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: Sept 2021

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.

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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 every week since mid-March 2020. You can find the current "Featured Video" as well as previous talks via our website. Go there directly via www.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 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 Application to have to download. Many include hand-outs that are available for you to print out. Info: Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747.

SENIOR CONNECTION’S "SENIOR & CAREGIVERS CONFERENCE & EXPO" - Due to popular demand, we have extended the Senior Connection Spring Virtual Expo Experience! The Virtual Expo provides access to more than 65 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: www.SeniorConnectionExpo.us/V-Expo
(No RSVP, No password, No special App, No registration required) CLICK HERE for the Flier for the Virtual Expo: www.SeniorConnection.us/Expo_Brochure.pdf
(See the topics for the five Guru Presentations).

"UNDERSTANDING ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA" June 2 (3-4pm), June 14 (3-4pm), or June 22 (10-11am). Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. In this virtual presentation you will learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available for some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources. Once you register for one of the above sessions, a Zoom video conference link will be provided to you. To register or for more information, visit alz.org/crf or call (800) 272-3900.

"FRAUD AWARENESS: BE ALERT TO FINANCIAL FRAUD" is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation that will be available on the Senior Connection website starting Thursday, June 3 at noon, and be featured for a week. Fighting financial fraud starts with education as well as communication between family members and their financial professionals. Financial Advisor Joe Allen with Edward Jones will share information to help you recognize possible issues, prevent fraudulent activity and protect yourself or a loved one if fraud does occur. The presentation will include a hand-out: "Protect Yourself: Be Alert to Financial Fraud." It’s super easy to watch the presentation! There is no log in, no password and no special Application to have to download. Go to www.seniorconnection.us and click on the link to Speakers Bureau TeleConnection Streaming. This presentation will remain available to viewers "On Demand" (i.e. at your convenience) after the launch date. For more information contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or call (928) 778-3747. (Edward Jones is a Senior Connection Member)

AARP in Yavapai County offers an ongoing selection of virtual events to the public. For upcoming events visit 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)

NEW HORIZONS DISABILITY EMPOWERMENT CENTER (NHDEC) in Prescott Valley is holding the following Support Groups: Brain Injury & Spinal Injury Group meets the third Wednesday of the month from 1-2pm. Diabetes Support Group meets the second Wednesday of the month from 2:30-3:30pm All activities are Fragrance Free. Call the office at (928) 772-1266 for more information. Located at 9400 East Valley Road, Prescott Valley. Visit www.nhdec.org (NHDEC is a Senior Connection Member)

"RETIREMENT BY DESIGN" is a free, educational seminar to occur in Prescott June 8 from 11am-noon, hosted by Financial Advisor Joe Allen with Edward Jones. How Do You Want to Retire? Take control now. Learn how you can translate your retirement vision into tangible retirement goals. Whether you are 10 or 40 years from retirement, you'll learn investment strategies you can use now to help you design the retirement you want tomorrow. Location: 5672 E State Rt 69 Suite 135 Prescott Valley. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to (928) 445-2226 or send an email to Joe at joseph.allen@edwardjones.com to let him know if you and a guest will attend. (Edward Jones is a Senior Connection Member)

INVESTING COFFEE CLUB will next occur on Tuesday, June 15 from 9:30-10:30am in Prescott. This free monthly meeting is 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 next to Pier 1). Includes a cup of coffee, courtesy of Joe. 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  SMART DRIVER™  educational course is being offered via Zoom classroom on June 23 & 24 from 8am-noon., as well as August 14 (8am-noon), September 8 & 9 (8am-noon), Oct 5 & 6 (9-11am), Nov 3 & 4 (9-11am). There is a fee to participate, however, you do not have to be an AARP Member. Upon completion, you may be eligible to receive an auto insurance discount. For details or to register, call (623) 738-4425. (AARP is a Senior Connection Member)

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION offers free, educational classes. To learn about current offerings visit www.alz.org and select Events, then scroll down and select Educational Programs. Upcoming classes via Zoom include "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." For more info or to register for a class, go to alz.org/crf or call (800) 272-3900. For local assistance call (928) 771-9257 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. (Alzheimer’s Association is a Senior Connection Member)

THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION DESERT SOUTHWEST CHAPTER is dedicated to empowering and supporting individuals, families, care partners and communities affected by dementia throughout northern Arizona. Support Groups are currently being offered via phone, for specific geographic locations. A Prescott group occurs the first and third Mondays of the month at 10am. Call (402) 542-0274 (Log-in Pin is: 838 362 656 #). A group for families of Veterans occurs every Friday at 1:30pm. Call (208) 717-2087 (Log-in Pin is: 934 717 642 #). A Prescott Valley group occurs the second and fourth Monday of the month. Call (209)779-0234 (Log-in Pin is: 837 436 307 #). A Sedona group occurs the first & third Thursdays at 10am. Call (318)467-6505 (Log-in Pin is: 614 930 179 #). For more info about any these group meetings, call the Prescott office (928) 771-9257 Mon-Thurs from 9am-5pm. Or call (800) 272-3900 any time. Additionally, the Alzheimer’s Association offers a 24-hour Helpline that is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week, by trained professionals. These specialists can answer your questions and get you the information or services you need anytime, day or night. The number is (800) 272-3900. (Alzheimer’s Association is a Senior Connection Member)

PRESCOTT POLICE DEPARTMENT is looking for volunteers for their "Citizens on Patrol" program. Duties may include traffic control, neighborhood patrol, school watch, park patrol, event safety, and vacation watch. For more information call (928) 777-1900.

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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