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.
Debbie Stewart

THE CAREGIVER CONNECTION      PO BOX 11929      PRESCOTT AZ 86304      (928) 778-3747 voice      Debbie@CaregiverConnection.us

July  2020
   

Don't Become a Victim of Local Scams Aimed at Seniors

I received a request from the Prescott Police Department (PPD) asking if I would help them warn you about the proliferation of scams that are currently targeting seniors in our local communities. These scams include phone calls that are supposedly from Social Security, local bank institutions, or "creditors," as well as a never-ending variety of emails that attempt to separate you from your money. Please read the article below, "Protect Yourself Against Scams," that was submitted by Leila Ranzi, Community Outreach for PPD. We are fortunate to have dedicated officers and staff in our local Police Departments who continually look out for our safety!

I also highly recommend watching the Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation "Fraud Watch – How to Outsmart a Crook" available via TeleConnection video streaming at our website. The presenter is Shawn Trobia of AARP and includes two printable hand-outs regarding common tactics used by con artists. To watch the video "on-demand," i.e. at your convenience, go to http://teleconnection.seniorconnection.us and click on the link to the Previous Presentation for "06-25-20 Shawn Trobia." There’s no need to log in, no app or password required.

Our Senior Connection Members continue their efforts and commitment to provide services and assistance to you during this challenging time. Please reach out to them if you have general questions or are in need of their products or services. They are listed on the right hand side of this newsletter. Please let them know you learned about them from the Senior Connection. It is our Members who make the Senior Connection possible.

Take good care of yourselves and please let me know if I can be of help to you.

Making the Connection,
Debbie

Senior Connection
P.O. Box 11929
Prescott AZ 86304
(928) 778-3747
www.SeniorConnection.us
Debbie@SeniorConnection.us


Informational Articles

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

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

This month’s Newsletter articles:

"Healthy Summer Beverages"
by Nick Brown, Touchmark at the Ranch

"Dementia & Communication - 10 Best Practices"
by Mike Direen, Adult Care Services

"10 Rules of the Road for Investing"
by Joe Allen, Edward Jones

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

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 -
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

PLEASE NOTE: All of our Senior Connection Members have been steadfast in their efforts to assist you during this challenging time, providing services in person, via phone or on line. Please reach out to them if you need information or assistance. They will be happy to help you, as well as answer questions about what they are doing to keep their clients and staff healthy and safe. You can find them listed on the right hand side of this newsletter.

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

"GETTING TO THE RIGHT PLACE - OVERVIEW OF SENIOR LIVING OPTIONS" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur through July 9 as the "Featured Video" via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Presenter Jazmin Enriquez, Community Relations Coordinator for Brookdale Senior Living in Prescott, provides an overview of senior living options and explains how to identify your needs. The process for finding the correct senior living solution includes finding a trusted partner, identifying your needs, understanding the life you want for yourself or your loved one, and exploring solutions that put that life within reach. Jazmin explains the process, the various levels of care, and senior living solutions. It’s super simple to watch the presentation. There’s no need to log in, no app and no password is required. Go to www.seniorconnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. This presentation is available to view "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience). For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.

"REGAINING SOLID FINANCIAL FOOTING AFTER THE LOSS OF A SPOUSE" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, July 9 at noon via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Presenter is Kathleen Nemetz, Certified Financial Planner & Partner with Stratos Wealth Partners in Prescott. Kathleen shares her wisdom and experience of how to stabilize finances and plan for the future after the difficult transition of losing a spouse. From identifying your core values and goals, to determining current and potential financial needs, she provides guidance and checklists for your immediate and long-term future. This includes maximizing Social Security benefits, budgets, investments, healthcare, living options, and the importance of seeking help and support. It’s super simple to watch the presentation. There’s no need to log in, no app and no password is required. Go to www.seniorconnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. Once this presentation is uploaded to the website, it will remain available to view "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) thereafter. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.usor call (928) 778-3747.

AARP FOUNDATION’S FREE TAX AIDE 7/3 Update - This service at the Prescott Gateway Mall is closed, due to the virus.  However, the AARP Foundation is offering Free Online Tax Prep Assistance as an alternative. Although Tax-Aide provides free tax preparation and filing services to all taxpayers, many of their clients are over 60. AARP FoundationTax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run free tax preparation service. The program is offered in conjunction with the IRS. Membership in AARP is not required. Volunteers are trained and IRS-certified every year to ensure they understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code. Visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) for more information.

