The newsletter is intended to help improve the quality of life of family caregivers and seniors in our local communities. Each month we address topics related to the joys and challenges of being a family caregiver. There will be informational articles as well as a list of various meetings, support groups and other resources available to you in our community. There will also be a section for reader feedback, so feel free to send your questions, ideas and concerns.
Debbie Stewart

THE CAREGIVER CONNECTION      PO BOX 11929      PRESCOTT AZ 86304      (928) 778-3747 voice

July  2019

Independence Day & Seniors

The desire to remain independent and stay in one’s own home is at the top of the list for most seniors. But doing so can become a real challenge, especially for those who are alone with no family upon whom to rely, or without the financial means to hire the necessary care.

What is a Senior to do?

I am currently exploring potential answers to this question. For starters, creating a "Buddy System" with others in the same situation seems to make a lot of sense. Is there someone you know that you could check in with on a daily basis? One of you could call the other at an appointed time, just to make sure both of you are ok.

If you are a senior who lives alone and are feeling challenged by the question of how to get the help you need, or are concerned about how you might do so in the future, please let me know. And, if you have some type of mechanism in place that addresses this concern, please let me know that, as well.

I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I’m definitely delving into the question.

Making the Connection,

Senior Connection
P.O. Box 11929
Prescott AZ 86304
(928) 778-3747

Informational Articles

As Caregivers, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of tasks that need to be accomplished for your loved one each day. While it’s easy to remain upbeat on good days, it’s the bad days that can leave you feeling confused, exhausted or resentful. At these times, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. 

Knowing what to expect can help tremendously in your ability to cope. Knowledge is Power! Each month in this newsletter we include one or more articles on topics relating to the joys and challenges of aging and caregiving. To read additional articles on a variety of topics, please visit the Articles section of our website. Dozens of candid articles get right to the "heart of the matter," from both the Caregiver’s and Senior’s perspectives.

This month’s Newsletter articles:

"What Happens If We Just Extract The Tooth?"

"Effective Communication & The Law"

These articles can be found below the Meetings, Events & Educational Opportunities Section in this Newsletter

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Please let me know if you find the articles useful and what other topics you’d like to see.


Dates & times of meetings and events can  change at the last minute. It’s a good idea to call ahead, just to be sure. Events sponsored by the Senior Connection are noted as such.

SENIOR CONNECTION’S SENIOR RESOURCES ON-LINE DIRECTORY is your one-stop source for products and services available to Seniors and Family Caregivers throughout Yavapai County. Included is contact information for nearly 400 for-profit, non-profit and government companies and agencies. Search on nearly 30 categories, including Independent and Assisted Living Facilities, Skilled Nursing, In-Home Care, Transportation, Respite, End of Life, Financial, Legal, Emotional Support, and more. Save hundreds of hours of your valuable time and endless frustration looking for the help you need. Visit and select the link to the Resource Directory.

PEOPLE WHO CARE has re-located their Prescott office to 147 Grove Avenue, Prescott, 86301. Phone number remains the same (928) 445-2480. The nonprofit agency’s volunteers provide caring non-medical assistance for adults unable to drive due to age-related and/or physical limitations. This allows an individual to continue living in their own home and remain independent as long as safely possible. People Who Care is a community-based nonprofit with programs in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey and Chino Valley. Volunteers help in the community where they and enrolled "Neighbors" live. The majority of the Neighbors live alone. People Who Care offers volunteer assistance by helping with transportation to healthcare/business appointments, grocery shopping, personal paperwork, visiting, caregiver relief, and more. The agency is always looking for caring volunteers. To learn more about the agency’s programs or to how to become a volunteer, visit their website at or call 445-2480.

"THE FUTURE OF MEDICARE IN YAVAPAI COUNTY" is a free presentation to occur Tuesday, July 2 from 2-3pm at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott. Ryan Steinert, Your Medicare Helper, will explain important changes affecting Medicare in 2019 and 2020, including implications of the MACRA Act and how this is impacting rate increases on Supplement Plans F & C; What Medicare looks like this year and next, including important Legislative, Premium and Deductible changes; New carriers in Yavapai County; How to save money on Part D and why reviewing your Drug Plan annually can save you hundreds of dollars. Whether you’re 65, 75 or 85, this meeting is for you. Directions: From Whipple, go north on Ruth St, towards Prescott High School, right on Scott, right at stop sign. For more info or to RSVP, call (928) 649-9939.

"FINDING HOPE IN THE EVER CHANGING ROLE OF CAREGIVER" is a free presentation to occur Wednesday, July 10 from 4:30-5:30pm in Prescott Valley. Alan Wikman, Synergy Home Care, will provide strategic ideas to cope in the midst of the unfamiliar territory of caregiving with a chronic progressive illness. Topics to be covered: Redefining roles & expectations, avoiding "sainthood syndrome," building trust in the unknown, recognizing the radical impact of a diagnosis and how to focus on HOPE. Location is The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center, 3407 N Windsong Dr, Prescott Valley. Please RSVP to Melody at (928)441-1019.

