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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 Parks and Rereation Department offers classes and activities at the Community Center for those those with signs of early dementia. 

For additional information including to register please call the Community Center, 260-427-6461 or 260-427-6466. 

 

Sensory Clubhouse

 

For more information about the Sensory Room check out "Walk in the Park" on 21Alive featuring Patti Davis, Recreation Superintendent and Suzan Moriarty.

 

Winter Programs (December-February)

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Spring Programs (March-May)


Bingo

2nd and 4th Friday, 1:00 p.m.

March 8 & 22, April 12 & 26, May 10 & 24

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Join the BINGO fun on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month. Prizes include snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items. Sponsored by Heritage Park & Coventry Meadow. Fee: 3 cards/$1


Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

March 18, April 15, May 20

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Who doesn’t like to color? Listen to relaxing music, visit with your neighbor and color till your heart’s content using colored pencils or gel pens. No pre-registration is necessary. Drop-in fee: $2.


Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Monday, April 15, 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. The program is free; however, pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by April 8 to sign up.


Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Monday, March 18, 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.  Call 427-6460 by March 11 to sign up for this free seminar.


Eating Smart and Moving More

Wednesdays, March 20-May 8

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

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Eating Smart and Moving More consists of 8 weeks of 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!  Call 427-6460 by March 13 to sign up.


 

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