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

May  2020

Staying Connected & Informed via
Speakers Bureau Presentations

I hope you are staying safe, sane and healthy during this most unusual time. I miss being able to see and interact with all of you, and look forward to being able to do so again soon.

In the meantime, Don and I will continue videotaping our Senior Connection Members giving Speakers Bureau presentations, such that you can gain valuable information of interest and importance to you in your role as a Senior and/or Family Caregiver. You can watch these presentations "On Demand," i.e. at your convenience on your computer. It’s super-simple! Just select the presentation you want to watch, and then click on the "Start" arrow. You don't need a password, there’s no need to register, and no need to log in. Many of the presenters have provided hand-out materials. Simply click on the "Handout" button below their video.

We add a new presentation every Thursday at noon. i.e. the same time & day as we normally hold our Speakers Bureau presentations. Each presentation is available as the Featured Video for a week, and then it’s moved to the previous presentations section, where it remains available thereafter.

To watch any of the Speaker Bureau videos, go to: http://teleconnection.seniorconnection.us/

Here’s a list of presentations we've videotaped since mid-March that are  available for viewing:

Dr Sam Downing #1 – "Covid-19 & Seniors"

Rhonda Johnston & Terri Kiffer (Better Homes and Gardens Bloomtree Realty) "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Helping Seniors Decide If It’s Time To Sell Their Home"

Maureen Zeurcher (Aetna Medicare Solutions) - "Cost-Saving Programs For Medicare Recipients"

Joe Allen (Edward Jones) "What Happens When The Paychecks Stop? A Retirement Income Primer"

Dr Sam Downing #2 – "Coronavirus & Caregiver Concerns"

Susan Drysdale, PhD – "Anxiety & the Coronavirus – Making it through these tough Times"

Connie Boston (Senior Peer Program) – "Creating Habits of Happiness – Building Resiliency"

For a schedule of upcoming topics, please go to the Speakers Bureau page on my website at:
http://www.seniorconnection.us/CurrentPresentations.html

If you are in need of help due to ramifications of the Coronavirus, please see the list of available resources in this newsletter.

Please let me know how you're doing, and whether you have any particular needs or concerns. We’ll 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:

"Financial Checklist When Caring for Aging Loved One"
by Joe Allen, Edward Jones

"Neuromodulation"
by Dorian Lange, Northern AZ Pain Institute

"Challenging Behaviors & Dementia"
by Mike Direen, Adult Care Services

"What's All the Hubbub About CBD?"
by Teri Bryant & Scott Reeves - Desert Flower CBD & Wellness

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

Click here to find all of our Articles: http://www.SeniorConnection.us/Articles.htm

Please let me know if you find the articles useful and what other topics you’d like to see.


MEETINGS - EVENTS -
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

PLEASE NOTE: All of our Senior Connection Members have been steadfast in their efforts to assist you during this difficult time, many providing services in person and others via phone or on line. If you need information or assistance, please reach out to our Members. 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

"EASY TECH: USING SMARTPHONES & DEVICES TO STAY CONNECTED" AARP is offering a free Workshop on Wednesday, May 6 at 11am to assist smartphone users with being connected to family, health care providers, and other important services. This workshop has typically been offered in-person in large metropolitan areas, however, it is now being delivered via a webcast. It’s never been as important as it is now to learn simple steps that can keep you connected to your friends, family and even your doctors during this uncertain time. An AARP instructor will guide you on a tour of applications that can connect you with people and essential items and services. These include: Photo Sharing – Taking pictures and sharing with family and friends helps us stay connected; Video Calling - The next best thing to being in the room with your friends and family; Apps for Groceries and Goods - The things that you need brought right to your doorstep; Virtual Checkups - Let the doctors come to you through video calling; Exploring Apps - Tips for finding and installing the apps you need on your device. Here is the link to register for the Virtual Tech Workshop: https://onlineexperiences.com/
Launch/QReg/ShowUUID=A7C1E946-2D5A-4E1D-9497-9275332D8995

