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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

December  2018

Wishing You a Peaceful
 and Meaningful Holiday Season

Thank you allowing me to be involved in your lives and those of your loved ones this past year. It’s a privilege to be able to provide "connections" between those of you in need and the local businesses and organizations that provide services, products and information to help fill those needs.

I hope you’ve taken advantage of the free resources available to you via the Senior Connection and will continue to do so in the coming year. Please visit our website at www.SeniorConnection.us for links to our On-Line Senior Resource Directory, as well as informational articles. Our Speakers Bureau will begin again in January. The schedule for January, February & March is now available at our website at www.seniorconnection.us/SpeakersBureau.html

Please share information about the Senior Connection with your friends, neighbors, co-workers and anyone else who may benefit from our efforts. Suggest they sign up to receive this Caregiver Connection monthly newsletter. I never share personal contact information with anyone, ever. To receive the newsletter, they can send me an email at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us

Don and I wish you and yours many blessings this holiday season.

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 articles:

"Positive Vibes!"
"Fall Prevention: Impact of Medications"

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

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

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


Dates & times of meetings and events can  change at the last minute. It’s a good idea to call ahead, 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.

– Each month, Cornerstone invites their clients and community members to donate various items, which are then given to a designated local charity. The charity for December is Toys for Tots. Items requested are new, unwrapped gifts for girls and boys up to the age of 18. Also, if you sew or knit items such as blankets, scarves, headwear, and other items for children, those can also be donated. Items can be delivered to 2225 E Hwy 69, Suite A (slightly east of Frontier Village) on Mon, Tues, Thurs from 9-1 & 3-6 or Wed from 3-6. For more info call 237-9477.

"DEMENTIA CONVERSATIONS" is a free presentation offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, to occur December 3 from 1:30-2:30pm at Alta Vista Retirement Center, 916 Canterbury Lane in Prescott. This presentation will also be offered December 7 from 8:45-9:45am at Cottonwood Public Library, 100 S 6th Street, and December 19 from 11am-noon at Good Samaritan Village Tower, 1075 Ruth Street in Prescott. Learn tips and information on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about issues relating to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Info: palberty@alz.org or (928) 771-9257.

"UNUSUAL WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BODY & BRAIN THRIVING" is a free presentation to occur Tuesday, December 4 from 2-3pm at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott. Presenter Joan Baum, New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center, will discuss various ways to promote your health. Perhaps you didn’t realize that the way you do some of your daily activities might be contributing to your "Senior Moments" and daily aches and pains. Chemicals in our food and clothing, exposure to electromagnetic fields, and even the quality of air we breathe in our homes are just some of the factors that affect our health. Come learn simple changes you can make in your daily activities of doing laundry, shopping, eating, sleeping and using the computer that can improve your brain and your overall health. (From Whipple, go north on Ruth Street towards Prescott High School, right on Scott Drive, right at stop sign.) For info, call 772-1266 ext 113. To RSVP call 445-9300.

"HOSPICE VS PALLIATIVE CARE, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE" will occur Thursday, December 6 from 10-11am in Prescott. Dr Larry Parsons, YRMC Director of Inpatient Palliative Care, will discuss Hospice Care and Palliative Care, the differences, what palliative care providers do not do, criteria for eligibility, payment options, and he will be available to answer your questions. Location is The Margaret T. Morris Center, 878 Sunset Av, Prescott. Please RSVP to Melody at 928-441-1019 for this free event.

"KNOW THE 10 SIGNS: EARLY DETECTION MATTERS" is a free presentation offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, to occur December 7 from 2:30-3:30pm at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott. Learn the facts and warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and the need for early detection, information about drug therapy, enrolling in clinical studies, and planning for the future. Info: palberty@alz.org or (928) 771-9257.

"EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES" is a free presentation offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, to occur December 11 from 12:30-1:30pm at the Chino Valley Library, 1020 W Palomino Rd. This presentation will also be offered December 15 from 2-3pm at the Camp Verde Community Library, 130 Black Bridge Lp Rd. Explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Info: palberty@alz.org or (928) 771-9257.

