 and July 24.

Long Term Care Planning

Thursday, August 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This seminar will give you information on what long-term care is and where it’s provided. You will 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 seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required.  Please call 427-6460 to sign up by August 1.

Understanding Grief

Tuesday, June 11, July 9, August 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. 

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Tuesday, July 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Find out what you need to know before making prearrangements 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 July 9 to reserve your spot.

Planning Ahead

Retirement Income Planning

Tuesday, June 18, 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 June 11.

Savvy Social Security Planning

Thursday, July 11, 6:00-7:00 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 July 5.

Preserving Assets for the Future

Tuesday, June 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W Main St.

Some time ago, the rules changed drastically for people entering a nursing home or needing Medicaid assistance. These laws could affect you or someone in your family. Elder law attorney, Stephen Adair, will discuss your planning options and answer your questions in this FREE informational seminar. Please call 427-6460 by June 4 to reserve your seat.


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AARP Smart Drive Class

Wednesday, August 7, 10:30 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 50 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: July 31. Please make checks payable to AARP. Fee: $20/$15 for AARP members (must have an AARP card).  Payment can be made the day of class.

Diabetic Screening

Diabetes affects approximately 30.3 million people or 9.4% of the U.S. population. That is 1 in 11 Americans. While an estimated 23.1 million have been diagnosed, 7.2  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 required.  There will be no Diabetes Screening in July.

Day        Dates                    Time

Th           6/6, 8/1                               9-11 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

How’s Your Hearing?

Approximately 35 million Americans have some type of hearing loss. 15 million of those people 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. Please call 427-6460 to make your appointment and arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. July Hearing Screenings will be July 9 due to the holiday. Ages 50+. 

Day        Dates                    Time

T              6/4, 7/9, 8/6       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 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. The Community Center will be closed on July 4th.

Day        Dates                    Time

Th           6/6, 6/20, 7/18   9 am-12 pm                        8/1, 8/15

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin, LLP representatives are at the Community Center on the first Friday of every month to answer your legal questions. July Legal Counseling will be the 2nd Friday due to the holiday.  Please call 427-6460 to make an appointment. This is a FREE service, and is offered to persons age 50 and over.

Day        Dates                   Time

F              6/7, 7/12, 8/2     9 am-12 pm

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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 427-6461 for a contact name and phone number.  Drop in fee: $1.

Socrates Café

Tuesday, 6/18, 7/2, 7/16, 8/6, 8/20, 2-4 pm

Disorderly Bears

Thursday, 6/13, 7/11, 8/8, 6:30-8:30 pm  

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