April 2018

April Veterinary Specials from PAAW

»CHECK OUT THIS MONTH’S ANIMAL CARE SPECIALS!

PIMA Alliance for Animal Welfare logo

Need help caring for your animal companion? Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare (PAAW) is a compassionate volunteer organization working toward ensuring that all Pima County companion animals have a loving home and humane care. In addition to a trap/neuter/return program for community cats and a marketing campaign to adopt locally (culminating in a mega adoption event), PAAW has a program to help housebound seniors and disabled individuals get what they need for their pets.
»PAAW on Facebook

April 2018

Elder Care from A to Z

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Arizona Center on Aging offers two amazing resources that provide fact sheets on every aspect of elder care for providers and care partners.

»Elder Care – A Resource For Interprofessional Providers
This compendium of engaging single page, practical, evidence-based Elder Care Provider Fact Sheets synthesize key concepts in common geriatric syndromes and common diseases in older adults.

»Care Partner Information: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia Caregiving Tips
Care Partner Information sheets are single-page fact sheets that can be used by anyone who is providing care for an older adult with dementia – including volunteers, family caregivers, direct care workers and community health workers. These sheets provide basic background information, helpful tips and community resources on a variety of topics associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias.

April 8, 2018

Changing the World’s Conversation About Aging

A new view of living longer
by Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP CEO, AARP Bulletin, April 2018
»Read full article on AARP site

Societies around the world are coming up with creative, commonsense ways of adapting to the challenges posed by aging populations and doing it with existing resources. One example is Japan’s Watch Over service. For a small monthly fee, a Japanese postal carrier will check on an older resident along the mail delivery route and relay information about the resident’s well-being to family members using a tablet. The brilliance of this model is that it takes an existing infrastructure resource (a nationwide postal delivery network) and a seemingly unconnected challenge (isolated seniors) and puts them together. It works. The cost is low, the barriers to entry are few, and the payoff is huge…. »Read full article on AARP site

April 2018

Can’t Afford the Home Medical Equipment That You Need?

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) pays directly for full or partial purchase of new durable home medical equipment for people with a demonstrated need for financial support. All equipment is new and ordered for delivery to approved clients.

Walkers
Crutches and canes
Wheelchairs
Bathroom safety equipment
Other home-use devices

»See JFCS flyer

JFCS promises a quick assessment and fast delivery.
Documents needed: photo ID, proof of income, and a health insurance information card if you have one. AHCCCS members are pre-qualified.

Call (520) 795-0300 ext. 2213 or email JFCS to schedule an appointment.

“We have a long history of service to our community’s most vulnerable people.”

»Learn more about JFCS

March 26, 2018

Majority of LGBT Adults Concerned About Social Support and Discrimination in Long-Term Care

New AARP national survey finds most LGBT adults want but don’t have access to LGBT-sensitive care and services

WASHINGTON, DC—When it comes to aging-related concerns, older LGBT adults worry most about having adequate family and other social support to rely on as they age, discrimination in long-term care (LTC) facilities, and access to LGBT-sensitive services for seniors, according to a new AARP survey. Black and Latino LGBT adults report the greatest concern about future family and social supports, and greater worry about potential abuse in LTC facilities because of their race/ethnicity and sexual orientation/gender identity….

»Read full article on the AARP site

Two Guides for LGBT Caregivers

More than 3 million LGBT Americans have taken on the responsibility of being a caregiver to a loved one, according to a recent report from AARP. These two guides are designed to support the LGBT older adult caregiving community:

“Prepare to Care Guide: A Planning Guide for Caregivers in the LGBT Community”
SAGE has partnered with AARP to create this practical tool filled with information, resources, and checklists to help caregivers get organized so they can do what’s best for their loved ones.

“Caregiving in the LGBT Community: A Guide to Engaging and Supporting LGBT Caregivers Through Programming”
This user-friendly publication provides ideas, lessons learned, and best practices for expanding programs to support LGBT caregivers and those caring for LGBT older adults.

