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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

October 2017


Senior Connection's Conference & Expo
October 13  10am-3pm

Our Senior Connection "Senior & Caregiver Conference & Expo" will occur Friday, October 13 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Prescott Valley. Approximately 60 nonprofit, for-profit and government 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 event provides an opportunity 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!

Presentations to occur throughout the day:

10am - "Demystifying In-Home Health, Palliative Care & Hospice Options"

11am - "Making Sense of Medicare"

Noon - "I’m Being Discharged from the Hospital - Now What?"

1pm - "Miracle Cures? The Latest Developments in Regenerative Medicine"

2pm - "Stroke Prevention & Recovery"

An event flier is available at our website and also available by clicking  here:

www.seniorconnection.us/Expo_Brochure.pdf

Location is Liberty Traditional School, 3300 N Lake Valley Road (be sure to approach from the north, i.e. from Lakeshore Drive). Visit for part or all of the day, as your schedule allows. Free admission. No need to RSVP. Info: Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747.

Making the Connection,
Debbie
(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 article:

"Physical Therapy vs Opioid Use"

This article 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.


MEETINGS - EVENTS -
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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.

QUAD CITIES FOOD RECOVERY PROJECT TO BE LAUNCHED – Cornucopia Community Advocates’ "Quad Cities Food Recovery Project" is currently identifying new sources of edible food that would normally be thrown away and will funnel it to organizations that feed the hungry, as well as to individuals of all ages who are food insecure yet not eligible for food assistance programs.. Volunteers in the quad cities are needed to pick up food donations and deliver them to designated agencies, and to help glean fruit and veggies from local backyard gardens. Visit www.cornucopiaca.org for more info or call Shea Richland in Prescott at (928) 592-7929.

AMERICORPS POSITION SERVING SENIORS - Are you an older adult who would like to provide service to your community and add to your income? There is a part time position available with AmeriCorps that is based at the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, Senior Peer Prevention Program in Prescott. The AmeriCorps member will provide support to the program by assisting the staff in the recruitment of volunteers who provide one to one contact with isolated and lonely older adults age 60 and over, as well as facilitating support groups open to the older adult community in the quad city area. Qualifications:  A positive attitude and familiarity with using Microsoft  Word and Excel to assist in data entry from monthly volunteer reports as well as assisting in the coordination of volunteer meetings, special events and clerical duties. Being 55 or older is a plus but not a requirement. The commitment is for approximately one year with possibility of a second year. The position is part-time and benefits include a biweekly stipend, in addition to an education award upon completion of service. The education award can be gifted to child, grandchild or great grandchild who is enrolled in a college program or has outstanding loans from their education. For a detailed job description and questions contact 520-230-2155 or americorpsarizonaserve.org

"MAKING SENSE OF THE MEDICARE NONSENSE" Ryan Steinert with Your Medicare Helper LLC will provide the truth about Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans during presentations to occur during October and November. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Ryan will help you understand all your options simply and clearly. Dates and locations include: Prescott - Oct 10 (10am), Oct 18 (10am), Oct 24 (noon, includes lunch), Nov 15 (10am); Verde Valley/Sedona - Oct 7 (10am, Cottonwood), Oct 17 (10am, Sedona), Oct 20 (10am, Clarkdale), Oct 25 (2pm, Sedona), Nov 17 (10am, Clarkdale). For specific locations, more info or to rsvp, visit www.YourMedicareHelper.com/events or contact Ryan at (928) 649-9939.

"FRAUD WATCH – HOW TO OUTSMART A CON ARTIST"
is a free presentation to occur Tuesday, October 3 from 2-3pm at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott. You will learn common tricks con artists use to victimize the public; ten common scams used by con artists; seven prevention tips to help protect yourself from scams & fraud; available resources, including the AARP Fraud Network website, a free on-line resource available to both AARP members and non-members; information about the Fraud Fighter Call Center, a toll-free phone number available to the public. Attendees will receive two booklets: "The Con Artist’s Playbook" and "AARP Watchdog Alert Handbook." Call (928) 445-9300 for more info.

