The newsletter is intended to help improve the quality of life of family caregivers and seniors in our local communities. Each month we address topics related to the joys and challenges of being a family caregiver. There will be informational articles as well as a list of various meetings, support groups and other resources available to you in our community. Feel free to send your questions, ideas and concerns.
Debbie Stewart

THE CAREGIVER CONNECTION      PO BOX 11929      PRESCOTT AZ 86304      (928) 778-3747 voice      Debbie@CaregiverConnection.us

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES  Last Updated March 2022

MEETINGS - EVENTS -
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Dates and times of meetings and events sometimes change at the last minute. It’s a good idea to call ahead before heading out, just to be sure.

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.

CAREGIVER CONNECTION NEWSLETTER - Please tell your friends, relatives, neighbors and colleagues about Senior Connection and suggest they sign up to receive this Newsletter. Email addresses are NEVER shared with ANY third party. They can sign up by clicking on this link: seniorconnection.us/Subscribe.html

SENIOR CONNECTION SPEAKERS BUREAU PRESENTATIONS - These educational talks are given by Senior Connection Members on topics of interest to seniors and caregivers. We’ve been videotaping these presentations since mid-March 2020. You can find the current "Featured Video" as well as previous talks via our website. Go there directly via teleconnection.seniorconnection.us Or, you can get there from the Senior Connection Home Page at www.SeniorConnection.us and click on the "Speakers Bureau Teleconnection Streaming" link. Presentations are featured for at least a week and then remain available as a previous talk thereafter, to be viewed "On Demand" at your convenience. There is no log in, no password and no special App. Many include hand-outs that are available for you to print out. Info: Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.

"DEMENTIA DYNAMICS - LIVING ENGAGED WITH DEMENTIA” is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau live presentation to occur Thursday, March 10th starting at Noon, at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott, by Pamela Cregger and Adriana Shipowick, Community Liaison, Hospice of the Pines. The talk focuses on helping people understand that they can live an engaged and meaningful "full" life even with diagnosis of Alzheimer's or Dementia. As well as to recognize signs that they might need help, including placement and medical oversight. This non-commercial, educational presentation is free and open to the public. Masking and distancing requirements may be in effect. Please RSVP to Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747. (Hospice of the Pines is a Senior Connection Member)

"UPDATING YOUR ESTATE PLAN: WILLS, TRUSTS, HEALTHCARE DOCUMENTS" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau live presentation to occur Thursday, March 24th starting at Noon, at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive in Prescott. Chuck Walker, Walker Estate Attorneys, will explain how to update your Estate Plan. He will cover the why, when, and how to make changes to your will, trust, and healthcare documents, including how to assess what you have. He will also share some horror stories as to what can happen if you do not update these documents. There will be ample time for Questions and Answers.This non-commercial, educational presentation is free and open to the public. Masking and distancing requirements may be in effect. Please RSVP to Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747. (Walker Estate Attorneys is a Senior Connection Member)

"MATFORCE Partners with Juvenile Probation to Bring In-Person Parenting Classes Back to Yavapai County".
MATFORCE has partnered with Yavapai County Juvenile Probation to start in-person Parenting the Love and Logic Way classes beginning in late March. MATFORCE Parenting Education Coordinator Sandi Cheney stated, “This class will give them tools to help strengthen that caregiver/child relationship.” Classes will be held at the Juvenile Justice Center, 1100 Prescott Lakes Parkway in Prescott on 3 consecutive Saturdays, March 26, April 2, and 9, 2022 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. You must attend all 3 classes to receive a certificate of attendance. To register for this free class, contact Sandi Cheney, MATFORCE Parenting Education Coordinator, at (928) 420-0427 or Kacey Smith, Juvenile Justice Center Special Programs Coordinator, at (928) 442-5277. For more information about MATFORCE visit matforce.org.

SENIOR CONNECTION’S "SENIOR & CAREGIVERS CONFERENCE & EXPO" - Due to popular demand, we have extended the Senior Connection Fall Virtual Expo Experience! The Virtual Expo provides access to more than 60 Senior and Caregiver goods and services companies for you to "visit" from the comfort of your own home/office. "Visit" the booths of our Senior Connection Members, watch their 30-Second overview and 5-Minute explanation of their products and services. To visit the Expo, CLICK HERE or set your Browser to: SeniorConnectionExpo.us/V-Expo
(No RSVP, No password, No special App, No registration required) CLICK HERE for the Flier for the Virtual Expo: SeniorConnection.us/Expo_Brochure.pdf
to see the topics for the five Guru Presentations. For more info contact Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.

