|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.||
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Senior Connection Continues to Make Connections -
I'm currently participating in a "Kindness Challenge," sponsored by a local nonprofit called Kind Defined, an agency whose purpose is to make this world a better place, one act of kindness at a time. As all of us continue to navigate the challenges of the past months and face the uncertainty of the months ahead, I encourage you to spread kindness like never before. Reach out to others and give or receive a kind word or a helping hand.
As always, the Senior Connection is here for you. Please
visit my website at www.SeniorConnection.us
and take advantage of the many free resources intended to connect you
with the help you need. These resources include our Online Resource
Directory, Speakers Bureau Presentations, Agency Videos, Informational
Articles, and this "Caregiver Connection" Newsletter. Please
tell your friends and family about the Senior Connection, and encourage
them to sign up for the Newsletter via our website.
Take good care of yourselves and let me know if I can be of help to you!
Making the Connection,
As Caregivers, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the
sheer number of tasks that need to be accomplished for your loved one
each day. While it’s easy to remain upbeat on good days, it’s the
bad days that can leave you feeling confused, exhausted or resentful. At
these times, it’s important to know that you’re not alone.
This month’s Newsletter articles:
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MEETINGS - EVENTS -
PLEASE NOTE: All of our Senior Connection Members have been steadfast in their efforts to assist you during this challenging time, providing services in person, via phone or on line. Please reach out to them if you need information or assistance. They will be happy to help you, as well as answer questions about what they are doing to keep their clients and staff healthy and safe. You can find them listed on the right hand side of this newsletter.
SENIOR CONNECTION’S SENIOR RESOURCES ON-LINE DIRECTORY is your one-stop source for products and services available to Seniors and Family Caregivers throughout Yavapai County. Included is contact information for nearly 400 for-profit, non-profit and government companies and agencies. Search on nearly 30 categories, including Independent and Assisted Living Facilities, Skilled Nursing, In-Home Care, Transportation, Respite, End of Life, Financial, Legal, Emotional Support, and more. Save hundreds of hours of your valuable time and endless frustration looking for the help you need. Visit www.SeniorConnection.us and select the link to the Resource Directory.
Dates and times of meetings and events sometimes change at the last minute. It’s a good idea to call ahead, just to be sure.
"BEING HAPPIER WITH LESS – THE JOY OF BEING UNCLUTTERED" is the featured Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation through Thursday, August 6 via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Lyn Cloward, In Your Space Consulting, explains how we became such a clutter society. She covers the emotional side of downsizing and provides tips to get you started and keep you motivated. Whether you’re preparing to sell your home, or simply want to de-clutter to age in place, Lyn will help you map out a plan to reduce your clutter and increase your joy. Handouts are provided. It’s super simple to watch the presentation. There’s no need to register or log in, no app and no password 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.
"STARTING THE CONVERSATION – HOW TO BEGIN COMMUNICATION WITH OUR LOVED ONES ABOUT AGING" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur August 6 via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Presenter is Jazmin Enriquez, Community Relations Coordinator for Brookdale Senior Living in Prescott. Although some things may be better left unsaid, having a conversation with your loved ones about aging is not one of those things. In fact, when it comes to this conversation you might say it’s always too soon until it’s too late. The goal of this presentation is to educate you about how to partner with your loved ones on their aging journey, such that you can prepare for the conversation, understand topic areas that need to be considered and discussed, identify when your loved one may need additional help, and know what resources to call on both now and in the future. 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 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 register or log in, no app and no password 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.
PRIOR SENIOR CONNECTION SPEAKERS BUREAU TOPICS
that are available for viewing include: "A FireSide Chat about
Coronavirus-19"; "Helping Seniors Decide If It’s Time To
Sell Their Home"; "Cost-Saving Programs for Medicare
Recipients"; "What Happens When the Paychecks Stop? A
Retirement Income Primer"; "Coronavirus & Caregiver
Concerns"; "Anxiety & the Coronavirus: Getting through
these tough times"; "Creating Habits of Happiness - Building
Resilience"; "Get a Grip! Secrets to Improving Strength,
Balance & Flexibility"; "Should Your Retirement Plan
Include a Reverse Mortgage? Get the Facts!"; "Chair Dancing
& Cardio Fun"; "Keeping Your Mind Sharp";
"What's All The Buzz About? Tinnitus Education";
"Foundations of Investing"; "Medication Dangers to
Seniors"; "Fraud Watch - How to Outsmart A Crook";
"Getting to the Right Place - Senior Living Solutions";
"Regaining Solid Financial Footing After the Loss of a
Spouse"; "Pet Ownership for Seniors - Tips for Success";
"Demystifying Medicare - Clearing Up the Confusion."
"HOW TO SORT FACT FROM FICTION ONLINE" is a free Webinar being offered by AARP on Thursday, August 6 from 4-4:30pm. In addition to a wealth of helpful information, there are plenty of sensationalized headlines, misleading stories and even complete falsehoods circulating on the internet, making it hard for even the most discerning reader to sort fact from fiction. You can stay one step ahead of misinformation if you know the three most helpful questions to ask yourself while surfing the web. This free webinar will equip you with tools and resources such as the AARP Fact Tracker, which has been designed to help you distinguish fact from fiction online. You can also discover: Ways to determine if the source you are using is reputable, How to report misleading information or scams, Ideas for approaching friends or family who have shared inaccurate content. For a link to the registration form, contact Shawn Trobia via email at STrobia@aarp.org or call (928) 273-7601.
