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.

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.


Joint Screening & Fall Risk

Assessment

Thursday, 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.


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.



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.


Fall Services Offered

Greet & Eat

Tuesday, November 24, 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 17 for the “Greet & Eat.”   Call 427-6460 to sign up. Space is limited.


Eating Smart & Moving More

Thursdays, October 8-29, 1:30-2:30 pm

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Eating Smart and Moving More provides FREE information 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!  Call 427-6460 by October 1 to sign up.


Joint Screening & Fall Risk Assessment

Thursday, September 24, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 22, 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.


Money Safety for Seniors

Wednesday, October 14, 10:30 a.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. Call 427-6460 by October 7 to reserve your spot in this free seminar. Min. 5.


Investment Basics

Tuesday, October 20, 6:00-7:30 pm

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. In this seminar 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 October 13. Min. 10.


Savvy Social Security Planning

Tuesday, September 22, 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 15 to sign up. Min.10.


Estate Administration & Planning

Wednesday, 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. An elder law attorney 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.


2020 Write a Will Day

Wednesday, October 21, 9:00-11:00 a.m. & 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 21 to discuss your will and charitable bequests. 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.


Advanced Care Planning

Wednesday, October 21, 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 by October 14 to sign up.


Medicare & Medigap Supplements

Wednesday, September 23, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Monday, October 5, 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 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 16 or September 28 to sign up.


Understanding & Responding to Dementia Related Behavior

Monday, November 9, 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.  Call 427-6460 by November 2 to sign up for this free seminar.


Effective Communication Strategies

Monday, October 12, 5:00-6:00 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 by October 5 to sign up.


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

Monday, September 14, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This educational workshop offered by the Alzheimer’s Association® 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 September 7 to register.


Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Tuesday, October 6, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn what questions to ask before making prearrangement 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. Call 427-6460 by September 29 to reserve your spot in this free seminar.

 

Diabetes 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           9/3, 10/1, 11/5              9-11 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


How’s Your Hearing?

Approximately 28 million Americans have some type of hearing loss, but 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              9/1, 10/6, 11/3 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

Th           9/3, 17; 10/1, 15;               9 am-12 pm

                10/22, 29

                11/5, 12, 19; 12/3

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin, L.L.C attorneys will be 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           9/4, 10/2, 11/6   9 am-12 pm

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Volunteer and Instructor Opportunities

The Community Center offers numerous opportunities for people of any age to join our family of over 180 volunteers. 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 volunteer on a regular weekly schedule, occasionally as needed or share your skills by teaching a class. Please call 427-6461 for more information. Examples of volunteer positions include:

Information Desk Staff

Fitness & Conditioning Coordinator

Excursion Tour Escort

Book Sale Assistants

Senior Games Coordinator

Craft Coordinators and Assistants

Volunteer and Paid Special Interest Class Instructors

Cleaning Assistants

AARP Tax Preparers (February-April, training in January)

Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors

Special Events Helpers

Music Education

Shuffle Board League Coordinator

Brain Teaser Leader

Pinterest Instructor

Bingo Caller

 

 

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