AARP ANDRUS AWARD – AARP’s Arizona State Office is accepting nominations for the annual Andrus Award. Each AARP State Office will select a Volunteer in their state to be recognized with this prestigious award. Volunteers who contribute to any community organizations are eligible for the award, this recognition is not limited to AARP Volunteers. The deadline for nominations is July 15. For details or to nominate someone, go to the online nomination page at www.aarp.org/andrusaward. For more info, contact Shawn Trobia, Associate State Director – Community Outreach AARP Arizona via email at STrobia@aarp.org or by phone at (928) 273-7601.

AARP SMART DRIVER ONLINE COURSES continue to be available to the public, whereas in-person classes are canceled thru this year. As a courtesy, AARP is offering a 25% discount for online courses, valid through December 31. For more info and to access the course, visit the website at www.aarpdriversafety.org and for the 25% discount use the Promo Code: DRIVINGSKILLS

INVESTING COFFEE CLUB will host a special Thursday meeting on July 16 at 9:30am in Prescott (these meetings normally occur the third Tuesday of the month). This is an informal gathering, discussing current events and investing in a relaxed environment. Hosted by Joe Allen, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, these meetings occur at Third Shot Coffee (at the Prescott Gateway Mall next to Pier 1). Includes a cup of coffee, courtesy of Joe. Starting with this July coffee club meeting and going forward, Joe will also offer a virtual dial-in number for those who prefer to listen-in from the comfort of their own home. Virtual participants can call toll-free 1-866-528-2256 and enter the conference number 4821089# at the scheduled time. For more information, contact Joe at (928) 445-2226 or joseph.allen@edwardjones.com or stop by his office at 5672 E State Rt 69, Suite 135 in Prescott Valley (near the Hobby Lobby, below the Dollar Store).

"PET OWNERSHIP FOR SENIORS – TIPS FOR SUCCESS" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, July 16 at noon via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Loree Walden, Marketing Manager with the Yavapai Humane Society, explains the physical and emotional benefits pets provide seniors, as well as what you should consider before adopting a pet. She also gives an overview of the agency’s volunteer opportunities and various other programs, including their "Pet Guardianship" program, which ensures your pet will find a new loving home that meets your criteria after your passing. It’s super simple to watch the presentation. There’s no need to log in, no app and no password is required. Go to www.seniorconnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. Once this presentation is uploaded to the website, it will remain available to view "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) thereafter. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.

"DE-MYSTIFYING MEDICARE - CLEARING UP THE CONFUSION" is a free Senior Connection presentation to occur Thursday, July 23 at noon via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Presenter Lupe Aguilera, Brown & Brown Insurance, will answer the Top 10 questions about Medicare, and help you make sense of the many options available. She will explain who is eligible, the timeframe for applying and the various ways to do so, what is covered by Parts A, B, C & D and which are required vs optional as well as the costs involved, the difference between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans, Medigap Plans including F & G, and Drug Formularies. It’s super simple to watch the presentation. There’s no need to log in, no app and no password is required. Go to www.seniorconnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. Once this presentation is uploaded to the website, it will remain available to view "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) thereafter. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.

ADDITIONAL SENIOR CONNECTION SPEAKERS BUREAU TOPICS will become available each week. For a list of previous as well as upcoming topics, go to the Speakers Bureau page on my website at www.seniorconnection.us/CurrentPresentations.html It’s super simple to watch these presentations! There’s no need to log in, no app, and no password is required. Go to www.SeniorConnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. Once a presentation is uploaded to the website, it will remain available to view "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) thereafter. Many of the presenters provide hand-out materials or a copy of their presentation, which are available by clicking on the "Hand Out" button below their presentation. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.

SENIOR CONNECTION MEMBER NEWS

ALL WAYS CARING HOMECARE "As care needs and preferences are changing, ResCare HomeCare has a new name of All Ways Caring HomeCare. Our new name represents our commitment to helping people remain independent in their homes safely, comfortably and with dignity. We're always there when you need us - ready to provide care in all ways." For more information, visit AllWaysCaring.com or call (928) 717-9981 in Prescott Valley.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION - "The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way the Alzheimer’s Association delivers education programs and other offerings including support groups. The safety of our staff, volunteers and constituents continues to be our primary concern. Of particular concern is the vulnerable group of constituents we serve. The Association continues to follow Centers for Disease Control, state and local health department guidance. We continue to take all reasonable precautions to keep staff, volunteers and constituents safe. Our offices are still closed. And, until we feel it is safe to do so, we will continue to deliver all programs virtually. Due to the fragile nature of our constituents, no in-person programs or meetings/events are allowed or authorized, even if your community has re-opened. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we carefully examine options to safely deliver our programs." For information, contact Vicki Flores, Community Engagement Coordinator, Desert Southwest Chapter at (928) 771-9257 ext 9512 in Prescott.

