retirement

Seminars

 

Healthy People

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Nursing students will be in the Community Center lobby to to provide information on the important healthcare topics below and answer your health-related questions. They will also provide free blood blood pressure screenings. No pre-registration is necessary. Just stop by. The Healthy People program is sponsored by IU School of Nursing.

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Managing your Blood Pressure like a Professional

Monday, March 18, 10:00 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.

Preventative Health Measures

Wednesday, March 27, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

  • 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

Thursday, April 18, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

  • 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?

 

Greet & Eat

Tuesday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This fun and social program is sponsored by Mill- er’s Health Systems. They will be serving a conti- nental breakfast and offering opportunities to win prizes! This “Greet & Eat” is free to participate and will be offered quarterly. Pre-registration is required by March 22. Call 427-6460 to sign up. Space is limited.

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Eating Smart & Moving More        
Mondays, February 25-March 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Join us on Mondays for these 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 by February 18 to sign up.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Internet Security Awareness

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The internet is an incredible resource for educa- tion and more; however, it’s also home to some concerning content and bad actors, some of whom are very crafty. In this course, you will learn how to browse safely and how to identify rogue emails. You will learn how to avoid viruses, phishing e-mails and social engineering as well as how to protect your privacy and personal data. These tips will be useful at home, on the internet, on social media and on the job. Please call 427-6460 by April 6 to reserve your seat at this free seminar.
    

Retirement Income Planning

Thursday, April 25, 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 retire- ment 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 retire- ment) 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 work- shop. This workshop is free, however pre-regis- tration is required. You may reserve your seat by calling 427-6460 by April 18.

 

Savvy Social Security Planning

Tuesday, May 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The decisions you make today will have a tremen- dous 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 May 14.

Estate Planning in Today’s World

Wednesday, April 10, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Estate Planning is important for people of all ages

– now more than ever. With the new laws coming from Washington, you need to get informed. Elder Law Attorney Stephen Adair will discuss your plan- ning options and answer your questions. Please call 427-6460 by Monday, April 3 to reserve your seat for this FREE seminar. Ages 25+.


Long Term Care Planning

Wednesday, March 20, 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, dis- cover 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 infor- mation, worksheets and questions to help you remember important points from the seminar.  This program is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by March 12 to sign up.

        

Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar

Wednesday, April 17, 10:00-11:30 am

Wednesday, May 15, 10:00-11:30 am
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This seminar will cover the basics of Medicare from Part A to Part D as well as Medicare Sup- plemental Insurance. We will go over how Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D Medicare coverage work together with Medicare Advantage Plans or with Medicare Supplemental Insurance. The basics of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supple- mental Insurance plans will be covered. 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 by April 10 and May 8 to register.


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

Monday, May 20, 5:00-6:30 p.m. |
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This educational workshop offered by the Alzhei- mer’s Association provides helpful tips to assist families in having honest and caring conversations with family members about dementia. The work- shop 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 13 to register.


Living with Alzheimer’s for Late- Stage Caregivers

Wednesday, March 13, March 20, 3:00-5:00 p.m. |
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiv- ing typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. Join us for this presentation and hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing a meaningful connection for  the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families. This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by March 6 to register.

 

Understanding Grief

Tuesday, March 12, April 9, May 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.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Tuesday, April 9, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Find out what you need to know 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 infor- mational seminar is free, however pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by April 3 to reserve your spot.


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       2/5                              9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

 

How’s Your Hearing?          

Approximately 35 million Americans have some type of hearing loss and 15 million of those peo- ple avoid seeking help. Don’t be one of those peo- ple! 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. April’s Hearing Screenings will be April 9 due to Spring Break. Ages 50+.

Day                 Dates                                        Time

Tuesday         3/5, 4/9, 5/7                    9-11:15 am
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Diabetic Screening              

Diabetes affects approximately 30.3 million peo- ple or 9.4% of the U.S. population.   That is 1  in 11 Americans. While an estimated 23.1 million have been diagnosed, 7.2 million are unaware they have the disease (American Diabetes Association). Sunshine Home Health Care will offer FREE dia- betes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of every month. No appointment is required.

Day                 Dates                                        Time
Th                   3/7, 4/4, 5/2                         9-11 am
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 is a FREE service, and is offered to persons age 50 and over.

Day                 Dates                                        Time
Friday             3/1, 4/5, 5/3                   9 am-12 pm
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 Advan- tage Plans. Get a detailed explanation of Medicare coverage and learn the differences between Medi- gap 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

Thursday       3/7, 3/21, 4/4,                9 am-12 pm 4/18, 5/2, 5/16

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

 

Free Tax Preparation

January 28-April 15

Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W Main St.

AARP has teamed up with the IRS to offer free Federal and Indiana state income tax preparation for seniors (ages 55+) at the Community Center. (This service uses IRS E-file only.) Please  bring the following information with you: Social Secu- rity 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 2017 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.

Monthly Organization Meetings

The following organizations hold monthly meetings at the Community Center, 233 W. Main St. For more information about any of these organizations, you may attend a meeting or call 427-6460 for a contact name and phone number.

Socrates Café

Tuesdays, 2/5, 2/19, 2-4 pm

Disorderly Bears

Thursday, 2/14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


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 427-6460 for a contact name and phone number. Drop in fee: $1.

Socrates Café

Tuesday, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 5/7, 5/21, 2-4 pm

Disorderly Bears

Thursday, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9, 6:30-8:30 pm

Money Safety for Seniors

Wednesday, February 20, 1:00 p.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 help you avoid financial exploitation.  The workshop is free and all materials will be provided.   Presenter:  Kathy Callen. This informational seminar is free, however pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by February 13 to reserve your spot.


Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Middle Stage

Wednesdays, February 13, 20 & 27

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

In this 3-part seminar you will learn the symptoms and care needs associated with the middle stage of Alzheimer’s and also explore the relationship changes that occur in this stage. You will find out how to maximize safety, prepare for emergencies and access respite care. You will also learn effective ways to provide personal care and manage challenging behaviors.  Week one will educate the caregiver on changes in the brain, how to effectively communicate and the care requirements.  Week two will focus on behavioral changes and safety concerns. Week three will cover home care assistance options, planning for future care, behavioral issues with medication management and caregiver coping strategies. This seminar is free; however you will need to call 427-6460 by February 6 to reserve your spot. 


Long-Term Care Planning

Tuesday, February 26, 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 to sign up by

February 19.

Medicare & Medigap Supplements

Wednesday, February 13, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This seminar will cover the basics of Medicare from Part A to Part D as well as Medicare Supplemental Insurance. We will go over how Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D Medicare coverage work together with Medicare Advantage Plans or with Medicare Supplemental Insurance. The basics of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplemental Insurance plans will be covered. 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 January 14 and February 6.


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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