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.

Retirement Income Planning

Tuesday, July 28, 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 July 21. Min. 10.

Budgeting Basics

Wednesday, August 5, 6:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main Street

Are you struggling to get out of debt? Do you just need to take control of your finances? Simple life changes and a few budgeting tips might provide the solution you need. A successful budget must be well-planned, flexible, realistic and clearly communicated. Let us help you create a budget for success. This informational seminar is free, however pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by July 29 to reserve your spot. Participants must wear a facemask.

Senior Fraud and Scams

Wednesday, July 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Seniors are the most common victims of fraud and scams. Learn how to identify common scams and the steps you can take to protect yourself. Learn details about home improvement scams, the grandkid scam, identity theft, data breaches, telephone privacy and more. This free seminar is presented by the Office of Indiana Attorney General. Please call 427-6460 by July 22 to sign up.

Joint Screening & Fall Risk


Thursday, June 25, July 23 & August 27

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.

Alzheimer’s: Effective Communication Strategies

Monday, June 29, 3:30-5:00 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 sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association free of charge. Call 427-6460 by June 22 to sign up.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Wednesday, July 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This seminar provides a general overview of dementia and, more specifically, Alzheimer’s Disease. You’ll learn about the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, risk factors, FDA-approved treatments and what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research. This educational session is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and is free of charge. Please call 427-6460 by July 22 to sign up.

Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar

Monday, June 22, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, July 29, 1:00-2:30 p.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 June 15 and July 22.

Advanced Care Planning

Wednesday, August 12, 10:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Have you thought about who would make medical decisions for you in the event that you are unable to make them for yourself? The Advance Care Planning team from Parkview Health will be here to discuss Advance Care Planning, the process of thinking and talking about what type of medical care you would want should you not be able to speak for yourself. We invite you to attend this session to start the conversation surrounding your wishes. We encourage you to bring the person you think you would like to make decisions for you if needed; however, this is not required to attend the session. This program is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 to sign up by August 5.

Long Term Care Planning

Tuesday, August 25, 6:00-7:30 pm

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. This seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by August 18 to sign up. Min. 10.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Tuesday, June 23, 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 June 16 to reserve your spot. Facemasks required.

AARP Smart Drive Class

Wednesday, August 5, 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 age 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. Registration deadline: July 29. 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. Participants are required to wear a facemask.


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