|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
Sharing my Gratitude as Thanksgiving Approaches
I'm grateful for the support I receive from those of you being helped via the Senior Connection. And I'm grateful to our Senior Connection Member companies, as they make it possible for us to provide all of our resources to the community, for free.
During this time of physical distancing, we continue to provide opportunities for you and your family to find the help you need. Please take advantage of the Senior Connection’s Expo Experience, where you can "meet" and watch videos of our Member agencies, and print out their Business Cards and Brochures.
Please visit our unique Expo website at your
convenience, whenever and as often as you like. It’s easy, fun, and
FREE! You don’t need to register. There’s no log-in required. You
can access the website directly at www.SeniorConnectionExpo.us/V-Expo
Or, you can get there from the Senior Connection Home Page at www.SeniorConnection.us
and click on the "Senior Connection Virtual Expo Fall 2020"
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:
"Grampa Used to Say..."
"Hydration, Moderation, and
Click here to find all of our Articles: http://www.SeniorConnection.us/Articles.htm
Please let me know if you find the articles useful and what other topics you’d like to see.
MEETINGS - EVENTS -
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.
"SENIOR & CAREGIVERS CONFERENCE &
EXPO" is occurring now and for the coming weeks via a special
Expo website. If you haven’t already "visited" the booths of
our Senior Connection Members, please be sure to do so! And please tell
your friends and loved ones. The event also includes five 20-45-minute
Educational Presentations by Senior Connection Member gurus, on topics
of concern to Seniors & Caregivers. Topics are: "Maintaining
Compassion for Loved Ones During Difficult Times" by Pamela Cregger,
Home Care Assistance; "Sensory Stimulation: The Subtle Clues to
Developing Memory Loss" by Sam Downing, MD – YRMC Geriatrics;
"Defending Against Viral Attack" by Wayne Bennett, DC -
Bennett Clinic; "How Our Nervous System Affects Our Ability to
Cope" by Susan Drysdale, PhD;"IRA Trusts & the new Secure
Act - Retirement Planning" by Chip McLaughlin - Law Offices of
Chester McLaughlin, P.C. You can access the website directly at www.SeniorConnectionExpo.us/V-Expo
Or, you can get there from the Senior Connection Home Page at: www.SeniorConnection.us
and click on the "Senior Connection Virtual Expo Fall 2020"
link. Visit at your convenience, as often as you like. You don’t need
to register or log-in, no special app needed. Here’s a link to the
Expo flier. Please share it with your friends and loved ones
SENIOR PEER PROGRAM -VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR JOB OPENING -Would you like to make a positive impact on your community? The job consists of matching trained Peer Volunteers to socially isolated seniors in order to improve their lives. The ideal candidate will have experience working with groups of volunteers, and strong organizational skills. B.A. degree, DPS fingerprint clearance card, Seniors a plus. This is a paid position that includes benefits through West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, 32 hours per week. Apply WYGC.org Senior Peer Program - Volunteer Coordinator. For more info contact Connie Boston via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 445-5211 ext 2672. (Senior Connection Member)
"WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S" continues to accept donations through the end of the year. I (Debbie) participated as a Walker in Prescott and would be honored if you would make a donation on behalf of the Senior Connection. To do so, go to www.prescottalzheimerswalk.org and select "Donation." Enter my first and last name, i.e. Debbie Stewart and click "Search" and then click "Donate." To pay by check, click on "View Debbie Stewart - Senior Connection’s page" and then select the "Mail-In Donation" button and print out the Donation Form. If you have any difficulty finding the form, feel free to contact me or contact Lesley Jenkins at or email@example.com (Senior Connection Member.)
