|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.||
THE CAREGIVER CONNECTION PO BOX 11929 PRESCOTT AZ 86304 (928) 778-3747 voice Debbie@CaregiverConnection.us
Valuable Resource for Seniors & Family Caregivers
Our Senior Connection "Senior & Caregivers Conference & Expo" will occur Friday, October 11 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. in Prescott Valley. More than 60 Senior Service providers of products, services and support will have informational booths. Local experts will give presentations throughout the day on issues relating to being a Senior or Family Caregiver.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! This twice-yearly Senior Connection event provides an opportunity to meet the Senior Connection Member agencies that make it possible for us to provide FREE resources to you throughout the year. Come learn what their companies have to offer, and thank them for their support of our efforts to help Seniors and Family Caregivers!
11am: "Loneliness…The Silent Epidemic" by
Sam Downing, MD
1pm: "Legal Issues for Family Caregivers" by Chip McLaughlin - Law Offices of Chester McLaughlin, P.C.
2pm: "Finding Hope Through Hospice" by Kelly
Paradis, Good Samaritan Society Hospice
Location is Liberty Traditional School, 3300 N Lake Valley Road. Visit for part or all of the day, as your schedule allows. Free admission. No need to RSVP. Info: Debbie@SeniorConnection.us(928) 778-3747.
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.
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MEETINGS - EVENTS -
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 www.SeniorConnection.us and select the link to the Resource Directory.
STROKE SUPPORT GROUP for Stroke Survivors and their family members is sponsored by People Who Care on the First and Third Friday of each month from 10:15-11:30a.m. at Prescott United Methodist Church Campus (Deborah Room), 505 W. Gurley Street (there will be no meeting the 3rd Friday in December). Come see there is life after a stroke. For further info call 445-2480.
SENIOR PEER PROGRAM of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic offers several groups, including the following: "Women of Wisdom" on Wednesdays 10-11:30am starting September 4; "Singing in The Key of Life" on Wednesdays from 10-11:30am; "Blind/Low Vision Support Group" on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 2-3:30pm. For more information, location and to register, call the Senior Peer Program in Prescott at 445-5211 ext 2672.
"FUNERAL PRE-PLANNING CAN EASE THE BURDEN FOR YOUR FAMILY" is a free presentation by Lindy Furrow of Sunrise Funeral Home, to occur Tuesday, September 3 from 2-3pm at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott. Death is hardest on those left behind, with family members often having to make more than 100 decisions within three days of someone’s passing. Although it may be uncomfortable for you and your family to discuss, pre-planning can help alleviate a great deal of stress for your loved ones, while at the same time ensuring your wishes are carried out as you would like. Lindy will provide practical suggestions for how to have the "Talk" with your family, to express your wishes and plans. She will explain what’s involved with pre-planning for a traditional burial or cremation, including how you can protect your family financially by paying ahead, and how the process works. She will also provide creative suggestions for how family members can honor the life of the person who has passed, as well as move through the grief and healing process. Pre-planning is the greatest gift we can give our family. For more info or to RSVP, please contact Lindy at (928) 772-7475.
"THE FUTURE OF MEDICARE IN YAVAPAI COUNTY" is a free Senior Connection presentation to occur Thursday, September 5 from NOON-1pm at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane in Prescott. Ryan Steinert, Your Medicare Helper, will explain important changes affecting Medicare in 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 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 Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747. For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html
"UNDERSTANDING ALZHEIMER’S AND RELATED DEMENTIA" is a free presentation to occur September 5 at 5:30pm in Prescott Valley. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more. Location is the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E Civic Circle. For more info or to rsvp contact Pat Alberty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 771-9257.
CELEBRATE LIFE! HEALTH EXPO, sponsored by Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC), will occur Friday September 6 & Saturday September 7 from 9am-3pm each day at the Findley Toyota Center, 3201 N Main Street in Prescott Valley. YRMC invites you to explore the world’s only inflatable, larger-than-life exhibits of the human body. There will be more than 100 health, wellness and fun activities. Learn about biking, hiking and other healthy lifestyles, health nutrition tips, CPR basics, first aid tips, fitness routines for kids, self-defense and chair yoga demonstrations, face painters, giveaways and drawings for prizes. For details visit YRMCHealthConnect.org/Celebrate-Life-Health-Expo.
