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

April  2020

Staying Connected

There’s no doubt about it, we’re in the midst of a very challenging time. As our normal routines are up-ended on a daily basis, it’s easy to feel frightened or overwhelmed. My goal during this time is to help ease your fears, determine your needs, and provide information about existing resources that can help.

I’m reaching out to those of you I affectionately refer to as my "Peeps," my people, i.e. Seniors and Family Caregivers the Senior Connection was designed to serve. I’m also reaching out to my Member Agencies (the companies who make the Senior Connection possible), as well as reaching out to the larger community to find out what additional resources are available to those of you in need.

If you are in need of help due to ramifications of the Coronavirus, please let me know (via email is best). If you are aware of various types of assistance that has become available, such as stores that have begun offering delivery service or are making other accommodations for their customers, please let me know that as well. As I become aware of resources in response to the Virus, I will keep you informed. Heartwarming efforts are already being put into place, such as the pick-up and delivery of essential grocery items and prescriptions for those who can’t or choose not to go out and cannot afford to hire this type of service (see the Events Section of this newsletter for details about "PCA Serves").

A Request to my Peeps – I’m guessing I’ll need help making phone calls and following up on leads. Please let me know if you would be willing to assist me by making some phone calls and sending to me the results of your calls via email.

The best of human nature shines through in times of trouble. As my husband, Don, points out "Social distancing does not mean being anti-social. Make eye contact and smile at others in the grocery store. Show tolerance toward the clerks. Just try to be pleasant." Let’s each do what we can to shine the light for each other. It’s as simple as picking up the phone and reaching out to someone who is homebound or alone. We will get through this, together!

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:

"Covid-19 Update for Seniors"
by Dr Sam Downing

"Anxiety & The Coronavirus -
 Getting Through These Tough Times"

by Susan Drysdale, PhD

"Addressing Covid-19 Concerns
 for Your Loved One With Dementia"

by Mike Direen, Adult Care Services

"Simple Exercises for Combating Stress"
by Nick Brown, Touchmark at the Ranch

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: Many of the regularly scheduled meetings and events have been postponed or cancelled, due to Covid-19. Below, please find a list of some of these events, as well as information provided by some of our Senior Connection Members relating to temporary changes to their programs and office procedures.

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.

COVID-19 INFORMATION
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

"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.

SENIOR CONNECTION'S "Senior & Caregivers Conference & Expo" occurred Friday, March 13. Several of the presentations were audiotaped during the event and can be accessed via our website at http://www.seniorconnection.us/Expo-Video-Spring-2020.html  The presentations are: "The High Cost of Dementia – Minimizing the Impact" by Sam  Downing, MD - YRMC Geriatrics; "Stem Cell Therapy – New Hope or Snake Oil?" by Wayne Bennett, DC - Bennett Clinic; "Finding Purpose in Your Senior Years" by Connie Boston - Senior Peer Program, WYGC

SENIOR CONNECTION WEEKLY SPEAKERS BUREAU presentations are currently being made available at noon on Thursdays via TeleConnection Streaming. To watch the presentation: Go to www.SeniorConnection.us  On the Home Page, a little way down the page, click on the blue link to:
SPEAKERS BUREAU TELECONNECTION STREAMING
Previous presentations, as well as hand-outs from some of the presenters, remain available for viewing after their initial release.

"CORONOVIRUS-19 & SENIORS" This a special Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation by Dr Sam Downing, renowned local physician whose specialties include Geriatrics and Palliative Care Medicine. He provides a common sense look at the Coronavirus-19, as well as offers precautions and addresses concerns specifically related to vulnerable individuals, including seniors. He covers: A realistic perspective of Coronavirus-19, how Yavapai County fits into the overall picture, how it differs from the regular flu, who is most at risk for complications, what precautions and actions each of us should be taking to safeguard ourselves and our loved ones. To watch the presentation: Go to www.SeniorConnection.us  On the Home Page, a little way down the page, click on the blue link to:
SPEAKERS BUREAU TELECONNECTION STREAMING
(Please see Dr Downing's article "Covid-19 Update for Seniors" in this edition of the newsletter, below.)