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION announces the potential for a new drug for early Alzheimer’s disease. The following information came from Harry Johns, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association. On November 6, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee is meeting to review clinical trial data for a new drug developed for treating cognitive and functional decline in early Alzheimer’s disease. Given the devastating toll of this disease and the publicly released research data, the Alzheimer’s Association has submitted a statement supporting approval to the FDA Advisory Committee, which will make its recommendation to the FDA. Whatever the final decision by the FDA, this is an important moment. We have never before been this close to approval of a drug for Alzheimer’s that could change the progression of the disease, not just the symptoms.
AARP ARIZONA continues to offer virtual events each week through Zoom, Facebook or another virtual platform. Topics include Found Sound Rhythm Hour (inproptu jam session); Back to Basics (how to eat healthy, sleep appropriately and move our bodies to stay healthy); One Day University Lectures that include psychology, history, science, music, movies and more; Zoom with the Flutes; Movies for Grownups films. For more information or to be added to AARP’s notification list, contact Shawn Trobia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (928) 273-7601. (Senior Connection Member)
"THE DEMENTIA DILEMMA – WHY DIAGNOSIS IS SUCH A CHALLENGE" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, November 5 at noon via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Dr Sam Downing discusses the types of dementia, signs and symptoms, normal versus abnormal aging of the brain, and 10 "early warning" signs. A hand-out will be available. It’s super simple to watch the presentation. There’s no need to register or log in, no app and no password is required. Go to www.SeniorConnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. After its initial airdate, the presentation will remain available to view "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) indefinitely. To watch the presentation, go to SeniorConnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.
FINANCIAL PLANNING PODCASTS are offered by Kathleen Nemetz, Certified Financial Planner, Wealth Advisor and Partner with Stratos Wealth Partners in Prescott. "Terms and Concepts, Wills, Trusts & Aging Parents" is a panel discussion about terms and concepts adult children need to know, when working with their parents on estate plans. "Wills, Trusts and Aging parents, Protecting Independence While Keeping Parents and Assets Safe" provides a rundown on what adult children need to know about their parents' estate plans, before crises occur. Panel discussion includes focus on problems that can arise as aged parent transition from independence to dependency, and navigate problems with elder financial abuse. For more information about these or Kathleen’s other podcasts, visit www.womenonmoney.podbean.com or for more information about Kathleen visit www.life-as-planned.com or contact her via email at email@example.com or call her at (928) 460-5522. (Senior Connection Member)
VETERAN’S INFO EXPO will occur November 9 from 10am-2pm at CASA (Central Arizona Seniors Association) in Prescott Valley. This event is designed specifically for Veterans, Active Duty Military and their spouses. A variety of agencies will provide information on education, jobs, housing, transportation, health/medical/wellness, and mobility aids. A free brownbag lunch will be available any time between 10am-2pm. Location is 9360 Manzanita Cr, Prescott Valley. Info: (928) 772-3337. (Senior Connection Member)
FIVE MONEY QUESTIONS FOR WOMEN" is a free Web Conference to occur on Tuesday, November 10 from 4-5pm via Zoom. Take Control of Your Financial Future - Master Five Money Questions for Women. Women face unique financial circumstances. A strong financial strategy is vital. Ensure your financial strategy fits your lifestyle and needs. Join Edward Jones for their presentation on Five Money Questions for Women and learn about these challenges and strategies to address them. Seating is limited. Call Joe Allen in Prescott Valley at (928) 445-2226 to reserve space for yourself and a guest at this event. (Senior Connection Member)
"LIVING WITH LOSS & THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, November 12 at noon via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Adam Bissell, Good Samaritan Hospice provides a compassionate overview of loss. His presentation covers the stages of grief including fear, anger and sadness, what to expect during the mourning process, as well as healthy coping mechanisms and the importance of self-care. He also explains how children and teens typically process grief, and how best to help them. Two hand-outs will be available. It’s super simple to watch the presentation. There’s no need to register or log in, no app and no password is required. Go to www.SeniorConnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. After its initial airdate, the presentation will remain available to view "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) indefinitely. To watch the presentation, go to SeniorConnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.