"MEDICARE 101" is a free Senior Connection presentation to occur Thursday, October 5 from NOON-1pm at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane in Prescott. Presenter is Glenn Berkley, Licensed State Agent - Humana. Ever wonder what Medicare Parts A, B, C and D cover? Want to know if you are eligible? Come learn about your Medicare options and get your questions answered. (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

"SENIOR & CAREGIVERS CONFERENCE & EXPO" – Please mark the date and plan to attend this Senior Connection event on Friday, October 13 any time between 10am-3pm at Liberty Traditional School, 3300 N Lake Valley Road in Prescott Valley. Meet representatives from approximately 60 providers of services and products for Seniors and Family Caregivers, and attend presentations by guest speakers throughout the day (speaker schedule is available on the event flier). Come as your schedule allows. No charge to attend. No rsvp needed. Flier available at www.seniorconnection.us/Expo_Brochure.pdf Directions: Be sure to approach the school from the north, i.e. from Lakeshore Drive. From Hwy 69 to north on Glassford Hill Rd, right (east) on Lakeshore, right (south) on Lake Valley Road. Expo will be in the main building (with the flagpole), adjacent to the school office. For more info, contact Debbie at  Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747.

STEP OUT WALK TO STOP DIABETES will occur in Prescott October 14. Info: Mary Rein at mrein@diabetes.org or (602) 861-4731 x7093.

HOPE FEST will occur Saturday, October 14 from 10am-8pm on the Prescott Courthouse Plaza. This Hope Serves Family Resource Fair was designed to meet the immediate needs of local Veterans, the Hungry, Homeless and those affected by Domestic Violence, and their families. Event will include information booths, as well as live music, guest speakers, free Family Fun Zone, food, vendors. Goal is to connect guests to meaningful service including physical and mental health, housing, family resources, senior options, job & volunteering opportunities, and more. Info: (928) 387-HOPE, info@HopeFestAz.com or visit www.HopeFestAZ.com.

CRAFTING YOUR LEGACY – ESTATE & FINANCIAL PLANNING will be offered by Good Samaritan Society in Prescott & Prescott Valley October 18 & 19. Topics include: What is estate planning and probate, Do I need a will or living trust, What is a charitable trust and charitable gift annuity, What property is subject to a greater tax? Oct 18 from 11:30am-1pm at Prescott Village, 1030 Scott Dr & 4:30-6:30pm at Marley House, 1063 Ruth St in Prescott; and Oct 19 from 11:30am-1pm at Windsong Villas, 3385 N Windsong Dr in Prescott Valley and 5:30-7pm at Willow Wind, 3191 Aster Dr in Prescott. Lunch provided at early events; appetizers and desserts at later events. For more info or to rsvp, contact Gretchen at (928) 460-9678 or ggallagh@good-sam.com by October 12.

"THE ART OF DOWNSIZING" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, October 19 from NOON-1pm at Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E Long Look Dr. Whether you’re preparing to move or simply want to cut down on clutter to effectively age in place, the thought of downsizing or moving can be overwhelming. Faun Duns, owner of Caring Transitions of Northern AZ, will explain how to begin the process. She will help you decide what to take with you and what to leave behind, how to continue making progress, and will share important considerations as well as resources that are available to help you. (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

PRESCOTT MEALS ON WHEELS will hold the Prescott Pizza Palooza on Saturday, October 21 from 11am-3pm on Cortez and Goodwin Streets in downtown Prescott. The event features pizza tastings from area restaurants and pizzerias competing for the best traditional, gluten-free, exotic or dessert pizza. There will also be entertainment, a pizza dough tossing contest, an amateur-judged homemade pizza contest and a kid’s corner. Regional artists will create original works of "Pizza Box Art" on pizza boxes which will be on display and for sale at the event. Cost: $15 for adults (10 tastings), $7 for youth 14 and under (5 tastings). Beer and soda garden drinks are extra. Tickets at prescottmealsonwheels.com. For more info, contact Tina Blake at 928-445-7630, X605 or tinapmow@gmail.com.

