|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. Feel free to send your questions, ideas and concerns.||
THE CAREGIVER CONNECTION PO BOX 11929 PRESCOTT AZ 86304 (928) 778-3747 voice Debbie@CaregiverConnection.us
Don't Become a Victim of Local Scams Aimed at Seniors
I received a request from the Prescott Police Department (PPD) asking if I would help them warn you about the proliferation of scams that are currently targeting seniors in our local communities. These scams include phone calls that are supposedly from Social Security, local bank institutions, or "creditors," as well as a never-ending variety of emails that attempt to separate you from your money. Please read the article below, "Protect Yourself Against Scams," that was submitted by Leila Ranzi, Community Outreach for PPD. We are fortunate to have dedicated officers and staff in our local Police Departments who continually look out for our safety!
I also highly recommend watching the Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation "Fraud Watch – How to Outsmart a Crook" available via TeleConnection video streaming at our website. The presenter is Shawn Trobia of AARP and includes two printable hand-outs regarding common tactics used by con artists. To watch the video "on-demand," i.e. at your convenience, go to http://teleconnection.seniorconnection.us and click on the link to the Previous Presentation for "06-25-20 Shawn Trobia." There’s no need to log in, no app or password required.
Our Senior Connection Members continue their efforts and commitment to provide services and assistance to you during this challenging time. Please reach out to them if you have general questions or are in need of their products or services. They are listed on the right hand side of this newsletter. Please let them know you learned about them from the Senior Connection. It is our Members who make the Senior Connection possible.
Take good care of yourselves and please let me know if I can be of help to you.
Making the Connection,
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.
This month’s Newsletter articles:
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MEETINGS - EVENTS -
PLEASE NOTE: All of our Senior Connection Members have been steadfast in their efforts to assist you during this challenging time, providing services in person, via phone or on line. Please reach out to them if you need information or assistance. They will be happy to help you, as well as answer questions about what they are doing to keep their clients and staff healthy and safe. You can find them listed on the right hand side of this newsletter.
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 www.SeniorConnection.us and select the link to the Resource Directory.
"GETTING TO THE RIGHT PLACE - OVERVIEW OF SENIOR LIVING OPTIONS" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur through July 9 as the "Featured Video" via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Presenter Jazmin Enriquez, Community Relations Coordinator for Brookdale Senior Living in Prescott, provides an overview of senior living options and explains how to identify your needs. The process for finding the correct senior living solution includes finding a trusted partner, identifying your needs, understanding the life you want for yourself or your loved one, and exploring solutions that put that life within reach. Jazmin explains the process, the various levels of care, and senior living solutions. It’s super simple to watch the presentation. There’s no need to log in, no app and no password is required. Go to www.seniorconnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. This presentation is available to view "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience). For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.
"REGAINING SOLID FINANCIAL FOOTING AFTER THE LOSS OF A SPOUSE" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, July 9 at noon via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Presenter is Kathleen Nemetz, Certified Financial Planner & Partner with Stratos Wealth Partners in Prescott. Kathleen shares her wisdom and experience of how to stabilize finances and plan for the future after the difficult transition of losing a spouse. From identifying your core values and goals, to determining current and potential financial needs, she provides guidance and checklists for your immediate and long-term future. This includes maximizing Social Security benefits, budgets, investments, healthcare, living options, and the importance of seeking help and support. It’s super simple to watch the presentation. There’s no need to log in, no app and no password is required. Go to www.seniorconnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. Once this presentation is uploaded to the website, it will remain available to view "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) thereafter. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.usor call (928) 778-3747.
AARP FOUNDATION’S FREE TAX AIDE 7/3 Update - This service at the Prescott Gateway Mall is closed, due to the virus. However, the AARP Foundation is offering Free Online Tax Prep Assistance as an alternative. Although Tax-Aide provides free tax preparation and filing services to all taxpayers, many of their clients are over 60. AARP FoundationTax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run free tax preparation service. The program is offered in conjunction with the IRS. Membership in AARP is not required. Volunteers are trained and IRS-certified every year to ensure they understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code. Visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) for more information.
