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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. There will also be a section for reader feedback, so 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

February  2018

Senior Connection’s Conference & Expo
Offers Valuable Information!

Our Senior Connection "Senior & Caregivers  Conference & Expo" will occur Friday, March 16 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Prescott Valley. Nearly  70 Senior Service providers of products, services and support will have informational booths. Local experts will give presentations throughout the day on issues relating to being a Senior or Family Caregiver.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! This twice-yearly Senior Connection event provides an opportunity for you to meet the Senior Connection Member agencies that make it possible for us to provide FREE resources to you throughout the year. Come learn what their companies have to offer, and thank them for their support of our efforts to help Seniors and Family Caregivers.


10am "The Caregiver Emotional Roller Coaster";
11am "Personal Advocacy in Today’s Healthcare System"; Noon "Chronic Pain & Opioid Crisis for Seniors"; 1pm "De-Prescribing – Trimming Down Un-Needed Meds As We Age"; 2pm "Guardianship, Conservatorship & Probate – What, When and How to Avoid."

An event flier is available on the home page of our website:  www.SeniorConnection.us or by clicking here:

Location is Liberty Traditional School, 3300 N Lake Valley Road. Visit for part or all of the day, as your schedule allows. Free admission. No need to RSVP.

Making the Connection,
Debbie Stewart
Senior Connection
P.O. Box 11929
Prescott AZ 86304
(928) 778-3747

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 article:

"Tinnitus is Treatable
With the Right Technology

"Medicaid – What You Need to Know"

"Trekking to Good Health"

These articles can be found below the
Meetings - Events - Education 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.


Dates and times of meetings and events sometimes change at the last minute. It’s a good idea to call ahead before heading out, just to be sure. Events sponsored by the Senior Connection are noted as such.

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.

TREKKING CLINIC – If you’re interested in learning how to safely use walking poles, contact Karen Russell, Community Liaison with Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Prescott Valley. If there’s enough interest, she'll offer a Trekking Clinic that will focus on how to adjust and properly fit the poles, as well as how to use them. Please see Karen's article in this newsletter. You can call her at 602-540-5310.

"TINNITUS - WHAT'S ALL THE BUZZ?" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, February 1 from NOON-1pm at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane, Prescott.  Presenter Dusty Spitler, A2Z Hearing Health, will speak about Tinnitus, commonly referred to as "ringing in the ears." It can manifest many different perceptions of sound, including buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking. Tinnitus is not a disease, but can be a symptom of a wide range of underlying health issues. Dusty will explain causes, treatments and tools that can provide relief for those who suffer from this condition. (Directions: From YRMC, go north on Willow Creek Road, Left (west) on Green Lane. Church is on right side, set back from street.).RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747. For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html

ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF LIFE is a Remembrance and Celebration of Life, to occur Thursday, February 1 beginning at 10a.m. at Cottonwood Village, 201 East Mingus Ave in Cottonwood. Sponsored by Hospice of the Pines, the public is welcome to attend the event, which will provide a time to Remember, a time to Honor, and a time to Cherish. Reception to follow. To RSVP or for more information, call Julie Keeney, Community Relations Coordinator, Hospice of the Pines at (928) 632-0111.

A CARING PLACE ADULT DAY SERVICES invites the community to attend their Grand Opening on Thursday, February 1 from 2–5 p.m. in Cottonwood. The Center enables seniors to socialize with others, while receiving care and supervision during daytime hours. Daily activities are designed to promote well-being through social and health-related services. Individualized care plans ensure each participant maximizes their potential. Location is 203 South Candy Lane, Suite 12 A-B, Cottonwood. Tours and refreshments will be provided. For more info or to RSVP, call (505) 270-4803.

will occur February 2 from10:30am-12:30pm in Prescott, to address critical supports and services for older adults. Whether you are involved in the aging community as a Caregiver, a business providing services to seniors, or are a community member concerned about the future of Arizona’s aging population, you are invited to attend. The Department of Economic Security, Division of Aging and Adult Services (DES/DAAS) is seeking input from the public to help identify issues affecting the quality of life and well-being of older adults and their caregivers, to help determine what the infrastructure for aging programs should look like. Input from these statewide meetings will be used to help shape strategies for the Arizona State Plan on Aging for 2019-2022. Location: Yavapai College, 1100 E Sheldon Street, Building 3, Room 119. RSVPs are not necessary. Info: (877) 532-3500 or P.J. Janik at 775-9993 ext 4.

