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.

 

Spring Programs

 

Strategies to Help Your Money Last in Retirement

Tuesday, 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. 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.


Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar

Monday, April 11 & Wednesday, May 18

10:00-11:30 am

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Medicare can be a complicated subject. Presenter Ray Hunert will explain the basics of Medicare coverage and how Medicare Parts A-D work together with Medicare Advantage Plans or with Medicare Supplemental Insurance. You will learn where and how to obtain the specific information you need to make the Medicare decisions right for you. This seminar is free and will be offered virtually upon request. Please call 427-6460 by April 4 or May 11 to register.


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       3/3, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21        9 am-12 pm

                5/5, 5/19             

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers Attorneys at Law will be at the Community Center on March 4 and May 6 to answer your legal questions. This FREE service is offered to people age 50 and over. Please call 427-6460 to make an appointment.

Day        Dates                                              Time

Fri           3/4, 5/6                                9 am-12 pm

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      3/1, 4/5, 5/3     9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St


Diabetic Screening

Diabetes affects approximately 25 million people or 8.3% of the U.S. population. While an estimated 18 million have been diagnosed, 7 million are unaware they have the disease. Sunshine Home Health Care will offer FREE diabetes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of the month. No appointment is required.

Day        Dates                    Time

Thur       3/3, 4/7, 5/5       9-11 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

 

Summer Programs

Retirement Income Planning

Wednesday, June 15, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Retirement income planning  the process of understanding how much income you’ll need to attain financial independence and still support the lifestyle you have worked so hard to achieve. While there’s no such thing as a “one size fits all” plan, there are steps you can take to maximize the possibility of a financial security. In this seminar you’ll learn:

how to determine when you are able to consider yourself work-optional (including the impact of early retirement, delayed retirement, and working in retirement), how long assets should last, and the lifestyle you want;

steps to estimate the amount of money you’ll need in retirement to meet your goals, factoring in health-care costs, taxes, and inflation;

how to supplement fixed income sources such as Social Security and an employer pension with your retirement savings, including the products and investment strategies you should consider, a sustainable withdrawal rate, and the best order to tap various accounts. 

You’ll also receive a free copy of this presentation intended to help you remember important points from the seminar and provide space for note taking. This workshop is free and comes with complimentary retirement income planning software to help you achieve your Financial Independence Day. Call 427-6460 by June 8 to reserve your seat. Min. 10.


Social Security 101

Wednesday, July 20, 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 and comes with complimentary retirement income planning software that will aid your planning process. Call 427-6460 by July 13 to sign up. Min. 10. 


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.


Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar

Wednesdays, June 22, July 27, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn the basics of Medicare from Part A to Part D as well as Medicare Supplemental Insurance. We will review how each 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. Call 427-6460 to register by June 15 or July 20.


Preserving Assets for the Future

Tuesday, June 28, 1:00-3:00 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 21 to reserve your seat.


The Dos and Don’ts of Downsizing  

Wednesday, June 15, 1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

When you have spent a lifetime making a home for your family, the thought of downsizing can be as challenging as the process. Presenter Kurt Ness will address your concerns and answer questions as he breaks it down into the do’s and don’ts of downsizing. Call 427-6460 by June 8 to sign up for this informative free seminar.


Assisted Living Lunch & Learn

Thursday, June 16, 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 preparing yourself or a loved one for an assisted living community. What is an Assisted Living Community? What does it 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 and lunch are free. Call 427-6460 by June 9 to sign up. Min. 5. Max. 15.


Funeral/Cemetery Pre-planning: What You Need to Know First

Tuesday, August 2, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Find out what you need to know before making prearrangements 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. Call 427-6460 by July 26 to sign up for this free seminar.


Eating Smart Moving More

Wednesdays, June 22-July 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Eating Smart and Moving More is a free, four-week lesson on food, nutrition and exercise that will help you 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! Please call 427-6460 by June 15 to sign up.



Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors

Monday, June 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 for people with dementia to 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 behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. Call 427-6460 by June 13 to sign up for this free seminar.


Effective Communication Strategies

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


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.


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 FREE service is offered to persons age 50 and over.

Day        Dates                           Time

Fri           6/3, 7/8, 8/5       9:20-11 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


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

Tues      6/7, 7/5, 8/2      9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Diabetic Screening

Diabetes affects approximately 34.2 million people or 10.5% of the U.S. population according to the CDC. While an estimated 26.9 million have been diagnosed, 7 million are unaware they have the disease. Sunshine Home Health Care will offer FREE diabetes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of every month. No appointment is necessary.

Day        Dates                     Time

Thur       6/2, 7/7, 8/4       9-11 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

 

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