"LAST-MINUTE NON-PROFIT STOCKING-STUFFER BAZAAR" will occur Saturday, December 15 from 10am-4pm at the Prescott Activity Center, 824 East Gurley. More than 50 nonprofits will offer high quality, low-cost gifts, crafts, baked goods, raffle chances and more. Santa will be there from 12-2 p.m. with free gifts for children accompanied by an adult. Get your last-minute gifts while supporting the organizations that do so much for our communities. Free admission. Debbie & Don Stewart put on this event each year, with assistance from the Yavapai County Jeep Posse. An event flier is available at www.stocking-stuffer-bazaar.com or call (928) 778-3747 for more info.

Thursday, December 20 at 10a.m. The public is invited to enjoy cookies and coffee, tour the community and find out more about the Center. Santa will also make his annual visit. Location is 878 Sunset Av, Prescott. For more info, contact Melody Thomas-Morgan at melody@adultcareservices.org or 928-441-1019

 "DON’T SPEND CHRISTMAS ALONE" will occur December 25th from 11am-2pm at St Luke’s Episcopal Church of Prescott. This annual event provides a free full dinner and fellowship for anyone in the Quad City area who may be alone or feel alone on this day. Along with the meal, guests can enjoy carols and a visit from Santa. Volunteers will also visit the homebound to deliver meals so they may feel part of the community celebration. Location: 2000 Shepherds Lane (corner of Ruger and Hwy 89). For more information or to request a home-delivered meal, call the church office at (928)778-4499.

"START THE YEAR ON THE RIGHT FOOT – HOW TO PREVENT A FALL" is a free Senior Connection presentation to occur Thursday, January 3 from NOON to 1p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane in Prescott. Karen Russell, Community Liaison - Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, will explain three strategies used in balance recovery and fall prevention, and demonstrate a variety of exercises that can be done at home to build strength and flexibility to help prevent falls. Learn why strength and flexibility in the ankles are a must-have, and how to improve and strengthen stepping techniques. Karen will demonstrate exercises to improve the use of the ankles, as well as strength and flexibility exercises for the hips & thighs that assist with balance. Directions: From YRMC, go north on Willow Creek Rd, 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

Positive Vibes!

Have you been feeling the blues? Or, just down in the dumps too often? What can you do today, to lift your spirits and put a smile back on your face?

First, research shows that socializing with others is a huge factor in contentment in life. Maybe it's calling a friend or family member to chat, or inviting someone to lunch, or going to the matinee together. Even if you are an introvert or shy, make a point to schedule some socialization!

Second, while you are thinking about getting together with a friend or neighbor, schedule a walk together. Yes, exercise! Walking, swimming, yoga, sittercise, really any form of moving that you enjoy, will help you feel better, keep the weight off and help with balance and flexibility.

Third, keep that brain working! Keep yourself sharp mentally by learning new things, reading, taking a class at our local college, and definitely do those crossword puzzles. Maybe getting involved in a fun class will open doors to new friendships.

Fourth, reflect on the blessings of life. You may awaken too early, but notice the beauty of the sunrise. Maybe you have had to downsize your home, look around at the cozier home you have now and less space to worry about keeping clean. We live in a beautiful community, look around at the incredible beauty outdoors.

Lastly, look back over your life and think about what you have learned, where you have come, the influence you have had in the lives of others and see if there are any volunteer opportunities in town where you could invest all your life experience and wisdom for some cause that you care about. The joy of helping others will certainly put a smile on your face!

Submitted by Melody Thomas-Morgan, Community Liaison - The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center. A social/medical adult day program providing care to adults 18 years and older and seniors who are dealing with various illness, including Alzheimer’s and other dementias. For more information, visit www.adultcareservices.org or call Melody at (928) 441-1019.  

Fall Prevention: The Impact of Medications

As we are approaching the hustle and bustle of the holiday season the last thing one can afford is the setback of a fall related injury. Weather, stress and fatigue can all increase ones risk for falls but what most do not think about is the impact of medications. Not only the type, timing and dosage but just being on 4 prescription meds alone does increase the risk for falls. 