PEOPLE WHO CARE invites the public to participate in their Golf Tournament fundraiser on September 8 at the Stone Ridge Golf Course in Prescott Valley. Shot Gun Start begins at 9am. Cost is $100 per player, which includes lunch, hole-in-one prizes, 50-50 raffle, $5 Mulligans, and drawings for prizes. People Who Care is a grassroots organization that was incorporated in 1992 as a 501(c)(3) not for profit community benefit organization. Volunteers help adults physically unable to drive to continue living in their homes, by providing essential transportation and other non-medical assistance. All proceeds from the fundraiser will support the mission of People Who Care in the quad-city area. For more info or to register, contact Cheryl at email@example.com
"TAX TIPS FOR ARIZONA NEWCOMERS" is a class to be taught by Will Hepburn, Hepburn Capital Management, on Monday, September 9 from 2-4pm at Yavapai College in Prescott. Discover valuable tax savings from details about Arizona taxation that may differ from States in which you have lived in the past. Tax deductions, tax credits, investment issues and estate planning considerations unique to Arizona will all be discussed. Call the college at (928) 717-7755 to register for class #FA19-041. Tuition is $45.
FALLPROOF is an evidence based balance and mobility program, proven to reduce fall risk in older adults. An 8-Week session (16 classes) will begin September 10 in Prescott, with classes occurring Tuesdays and Fridays from 11am-noon. The program will be taught by a Certified Master Fallproof instructor with 25 years experience as a physical therapist assistant. Classes will be held at Home Care Assistance, 377 N. Montezuma St, Suite 110, Prescott. Cost is $75 for the 8-week session of 16 classes, and includes 1:1 pre and post class balance testing. Pre-registration is required, as well as a Doctor’s Release. For more information call Karen Russell at 928-771-0105.
"10 WARNING SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE" is a free presentation to occur September 10 from 12:30-1:30pm in Chino Valley. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Learn about 10 common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others. Learn about typical age-related changes, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process. Location: Chino Valley Public Library, 1020 W. Palomino Road. For more info or to rsvp contact Pat Alberty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 771-9257.
"ESTATE PLANNING - WHAT IS IT AND HOW TO DO IT?" is a free Senior Connection presentation to occur Thursday, September 12 from NOON-1pm at Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E. Long Look Drive. Estate planning is the process of deciding what happens to your money and other assets when you die. Presenter Chuck Walker, Walker Estate Attorneys, will explain how developing an estate plan gives you control over your assets during your life and after your death. With a smart estate plan, many people are able to provide a financial foundation not just for their children, but for generations to come. Chuck will discuss property law, including community property and rights of survivorship, what is excluded from probate, the state laws that apply to trusts & wills and why certain assets should not be owned by or be the beneficiary of your trust, what happens if you become disabled and when you die, and Estate Death and Inheritance Taxes. (Directions: From Hwy 69, go north on Glassford Hill, right on Long Look.) RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747. For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION ANNUAL "WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S" will occur in Prescott September 14 and Sedona November 2. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association "Walk to End Alzheimer’s" is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Funds raised locally will support our local Desert Southwest Chapter. If you would like to participate as a walker, donor or volunteer, visit www.PrescottAlzheimersWalk.org or call (928) 771-9257. Or come to the Walk site to show your support on the day of the Walk. I (Debbie) am participating as a walker in Prescott, and would be honored if you would make a donation on my behalf. To make a donation by credit card: Go to www.prescottalzheimerswalk.org and click on "Donate." Where it says "Donate to a Walker," enter Debbie Stewart and click on "Search." Next to my name, click on "Donate." Provide the requested information and click on "Process my Donation." To pay by check: Make a check payable to "Alzheimer’s Association" and mail it to Debbie Stewart, P.O. Box 11929, Prescott AZ 86304. Together, we can end this devastating disease!