"COST-SAVING PROGRAMS FOR MEDICARE RECIPIENTS" is a free, educational, Senior Connection presentation to occur Thursday, April 2 at NOON via Senior Connection TeleConnection Streaming at our Senior Connection website. Did you know there are over 2,500 federal, state, and private service programs? These programs may help you pay for healthcare expenses and other basic needs. Maureen Zeurcher, Aetna Medicare Solutions, will explain these benefits and help you understand what is available to you. She will cover "Extra Help" for Medicare prescription costs, "Medicare Savings Program," and "Benefits Checkup" which can locate programs to help with the costs of daily living. To watch the presentation: Go to www.SeniorConnection.us 
On the Home Page, a little way down the page, click on the blue link to:
SPEAKERS BUREAU TELECONNECTION STREAMING
(Previous presentations, as well as hand-outs from some of the presenters, remain available for viewing after their initial release.)

"WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE PAYCHECKS STOP? A RETIREMENT INCOME PRIMER" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, April 9 at NOON via TeleConnection Streaming at our Senior Connection website. Presenter Joe Allen, Edward Jones, will explore with you how to budget for retirement expenses, examine potential sources of retirement income and identify ways to address potential risks. He will cover: What does retirement look like?: Sources of income; Addressing risks to retirement income, outliving your retirement savings, market declines, inflation, health care and Long-term Care costs; and How to stay on track. To watch the presentation: Go to www.SeniorConnection.us  On the Home Page, a little way down the page, click on the blue link to:
SPEAKERS BUREAU TELECONNECTION STREAMING
(Previous presentations, as well as hand-outs from some of the presenters, remain available for viewing after their initial release.)

EVENTS & MEETING POSTPONEMENTS/CANCELLATIONS & TEMPORARY PROCEDURAL CHANGES

Please call the agencies below to verify any updates that may have occurred since the date they provided their information to me.

AARP WILL HOST A TELE TOWN HALL CONFERENCE CALL
with updates on the coronavirus every Thursday at 10am AZ time. Call-in number is 1-855-274-9507

AARP SHRED-A-THONS previously scheduled for April 17 (Prescott Gateway Mall) and May 20 (Town of Chino Valley), have been postponed. For updates, visit www.aarp.org/prescott or www.aarp.org/prescottvalley 

AARP FOUNDATION’S TAX-AIDE PROGRAM (As of 3/26) "The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has suspended services until further notice. As of now, Tax-Aide is not engaging in alternate delivery of tax services (e.g., drop-off services). We are currently exploring other service options and will communicate this information after they have been vetted internally and by the IRS. In the meantime, taxpayers can visit IRS’s free tax filing service at: https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free The IRS has announced a 90-day extension until July 15 of the due date for tax payments up to $1 million. This relief applies to federal income tax payments (including estimated tax payments) normally due on April 15, 2020. For the full notice and information, go to: IRS Notice 2020-17. The State of Arizona’s Department of Revenue has announced that the due dates for reporting and paying Arizona individual, corporate and fiduciary income taxes for Calendar Year 2019 that were previously due on April 15, 2020 are extended to Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Late filing and payment penalties and interest will be suspended for all returns and payments received on or before that date. Go to: https://azdor.gov. To reach the AZ State Department of Revenue, you can call: (800) 352-4090. Taxpayers can also check Tax-Aide’s locator tool for updates: www.aarpfoundation.org/taxhelp or call the Tax-Aide phone number at 1-888-227-7669" For more info: Contact Shawn Trobia, Assoc State Director – Community Outreach, AARP Arizona at STrobia@aarp.org or (928)273-7601.

