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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 2017

With Gratitude for Your Support

I have very much appreciated your support of our efforts to assist Seniors and Family Caregivers this past year.

Thank you allowing me to be involved in your lives and those of your loved ones. 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 and March is 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 sign up here: www.seniorconnection.us/Newsletter.htm

Wishing you and yours a peace-filled holiday season and all the best in the New Year.

Making the Connection,
Debbie Stewart
(928) 778-3747

Informational Articles

As Caregivers, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of tasks that need to be accomplished for your loved one each day. While it’s easy to remain upbeat on good days, it’s the bad days that can leave you feeling confused, exhausted or resentful. At these times, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. 

Knowing what to expect can help tremendously in your ability to cope. Knowledge is Power! Each month in this newsletter we include one or more articles on topics relating to the joys and challenges of aging and caregiving. To read additional articles on a variety of topics, please visit the Articles section of our website. Dozens of candid articles get right to the "heart of the matter," from both the Caregiver’s and Senior’s perspectives.

This month’s Newsletter article:

"Winter is Here -
Time to Boost Your Resilience"

"Questions to Ask When Selecting
 an In-Home Care Provider"

"3 Steps to Take Charge of Your Oral Health"

These articles can be found below the
Meetings - Events - Education Opportunities Section in this Newsletter

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

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


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

SENIOR CONNECTION’S SENIOR RESOURCES ON-LINE DIRECTORY is your one-stop source for products and services available to Seniors and Family Caregivers throughout Yavapai County. Included is contact information for nearly 400 for-profit, non-profit and government companies and agencies. Search on nearly 30 categories, including Independent and Assisted Living Facilities, Skilled Nursing, In-Home Care, Transportation, Respite, End of Life, Financial, Legal, Emotional Support, and more. Save hundreds of hours of your valuable time and endless frustration looking for the help you need. Visit www.SeniorConnection.us and select the link to the Resource Directory.

"MOVING FROM GRIEF TO ACCEPTANCE & POSSIBILITIES" will occur December 4 and 13 in Prescott. Connie Boston, MSW, Senior Peer Prevention Program, will address the impact of loss in our lives, the cyclical stages of grief and how it can differ for each person, with there being no "right" way or specific timetable. Different types of loss will be reviewed, as will the possible benefits of support groups and individual counseling. Dates/Locations: Dec 4 from 1:30-2:30pm at Alta Vista Senior Living, 916 Canterbury Ln; Dec 15 from 1:15-2:15pm at Granite Gate Senior Living, 3850 N Hwy 89 in Prescott. Register online at yrmc.eventbrite.com or call (928)708-4636.

"MANAGING PAIN AS YOU AGE" will occur Monday, December 4 from 4:30-5:30pm in Prescott Valley. You don’t have to live with pain. Most pain can be managed with the right mix of medicines, therapies and other treatment options. Angels Care Home Health will give practical ideas to help manage chronic pain and help you lead a more productive and active life. Location: Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center, 3407 N Windsong Drive. RSVP to Melody at 441-1019.

"KEEPING YOUR MIND FIT – ACTIVITIES TO BOOST BRAIN HEALTH" is a free presentation to occur Tuesday, December 5 from 2-3 p.m. at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive, Prescott. Chris Knack, Director of Community Relations - Home Care Assistance, will lead a fun and interactive session as he explains intellectual activities to help keep the brain sharp and healthy. Just like the body, the brain experiences changes in structure and function as a result of aging, but studies show you can delay age-related cognitive decline and boost brain health through activities that stimulate five domains of the brain. He’ll discuss various factors that contribute to brain health, including nutrition. For info or to RSVP, call (928) 445-9300.

"END OF LIFE LEGAL ISSUES," sponsored by The Margaret T. Morris Center (A Program of Adult Care Services), will occur Wednesday, December 6 from 10-11am in Prescott. Chris Inman, Elder Law Attorney, will discuss Healthcare Power of Attorney, Living Will, Pre-Hospital Medical Care Directive, Advance Directive Registration, Patient Self-Determination Act, The File of Life and Guardianship. Location: 878 Sunset Av. For info or to rsvp, contact Melody at 441-1019.

