Local Nonprofit is Need of Volunteers for Summer Months and Beyond

With the rise in temperature, many isolated elders and homebound adults are left without vital services such as transportation to the grocery store and doctor’s appointments. Currently, there are nearly 90 homebound adults waiting to be matched with volunteers through Duet: Partners In Health & Aging. These services include help with grocery shopping, transportation to medical appointments, providing friendly visits, minor home repairs, assistance with basic paperwork and more. “When the summer heat arrives, a number of our volunteers depart the Valley for cooler weather, but our neighbors—that’s what we call the homebound adults that we serve—stay here and are still in need of the crucial services that our volunteers provide,” said Sue Reckinger, director of volunteer services. “Those who are interested in volunteering just […]

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Caregiving is Tougher than Tough Ad Campaign

WASHINGTON — The face of the United States is changing with shifting demographics and majorities. And those changes aren’t solely along racial, ethnic or religious lines. Today, men make up about 40 percent of America’s 40 million caregivers — a role traditionally viewed as predominantly female. In 2015, Jonathan Hayden, 40, of Washington, D.C., became the caregiver for his father, who was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment that would eventually develop into a form of memory loss called Lewy body dementia. “I tend to think that he’s had signs of it for a long time. He’s never been much for remembering things,” he told CBN News. Hayden represents a changing demographic among people caring for relatives. Today, men account for between 40 to 45 percent […]

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Pre-9/11 Military Caregivers – Forgotten

Expanding to veterans of all eras a Department of Veterans Affairs program that pays family caregivers to provide home-based help is key to making sure all vets receive appropriate care, advocates told senators Wednesday. “The caregivers from pre-9/11 have been providing services for years, and they’ve had no acknowledgment. They’re not acknowledged for what they’re doing and they’re receiving very, very little in the way of services,” former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, whose foundation advocates for military caregivers, testified before the Senate subcommittee on aging Wednesday. “The illnesses and the wounds and injuries of these veterans from earlier eras are compounded as they age,” she said. “They deserve [care], and it’s really unfair that they don’t have it now.” The VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for […]

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Diabetes and Heat: Safety Tips

People with diabetes should be extra careful during hot weather. Temperatures of 80°F (about 27°C) or above, especially with high humidity, can affect medication, testing supplies, and your health. If you have diabetes, it is harder for your body to handle high heat and humidity. The heat index, which measures how hot it really feels by combining temperature and humidity readings, advises caution starting at 80°F with 40 percent humidity. Here are suggestions from CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation on taking care of yourself during hot weather: Heat can affect your blood glucose (sugar) levels and also increase the absorption of some fast-acting insulin, meaning you will need to test your blood glucose more often and perhaps adjust your intake of insulin, food and liquids. […]

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Poverty Institute – Obtain the Tools Needed to Effectively Move People Out of Poverty

  The Beegle Poverty Institutes are designed for professionals from the fields of justice, education, health, social service, housing, faith-­based and community organizations. The poverty institutes are fully accredited through Portland State University and led by Dr. Donna Beegle, poverty expert, public speaker and researcher who grew up in generational poverty. Dr. Beegle has been training professionals for over 27 years on how to help those in the crisis of poverty to get out, and stay out of poverty. Phoenix Poverty Institutes flyer Poverty Institute Poverty Coaching Institute

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10 Fun Indoor Activities for Seniors in Assisted Living

What is your caregiving tied to? For many with aging parents and relatives in assisted living facilities, your caregiving involves transportation, helping with finances, shopping for necessities, and advocating for care with insurance and healthcare providers. The time for visiting and simply doing something fun can seem to slip through your fingers week by week. Get motivated to make more of your time together and help your loved one stay active with these 10 creative ideas: Play games A novelty idea for “rainy day fun,” puzzles and games are brain-boosting fun for older adults who spend more time indoors as well. Track down an old card or board game your loved one used to enjoy and bring it on your next visit. Or download a […]

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Family Caregiver Day at the Capitol March 30th, 2017

Family Caregiver Day at the Capitol March 30th, 2017 Sponsored by the Arizona Caregiver Coalition Caregivers may be partners, family members, or close friends. Most often, they’re not trained for the caregiver job. Many times, they’re the lifeline of the person with the diagnosis.  Consequently, caregivers will put their lives on hold or adjust their work schedule to care for their loved ones, oftentimes creating an economic burden. Finances are reduced due to out-of-pocket caregiving expenses.  63% of Arizona caregivers use their own money to help provide care, per AARP. Caregivers will reduce hours or quit the workforce all together.  According to AARP, 68% of Arizonians will modify their work schedule. MetLife reports that family caregivers (age 50 and older) who leave the workforce to […]

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Time Out Workshop presents MODERN AGING

Learn about Modern Aging and earn CEUs by attending a Time Out Workshop. Date: Monday March 20, 2017 Place: Ability360 5025 E Washington Street, Phoenix, 85034 Price: $40 Registration at 7:45am; Starts at 8:15am Program ends at 4:45pm Lunch included Modern Aging   The Daily Practice of Mindfulness for a Hectic World – Maribeth Gallagher, DNP, FAAN   The New Era of Prevention Research in Alzheimer’s Disease – William J. Burke, M.D.   Getting Older, What Do I Need To Know? – Emily B. Kile, Elder Law Attorney   Abuse and Neglect – Terri Rowe and Gabe V. Kory, Medical Malpractice Attorneys   A, B, C, D’s of Medicare – Jerry Watterworth, Coordinator of Community Education   The Uncovered Population – Todd Gray, Care Coordinator for Care By Design (Services for those […]

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Resolution on the Death of David Besst by the House of Representatives

Resolution on the Death of David Besst by the House of Representatives

Resolution on the Death of David Besst by the House of Representatives State of Arizona House of Representatives Fifty-third Legislature First Regular Session 2017 HR 2004 Introduced by Representative Heather Carter   David Besst passed away on January 30, 2017. Growing up as the only boy in a house of seven sisters, David was instilled with a love for family and a desire to help others at an early age.  When his mother was diagnosed with dementia, he moved into her home to care for her as she battled the disease. David’s personal experience as his mother’s caregiver served as the impetus to his future professional endeavors. Committed to making a difference, David founded the Arizona Caregiver Coalition, a community-based organization that provides support to […]

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National Caregiver Day and Support

National Caregiver Day – Third Friday in February

National Caregiver Day is observed annually on the third Friday in February. Across the nation dedicated health care professionals serve those who require long-term or hospice care.  National Caregivers Day honors those men and women dedicated to providing these vital services.  Paid caregivers deliver a variety of services from personal care to medical services with compassion and professionalism.  Their days may be long and demanding, but they provide support to those who need it most. National Caregivers Day recognizes caregivers providing quality, compassionate care every day. HOW TO OBSERVE Take time to thank a caregiver for their dedication and care of our loved ones.  Use #NationalCaregiversDay to post on social media. HISTORY National Caregivers Day was founded by Providers Association for Home Health & Hospice Agencies (PAHHHA) […]

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