Falls are the leading cause of injuries for people 65 and older. Once a person experiences a fall, it can limit mobility and independence, which can decrease the ability to perform everyday tasks. Injuries such as joint sprains, dislocations of the shoulder and hips, and fractured bones are typical injuries caused by falls. Back, spinal cord, and head injuries can also be caused by falls.

Use of prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medication, and herbal supplements – alone or in combination – can increase the risk of falls by causing side effects that can affect balance such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and blurred vision.

"Many medications have possible side effects that can increase fall risks and should be monitored carefully, especially in older adults who may be on more than one medication," says Mark A. Feltner, Pharm.D , Director of Pharmacy Services at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. "Not everyone will experience drug side effects in the same way, but it’s important to be aware of what they are for any medications – or combination of medications – that are being taken. Being vigilant can help individuals stay aware of them and decrease their risk of falling."

For example, if a medication or supplement is known to cause light-headedness or dizziness, Feltner says an individual can get up and down slowly from sitting or lying positions to help control the symptoms. Or if a medication is known to cause decreased coordination, the use of a cane or walker may be helpful.

"Being aware of and managing symptoms can go a long way in fall prevention," Feltner says. "But, managing medication usage can be extremely helpful as well." To do this, Feltner recommends the following to anyone who is taking one or more medication or herbal supplement:

> Review all medicines and supplements you are currently taking with your physician.
> Ask about possible side effects and interactions between the medications you’re taking.
> Ask your physician if it’s possible to stop any medications.
> Ask your physician if you can reduce your medications to a lower dose.
> Keep a list of your medications and dosage times. Share with your family.
> Plan your medication usage by using a weekly pill box.

Submitted by Karen Russell, Community Liaison, Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital Located at3700 N Windsong Dr, Prescott Valley. To learn more  call Karen at (602) 540-5310. Or visit MVRRH.ernesthealth.com


A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig disease) Support Group meets on the fourth Monday each month, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at NAVAHCS, 500 N Highway 89, Building 161, Prescott. Info: Amy Frank or visit www.alsaz.org

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP meets Mondays at 10 a.m. at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W Gurley St, in the Simon Room (Parking & Entrance is on South Summit Avenue), 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 Cottonwood: The 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 10 am at Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 S Candy Lane. These groups are for those who are caring for someone affected by any form of memory loss or dementia, whether diagnosed or not. Newcomers always welcome – no advance notice required. Confidentiality of participants maintained. For more info for any of the above, send an email to palberty@alz.org or call (928) 771-9257 in Prescott.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION has numerous educational and supportive programs for individuals with dementia (whether diagnosed or not), and their caregivers, including a support group for those who have early stage dementia. Please contact the office for details, prior to attending one of these programs. Location: 3111 Clearwater Drive – Suite A, Prescott. Info: 771-9257.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP, facilitated by Highgate Senior Living, occurs the last Wednesday of every month from 5-6p.m. in Prescott. Meetings are open to the general public. Location: 1600 Petroglyph Pointe Drive. For info, contact Isabelle Fabrie, Cottage Coordinator, via email at Prescott.mlcp@highgateseniorliving.com or call 541-1400.

AZLHEIMER’S – MUSIC PROGRAM – The Margaret T Morris Center invites you to attend a free weekly program every Tuesday at 3pm, featuring Dwayne LeSassier from Dwayne’s Music Ministry. Caregivers and their care receivers suffering from the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia will enjoy Dwayne’s "magic" as he connects with people one-on-one through music and singing. His music provides calm, peace and joy. Dwayne brings out the most brilliant of smiles to those suffering from this devastating disease. Special thanks to the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Prescott for making this program possible. Alzheimer’s Association support materials will be available. Location: 878 Sunset Ave, Prescott. Call (928) 445-6633 for more info.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY offers complimentary patient services in the quad cities. Reach to Recovery is a mentor program that matches breast cancer survivors with new breast cancer patients. Look Good…Feel Better provides cosmetic & skin care products at a 2-hour workshop for women facing cancer. Road to Recovery provides transportation for a patient to and from cancer treatment. Cancer Resource Center at the Arizona Oncology Office in Prescott Valley provides free wigs, fuel cards, head coverings, personal health managers, cancer information, support groups, direction to other local resources plus other comfort items for patients while in cancer treatment. Hope Lodge (located in Phoenix) provides housing for patients undergoing cancer treatments. For information about any of these programs, call toll-free (800) 227-2345.