AARP ARIZONA is hosting two Teletown Halls. These informative Coronavirus conversations will provide an opportunity for callers to ask questions of the guests, which will include Arizona health officials and our US Senators for Arizona. On Wednesday, May 6th from 2-3:15 pm. the guests will be Kyrsten Sinema, US Senator for Arizona, Will Humble, Executive Director for Arizona Public Health Assoc, and Dr. Leonard Kirschner, M.D., Retired Col. US Air Force, Past President of AARP Arizona and Director of AHCCCS. To join the call, dial: 1-877-229-8493,  ID  114737#   Then, on Tuesday, May 12 from 11:40am-12:45 pm, the guests will be Martha McSally, US Senator for Arizona. Other guests to be confirmed. To join the call, dial:  1-877-229-8493, ID 14762#

"GET A GRIP! SECRETS TO IMPROVING STRENGTH, BALANCE & FLEXIBILITY" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, May 7 at noon via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. It’s not uncommon to lose strength and flexibility in our body as we age, making mobility more difficult, and increasing our risk of falling. Karen Russell, Master Fallproof Instructor and Director of Client Care with Home Care Assistance, demonstrates simple yet effective exercises for all levels of ability that are performed standing or sitting with the aid of a chair, or standing next to a countertop. Learn how to strengthen your ankles, knees and hips, and improve your balance. Learn why it's important to strengthen your Toe-Picker-Uppers, and take the Toothbrush Challenge. Hand-out materials will be provided. To watch the presentation, go to http://www.seniorconnection.us/ and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. Once this presentation is uploaded to the website on Thursday, it will remain available "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) thereafter. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.

"SHOULD YOUR RETIREMENT PLAN INCLUDE A REVERSE MORTGAGE? GET THE FACTS!" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, May 14 at noon via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Presenter Bill Binkey, VP - The Federal Savings Bank, will explain the basics of a reverse mortgage and why it is no longer considered the loan of last resort. Hand-out materials will be provided. To watch the presentation, go to http://www.seniorconnection.us/ and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. Once this presentation is uploaded to the website on Thursday, it will remain available "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) thereafter. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.

"CHAIR DANCING & CARDIO FUN" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, May 21 at noon via TeleConnection Streaming on the Senior Connection website. Yes, it’s possible to get a good workout while seated in a chair! Karen Russell, Master Fallproof Instructor and Director of Client Care with Home Care Assistance, leads a fun workout session accompanied by upbeat music. Appropriate for all levels of ability, improve your cardiovascular health as well as your strength, and have fun in the process. Hand-out materials will be provided. To watch (and participate in) the presentation, go to http://www.seniorconnection.us/ and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. Once this presentation is uploaded to the website on Thursday, it will remain available "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) thereafter. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.

COVID-RELATED INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE

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

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCATION – Toll-free 24/7 Helpline (800) 272-3900. For articles specifically related to dementia and the virus, visit: https://alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/coronavirus-covid-19 

ALZHIEMER’S ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP Meetings are temporarily 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, you should 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. For date and time of meetings in other locations, let them know what city. There's a limit to the number of people that can participate on each call, so it's probably better to sign up early (but please cancel if it turns out you won't be available). The benefit of participating in a local meeting is that you'll be able to chat with other local people about local resources, as well as meet them in person, once the on-site meetings resume.

ALZHEIMER’S 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.