"TAX-EFFICIENT CHARITABLE GIVING STRATEGIES" will occur Wednesday, February 7 from 11am- noon in Prescott. Charitable giving can be a key element in a financial plan that will not only accomplish philanthropic goals but also provide tax and income benefits. Gene Zilliox and Kelli Stiles with Mass Mutual will discuss how different methods of giving provide distinct sets of opportunities (and drawbacks), so you can better decide whether a creative charitable gift fits in your plan. Location: Adult Center of Prescott, 1280 E Rosser. Call Gene at (602) 909-1813 with any questions or to RSVP.

is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, February 8 from NOON to 1pm at Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E. Long Look Drive. Presenter Carol White, Alzheimer's Association, will explain that Alzheimer's Disease is not a normal part of aging. She will provide information on causes and risk factors, detection, stages of the disease and treatment options. Included will be: Defining dementia vs Alzheimer’s Disease, The 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, How it affects our brains, Risks of getting it, Diagnosing Alzheimer’s, and Drug & non-drug treatments that may help with cognitive and behavioral symptoms. (Directions: From Hwy 69, go north on Glassford Hill, right on Long Look.) RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928)778-3747. For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT! HOW PRESCOTT CAN RECOVER FOOD AND SERVE THE HUNGRY – literally tons of food in our local communities are wasted every year - food that could be used to support groups that feed the hungry. On Sunday, February 11 at 2pm in Prescott, Shea Richland of the Quad City Food Recovery Program and Bob Painter of the Food Neighbors Project will introduce the work of their organizations to distribute edible food that would otherwise end up in a landfill to feed hungry people, followed by the film "Just Eat It." Attendees are encouraged to contribute to the event's food drive by bringing a shelf-stable food item for Prescott Community Cupboard. If you have excess fruit or vegetables in your yard, or would like to help pick excess fruit in the community, come learn about local gleaning opportunities. Location: Prescott Public Library on Goodwin. For more info, contact the Ask a Librarian Desk at the Library at 777-1519.

"THE BASICS: MEMORY LOSS, DEMENTIA & ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE" will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association on Tuesday, February 13 from 12:30-1:30pm at the Chino Valley Public Library, 1020 Palomino Rd. Learn information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease and treatment options. Info: 708-4636.

"WHY PLAN AHEAD? TAKING THE FEAR OUT OF ADVANCE FUNERAL PLANNING " is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, February 15 from NOON-1pm at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott. Presenters Clent Walker & Danielle Sanders - Heritage Memory Mortuary, will cover: Facts, laws, regulations, and guidelines regarding the funeral and pre-planning industry, funeral and cremation processes, options for cemetery, cremation and burial, including Green burials, Veterans and Survivor Benefits, and how to start discussing your wishes with family and friends regarding your end of life wishes.You will leave feeling informed and better prepared to plan your own arrangements. Directions: From Whipple, go north on Ruth Street towards Prescott High School, right on Scott Dr, right at stop sign.) RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928)778-3747. For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html

"ESTATE PLANNING FOR BLENDED FAMILIES – YOURS, MINE & OURS" is a free Senior Connection Seminar to occur Thursday, February 22 from NOON-1 p.m. at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive in Prescott. Presenter Chuck Walker, Walker Estate Attorneys, will provide legal solutions to estate planning concerns when blended families are involved. He will cover: Beneficiary designations - Deeds, POD, TOD, joint accounts with no formal estate plan. Should you set aside some for everybody? Last Will and Testament - how to divide, what if spouse lives on for many years? How do Trusts work? Divide into shares? Who is first to pass and what does the survivor do? Who is in charge of shares for a child of mine, of my deceased spouse? Will the family be at peace after the first to pass? Do I want my kids to wait until my spouse passes before they get their inheritance? Come hear about legal solutions to these family issues. There will be time for questions. (Directions: From Whipple, go north on Ruth Street, towards Prescott High School, right on Scott Drive, left at stop sign.) RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747. For a schedule of upcoming presentations, visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html