AARP ANDRUS AWARD – AARP’s Arizona State Office is accepting nominations for the annual Andrus Award. Each AARP State Office will select a Volunteer in their state to be recognized with this prestigious award. Volunteers who contribute to any community organizations are eligible for the award, this recognition is not limited to AARP Volunteers. The deadline for nominations is July 15. For details or to nominate someone, go to the online nomination page at www.aarp.org/andrusaward. For more info, contact Shawn Trobia, Associate State Director – Community Outreach AARP Arizona via email at STrobia@aarp.org or by phone at (928) 273-7601.
AARP SMART DRIVER ONLINE COURSES continue to be available to the public, whereas in-person classes are canceled thru this year. As a courtesy, AARP is offering a 25% discount for online courses, valid through December 31. For more info and to access the course, visit the website at www.aarpdriversafety.org and for the 25% discount use the Promo Code: DRIVINGSKILLS
INVESTING COFFEE CLUB will host a special Thursday meeting on July 16 at 9:30am in Prescott (these meetings normally occur the third Tuesday of the month). This is an informal gathering, discussing current events and investing in a relaxed environment. Hosted by Joe Allen, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, these meetings occur at Third Shot Coffee (at the Prescott Gateway Mall next to Pier 1). Includes a cup of coffee, courtesy of Joe. Starting with this July coffee club meeting and going forward, Joe will also offer a virtual dial-in number for those who prefer to listen-in from the comfort of their own home. Virtual participants can call toll-free 1-866-528-2256 and enter the conference number 4821089# at the scheduled time. For more information, contact Joe at (928) 445-2226 or email@example.com or stop by his office at 5672 E State Rt 69, Suite 135 in Prescott Valley (near the Hobby Lobby, below the Dollar Store).
"PET OWNERSHIP FOR SENIORS – TIPS FOR SUCCESS" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, July 16 at noon via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Loree Walden, Marketing Manager with the Yavapai Humane Society, explains the physical and emotional benefits pets provide seniors, as well as what you should consider before adopting a pet. She also gives an overview of the agency’s volunteer opportunities and various other programs, including their "Pet Guardianship" program, which ensures your pet will find a new loving home that meets your criteria after your passing. It’s super simple to watch the presentation. There’s no need to log in, no app and no password is required. Go to www.seniorconnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. Once this presentation is uploaded to the website, it will remain available to view "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) thereafter. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.
"DE-MYSTIFYING MEDICARE - CLEARING UP THE CONFUSION" is a free Senior Connection presentation to occur Thursday, July 23 at noon via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Presenter Lupe Aguilera, Brown & Brown Insurance, will answer the Top 10 questions about Medicare, and help you make sense of the many options available. She will explain who is eligible, the timeframe for applying and the various ways to do so, what is covered by Parts A, B, C & D and which are required vs optional as well as the costs involved, the difference between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans, Medigap Plans including F & G, and Drug Formularies. It’s super simple to watch the presentation. There’s no need to log in, no app and no password is required. Go to www.seniorconnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. Once this presentation is uploaded to the website, it will remain available to view "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) thereafter. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.
ADDITIONAL SENIOR CONNECTION SPEAKERS BUREAU TOPICS will become available each week. For a list of previous as well as upcoming topics, go to the Speakers Bureau page on my website at www.seniorconnection.us/CurrentPresentations.html It’s super simple to watch these presentations! There’s no need to log in, no app, and no password is required. Go to www.SeniorConnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. Once a presentation is uploaded to the website, it will remain available to view "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) thereafter. Many of the presenters provide hand-out materials or a copy of their presentation, which are available by clicking on the "Hand Out" button below their presentation. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.
SENIOR CONNECTION MEMBER NEWS
ALL WAYS CARING HOMECARE "As care needs and preferences are changing, ResCare HomeCare has a new name of All Ways Caring HomeCare. Our new name represents our commitment to helping people remain independent in their homes safely, comfortably and with dignity. We're always there when you need us - ready to provide care in all ways." For more information, visit AllWaysCaring.com or call (928) 717-9981 in Prescott Valley.
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION - "The COVID-19
pandemic has impacted the way the Alzheimer’s Association delivers
education programs and other offerings including support groups. The
safety of our staff, volunteers and constituents continues to be our
primary concern. Of particular concern is the vulnerable group of
constituents we serve. The Association continues to follow Centers
for Disease Control, state and local health department guidance. We
continue to take all reasonable precautions to keep staff, volunteers
and constituents safe. Our offices are still closed. And, until we feel
it is safe to do so, we will continue to deliver all programs virtually.