WEST YAVAPAI GUIDANCE CLINIC If you are struggling with the emotional aspects of the current situation, Guidance Clinic staff are available to talk 24/7. "Our organization is open and fully staffed. The CSU, Crisis Stabilization Unit, in Prescott Valley is open to anyone regardless of age having an immediate behavioral or mental health crisis. We have Telehealth and Virtual Intake to assist persons via phone in their home. Our community can call our main number 928-445-5411 ext 3900 and that will take them to our CSU with 24/7 coverage. WYGC is responding to the national pandemic and we are here for our community. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

YAVAPAI REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (YRMC) WILL CONDUCT A DRIVE THROUGH COVID-19 TESTING CLINIC on Saturday, May 9th from 8am-12 noon to serve people in our community who feel they have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Location is YRMC Del E. Webb Outpatient Center parking lot, 3262 N. Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley. This is a voluntary community service that is being provided by YRMC PhysicianCare at no cost to those in the community who feel they have been exposed to the virus. For those who wish to be tested, please note: YRMC utilizes an FDA-approved nasal swab testing process. There may be some discomfort associated with the test. Test results will take between 3 to 5 business days. YRMC PhysicianCare will contact those who have been tested with the results. No physician order is necessary. Medical advice will not be provided. Anyone who presents for testing will need to answer a few basic questions and follow a simple registration process. Please use the main entrance from Windsong Drive. People who present for testing should remain in their vehicles and wear a mask if possible.

SENIOR CONNECTION MEMBER UPDATES

AAA ARIZONA
(As of 4/27) Once the Stay at Home order has been lifted, they are "Planning to open to the public with limited traffic in the branch with the 6 ft. distance rule in place." Until then, they continue to offer assistance via phone and online. Call (928) 541-8605. Located at 172 E Sheldon Suite C-100, Prescott.

AARP IN YAVAPAI COUNTY –A survey and research is being conducted by Arizona State University’s Center for Innovation in Healthy & Resilient Aging. The information is from Dr Aaron Guest, one of the presenters at the AARP Brain Health & Aging Well event held last Fall in Prescott. The survey and research is vital to understand not only how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected people but how to be better prepared in the future. The brief survey asks questions about health, wellbeing, health access, and social support networks. The study is open to anyone aged 50 and over who can access the electronic-internet based survey. ASU says "The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring vast changes to everyday life – one of the most noticeable being the requirement of physical (social) distancing. We are seeking to gain some insight into the effects social/physical distancing is having on our aging population – aged 50 and over. We invite you to take this brief survey (no more than 25 minutes) to help inform our understanding of how COVID-19 is affecting our aging population. You will be asked questions about your health, wellbeing, and social supports. If you agree, we will also send two brief follow-up surveys at a later date. Your responses are confidential. They will not be linked back to you." If you are interested, you can learn more and complete the survey at https://redcap.link/AgingThroughCovid If you have questions about the survey, you can reach out to Dr. Aaron Guest at aaron.guest@asu.edu or 602/496-0782.

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS BLOOMTREE REALTY (As of 4/27) "Since we are an Essential business, we are keeping up with new listings and still selling! I have had two vacant homes list and sell during this closure. Buyers are slowing down, especially for occupied homes. So if your home will still be occupied, it's better to wait a couple more weeks. The sooner, the better as we will see a big influx of homes on the market when this dies down and we are in phase 2 of city opening. Stay safe everyone!" Contact Rhonda Johnston via email at rhondasellsprescott@gmail.com or call 928-925-0241 or contact Terri Kiffer via email at tkarizonare@gmail.com or call 602-705-1181.

DESERT FLOWER CBD AND WELLNESS (As of 4/27) "We will re-open once the restrictions are lifted.  In the meantime we will deliver or mail your order.  Visit our website at www.desertflowercbd.com for products, prices, and contact information.

KINDRED AT HOME (As of 4/27) "Continues to provide home healthcare in the home for people needing Skilled Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy. This service is fully covered by Medicare. Our clinicians have been taking precautions to see patients safely which include daily health screenings, proper use of protective equipment and following extensive infection control guidelines. Kindred at Home clinicians can also assist in facilitating telehealth appointments with Primary Care Physicians. Seniors can receive the care they need without leaving their homes." For info visit www.kindredathome.com or call (928) 776-1525. Located at 3107 Clearwater Drive, Prescott.