"ANXIETY - WHAT IT IS & WHAT YOU CAN DO TO CONTROL IT" is a free Senior Connection presentation to occur Thursday, July 11 from NOON -1pm at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Dr, Prescott. Presenter Susan Drysdale, PhD, is a psychotherapist with more than 25 years of clinical experience. She will discuss what anxiety is, how it comes about, as well as typical causes including transitions, loss, grief, medical issues and the responsibilities of being a caregiver. She will provide practical and applicable techniques you can use to relieve anxiety and its symptoms in order to take control back when anxiety strikes. RSVPs appreciated to or (928) 778-3747. (Directions: From Whipple, go north on Ruth St, towards Prescott High School, right on Scott Dr, right at stop sign.) For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit

"FINDING MEANING AND HOPE" is a Video Discussion Series for Family Caregivers, to occur Thursdays from July 11-September 12 from 4-5:30pm in Prescott Valley. This free video discussion series offers real promise to reduce stress and build resilience. It’s for you if you’re caring for a loved one...whether across the living room or across the country. Based on the groundbreaking book, "Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief" by Pauline Boss, Ph.D., this video series is for any caregiver who struggles with the complex grief and stress of caregiving. Location: Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center, 3407 N Windsong Dr, Prescott Valley. There is no cost to attend, however, RSVPs are appreciated to Rachel Mills at (928) 442-5372.

SJR MEMORY CAFÉ is a social outing for those living with dementia AND their caregivers. The next Café will occur Saturday, July 13 from 9-10:30am in Prescott Valley. Enjoy a continental breakfast, meet new friends and be challenged with fun word games to spark those brain cells. Free crossword puzzle book for all who attend. Please RSVP to Melody at (928) 441-1019.

AARP IN YAVAPAI COUNTY is seeking nominations for outstanding volunteers to receive the 2019 Andrus Award for Community Service, AARP’s most prestigious tribute that recognizes outstanding individuals age 50 and older who are sharing their experience, talents, and skills to enrich the lives of others. Nominations are due by Monday, July 15. For more information go to or contact Shawn Trobia, Associate State Director - Community Outreach via email at or call (928) 273-7601.

"ESTATE PLANNING FOR COUPLES WITH CHILDREN FROM PRIOR MARRIAGES" is a free Senior Connection presentation to occur Thursday, July 18 from NOON -1pm at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Dr, Prescott. Chip McLaughlin, Law Offices of Chester B. McLaughlin, P.C. will explain how to provide for your surviving spouse during the remainder of his or her lifetime, while protecting your children's inheritance through the use of irrevocable trusts. He will also discuss options for allowing the surviving spouse to use the home while preserving it for your children. He will explain why designating your spouse as a beneficiary of retirement plans, as well as "I love you Wills" can be traps for the unwary, when you have children from a former marriage you want to provide for after your surviving spouse dies. RSVPs appreciated to or (928) 778-3747. (Directions: From Whipple, go north on Ruth St, towards Prescott High School, right on Scott Dr, right at stop sign.) For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit

SENIOR PEER PROGRAM of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic will offer two classes in Prescott, starting this month. "Mindfulness" will occur Fridays from 10-11:30am from July 19 through August 30. "Poetry and the Power of Memory" will occur Wednesdays from 1:30-3p.m. from July 17 through August 21. Classes are free, but pre-registration is requested. For more info, including location, or to register, call 445-5211 ext 2605 or send an email to Carlee Landis at

"DEMENTIA CONVERSATIONS" is a free presentation to occur Thursday, July 25 at 11:30am at the Del E. Webb Outpatient Center, 3262 N Windsong Drive, Prescott Valley. A representative from the Alzheimer’s Association will provide tips and information on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about issues relating to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. For more info or to RSVP, contact or call (928) 771-9257.

"SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? HELPING SENIORS DECIDE IF IT’S TIME TO SELL THEIR HOME" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, July 25 from NOON-1pm at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive in Prescott. Presenters: Rhonda Johnston and Terri Kiffer, BloomTree Realty Seniors Group. As we get older, there are numerous factors to take into consideration when deciding whether to age in place in our current home, downsize to a smaller home, live in a retirement community, or move in with family. Rhonda and Terri will explain the steps to take when considering whether or not to sell your home in the current market and with your current life situation. They will cover: Things to consider when your home may no longer fit your needs. Where do I start? Where am I going? Preparing your home to sell. Choosing a Realtor. Other help along the way. (Directions: From Whipple, go north on Ruth Street towards Prescott High School, right on Scott, left at Stop Sign.) RSVPs appreciated to Debbie Stewart at or (928) 778-3747. For a schedule of upcoming presentations, visit

MEDICARE WORKSHOP will occur Wednesday, July 31 from 4:30-6pm in Prescott Valley. Ryan Steinert, from Your Medicare Helper, will be explaining Medicare in simple terms, focusing on the MACRA Act of 2020 and gearing up for next year. This will be a full 1 ½ hour workshop to have ample time to answer your questions and concerns. Location: The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center, 3407 N Windsong Dr, Prescott Valley. Please RSVP to Melody at (928) 441-1019.

"BENEFITS THAT ASSIST WITH COSTS OF CARE - ALTCS" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, August 1 from NOON - 1pm at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane, Prescott.  Presenter Bonnie Shimko, Arizona Care Management Solutions, will explain the various resources you can use to pay for medical costs and personal assistance, with an emphasis on ALTCS (Arizona Long Term Care System), such that you can lessen your worry about running out of money. Help is available for those who are chronically ill, elderly and disabled, at risk of going into a nursing home, or in need of money for ongoing services. (Directions: From YRMC, go north on Willow Creek Rd, left (west) on Green Lane. Church is on right side, set back from the street.) RSVPs appreciated to or (928) 778-3747. For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit

"What Happens if We Just Extract the Tooth?"