"THE ART OF DOWNSIZING" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, September 19 from NOON-1pm at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott. Whether you’re preparing to move or simply want to cut down on clutter to effectively age in place, the thought of downsizing can be overwhelming. Faun Duns, owner of Caring Transitions of Northern Arizona, will share important considerations, explain how to get started, how to decide what to keep and what to leave behind (donate, sell, gift), how to continue making progress, and she will provide resources that are available to help you. (Directions: From Whipple, go north on Ruth St, towards Prescott High School, right on Scott Dr, right at stop sign.) RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747. For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit www.seniorconnection.us/SpeakersBureau.htm
"YOU’RE TOO SENSITIVE!" At Last! A Class for those who have always been told "You’re too sensitive!" The Senior Peer Program of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic will offer a 3-session class on Fridays, beginning September 20 in Prescott. Did you know that 15-20% of the population has a personality trait known as Sensory Processing Sensitivity and much research has been done to understand it? The results are fascinating. If you’ve often felt "different" because you feel your emotions deeply, think and process things thoroughly, notice details and subtleties easily, and are highly empathetic towards others, you may be the approximately one in five men or women in our population who have a highly tuned nervous system that characterizes this trait. Come and learn what a gift you have and meet other seniors who have it too. Helpful strategies will be shared, to help you flourish and thrive in what may sometimes feel like a less than sensitive world. Class dates will be Fridays, September 20 & 27 and October 4 from 9:30-11:00am in Prescott. Class is free but advance registration is required. For more info or to register, please call (928) 445-5211 ext 2601.
ROLLING STONES CONCERT TICKETS – Prescott Meals on Wheels is holding a fundraiser Raffle for 2 tickets to the Rolling Stones Concert to occur Monday, August 26 at 8pm at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale AZ. Includes a one night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Clarendon Boutique Hotel near downtown Phoenix, and a $100 VISA card. Raffle tickets are $25 each, 3 for $60 or 6 for $100. Must be purchased by 3pm August 23. Winner will be selected by 4pm and notified by phone. To buy tickets visit prescottmealsonwheels.com or call (928) 445-7360 x 605.
FALL PREVENTION AWARENESS DAY informational event will occur Thursday, September 26 from 11am-1pm. in Prescott. Hosted by the Area Agency on Aging/NACOG and Yavapai County Health Services, the location will be Prescott Meals on Wheels, 1280 E Rosser Street. Lunch will be available for a suggested donation of $5 for those over age 60 and $6 for those under 60). For more info contact Beth Brehio at email@example.com or (928) 460-5571.
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES is a free presentation to occur September 26 at 11:30am in Prescott Valley. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. Explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Location is Del E. Webb Outpatient Center, 3262 N. Windsong Dr. For more info or to rsvp contact Pat Alberty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 771-9257.
"STROKE PREVENTION & RECOVERY - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW" is a free Senior Connection presentation to occur Thursday, September 26 from NOON-1 p.m. at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive in Prescott. If someone is having a stroke, it’s important to act FAST! Presenter Erin Aafedt, Speech-Language Pathologist with Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, will explain the major causes of strokes, the signs and symptoms, how best to prevent them, the importance of seeking medical help quickly when symptoms occur, and what to expect during the recovery process. (Directions: From Whipple, go north on Ruth St, towards Prescott High School, right on Scott Dr, left at stop sign.) RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747. For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html
HOPE FEST RESOURCE FAIR will occur Saturday, September 28 from 10am-4pm at the Courthouse Plaza in Prescott. The event is dedicated to serve Veterans, Active Military, First Responders and the vulnerable of Yavapai County. There will be informational booths, main stage presentations, free Family Fun Zone, car and motorcycle show. For complete schedule visit HopeFestAZ.com or call (928)387-HOPE (4673).
"THE SECRETS TO MAINTAINING OPTIMAL ORAL HEALTH" is a free presentation to occur Tuesday, October 1 from 2-3pm at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott. Presenter Dr. Rick Farnsworth, DDS with Dr Jason Campbell, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, will explain preventive methods to avoid losing teeth and the options for replacing them when necessary (focus on implants) to empower you to determine which options are right for you. Dr. Farnsworth will also talk about treatment considerations, and new innovations in general and implant dentistry. For more info or to RSVP, call (928) 776-1208.
SENIOR PEER PROGRAM of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic
seeks Senior men and women to become Senior Peers. If you are 60+ and
want more out of life and would like to help a fellow senior, please
consider becoming a volunteer Senior Peer. Duties can include providing
a weekly visit to a homebound senior, leading a support group, teaching
a class in your expertise area for seniors, and more. There are
immediate opportunities for Prescott Valley and Chino Valley volunteers.