AARP ARIZONA has developed a new webpage, "Information, Health and Food Help During COVID-19 Outbreak in Arizona." You can access this webpage by visiting the local websites at www.aarp.org/prescott or www.aarp.org/prescottvalley. A link to the new COVID-19 webpage is on the top of the homepage of both websites. All in-person AARP-sponsored events are canceled until May 1. As that date approaches, plans will be reassessed as needed. With regard to the AARP Driver Safety programs, cancellations include AARP Smart Driver classroom courses, Smart DriverTEK workshops (visit the online workshop: www.aarp.org/SDTEKonline.  This course is free of charge), CarFit events, We Need to Talk in-person Seminars. For Smart Driver course participants who may not be able to renew their car insurance discount due to course cancellations, you can access the AARP Smart Driver course online, which is offering a special 25% discount (good for 90 days beginning 3/10/2020) for those who take the class online.  This offer is to keep the price in line with the classroom course price. Website: www.aarpdriversafety.org  and use the Promo code for 25% discount: DRIVINGSKILLS

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION - DESERT SOUTHWEST CHAPTER (As of 3/24) Staff is working remotely. Help can be reached through the 24/7 Helpline for assistance and support at (800) 272-3900. The local number in Prescott is (928) 771-0257. For updates on meetings and events, visit www.alz.org/dsw. Caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer's and all other dementia should follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), available at the above website address. Additional information is available at the following links: COVID-19 Tips For Caregivers at alz.org/help-support/caregiving/coronavirus-(covid-19)-tips-for-dementia-care and Resources From the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org/help-support/resources

"CHALK IT UP! PRESCOTT" sponsored by West Yavapai Guidance Clinic has been cancelled. This annual fundraising event will resume in 2021. Info: Cindy Brown (928) 445-5211 ex 3634.

DESERT FLOWER CBD AND WELLNESS (As of 3/27) "Although our Prescott Valley store is still open (for now), we are offering delivery service in the local area. If you are unwilling or unable to go out, just call our store to place your order and we will deliver it to your door. Remember that CBD has been shown to play a role in maintaining immune health during these challenging times." Info: www.desertflowercbd.com (928) 350-9943

EDWARD JONES
(as of 3/24) "We're still here to listen, answer any questions you have, support you and help navigate this situation together. However, Edward Jones has made the decision to suspend all in-person meetings and visits with the public to reduce the risks to our associates, clients and communities. Folks can call our office and if they are willing and able we can leverage online screen sharing technology." Contact Joe Allen, Financial Advisor via email at joseph.allen@edwardjones.com or call (928) 445-2226.

GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY’S 2nd Annual Bob Mariano Memorial Golf Classic for the Marley House Endowment Fund has been postponed from April 28 to October 27 at The Club at Prescott Lakes. Info: www.good-sam.com/marleygolf or contact Gretchen Gallagher, (928) 460-9678 or email ggallagh@good-sam.com

LAW OFFICES OF CHESTER McLAUGHLIN (As of 3/22) "We are closing our physical office effective Monday, 3/23. Everyone is working remotely however, and we can still be reached at the same office numbers (928-443-9934 Prescott or 480-407-4944 Phoenix) and we are still sending and responding to e-mails (admin@azelderlaw.com). We are also accepting new clients but are only open for telephonic consultations. We can still do estate planning signings by video-conferencing for clients who are feeling anxious about getting their estate planning in order without waiting out the crisis." Website is www.azelderlaw.com

MARY HELLER DANCE ARTS (As of 3/20) BeMoved® small classes are still occurring. Plenty of space to dance together within 6 feet of each other, capping classes off to 10 people, only 55 minutes long, and sanitized with CDC alcohol wipes, and extra medicines like harmonized water with lemon essential oil, grapefruit seed extract, and immune oil mix equal to thieves oil. Gentle BeMoved® classes are the only classes NOT happening in person until further notice due to those spaces canceling their usage. (As of 3/30) Classes are also now available Online, as well as in person. For a schedule, visit marychoreographer.com/bemoved-dance-classes or contact Mary by email at marychoreographer@gmail.com