BILL BINKEY, REVERSE MORTGAGE SPECIALIST is pleased to announce he is now affiliated with V.I.P. Mortgage, Inc. If you’d like to learn about the benefits of a Reverse Mortgage and find out whether it might be a good option for you, visit Bill’s website at www.isAreverseMortgage4me.com or contact him via email at billbinkey@aol.com or by phone at (928) 237-9599.

BROWN & BROWN INSURANCE in Prescott continues doing business via phone, email and snailmail, as well as drop-off/pick-up of documents in person at their office. If you will be turning 65 and have not yet signed up for Medicare, or if you would like to explore different plans than your current coverage, contact Lupe Aguilera at (928) 776-2708 or via email at laguilera@bbprescott.com to discuss your options. Brown & Brown can help you select the insurance plans that will best meet your needs.

EDWARD JONES "FINANCIAL FITNESS" video presentations are available for viewing on their website. In as little as six minutes, you and your family can access a collection of brief interactive modules that will help you build practical financial knowledge. For example: When your grandchildren are ready to open their first bank account with babysitting or birthday money, Financial Fitness 101 will teach them the fundamentals. For your new graduate, earning a paycheck will fuel independence. The Healthy Financial Habits module will help develop habits that will have a life-long effect on financial health and wellness. Realizing your dreams starts with smart investing. This module offers simple steps to begin Preparing for Your Future Sooner - from building emergency savings and 529 plans to 401(k) or IRAs. Homeownership is a core financial strength. This module offers your adult children practical guidance on the risk and benefits of homeownership. To your young adult children, retirement is a lifetime away. But this module will provide them with practical steps they can take today to strengthen their Financial Fitness on the Way to Retirement. One of the noblest things many of us find ourselves responsible for is Caregiving for Another's Financial Wellbeing. This module provides the peace of mind you need to know how to prevent or report elder financial abuse and take care of your loved one's financial affairs should the need arise. For more information, contact Joe Allen, Financial Advisor, at his Prescott office by phone at (928) 445-2226 or email joseph.allen@edwardjones.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).

GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPICE MARLEY HOUSE in Prescott provides compassionate care during a loved one’s end of life. Visitors are allowed, following appropriate health safety guidelines. For information about the Marley House and Good Samaritan’s other Hospice services, call (928) 778-5655 or visit https://www.good-sam.com/locations/marley-house/marley-house-hospice-services/marley-details

LAW OFFICES OF CHESTER B. McLAUGHLIN has re-opened to walk-in clients, but with strict and detailed policies to ensure social distancing, that masks are worn when there is extended interaction, that hands are washed before and after contact, and that tables and the air are disinfected. For information, visit their website at www.azelderlaw.com or call (928) 443-9934 in Prescott.

NORTHERN ARIZONA PAIN INSTITUTES "We have some exciting news to announce! First, we have added a couple of new providers to our team! Shawna Carbonniere and Shay Davis. Shawna is a Physician Assistant and she spent her first eight years in Rheumatology, diagnosing and treating rare diseases such as Osteoarthritis and Giant Cell Arteritis, respectively. Treating autoimmune diseases was quite complex but she welcomed the challenge. She has also spent some time in dermatology and in Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine, which has exposed her to and gained competence in a wide range of medical conditions. Shawna is a native to Phoenix and moved to Northern Arizona in 2019. She is a mother of twins and enjoys hobbies such as painting, sewing, and competing in triathlons.

Shay Davis is a Nurse Practitioner (NP). Shay worked as an RN for 10 years at an Orthopedic and Pain Management surgery center in Flagstaff, where five of those years were also spent as Clinical Manager overseeing all operations. Shay graduated with her Nurse Practitioner degree in early 2020. She is board certified by the ANCC and her area of focus is adult and geriatric care. She is passionate about helping her patients achieve their best life and is interested in numerous modalities to help alleviate their pain. Shay will begin working as an OR Coordinator and in the fall will move over to seeing patients as an NP provider.

Shawna will be located in Prescott and Shay will be at our Cottonwood clinic. If you’d like more information about our staff please check out our website at www.northernarizonapaininstitutes.com

Second, we have opened a new location in Cottonwood! The address is: 1 N Main, Cottonwood, AZ 86326. The phone number is: (928) 295-2800. We are accepting new patients and now offering medication management."

TOUCHMARK AT THE RANCH PRESCOTT welcomes Malena Peraza as their new Life Enrichment Director. You can reach Malena at (928) 632-7800. To learn more about Touchmar, visit www.TouchmarkPrescott.com

RESOURCES
Arizona Department of Health Services: www.azdhs.gov
Yavapai County Community Health Services: www.yavapai.us/CHS
(928) 442-5103, 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION Toll-free 24/7 HELPLINE (800) 272-3900. SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS are being conducted via Conference Call. If you'd like to participate in a local meeting, call their toll-free Helpline number (800) 272-3900 and tell them you’d like to participate in a "Support Group meeting telephone conference call," as well as which meeting (city, day and time). They'll provide you the meeting ID number. On the day of the meeting, call about 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting to get "signed in." Prescott meetings occur the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month at 10am, and Prescott Valley meetings occur every Monday at 10a.m. MESSAGE BOARD: This is a web based "Message Board" for caregivers, where you can read through past submissions (questions/answers), as well as pose questions of your own. Go to ALZConnected.org and select "Message Board for Caregivers" and then click on "Caregivers Forum."