"FOUNDATIONS OF INVESTING" is a free,
educational presentation to occur Tuesday, August 11, from 3-4pm via a
Web Conference Zoom Meeting. Joe Allen, Financial Advisor with Edward
Jones in Prescott will help you increase your investing IQ. Building
your investor IQ starts with understanding the basics. Whether you are
new to investing or need a refresher, this Foundations of Investing
presentation will help you learn: The importance of developing a
strategy, the impact of asset allocation, and the influence of inflation
on your long-term goals. Seating is limited. For more information to or
to reserve space for yourself and a guest, 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 (Joe is a Senior Connection Member.)
"TROUBLE WITH TREBLE" - Doug Dunker,
Prescott Hearing Center, is presenting a hearing health webinar August
19 at 1pm, with special guest speaker Dr. Ted Venema. Dr Ted will
discuss the components of the outer and inner ear, the causes of hearing
loss, and possible solutions to restoring your hearing ability, thus
increasing your quality of life. Many people experience hearing loss and
are not even aware of it. In fact, people tend to avoid addressing the
problem of poor hearing performance until they are "nudged" by
a spouse, other loved one, or a close friend. Dr. Ted Venema studied and
earned his BA in Philosophy in 1977 at Calvin College. In 1988, Dr. Ted
continued his education to receive his MA in Audiology at Western
Washington University. After serving for three years as a clinical
Audiologist at The Canadian Hearing Society in Toronto, his studies at
the University of Oklahoma were rewarded with a PhD in 1993. Reserve
your space by signing up today at https://prescotthearing.com/webinar If
you have questions, please call Prescott Hearing Center at
(928)899-8104. (Prescott Hearing Center is a Senior Connection Member.)
SENIOR CONNECTION MEMBER
HOME CARE ASSISTANCE RELOCATES THEIR OFFICES - As
of August 1, Home Care Assistance will relocate their offices from the
storefront area next to Staples to a new expanded space at 242 N.
Whipple Street, Suite 3, Prescott, Arizona. The new office will include
space for a Caregiver Skills Lab for advanced caregiver training and
curriculum. Caregivers will now be able to demonstrate their skill level
for assisting clients with activities of daily living, as well as safe
transfers, working with bed-bound and hospice patients. Carol White,
Owner of HCA, said "At HCA, we have always strived to recruit the
highest caliber caregivers to provide care to our elderly clients.
However, in many cases we find candidates that only partially meet our
criteria. With our skills-lab, we can now provide caregivers with
training and skills verifications consistent with our care model."
In addition to a new skills lab, Home Care Assistance will continue to
provide caregiver training on their integrated holistic- approach
towards aging through two proprietary programs known as the Balanced
Care Method™ and Cognitive Therapeutics Method™. The philosophy of
Home Care Assistance is to optimize the wellness of seniors and bring
energy, independence, and joy to them in this special phase of life.
Please feel free to call Home Care Assistance at 928-771-0105 to learn
more about their caregiving curriculum module. You can also make an
appointment to stop by to tour our new office.
BY THE NUMBERS$ is a free weekly newsletter provided by Bill Binkey, Sr.Reverse Mortgage Specialist with V.I.P. Mortgage, Inc. Bill’s mission is to provide information and resources for Seniors to help them make a better informed decision about the Reverse Mortgage program. If you would like to receive the newsletter, or learn more about Reverse Mortgages, contact Bill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him in Prescott at (928) 237-9599 or visit his website at https://billbinkey.myloanofficer.us/ Bill provides no-pressure no-obligation free consultations.
CENTRAL ARIZONA SENIORS ASSOCIATION (CASA) has resumed many of their regular activities, with appropriate Social Distancing protocols in place. For their most recent schedule, call (928) 772-3337 or stop by 9360 Manzanita Circle in Prescott Valley.
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION, Desert Southwest Chapter offers a line-up of free, educational classes via their website. Some of the topics include "10 Warning Signs of Dementia, Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Effective Communication Strategies, Living With Alzheimer’s. All of the classes are free. To learn about available classes visit www.alz.org and select Events, then scroll down and select Educational Programs. For more information or to register for a class, call (800) 272-3900. For local assistance, call the Prescott office at (928) 771-9257.