NORTHERN ARIZONA PAIN INSTITUTES will remain open to provide services. We remain mindful of doing so in compliance with the Governor’s mandate. In order to ensure the safety of our employees and our patients, NAPI has made some big changes to clinic operations. NAPI is limiting in-person clinic visits and has adopted telehealth visits in an effort to virtually care for those patients and reduce foot traffic in these areas. We can still provide interventional services to improve the patients’ function and limit their need to access treatment in Urgent Care or Emergency Department settings. We are committed to caring for our patients and it is safe to receive necessary care. To support social distancing recommendations, we are having patients screened before coming into our buildings. Once cleared, patient may go into the waiting room until called back for their appointment. All drivers or significant others must wait inside their vehicles during appointment. Amidst this pandemic, we feel this is the best way to keep everyone safe and healthy. As of May 4, 2020 we plan to open back up to full operations, but will continue to follow safety protocols by screening patients prior to their appointments. Any questions or concerns feel free to contact your local clinic at 928-458-7343.

NORTHERN ARIZONA PAIN INSTITUTES - Regional Health Care Company seeks Executive House for health care professional; Lease with Option to Purchase or Seller Carry. Seeking 3,000 - 4,000sf house, proximity to downtown Prescott. Views, acreage and single story desired. Will provide Corporate and Personal Guarantees. Call or text: 928-910-3450 or email information to dorian@nazpain.com

SOLARIS HOSPICE (As of 5/1) "Our team has been going above and beyond to reach our patients through this crisis. We have provided window visits to those in nursing homes with restrictions on visitors, delivered Easter Baskets, our Volunteers have been providing song through the window to make our patients smile. We assist our patients with their groceries and wipe and disinfect everything before it hits their cupboard. Our own Solaris pharmacy has made hand sanitizer that we have been delivering to our community partners. We are providing COVID CARE packages to our community partners to assist in any essential needs as it relates to cleaning supplies and just providing a smile. Solaris is Here and we are ready to assist in anyway possible. We have been given a lot of flexibilities from the Federal Government to be able to care for patients that need care now. We are critical for being able to provide care for these patients and to keep them home and out of the hospital where their risk of exposure is so high. Since the Public Health Emergency was declared we have put in place: Daily symptom checks on all of our clinicians, Daily screens on all of our patients and their caregivers, We have developed a Decision Tree to guide our clinicians in how to respond if a patient or a staff member is developing symptoms, We have procured appropriate amounts of PPE from many sources to be able to protect our staff, as well as our patients, caregivers and the community from the spread of this illness. We have designated a COVID response interdisciplinary team to be able to care for those patients only to reduce the risk of exposure to others. We have strictly followed CDC and AZ DPH guidelines and have updated all of our infection control procedures and policies, We monitor the CDC, state and federal guidance daily, We have ongoing education with our team to ensure their comfort during this crisis, We have provided educational materials for our patients and their caregivers. We have been working in tandem with CMS, NHPCO and state as well as participating in our Northern region Emergency Coalition to collaborate in the fight against this pandemic. We have implemented Telehealth to provide an extra level of monitoring of our patients when we are unable to visit, and increased all of our calls to be able to comfort our patients, as well as, their family members that are unable to visit during this time." Solaris Hospice is located at 1060 Iron Springs Rd in Prescott. For more information, visit http://www.solarisfamily.com/coronavirus or call (928) 277-8641.

