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.


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. )


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. 

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,  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. 

 

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  


FALL Programming


Greet & Eat

Tuesday, November 26, 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 Everyday 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 19 for the the “Greet & Eat.”   Call 427-6460 to sign up.  Space is limited. 

Eating Smart & Moving More

Thursdays, October 3-24, 1:30-2:30 pm

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Eating Smart and Moving More are 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 September 26.

Lung Health Seminar

Tuesday, September 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Do you or someone you love have COPD or a chronic lung disease? Do you get short of breath with activity? This seminar will cover ways to manage COPD and help prevent exacerbations. We will go over breathing techniques and exercises that can help improve endurance and tips to prevent infection. Information sheets and refreshments will be provided. This free seminar is presented by respiratory therapist Gretchen Andrus. The program is free, however, pre-registration is required.  Please call 427-6460 by September 3 to sign up.

Healthy People

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The following educational session are sponsored by IU School of Nursing and provide information on important healthcare topics. The sessions are free and include Blood Pressure Screenings. The students will be set up in the lobby so just stop by!

Preventative Health Measures . . . Are you doing all you can to stay healthy?

Monday, September 16, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Immunizations recommended for older adults

CDC recommended exercise guideline for older adults

How often should you see the doctor and what health screenings should you get

Information display on immunizations and the diseases they prevent

Managing chronic conditions such as Diabetes and Hypertension

Injury Prevention in the Older Adult

Tuesday, September 24, 12:00-3:30 p.m.

How to assess your home for fall risks

What impact do falls have on health outcomes for older adults

Display of common fall risks in the home and easy preventative measures

Are your blood pressure medications putting you at risk for falls

Optimum Mental Health as We Age

Wednesday, October 16, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

What are signs of depression

What are signs of anxiety disorders

Community connections to mental health services.

Protective factors for mental health.

Managing Blood Pressure Like a Pro

Thursday, November 14, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tips on how diet, exercise, and stress affect blood pressure.

What “numbers” are good blood pressure readings? 

How medications work to control blood pressure.

Display on good diet choices and bad diet choices and what blood pressure numbers mean, etc.

Healthy Eating

Monday, September 23, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Please join Oak Street Health Provider Holly Young-Reese, NP, for this presentation on healthy eating. Holly will share helpful tips and tricks to simplify your daily diet immediately. Topics will include serving sizes, good and bad fats, sodium intake and more. Let’s stay healthy!

Diabetes Seminar and Lunch

Monday, November 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Please join Oak Street Health for a lite lunch and an educational seminar on Diabetes.  The lunch will be from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. then Oak Street Health Provider Dr. Lisa Holtsclaw, DO, will be presenting on the topic of diabetes in support of Diabetes Awareness Month. Oak Street Health will open things up after the seminar presentation for a question and answer on topics related to diabetes for further discussion.

Retirement Income Planning

Tuesday, October 8, 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 1.

2019 Write a Will Day

Wednesday, October 23
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 23 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 Charitable Gift Planning of Northeast Indiana. Max. 12.

Long-Term Care Planning

Thursday, November 7, 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 31 to sign up.

Savvy Social Security Planning

Tuesday, September 10, 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 3 to sign up.

Estate Administration & Planning

Monday, October 14, 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 7 to reserve your seat.  This informational seminar is FREE. 

Medicare & Medigap Supplements

Wednesday, September 25, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Monday, October 7, 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 18 or September 30 to sign up.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop 

Tuesday, October 8, 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 October 1 to reserve your spot.

Understanding & Responding to Dementia Related Behavior

Monday, November 11, 3:30-5:00 pm

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways people living with dementia communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers, and learn strategies to help manage some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.  This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by November 4 to register.

Effective Communication Strategies

Monday, September 9, 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 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 to sign up by September 2.

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

Monday, October 14, 3:30-5:00 pm

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This is an educational workshop offered by the Alzheimer’s Association® that offers 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 October 7 to register.

Diabetic Screening

Almost 10% of the US population has diabetes, including 30.2 million adults age 18 and over. Nearly a quarter of those do not know they have it. 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       9/5, 10/3, 11/7   9-11 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

How’s Your Hearing?

Approximately 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, yet only 1 in 5 people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually use one. 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      9/10, 10/1, 11/5                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. Call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment. This service is free and not affiliated with any insurance agency.  

Day        Dates                    Time

Thur       9/5, 19;                                 9 am-12 pm

                10/3, 10,17, 24, 31;                                           11/7, 14, 21; 12/5                              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           9/6, 10/4, 11/1   9 am-12 pm

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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