MATFORCE has replaced their "Stand With Me Be Drug Free" event with "Walk With Me Be Drug Free" to occur Saturday, April 4. A virtual walk can be walked from any location you choose – in your neighborhood, on the trail, on a treadmill, or anywhere. You get to walk at your own pace in your own place. For information contact matforce@cableone.net

MJ CONSULTING LLC (As of 3/26) "We are now offering phone orders for our CBD products and other store items so that you will be able to pick up items quickly, reducing contact and exposure. Dispensaries and medical doctors have been declared as essential entities by the state of Arizona, and as of now our company does not foresee the need for any closures. Please give your local Dispensary a call if you have any questions regarding their guidelines and procedures during this trying time." Info: www.mymjfamily.com or call (928) 772-2011.

NEW HORIZON DISABILITY EMPOWERMENT CENTER (As of 3/30) "Current hours are: Monday and Wednesday, 9am-5 pm and Friday, 9am-2 pm. We would prefer phone contact if possible, but are open to the public during the above hours (we are a Fragrance-Free Facility). Our current operational services are: Transportation, Jobs Program, Information and Referral and Durable Medical Loan Closet. Our 2020 Gala and all groups have been postponed until further notice." Website: www.nhdec.org or call (928)772-1266.

NEW LIFE CPR (As of 3/27) located at 3767 Karicio Ln (behind Costco in Prescott) is still offering CPR and First Aid classes for the Community. They are abiding by American Heart suggestions regarding the CPR classes. Class participants will not be giving breaths, but will be "simulating the breaths." If you attend an AHA BLS Class you will be using a valve/mask for your breathing skills. For a schedule or more info, visit www.NewLifeCPR.org or contact Lesa at Lesa@NewLifeCPR.org or call (928) 445–5024.

PRESCOTT MAID TO ORDER, MTO JANITORIAL (As of 3/23) "We can help combat illness by offering help to the community in a number of ways, including using specialized "touch point" cleaning to sanitize the complete inside of your home, using commercial grade disinfectant and Lysol. Besides cleaning, we are also providing help by running errands, shopping for groceries, and much more. Our employees have been trained on preventative measures for both their, and your, protection. Our business is considered an "essential" service, and we are ready to respond to any request to the best of our ability. For further information, please call (928) 899-8518."

PRO SOLUTIONS DENTAL GROUP (As of 3/26) "is following all local and national mandates, however is continuing to see immediate or emergency dental services, and are also conducting virtual Tele-Dentistry consultations that can be accessed anywhere by mobile phone or computer. To make a Tele-Dentistry Consultation, visit our website at: www.prescottdentist.com, or call 928-776-1208 to speak directly to a provider."

SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM (As of 3/17) "All program volunteers have been asked to follow the CDC guidelines and stay home. All Senior Companion volunteers are prohibited from going to their host agencies, attending in-person training, or other in-person program activities. The monthly in-person In-Service Trainings for March and April along with the state-wide recognition event that was scheduled to be held in May have been canceled. Your program coordinator will get in touch with you regarding In-Service Training options for your area. If you are concerned about a certain client, please let your supervisor know. We are working to gather additional resources for volunteers and clients and will communicate as the information becomes available. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Program Coordinator. For Yavapai County contact, Joella Willey, phone: 928-713-4114, email: Joella.Willey@nau.edu"

THE SUSAN J RHEEM ADULT DAY CENTER (As of 3/19) "is currently staying open and accepting new participants, though we're of course taking additional precautions at all of our buildings to help keep everyone safe and healthy during this time." Info: Mike Direen - Community Liaison, Adult Care Services (The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center and The Margaret T. Morris Center), Direct (928) 441-1039. www.AdultCareServices.org