Due to the fragile nature of our constituents, no in-person programs or
meetings/events are allowed or authorized, even if your community has
re-opened. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we carefully
examine options to safely deliver our programs." For
information, contact Vicki Flores, Community Engagement Coordinator,
Desert Southwest Chapter at (928) 771-9257 ext 9512 in Prescott.
EDWARD JONES "FINANCIAL FITNESS" video presentations are available for viewing on their website. In as little as six minutes, you and your family can access a collection of brief interactive modules that will help you build practical financial knowledge. For example: When your grandchildren are ready to open their first bank account with babysitting or birthday money, Financial Fitness 101 will teach them the fundamentals. For your new graduate, earning a paycheck will fuel independence. The Healthy Financial Habits module will help develop habits that will have a life-long effect on financial health and wellness. Realizing your dreams starts with smart investing. This module offers simple steps to begin Preparing for Your Future Sooner - from building emergency savings and 529 plans to 401(k) or IRAs. Homeownership is a core financial strength. This module offers your adult children practical guidance on the risk and benefits of homeownership. To your young adult children, retirement is a lifetime away. But this module will provide them with practical steps they can take today to strengthen their Financial Fitness on the Way to Retirement. One of the noblest things many of us find ourselves responsible for is Caregiving for Another's Financial Wellbeing. This module provides the peace of mind you need to know how to prevent or report elder financial abuse and take care of your loved one's financial affairs should the need arise. For more information, contact Joe Allen, Financial Advisor, at his Prescott office by phone at (928) 445-2226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by his office at 5672 E State Rt 69, Suite 135 in Prescott Valley (near the Hobby Lobby, below the Dollar Store).
GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPICE MARLEY HOUSE in Prescott provides compassionate care during a loved one’s end of life. Visitors are allowed, following appropriate health safety guidelines. For information about the Marley House and Good Samaritan’s other Hospice services, call (928) 778-5655 or visit https://www.good-sam.com/locations/marley-house/marley-house-hospice-services/marley-details
LAW OFFICES OF CHESTER B. McLAUGHLIN has
re-opened to walk-in clients, but with strict and detailed policies to
ensure social distancing, that masks are worn when there is extended
interaction, that hands are washed before and after contact, and that
tables and the air are disinfected. For information, visit their website
at www.azelderlaw.com or call (928) 443-9934 in Prescott.
Shawna will be located in Prescott and Shay will be at our Cottonwood clinic. If you’d like more information about our staff please check out our website at www.northernarizonapaininstitutes.com
Second, we have opened a new location in Cottonwood! The address is: 1 N Main, Cottonwood, AZ 86326. The phone number is: (928) 295-2800. We are accepting new patients and now offering medication management."
TOUCHMARK AT THE RANCH PRESCOTT welcomes Malena Peraza as their new Life Enrichment Director. You can reach Malena at (928) 632-7800. To learn more about Touchmar, visit www.TouchmarkPrescott.com
Yavapai County Community Health Services: www.yavapai.us/CHS
(928) 442-5103, 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION Toll-free 24/7 HELPLINE (800) 272-3900. SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS are being conducted via Conference Call. If you'd like to participate in a local meeting, call their toll-free Helpline number (800) 272-3900 and tell them you’d like to participate in a "Support Group meeting telephone conference call," as well as which meeting (city, day and time). They'll provide you the meeting ID number. On the day of the meeting, call about 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting to get "signed in." Prescott meetings occur the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month at 10am, and Prescott Valley meetings occur every Monday at 10a.m. MESSAGE BOARD: This is a web based "Message Board" for caregivers, where you can read through past submissions (questions/answers), as well as pose questions of your own. Go to ALZConnected.org and select "Message Board for Caregivers" and then click on "Caregivers Forum."