CANCER THERAPY: GET PROACTIVE & REDUCE YOUR RISK OF RELATED ORAL COMPLICATIONS! is a free presentation to occur Thursday, February 22 from 6-7:30 pm (light Appetizers at 5:30pm) at The Club at Prescott Lakes. Presented by Dr. Jason Campbell, D.D.S., Pro Solutions Dental Group, Local Dentist, Pioneer of Biofunctional Disorder Philosophy, Dental Educator, National Implant & Surgical Prosthetics Speaker. Dr. Campbell will share how to prevent the negative impact of oncological treatments, including Chemotherapy & Radiation Therapy, on your oral health. You will learn: Secrets to avoid losing teeth, Oral side effects of oncological treatments, Maintaining a healthy mouth with preventive protocols, Preventive protocols for dry mouth & canker/mouth sores, Limitations regarding dental implants & dentures. Eligible attendees will receive a certificate for a Customized Care Protocol with X-rays for $49.99 ($237 value). RSVPs requested by 2/15. Register online at www.PrescottDentist.com/event or call 928-776-1208.

PRESCOTT PREFERRED CHIROPRACTIC & EMOTIONAL HEALING in Prescott offers a 30-minute massage for $10 (this is a $40 value), with all proceeds given to CASA (Central Arizona Seniors Association) Meals On Wheels Program. Contact Betty at (928) 772-3337.

Tinnitus is Treatable
With the Right Technology

According to the American Tinnitus Association, 50 million Americans — or 1 in 6 — suffer from ringing in the ears. Of those people, nearly 90 percent also have some degree of hearing loss. The very first thing you should do is see a professional hearing specialist.

What causes tinnitus?

Scientists and health experts don't know the exact physical cause of tinnitus, but several sources are known to trigger or make it worse, including:

Loud noises and hearing loss – Exposure to loud noises can destroy the non-regenerative cilia (tiny hairs) in the cochlea, causing permanent tinnitus and/or hearing loss.

Aging – As you age, those same cilia gradually deteriorate, which can lead to tinnitus and/or hearing loss.

Ototoxic medications – Some prescription medications such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and antidepressants are harmful to the inner ear as well as the nerve fibers connecting the cochlea to the brain.

Health conditions – Tinnitus can also be a symptom of health conditions like cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stress and head injuries.

Is there a cure for tinnitus?

Currently, there is no known tinnitus cure. But according to the American Tinnitus Association, there are recommended ways to get tinnitus relief, including counseling and sound therapy.

What should you do if you have tinnitus?

Since the exact cause of tinnitus is not known, it’s recommended you visit a hearing healthcare professional for a clinical evaluation. Specialized tests are performed to diagnose tinnitus, and a treatment protocol can be prescribed and administered to help you finally find relief!

There is even an "App for that"

"Relax" is a comprehensive tinnitus education and self-management tool designed to help provide personalized relief to people suffering from tinnitus. "Relax" includes 12 different relief sounds that can be customized to personal preference and saved uniquely. "Relax" should be used in conjunction with or incorporated into tinnitus management strategies such as quality hearing technology prescribed by a professional hearing specials.

Submitted by Dee Spitler, A2Z Hearing Health, LLC located at 1781 E Highway 69, Suite 54 in Prescott and 2855 W Hwy 891, Suite 1 in Sedona. Serving all of Northern Arizona. For more information or a free, no obligation hearing exam, call (928) 227-0411. Dusty Spitler will be giving a Speakers Bureau presentation on "Tinnitus- What’s All the Buzz?" February 1 from Noon-1pm in Prescott. See the description in the Meetings section above.

Medicaid – What You Need to Know

Unlike Medicare, we are not entitled to Medicaid when we turn age 65. Medicaid is a means-based program, funded by federal and state resources, that maintains financial and medical requirements for individuals with limited income. Secondly, Medicaid can also pay for Long-Term Care (i.e. assisted living and memory care) for individuals with limited income that qualify.

Although funded by the federal government, Medicaid is managed individually by each state. Arizona’s Medicaid program is called Arizona Long Term Care System (a.k.a. ALTCS).

