retirement


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 Programs


Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

A trained SHIP counselor is available on the first and third Thursday of every month (every Thursday during open enrollment) to answer your questions about Medicare, Medigap, 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 each is taken. This service is free and not affiliated with any insurance agency.  Call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment.

Day        Dates                                                                Time

Th           9/1, 15;                                                  9 am-12 pm

               10/6, 13, 20, 27; 11/3, 10, 17; 12/1, 8      

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

How’s Your Hearing?

Approximately 28 million Americans have some type of hearing loss and over half of them avoid seeking help. Don’t be one of those people! 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

T              9/6, 10/4, 11/1                 9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Legal Counseling

Beers and Mallers, L.L.C. attorneys are at the Community Center on the first Friday morning of every month to answer your legal questions. Please call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment. This FREE service is offered to people ages 50 and over.

Day        Dates                               Time

Fri           9/2, 10/7, 11/4      9 am-12 pm

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

 

Investment Basics

Wednesday, October 19, 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. In this seminar on 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. Reserve your seat by calling 427-6460 by October 12. Min. 10.


Do’s and Don’ts of Downsizing

Wednesday, October 19, 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

You have spent a lifetime making a home for your family and now you are thinking about downsizing. Or you are working with your siblings to relocate your parents and have questions about the process. Whatever the situation, your family is unique and so are the challenges. Join this discussion with Kurt Ness as he breaks down the do’s and don’ts of downsizing. Let us help by addressing your concerns and answering your questions about the process. Call 427-6460 by March 11 to register.



2022 Write a Will Day

Wednesday, October 19

9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy. You need only to have a cause you care about and the “will” to make a difference. Volunteer attorneys will be at the Community Center on October 19 to discuss your will and charitable bequest. If you choose to make a charitable bequest, a sample will shall be prepared for you, completely free of charge. Call 427-6460 now to make an appointment. This program is an initiative of the Charitable Gift Planning of Northeast Indiana. Max. 12.



Joint Screening & Fall Risk Assessment

Thursday, September 22 and October 27

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

More than 1/3 of adults 65 and older fall each year and 20-30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. Integrity Physical Therapy of Indiana is offering 15 minute appointments on the 4th Thursday of the month to help you identify if you are at risk for falling. They will also provide you with education on risk factors and fall prevention strategies. The Joint Screening will focus on a brief evaluation of one joint (elbow, neck, shoulder, knee, hip, etc.) using Range of Motion and Manual Muscle Testing. Call 427-6460 to reserve your FREE appointment. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to check in. If there are openings or no shows walk-ins will be welcome.


Healthy Living for your Brain and Body

Monday, November 7, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement. We will also use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. The program is free; however, pre-registration is required.  Please call 427-6460 to sign up by November 1.

 

Winter Programs

 

Investment Basics

Wednesday, February 15, 6:00-7:30 pm

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. In this seminar 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. The workshop is free; however, pre-registration is required by February 8. Reserve your seat by calling 427-6460. Min. 10.


First Time Homebuyer Seminar

Thursday, February 23, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Purchasing your first home can be very stressful, but less so if you go into it prepared and armed with the information you need. In this seminar we will cover everything from income calculations to down payment assistance and everything in between. You will receive a checklist of items needed prior to meeting with a mortgage professional and tips to help you choose the right “team” to help you navigate the purchasing process. Dawn Cook from Northwest Mortgage will be the presenter. The seminar is free; however, pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by February 16 to sign up.


Savvy Social Security Planning

Wednesday, January 18, 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 January 11 to sign up. Min. 10.


Eating Smart and Moving More

Wednesdays, January 11-March 1

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Eating Smart and Moving More offers FREE lessons on food, nutrition and exercise to help you plan more nutritious meals, be more active, handle food safely, spend food dollars wisely and improve food purchasing and preparation skills. You can earn a free cookbook and handy kitchen items just by attending! The program is free; however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 to sign up by January 4. An e-mail address is required.


Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

January 11-February 1, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This is a 4-week group program for people with Type 2 Diabetes or who want more information about the disease. Topics include: understanding diabetes and diabetes treatment, healthy eating, being physically active, taking medicine, checking your blood sugar, reducing your risk for other health problems and learning to cope with stress, depression, and other concerns. The goal of this class is to learn skills to better manage your diabetes day to day and to learn from each other. Call 427-6460 by January 4 to sign up. There is no fee.


Mind Over Matter

February 20, March 6, March 20, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Did you know that more than half of women over age 50 have bladder or bowel leakage, also called incontinence? MOM is a workshop that helps older women build skills and confidence to adopt exercises and adjust fiber and fluid intake to improve symptoms. This class consists of three 2-hour sessions and is led by a trained female facilitator. Space is limited to 12 women. This program is free of charge; however, pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by February 13 to sign up.


Alzheimer’s Educational Presentations

The following educational seminars are sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and are free to attend. Call 427-6460 by the deadlines to reserve your space.


Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Monday, January 9, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s; the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia; stages and risk factors; current research and treatments available for some symptoms; and Alzheimer’s Association resources. Reservation deadline: January 2.


Dementia Conversations

Monday, February 6, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care. Reservation deadline: January 30.


Joint Screening & Fall Risk Assessment

Thursday, January 19 & February 16

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

More than 1/3 of adults 65 and older fall each year and 20-30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. Integrity Physical Therapy of Indiana is offering 15 minute appointments on the 3rd Thursday of the month to help you identify if you are at risk for falling. They will also provide you with education on risk factors and fall prevention strategies. The Joint Screening will focus on a brief evaluation of one joint (elbow, neck, shoulder, knee, hip, etc.) using Range of Motion and Manual Muscle Testing. Call 427-6460 to reserve your FREE appointment. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to check in. If there are openings or no shows walk-ins will be welcome.


Assisted Living Lunch & Learn

Thursday, February 23, 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

People often confuse assisted living facilities for nursing homes, but the two senior care options are very different. We will discuss the topic of preparing yourself, or a loved one for an assisted living community. What is an assisted living community? How much does it cost? Can spouses live together? Can I leave when I want? Is there financial assistance for assisted living communities? What services are offered in this type of setting? These are all questions that will be answered while you enjoy lunch! The seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by February 16 to register.


Advance Care Planning

Wednesday, February 22, 11:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Have you thought about who would make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make them for yourself? The Advance Care Planning team from Parkview Health will be here to discuss Advance Care Planning, the process of thinking and talking about what type of medical care you would want should you not be able to speak for yourself. We invite you to attend this session to start the conversation surrounding your wishes. We encourage you, if possible, to bring the person you think you would like to make decisions for you if needed. There is no charge to attend the seminar; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by February 15 to register.


Medicare & Medigap Supplements

Monday, January 16 & Wednesday, February 15

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 10 and February 9.


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

Wednesday, January 18, 1:00 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 Jesica Thorson very helpful. The seminar is FREE; however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by January 12 to reserve your seat.


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

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

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Knowing what questions to ask before making decisions at funeral homes and cemeteries can save you both money and mistakes. Presenter Sarah (Schwehn) McMillan shares knowledge she has gained over her 30 years of professional experience in the cemetery and funeral home industry. Helpful information for veterans is also included. The seminar is free; however, pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by January 11 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+.

Day        Dates                    Time

Tues      12/6, 1/3, 2/7    9-11:15 am

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 (during open enrollment it is every Thursday) 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

Thur       12/1, 12/15;       9 am-12 pm

                1/5, 1/19; 2/2, 2/16        

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers LLC 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.

Day        Dates                    Time

Fri           12/2, 1/6, 2/3    9 am-12 pm

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

 

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