SENIOR CONNECTION SPEAKERS BUREAU PRESENTATIONS These educational talks are given by Senior Connection Members on topics of interest to seniors and caregivers. We’ve been videotaping these every week since mid-March of this year. You can find the current "Featured Video" as well as previous talks via our website. Go there directly via www.teleconnection.seniorconnection.us Or, you can get there form the Senior Connection Home Page at www.SeniorConnection.us and click on the "Speakers Bureau Teleconnection Streaming" link. Presentations are featured for a week and then remain available as a previous talk thereafter. Many include hand-outs that you can print out.
FESTIVAL OF TREES will occur in the Prescott area
November 13-22. Presented by Kind Defined, a local nonprofit agency that
is near and dear to my heart. The agency was established with a single
purpose - to make this world a better place, one act of kindness at a
time. They are holding their annual Festival of Trees fundrasier
from November 13-22, with a goal of raising $25,000. A live "Tour
of Trees" will be available at local businesses in Prescott and
Prescott Valley. Or, you can visit all of the trees from the comfort and
safety of your couch. Vote for your favorite tree(s) by making a
donation. There will also be an Auction, with items donated by local
businesses including those that are participating in the Festival. Kind
Defined will have a tree at Findlay Prescott Subaru, which is one of the
event sponsors. You can take an ornament done by a local artist or child
and make a donation. For info visit www.KindDefined.org/trees or call
(928) 582-1012 in Prescott.
THE GLASS MENAGERIE is a special presentation offered to the community for free by Kind Defined, to occur on November 18 from 10-11:30a.m. Enjoy holiday classics by Frank Sinatra. This event will be live streamed so you can enjoy it from your location. Grab a partner or dance up a storm by yourself. For information visit www.KindDefined.org or call (928) 582-1012.
PEOPLE WHO CARE will hold a Volunteer Informational Meeting on November 18 from 1:30-3:30 pm at their Prescott office. People Who Care is a community-based nonprofit with programs in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey and Chino Valley. Volunteers provide 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 homes and remain independent as long as safely possible. The majority of those helped live alone. For more info, call (928) 445-2480.
"WHEN EVERY SECOND COUNTS – COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR LOVED ONE" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, November 19 at noon via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Leigh Downing, PCS, Pastoral Care Specialist and Palliative Care Chaplain provides practical tips to bring you closer to your loved ones at any time during their life, but particularly as they near the end of their life. Two hand-outs will be available. It’s super simple to watch the presentation. There’s no need to register or log in, no app and no password is required. Go to www.SeniorConnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. After its initial airdate, the presentation will remain available to view "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) indefinitely. To watch the presentation, go to SeniorConnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.
"TIME MATTERS: A WOMEN'S RETIREMENT OUTLOOK" is a free Web Conference to occur on Thursday, November 19 from 4-5pm via Zoom. How Do You Feel about "Retirement"? Are You Ready? Worried? Eager? Just reading the word "retirement" may raise a mix of emotional responses for you – both excitement and anxiety. Time Matters: A Women’s Retirement Outlook is specifically tailored for women who are getting ready for or have recently transitioned to retirement. To be discussed during this special program are retirement income strategies, including perspectives around Social Security and making your retirement savings last; Address how to prepare for the unexpected, including market risks and the impact of rising costs. Seating is limited. Call Joe Allen in Prescott Valley at (928) 445-2226 to reserve space for yourself and a guest at this event. (Senior Connection Member)
BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR® This
annual program spreads holiday cheer to lonely or
financially-challenged seniors. Home Instead Senior Care partners with
local non-profit organizations to identify seniors in need. In past
years, Christmas trees containing tags with each the senior’s gift
requests were typically placed in local businesses the week after
Thanksgiving. The community was then invited to take a tag and purchase
the requested items, which are wrapped and delivered to the seniors.
