|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
I’m pleased to announce we’ll be holding our Senior
Connection "Senior & Caregivers Conference & Expo" as
a web-based virtual event, beginning Friday, October 16 at 10am.
We have created a special Senior Connection Expo website that has the look and feel of our regular Expos. There will be a booth for each company with a link to a 30-Second Introductory video where they’ll tell you who they are (so you’ll be able to put their smiling face with their company name). And there will be another link to their 5-Minute video where they’ll explain what products and services they offer. A Handout Button under each video will allow you to view and print out their Business Card and Brochure.
You can also go to the "Stage," where you’ll
find links to five 45-minute Educational Presentations by Senior
Connection experts, on topics of concern to Seniors & Caregivers.
And please be sure to visit the Senior Connection’s
booth. I look forward to you "seeing" me there.
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:
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.
"TRAIN YOUR BRAIN – HOW TO KEEP YOUR BRAIN HEALTHY" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation, available September 3rd as the Featured Video of the Week via the Senior Connection website. Denice Dunker, Community Relations Manager at Glassford Place Assisted Living, explains what you can do to keep your brain healthy, both now and in the future. She provides tips about exercise, diet, mental stimulation and social activity, and also discusses typical age-related changes versus the signs of dementia. The outline of her talk is available as a handout. 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. The presentation will remain 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
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION, Desert Southwest Chapter offers free, educational classes via their website. September’s schedule: "10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's" Sept 4 (10-11am), Sept 16 (2-3pm) & Sept 21 (1-2pm); "Dementia Conversations" Sept 10 (3-4pm); "Understanding Alzheimers & Dementia" Sept 15 (10-11am); "Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research" Sept 18 (3-4pm) & Sept 22 (11:00am-noon); "Living with Alzheimers: Late Stage Part 1" Sept 21 (5:30-8pm); Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors" Sept 24 (2-3pm); "Effective Communication Strategies" Sept 28 (12-1pm). All classes are free. To learn about additional classes visit www.alz.org and select Events, then scroll down and select Educational Programs. For more info or to register for a class, call (800) 272-3900. For local assistance call Vicki Flores at (928) 771-9257 ext 9512. (Senior Connection Member)
"WHEN IS IT TIME TO MOVE? THE INSIGHTS & JOURNEY OF AGING WELL" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, September 10 via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Presenter Bonnie Shimko, Arizona Care Management, will discuss the joys and challenges of aging. We can maximize our quality of life and independence throughout our golden years, by taking a proactive approach. Bonnie will help us navigate the often turbulent waters of aging by providing an overview of the factors that need to be taken into consideration and planned for, if we wish to maintain control of our choices and our lives as we age. This includes options for health care, in-home care, living arrangements and staying connected with others. 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 air date, the presentation will remain 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.
ADDITIONAL SENIOR CONNECTION SPEAKERS BUREAU TOPICS become available every Thursday at noon. 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 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. Once a presentation is uploaded to the website, it remains 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.
INVESTING COFFEE CLUB will next occur on Tuesday, September 15 from 9:30-10:30am in Prescott, with a live phone-in option available. This free monthly meeting is an informal gathering, discussing current events, the economy and investing in a relaxed, informal setting. Hosted by Joe Allen, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, these meetings occur the third Tuesday of each month at Third Shot Coffee (at the Prescott Gateway Mall next to Pier 1). Includes a cup of coffee, courtesy of Joe. There is also a toll-free phone number for those who prefer to listen-in from the comfort of their home. Phone participants should call 1-866-528-2256 (toll free) and enter meeting ID number 4821089# a few minutes prior to the starting time. For more information, contact Joe at (928) 445-2226 or email 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. For information about Joe's upcoming events, visit www.edwardjones.com/joseph-allen (Senior Connection Member.)
FALLS PREVENTION PANEL DISCUSSION will occur Thursday, September 24 from 10-11:30am via webinar. Join the Northern Chapter of the Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition in a special presentation for Falls Prevention Awareness Month. Panelists will discuss falls, which are the number one cause of preventable injuries among adults 65 and older. Topics will include risk factors, statistics, prevention methods and tools, and community resources. The moderator will be Dr Babak Nayeri, Director of the Healthy Aging Program, AZ Dept of Health Services. For more information, call Rachel at (928) 442-5372. To participate, visit https://aarp.cvent.com/FallsPrevNAZ or call toll free (877) 926-8300.
YAVAPAI HUMANE SOCIETY has extended their
"Matching Gift Challenge" fundraiser through the end of
September. Any donation you send and earmark for the Challenge will be
matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor. YHS also wants you to
know about their Equine Center, located in Chino Valley. The Center
takes in equines and sometimes other livestock needing to be rescued,
and makes sure there's a place that they are cared for and put up for
adoption to loving homes too. You can make your tax-deductible donation
via their website at www.yavapaihumane.org/donate or
make a check payable toYavapai Humane Society and mail it to 1625 Sundog
Ranch Rd, Prescott AZ 86301. Donations for the Matching Gift Challenge
must be received by September 30. For more information, call
(928) 445-2666. (Senior Connection
"WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S" annual nationwide fundraiser will occur October 3 in Prescott, and October 24 in Sedona. Due to the virus, participants are encouraged to walk in small groups at the location of their choice. There will be a virtual kick-off event on line. Registration is underway for individuals and teams of Walkers, and donations can be made any time prior to the Walk. I (Debbie) will be participating 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 at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us. For more information about the local walks or those in other locations, visit www.alz.org and select Find Your Walk or contact Lesley Jenkins at or firstname.lastname@example.org (Senior Connection Member.)