LAST-MINUTE NON-PROFIT STOCKING-STUFFER BAZAAR will occur Saturday, December 16 from 10am-4pm in Prescott. My husband Don and I (Debbie) put on this event each year to help folks in the community accomplish their last-minute holiday shopping, while helping support nonprofit agencies. 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. Location: Prescott Activity Center, 824 East Gurley. Event flier available at www.stocking-stuffer-bazaar.com

THE MARGARET T. MORRIS CENTER (A Program of Adult Care Services) OPEN HOUSE will occur Wednesday, December 20 at 10:00 am. Come and see Santa as he makes his annual visit, enjoy cookies and coffee and tour the Center. Location: 878 Sunset Ave, Prescott. For info or to rsvp, contact Melody at 928-441-1019

"DON’T SPEND CHRISTMAS ALONE" Community Dinner will once again be hosted by Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church of Prescott on Christmas Day. A free, full, Christmas dinner and fellowship will be provided for everyone in the Quad City area who may be alone or feel alone. Volunteers will visit the home bound and deliver a free meal, so that they too may feel a part of the community celebration. Along with a homemade meal, guests can enjoy Christmas Carols and a visit from Santa. The church is located at 2000 Shepherd’s Lane, one block north of the airport traffic signal on Hwy 89 in Prescott. To donate to this event, or for more information, call 778-4499.

will occur Tuesday, January 2nd from 2-3pm at Las Fuentes Resort Village in Prescott. Start the New Year on a positive step! Mary Heller will lead this moving, yet gentle, session, to which all are invited to participate or simply watch the fun. Gentle BeMoved is an authentic BeMoved experience for ALL ages of diverse physical, intellectual, and emotional capacity. Mary explains: We believe that movement expressed through dance and music has a transformative power that enriches a person's wellbeing above and beyond the well-known physical fitness benefits. Gentle BeMoved is a dance program tailored to participants with limited physical mobility due to age, health and injury. With 7 different themed genres, each utilizing engaging, and beautiful music, selections and steps, Gentle BeMoved creates a safe and accessible atmosphere for dancing. Every Gentle BeMoved class starts with a seated warm up, which progresses to upright dancing, but this method can be modified for groups that may need to remain seated. The music brings new life into your soul, while the movement lifts spirits and spurs memories of past joys and long forgotten moments. Attendees will receive a free pass for one of Mary’s regular Prescott classes. Location: 1035 Scott Drive, Prescott. For more information about Mary, BeMoved® and Gentle BeMoved® (including a video demonstration), visit www.marychoreographer.com To RSVP, call (928)445-9300.

"LEARNING TO COPE WITH THE EMOTIONAL STRESS OF CHRONIC ILLNESS is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, January 4th from NOON-1pm at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane, Prescott.  Presenter Elizabeth Page, Easing Up! will talk about the stress related to having a chronic illness and the demands of doing what the doctor says; how stress affects diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure and other aspects of our bodies; the relationship between thoughts, emotions, and the sense of stress; depleting & renewing emotions and their impact on our motivation for self-care. She will explain simple techniques that help calm the body and mind, leading to emotional self-management; and provide a demonstration of their effects on our nervous system. (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

"THE BENEFIT OF MUSIC FOR THOSE AFFLICTED WITH DEMENTIA OR ALZHEIMER'S" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, January 11th from NOON-1pm at Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E. Long Long Drive, Prescott Valley. Presenter Dwayne LeSassier, Dwayne's Music Ministry, will explain what dementia/Alzheimer's disease is; how music can affect one who has dementia/Alzheimer's Disease, what kind of music is beneficial to those with dementia/Alzheimer's Disease, what kind of change you can expect to see; and how much of an increased need will there be for music therapy, as baby boomers come into the age bracket in which one usually sees the start of dementia/Alzheimer's Disease. (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 PREFERRED CHIROPRACTIC & EMOTIONAL HEALING in Prescott offers a 30-minute massage for $10 (this is a $40 value), with all proceeds given to CASA (Central Arizona Seniors Association) Meals On Wheels Program. Contact CASA at (928) 772-3337.


Did you read the title correctly? Did you notice the word "Resilience," did you read it as "Resistance"?

It is winter and time to boost your immunity or resistance, by doing things like getting a flu shot. Another big step to strong immunity is to improve your resilience.

Do you know your heart, brain and hormonal systems respond to every emotional reaction you experience? Frustration, anger, fear, anxiety, overwhelm and depression use a lot of energy. These are emotions that raise your heart rate, blood pressure, and make you feel "worked up." More than that, they stimulate the stress hormone Cortisol and other chemicals intended to get your body ready for a fight or to flee. The hormone Cortisol circulates in your body for about 12 hours after it is released. The frustrating, angering or upsetting event from this morning will be disrupting your sleep tonight.