WEST YAVAPAI GUIDANCE CLINIC (As of 3/19) "Our organization is open and fully staffed. Our Windhaven Hospital and SUD-R facilities are open and accepting patients. We are trying to do telehealth as much as possible, but our doors are still open to clients at all locations. The CSU, Crisis Stabilization Unit, in Prescott Valley is open to anyone having an immediate behavioral or mental health crisis. We are evaluating our current services and responding with new services such as Telehealth and Virtual Intake. Telehealth is being organized to assist anyone via phone in their home. Our community can call our main number 928-445-5411 ext 1 and that will take them to our CSU with 24/7 coverage. WYGC is responding to the national pandemic and if a shelter in place order comes down, we will have additional services that will be put in place. Obviously, this is a work in progress but our response is that we are here for our community during these very stressful and uncertain times."


"Covid-19 Update for Seniors"
As of 3/30/2020

Like many things these days, by the time you are reading this, I suspect there will be lots more news about Covid, both locally and nationally. Thanks to Debbie and Don Stewart for this chance to share a few thoughts. Check with the Arizona Department of Health website for current State of AZ updates.

1:  Seniors remain a high target for more severe coronavirus infection, especially those with underlying medical diseases like, COPD, heart disease, diabetes or cancer. Please continue to limit your direct contact with other people, including family and friends. This is such a difficult thing to do over time, but persistence in this effort will likely bring significant benefits for us all.

2:  If you develop symptoms of fever, aches, cough or shortness of breath, call your physician or medical provider for advice. Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has opened a Covid clinic for YRMC patients and will also soon be offering Covid-19 testing for those community members with symptoms and specific criteria. DON'T go to the ER at either YRMC campus unless it is a true emergency. 

3: Medical providers are being advised to delay routine office visits and to consider telemedicine visits, or virtual visits, with patients when possible. These visits are possible using computer, tablet or smart phone technology, so please consider using this technology to limit direct exposures in offices. This also decreases risk to health care providers as well.

4: Infection with Covid-19 virus is still a mild infection for about 80% of people who get it, so we know that a strong immune system can help minimize the impact if you do become infected. Proven ways to strengthen your immune system include:

  • getting plenty of rest

  • staying well hydrated

  • limiting stress (tough during a Pandemic!)

  • quit smoking if you smoke

  • limit or avoid alcohol intake

  • continue to get regular exercise

5:  Seniors are often alone and isolated to begin with and this time only exacerbates that reality. Please make a list of your friends, family, neighbors and acquaintances that you can call, email or send a note to on a regular basis. We will get through this time much more intact if we stay connected as we are able.

Best Wishes and Virtual Hugs to you all!
Sam Downing, MD

Submitted by Sam Downing, MD, renowned local physician, whose specialties include Geriatrics and Palliative Care Medicine. For more information, please watch Dr Downing's Speakers Bureau presentation via TeleConnection Streaming at http://teleconnection.seniorconnection.us/

 

 

"Anxiety & the Coronavirus: Getting Through These Tough Times"

Everybody reacts differently to trauma. Your genetic predisposition and the previous experiences you have had with trauma, will determine your reactions to and coping abilities concerning this new trauma. If you have a tendency towards anxiety, this situation will probably hit you harder than those who generally tend to worry less. What is important to realize is that it is normal to be scared by what is happening right now. It would indeed be unusual to be totally calm about the health situation in the world. But there is judicious fear and there is hysteria leading to inability to function. I want to talk about what to do to keep the fear from overwhelming you.

First of all, it is important to be informed. But we each need to decide how much information we want to take in. How much is helpful? How much is making us too scared to be able to function. And when we hear contradictory facts, we have to decide what to believe. My professional advice would be to listen to the authorities, talk to friends and relatives, and then find what works for you. Also find a new daily routine for yourself. Put in some work projects and some fun activities each day. Get to work on something productive you have been putting off because you have been too busy……e.g. closets that need cleaning out? Personally, I wrote out a list of things I can still do, given all the cancellations in my environment. Find a new normal for the moment. Finding a routine is important, so that when you are feeling heightened anxiety, you have something to fall back on. There is no one perfect answer to any of this. You need to pick some ideas that work for you and try to stick with them as much as possible.