"PCA SERVES" BASIC NECESSITIES GROCERY SHOPPING, PRESCRIPTION & MAIL PICK-UP, MEAL DELIVERY is being offered as a free community service by volunteers with the Prescott Arts Center, to vulnerable adults in the extended tri-city area. This is for people who are unable or would prefer not to leave their home, and cannot afford to otherwise pay for this type of service. The program is called "PCA Serves." For details, including a Services Request Form, visit PCA-AZ.net or call (928) 445-3286.

SPECTRUM HEALTHCARE (Senior Connection Member) – Provides whole Healthcare Services at several locations throughout Yavapai County, as well as Telehealth Services, Home Visits (Wearing Personal Protection Equipment), and they have a Psychiatrist and Therapists to assist their patients. They also have a Mobile Crisis Team that is available to those in the community at no charge, for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis who are unable to leave their home. For more information or to request help from the Mobile Crisis Team, call (928) 778-0330 in Prescott or (928) 634-2236 in the Verde Valley 24/7. Their website is www.spectrumhealthcare-group.org

WEST YAVAPAI GUIDANCE CLINIC (Senior Connection Member) If you are having an immediate behavioral or mental health crisis, the Guidance Clinic is available to help. Telehealth Specialists are available 24/7 to people of all ages. Telehealth and Virtual Intake can assist people via phone in the comfort of their own home. Or you can go to their Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) located at 8655 E Eastridge Drive in Prescott Valley. Community members can call the main number 928-445-5411 ext 3900 and that will take them to the CSU with 24/7 coverage. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 


"Healthy Summer Beverages"

The flavors of summertime are abundant and, at times, decadent, so it is essential to be mindful of your consumption. This is especially true when choosing your beverages, as many are packed with much more sugar than you may realize. Whatever your summer fitness goals - increasing stamina, maintaining or losing weight, building muscle, etc.- you’ll need to know just what’s actually inside your glass. The following tips can help you sip smarter all season long!

Water is your best friend. It’s crucial for everyone’s health to hydrate properly every day. The best way to do this is to drink at least eight cups of water per day and work on making it a firm habit. Once you do, you may find that you crave other beverages less often and feel fuller from your meals. Carry a refillable water bottle with you for easy sipping.

Pursue flavor creatively. Some people struggle with drinking lots of water because they miss flavor, but there are ways to strike a healthy balance. You can add a splash of 100% fruit juice or toss in some citrus wedges, fruit slices or berries, or even cucumber.

Watch out for added sugar. Many beverages you can buy are loaded with sugars, even if the logo and messaging seem to promote health. The only way to be sure about what you’re drinking is to read the nutrition label. You may be surprised at what you find. For example, a 16-ounce bottle of Snapple Peach Tea contains 40 grams of added sugar, which accounts for 79% of the recommended daily value. Yikes!

Sub soda for seltzer. Many of us are mildly addicted to their soothing sensation of carbonation, which is why soda drinks are so popular. Unfortunately, traditional pop varieties contain tons of sugar, and their diet counterparts introduce less-than-appealing chemical alternatives such as aspartame. Fortunately, carbonated seltzers and sparkling waters have surged in popularity in recent years and can be found nearly everywhere. There is a flavor for any taste, so try something new next time you get groceries!

Make it at home. It’s always easier to make healthier choices from the comfort of your own kitchen than taking your chances in a store or drive-through. If you’re making coffee, tea, lemonade, or punch at home, you can be confident in what you’ve added without fear of ending up with unpronounceable concoction of preservatives and chemicals. Plus, you can’t extract additives from pre-made beverages, but at home, you can start without sugar and add a little bit if needed after tasting.

Submitted by Nick Brown, certified fitness professional and trainer at Touchmark Health & Fitness Club in Prescott. For more fitness resources, contact Nick at 928-708-3133 or visit TouchmarkFitness.com/Prescott

 

 

 

 

"Dementia & Communication: 10 Best Practices"

When a spouse or family member is diagnosed with a form of dementia, many families find it more challenging to know how to best communicate and connect with their loved one. The following are ten best practices for creating positive interactions:

1. Never Argue. Instead, it’s important to acknowledge the person’s reality and validate what they are experiencing at that moment.