When patients are faced with a severe tooth problem that may require a complex dental treatment plan, I am often asked "would it negatively impact my oral health if we just extract the tooth?" I understand that individuals ask this question not because they want to remove a tooth; but because dental procedures can come with a hefty price tag, which can be an overwhelming deterrent to receiving the treatment. After all, "I have 28 of these things, what could it possibly hurt to live with one less?" I realize that many patients are not aware of the long-term effects of missing a tooth, and therefore it is my goal to help individuals make an informed decision, not solely a financial one. A tooth extraction may be the most inexpensive option, but it can result in a much higher cost down the road.

Teeth do so much more for us than just chew food. They play a vital role in supporting healthy jaw joints and promoting pain free jaw and facial muscle action. Jaw muscles can be very sensitive and only function within the zone of efficiency. The zone of efficiency is when the jaw muscles expend the least amount of energy to perform the greatest amount of work. When any changes alter the system, the result can be jaw pain, facial pain, and headaches.

Another important role that teeth play is to disperse energy and forces that arise during muscle contraction. Human jaw muscles contract with upwards of 200 pounds of force. That is a lot of energy! However, usually, a few teeth end up carrying more of their fair share of the weight. With each tooth that is lost, the workload from that missing tooth is transferred to some other tooth. This is the reason people feel an odd change in bite or sore teeth after extraction. Consequences of excessive force can be weakening of teeth, cutting off blood supply to living tissue, damage to bone, cracked dental restorations.

Teeth play a vital role in speech patterns. Removing a tooth could affect the way you speak. The three most difficult syllables to pronounce in the English language are S, T and TH. All of which can only be pronounced when the tongue interacts properly with teeth. Speech becomes challenging for people that are missing teeth. Lastly, teeth can drift, shift, lean and move creating spaces, food traps, and off angle forces if one tooth is extracted.

It is never too late to reverse the effects of missing teeth and there are a variety of options that will work with your budget and lifestyle. There are permanent missing teeth solutions such as dental implants, less expensive options like dentures, or a combination of both with implant-retained dentures. Preventive care and replacing the tooth early is always going to be the least expensive option to treat dental problems long term.

Submitted by Dr Jason Campbell & Dr. Rick Farnsworth of Pro Solutions Dental Group, 139 W Whipple, Prescott. If you are wanting to better understand your tooth replacement options, are missing teeth and are concerned about your dental future or are experiencing symptoms from missing a tooth, make an appointment at Pro Solutions Today. Call our office at 928-776-1208 or visit our website at:

"Effective Communication & The Law"

You have rights when it comes to hearing clearly about such things as your medical information, jury duty, hospitals, doctor visits, courtrooms, town meetings, police, fire, and more.

Service Providers must ensure "Effective Communication" for individuals with disabilities. They are to provide auxiliary aids and services when necessary for individuals with hearing, vision or speech impairments. Auxiliary Aids include such services as:

> Arizona Licensed Interpreter
> Assistive Listening Devices
> Video Relay Interpreter (needs reliable wifi and equipment)
> Transcription Services
> For a complete list, go to

What is Effective Communication? Effective communication with a qualified person who is deaf or hard of hearing is communication that allows the person an equal opportunity to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of, a service, program or activity.

What laws apply? Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) forbids public and private entities that receive financial assistance from any federal department or agency ("covered entities") from excluding qualified individuals with disabilities or denying them an equal opportunity. Also, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects individuals with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications.

What should you do if you need auxiliary aid or service? As soon as possible: Let the entity know that you are deaf or hard of hearing and ask for the auxiliary aid or service you think you need (interpreter, transcriber, etc.)

Who decides on the aid or service? The covered entity is responsible for ensuring that effective communication happens. Generally, the entity should consult with you and give primary consideration to fulfilling your request. They may use a substitute if the alternative also provides effective communication. If an auxiliary aid or service is needed, the entity must provide it free of cost, after considering:

> How many people are participating.
> The particular situation and the nature, length, complexity and importance of the communication.
> Whether a fundamental alteration of the program would result in an undue burden. This decision must be made on a case-by-case basis.

Example Scenario: A person who is deaf went to the doctor’s office to have a blood test. The doctor knew that the visit would be very short and that there would be very little communication during the visit. After consulting with the individual, the doctor determined that an interpreter was not needed, and that writing notes and gestures would be effective for this patient in this situation. For the next appointment, to discuss the results of the blood test and to talk about treatment decisions, the doctor provided an interpreter. In making these decisions, the doctor consulted with the individual, thought about the needs of the individual, the circumstances, the importance, nature and complexity of the communication, and whether providing an interpreter would constitute an undue burden under the law.

What if I think the communication is not effective? You can tell the service provider if you think the communication is not, or will not be, effective. You should tell the provider why you think it is not effective. You can contact The Arizona Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing.

Submitted A2Z Hearing Health, LLC located at 1781 E Highway 69, Suite 65 in Prescott. For more information or a free, no obligation hearing exam, call (928) 227-2476. For a limited time, A2Z Hearing is offering trade-in allowances for your older hearing aids. You can "test drive" a pair of the newest technology with no deposit, no contract, no obligation.