Some tried and true methods of dealing with any kind of anxiety will be helpful. Some tools will be more helpful than others given the specific nature of this problem. When someone asked my professional advice the other day, I realized that there were four coping elements that I was personally using for this crisis:

First of all, stay in the moment and figure out your plan for the day. Do not focus on the future and what may or may not happen. Most of us can figure out how to cope with one day. Do that today, and tomorrow you will do the same when that day arrives. Second of all, be sure to stay in touch with friends and relatives. Do not be afraid to reach out and ask for support. There are agencies and individuals all over town who are available to help you with any part of this situation which seems overwhelming. Third of all, remember a time in your life that you got through a past crisis or trauma. How did you do it? Remember that somehow you made it through, and you will make it through this one too. Fourth of all, if there is a thought or a behavior which you notice is worsening the problem for you, try to substitute another thought or another behavior. For example, if worrying about how you will keep busy for several months is upsetting (as it would be to many of us), substitute that thought with a plan for that day and begin working on that plan. if watching the news is making you more anxious, try skipping it for a day or two or forever if necessary. The important news will eventually catch your attention.

Your anxiety will ebb and flow as the days pass. Here are some tools that work with any kind of heightened anxiety state. Remind yourself to stay in the manageable present moment. It is easier to deal with what is actually happening in your world in the present moment than to think about all the "what ifs" of the future. Think about activities that could be distractions for you: e.g. watching funny "you tube" videos or favorite old movies could be useful. Listen to your favorite music. Play with your pet. Figure out an exercise routine which will help you maintain your health and be a distraction. Try to stick to it on a daily basis if possible. If you miss one day, come back to it the next. When the weather permits, go outside and enjoy nature. The fresh air will feel good and looking at our surroundings will remind us how lucky we are to be living in such a wonderful area of the country. Even though we should not be in large gatherings, you can set up dates to get together with friends in their homes or your own. It is important to take precautions as far as being with other people, but each of us needs to make a personal decision about the physical benefits versus the emotional risks of being alone.

Remember that all feelings do eventually pass, even if the underlying origin of the feeling still exists. So even though this illness is still out there, our anxiety will continue to ebb and flow over the course of this situation. Know that heightened feelings do usually diminish. Also, acceptance of the feelings will help them pass faster than denying their reality. Remember that your anxiety is a physiological sensation, not a reality. If you actually do get the virus, the experts are saying that the symptoms will most likely be mild and your body will have developed its own immunity afterwards. It is important to remember that anxiety cannot hurt you, although it certainly feels like it can.

In the middle of an anxiety episode, try to slow your breathing down. You may consider starting a practice of meditation. If your anxiety persists and becomes unmanageable, call your physician and discuss the possibility of medication. There are also some supplements that are helpful and are not as detrimental to the body as some medications. Naturopathic doctors can be useful in finding the right supplements for you. Ask friends for recommendations of professionals they have used.

You might consider journaling to help identify problems and possible solutions and to have an outlet for your thoughts and feelings. Remember all the things in your life that have not changed and what you have to be grateful for. Remember that things will eventually return to the old normal and that this too shall pass.

And last, but far from least, there are professionals who are trained to help you get through these tough times. Do not be afraid to reach out for professional help.

Submitted by Susan M Drysdale, PhD. If you are interested in talking to Susan, please visit her website at drsusandrysdale.com for more information, or call her in Prescott at (631) 681-6717.

 

 

"Addressing Covid-19 Concerns With Your Loved One Who Has Dementia"

According to research from the Bradford University Dementia Group, one of our most essential psychological needs is the need for physical as well as emotional comfort (Kitwood 1997). In these times of confusion and uncertainty related to Covid-19, how can we communicate in a way that supports the comfort, dignity and well-being of a loved one who is living with dementia?