2. Never Lecture. Somebody with dementia is not able to come into our world, so we do our best to go into their world instead.

3. Never say "Remember." Depending on a person’s level of dementia, there can certainly be tremendous value in reminiscing. We also want to be sure that we’re helping the person engage in the present moment and that we’re not asking them to recall memories they may not be able to access.

4. Never say "I already told you." If a person with dementia asks the same question repeatedly, saying "I already told you" will likely not help them remember and can contribute to the person feeling invalidated and embarrassed.

5. Never Shame. If a person with dementia is enjoying a meal that is particularly messy, for example, we want to avoid abruptly taking a washcloth and cleaning up as one might with a small child. As an alternative, you can just have a washcloth ready for when they finish.

6. Never Condescend. Tying back to the previous point, it’s essential that the individual with dementia is always respected as an adult.

7. Never say "You Can’t." If we’re constantly saying, "You can’t do that, you can’t go there," we lose that sense of dignity and respect.

8. Never Command or Demand. If I’m a person with dementia, the more that you insist that I do something, the more I’m going to resist.

9. Never Reason. If a person with dementia becomes agitated, sometimes the best thing to do is to just let the person you’re caring for know that you understand they’re upset and that you want to help.

10. Never Force. Instead, we approach care not as something that is "done to" a person but instead as an equal partnership with that person. Instead of interacting with the person as their care giver, we become their care partner.

By following these ten tips, we’re able to better connect and support the well-being of the person living with dementia..

Submitted by Mike Direen, Community Liaison for Adult Care Services, a non-profit organization that includes The Margaret T. Morris Center in Prescott and The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center in Prescott Valley. For more information, call Mike at 928-441-1039 or email mdireen@AdultCareServices.org

 


   

"10 Rules of the Road for Investing"

Your investment goals are as unique as the route you take to reach them. But regardless of your course, we believe these 10 "Rules of the Road" can help you get where you want to be.

1. Develop your strategy. Your financial advisor gets to know you – your long-term goals, investment time frame and comfort level with risk – before recommending a strategy. The more you can outline what you are trying to achieve, the more he or she can tailor your strategy to you.

2. Understand risk. As a rule, the higher the return potential, the more risk you’ll have to accept. To determine what makes sense for you, your financial advisor will want to know: What is your comfort level with risk? Understanding this can help him or her determine how you may react to market ups and downs over time. How much risk are you able to take? The amount of time you have to invest plays an important role in determining how much risk you’re able to take. How much risk do you need to take? Your financial advisor will want to determine the return, and therefore the risk, that may be necessary to reach your long-term goals.

3. Diversify for a solid foundation. Your portfolio’s foundation is your asset allocation, or how your investments are diversified among stocks, bonds, cash, international and other investments. Your mix should align with your goals and comfort with risk.

4. Stick with quality. Of all the factors to consider when investing, quality is one of the most important. It’s also one of the most overlooked. Although it may be tempting to buy a popular investment, it may not fit with the rest of your portfolio, and it may be riskier than you expect. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

5. Invest for the long term. Despite stories of fortunes made on one or two trades, most successful individual investors make their money over time, not overnight. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is trying to "time" the markets.

6. Have realistic expectations. First, you’ll need to determine the return you’re trying to achieve – which should be the return you need to reach your goals. Then you can base your expectations on your asset allocation, the market environment and your investment time frame.

7. Maintain your balance. Your portfolio’s mix could drift from its initial objectives from time to time. You can rebalance to reduce areas where your investments are overweight or add to areas where they are underweight. By rebalancing on a regular basis, you can help ensure your portfolio remains aligned with your objectives and on track to reach your long-term goals.

8. Prepare for the unexpected. Unforeseen events could derail what you’re working so hard to achieve. By preparing for the unexpected and building a strategy to address it, you’ll be better positioned to handle the inevitable bumps along the way.

9. Focus on what you can control. You can’t control market fluctuations, the economy or the political environment. Instead, you should base your decisions on time-tested investment principles, which include: Diversifying your portfolio, Owning quality investments, Maintaining a long-term perspective

10. Review your strategy regularly. The one constant you can expect is change. That’s why it’s so important that you and your financial advisor review your strategy on a regular basis.

Think of your financial advisor as your navigator on this journey. By working together to regularly review your strategy and make the adjustments you need, you can have a clearer picture of where you stand and what you need to do to help reach your goals.

 

Submitted by Joe Allen, Financial Advisor – Edward Jones, located at 5672 E State Rt 69 Suite 135, Prescott Valley. For more info, contact Joe at (928) 445-2226 or joseph.allen@edwardjones.com or  www.edwardjones.com/joseph-allen
To watch Joe's Speakers Bureau presentations go to  www.SeniorConnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming, then select Joe Allen's presentations.

