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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 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. 

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.


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.


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.


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.


Winter Programs

 

Free Tax Preparation

Mon/Wed/Fri, January 27-April 20
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The Community Center/Parks and Recreation Department, IRS and AARP have teamed up to offer free Federal and Indiana state income tax preparation for seniors (ages 55+). IRS E-file only.   Please bring the following information with you: Social Security Card for everyone on the return, current W-2 forms, 1099 statements, property tax receipts to qualify for a reduction on the Indiana Tax Return, a copy of your 2016 tax return forms, other income and deduction records. Indiana residents age 65 and older by December 31 of the tax year who earned less than $10,000 should file a tax return with the state. You could be eligible for a refund under Indiana’s Unified Tax Credit for the elderly. If you are interested in being a volunteer to help prepare taxes at the Community Center, please call 427-6461.


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                         1/16, 2/6, 2/20                                     9 am-12 pm

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. (Legal Counseling will not be offered in January.)

Day                           Dates                                                             Time

Fri                              12/6, 2/7                                             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. Sunshine Home Health Care will offer FREE diabetes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of the month. No appointment is required. (There will be no screenings offered in January.)

Day                           Dates                                                             Time

Thur                         12/5, 2/6                                                    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                        12/3, 2/4                                              9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Money Safety for Seniors

Tuesday, February 18, 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main Street

Seniors are often victimized by financial crimes. Elder financial exploitation crosses all social, educational, and economic boundaries and can be devastating to its victims. In Money Safety for Seniors we’ll explain signs of financial abuse and discuss ways to protect yourself and loved ones against common frauds and financial exploitation. Presenter: Kathy Callen, Old National Bank. This informational seminar is free, however pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by February 11 to reserve your spot.


Savvy Social Security Planning

Tuesday, January 21, 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 14.


Retirement Income Planning

Tuesday, February 4, 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 January 28.


Investment Basics

Tuesday, February 25, 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

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 February 18.


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wills, Trusts and Power of Attorney

Wednesday, January 15, 1:00-3:00 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 in the planning stage, you will find the information presented by Elder Law Attorney Steve Adair very helpful. The seminar is FREE, however pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by January 8 to reserve your seat.


Medicare & Medigap Supplements

Monday, January 20, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, February 19, 10:00-11:30 a.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 January 13 and February 12.


Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Tuesday, January 21, 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 January 14 to reserve your spot.

 

 

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