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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. 
 

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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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Fall 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.

Dates                    Day        Time

11/15                     T              1:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

3rd Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Who doesn’t like to color? Listen to relaxing music, visit with your neighbor and color until your heart’s content using colored pencils. Masks are required. No pre-registration is necessary. Just drop in! Drop-in fee: $1. (Note: Our monthly Monday Luncheons are on the same dates, so make plans for lunch.)


Creative Quilting

Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Do you like to quilt? Do you want to meet other quilters, meet new friends, share your ideas and get your quilting questions answered? The iron and ironing board will be set up for pressing. You will have a large table to work on and lay out your quilt. New friends, new ideas, and new patterns –all you need for an enjoyable afternoon. Ages 50+. No need to call ahead. Just drop in! Drop in fee: $1



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


Bingo

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

Sept 9 & 23, Oct 14 & 28, Nov 11

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/50c

 

 

Winter Programs

 

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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.

December 6        The Claus Family              

December 20     The Christmas Chronicles 2

January 3             The Age of Adaline

January 17           Uncharted         

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.

Dec 9, Jan 13 & 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.

Dec 19, Jan 16, 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.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Monday January 9, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

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. Registration deadline: January 2.

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.

 

 


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