A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig disease) Support Group meets on the fourth Monday each month, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at NAVAHCS, 500 N Highway 89, Building 161, Prescott. Info: Amy Frank or visit

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP meets Mondays at 10 a.m. at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W Gurley St, in the Simon Room (Parking & Entrance is on South Summit Avenue) as well as the Prescott Valley Library, 7401 E Civic Cr, in the Genealogy Room. A group for veterans and their spouses meets at 1:30 p.m. every Friday at the Prescott VA Medical Center, ECRC Room A205. In Sedona: The first & third Tuesday at 9:30a.m. at Sedona Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Rd. In Cottonwood: The first & third Wednesday at 10a.m. at Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 S Candy Lane (Enter Care/Rehab & Sports Medicine Experts Entrance). These groups are for those who are caring for someone affected by any form of memory loss or dementia, whether diagnosed or not. Newcomers always welcome – no advance notice required. Confidentiality of participants maintained. For more info for any of the above, send an email to or call (928) 771-9257 in Prescott.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION has numerous educational and supportive programs for individuals with dementia (whether diagnosed or not), and their caregivers, including a support group for those who have early stage dementia. Please contact the office for details, prior to attending one of these programs. Location: 3111 Clearwater Dr - Suite A, Prescott. Info: (928) 771-9257.

, facilitated by Highgate Senior Living, occurs the last Wednesday of every month from 5-6p.m. in Prescott. Meetings are open to the general public. Location: 1600 Petroglyph Pointe Drive. For info, contact Isabelle Fabrie, Cottage Coordinator, via email at or call 541-1400.

ALZHEIMER’S – MUSIC PROGRAM – The Margaret T Morris Center invites you to attend a free weekly program every Tuesday at 3pm, featuring Dwayne LeSassier from Dwayne’s Music Ministry. Caregivers and their care receivers suffering from the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia will enjoy Dwayne’s "magic" as he connects with people one-on-one through music and singing. His music provides calm, peace and joy. Dwayne brings out the most brilliant of smiles to those suffering from this devastating disease. Special thanks to the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Prescott for making this program possible. Alzheimer’s Association support materials will be available. Location: 878 Sunset Ave, Prescott. Call (928) 445-6633 for more info.

offers complimentary patient services in the quad cities. Reach to Recovery is a mentor program that matches breast cancer survivors with new breast cancer patients. Look Good…Feel Better provides cosmetic & skin care products at a 2-hour workshop for women facing cancer. Road to Recovery provides transportation for a patient to and from cancer treatment. Cancer Resource Center at the Arizona Oncology Office in Prescott Valley provides free wigs, fuel cards, head coverings, personal health managers, cancer information, support groups, direction to other local resources plus other comfort items for patients while in cancer treatment. Hope Lodge (located in Phoenix) provides housing for patients undergoing cancer treatments. For information about any of these programs, call toll-free (800) 227-2345.

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION Land-Based Exercise Class occurs Tues and Thurs at 10 a.m. at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, 3700 N. Windsong Dr in Prescott Valley. Classes are free, however, donations are appreciated to help support the Prescott Arthritis Foundation’s Summer Camp for Kids. Info: 759-8800.

ASPERGERS SUPPORT GROUP for those affected and their families are welcome to attend meetings the first Wednesday each month at 6 p.m. at the VA medical Center in Prescott, Mental Health Building 155, Room 107. Meeting starts with a potluck, followed by discussion or speaker until 8 p.m. Info: David Fero at or 830-0723.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT meets Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, 303 S Cortez St, Prescott in the Carriage House. Info: 445-2221. Info: 778-3000.

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB – In cooperation with the American Lung Association, Yavapai Regional Medical Center offers educational opportunities and support to those with chronic lung disease (COPD) and their families, friends and support persons. Meets 2nd Monday of month from 1-2 p.m. at YRMC West Campus, Spruce Room. No cost to attend. Info: 771-5264.

BLIND/LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP & CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Senior Peer Program of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic. A support group for seniors coping with loss of vision. Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2-3:30 pm at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W Gurley St, Deborah Room, Prescott. Call Connie if you are interested in participating in a similar group in Prescott Valley. Blind/Low Vision Caregiver Support Group for senior caregivers of those coping with vision loss meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 2-3:30 pm at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W Gurley St, Deborah Room Annex, Prescott. For info or to register call Connie Boston at 445-5211 x2672.

BLOOD PRESSURE – free blood pressure readings courtesy of Nurses Network occurs second and fourth Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Central Arizona Seniors Association (CASA), 9360 Manzanita Circle in Prescott Valley. Info: 772-3337. Available first and third Thursday from 11:30-12:30 at Adult Center of Prescott, 1280 E Rosser. Info: 778-3000. Every Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Mayer Area Meals on Wheels courtesy of Mayer Fire Department at 10051 Miami Street. Info: 632-7511.

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP for individuals with head injuries, including stroke and their caregivers.  Third Wednesday of every month from 2-3pm at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, 3700 N. Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley.  Info: 759-8800.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – meets the fourth Wednesday of the month from 4-5 p.m. at Yavapai Regional Medical Center Breast Care Center at Prescott Valley Campus. For individuals in recovery or recently diagnosed. Share experiences and support in a safe, private setting. Info: 442-8647. Breast Health Website has been established by Yavapai Regional Medical Center. Visit

CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP meets the second Tuesday of every month at 1:30pm in the Community Room at Highland Square Apartments, 532 W Mingus Ave in Cottonwood. The group helps individuals who currently have, or have survived, cancer share information and moral support, and connect with others who have faced the same challenges, while adding friendship and support. For more info call Julie (928) 899-9498.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Area Agency on Aging and Good Samaritan Society, meets the 3rd Thursday of every month from 10-11am at Willow Hills Baptist Church, 1071 Mogollon Rd (Room B213), in Prescott. Respite may be available. Info: toll-free (877) 521-3500.