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION Land-Based Exercise Class occurs Tues and Thurs at 10 a.m. at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, 3700 N. Windsong Dr in Prescott Valley. Classes are free, however, donations are appreciated to help support the Prescott Arthritis Foundation’s Summer Camp for Kids. Info: 759-8800.

ASPERGERS SUPPORT GROUP for those affected and their families are welcome to attend meetings the first Wednesday each month at 6 p.m. at the VA medical Center in Prescott, Mental Health Building 155, Room 107. Meeting starts with a potluck, followed by discussion or speaker until 8 p.m. Info: David Fero at dfero@cableone.net or 830-0723.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT meets Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, 303 S Cortez St, Prescott in the Carriage House. Info: 445-2221. Info: 778-3000.

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB – In cooperation with the American Lung Association, Yavapai Regional Medical Center offers educational opportunities and support to those with chronic lung disease (COPD) and their families, friends and support persons. Meets 2nd Monday of month from 1-2 p.m. at YRMC West Campus, Spruce Room. No cost to attend. Info: 771-5264.

BLIND/LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP & CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Senior Peer Program. A support group for seniors coping with loss of vision. Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 2-3:30 pm at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W Gurley St, Deborah Room, Prescott. Call Connie if you are interested in participating in a similar group in Prescott Valley. Caregivers of People with Failing Vision Support Group meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 2-3:30 pm at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W Gurley St, Deborah Room Annex, Prescott. For info or to register call Connie Boston at 445-5211 x2672.

BLOOD PRESSURE – free blood pressure readings courtesy of Nurses Network occurs second and fourth Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Central Arizona Seniors Association (CASA), 9360 Manzanita Circle in Prescott Valley. Info: 772-3337. Available first and third Thursday from 11:30-12:30 at Adult Center of Prescott, 1280 E Rosser. Info: 778-3000. Every Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Mayer Area Meals on Wheels courtesy of Mayer Fire Department at 10051 Miami Street. Info: 632-7511.

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP for individuals with head injuries, including stroke and their caregivers.  Third Wednesday of every month from 2-3pm at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, 3700 N. Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley. Facilitated by Karen Russell, Community Liaison, and a Speech therapist. Info: Contact Karen at (602) 540-5310or the Hospital at 759-8800.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – meets the fourth Wednesday of the month from 4-5 p.m. at Yavapai Regional Medical Center Breast Care Center at Prescott Valley Campus. For individuals in recovery or recently diagnosed. Share experiences and support in a safe, private setting. Info: 442-8647. Breast Health Website has been established by Yavapai Regional Medical Center. Visit www.healthhealinghope.org

CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP meets the second Tuesday of every month at 1:30pm in the Community Room at Highland Square Apartments, 532 W Mingus Ave in Cottonwood. The group helps individuals who currently have, or have survived, cancer share information and moral support, and connect with others who have faced the same challenges, while adding friendship and support. For more info call Julie (928) 899-9498.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Area Agency on Aging and Good Samaritan Society, meets the 3rd Thursday of every month from 10-11am at Willow Hills Baptist Church, 1071 Mogollon Rd (Room B213), in Prescott. Respite may be available. Info: toll-free (877) 521-3500.