Your energy level or resilience works a lot like the battery of a cell phone. Resilience can be stored up and depleted. One of the most important ways to increase resilience is with sleep. Emotions like love, satisfaction, excitement, gratitude, peace and calm also are renewing. Some other things are renewing: the food you eat, exercise, taking time every day to do things you like, connecting with friends and family, getting outside to appreciate a beautiful day!

When you are resilient, you respond to events differently than when you feel "out of gas." You make better decisions, things don’t get under your skin so easily, you recognize drama, trauma, conflict and can choose to not engage it. Well, (ahem) except for those old things that "push our buttons" and off you go with a habitual response!

Pay attention to how you’re spending your emotional energy. This is a very powerful way to build resilience. How often over the course of the day do you find yourself annoyed, frustrated, angry, fearful? What are you upset about? Something you saw or heard on the news, social media, the traffic, people at the grocery store? Did your mind hijack your emotions with thoughts that you have a strong emotional response to? If someone or something else is causing you to respond in this way, whose energy is being used up? Who will have difficulty sleeping tonight?

The Institute of HeartMath is an organization whose focus is emotions and their effect on the body. Their Heart-Focused Breathing™ technique helps interrupt thoughts and turn down the volume on emotions, creating a moment to make a different choice. It’s simple, try it:

Focus your attention in the area of the heart. Imagine your breath is flowing in and out of your heart or chest area, breathing a little slower and deeper than usual.

That’s just one of the steps that can help you experience a deeper sense of calm and peace.

Oh, and one other thing, consider limiting your exposure to TV news, social media and other sources that are upsetting. Instead, spend time doing something that makes you feel good, it is a powerful way to boost your resilience!

Elizabeth Page has worked in Health Care for more than 40 years. She will be giving a Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation called "Learning to Cope with the Emotional Stress of Chronic Illness" Thursday, January 4 from NOON-1pm in Prescott. See calendar entry in this newsletter for details. Elizabeth is a Certified HeartMath™ Mentor and Trainer who teaches easy to learn techniques to help people manage their emotional reactions to daily life. Awareness allows people to recapture their emotional balance, clarity and energy, reducing stress, improving sleep and health. For more information about Easing Up! visit www.EasingUpLLC.com or contact Elizabeth at EasingUp@outlook.com or (928) 713-2662.


When I speak with families I usually recommend that they check with the Better Business Bureau and ask about the company’s accredited rating and how long the company has been in business. I also suggest they ask if there are any unresolved complaints. I also suggest to families that they identify what their key concern or issue is that they hope an agency can help address. I then explain the benefits of working with an agency rather than a private individual.

I suggest they ask some of the following questions and interview more than one agency.

> How does the agency select potential caregivers/employees?

> Are the caregivers true employees or are they contracted?

> What is the average length of employment for the caregivers?

> What is the average age of their caregivers? (Older, more mature caregivers often connect better with their senior clients.)

> Number of caregivers available in area? (A lower number can translate to not being able to fill the caregiving requests and meeting the clients’ needs)

> Does the agency pay workman’s comp insurance for their caregivers?

> Are the caregivers insured and bonded?

> Does the company run a comprehensive background check and DMV record check? If so, how far back do they go and does it cover multiple states?

> Does the agency drug test their employees? If so, when? At the time of employment, randomly, or only when there is suspicious activity?

> What kind of training is provided to caregivers, initially as well as ongoing?

> What kind of supervision does the agency have for its caregivers and does the agency preform quality assurance checks?

> What are the hours of operation and how does the agency respond to calls received after normal business hours?

> What can a family do if they want to change caregivers?

> What kind of communication does the agency encourage with family members within the guidelines of coordination of care?

> Is there a long-term contract that will need to be signed? Under what circumstances can a contract be cancelled?

> Are there are any hidden fees for schedule changes, cancellation, or termination of contract?

> Does the agency offer a free, no obligation consultation so that the family/senior needs can be discussed in the privacy of their own home?

As you can see, there is a lot to consider when trying to decide whether to use in-home care and making a decision about which company to use.

Submitted by Pamela Cregger, Home Health Specialist, Kindred at Home, home healthcare skilled nursing division. Kindred provides a variety of services including Non-Medical, Skilled Nursing and Hospice. For information, visit www.kindredathome.com or contact Pamela in the Cottonwood office at (928) 649-9933.


When we age, our bodies become more vulnerable to the effects of tooth decay, gum infections and bacteria. A primary obstacle preventing seniors from maintaining optimal oral health, especially if you've not had regular oral healthcare recently is the uncertainty of where to begin. If you find yourself in this situation, the following steps will help you to once again take charge of your oral health.

What’s Important to You?

