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.

 

Summer Programs


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.


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.


Fall Programs

Web Browser

Tuesday, September 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Is the internet still a foreign concept? Let us introduce you to hyperlinks, navigation tools, bookmarks and search engines and show you how to save files and print web pages. This class is free. Please call 427-6460 by September 20 to reserve your space.


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.


Estate Administration & Planning

Wednesday, October 12, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

There have been several changes in the law lately. Even if you already have a will or trust, these changes might affect you. Elder Law Attorney Jessica Thorson will answer your questions regarding wills and estate planning. Pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by October 8 to reserve your seat for this FREE seminar.


Savvy Social Security Planning

Wednesday, September 21, 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. Call 427-6460 by September 14 to sign up. Min. 10.


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.


Assisted Living Lunch & Learn

Thursday, September 22, 1:00pm

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? What is the 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, please call 427-6460 by September 16 to register. Min. 5. Max. 15.


Know the 10 Signs

Monday, September 12, 3:30-5:00 pm

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia cause memory loss, and thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. Join us to learn how to recognize common signs of the disease and how to approach someone about memory concerns. We will also discuss the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis, the possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources. This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by September 5 to register.


Effective Communication Strategies

Monday, October 3, 3:30-5:00 pm

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways. Effective Communication Strategies is a program provided by the Alzheimer’s Association® that explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease.  The seminar is free; however, pre-registration is required.  Please call 427-6460 to sign up by October 5.


Medicare & Medigap Supplements

Wednesday, September 21, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Monday, October 3, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

On average, Medicare covers about 80% of the health care charges for those enrolled in Part A and B. The remaining charges must be covered with separate insurance, a supplemental plan or out-of-pocket. Learn what you need to know about Medicare, from Part A to Part D, as well as Medicare Supplemental Insurance. We will cover how Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D 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. Please call 427-6460 by September 15 or September 27 to sign up.


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.


Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop

Tuesday, October 11, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn what questions to ask 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; however, pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by October 5 to reserve your spot.

 

 

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