CAREGIVER "TIME OUT" MEETINGS Do you often feel like you are "running on empty?" Do you need an "emotional refill"? Those who help care for others can talk about their strengths, self-care, communication skills, forgiveness, gratitude, joy, love and life. These groups are free, and are for caregivers who care for anyone such as parents, kids or spouse. Sponsored by West Yavapai Guidance Clinic but open to the general community without need to be enrolled in clinic services. Locations: Paulden Food Bank, 195 E Aspen on 1st & 3rd Tues from 10-11am. Mayer Meals on Wheels, 10051 Miami St on 1st & 3rd Tues from 1-2pm. Prescott Valley, Hampton Inn, 2901 N Glassford Hill Rd on 1st & 3rd Wed from 10-11am. Ash Fork Library, 450 Lewis Ave on 1st & 3rd Thurs from 2-3pm. Call Kathy for more info at 928-445-5211 ext 2315.

CHINO VALLEY COMMUNITY LOAN CLOSET has durable medical equipment such as canes, bedside commodes, wheelchairs, walkers, bath benches and toilet risers. There is no charge for the use of the equipment, with the understanding that it is to be returned when it is no longer needed. Managed by People Who Care, and located at Chino Valley Methodist Church, 735 E Road 1 South. Donations of equipment always welcome. Also have personal undergarments available – all sizes. Hours vary – please call first. Info: 636-3295.

CHRONIC FATIQUE IMMUNE DYSFUNCTION SYNDROME & Fibromyalgia Group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month from 2-3pm at New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center, 9400 E Valley Rd, Prescott Valley. For info visit or call 772-1266 ext 0.

DIABETES – LIVING WELL WITH DIABETES meets the third Tuesday of most months (call to request the yearly schedule) from 5:30-6:30pm at Yavapai Regional Medical Center West, Pendleton Center, 930 Division St in Prescott. Meetings are free and facilitated by YRMC. Local residents with diabetes, their spouses and caregivers are invited. Info: 771-5794.

DIABETES EDUCATION PROGRAM, sponsored by Verde Valley Medical Center, offers diabetes support group fourth Monday each month. Meetings focus on diabetes management and education. Info: 639-6346.

DIABETES RESOURCE SUPPORT GROUP meets the 2nd Thursday of the month from 4-5pm at New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center, 9400 E Valley Rd, Prescott Valley. For info visit or call 772-1266 ext 0.

FILE OF LIFE is an efficient and potentially life-saving way to ensure important medical information is quickly available to emergency personnel. Packet contains forms that are placed in your wallet and on your refrigerator, making it easily accessible during times of medical emergencies. Provided free by Yavapai Regional Medical Center, 771-5678.

FUNERAL CONSUMERS ALLIANCE OF ARIZONA offers preplanning information for a simple, dignified, affordable funeral. Contact statewide headquarters, 2221 E. Broadway, Ste 106, Tucson, AZ 85719, email or call (520) 721-0230. (Funeral Consumers Alliance of Northern AZ merged with Chapters in Phoenix and Tucson to form a statewide organization.)

GOLD STAR MOTHERS have lost sons and daughters in military service. Info: 499-5565 in Prescott.

GRANDPARENT SUPPORT GROUP for grandparents raising grandchildren meets the second Wednesday of the month from 6-7:30pm. at PUSD District Office, 300 E Gurley St in Prescott. Childcare is provided. A safe place to share experiences and find helpful resources. To be added to the notification list for upcoming meeting dates and events, contact Patrick Snider via email at or call (928) 445-5400 ext 70105.

GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP facilitated by Senior Peer Program at West Yavapai Guidance Clinic occurs Mondays from 11:30am-1pm in Prescott. For location or more information, call (928) 445-5211 ext 2605.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, offered by Good Samaritan Society Prescott Hospice, open to anyone in the community who has suffered the loss of a loved one. Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 11am-noon at Good Samaritan Society Prescott Village, Upstairs Apartment Lounge, 1030 Scott Dr, Prescott (for info call 778-2450); and the second and fourth Thursday from 10-11am at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7763 East Long Look Dr, Prescott Valley (for info call 778-5655). A group in Chino Valley can be arranged on an as needed basis.

HEARING LOSS SUPPORT – For information about resources available for those with hearing loss, contact Jack Clevenger with the Hearing Loss Association – Prescott Chapter via email at or call 227-1809.

HIP REPLACEMENT CLASS – facilitated by Yavapai Regional Medical Center, meets third Thursday from noon-1pm at YRMC Wellness Center in Prescott. Reservations required, call 771-5131; and second Monday in Prescott Valley from 9-10am in the conference room of YRMC’s Del E Webb Outpatient Center. Reservations required, call 759-5940.

JOINT REPLACEMENT CLASSES –facilitated by Yavapai Regional Medical Center physical rehabilitation staff, these one-hour educational classes are free in Prescott and Prescott Valley for local residents considering or scheduled for total knee or hip replacement surgery. See entries in this section for Hip & Knee Replacement classes offered by YRMC.

JOINT REPLACEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM occurs every Tuesday at 10am in Prescott Valley. Location: Nurses Network, 3085 N Windsong Drive. Call (928) 772-8707 for more info.

KNEE REPLACEMENT CLASS – facilitated by Yavapai Regional Medical Center, meets fourth Friday from 1-2pm in the Wellness Center at YRMC West in Prescott. Reservations required, call 771-5131; and third Monday in Prescott Valley from 9-10am in the conference room, 2nd floor, at Del E Webb Outpatient Center. Reservations required, call 759-5940.