"DISPELLING THE MYTHS & STIGMA OF THE REVERSE MORTGAGE" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, October 26 from NOON-1pm at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. Presenter Rob Kanyur, Reverse Mortgage Planner, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, will explain how the Reverse Mortgage is being utilized as a retirement planning tool and why it is no longer the loan of last resort. He will cover the four main objections to a Reverse Mortgage, "perfect-storm" statistics, Reverse Mortgage basics and benefits, property eligibility. (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 complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html

"LONG-TERM CARE OPTIONS – LEGAL & FINANCIAL ISSUES " is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday November 2 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane in Prescott. Most of us would like to obtain Long-Term Care Insurance, however, the cost is often prohibitive. Chip McLaughlin, Law Offices of Chester B McLaughlin, will cover legal and financial considerations for you and your family and will explain options that can help you plan for future needs while preserving your assets. He will cover Medicare, Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS), VA benefits and private pay options. (Directions: From YRMC, go north on Willow Creek Road, left (west) on Green Lane. Church is on right side, set back from the street.) RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747. For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html

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. Call (928) 772-3337 for more info.


"Physical Therapy vs Opioid Use"

Many of us know the nuisance of a minor pain. If allergies cause us to have a sinus headache, we take a decongestant. Back pain from a weekend of yard work? Ibuprofen may do the trick. But what about those who suffer from chronic pain that lasts longer than 6 months? No one wants to live in pain, but we also have to be careful not to put our health at risk to be pain-free.

Americans have increasingly been prescribed opioids – painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Opana, and methadone, and combination drugs like Percocet. The use of these prescription drugs has quadrupled since 1999. According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long-term for non-cancer pain in a primary care center struggles with addiction. Along with addiction, opioid risks include depression, overdose, and withdrawal symptoms when usage is stopped.

In response to this growing epidemic, the CDC released guidelines recognizing that opioids are appropriate in certain cases such as cancer treatment, palliative care, end-of-life care, and certain acute care situations – if properly dosed. But for other pain management, the CDC recommends non-opioid alternatives such as physical therapy to cope with chronic pain.

Physical therapy is a safe and effective way to treat long-term pain. Physical therapists can provide evidence-based treatments that help not only treat the pain, but the underlying cause. They can play a valuable role in educating patients about alternative options and setting realistic expectations for recovery without opioids.

While it may feel counterintuitive, the more a person who has chronic pain moves, the better usually they will feel. One of the goals of physical therapy is to help patients suffering with chronic pain become stronger because they’re usually weak from not moving. A physical therapist will work with a patient – typically as part of a medical team -- to understand the pain and what’s causing it.

Physical therapists can provide exercises that strategically focus on strength, flexibility, posture and body mechanics. Strengthening and stretching parts of the body that are affected by pain can decrease the pain, increase mobility, and improve overall mood.

There are a number of ways a therapist may help a patient manage pain, including low-impact aerobics, massage, stretching, manipulation of joints and bones, strengthening exercises using resistance bands, movement therapy and additional types of exercise designed to increase muscle strength, endurance, joint stability, and flexibility. Physical therapy also aids in reducing inflammation, stiffness, and soreness. It encourages the body to heal itself by boosting the production of the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals.

When it comes to chronic pain, physical therapists often can help people move safely and functionally in ways that they haven’t been able to for a while. So before agreeing to an opioid prescription for chronic pain, consult with your physician to discuss your options for a non-opioid treatment.

Written by Jessica Baugh, PT., DPT, Physical Therapist at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. If you would like to learn more about MVRRH, call (928)759-8800 or visit MVRRH.ernesthealth.com or drop by 3700 North Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley.


SUPPORT GROUPS - CLASSES - ASSISTANCE

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 Meets 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 on resources available to those with hearing loss, contact Jack Clevenger with the Hearing Loss Association 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 CLOSET for medical equipment and usable medical supplies is maintained by Hospice of the Pines. Use of items is free. Donations of equipment appreciated. Loan Closet located at Hospice of the Pines, 13175 E. State Route 169, Suite B in Dewey. Loan closet hours: M-F 8am-5pm. To donate or request the use of an item, call (928) 632-0111.