CAREGIVER "TIME OUT" MEETINGS Do you often feel like you are "running on empty?" Do you need an "emotional refill"? Those who help care for others can talk about their strengths, self-care, communication skills, forgiveness, gratitude, joy, love and life.  Sponsored by West Yavapai Guidance Clinic but open to the general community without need to be enrolled in clinic services. Locations: Paulden Food Bank, 195 E Aspen on 1st and 3rd Tues from 10-11am. Mayer Meals on Wheels, 10051 Miami St, Mayer on 1st and 3rd Tues from 1-2pm. Prescott Valley, Hampton Inn, 2901 N Glassford Hill Rd on 1st and 3rd Wed from 10-11am. Ash Fork Library, 450 Lewis Ave on 1st and 3rd Thurs from 2-3pm. Call Kathy for more info at 928-445-5211 ext 2315.

CHINO VALLEY COMMUNITY LOAN CLOSET has durable medical equipment such as canes, bedside commodes, wheelchairs, walkers, bath benches and toilet risers. There is no charge for the use of the equipment, with the understanding that it is to be returned when it is no longer needed. Managed by People Who Care, and located at Chino Valley Methodist Church, 735 E Road 1 South. Donations of equipment always welcome. Also have personal undergarments available – all sizes. Hours vary – please call first. Info: 636-3295.

CHRONIC FATIGUE IMMUNE DYSFUNCTION SYNDROME & Fibromyalgia Group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month from 2-3pm at New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center, 9400 E Valley Rd, Prescott Valley. For info visit www.nhdec.org or call 772-1266 ext 0.

DIABETES – LIVING WELL WITH DIABETES meets the third Tuesday of most months (call to request the yearly schedule) from 5:30-6:30pm at Yavapai Regional Medical Center West, Pendleton Center, 930 Division St in Prescott. Meetings are free and facilitated by YRMC. Local residents with diabetes, their spouses and caregivers are invited. Info: 771-5794.

DIABETES EDUCATION PROGRAM, sponsored by Verde Valley Medical Center, offers diabetes support group fourth Monday each month. Meetings focus on diabetes management and education. Info: 639-6346.

DIABETES RESOURCE SUPPORT GROUP meets the 2nd Thursday of the month from 4-5pm at New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center, 9400 E Valley Rd, Prescott Valley. For info visit www.nhdec.org or call 772-1266 ext 0.

FILE OF LIFE is an efficient and potentially life-saving way to ensure important medical information is quickly available to emergency personnel. Packet contains forms that are placed in your wallet and on your refrigerator, making it easily accessible during times of medical emergencies. Provided free by Yavapai Regional Medical Center, 771-5678.

FUNERAL CONSUMERS ALLIANCE OF ARIZONA offers preplanning information for a simple, dignified, affordable funeral. Contact statewide headquarters, 2221 E. Broadway, Ste 106, Tucson, AZ 85719, email TucsonFunerals@gmail.com or call (520) 721-0230. (Funeral Consumers Alliance of Northern AZ merged with Chapters in Phoenix and Tucson to form a statewide organization.)

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

GRANDPARENT SUPPORT GROUP for grandparents raising grandchildren offers support and information year-round. To be added to the notification list for upcoming meetings and events, contact Kelly Lee via email at kelley.lee@humboldtunified.com or call 759-5109.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, offered by Good Samaritan Society Prescott Hospice, open to anyone in the community who has suffered the loss of a loved one. Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 11am-noon at Good Samaritan Society Prescott Village, Upstairs Apartment Lounge, 1030 Scott Dr, Prescott (for info call 778-2450); and the second and fourth Thursday from 10-11am at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7763 East Long Look Dr, Prescott Valley (for info call 778-5655). A group in Chino Valley can be arranged on an as needed basis.

HEARING LOSS SUPPORT – For information about resources available for those with hearing loss, contact Jack Clevenger with the Hearing Loss Association – Prescott Chapter via email at HLAofPrescott@yahoo.com or call 227-1809.

HIP REPLACEMENT CLASS – facilitated by Yavapai Regional Medical Center, meets third Thursday from noon-1pm at YRMC Wellness Center in Prescott. Reservations required, call 771-5131; and second Monday in Prescott Valley from 9-10am in the conference room of YRMC’s Del E Webb Outpatient Center. Reservations required, call 759-5940.