 

 


"Protect Yourself Against Scams"
by Leila Ranzi - Prescott Police Department

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to live in a World where we can all happily get along, trust a complete stranger because we know he/she looks out for us and does not have any hidden agendas?

Well unfortunately, this is not the case in our society nowadays. There are so many ways we could feel safe and yet there are many people in the world that still make their ways into our lives and homes even if we didn’t invite them. And their main reason is to get to our bank accounts.

They have ways to get to you, me, us all through devices we use every day: emails and phones. They do not look at age, religion, skin color or country of origin, they only want one thing: your MONEY.

So you might think: "How can I protect myself against those? I receive calls and emails every day, how can I scan between the legitimate and the sketchy ones?"

It is actually pretty simple, we pretty much all have Caller ID on our cell phones so if you do not recognize the number do NOT answer. Let it go to voicemail. If it is someone who is legitimately looking for you they will leave a message and you can call them back. If it is a scammer they will dial another number trying to reach their next victim.

Same goes for emails. Do NOT open any email that is not familiar to you. Do NOT access your bank account via an email that was sent to you, they might look very similar to the original but they can lead straight to the scammer’s virtual lair.

Now with Covid many people unfortunately had to extend payments of their utilities or mortgage and scammers are using this as a way to get money by calling and posing as debt collector for APS, the cell phone company, mortgage company, etc. and ask to be paid immediately. They express urgency and fake concern for your account or they have a very convincing story to get you to do what they want. Please DO NOT give out your personal information, nor bank information to ANYONE that calls you. If you get one of those calls hang up and then call the company directly. A prominent scam that has been going on during this hard time is the Social Security’s calls. The Social Security will NOT call you but contact you via regular mail if necessary.

Remember NO collector will accept payment with gift cards. That alone is a RED FLAG! So, if by any chance you talk to someone who asks you to buy gift card in lieu of payment, do yourself a favor and hang up. They are very convincing and once you have purchased the gift card or given your bank account information you will be out of money and there is nothing that the Police not the FBI can do to get that money back to you. It is gone!

Scammers use the technology and have a way to "spoof" numbers. This means that on the caller ID it looks like a local number, but it actually is originated anywhere else in the world. So if a caller is asking you for personal information or money, do NOT provide any. Hang up and call the company in regard directly, but you dial the number. This small action puts you in control.

Protect yourself! You are the first one on the line to protect your personal information and your bank account.

Please be also aware of internet scams and dating websites. Scammers pray on someone else’s loneliness to get to their bank account. They will take their time to get to know you and figure out your weaknesses and then get you to "help" them pay their bills or ask you for a "loan" that will never be repaid.

Please be cautious, you do not owe these scammers anything. We can prevent this type of fraud if we do not engage.

Submitted by Leila Ranzi, Community Outreach - Prescott Police Department. To report a potential scam or for more information, contact Leila at (928) 777-1965.


SUPPORT GROUPS - CLASSES –
INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE

PLEASE NOTE: Many of the Support Groups and Classes listed below have been temporarily suspended due to Covid-19. However, most of them are currently offering support and information by phone, email or via their websites. I have included their normally scheduled events for contact information and future use.

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

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP meets Mondays at 10 a.m. at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W Gurley St, in the Simon Room (Parking & Entrance is on South Summit Avenue) as well as the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E Civic Cr, in the Koole Meeting Room, 2nd floor. A group for veterans and their spouses meets at 1:30p.m. every Friday at the Prescott VA Medical Center, ECRC Room A205. In Sedona: The first & third Tuesday at 9:30a.m. at Sedona Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Rd. In Cottonwood: The first & third Wednesday at 10a.m. at Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 S Candy Lane (Enter Care/Rehab & Sports Medicine Experts Entrance). These groups are for those who are caring for someone affected by any form of memory loss or dementia, whether diagnosed or not. Newcomers always welcome – no advance notice required. Confidentiality of participants maintained. For more info for any of the above, send an email to palberty@alz.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 SUPPORT GROUP
, facilitated by Highgate Senior Living, occurs the last Wednesday of every month from 5-6p.m. in Prescott. Meetings are open to the general public. Location: 1600 Petroglyph Pointe Drive. For info, contact Isabelle Fabrie, Cottage Coordinator, via email at Prescott.mlcp@highgateseniorliving.com or call 541-1400.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

