A Healthier You

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       12/6, 2/7                              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      12/4, 2/5                              9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Free Tax Preparation

January 28-April 15,

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 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 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.

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       12/6, 1/17, 2/7, 2/21       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           12/7, 2/1                              9 am-12 pm

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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, 12/4, 12/18, 1/15, 2/5, 2/19, 2-4 pm

Disorderly Bears

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

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.

Savvy Social Security Planning

Tuesday, January 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 to register by January 15.

Retirement Income Planning

Tuesday, February 5, 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 29.

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

Wednesday, January 16, 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 just 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 9 to reserve your seat.

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

Monday, January 21, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

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.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Tuesday, January 22, 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 15 to reserve your spot.

Saving Your Vision

Tuesday, November 27, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Are you at risk for vision loss? We will highlight signs of potential vision loss and what precautions you can take to protect your eyesight.

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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