LIVING WITH LOSS SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Hospice of the Pines, Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30 pm at Step One Community Center, 6719 E 2nd St, Suite C, Prescott Valley and 6:30-8:00 pm at Pronghorn Ranch, 7051 N. Antelope Meadows Drive in Prescott Valley; Info: 632-0111 or 899-9498.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Lupus Foundation office in Phoenix, occurs the 1st Saturday of every month at 10am in Prescott. Info: Helen Roy (928) 775-3649 or Beckie Blankenship (928) 848-6422.

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN – durable medical equipment including walkers, shower chairs, electric scooter and other items are available at New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center in Prescott Valley. Info: Deborah 772-1266 ext 301 or visit

MOBILITY ASSISTANCE AIDS including crutches, walkers, canes and wheelchairs are available for loan, rent or sale at CASA (Central Arizona Seniors Association), 9360 Manzanita Circle, Prescott Valley. Call 772-3337 for info.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP meets 2nd Monday 11:30am-1pm at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, 3700 N Windsong Dr, Prescott Valley. Info: 759-8800.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP - Prescott conducts monthly educational meetings for people with Parkinson’s Disease, their carepartners and friends. Meetings occur 3rd Thursday 10-11:30am at First Lutheran Church, 231 W Smoke Tree Ln, Prescott. Info: Contact Kay by email or phone 778-2242.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP - Verde Valley meets the 2nd Friday 3-4:30pm in Conference Room B at Verde Valley Medical Center. Group is led by Judy Talley, MAG, Program Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance Meetings are open to the public. Info: (928) 202-7952.

PET ILLNESS/PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP meets Wednesdays from 12-1:30pm at Prescott Valley Library, 7401 E Civic Circle, Geneology Room. Facilitated by an experienced therapist who understands what it is like to struggle with declining health, the letting go process and the loss of a beloved family pet. Info: or (928) 632-8124.

PHYSICIAN LISTING SERVICES is provided by Yavapai Regional Medical Center. For information about the availability of physicians who serve and are accepting senior patients in the extended Prescott area: 771-5106.

PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, Us Too, meets 4th Thursday each month (except July & August) at 2pm at Good Samaritan’s Prescott Valley Samaritan Center, 3380 N Windsong Drive. The group also maintains a Facebook page containing resources. Info: Jack Wilson at or 445-5137.

RESPIRATORY WELLNESS CLASSES - facilitated by Yavapai Regional Medical Center. Goal is to help people manage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Classes are free and meet in both Prescott and Prescott Valley. Call 771-5264 for times, topics and locations.

REVERSING HEART DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP meets 2nd Monday 3-4pm at Yavapai Regional Medical Center Wellness Center, 930 Division Street in Prescott (across from YMCA). Topics include dietary changes, stress reduction, exercise techniques and research outcomes. No charge to attend, however, pre-registration is suggested. Info: 771-5794.

SENIORS IN SOBRIETY Alcoholics Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 10am in Prescott at 133 Bradshaw Dr. Info: or 445-8691.

SENIOR MEN’S SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Senior Peer Program. A support group for senior men to share the joys and challenges of aging. Occurs 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month from 10:30am-noon in Prescott. For info or to register call Connie Boston at 445-5211 x2672.

SINGING IN THE KEY OF LIFE GROUP, sponsored by Senior Peer Program,  occurs Wednesdays from 10-11:30am.. A group for seniors that centers around a love of singing and sharing. Please call Connie Boston at 445-5211 x2672 to register and receive information about the location.

SENIOR PEER SUPPORT matches Senior volunteers with Seniors who would benefit from having a peer visitor. Volunteers and participants are generally age 60 and above. Through weekly visits in their homes, participants in the program receive peer support to decrease a sense of loneliness, learn how to adapt to life changes, as well as successfully manage emotional and physical well-being. There are no costs for the services and no financial eligibility requirement. Participants may request services or may be referred by a health care provider, family and friends. Potential volunteers are always needed. For more info, contact Connie Boston, Manager, Senior Peer Program 445-5211 ext 2672.

SPINAL CORD INJURY SUPPORT GROUP meets the first Thursday at 6pm at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, 3700 N Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley. Info: 759-8800.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP meets the first and third Fridays each month from 10:15-11:30am in the Deborah Room at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W Gurley Street in Prescott. The group, sponsored by People Who Care, is for stroke survivors and family members, and features experts in speech pathology, social work and nursing. For information call 445-2480.

SUSAN J RHEEM MEMORY CAFÉ’ - Adult Care Services is pleased to announce the first Memory Café in the quad-city area, hosted by The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center, occurs the second Saturday each month from 9-10:30 a.m. Designed for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and mild cognitive impairment, AND their caregivers (family member, companion, friend, or professional.) The purpose is to enjoy a special time together, free from the challenges of the disease and provide a break from the normal routine. It’s a time for refreshment, mutual support and fun, for caregiver and loved one together! Activities will be planned by those who attend and will include such things as art presentations, live music, sing-a-longs, poetry readings, reminiscing and sharing stories, cooking demos and more. The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center (a non-profit adult day health program) serves adults 18 years of age and older facing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges. Location: 3407 N. Windsong Dr in Prescott Valley. Call Melody at 441-1019 for more info.

TAKE YOUR BACK TO SCHOOL is a 1-hour Back Care Certification Course. Learn about the causes, care and prevention of back pain. Class is free, but reservations are required. For current schedule and to rsvp, call 771-5131 in Prescott.

TRANSPORTATION– Mayer Area Meals on Wheels van is available to take local residents to doctor’s appointments, for labwork, to pick up prescriptions or shop for groceries. Call 632-7511 to make a reservation. Please provide at least one week’s notice.