ALTCS covered services "may" include:

> Long-term care in an assisted living or nursing home facility
> Home and community-based services (in-home care and outpatient)
> Medical services (doctor’s office visits and prescriptions)
> Behavioral health
> Hospice

Basic eligibility requirements:


> Be a U.S. citizen or qualified immigrant
> Have a Social Security Number (or apply for one)
> Be an Arizona resident
> Live in your own home or an ALTCS-certified long-term care facility (assisted living or skilled nursing)
> Require a nursing-home level of care (determined by an ALTCS medical assessment)


>Gross monthly income limit of $2,205 (single applicants): not limited to wages, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, disability, retirement and VA pensions. For married couples, eligibility is calculated using a "Community Spouse Resource Deduction" (CSRD); see details below.

> Countable resources of not more than $2,000: bank account balances, real property (not lived in), cash, stocks, bonds, CD’s, cash value of some certain life insurance policies and non-exempt vehicles. Resources that are NOT counted (non-countable resources) include primary residence lived in (unless held in trust), one vehicle, household/personal belongings, burial plots, irrevocable burial plans and $1,500 designated for burial.

> Community Spouse Resource Deduction: a legally married spouse of an ALTCS applicant who lives at home or anywhere other than a medical facility is called a "community spouse". Countable resources of both spouse are totaled, and the community spouse may keep a portion to live on as calculated by an ALTCS Eligibility Specialist.

> Special Treatment Trust: if your income exceeds the ALTCS limits, you may still be able to qualify by creating a "Miller Trust". It is best to consult with an elder law attorney when considering this option.

Submitted by Mark Sylvester, Certified Senior Advisor and Owner of CarePatrol of Northern Arizona, helping people find safe, reliable & affordable Senior Care Options in Northern Arizona. For more information, visit www.CarePatrolNAZ.com or contact Mark at (928) 515-3100.

Trekking to Good Health

If hiking is a fitness goal for the New Year, you may want to consider using trekking poles. "Trekking poles look like ‘ski poles" and are standard among equipment among hikers," says Karen Russell, PTA, Community Liaison at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. "They’re a great way to provide stability and support on all types of terrain when they are fitted and used properly."

When selecting trekking poles, hikers have a variety of options. Two poles can be used in tandem for stability, or one pole can be used for flatter terrains. Whether using one or two poles, however, a hiker should find one that allows a 90-degree bend at the elbow when the pole hits the ground. The pole’s weight, adjustability, locking features, and shock absorption also should be considered.

"Trekking poles can help reduce the impact of hiking on knees and leg muscles because arm and shoulder muscles help provide support and relief," Russell says. "Poles also offer stability and can help improve balance when walking through rough terrain or when crossing streams."

Studies have shown that trekking poles can reduce the impact strain of hiking on the knees and legs by 20-25 percent. In 1981, Dr. G. Neureuther proved that the use of "ski poles" while walking reduced pressure and strain on the opposite leg by 20 percent. A study in the Journal of Sports Medicine in 1999 showed that trekking poles can reduce the force on knees by up to 25 percent.

Russell says there are additional benefits to trekking poles as well. "When a hiker uses trekking poles, they required a ‘hands above the heart’ position," she says. "This helps improve circulation and reduce heart rate. The use of the walking poles also can lead to a rhythm that helps hikers breathing to be more relaxed and regular, while increasing stamina."

To reap the benefits, Russell says, you have to be sure to use the poles correctly. To get the most out of trekking poles, consider:

> Alternating poles and legs. Plant the opposing trekking pole with the opposite foot for a natural rhythm.

> Double planting. On steep climbs or descents, plant both poles at the same time before taking a step.

> Walk naturally. Maintain a natural arm swing.

> Negotiating obstacles. When wading through water, plant the pole and make sure it’s secure before moving forward. To cross large rocks, plant both poles on the ground as you step up.

Submitted by Karen Russell, Community Liaison. If you would like to learn more about Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital (MVRRH), call (928) 759-8800, visit MVRRH.ernesthealth.com or drop by 3700 North Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley. MVRRH offers a free Caregiver Support Group the 3rd Wednesday of every month. For more information, call Karen Russell, 602-540-5310.