AARP COMMUNITY CONNECT - Soon after the COVID pandemic came into our everyday lives, the AARP National office developed and implemented the "AARP Community Connections" program. AARP says we may be apart, but we don’t have to be alone. Across the country, people are organizing online mutual aid groups to stay connected, share ideas, and help those in need. Whether you want to start a group, find a group, or request a friendly call from one of AARP’s volunteers, AARP can help you connect with people in your community. For information, visit aarpcommunityconnections.org “Friendly Voices” is a program where anyone can request a phone call from an AARP Volunteer who has been trained to participate as a Friendly Caller. With Covid being a factor in causing increased isolation for so many people, the Friendly Voices program was implemented to help combat that isolation. The program is nationwide, and about 300 AARP Volunteers across the country have been trained under the program’s guidelines, and are making those friendly calls every day. To date, thousands of calls have been made to people requesting a friendly phone call with an AARP Volunteer. To request a call, visit https://aarpcommunityconnections.org/friendly-voices/ or call AARP toll-free at 888-281-0145, between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM
– As of June 3, the Arizona Department of Health Services changed its
software that manages the medical marijuana program. The new program
process requires each person have an email and set up an individual
process the patient application. This portal is also where the
electronic only card will be sent, the state no longer mails a patient
or caregiver card. Many seniors are technology challenged so MJ
Consulting LLC can complete the process for you including printing and
laminating a hardcopy card. If you need a physician to complete your
certification or your own doctor completed your physician certification
form and you need help to process your application, MJ Consulting
invites you to please come see us!”
For more information, contact MJ Consulting LLC, 8540 E State
Route 69 in Prescott Valley, or call (928) 772-2011 or visit their
website at mymjfamily.com
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.
"Managing Chronic Pain"
Pain serves an important purpose by alerting you to injuries such as a sprained ankle or burned hand. Chronic pain, however, is often more complex. People often think of pain as a purely physical sensation. However, pain has biological, psychological, and emotional factors. Furthermore, chronic pain can cause feelings such as anger, hopelessness, sadness, and anxiety. To treat pain effectively, you must address the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects.
Medical treatments including medication management, surgery, physical therapy, and interventional procedures may be helpful for treating chronic pain. Psychological treatments are also an important part of pain management. Understanding and managing the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that accompany the discomfort can help you cope more effectively with your pain- and can reduce the intensity of your pain.
Seeing a psychologist about pain
Tips for coping with pain
Stay active - Pain or the fear of pain -
can lead people to stop doing the things they enjoy. It’s important to
not let pain take over your life.
"Avoid These: 4 Investing Mistakes
Often, the hardest part of investing is the one we have the most control over – our emotions. Ups and downs in the market, as in life, are normal. It's your reaction to them that will make the difference in your strategy. Here are some common investing mistakes – and how you can avoid them.
1) Trying to time the market
2) Holding too much in cash
3) Chasing performance
4) Focusing on the short term
The best way to avoid all of these?
When you start to feel an emotional reaction to the market, reach out to your financial advisor to review your goals. Your portfolio, and your future self, will thank you.
"Yoga & Meditation for Beginners"
August is National Wellness Month as well as International Peace Month, so the holistic benefits of yoga and meditation immediately come to mind. People all over the world practice yoga and meditate as part of their mental and physical maintenance plan, and you can, too! All ability levels can be accommodated; you just need a desire to begin, a little free time, and a willingness to try something new.
Ready Your Space -You can meditate or practice yoga nearly anywhere, but your space should:
Allow you to move freely without fear of injury or breaking something. Be flat and firm enough to support your weight. Skip the bed or couch and move to the floor. Make sure your feet and hands can easily grip the ground. Be tranquil. If a particular room feels cluttered or is causing you stress, spending more time there will not be conducive to relaxation.
Get Your Equipment in Order - You don’t need much, but you will need:
A yoga mat, rug, or carpet. You want to protect your joints and be comfortable. It’s hard to find your Zen if your knees hurt! Comfortable but fitting clothes. You want unencumbered movement without a lot of extra fabric getting in the way. Something to guide you. To get started finding free resources, visit YouTube.com on your computer or smart TV and search for beginning yoga and/or meditation videos. If using your phone, download the Smiling Mind app or one similar. You can build a personal library of resources over time as you discover your preferences.
Budget Your Time & Make It a Habit - The most difficult part of any wellness routine is simply getting started. In the beginning, train yourself by:
Scheduling one hour of yoga or meditation each week, breaking it up into 15- or 30-minute segments. Putting it on your calendar. It’s easier to stick to something if it’s marked with a big X on the fridge or making your phone buzz. Telling someone about your plans and encouraging them to check in on you. Accountability helps, even if it’s just a text from a friend once per week saying, "How’s the yoga treating you?" You might inspire them to try it, too! Incorporating it into your existing exercises. If you normally go on a brisk morning walk, do a few poses before, during, or after. You may find walking easier as a result and experience fewer sore muscles.
It’s vital to our overall health and well-being to make time to quiet the mind. Those who regularly engage in yoga and meditation report a decrease in anxiety and stress, better sleep and flexibility, and increased emotional control. We all deserve the opportunity to connect with the self and find peace within, especially during these uncertain times.
"4 Tips for Preparing Your Home for Aging in Place"
Nearly 90 percent of the 50-plus population wants to stay in their homes and communities as they age, according to AARP research. But many of these homes were not built or designed with the needs of older adults in mind. How can we make the homes of today suitable residences for the needs of tomorrow? Start with these 4 tips.
1. Make home repairs and improvements sooner
rather than later
To get started, follow these five steps from the AARP Home Fit Guide:
1. Install handrails on both sides of all steps
(inside and outside).
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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