TRANSPORTATION – New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center provides transportation services for people with disabilities and people who are elderly, including those needing wheelchair access. Transportation is available Monday through Friday (Saturday by appointment). NACOG vouchers accepted. Call 775-8870 for info or to schedule rides to appointments, grocery, medical, shopping, social engagements, prescription pick-up, etc.

WOMEN OF WISDOM (WOW) Sponsored by Senior Peer Program of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic. A Support Group for senior women to share the joys and challenges of aging. Meets Wednesdays from 10-11:30 am in Prescott. For info or to register call Connie Boston at 445-5211 ex.2672.

Please let our Community Partners and Member Agencies know you found them via the
 Senior Connection.

Community Partners

Ink & Toner Cartridges
Small Quantity Photocopying
301 N Alarcon
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 777-9288

7120 Pav Way #102
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-8857

1085 Scott Drive
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-4348

2820 N Pleasant View Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 237-3458 

7655 Long Look Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-7364

8944 E Sommer Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-6366

1202 Green Lane
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 778-9122

6719 E 2nd Street 
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-4184

(928) 308-7687


Our Members make it possible for us to provide FREE resources to you and your loved ones.  Please thank them for
 supporting our efforts.


Adult Care Services -
The Susan J. Rheem
Adult Day Center
3407 N Windsong Dr
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 775-3563


Arizona Care Management Solutions
P.O. Box 1542
Cottonwood AZ 86326
(928) 300-0172


Austin House
195 S Willard
Cottonwood AZ 86326
(928) 634-4278

Brookdale Senior Living
211 Bradshaw Dr
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 777-5511

Boulder Gardens Assisted Living
860 Dougherty St
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 778-9667

Glassford Place Senior Living
7509 E Long Look Dr
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-3690

Las Fuentes Resort Village
1035 Scott Drive
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-9300

The Meadows of Prescott Valley
7766 E Walsh Mountain Dr
Prescott Valley AZ 86315
(928) 772-1946


Adult Care Services -
The Margaret T. Morris Center
878 Sunset Ave
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 445-6633

Circle of Life Alzheimer’s/Dementia Homes
9240 N American Ranch Rd
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 237-4795

Highgate Senior Living
1600 Petroglyph Pointe Dr
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 541-1400


Good Samaritan Society
3380 N Windsong Dr
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 775-0045


Good Samaritan Society
1065 Ruth Street
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 778-5655


Prescott Maid to Order
5810 N Prairie Ln
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 899-8518


Susan Drysdale, PhD
Senior Citizen Issues
(631) 681-6717
Prescott AZ


Alzheimer’s Association
Desert Southwest Chapter
3111 Clearwater Drive – A
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 771-9257

Dwayne’s Music Ministry
for those with Dementia/Alzheimer’s
Prescott AZ
(928) 830-7164


New Horizons
Disability Empowerment Center
9400 E Valley Rd
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-1266


P.O. Box 12767
Prescott AZ 86304
(928) 273-7601

Osher Lifelong
Learning Institute (OLLI)
11000 E Sheldon St
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 717-7911


Heritage Memory Mortuary
131 Grove Av
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-1881

Funeral Homes & Crematory
303 S Cortez St
Prescott AZ 86304
8480 E Valley Rd
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 445-2221

Sunrise Funeral Home & Crematory
8167 E Hwy 69
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-7024


Northern AZ
Fiduciaries, Inc
101 E Gurley St, Suite 211
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 778-7885
723 Cove Parkway, Ste C
Cottonwood AZ 86326
(928) 634-5440


Freedom Financial
11685 E Terra Dr
Scottsdale AZ 85259
(602) 750-2817

Hepburn Capital Management
2069 Willow Creek Road
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 778-4000

Lincoln Financial Advisors
4900 N Scottsdale Rd #3700
Scottsdale AZ 85251
(480) 824-4134

Sherrin Rose
Financial Services, LLC
4890 Antelope Drive
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 778-3053

Spirit West Certified Planning, LLC
511 E Gurley St
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 515-2322
4147 N Goldwater Blvd, Suite 101
Scottsdale AZ 85251
(844) 637-0514 toll-free


Bennett Clinic Chiropractic
7749 E Florentine Rd - B
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-7200
1202 Willow Creek Road
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 771-9400

MJ Consulting LLC
8540 E State Route 69
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-2011

Northern Arizona Pain Institutes
3769 Crossings Drive - D
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 458-7343

Pro Solutions Dental Group - Family, Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry; Offices of Jason C Campbell DDS
139 W Whipple Street
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 776-1208

Spectrum Healthcare
3633 Crossings Dr
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 778-0330
8 E Cottonwood St
651 W Mingus Av
Cottonwood AZ 86326
452 Finnie Flat Rd,
Camp Verde 86323
2880 Hopi Dr, Sedona 86336
(928) 634-2236


Mary Heller Dance Arts
Prescott & Chino Valley AZ 86303/86323
(208) 310-9913


A2Z Hearing Health
1781 E. Highway 69, Suite 65
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 227-2476

Miracle-Ear Center
1027 Fair Street, Suite C
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 776-1065


Good Samaritan Society
Prescott Hospice
1065 Ruth St
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 778-5655

Kindred Hospice
3107 Clearwater Dr
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 445-2522


Mountain Valley Regional
Rehabilitation Hospital
3700 N Windsong Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 775-7863


Good Samaritan Society -
Prescott Village
1030 Scott Drive
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 778-2450

