Hoarding Therapy Program

Too Many Treasures® HOARDING PROGRAM When your “treasures” become too much… We can help! The Area Agency on Aging is offering a 14-week Too Many Treasures® Hoarding Therapy Group designed to affirm, educate, and gently guide individuals who self-identify with hoarding behaviors. Therapy groups introduce participants to new information and techniques that help change current behaviors and thoughts regarding excessive acquiring and clutter issues. Participants must: Be 60 years of age and older Participate in group interaction and home assignments designed to help change current thoughts and behaviors related to their “treasures” Attend at least 12 of the 14 sessions Groups are located in Central Phoenix and Glendale and scheduled to begin in September. Registration Required, Space is Limited! For more information, call: (602) 241-5577 Online registration

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Arizona Caregiver Coalition Sponsor - FSL

10 Ways to Make Your Home More Safe

FSL wants caregivers to ensure homes are safe for their loved ones.  Each year thousands of older Americans fall at home, making falls the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.  Falls often occur due to avoidable hazards that are easy to overlook and fix. Below are a few tips to ensure your home is safe for your aging loved one: •             Remove rugs or use non-slip backing to ensure rugs don’t move •             Keep walkways clear of baskets, blankets, books, etc. •             Coil cords from a lamp or telephone, so you don’t trip over them •             Improve the lighting in each room to give your loved one better lighting •             Install grab bars in the bathroom and shower for extra support •             Handrails […]

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Caregiving benefits are within top 10 priorities for employees

A growing number of employers are becoming aware that workers are providing greater hands-on support to aging parents and other family members — and that employers can help through employee benefits, according to the report, “Caregiving Growing in Importance to Employers,” by the Northeast Business Group on Health in collaboration with AARP. NEBGH surveyed benefits managers from 129 U.S. employers and found that two-thirds (66 percent) agree that during the next five years, caregiving will become an increasingly important issue to their workers. Nearly half (45 percent) say caregiving benefits are within their top 10 priorities for employee health and benefit issues, while 12 percent say it’s within their top five priorities. However, 32 percent say they are unable to address the issue, and 11 percent say it’s […]

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Observation Status vs. Hospital Admittance

What’s worse for a senior than getting hospitalized and then having to go for rehab?  Learning that Medicare won’t cover your rehab because of a technicality. It’s one of the bigger messes in health care today, and despite recent attempts to fix it, many seniors still don’t fully understand it … until it hits them in the wallet. Observation Status vs. Hospital Admittance Fact: Medicare doesn’t cover rehab stays in skilled nursing facilities unless the patient was first admitted to the hospital and spent at least three days inpatient. However, more ER doctors are categorizing seniors for observation, not admittance. Seniors under observation not only pay more out-of-pocket for hospitalizations (it’s covered under Medicare Part B, not the more generous Part A), but are ineligible […]

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Become a Dementia Friend

Dementia Friendly Tempe is hosting Dementia Friends Arizona training sessions at various dates and locations, and is looking for local people to join in learning about dementia and helping people who are living with it in Tempe. There is no cost to attend. Dementia Friends is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the community thinks, talks and acts about the disease. A Dementia Friends training will help people learn about dementia and the small ways to help. From telling friends about the program to visiting someone living with dementia, every action counts. Wednesday, August 2, 10 – 11 a.m., Changing Hands Book Store, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe 85283 Wednesday, August 2, 7 – 8 […]

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Tuition-free art classes to care-recipients and their family caregivers

Arizona Artists Guild offers tuition-free art classes to care-recipients and their family caregivers. This program is designed specifically for older adults (60+) who have lost their independence due to illness or circumstance and rely on others for most of their activities of daily living. Perennial Picassos will receive the benefits of expression, social interaction with others, and the enjoyment of quality time engaged in a creative activity. Each group works under the guidance of separate facilitators so that they can meet and share with people in similar situations. Art is a great way to step out of your daily routine. The projects are designed to provide the skills needed for participants to engage in art activities at home between sessions. This is a great opportunity to learn something new, to express yourself, to tap […]

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5 Ways Seniors Can Avoid the Summer Heat in Phoenix

The human body is a magnificent mechanism!  Not only does it have an innate ability to fight off disease and dangerous bacteria, but also has the capacity to trigger physical symptoms in situations that could cause potential harm before they occur.  One such indicator transpires when we are overheated, such as dizziness, sweating, and swelling.  Unbeknown to most is that as we age into our 80’s and 90’s, some of our physical indicators because inept, such as inefficiencies in our sweat glands, which could be potentially fatal for an elderly individual in situations of extreme heat. For seniors residing in one of Phoenix’s many senior living communities, such as an assisted living facility or specialized Alzheimer’s Care Unit, there are staff members constantly watching and […]

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Caregiver-to-Caregiver Mentor Program

Duet: Partners In Health & Aging—a 36-year-old Phoenix area nonprofit that promotes health and well-being through a broad range of services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities, and grandparents raising grandchildren—is starting a new Caregiver-to-Caregiver Mentor Program and is looking for volunteers with family caregiving experience to provide one-on-one support to other caregivers in a mentorship capacity. “A lot of caregivers live in isolation and often find it difficult to connect with others as a result of their caregiving situations,” said Daniela Saylor, Family Caregiver Services Program Manager at Duet. “Through the new Caregiver-to-Caregiver Mentor Program, we are able to put them in contact with other caregivers who have walked the walk, are able to understand the challenges they are facing, and are ready […]

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Calling Kinship Caregivers

In Arizona, more than 100,000 children are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives. Nationwide, that number is more than 5 million. Many parents are unable to take care of their children due to substance abuse, incarceration, mental illness, child abuse or death. Grandparents raising their grandchildren must deal with school systems, health coverage, legal issues, financial concerns, and complex family situations. This leaves many of these “second-time around” parents feeling overwhelmed. By providing support to grandparents and other relative caregivers, Duet help keep children out of foster care. View Frequently Asked Questions View a free guide on raising your grandchildren How Duet can Help Support groups Workshops Group activities for families Respite assistance Legal guidance Information and referral Grandparent Support Groups Grandparents who […]

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