STEPPING STONES AGENCIES will reopen their Prescott and Prescott Valley thrift stores for shopping on Friday, May 8. New temporary hours will be Tues-Sat from 9am-5 pm. You can continue to drop off your donations at either location Tues-Sat from 9am-4 pm. They are taking many safety precautions in line with the state and CDC guidelines including: Continuing to keep our stores cleaned and sanitized, Limiting the number of customers in the store at a time, Due to sanitation challenges, there will temporarily be no access to restrooms or fittings rooms, Allowing for 6’ distance between customers at check-out counters and utilizing sneeze guards for added protection. Staff will be wearing masks to help provide protection, and customers are encouraged to wear masks when they come to shop. Since 1980, Stepping Stones Agencies has provided 24/7/365 advocacy services, including safe shelter, to adults and children affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of victimization in West Yavapai County, Arizona. Advocates are always available – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call the Helpline to speak to an advocate at 928-445-HOPE. Store locations: 2651 N. Industrial Way (Off Highway 69 at Mendecino Drive, Right on Lorna Ln) in Prescott Valley (928) 499-3206; 408 W Goodwin (in the Park Plaza shopping center) in Prescott (928) 776-3010. Visit www.steppingstonesaz.org for more info.

THE MARGARET T. MORRIS CENTER (As of 4/27) "We want to let the community know that we are still taking residents during this very challenging time. We are following all the CDC guidelines and are happy to say that right now our residents are all healthy and happy. Any family member looking to move their loved one with dementia into our assisted living community specializing in dementia care is encouraged to call 928-445-6633." They are located at 878 Sunset Avenue, Prescott 86305

YAYAPAI HUMANE SOCIETY THRIFT STORE
is going to re-open to the public on Friday, May 15th.  The first week will be a soft opening with business hours running from 10am-3pm Monday through Saturday...the store is closed on Sundays.  Once they see where they are with the COVID-19 pandemic, they will adjust their business hours. They will have a 50% off "Welcome Back" sale on 5/15 and 5/16 (Friday & Saturday).  There will be great deals everywhere in the store!!! Location: 1601 Iron Springs Rd, Prescott. For info visit https://yavapaihumane.org/get-involved/thriftstore/ or call (928) 445-5668.


"Financial Checklist
When Caring for Aging Loved One"

As lifespans continue to increase on average, many will be faced with the challenge of caring for an aging loved one. This can seem overwhelming, financially and emotionally. This checklist can help you manage the variety of considerations, both as caregiver and care recipient.

With your loved one's consent, work together with him or her to:

> Review financial records and insurance coverage to get a clear picture of his or her situation.

> Identify a strategy to make financial decisions. Who will handle daily money management? Will a group work together to make larger financial decisions?

> Contact financial institutions and complete forms so those authorized by your loved one can access his or her accounts and safe-deposit box.

> Consider establishing automatic payment of recurring bills.

> Investigate whether local social service agencies can help with heating fuel costs or other financial needs.

> Look into local property tax deferral or abatement programs.

> Establish direct deposit of benefit checks into bank and brokerage accounts.

> Learn about his or her Social Security benefits at www.ssa.gov

> Navigate Medicare, Medicaid and any other health care benefits he or she may be receiving. This may include: Medicare resources for caregivers (www.medicare.gov/campaigns/caregiver/caregiver.html)

> Learn about Veterans benefits as appropriate (http://www.va.gov)

> Discuss how he or she will pay for out-of-pocket costs such as premiums, deductibles and other items Medicare doesn't cover.

> Research trust services options to manage expenses, investments and financial paperwork.

> Review the caregiver's life insurance policy to ensure it provides for the care of loved ones in the event that something would happen to the holder.

Submitted by Joe Allen, Financial Advisor – Edward Jones, located at 5672 E State Rt 69 Suite 135, Prescott Valley. For more information, contact Joe at (928) 445-2226 or joseph.allen@edwardjones.com or visit www.edwardjones.com/joseph-allen

 

 

"Neuromodulation"

Living with chronic pain affects not only your body but also your mind. It can make getting around and getting along equally difficult. But with innovation in health technology comes hope. Neuromodulation has found to be more effective than traditional therapy at relieving chronic pain.