Las Fuentes Resort Village
1035 Scott Drive
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-9300

Prescott Lakes Apartments
2105 Blooming Hills Dr
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 777-0414


Helping Hands In Home Care
371 Garden St – H
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 717-1776

Home Care Assistance
377 N Montezuma St #110
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 771-0105

Home Instead Senior Care
240 S Montezuma St #206
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 708-9960

Kindred Private Duty
1555 W Iron Springs Rd #11
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 776-1525

Nurses Network
3085 N Windsong Dr
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-8707
2155 W Hwy 89A, Sedona AZ 86336
(928) 204-2255
624 N Humphreys, Flagstaff AZ 86001
(928) 556-0755

People Who Care
147 Grove Av
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-2480

ResCare HomeCare
3001 Main Street, Suite 1B
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 717-9981
709 E Mingus Ave
Cottonwood AZ 86326

Right at Home
518 E Gurley St #200
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 515-2445

Visiting Angels
143 N McCormick St #204
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 710-6567


Kindred At Home
3107 Clearwater Dr
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 445-2522
807 Cove Pkwy #102
Cottonwood AZ 86326
(928) 649-9933

Mountain Valley Regional
Rehabilitation Hospital
3700 N Windsong Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 775-7863

Nurses Network
3085 N Windsong Dr
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-8707
2155 W Hwy 89A, Sedona AZ 86336
(928) 204-2255
624 N Humphreys, Flagstaff AZ 86001
(928) 556-0755


Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ
8220 N 23rd Av
Phoenix AZ 85021
(602) 864-5191

Brown & Brown Insurance
1055 W Iron Springs Rd
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 776-2708

2231 E Camelback Rd #400
Phoenix AZ
(602) 451-0266
Glenn Berkley

Sherrin Rose
 Financial Services, LLC
Insurance Agents
4890 Antelope Drive
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 778-3053

Your Medicare Helper
544 South 6th Street #105
Cottonwood AZ 86326


Law Offices of
Chester B. McLaughlin, P.C.
127 N Marina Street
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 443-9934

LegalShield by
Charisma Associates
Chino Valley AZ 86323
(303) 949-3098

Walker Estate Attorneys
3741 Karicio Lane
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 445-1911


Senior Peer Program
West Yavapai Guidance Clinic
505 W Cortez St
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 445-5211 Ext 2672


Prescott Maid to Order
5810 N Prairie Ln
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 899-8518


BloomTree Realty -
BloomTree Seniors Group
102 W Gurley #102
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 925-0241

My Home Group
240 S Montezuma St #101
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 899-4845


CarePatrol of Northern Arizona
P.O. Box 27815
Prescott Valley AZ 86312
(928) 515-3100


Caring Transitions of
Northern AZ
522 W Finnie Flat Rd # E-121
Camp Verde AZ 86322
(928) 220-8021

In Your Space Consulting
303 E Gurley St #194
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 985-1172


American Advisors Group
9460 E Towago Dr
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 227-1097

Fairway Independent
Mortgage Corp
2971 Willow Creek Rd #2
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 515-0344

The Federal Savings Bank
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 237-9599


Prescott Nursing &
Rehabilitation Center
864 Dougherty St
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 778-9667


Central AZ Seniors Association (CASA)
Meals On Wheels/ 
Congregate Dining
9360 E Manzanita Cr
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-3337

NAU, CSI Senior Companion/RSVP
P.O. Box 25727
Prescott Valley AZ 86312
(928) 713-4114

People Who Care
505 W Gurley
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-2480

Yavapai Humane Society
1625 Sundog Ranch Rd
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-2666



The inclusion of information about the companies listed above does not represent an endorsement on the part of this publication. It is your responsibility to verify the validity, reliability and suitability of any of the companies with whom you may wish to do business.

Whether you are an adult child caring for an aging parent, a spouse or sibling providing care to a relative, or a senior caring for yourself, the information and products available via the website are designed to improve your quality of life. 


   As caregivers, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of tasks that need to be accomplished for your loved ones each day.
    Although hundreds of resources exist to help you, the hardest part can be finding what’s available. 
   Therefore, in addition to the Caregiver Connection newsletter, I am also pleased to make available to you several valuable resources via the “Senior Connection website.” This web-based one-stop Educational and Information center for Caregivers and Seniors is designed to save you time and money, as well as your sanity.
   The website consists of a comprehensive Resource Directory, Articles on topics of relevance to caregivers and seniors, and informational Videos and Slideshows about agencies that offer help throughout Yavapai County.


   The Resources Directory contains contact information for hundreds of local nonprofit, government and commercial agencies that provide helpful products and services to ease the life of caregivers. 
   Updated weekly, this searchable database will save you literally hundreds of research hours and connect you with nonprofit, government and commercial agencies that can help with every aspect of being a caregiver. 
   Categories include areas such as assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, in-home care providers, transportation, meal preparation and delivery, and financial assistance. 
   A search on one or more keywords results in all of the companies that provide a particular product or service. You can then print out the Profile of each agency that is of interest to you. 
   All on the website at: 


The Informational Articles section contains articles on a wide variety of topics relating to aging. The articles are short and sweet, yet go directly to the heart of the matter of some of the most sensitive issues surrounding our fears and frustrations as caregivers. No topic is off-limits and new articles are constantly being added to the website at:


Educational Videos and Slideshows, narrated by recognized experts in the community, are posted on the website. Additionally, videos and slideshows featuring nonprofit and for-profit agencies that provide products or services to caregivers and seniors will be available at the website: 


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