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.


Winter Programs

Mind Over Matter

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.

Spring Programs

Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers Attorneys at Law 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           4/7, 5/5        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 (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       3/2, 3/16, 4/6, 4/20        9 am-12 pm

                5/4, 5/18             

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+.

Day        Dates                    Time

Tues      3/7, 4/4 ,5/2     9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Investment Basics

Wednesday, April 19, 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. This workshop is free and will be offered virtually upon request. Pre-registration is required by calling 427-6460 by April 12. Min. 10.

Are You Ready to Buy a Car?

Wednesday, April 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

What are the real costs of owning a car, outside of the monthly car payment? What is the difference between the listed price and the actual price of a vehicle? How much should I budget for a car payment? What payment options are available? How does one evaluate a loan? Can I negotiate with the dealer? So many questions! Come get answers at this free seminar. Call 427-6460 by April 5 to register.

Hints for the First Time Homebuyer

Wednesdays, April 5 and May 3, 6-7:30 pm

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn a few basic things you should know before you purchase your first home. We will cover everything from income calculations to down payment assistance and everything in between.  We will provide checklists 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 PNC Home Lending will be the presenter. This seminar is free but you will need to call 427-6460 to register by the March 29 and April 26 deadlines.

Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, May 9, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Lunch and Learn seminares are presented by the Fire Police City County Credit Union. Both of the seminars are free, if you sign up for both we will provide a light lunch. Please call 427-6460 to register by May 2.

Identity Theft, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Learn some of the methods used by identity thieves to steal personal information and how to protect yourself. You will understand what information is at risk and red flags to watch out for with regard to common scams.

Credit Scores & Reports, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

What is a credit score and why is it important? How do I read a credit report? Get answers to these questions and learn how to maintain a healthy credit score. We’ll also share tips to repair bad credit.

Strategies to Help Your Money Last in Retirement

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

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

You’ve spent a lifetime accumulating money for retirement. You’ve saved, invested and taken advantage of IRAs and workplace retirement plans. Now you need to generate a steady income stream from your assets, and the decisions you make could have lasting repercussions. Join us for an educational seminar where we’ll focus on a variety of strategies designed to help you make the most of your retirement and enjoy a more comfortable and rewarding lifestyle. As a seminar participant, you will receive a 20-page workbook on retirement income strategies. This full-color resource contains essential information that will help you assess your current situation and make sound financial decisions. This workshop is free and will be offered virtually upon request. Pre-registration is required by calling 427-6460 by May 10. Min. 10.

Estate Planning in Today’s World

Wednesday, April 19, 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. During this seminar, you will get the latest information on all of the new laws. Elder Law Attorney Jesica Thorson will discuss your planning options and answer your questions. This seminar is free and will be offered virtually upon request. Please call 427-6460 by April 13 to reserve your spot for this FREE seminar. Ages 25+.

Do’s and Don’ts of Downsizing

Wednesday, May 17, 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

After a lifetime of making a home for your family, it may be time to think about downsizing. Or maybe you are relocating 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, addressing your concerns and answering your questions about the process. This seminar is free and will be offered virtually upon request.  Call 427-6460 by May 10 to sign up.

Advance Care Planning

Wednesday March 29, 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 to bring the person you think you would like to make decisions for you if needed; however, this is not required to attend the session. This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by March 22 to sign up.

Pre-Planning: Choosing a Cemetery & Funeral Home

Tuesday, April 11, 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 informational seminar is free, and will be offered virtually via Zoom if requested. Call 427-6460 by April 5 to sign up.

Understanding Medicare & Medigap Supplements

Monday, April 10 and Wednesday, May 17

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Is there anything more confusing? Let us take the mystery out of Medicare coverage. We will unwrap Medicare Parts A through D and explain how they work with Medicare Advantage Plans or other supplemental insurance to provide the coverage you need. You will learn where to find the information you need and where to go for help in your Medicare decision making process. This seminar is free and will be offered virtually upon request. Presented by Ray Hunert. Please call 427-6460 by April 4 or May 11 to register.

Eating Smart and Moving More

Fridays, March 24-May 12, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Eating Smart and Moving More provides FREE lessons on food, nutrition and exercise designed to help you plan nutritious meals, be active, handle food safely and spend food dollars wisely. Earn a free cookbook and handy kitchen items just by attending!  This program is free, however, pre-registration with an email address is required. Please call 427-6460 to sign up by March 17.

Healthy Living for Brain and Body

Monday, April 17, 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 April 10.

Understanding & Responding to Dementia Related Behavior

Monday, March 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways people living with dementia communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers, and learn strategies to help manage some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.  This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by March 14 to register.

Joint Screening & Fall Risk Assessment

Thursdays, March 23 and April 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. Drayer Physical Therapy of Indiana is offering 15-minute appointments on March 23 and April 27 to assess your risk for falling. They will discuss 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.


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