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.


Summer Programs

Social Security 101

Wednesday, July 20, 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 and comes with complimentary retirement income planning software that will aid your planning process. Call 427-6460 by July 13 to sign up. Min. 10. 

Investing With Purpose

Wednesday, August 17, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The best investing strategy is a carefully planned and disciplined approach to managing and accumulating money. An intentional strategy can help you meet your short-term, mid-term, and long-term financial goals. 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; and

strengths and weaknesses of different investment vehicles, and the importance of asset allocation.

This workshop is free and comes with complimentary retirement income planning software to help integrate your investments with your overall plan. Call 427-6460 by August 9 to reserve your seat. Min. 10.

Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar

Wednesdays, June 22, July 27, 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. 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. Call 427-6460 to register by June 15 or July 20.

Funeral/Cemetery Pre-planning: What You Need to Know First

Tuesday, August 2, 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. Call 427-6460 by July 26 to sign up for this free seminar.

Eating Smart Moving More

Wednesdays, June 22-July 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Eating Smart and Moving More is a free, four-week lesson on food, nutrition and exercise that will help you plan nutritious meals, be more 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! Please call 427-6460 by June 15 to sign up.

Effective Communication Strategies

Monday, July 18, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Call 427-6460 by July 11 to sign up for this free seminar.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Monday, August 15, 3:30-5:00 pm

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join us to learn more about the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, the stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available for some symptoms, and the resources available through the Alzheimer’s Association. Please call 427-6460 to sign up for this free seminar.


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. This service is free and not affiliated with any insurance agency. Call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment.

Day        Dates                                           Time

Th           6/2, 16; 7/7, 21;                9 am-12 pm

                8/4, 18

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers Attorneys at Law 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

Fri           6/3, 7/8, 8/5       9:20-11 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

How’s Your Hearing?

Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) age 18 and over report some trouble hearing. 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

Tues      6/7, 7/5, 8/2      9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Diabetic Screening

Diabetes affects approximately 34.2 million people or 10.5% of the U.S. population according to the CDC. While an estimated 26.9 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 every month. No appointment is necessary.

Day        Dates                     Time

Thur       6/2, 7/7, 8/4       9-11 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


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