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.

PRESCOTT ORGAN TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP meets second Wednesday at local restaurants. For those who have received or are waiting for transplants, as well as their family and friends. Info: 443-5808.

PRESCOTT PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP 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 of the 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.

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 (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 10:30am at Prescott Adult Center, 1280 Rosser Street. 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

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

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

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

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

Glassford Place Senior Living
7509 E Long Look Drive
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-3690
www.enlivant.com/communities/
arizona/glassford-place-prescott-valley


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) 237-1724
www.CricleOfLifeCare.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

DEMENTIA

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


EDUCATION / INFORMATION

AARP
16165 N 83rd Ave #201
Phoenix AZ 85382
(866) 389-5649
www.aarp.org


END OF LIFE PLANNING

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

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

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


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 / TAXES

Country Bank/
Mohave State Bank
3044 N Glassford Hill Rd
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928)583-9015/(928)230-9867
www.MohaveStBank.com

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp
2971 Willow Creek Rd #2
Prescott AZ 86301
(602)361-1587
www.RobKanyur.com

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

MassMutual Greater Phoenix
60 E Rio Salado Pkwy - Ste 610
Tempe AZ 85281
(480) 638-2179
www.southwestpacific.massmutual.com/about-us/
our-financial-representatives/gene-zilliox

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

The Reverse Mortgage Program -
Frontier Financial of AZ
8028 E Hwy 69, #104
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 237-9599
www.isAreverseMortgage4me.com


HEALTH SERVICES

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

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

Cornerstone Family Chiropractic
2225 E Hwy 69
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 237-9477
www.CFC4FamilyHealth.com

Easing Up! LLC
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 713-2662
www.CalmingPrescott.com

Jason C Campbell DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentistry /
Advanced Prosthetics Institute
139 W Whipple Street
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 776-1208
www.myprescottdentist.com
www.apidentalrehab.com

Joyful Health
1124 White Spar Rd
Prescott AZ 86303
(928) 445-0112
www.JoyfulHealthDoctor.com

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
www.PrecisionSpinalCare.net

Prescott Cardiology
804 Ainsworth Dr #102
Prescott AZ 86301
(982) 776-0601
www.PrescottCardio.com

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

Prescott Valley Chiropractic
3088 N Robert Rd
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 775-0522
www.PrescottValleyChiropractic.com

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
www.sonoraquest.com


HEALTH/FITNESS

Gentle BeMoved® / BeMoved®
Prescott & Chino Valley AZ 86303/86323
(208) 310-9913
www.bemoveddance.com
www.marychoreographer.com


HEARING AIDS/
HEARING LOSS

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
www.zoundshearing.com

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

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

HOSPICE CARE

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

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


INDEPENDENT LIVING
ASSISTED LIVING
SKILLED NURSING

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


IN-HOME CARE
NON-MEDICAL

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
www.abrioservices.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYNERGY HomeCare of Prescott
154 E Merritt Street
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 515-3318
www.SynergyHomeCare.com/
agencies/az/Prescott/az10

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

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

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

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

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

LEGAL/ELDER LAW

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

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

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


MEMORY CARE

Adult Care Services
844 Sunset Ave
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 771-2335
www.AdultCareServices.org

PEER SUPPORT

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


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE
DOWNSIZING/DE-CLUTTERING

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

In Your Space Consulting
(928) 379-2664
Chino Valley AZ
www.InYourSpaceaz.com

Organize Your Mess
(631) 681-6717
Prescott AZ
www.OrganizeYourMess.Today


REAL ESTATE SERVICES

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

Connolly Real Estate Connection
Prescott AZ 86305
(928) 713-0756
www.RetirementInPrescott.com


SKILLED NURSING/REHABILITATION

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


SOCIALIZATION/MEALS

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


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.


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THE
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   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.
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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. 
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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


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