About Chronic Pain

According to the National Institutes of Health, dealing with chronic pain lasting more than 6 months is a way of life for more than 11 percent of Americans. Injuries and infections can cause pain and discomfort, but chronic pain happens when the nervous system does not function properly. A common cause of chronic pain is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

CRPS is nerve damage that is usually caused by an injury. Pain in the limbs may cause them to swell or change in color or temperature. Patients with confirmed nerve injuries are categorized as having CRPS-II (also known as causalgia), while patients without confirmed nerve injury are classified as having CRPS-I (previously called reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome or RSDS).

These conditions may cause chronic pain with signs and symptoms such as:

> A burning or freezing feeling
> Throbbing pain
> Sharp, jabbing pain
> Pins and needles sensation
> Numbness
> Sensitivity to touch
> Loss of coordination
> Muscle weakness or inability to move part of the body

Treatment for Chronic Pain

Traditionally, doctors have prescribed medications to treat chronic pain, including opioids, which can lead to addiction and overdose. Treatment plans for chronic pain may also include physical therapy, psychological interventions, nerve blocks, and surgery.

When these treatments fail, people with chronic pain can turn to a different therapy. Spinal cord stimulation is an option that blocks pain signals from reaching the brain in the first place. For this treatment, a surgeon places a small device in your body that sends electrical signals to your spinal cord (think of a pacemaker for the heart – spinal cord stimulators are very similar to that, but for the spine). Research has found that 40 to 50 percent of people who have CRPS achieve pain relief from spinal cord stimulation.

Although the development of traditional spinal cord stimulation was a major step forward, it has still left many people without a solution to their chronic pain.

Groundbreaking New Treatment: DRG Stimulation

Researchers have turned their attention to the dorsal root ganglion (DRG), a bundle of nerves located on the outside of the spinal cord.

The DRG is designed to manage difficult-to-treat chronic pain in specific areas of the lower limbs, such as, the foot, knee, or groin. If you’re managing pain in those areas, then the DRG Neurostimulator system can provide therapy to aid in treatment of chronic pain. The goal for either of these two devices is to help individuals get back to living their lives without feeling debilitated. A major benefit of this device is that it is covered by insurance and is a great option to explore if you are still dealing with chronic pain and have had no results from other treatments.

Photo: Dorian Lange

Article submitted by Angela Gavelli Fernandez - Clinical Coordinator, Northern Arizona Pain Institutes.  For more information, visit NorthernArizonaPainInstitute.com or call the Prescott office at (928) 458-7343.

 

 

Challenging Behaviors & Dementia

If you’re caring for a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you may notice that they exhibit certain behaviors that can be particularly challenging for you as well as distressing for them. How can you best respond when your loved one becomes agitated, refuses personal care or begins to wander?

As much as possible, it’s important to look at these situations from the perspective of the person with dementia. In doing so, we find that these behaviors typically represent the desire for communication. What is the person communicating through their behaviors? Which needs are they trying to meet?

If a person with dementia becomes agitated, for example, it could be that they are feeling unheard, misunderstood, threatened or frightened. Individuals with dementia will often pick up on our nonverbal communication, so one of the best approaches you can take in this situation is be sure that you’re communicating in a calm, caring tone of voice with open, non-threatening body language.

When a person refuses personal care, they may feel like they’re being violated in some way. Or, it could relate to old, lifelong routines. They might be thinking, "This isn’t when I’m supposed to take a shower. It’s morning, and I’ve always showered in the evening." We want to be sure we’re providing care in a way that accommodates personal preferences and emphasizes dignity and respect. Instead of having a set time to shower, you might try offering multiple opportunities to shower. 

If a person is wandering, it could be that they are leaving an area that creates discomfort or that they’re looking for something personally meaningful. They could also be exhibiting a lifelong work schedule. Imagine looking at the clock and suddenly realizing, "It’s 8:15. I need to get out of here and go to work!" In this case, knowing the person’s unique life history can provide valuable insights on their reasons for wandering. You may also find it helpful to keep track of patterns that can lead to wandering or other behaviors.

In caring for a loved one with dementia, all action has meaning. By validating and addressing the person’s underlying needs, we’re better able to help resolve these types of behaviors for those in our care.

