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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. 
 

Fidget Blankets

The Alzheimer’s Association in conjunction with Annie’s Caring Crochet Kit Club offers free Fidget Blankets to Alzheimer’s caregivers. These crocheted blankets have various objects securely attached to them that can help stimulate the mind and keep a person occupied as they “fidget” with each item. The Community Center is currently assisting with the distribution of Fidgit Blankets. Call Patti Davis at the 427-6465 to arrange a pickup.


General Programs 



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Winter Programs

 

ABC Exercise: Activate, Boost & Challenge

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:15 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

ABC Exercise, formerly Arthritis Foundation Exercise, is a recreational exercise program designed for anyone with arthritis or related rheumatic disease and/or joint problems (hip/knee replacement, stroke, etc.). If you are just beginning to exercise, start with this class specifically designed to improve strength and flexibility, reduce pain caused by arthritis and other ailments and increase mobility. No pre-registration is required for this drop-in program. Ages 50+. Drop-in fee: $1/class


Tuesday Movies

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Join us for an afternoon at the movies! Features are recent releases or popular classics. Admission is FREE; however, space is limited so reservations are required. Call 427-6460 by the Monday prior to each movie to reserve your seat. Tuesday movies are sponsored by Miller’s Health Systems of Greater Fort Wayne. Show time is 1:30 p.m.

February 7           Dog

February 21        The Desperate Hour


Acrylic Painting

Paint a picture and take it home the same day! You’ll be guided step-by-step from blank canvas to your finished painting, learn how to load the brushes, paint wet into wet and blend colors as you go. All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

Dates                    Day        Time

2/14                       T              1:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


BINGO

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

January 27, Feb 10 & 24

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Join us for BINGO fun! Prizes include snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items. Fee: 3 cards/50¢


Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

3rd Mondays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Feb 20

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: $1

Alzheimer’s Educational Presentations

These educational sessions are sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. The sessions are free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 to register.


Dementia Conversations

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

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. Registration deadline: January 30.


Spring Programs 

Acrylic Painting

Paint a picture and take it home the same day! You’ll be guided step-by-step from blank canvas to your finished painting, learn how to load the brushes, paint wet into wet and blend colors as you go. All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

Date                      Day        Time

4/11                       T              1:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Bingo

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

March 10, 24, April 14, 28, May 12, 26

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Bingo is held at 1:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. Prizes are snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items. Fee: 3 cards/$1.00


Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

March 20, April 17, May 15

3rd Mondays, 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: $1.


Tuesday Movies

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Join us for an afternoon at the movies! Most features are recent releases or popular classics. Admission is FREE, however, we do require pre-registration by the Monday prior to the movie.   Show time is 1:30 p.m. Space is limited. Please call 427-6460 by the Monday prior to each movie to reserve your seat. Tuesday movies are sponsored by The Waters of Fort Wayne & Canterbury Health and Rehabilitation.

March 7                Elvis

March 21              Where the Crawdads Sing              

April 4                   Easter Sunday  

April 18                 Ticket to Paradise           

May 2                    Father of the Bride (2022)

May 16                  The Swimmers


Healthy Living for your Brain and Body

Monday, April 17, 3:30-5:00pm

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. 


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