This year is a little different! With COVID being a factor, Home
Instead has teamed up with Amazon and is providing "virtual"
ornaments with a link to an Amazon list for each senior that can then be
purchased on line and will be sent directly to Meals On Wheels of
Prescott to be wrapped and delivered. You can find these virtual
ornaments on the BeASantaToASenior.com website, just enter your local
zip code and you will see the lists for the seniors in your area. (Names
and wishes of local seniors are in the process of being added – please
check the website periodically over the coming weeks.) All orders
must be placed December 11. Since introducing the program, Home Instead
Senior Care has helped provide more than 2 million gifts to needy and
isolated seniors nationwide. Home Instead appreciates the community’s
willingness to help and bless someone this year by providing them with
necessities and some "stocking stuffers." If you have any
questions regarding how to participate or help, contact Home Instead
Senior Care of Northern Arizona in Prescott at (928) 708-9960. (Senior
Indoor Activities to Combat the Risks of Social Distancing
With the novel coronavirus COVID-19 dominating the news, it’s hard to think about anything else sometimes, especially if you are trying to stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Following these recommendations may help protect you from contracting the virus, but it could also have negative effects on your mental and physical health.
Seniors who are forced to stay inside for their protection may feel lonely and isolated when they spend countless hours at home, rather than enjoying time with friends and family, shopping, or dining out. For many seniors, social distancing can cause excessive stress and feelings of isolation, which can have serious health implications.
Social Distancing Can Cause Stress
Stress caused by social isolation can manifest as:
Activities to Engage Your Mind and Body
Stay Connected with Technology
Stimulate Your Mind
This virus has created a new way of life for our society, at least for now. While no one knows how long this pandemic will last, you can learn to adapt to the new precautions and social distancing recommendations in a way that will allow you to maintain your physical and mental health.
If you are feeling overwhelmed from social isolation, you may want to talk with a close friend or family member or even seek additional help if necessary.
"Grampa Used to Say..."
Grampa always said not to worry about things that
you cannot control - the weather, taxes, stock market.
Keep Safe & Sane,
Hydration, Moderation, and Celebration:
What marks the advent of the holiday season for you? Does it start when you see the first decorations, or after the first frost? The holiday season begins at different times for different people, but we can all agree that when it does, maintaining the healthy habits we’ve developed over the course of the year can be challenging. Here are some ways to stay healthy during the holiday season:
Hydration is key! Keeping track of your fluid intake during the holiday season can help on many different levels and can even boost your immune system, which is even more important during cold and flu season. A glass of water before a meal will help you feel full so you can approach your portions more mindfully. Look for drinks that are low in calories, such as unsweetened tea or seltzer. At a time when treats seem to be everywhere, it is good to refrain from drinking your calories, as they can quickly sneak up on you.
It can be tempting to skip lunch when you know you have a delicious dinner on the way (stuffing, anyone?). But skipping meals can backfire and cause overeating, which can make you feel sluggish. Instead, stick to your regular meal schedule as much as you can but adjust portion sizes. Your body will thank you for staying on a regular schedule, and you’ll still be able to enjoy those mashed potatoes. Some snacks to consider are string cheese, fruit, or a rice cake with peanut butter. These snacks can curb your appetite and help you enjoy holiday spreads in moderation.
Be the health you want to see in the world. This might mean baking a healthy version of your favorite dessert for you and your friends to enjoy, or suggesting a post-dinner walk around your neighborhood.
The holiday season is all about connecting with family and friends. Coordinate workouts with a pal to have some extra accountability. Even if you don’t live next to each other, you can still update your pal on your fitness progress, or even share a phone call during a walk.
It may not sound like much, but even just a 10-minute walk can have a tremendous effect on your day. Movement gets endorphins flowing, which can leave you better prepared to handle the stress of the season and less likely to engage in behaviors such as overeating.
The holiday season can be a healthful and happy time with a little bit of preparation and motivation. Hopefully, these tips help you strike the right balance and leave you feeling ready for the holidays—and maybe a slice of pumpkin pie!
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 email@example.com 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
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:
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 – 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 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 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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