"PCA SERVES" BASIC NECESSITIES GROCERY SHOPPING, PRESCRIPTION & MAIL PICK-UP, MEAL DELIVERY is being offered as a free community service by volunteers with the Prescott Arts Center, to vulnerable adults in the extended tri-city area. This is for people who are unable or would prefer not to leave their home, and cannot afford to otherwise pay for this type of service. The program is called "PCA Serves." For details, including a Services Request Form, visit PCA-AZ.net or call (928) 445-3286.
SPECTRUM HEALTHCARE (Senior Connection Member) – Provides whole Healthcare Services at several locations throughout Yavapai County, as well as Telehealth Services, Home Visits (Wearing Personal Protection Equipment), and they have a Psychiatrist and Therapists to assist their patients. They also have a Mobile Crisis Team that is available to those in the community at no charge, for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis who are unable to leave their home. For more information or to request help from the Mobile Crisis Team, call (928) 778-0330 in Prescott or (928) 634-2236 in the Verde Valley 24/7. Their website is www.spectrumhealthcare-group.org
WEST YAVAPAI GUIDANCE CLINIC (Senior Connection Member) If you are having an immediate behavioral or mental health crisis, the Guidance Clinic is available to help. Telehealth Specialists are available 24/7 to people of all ages. Telehealth and Virtual Intake can assist people via phone in the comfort of their own home. Or you can go to their Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) located at 8655 E Eastridge Drive in Prescott Valley. Community members can call the main number 928-445-5411 ext 3900 and that will take them to the CSU with 24/7 coverage. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
"Healthy Summer Beverages"
The flavors of summertime are abundant and, at times, decadent, so it is essential to be mindful of your consumption. This is especially true when choosing your beverages, as many are packed with much more sugar than you may realize. Whatever your summer fitness goals - increasing stamina, maintaining or losing weight, building muscle, etc.- you’ll need to know just what’s actually inside your glass. The following tips can help you sip smarter all season long!
Water is your best friend. It’s crucial for everyone’s health to hydrate properly every day. The best way to do this is to drink at least eight cups of water per day and work on making it a firm habit. Once you do, you may find that you crave other beverages less often and feel fuller from your meals. Carry a refillable water bottle with you for easy sipping.
Pursue flavor creatively. Some people struggle with drinking lots of water because they miss flavor, but there are ways to strike a healthy balance. You can add a splash of 100% fruit juice or toss in some citrus wedges, fruit slices or berries, or even cucumber.
Watch out for added sugar. Many beverages you can buy are loaded with sugars, even if the logo and messaging seem to promote health. The only way to be sure about what you’re drinking is to read the nutrition label. You may be surprised at what you find. For example, a 16-ounce bottle of Snapple Peach Tea contains 40 grams of added sugar, which accounts for 79% of the recommended daily value. Yikes!
Sub soda for seltzer. Many of us are mildly addicted to their soothing sensation of carbonation, which is why soda drinks are so popular. Unfortunately, traditional pop varieties contain tons of sugar, and their diet counterparts introduce less-than-appealing chemical alternatives such as aspartame. Fortunately, carbonated seltzers and sparkling waters have surged in popularity in recent years and can be found nearly everywhere. There is a flavor for any taste, so try something new next time you get groceries!
Make it at home. It’s always easier to make healthier choices from the comfort of your own kitchen than taking your chances in a store or drive-through. If you’re making coffee, tea, lemonade, or punch at home, you can be confident in what you’ve added without fear of ending up with unpronounceable concoction of preservatives and chemicals. Plus, you can’t extract additives from pre-made beverages, but at home, you can start without sugar and add a little bit if needed after tasting.
"Dementia & Communication: 10 Best Practices"
When a spouse or family member is diagnosed with a form of dementia, many families find it more challenging to know how to best communicate and connect with their loved one. The following are ten best practices for creating positive interactions:
1. Never Argue. Instead, it’s important to acknowledge the person’s reality and validate what they are experiencing at that moment.
2. Never Lecture. Somebody with dementia is not able to come into our world, so we do our best to go into their world instead.
3. Never say "Remember." Depending on a person’s level of dementia, there can certainly be tremendous value in reminiscing. We also want to be sure that we’re helping the person engage in the present moment and that we’re not asking them to recall memories they may not be able to access.
4. Never say "I already told you." If a person with dementia asks the same question repeatedly, saying "I already told you" will likely not help them remember and can contribute to the person feeling invalidated and embarrassed.