Dental practices vary widely in their business, treatment, and financial practices, etc. A few considerations in evaluating whether you and a dental practice are a good fit include:

> Is the practice philosophy focused on preventive or more costly reactive care?

> Is the office clean and is sterility maintained?

> Does the practice offer a wide array of services in-house, such as dental implants, same day crown & bridge, same day smiles?

> Do you feel confident in the doctor’s skill level and on-going continuing education?

> Are advanced technologies available to provide optimal outcomes and patient comfort such as CT Scans, periodontal laser therapy?

> Reviews reflect a high quality of care provided by dentists and staff

Raving Fans? (Or Not…)

When it comes to selecting a provider, advertising can be intimidating and unclear. Word-of-mouth from friends and family members has been and still is a reliable way to find a reputable provider. Today, the Internet has a wealth of resources for consumers about the personal experiences other patients have at dental offices.

If you have a provider in mind, you can first check the business website where reviews may be easily accessible. Second, Google search engines are becoming a popular place to find reviews. Third, provider review sites such as Healthgrades, have made reviews accessible. Of course don’t forget social media platforms, such as Facebook where patients also place reviews about the quality of care they receive. 

All of these methods of evaluating dental care providers from individuals who know providers and staff and the quality of care provided over time allow one to get to know a care provider on a general level, his/her care philosophy, level of patient satisfaction, financial practices, etc…prior to contacting a provider’s office and weeding out practices that may not fit your interests.

Empower Yourself

The Internet can also be a powerful resource to help individuals wanting to understand treatment options and available materials. Patients empowered with education ask informed questions, understand diagnosis and treatment options, and appreciate the expertise necessary in complex dental services. Another easy way to educate yourself is through dental educational seminars, such as those offered by Pro Solutions Dental Group, on various oral health topics.

Like any relationship, finding the right relationship to suit your oral health needs with a dentist or dental practice can appear intimidating. Communicate your desires with your dental care providers. Be open-minded with the knowledge, experience and expertise that your dental care providers offer. With time, a relationship of communication and trust will be established paving the way towards a collaborative patient-provider relationship that suits your needs and interests.

Start your journey towards improved long-term dental health today!

Submitted by Pro Solutions Dental Group Family, Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry – Offices of Jason C. Campbell, D.D.S. and Rick Farnsworth, D.D.S. in Prescott. If you have oral health questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call (928) 776-1208 or visit www.PrescottDentist.com for new patient offers.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SENIORS IN SOBRIETY Alcoholics Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(928) 308-7687

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

Senior Connection

Our Members make it possible for us to provide FREE resources to you and your loved ones.  Please thank them for
 supporting our efforts.


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

Music Ministry
Prescott Valley
(928) 830-7164


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


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

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

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


Northern AZ
Fiduciaries, Inc
101 E Gurley St, Suite 211
Prescott AZ 86301
(928) 778-7885
723 Cove Parkway, Ste C
Cottonwood AZ 86326
(928) 634-5440


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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

Organize Your Mess
(631) 681-6717
Prescott AZ


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

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


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


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

The inclusion of information about the companies listed above does not represent an endorsement on the part of this publication. It is your responsibility to verify the validity, reliability and suitability of any of the companies with whom you may wish to do business.

Whether you are an adult child caring for an aging parent, a spouse or sibling providing care to a relative, or a senior caring for yourself, the information and products available via the www.SeniorConnection.us website are designed to improve your quality of life. 


   As caregivers, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of tasks that need to be accomplished for your loved ones each day.
    Although hundreds of resources exist to help you, the hardest part can be finding what’s available. 
   Therefore, in addition to the Caregiver Connection newsletter, I am also pleased to make available to you several valuable resources via the “Senior Connection website.” This web-based one-stop Educational and Information center for Caregivers and Seniors is designed to save you time and money, as well as your sanity.
   The SeniorConnection.us website consists of a comprehensive Resource Directory, Articles on topics of relevance to caregivers and seniors, and informational Videos and Slideshows about agencies that offer help throughout Yavapai County.


   The Resources Directory contains contact information for hundreds of local nonprofit, government and commercial agencies that provide helpful products and services to ease the life of caregivers. 
   Updated weekly, this searchable database will save you literally hundreds of research hours and connect you with nonprofit, government and commercial agencies that can help with every aspect of being a caregiver. 
   Categories include areas such as assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, in-home care providers, transportation, meal preparation and delivery, and financial assistance. 
   A search on one or more keywords results in all of the companies that provide a particular product or service. You can then print out the Profile of each agency that is of interest to you. 
   All on the website at: 
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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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