JOINT REPLACEMENT CLASSES –facilitated by Yavapai Regional Medical Center physical rehabilitation staff, these one-hour educational classes are free in Prescott and Prescott Valley for local residents considering or scheduled for total knee or hip replacement surgery. See entries in this section for Hip & Knee Replacement classes offered by YRMC.

JOINT REPLACEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM occurs every Tuesday at 10am in Prescott Valley. Location: Nurses Network, 3085 N Windsong Drive. Call (928) 772-8707 for more info.

KNEE REPLACEMENT CLASS – facilitated by Yavapai Regional Medical Center, meets fourth Friday from 1-2pm in the Wellness Center at YRMC West in Prescott. Reservations required, call 771-5131; and third Monday in Prescott Valley from 9-10am in the conference room, 2nd floor, at Del E Webb Outpatient Center. Reservations required, call 759-5940.

LIVING WITH LOSS SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Hospice of the Pines, Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30 pm at Step One Community Center, 6719 E 2nd St, Suite C, Prescott Valley and 6:30-8:00 pm at Pronghorn Ranch, 7051 N. Antelope Meadows Drive in Prescott Valley; Info: 632-0111 or 899-9498.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Lupus Foundation office in Phoenix, occurs the 1st Saturday of every month at 10am in Prescott. Info: Helen Roy (928) 775-3649 or Beckie Blankenship (928) 848-6422.

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN – 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.

MOBILITY ASSISTANCE AIDS including crutches, walkers, canes and wheelchairs are available for loan, rent or sale at CASA (Central Arizona Seniors Association), 9360 Manzanita Circle, Prescott Valley. Call 772-3337 for info.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP meets 2nd Monday 11:30am-1pm at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, 3700 N Windsong Dr, Prescott Valley. Info: 759-8800.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP - Prescott conducts monthly educational meetings for people with Parkinson’s Disease, their carepartners and friends. Meetings occur 3rd Thursday 10-11:30am at First Lutheran Church, 231 W Smoke Tree Ln, Prescott. Info: Contact Kay by email kaybopres@cableone.net or phone 778-2242.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP - Verde Valley meets the 2nd Friday 3-4:30pm in Conference Room B at Verde Valley Medical Center. Group is led by Judy Talley, MAG, Program Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance Meetings are open to the public. Info: judy@PMDAlliance.org (928) 202-7952.

PET ILLNESS/PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP meets Wednesdays from 12-1:30pm at Prescott Valley Library, 7401 E Civic Circle, Geneology Room. Facilitated by an experienced therapist who understands what it is like to struggle with declining health, the letting go process and the loss of a beloved family pet. Info: Rutger@cableone.net or (928) 632-8124.

PHYSICIAN LISTING SERVICES is provided by Yavapai Regional Medical Center. For information about the availability of physicians who serve and are accepting senior patients in the extended Prescott area: 771-5106.

PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, Us Too, meets 4th Thursday each month (except July & August) at 2pm at Good Samaritan’s Prescott Valley Samaritan Center, 3380 N Windsong Drive. The group also maintains a Facebook page containing resources. Info: Jack Wilson at jackwilson@cableone.net or 445-5137.

RESPIRATORY WELLNESS CLASSES - facilitated by Yavapai Regional Medical Center. Goal is to help people manage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Classes are free and meet in both Prescott and Prescott Valley. Call 771-5264 for times, topics and locations.

REVERSING HEART DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP meets 2nd Monday 3-4pm at Yavapai Regional Medical Center Wellness Center, 930 Division Street in Prescott (across from YMCA). Topics include dietary changes, stress reduction, exercise techniques and research outcomes. No charge to attend, however, pre-registration is suggested. Info: 771-5794.

SENIORS IN SOBRIETY Alcoholics Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 10am in Prescott at 133 Bradshaw Dr. Info: www.prescottaa.org or 445-8691.