All groups take place in Prescott and are free of charge to the
participants. For more info visit www.seniorpeerprogram.org or call
(928) 445-5211 ext 2601.
SENIOR CONNECTION’S "SENIOR & CAREGIVERS CONFERENCE & EXPO" will occur Friday, October 11 from 10am-3pm. Representatives from approximately 60 companies that provide services and products for Seniors and Family Caregivers will have information booths. These are the companies that make it possible for us to bring FREE resources to you throughout the year, via the Senior Connection. Also, attend presentations by local gurus throughout the day. Come as your schedule allows. No charge to attend. RSVPs are not necessary. Location: Liberty Traditional School, 3300 N Lake Valley Road in Prescott Valley. Please note the date and tell your friends! An event flier with the schedule of presentations is available at http://www.seniorconnection.us/Expo_Brochure.pdf
"Are Soda, Coffee, and Other Favorite Beverages Causing my Teeth to Decay?
First, let's discuss how acid causes tooth decay. While gum conditions and force distribution problems like grinding and clenching contribute to dental demise, acid is the only real cause of tooth decay. When the PH level, or the measure of acidity and alkalinity in our mouths, drops below 6.5, the minerals that form the softer second tooth layer called dentin start to dissolve. When the PH drops below 5.5, the tooth enamel starts to dissolve. Have you ever sucked on a lemon? If you have, you know how rough your teeth feel right after. Over time, if PH levels are abnormal, teeth become depleted of minerals, and individuals are left with deteriorating layers and cavities!
So back to the original question: Do soda, coffee, tea, wine, juice, and my other favorite beverages cause tooth decay? The answer is Yes! We all know that eating sugary foods isn’t good for us, yet it is difficult to avoid since it is found in so many of the foods and beverages we love. Some sugars are natural like those found in fruit. Some are manufactured sugars, like those found in a candy bar or caramel macchiato. Sorry, folks, but the beverages we consume really are the bad guys, and for one specific reason: The acidity of the drinks! Sipping the drinks over long periods of time is also concerning, because the longer teeth are exposed, the more likely they are to be compromised by the acids. It’s also inevitable that the bacteria in our mouths consume the sugar from the products we consume and convert it to enamel eating acid!
Is it inevitable that my teeth will decay if I keep consuming these products? I am not suggesting that you never drink your favorite beverages again, however, there are some small and simple changes you can make to avoid harming your teeth when you drink them. Try not to sip the beverage for too long. By reducing the amount of time your teeth are exposed, you are lessening exposure to the acid. I usually recommend limiting your time exposure to under 10 to 15 minutes. Try to drink the beverages less often. Stick to water, non-sugary drinks, or find sugar free items sweetened with Xylitol when possible. Rinse your mouth with a simple baking soda rinse (a little baking soda in water) no more than ten minutes after drinking the beverage. Do not swallow the mixture, spit it in the sink. If no baking soda rinse is available, at the very least rinse your mouth out with water after finishing your drink. Maintain regular examinations and cleanings every six months with your dentist to ensure your teeth are healthy and strong. By making these small changes to your daily drinking patterns, you can be on your way to protecting your teeth from the damaging effects of acid!
Dr Rick Farnsworth with Pro Solutions Dental Group will be giving a presentation "The Secrets to Maintaining Optimal Oral Health" on Tuesday, October 1 from 2-3pm at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott. Please see the notice above, in the Meetings Section.
SUPPORT GROUPS - CLASSES – INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE
To be sure the time, date and/or location has not changed, it’s always best to call the contact person before attending any of the following meetings.
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 GROUPmeets 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 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) 771-9257.
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.
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 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 in Prescott. Call Connie if you are interested in participating in a similar group in Prescott Valley. Participation is free, but registration is required. 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. 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
CHAIR YOGA occurs every second Wednesday from 2:30-3:30pm at New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center (NHDEC), 9400 East Valley Rd, Prescott Valley. Chair Yoga can lessen the impact of chronic illnesses and pain while reducing stress and improving mental clarity. Class is free. For more info contact Joan Baum, Director of Program Services at email@example.com or 772-1266 ext113 or visit their website www.nhdec.org. Please note: NHDEC is a Fragrance-Free Facility.
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 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.
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 www.nhdec.org
or call 772-1266 ext 0.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 www.newhorizonsilc.org
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 email@example.com 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:
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 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.
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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