INVESTING COFFEE CLUB is a free monthly meeting in an informal gathering, discussing current events, the economy and investing in a relaxed, informal setting. Hosted by Joe Allen, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, these meetings occur the third Tuesday of each month at Third Shot Coffee (at the Prescott Gateway Mall). Includes a cup of coffee, courtesy of Joe. Meetings are free, but RSVPs are appreciated. For more information, contact Joe at (928) 445-2226 or email joseph.allen@edwardjones.com or stop by his office at 5672 E State Rt 69, Suite 135 in Prescott Valley (near the Hobby Lobby, below the Dollar Store). For information about Joe's upcoming events, visit www.edwardjones.com/joseph-allen (Edward Jones is a Senior Connection Member.)

AARP in Yavapai County offers an ongoing selection of virtual events to the public. Visit http://www.aarp.org/prescott or www.aarp.org/prescottvalley for the most current list. For more information, contact Ms. Shawn Trobia, Assoc State Director – Community Outreach via email at STrobia@aarp.org or call her at (928) 273-7601. (AARP is a Senior Connection Member)

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION offers free education programs for families, individuals facing Alzheimer's Disease or other dementias, caregivers, and community members.  To learn about current offerings visit www.alz.org or call (800) 272-3900  to register for a class call . A sampling of classes includes "Managing Caregiver Stress," "Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia," "Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s," "Effective Communication Strategies," Healthy Living for your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research," "Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior," "Dementia Conversations."  Support Groups are a forum for participants to share concerns and information and are facilitated by a trained volunteer with a connection to Alzheimer's Disease or by staff. The Alzheimer's Association Helpline is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Through this service, specialists and master’s-level clinicians offer confidential support and information to people living with dementia, caregivers, families and the public. The Helpline number is 1-800-272-3900. Or for more information contact Christine Clements Stein, PhD, MPH, Northern Arizona Community Engagement Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association, Desert Southwest Chapter in Prescott at 928-771-9257 or via email at cclementsstein@alz.org

LIFELINE PROGRAM for low-income consumers. The Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program provides eligible low-income subscribers a monthly discount of up to $9.25 off their monthly service. Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on communication services for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family, and emergency services. Households that qualify for Lifeline also qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, they simply need to opt-in with their current Lifeline provider or contact a different participating provider and choose an eligible plan to start receiving the monthly benefit.  Qualifying households can receive both the Lifeline and Emergency Broadband Benefit at the same time. They can be applied to the same qualifying service or separately to a Lifeline service and an Emergency Broadband Benefit service with the same or different providers. For consumer-focused Lifeline information, visit  https://www.fcc.gov/lifeline-consumers  To find out if you qualify for Lifeline and apply for the program visit the Universal Service Administrative Company website at https://www.lifelinesupport.org  Information provided by Ms. Shawn Trobia, Assoc State Director – Community Outreach, AARP Arizona. You can contact Shawn via email at STrobia@aarp.org or call (928)273-7601. (AARP is a Senior Connection Member).

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

THE
SENIORCONNECTION.US WEBSITE

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


SENIOR RESOURCES DIRECTORY

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


INFORMATIONAL ARTICLES

The Informational Articles section contains articles on a wide variety of topics relating to aging. The articles are short and sweet, yet go directly to the heart of the matter of some of the most sensitive issues surrounding our fears and frustrations as caregivers. No topic is off-limits and new articles are constantly being added to the website at: SeniorConnection.us


EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS

Educational Videos and Slideshows, narrated by recognized experts in the community, are posted on the website. Additionally, videos and slideshows featuring nonprofit and for-profit agencies that provide products or services to caregivers and seniors will be available at the website: 

Senior Connection.us



The information contained herein and throughout the website is for educational purposes only. It is not intended, nor should it be construed as legal, medical or financial advice. Use of this information indicates your understanding of, and agreement to the above.


 

Disclaimer:
The inclusion of information about the agencies listed above does not represent an endorsement on the part of this publication, the Caregiver Connection, Senior Connection, nor their staff or officers. It is your responsibility to verify the validity, reliability and suitability of any of the agencies  with whom you may wish participate.

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