SENIOR MEN’S SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Senior Peer Program. A support group for senior men to share the joys and challenges of aging. Occurs 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month from 10:30am-noon at West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, 505 S. Cortez St, Prescott. For info or to register call Connie Boston at 445-5211 x2672.

SENIOR PEER SUPPORT matches Senior volunteers with Seniors who would benefit from having a peer visitor. Volunteers and participants are generally age 60 and above. Through weekly visits in their homes, participants in the program receive peer support to decrease a sense of loneliness, learn how to adapt to life changes, as well as successfully manage emotional and physical well-being. There are no costs for the services and no financial eligibility requirement. Participants may request services or may be referred by a health care provider, family and friends. Potential volunteers are always needed. For more info, contact Connie Boston, Manager, Senior Peer Program 445-5211 ext 2672.

SINGING IN THE KEY OF LIFE sponsored by Senior Peer Program, provides a time to share the music of the senior generation, take a trip down Memory Lane and sing with abandon. No special talent required, just a love of music. Occurs Wednesdays from 10-11:30am at Prescott United Methodist Church, Deborah Room, 505 W Gurley St, Prescott. For info or to register call Connie Boston at 445-5211 ex.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.

SPIRITUALITY & AGING sponsored by Senior Peer Program, occurs Wednesdays thru August 8th from 10-11:30 am at West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, 505 S Cortez in Prescott. For info or to register call Connie at 445-5211 ex.2672.

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

WOMEN OF WISDOM (WOW) Sponsored by Senior Peer Program. A Support Group for senior women to share the joys and challenges of aging. Meets Tuesdays from 10-11:30 am at West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, 505 S Cortez St, Prescott. For info or to register call Connie Boston at 445-5211 ex.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

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

(928) 308-7687


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


Austin House
195 S Willard
Cottonwood AZ 86326
(928) 634-4278

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

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


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

Austin House
195 S Willard
Cottonwood AZ 86326
(928) 634-4278

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

Highgate Senior Living
1600 Petroglyph Pointe Dr
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 541-1400


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


Susan Drysdale, PhD
Senior Citizen Issues
(631) 681-6717
Prescott AZ


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

Dwayne’s Music Ministry
for those with Dementia/Alzheimer’s
Prescott AZ
(928) 830-7164


New Horizons
Disability Empowerment Center
9400 E Valley Rd
Prescott Valley AZ 86314
(928) 772-1266


P.O. Box 12767
Prescott AZ 86304
(928) 273-7601

Osher Lifelong
Learning Institute (OLLI)
11000 E Sheldon St
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 717-7911


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

Funeral Homes & Crematory
303 S Cortez St
Prescott AZ 86304
8480 E Valley Rd
Prescott Valley AZ 86314


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


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

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

Freedom Financial
9375 E Shea Bl – Ste 100
Scottsdale AZ 85260
(602) 750-2817

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

Hunt Financial Planning
122 N Cortez Street #214
Prescott AZ 86301
(602) 390-1542

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

Sherrin Rose
Financial Services, LLC
4890 Antelope Drive
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 Chiropractic
7749 E Florentine Rd - B
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

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

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

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

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


Mary Heller Dance Arts
Prescott & Chino Valley AZ 86303/86323
(208) 310-9913


A2Z Hearing Health
1781 E. Highway 69, Suite 65
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 227-2476

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


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


Comfort Keepers
1011 N Old Chisolm Tr
Dewey AZ 86327
(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

People Who Care
505 W Gurley
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-2480

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

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

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


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, LLC
Insurance Agents
4890 Antelope Drive
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 778-3053

Your Medicare Helper
544 South 6th Street #105
Cottonwood AZ 86326


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


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


Appropriate Placement
9350 Valley Rd, Suite D
Prescott Valley AZ 86315
(928) 772-1123

CarePatrol of Northern Arizona
P.O. Box 27815
Prescott Valley AZ 86312
(928) 515-3100


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


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


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

People Who Care
505 W Gurley
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-2480

Yavapai Humane Society
1625 Sundog Ranch Rd
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 445-2666

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: 
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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


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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