BLIND/LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP & CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS, sponsored by Senior Peer Program of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic. A support group for seniors coping with loss of vision. There are two separate groups and meeting dates for those who have loss of vision. One group meets the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 2-3:30pm in Prescott. A second group meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month from 2-3:30pm in Prescott, and there is a Caregivers Support Group that meets concurrently on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at the same location but in a different room, for people who are caring for someone with vision issues. Participation is free, but registration is required. For info or to register call Connie Boston at 445-5211 x2672. Also call Connie if you are interested in participating in a similar group in Prescott Valley.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FUNERAL CONSUMERS ALLIANCE OF ARIZONA offers preplanning information for a simple, dignified, affordable funeral. Contact statewide headquarters, 2221 E. Broadway, Ste 106, Tucson, AZ 85719, email 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.snider@prescottschools.com or call (928) 445-5400 ext 70105.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN – 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 kaybopres@cableone.net 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

TRANSPORTATION – New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center provides transportation services for people with disabilities and people who are elderly, including those needing wheelchair access. Transportation is available Monday through Friday (Saturday by appointment only). Call Transportation’s direct line at (928) 775-8870 with 3 business days’ notice to guarantee rides. NACOG vouchers accepted. Rides can be to appointments, grocery, medical, shopping, social engagements, prescription pick-up, etc. Call to request more info.

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.

Compiled by: Senior Connection, www.SeniorConnection.us
We would appreciate if you would notify us at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us if you learn of any changes to the above information. Thank you!

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


Community Partners

thINK4inc
Ink & Toner Cartridges
Small Quantity Photocopying
301 N Alarcon
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 777-9288
www.think4inc.com

PRESCOTT VALLEY
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
7120 Pav Way #102
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-8857
www.pvchamber.org

AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH
1085 Scott Drive
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-4348
www.americanlutheran.net

FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH
2820 N Pleasant View Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 237-3458
www.firstsouthernpv.org 

PRESCOTT VALLEY
CHRISTIAN CHURCH
7655 Long Look Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-7364
www.PrescottValleyChristian.org

PRESCOTT VALLEY
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
8944 E Sommer Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-6366
www.PrescottValleyUMC.org

SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS
LUTHERAN CHURCH
1202 Green Lane
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 778-9122
www.prescottshepherd.com

STEP ONE COMMUNITY CENTER
6719 E 2nd Street 
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-4184
www.SteppingStonesAz.org

YAVAPAI COUNTY
JEEP POSSE
(928) 308-7687
www.YCJP.org


SENIOR CONNECTION
MEMBER AGENCIES

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

ADULT DAY CENTERS

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

ADVOCACY &
CARE MANAGEMENT

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


ASSISTED LIVING

Austin House
195 S Willard
Cottonwood AZ 86326
(928) 634-4278
www.WindsorAustinHouse.com

Brookdale Senior Living
211 Bradshaw Dr
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 777-5511
www.brookdale.com/en/communities/
brookdale-prescott

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

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

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

Touchmark at The Ranch
3180 Touchmark Bl
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 632-7800
www.TouchmarkPrescott.com

ASSISTED LIVING
MEMORY CARE

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

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

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


ASSISTED LIVING/
MEMORY CARE
SKILLED NURSING

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


ASSISTED LIVING/
MEMORY CARE
SKILLED NURSING, HOSPICE
IN-HOME – MEDICAL

Good Samaritan Society
1065 Ruth Street
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 778-5655
www.Good-Sam.com


CLEANING SERVICES

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

COUNSELING

Susan Drysdale, PhD
Senior Citizen Issues
(631) 681-6717
Prescott AZ
www.DrSusanDrysdale.com


DEMENTIA SUPPORT

Alzheimer’s Association
Desert Southwest Chapter
3111 Clearwater Drive – A
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 771-9257
www.alz.org/dsw

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


DISABILITIES / EMPOWERMENT

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

EDUCATION / INFORMATION

AARP of ARIZONA
P.O. Box 12767
Prescott AZ 86304
(928) 273-7601
www.aarp.org


END OF LIFE PLANNING

Heritage Memory Mortuary
131 Grove Av
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-1881
www.HeritageMortuary.com

Ruffner-Wakelin
Funeral Homes & Crematory
303 S Cortez St
Prescott AZ 86304
8480 E Valley Rd
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 445-2221
www.ruffnerwakelin.com

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

FIDUCIARY

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


FINANCIAL PLANNING/ INVESTMENTS

Edward Jones Investments
5672 E State Rt 69 – Suite 135
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 445-2226
www.edwardjones.com/joseph-allen

Evimeria Financial Group | Thrivent
3607 Crossings Dr, Suite A
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 923-3110
www.Connect.thrivent.com/evimeria-financial-group

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

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

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

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

Stratos Wealth Partners
100 E Sheldon St, Suite 105
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 460-5522
www.stratoswealthpartners.com


HEALTH SERVICES

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

Davis Orthopaedics
3237 N Windsong Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-5320
www.DavisOrthoAZ.com