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 Unity Church, 145 S Arizona in Prescott and at the Susan J Rheem Adult Day Center, 3407 N Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley. A group for veterans and their families meets at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Prescott VA Medical Center, ECRC Room A-205. In Sedona: The first and third Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Sedona Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Rd. In Clarkdale: The 1st Wednesday at 10 am at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 330 Scenic Drive. 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 PAalberty@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 Drive – Suite A, Prescott. Info: 771-9257.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP, facilitated by Highgate Senior Living, occur 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.

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, sponsored by Senior Peer Prevention Program, meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday 2-3:30pm at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W Gurley. For individuals who experience eye disorders and/or loss of vision. We also offer a Companion Caregiver Support Group (for low vision caring), which meets at the same time. Info: Connie Boston at 445-5211 x2672.

BLOOD PRESSURE – free blood pressure readings courtesy of Nurses Network, 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 Rehabilitation Hospital, 3700 N Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley. Facilitated by Karen Russell, Community Liaison, and a Speech therapist. Info: 775-7863.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – meets on 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 on 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.

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.

DIABETES – LIVING WELL WITH DIABETES meets the third Tuesday of most months (call to request the yearly schedule) from 5:30-6:30p.m. 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 has merged with Chapters in Phoenix and Tucson to form a statewide organization.)

GOLD STAR MOTHERS have lost sons and daughters in the military service. Info: 499-5565 in Prescott.

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 the YRMC Wellness Center in Prescott. Reservations are 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 are 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 are 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 are 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 or email jkeeney@hospiceofthepines.com

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 – durable medical equipment including walkers, shower chairs, electric scooter and other items are available at New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center in Prescott Valley. Info: Deborah 772-1266 ext 301 or visit www.newhorizonsilc.org

MEDICARE SPECIALISTS provide free, individual assistance at the following locations: Third Thursday at Central Arizona Seniors Association (CASA), 9360 Manzanita Circle, Prescott Valley. Info: 772-3337. First and third Wed 9-11:30am at Prescott Adult Center, 1280 Rosser. To schedule an appointment, call 778-3000. Periodically at Mayer Area Meals On Wheels Program. Info: 632-7511.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION, sponsored by Senior Peer Prevention Program, meets at the Chino Valley Senior Center on Fridays from 10:15-11:15am. Info: Connie Boston (928) 445-5211 ext 2672.

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.

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.

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 (YRMC). 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 the 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 at 133 Bradshaw Dr, Prescott. Info: www.prescottaa.org or 445-8691.

SENIOR MEN SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Senior Peer Prevention Program, explores issues surrounding growing older in the modern world. Meets in Prescott the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays from 10am-noon. Sponsored by Senior Peer Prevention Program. Meets at West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, 505 S Cortez in Prescott. Info: Connie Boston (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 wellbeing. 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 Prevention Program (928) 445-5211 ext 2672.

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 of every 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.

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). NACOG vouchers accepted. Call 775-8870 for information or to schedule rides to appointments, grocery, medical, shopping, social engagements, prescription pick-up, etc.

WOMEN OF WISDOM SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Senior Peer Prevention Program, is a place that provides understanding, problem-solving and emotional support in developing healthy connections with others as you work through aging issues. Meets in Prescott every Tuesday from 10-11:30a.m. Meets at West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, 505 S Cortez in Prescott. Info: Connie Boston at (928) 445-5211 ext 2672.


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

Community Partners

Ink & Toner Cartridges
Small Quantity Photocopying
301 N Alarcon
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 777-9288

7120 Pav Way #102
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-8857

1085 Scott Drive
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-4348

2820 N Pleasant View Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 237-3458

7655 Long Look Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-7364

8944 E Sommer Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-6366

1202 Green Lane
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 778-9122

(928) 308-7687

6719 E 2nd Street 
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-4184

Senior Connection

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


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


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

Glassford Place Senior Living
7509 E Long Look Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-3690


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

Circle of Life Alzheimer’s/Dementia Homes
9240 N American Ranch Rd
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 237-1724


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


Good Samaritan Society
1065 Ruth Street
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 778-5655


Alzheimer’s Association
Desert Southwest Chapter
3111 Clearwater Drive – A
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 771-9257

Dwayne LeSassier’s
Music Ministry
Prescott AZ
(928) 830-7164


16165 N 83rd Ave #201
Phoenix AZ 85382
(866) 389-5649


Community Partnership for Comfort Care (CPCC)
P.O. Box 536
Prescott AZ 86302
(928) 493-2394