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

 


"What's All the Hubbub About CBD?"

(Editor’s Note: This article is for informational purposes. It’s always a good idea to speak with your health care professional about potential risks, side affects or interactions with prescription drugs before starting a CBD regimen.)

CBD seems to be everywhere these days: at the corner gas station, in grocery and retail stores, and all over the internet. It’s become a multi-billion-dollar industry, reaching every area of the wellness market. But what is CBD exactly?

First, a little history. Cannabis is the plant family that includes both marijuana and industrial hemp. The difference is that marijuana contains high levels of THC (the stuff that gets you high) while hemp contains high levels of CBD and very low levels of THC, less than 0.3%. When our country was founded, hemp was commonly grown to be made into paper and cloth. This ended in 1937 with the Marihuana Tax Act, which classified hemp as a Schedule 1 drug. Some 80 years later, Congress passed the Farm Bill, which President Trump signed into law in December of 2018. This removed hemp from the drug list and designated it as an agricultural crop, just like corn and soybeans. This has led to much needed research on CBD, including clinical studies. The FDA is in the process of creating guidelines and regulations for the sale of CBD. In 2018 they approved the sale of Epidiolex, a cannabis derived medicine for the treatment of epilepsy in children.

So how does CBD work? All mammals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which regulates many of the other systems in the body: Digestive, circulatory, respiratory etc. There are cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, primarily in the brain (CB1 receptors) and in the immune system (CB2 receptors). CBD enhances the body’s own production of endocannabinoids. That’s why it appears to act on many different maladies such as anxiety, pain and inflammation. Not all people react to CBD in the same way. Some require a very small amount, while others may need a higher dose. Everyone needs to find their own good place. It’s always a good idea to speak with your health care professional before starting a CBD regimen.

CBD typically comes in the form of a topical ointment or ingestible tinctures, capsules, gummies, and water-soluble liposomes. Here’s what you should look for in selecting a CBD product: 

1.  Look at the label. It should be labelled as a dietary supplement and have the FDA disclaimer. It will state the total amount of CBD (in milligrams) in the bottle as well as the serving size and list any additional ingredients. Look for the U.S. Hemp Authority certification seal.

2.  Look for third-party testing. This is independent testing in addition to the manufacturer’s testing. You want to be sure that the amount of CBD stated on the bottle is the amount you are getting, and that it is free from pesticides and chemicals. Most reputable CBD products have a QR code on the bottle which can be scanned to get the Certificate of Analysis.

3. Look for a lot number. Reputable manufacturers include a lot number in the event that there is a recall on the product.

4. Beware of exaggerated claims. Any product that claims to cure a disease is not legit. Be cautious of products that are bargain priced. Producing CBD is an expensive process, and you get what you pay for.

Submitted by Teri Bryant and Scott Reeves, Desert Flower CBD and Wellness, 3131 Robert Rd., Prescott Valley. For more information, visit www.desertflowercbd.com or call (928) 350-9943.

SUPPORT GROUPS - CLASSES –
INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


HEALTH SERVICES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam Downing, MD PPLC
Prescott AZ

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


HEALTH/FITNESS

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


HEARING AIDS/
HEARING LOSS

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

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

HOSPICE CARE

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

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

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


HOSPITAL/REHAB HOSPITAL

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


INDEPENDENT LIVING

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

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

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

IN-HOME CARE
NON-MEDICAL

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

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

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

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

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

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


IN-HOME – MEDICAL
SKILLED NURSING

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

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

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

INSURANCE/MEDICARE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


LEGAL/ELDER LAW

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

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


PEER SUPPORT

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

PERSONAL SERVICES

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

REAL ESTATE

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


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE
PLACEMENT SERVICE

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


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE
DOWNSIZING/DE-CLUTTERING

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

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

REVERSE MORTGAGES

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

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

William ‘Bill’ Binkey
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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