Desert Flower CBD and Wellness
3131 Robert Road – A
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 350-9943

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

Northern Arizona Pain Institutes
3769 Crossings Drive - D
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 458-7343
55 S 6th St, Suite B
Cottonwood AZ 86326
(928) 233-8269

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

Pure Intent Wellness
522 E Sheldon St
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 710-3040

Sam Downing, MD PPLC
Prescott AZ

Spectrum Healthcare
3633 Crossings Dr
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 778-0330
990 Willow Creek Rd
Prescott AZ 86301
8 E Cottonwood St
651 W Mingus Av
Cottonwood AZ 86326
452 Finnie Flat Rd,
Camp Verde 86323
2880 Hopi Dr, Sedona 86336
(928) 634-2236
www.SpectrumHealthcare-group.com


HEALTH/FITNESS

Mary Heller Dance Arts
Prescott & Chino Valley AZ 86303/86323
(208) 310-9913
www.marychoreographer.com
www.bemoveddance.com


HEARING AIDS/
HEARING LOSS

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

Prescott Hearing Center
3108 Clearwater Dr, Suite B2
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 218-5953

HOSPICE CARE

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

Kindred Hospice
3107 Clearwater Dr
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 445-2522
www. KindredHealthCare.com

Solaris Hospice
1060 Iron Springs Rd
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 277-8641
www.SolarisFamily.com


HOSPITAL/REHAB HOSPITAL

Mountain Valley Regional
Rehabilitation Hospital
3700 N Windsong Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 775-7863
www.mvrrh.ernesthealth.com


INDEPENDENT LIVING

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

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

Touchmark at The Ranch
3180 Touchmark Bl
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 632-7800
www.TouchmarkPrescott.com

IN-HOME CARE
NON-MEDICAL

Cardinal Home Care
1035 Evergreen
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 642-4683
www.CardinalHomeCare.com

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

Home Instead Senior Care
240 S Montezuma St #206
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 708-9960
www.homeinstead.com/318

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

ResCare HomeCare
3001 Main Street, Suite 1B
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 717-9981
www.rescare.com
709 E Mingus Ave
Cottonwood AZ 86326
(928)634-5448
www.rescare.com

Right at Home
349 N Alarcon St
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 515-2445
www.CareNAZ.com


IN-HOME – MEDICAL
SKILLED NURSING

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

Mountain Valley Regional
Rehabilitation Hospital
3700 N Windsong Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 775-7863
www.mvrrh.ernesthealth.com

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

INSURANCE/MEDICARE

AAA Arizona
172 E Sheldon St, Ste C-100
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 541-8600
www.az.aaa.com

Aetna Medicare Solutions
4500 E Cotton Center Bl
Phoenix AZ 85040
(480) 720-1584
www.aetnamedicare.com

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

Brown & Brown Insurance
255 E Sheldon St, Ste A
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 776-2708
www.bbprescott.com

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

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

Your Medicare Helper
544 South 6th Street #105
Cottonwood AZ 86326
(928)649-9939
www.YourMedicareHelper.com


LEGAL/ELDER LAW

Law Offices of
Chester B. McLaughlin, P.C.
127 N Marina Street
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 443-9934
2155 W Pinnacle Peak Rd, Suite 201
Phoenix AZ 85027
(480) 407-4944
www.AZElderLaw.com

Walker Estate Attorneys
3741 Karicio Lane
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 445-1911
www.WalkerEstateLaw.com


PEER SUPPORT

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

PERSONAL SERVICES

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

REAL ESTATE

Better Homes and Gardens
BloomTree Realty Seniors Group
102 W Gurley #102
Prescott AZ 86301
www.RhondaJohnston.com
(928) 925-0241
www.TerriKiffer.com
(602) 705-1181


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE
PLACEMENT SERVICE

Assisted Living Locators
4801 N Verde Vista Dr
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 421-1872
assistedlivinglocators.com/northern-arizona


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE
DOWNSIZING/DE-CLUTTERING

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

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

REVERSE MORTGAGES

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

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

William ‘Bill’ Binkey
V.I.P. Mortgage Inc
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 237-9599
www.isAreverseMortgage4me.com

SKILLED NURSING/ REHABILITATION

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


SOCIALIZATION/MEALS/PETS

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

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

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


TRAVEL

AAA Arizona
172 E Sheldon St, Ste C-100
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 541-8600
www.az.aaa.com


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


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


THE
SENIORCONNECTION.US WEBSITE

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


SENIOR RESOURCES DIRECTORY

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


INFORMATIONAL ARTICLES

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


EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS

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

Senior Connection.us



The information contained herein and throughout the website is for educational purposes only. It is not intended, nor should it be construed as legal, medical or financial advice. Use of this information indicates your understanding of, and agreement to the above.


 

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