5. Never Shame. If a person with dementia is enjoying a meal that is particularly messy, for example, we want to avoid abruptly taking a washcloth and cleaning up as one might with a small child. As an alternative, you can just have a washcloth ready for when they finish.
6. Never Condescend. Tying back to the previous point, it’s essential that the individual with dementia is always respected as an adult.
7. Never say "You Can’t." If we’re constantly saying, "You can’t do that, you can’t go there," we lose that sense of dignity and respect.
8. Never Command or Demand. If I’m a person with dementia, the more that you insist that I do something, the more I’m going to resist.
9. Never Reason. If a person with dementia becomes agitated, sometimes the best thing to do is to just let the person you’re caring for know that you understand they’re upset and that you want to help.
10. Never Force. Instead, we approach care not as something that is "done to" a person but instead as an equal partnership with that person. Instead of interacting with the person as their care giver, we become their care partner.
By following these ten tips, we’re able to better connect and support the well-being of the person living with dementia..
"10 Rules of the Road for Investing"
1. Develop your strategy. Your financial advisor gets to know you – your long-term goals, investment time frame and comfort level with risk – before recommending a strategy. The more you can outline what you are trying to achieve, the more he or she can tailor your strategy to you.
2. Understand risk. As a rule, the higher the return potential, the more risk you’ll have to accept. To determine what makes sense for you, your financial advisor will want to know: What is your comfort level with risk? Understanding this can help him or her determine how you may react to market ups and downs over time. How much risk are you able to take? The amount of time you have to invest plays an important role in determining how much risk you’re able to take. How much risk do you need to take? Your financial advisor will want to determine the return, and therefore the risk, that may be necessary to reach your long-term goals.
3. Diversify for a solid foundation. Your portfolio’s foundation is your asset allocation, or how your investments are diversified among stocks, bonds, cash, international and other investments. Your mix should align with your goals and comfort with risk.
4. Stick with quality. Of all the factors to consider when investing, quality is one of the most important. It’s also one of the most overlooked. Although it may be tempting to buy a popular investment, it may not fit with the rest of your portfolio, and it may be riskier than you expect. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
5. Invest for the long term. Despite stories of fortunes made on one or two trades, most successful individual investors make their money over time, not overnight. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is trying to "time" the markets.
6. Have realistic expectations. First, you’ll need to determine the return you’re trying to achieve – which should be the return you need to reach your goals. Then you can base your expectations on your asset allocation, the market environment and your investment time frame.
7. Maintain your balance. Your portfolio’s mix could drift from its initial objectives from time to time. You can rebalance to reduce areas where your investments are overweight or add to areas where they are underweight. By rebalancing on a regular basis, you can help ensure your portfolio remains aligned with your objectives and on track to reach your long-term goals.
8. Prepare for the unexpected. Unforeseen events could derail what you’re working so hard to achieve. By preparing for the unexpected and building a strategy to address it, you’ll be better positioned to handle the inevitable bumps along the way.
9. Focus on what you can control. You can’t control market fluctuations, the economy or the political environment. Instead, you should base your decisions on time-tested investment principles, which include: Diversifying your portfolio, Owning quality investments, Maintaining a long-term perspective
10. Review your strategy regularly. The one constant you can expect is change. That’s why it’s so important that you and your financial advisor review your strategy on a regular basis.
Think of your financial advisor as your navigator on this journey. By working together to regularly review your strategy and make the adjustments you need, you can have a clearer picture of where you stand and what you need to do to help reach your goals.
"Protect Yourself Against Scams"
Well unfortunately, this is not the case in our society nowadays. There are so many ways we could feel safe and yet there are many people in the world that still make their ways into our lives and homes even if we didn’t invite them. And their main reason is to get to our bank accounts.
They have ways to get to you, me, us all through devices we use every day: emails and phones. They do not look at age, religion, skin color or country of origin, they only want one thing: your MONEY.
So you might think: "How can I protect myself against those? I receive calls and emails every day, how can I scan between the legitimate and the sketchy ones?"
It is actually pretty simple, we pretty much all have Caller ID on our cell phones so if you do not recognize the number do NOT answer. Let it go to voicemail. If it is someone who is legitimately looking for you they will leave a message and you can call them back. If it is a scammer they will dial another number trying to reach their next victim.
