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


Diabetic Screening
Diabetes affects approximately 37.3 million people or 11.3% of the U.S. population.  While an estimated 28.7 million have been diagnosed, 8.5 million are unaware they have the disease (American Diabetes Association). Oakstreet Health will offer FREE diabetes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of every month.  No appointment is necessary. 

Day              Dates                    Time

Th               7/6, 8/3                 9-11 am 

Location:  Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers Attorneys at Law are at the Community Center on the first Friday of every month to answer your legal questions. Please call 427-6460 to make an appointment. This is a FREE service offered to persons age 50 and over.

Day            Dates                Time

F              6/2, 7/7, 8/4       9:20-11 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 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           6/15, 7/6, 7/20               9 am-12 pm

                8/3, 8/17       


How’s Your Hearing?

Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) age 18 and over report some trouble hearing. 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              6/6, 8/1                9-11:15 am

Location:  Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Dos and Don’ts of Downsizing  

Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.

June 14

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 dos and don’ts of downsizing, addressing your concerns and answering your questions about the process. This seminar is free. Call 427-6460 by June 8 to sign up.


Preserving Assets for the Future

Wednesday, June 14, 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Some time ago, the rules changed drastically for people entering a nursing home or needing Medicaid assistance. These laws could affect you or someone in your family. Elder law attorney, Jessica Thorson, will discuss your planning options and answer your questions in this FREE informational seminar. Please call 427-6460 by June 7 to reserve your seat.


Assisted Living Lunch & Learn

Thursday, June 15, 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? 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, pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by June 9 to sign up. Min. 5.  Max. 15.


Medicare & Medigap Supplements

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

Monday, July 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn the basics of Medicare and the supplemental insurance that is needed to fill gaps. We will review how each Medicare coverage (Parts A-D) 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 presented by Ray Hunert. Call 427-6460 by June 14 or July 10 to register.


Don’t Get Scammed!

Wednesday, June 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Surveys suggest one-third of consumers have been a victim of fraud or identity theft. Perhaps it’s even happened to you. Prevention begins with awareness. Learn to identify scams that come in the form of text messages, phone calls, emails, hacked accounts, compromised mail and more.

Team members from 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union discuss the most common types of scams our community faces and how to identify, respond to, and report them in order to keep your personal information and your finances safe! To sign up for this free seminar, call 427-6460 by June 14.


Hints for the First Time Homebuyer

Thursday, June 22, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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; however, pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460  by June 15 or July 13 to sign up. 


Eating Smart Moving More

Friday, June 23-August 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Eating Smart and Moving More is all about food, nutrition and exercise. You will learn how to plan nutritious meals, be more 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! The program is free; however, pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by June 16 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, June 26, 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. This seminar is free. Please call 427-6460 by June 12 to sign up. 


Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

Monday, July 10-July 31, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, it can come as a shock, leaving you feeling frustrated and confused. This 4-week group program is designed to help you navigate your diabetes journey. 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. Call 427-6460 by July 3 to sign up.  The program is free.


Social Security 101

Wednesday, July 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Social Security 101: 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 and comes with complimentary retirement income planning software that will aid your planning process, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6000 to register by July 5 . Min. 10.


Joint Screening & Fall Risk Assesssment

Thursday, July 13 & August 10, 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. 


Effective Communication Strategies

Monday, July 17, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. The Effective Communication Strategies program of the Alzheimer’s Association was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.  If you are interested in this free seminar call 427-6460 by July 10 to register.


Convenient & Secure Mobile Banking

Tuesday, July 18, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Mobile banking is convenient, but must be done in a safe and secure manner. Learn the various banking services that can be performed online and how to manage them securely, as well as those services which are better handled in person. This seminar is free; however pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by July 11 to sign up.  Sponsored by Fire Police City County Federal Credit Union.


Funeral/Cemetery Preplanning

Tuesday, August 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

With over 30 years of professional experience in the cemetery and funeral home industry, presenter Sarah (Schwehn) McMillen shares what you need to know before making pre-arrangement decisions. She includes helpful information for veterans, as well. The seminar is free; however, pre-registration is required by August 1. Call 427-6460 to sign up.


Managing Money:  A Caregiver’s Guide to Finance

Monday, August 21, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Managing Money: A Caregiver’s Guide to Finances - Caregivers: How much do you know about managing money? This program by the Alzheimer’s Association® will help you learn about the costs of caregiving and the benefits of early planning, and teach you how to avoid financial abuse and fraud, start a conversation about finances, assess financial and legal needs, and find support.  This seminar is free, although you will need to call 427-6460 to register by August 14.


Advance Care Planning

Wednesday August 23, 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 pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by August 16 to sign up.


Sensory Clubhouse

Opens on June 12 in the Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Hours: M-Th 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. & Fri 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Unwind your mind in the new Sensory Clubhouse!  Sensory rooms are designed to help promote calmness, stimulate positivity and emotional well-being, improve socialization and increase focus particularly for those individuals with dementia or autism spectrum disorder (ADS). Time spent in a sensory room may reduce distress and agitation. It can also improve visual, auditory and tactile processing and cognitive awareness. 

The Sensory Clubhouse will open on June 12. Time may be reserved in ½ hour increments and must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance by calling 427-6460. Drop in fee: $2



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