SUSAN DRYSDALE, PhD is a local psychotherapist who specializes in Senior Issues including anxiety, loss and grief. Susan can help you sort through your feelings and give you tools to help you cope. She is currently available through Zoom, Skype and by phone, to make sure her clients are getting the help they need. She works on a Sliding Scale to be sure that anyone who wants her help can get it. You can visit Susan’s website at www.DrSusanDrysdale.com or contact her by email at email@example.com or call her in Prescott at (631) 681-6717. Susan has given several Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentations lately, including "Anxiety & the Coronavirus: Getting Through These Tough Times" (4/23/2020) and "How Our Nervous System Affects Our Ability to Cope" (8/27/2020). Both presentations include handouts. To watch either of her presentations, go to www.seniorconnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming where you will find prior presentations including Susan’s. (Senior Connection Member)
LAS FUENTES RESORT VILLAGE has masks available for the community. The "mask-a teers" at Las Fuentes in Prescott have been busy making a variety of colorful masks, which are available to purchase. They are $2 each or 6 for $10, to cover the cost. If you’d like to buy one or more, please call Liz Schmidt, Sales Director at (928) 445-9300. She will arrange to meet you weekdays between 10am-3pm under the breezeway outside the front entrance of the building (or, pending the weather, in her office which is located just inside the front entrance). You’ll need to wear a mask upon arrival. Cash only please, no checks or credit cards. (Senior Connection Member)
SOLARIS HOSPICE – They’ve moved to a new location at 3173 N Windsong Dr, Prescott Valley 86314. Phone number remains (928) 277-8641. (Senior Connection Member)
AARP TELE-TOWN-HALLS occur weekly each Thursday at 10am, at which time you can get updates and ask your pandemic related questions. To participate, call (855) 274-9507. (Senior Connection Member)
GLASSFORD PLACE IN PRESCOTT VALLEY, an Enlivant Assisted Senior Living Community, has been recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute for the second year in a row with certification as a Great Place to Work. The Institute, an independent research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job including pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Once again, Enlivant employees ranked their workplace very high in the areas of respect, pride and camaraderie. Ninety percent of Enlivant employees agreed that their work has special meaning, not “just a job,” and 85 % feel their work makes a difference and have pride in their accomplishments. “We are truly honored to be recognized again as a Great Place to Work,” said Curtis Larsen Executive Director, at Glassford Place. “This recognition in 2020 in particular is a wonderful testimonial to our culture and commitment to taking care of the nation’s most vulnerable population during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our residents are loved and cared for by very dedicated people and we are grateful about the pride they have in working with Enlivant.” For more information about Glassford Place, visit www.enlivant.com/communities/arizona/glassford-place-prescott-valley or call Denice Dunker at (928) 772-3690. (Senior Connection Member)
PRESCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY offers a "Books by Mail" program for homebound residents living in zip codes 86301, 86303 or 86305. The library is able to mail large print books to residents who are otherwise unable to access library materials. The US Postal Service allows free postage for mailing large print library materials to those with visual impairment or physical limitations. For details, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (928) 777-1521. (Thank you Shawn Trobia with AARP for providing this information. AARP is a Senior Connection Member)
FAMILY CAREGIVER REIMBURSEMENT PLAN At the start of 2020, Arizona lawmakers launched the Family Caregiver Reimbursement Plan, with the goal of offering financial assistance to family caregivers so they can continue to support their loved ones as they age in place. The Plan compensates caregivers up to $1,000 for an array of housing improvements and assistive technologies, from ramps and grab bars to hearing aids and computer programs. For more information and eligibility requirements, call (888) 737-7494.
Here are Some Interesting Statistics
> 63% of people who do not buy life insurance think it will be too expensive and therefore do not bother getting a quote. The fact is that since people are living longer, life insurance has never been more affordable.
> Millenials and generation xers overestimate the cost of life insurance by 500%.
> Over 50% of the people who buy life insurance know that they do not have enough of it.
Top 5 Reasons People Buy Life Insurance
Additional Reasons to Consider Buying Life Insurance
You can borrow from the policy’s accumulated cash value at any time (no need to wait until age 59.5 like an IRA or 401k) and you can pay the loan back if you wish to do so – otherwise the amount of the outstanding loan will be deducted from the death benefit when it is paid out.
You can make a withdrawal from the policy’s accumulated cash value - not taxable until the withdrawal amount exceeds the policy’s cost basis (i.e. Total of premiums paid). No need to wait until age 59.5 to make a withdrawal.
Things To Do If You've Already Bought Life Insurance
"STEPPING INTO AUTUMN & BETTER BALANCE"
Why do people fall?
Risk factors often include:
> Fear or uncertainty following a previous fall
How can I reduce my risk?
Simple changes in your home can provide you with a greater sense of security, such as removing tripping hazards, spacing furniture and objects farther apart to allow for wider walking areas, and making an effort to be more aware of your surroundings. Equally as important is adjusting your fitness regimen to focus on increasing core strength, leg/hip strength, and training your vestibular system. Here are some moves to get started:
> Incorporate a chair in your workout so you can
practice getting up and down safely.
> Side leg raises: Using a counter or surface, stand upright with your feet together. Slowly raise one leg out to the side as high as you can before slowly bringing it back down to the floor. Do this ten times before switching to the other leg.
> Back leg raises: Using a similar technique as side raises, slowly push one leg out behind you before moving it back to the floor. Try to stand straight without leaning forward or backward. Do this ten times before switching to the other leg.
> Balance on one leg: Set up two chairs so you can
steady yourself between them if needed. Without touching them, stand on
one leg for as long as you can. Work to the point of creating a slight
wobble, so you know you’re taxing your system. If it’s easy, try
closing your eyes. Then switch to the other leg.
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 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 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
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.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
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:
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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