Same goes for emails. Do NOT open any email that is not familiar to you. Do NOT access your bank account via an email that was sent to you, they might look very similar to the original but they can lead straight to the scammer’s virtual lair.
Now with Covid many people unfortunately had to extend payments of their utilities or mortgage and scammers are using this as a way to get money by calling and posing as debt collector for APS, the cell phone company, mortgage company, etc. and ask to be paid immediately. They express urgency and fake concern for your account or they have a very convincing story to get you to do what they want. Please DO NOT give out your personal information, nor bank information to ANYONE that calls you. If you get one of those calls hang up and then call the company directly. A prominent scam that has been going on during this hard time is the Social Security’s calls. The Social Security will NOT call you but contact you via regular mail if necessary.
Remember NO collector will accept payment with gift cards. That alone is a RED FLAG! So, if by any chance you talk to someone who asks you to buy gift card in lieu of payment, do yourself a favor and hang up. They are very convincing and once you have purchased the gift card or given your bank account information you will be out of money and there is nothing that the Police not the FBI can do to get that money back to you. It is gone!
Scammers use the technology and have a way to "spoof" numbers. This means that on the caller ID it looks like a local number, but it actually is originated anywhere else in the world. So if a caller is asking you for personal information or money, do NOT provide any. Hang up and call the company in regard directly, but you dial the number. This small action puts you in control.
Protect yourself! You are the first one on the line to protect your personal information and your bank account.
Please be also aware of internet scams and dating websites. Scammers pray on someone else’s loneliness to get to their bank account. They will take their time to get to know you and figure out your weaknesses and then get you to "help" them pay their bills or ask you for a "loan" that will never be repaid.
Please be cautious, you do not owe these scammers anything. We can prevent this type of fraud if we do not engage.
Submitted by Leila Ranzi, Community Outreach - Prescott Police Department. To report a potential scam or for more information, contact Leila at (928) 777-1965.
SUPPORT GROUPS - CLASSES –
PLEASE NOTE: Many of the Support Groups and Classes listed below have been temporarily suspended due to Covid-19. However, most of them are currently offering support and information by phone, email or via their websites. I have included their normally scheduled events for contact information and future use.
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 www.alsaz.org.
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 Public Library, 7401 E Civic Cr, in the Koole Meeting Room, 2nd floor. A group for veterans and their spouses meets at 1:30p.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 email@example.com 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)
ALZHEIMER’S – MUSIC PROGRAM –
The Margaret T Morris Center invites you to attend a free program the 1st
& 2nd Tuesdays of each month 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. Location: 878 Sunset Ave,
Prescott. Call (928) 445-6633 for more info.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 GROUPS, sponsored by Senior Peer Program of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic. A support group for seniors coping with loss of vision. There are two separate groups and meeting dates for those who have loss of vision. One group meets the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 2-3:30pm in Prescott. A second group meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month from 2-3:30pm in Prescott, and there is a Caregivers Support Group that meets concurrently on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at the same location but in a different room, for people who are caring for someone with vision issues. Participation is free, but registration is required. For info or to register call Connie Boston at 445-5211 x2672. Also call Connie if you are interested in participating in a similar group in Prescott Valley.
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. Facilitated by Erin Aafedt, SLP. 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 www.healthhealinghope.org
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.
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 www.nhdec.org or call
772-1266 ext 0.
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.
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 TucsonFunerals@gmail.com 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 Patrick.email@example.com or call (928) 445-5400 ext 70105.
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 HLAofPrescott@yahoo.com 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 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 – New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center’s Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Loan Closet includes walkers, crutches, shower chairs, electric scooters & power chairs, as well as other items. For availability status, please contact the main office (928) 772-1266 Ext 0.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: judy@PMDAlliance.org (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: Rutger@cableone.net 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.
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.
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.
SENIOR PEER PROGRAM of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic offers various groups and classes. For the latest schedule, visit their website at www.SeniorPeerPrevention.org or call Connie Boston at (928) 445-5211 Ext 2672.
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.
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.
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 Mike Direen 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.
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 10-11:30am in Prescott. For info or to register call Connie Boston at 445-5211 ext 2672.
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