retirement


Retirement Income Planning

Tuesday, June 19, 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 June 12.


Preserving Assets for the Future

Tuesday, June 12, 1:00-3:00 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 5 to reserve your seat.

Savvy Social Security Planning

Thursday, July 12, 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 July 5 to register.


Medicare & Medigap Supplements

Monday, June 25, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Monday, July 30, 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 work 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 June 18 or July 23 to sign up.


Long-Term Care Planning

Thursday, August 9, 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 August 2 to sign up.


A Healthier You

4th Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St

This educational series sponsored by Miller’s Health Systems is offered on the 4th Tuesday of the month and provides information on important healthcare topics. The seminars are free; however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by the prior Wednesday to sign up. Space is limited.

Hydration

Tuesday, June 26, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

The Importance of Hydration for Seniors: Proper nutrition and regular physical activity are two important approaches seniors can take to enable healthy aging. We will discuss ways to prevent dehydration and tips to stay active.

Fall Prevention

Tuesday, July 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Falls may be caused by one or more risk factors. We will discuss steps you can take to help prevent falls and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Arthritis

Tuesday, August 28, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

There are several types of arthritis affecting people of all ages. We will discuss osteoarthritis, its symptoms, how to get diagnosed and recommendations on how to help prevent osteoarthritis before it develops.


Culinary Herbs for Everyone

Saturday, June 2, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Basil, chives, cilantro, parsley, lavender, mint, oregano . . . whether you grow your own or buy them fresh or dried from the market, herbs add flavor to any recipe and are a healthy choice for reducing the use of fat and salt. Get answers to all your herb-related questions such as how to grow them and how to use them in your kitchen. To begin your adventure with herbs, you will go home with a plant that will produce flavor all summer. Instructor: Louise Rennecker. This seminar is free; however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by May 26 to sign up.


Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Tuesday, July 17, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn what questions to ask at the funeral home and cemetery before making choices. Information on V.A. burial benefits will be provided to veterans who attend. 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 10 to reserve your spot.


Understanding Grief

Tuesday, June 12, July 10, August 14, 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 pm 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.

All About iPhones (50+)

Wednesday, June 6, 13, 20, 27, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Remember when life was simple and phones were just phones? Now they are hand-held computers that can do everything but the dishes. If your iPhone has you baffled, we can help. You will learn to make a simple phone call, send a text, take a picture, access the Internet, download apps, create a contact list and much more! Maybe we’ll figure out how to get it to do those dishes after all. Please bring your iPhone to each session. Ages 50+. The program is free; however pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by May 30 to sign up.


Matters of the Heart

Thursday, August 2, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This educational lunch series provides helpful information on current and future healthcare topics. Today’s topic is “Benefits of Yoga as We Age.” Pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by July 30 to sign up. The cost is just $3. Space is limited, so don’t delay. Sponsored by: AshMore Health Pros.


Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

A trained SHIP counselor is available on the first and third Thursday of every month to answer 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

Th 6/7, 6/21, 7/5, 9 am-12 pm

7/19, 8/2, 8/16

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. Please call 427-6460 to make an appointment. This FREE service is offered to persons age 50 and over.

Day Dates Time

F 6/1, 7/6, 8/3 9 am-12 pm

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, 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. Ages 50+.

Day Dates Time

T 6/5, 7/3, 8/7 9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Foot Care Clinic

A Lighter Step, L.L.C. provides foot care at the Community Center including foot soaking, nail trimming, lotion massages, and callus shaving for persons age 55 and older. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 427-6460. Please bring a foot tub and towel. Payment by check or cash is required at the time of the appointment.

Day Dates Time

2nd Tue 6/12, 7/10, 8/14 1-3:30 pm

1st Thur 6/7, 7/5, 8/2 8:30-11:30 am

3rd Thur 6/21, 7/19, 8/16 1-3:30 pm

4th Thur 7/26, 8/23 8:30-11:30 am

Fee: $25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Diabetic Screening

Over 30 million Americans (9.4% of the U.S. population) have diabetes. While an estimated 23 million have been diagnosed, 7 million are unaware they have the disease. Sunshine Home Health Care offera FREE diabetic screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of every month. No appointment is required.

Day Dates Time

Th 6/7, 7/5, 8/2 9-11 am

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.

Garden Alliance

Thursdays, 6/7, 7/5, 8/2, 12-2 p.m.

Socrates Café

Tuesdays, 6/19, 7/3, 7/17, 8/7, 8/21, 2-4 p.m.

Disorderly Bears

Thursday, 6/14, 7/12, 8/9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning
Monday, May 21, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association offer helpful tips to assist families in having honest and caring conversations with family members about dementia. The seminar 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 14 to register.
 
Medicare & Medigap Supplements
Wednesday, May 16, 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 enrollee must then cover their remaining costs either with supplemental insurance, separate insurance or out-of-pocket. We’ll discuss the basics of Medicare from Part A to Part D as well as Medicare Supplemental Insurance. You will learn how Medicare coverage works together with Medicare Advantage Plans or with Medicare Supplemental Insurance. 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 April 11 or May 9. 


Volunteer and Instructor Opportunities

Parks and Recreation is not just for kids! We offer numerous opportunities for retirees and senior citizens to join our family of over 150 volunteers and become involved in Community Center programs and operations. As a Com- munity Center volunteer, you will find satisfaction in being of service to the community, develop your interests, and make new acquaintances. You may choose to volunteer on a regular weekly schedule or on an occasional basis. Please call 427-6461 for more information. Examples of volunteer positions include:

Information Desk Staff
Excursion Tour Escort
Book Sale Assistants
Cleaning Assistants
Special Interest Class Instructors
Shuffle Board League Coordinator
Craft Coordinators and Assistants
Fitness & Conditioning Coordinator
Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors
Special Events Helpers • Music Educator
Brain Teaser Leader • Pinterest Instructor


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.

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