Heritage Memory Mortuary
131 Grove Av
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-1881

La Memoria Dolce
"The Sweet Memories"
Funeral Planner, Liaison, Catering
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 273-0373


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


Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp
2971 Willow Creek Rd #2
Prescott AZ 86301

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

MassMutual Greater Phoenix
60 E Rio Salado Pkwy - Ste 610
Tempe AZ 85281
(480) 638-2179

Sherrin Rose Financial Services
4890 Antelope Dr
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 778-3053

Spirit West Certified Planning
4147 N Goldwater Blvd, Suite 101
Scottsdale AZ 85251
(844) 637-0514 toll-free

The Reverse Mortgage Program -
Frontier Financial of AZ
8028 E Hwy 69, #104
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 237-9599


Amerita Home Infusion Pharmacy
1151 Iron Springs Rd – J
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 708-0025

Bennett Clinic
7876 E Florentine Rd
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-7200
1202 Willow Creek Road
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 771-9400

Cornerstone Family Chiropractic
2225 E Hwy 69
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 237-9477

Easing Up! LLC
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 713-2662

Joyful Health
1124 White Spar Rd
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 445-0112

Northern Arizona Pain Institute
3769 Crossings Drive - D
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 458-7343

Precision Spinal Care
3733 Karicio Lane
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 442-0202

Prescott Cardiology
804 Ainsworth Dr #102
Prescott AZ 86301
(982) 776-0601

Prescott Preferred Chiropractic
& Emotional Healing
936 12th Place
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 778-7996

Prescott Valley Chiropractic
3088 N Robert Rd
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 775-0522

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

Sonora Quest Laboratories
980 Willow Creek Rd #203
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-5261
3161 N Windsong Dr, Suite B
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-5308


Gentle BeMoved® / BeMoved®
Prescott & Chino Valley AZ 86303/86323
(208) 310-9913


A2Z Hearing Health
1781 E. Highway 69, Suite 65
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 227-2476
2855 W State Rt 89A, Suite 1
Sedona AZ 86336
(928) 862-4037

CapTel Outreach
13232 N 101st St
Scottsdale AZ 85260
(480) 544-3821

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

Webb Hearing Centers
1020 Sandretto Dr
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 778-5898


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

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


Mountain Valley Regional
Rehabilitation Hospital
3700 N Windsong Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 775-7863


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


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


ABRiO Care
2485 N Great Western Dr G-2
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-8866
1760 E Villa Dr, - F
Cottonwood AZ 86326
(928) 634-6758

Comfort Keepers
3071 N Robert Road, Suite G
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 541-0888

Helping Hands In Home Care
1040 Whipple Street – Suite 312
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 717-1776

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

Home Instead Senior Care
240 S Montezuma St #206
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 708-9960

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

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

People First
7279 E Conestoga Way
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 759-7167

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

Right at Home
518 E Gurley St #200
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 515-2445

SYNERGY HomeCare of Prescott
154 E Merritt Street
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 515-3318

Visiting Angels
143 N McCormick St #204
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 710-6567


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

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


Brown & Brown Insurance
1055 W Iron Springs Rd
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 776-2708

2231 E Camelback Rd #400
Phoenix AZ (602) 451-0266

Sherrin Rose Financial Services
4890 Antelope Dr
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 778-3053

Your Medicare Helper
544 South 6th Street #105
Cottonwood AZ 86326
(928) 300-2480


Law Offices of
Chester B. McLaughlin, P.C.
127 N Marina Street
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 443-9934

LegalShield by
Charisma Associates
Chino Valley AZ 86323
(303) 949-3098

Walker Estate Attorneys
3741 Karicio Lane
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 445-1911


Adult Care Services
844 Sunset Ave
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 771-2335


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


Caring Transitions of
Northern AZ
2532 N 4th St, #108
Flagstaff AZ 86004
(928) 220-8021

In Your Space Consulting
(928) 379-2664
Chino Valley AZ

Organize Your Mess
(631) 681-6717
Prescott AZ


BloomTree Realty -
BloomTree Seniors Group
102 W Gurley #102
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 925-0241

Connolly Real Estate Connection
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 713-0756


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


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

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. 


   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.


   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


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 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

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