With the ongoing updates and changes related to this epidemic, it’s important that the person’s routine remains as consistent as possible. You may want to keep a collection of familiar items on-hand such as photographs your loved one would enjoy discussing, music they like listening to, favorite games, hobbies, and special movies to watch together. Incorporating items that relate to your loved one’s unique preferences and life experiences can help ensure that your time together is meaningful.

Your loved one may be concerned about information they are receiving from the news or other sources. It’s important to acknowledge and validate their concerns in a genuine manner, without over-informing and further contributing to feelings of agitation and anxiety. If they reside in an assisted living community or other setting that is currently not accepting visitors, you can explain, "There’s an illness going around, so the community where you live is being extra careful to keep everyone healthy."

During this time, an extra measure of warmth and reassurance will help your loved one feel more at ease. If visiting precautions prevent you from being with them in person, you may be able to stay in touch through options such as telephone calls, letters, postcards, or even video chats or email. Reminding your loved one that everything is taken care of with the community where they live can also help alleviate their worry.

It should also be noted that this is a particularly challenging time for many caregivers and families. Be sure that you’re giving yourself the necessary respite time to care for your own health and well-being. By reaching out for help and tending to your own needs, you make it possible to continue being fully present for your loved one during this time.

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, please call Mike at 928-441-1039 or email mdireen@AdultCareServices.org.

 


"Simple Exercises for Combating Stress"

April is National Stress Awareness Month. While it’s obvious that feeling stressed is unpleasant, it is also important to understand the toll that stress takes on our bodies, especially as we age.

As we get older, our bodies have a harder time bouncing back from stress. We produce adrenaline and cortisol, which make our hearts beat faster and increase our blood pressure. If these stress responses are happening regularly, they can result in chronically high blood pressure and make us more vulnerable to illness and other health risks. It’s not all bad news, though, as simple exercises and healthy activities can have a dramatically positive effect on our stress management.

Walking: Many people swear that walking or running is the best way to "clear their head." When we set out for a walk, our blood gets pumping, we take in more oxygen, and utilize some of our largest muscle groups. It doesn’t take long for our mind to wander to a more blissed-out place. Researchers from Harvard recommend walking at least 30 minutes per day and breaking that time into five- to 10-minute increments if needed.

Water aerobics or lap swimming: The weightlessness we feel when in water truly is a gift to our bodies. We can get in a good workout with virtually no impact on our joints. Side breathing while swimming laps forces us into a steady repetition akin to meditation.

Yoga: Did you know yoga is essentially just structured stretching? Practicing yoga allows us to slow down, move intentionally, and be in the moment. You can take a class or look up no-cost resources online to get started. Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician, says on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association, "I focus a lot of my efforts on preventative medicine and practices, and in the body’s ability to heal itself. Yoga is a great tool for staying healthy because it’s based on similar principles."

Tai chi: The slow-moving art of tai chi packs all the same benefits of yoga, but focuses more on meditation, balance, and building strength. It can be done entirely standing or sitting, so is easily adaptable for all abilities.

The point is to get the body moving daily in order to channel routine stress into a healthful outlet. Not only will you feel more balanced emotionally, but you’ll also notice an increase in your overall physical health.

Submitted by Nick Brown, kinesiologist, certified fitness professional, and manager of the Touchmark Health & Fitness Club. Membership is open to anyone 50-plus years, and guest consultations are available to meet with a professional to cater a program to an individual’s needs. For more information, info visit www.TouchmarkPrescott.com or call 928-708-3133.

SUPPORT GROUPS - CLASSES –
INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE

PLEASE NOTE: Most 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 your 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

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.stratoswealthparnters.com

Thrivent Financial of Prescott
3607 Crossings Dr, Suite A
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 923-3110
www.connect.thrivent.com/Scott-Lang


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
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
518 E Gurley St #200
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
102 W Gurley #102
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 925-0241
www.PrescottAreaHouses.com


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
The Federal Savings Bank
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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