Senior Pride in the News

LGBT Senior Poets Share Their Work

Words of Wisdom, a community event at which LGBTQ senior poets share their work, returned to the University of Arizona Poetry Center on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The poetry reading showcased the voices of longtime members of the LGBTQ community the week of National Coming Out Day…

»Read full article in the University of Arizona Daily Wildcat

Curt Stubbs, docent at the UA Poetry Center and organizer of Words of Wisdom, Oct 2017
Curt Stubbs, docent at the UA Poetry Center and organizer of Words of Wisdom, Oct 2017

Ending Isolation with Senior Pride's New Program

Our Community Cares

Are you LGBTQI, 55 or older, homebound or living in a Care Community (independent or assisted living, nursing home, boarding home)? Are you disabled (of any age)? Are you isolated from your LGBTQI Community? Lonely? Senior Pride, in conjunction with the Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) Neighbor Care Alliance, has launched a new effort to help LGBTQI elders who are feeling lonely, isolated and in need of information about services and resources that are safe and welcoming.

Southern Arizona Senior Pride COMMUNITY CARES PROGRAM-TUCSON would like to offer you friendly visits and/or phone calls with trained volunteers who have had a background check. There is no charge to participate in this program.

Interested? Contact the Program Coordinator at
520-351-2724 or by email for an application and home visit.
Referrals encouraged!

»Learn about training for volunteers and more

3rd Tuesday of Each Month

Announcing New LGBT-Welcoming Caregiver Support Group

Pima Council On Aging offers an LGBT-welcoming caregiver support group, which is open to anyone providing care for a person 60 and older, or for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia of any age.

3rd Tuesday of each month
1-2:30pm
»Find out when we meet next
Pima Council on Aging
Board Room
8467 E Broadway

Tucson, AZ

No charge, but preregistration is required – call 520-609-1271.

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2nd Thursday of each month

Announcing the Alzheimer’s LGBTQ Caregivers Support Group

ANNOUNCING Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter’s support group, which offers a forum for LGBTQ caregivers to share feelings, concerns, information and encouragement. Trained facilitators meet with small groups of caregivers who care for people with dementia to share information and experiences, build new skills and offer peer support and ideas.

No cost to attend.
No commitment to come back.

»See flyer!

2nd Thursday of each month
(Please note schedule change: only 2nd Thursdays now)
5:30-6:30pm
Cornerstone Fellowship
2902 N Geronimo
Social Hall East on Laguna
Tucson, AZ
»Find out when we meet next
More info: (520)322-6601

Supported by Southern Arizona Senior Pride.
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40th Anniversary of Tucson Pride

Senior Pride in the 2017 Parade

Tucson Pride celebrated its 40th Anniversary with the “Pride on Parade” on 4th Avenue, Friday, September 29 – and Southern Arizona Senior Pride was there!

The Rainbow Crosswalk Project

Crosswalk Unveiled

Tucson joins many other cities across the United States by adding rainbow crosswalks to honor the LGBTQ community and celebrate the city’s diversity. The official unveiling was held on Aug. 8th at 10am in the Creative Ventures parking lot at 522 N. 4th Avenue. The Rainbow Crosswalk Project is a collaboration between Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich, the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Speedy Striping and the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association.

The crosswalks are at the busy intersection of Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street.

City council member Karin Uhlich said she hoped the intersection would be a place to turn when she and others “need a little dose of courage or pride.”

In the night before the unveiling, vandals splattered white paint on the crosswalks; workers were able to clean it off before the ceremony.

AARP article: Housing for older LGBT adults!

An ‘LGBT-Welcoming’ Place to Call Home
Recognizing a need, some cities are developing housing options.

“Older adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender often age alone. As the first generation to be open about their sexuality and united around the gay rights movement, many are estranged from family and never had or have lost a partner. Prejudice may have meant fewer work opportunities over their lifetime, resulting in meager, if any, savings. Finding affordable and welcoming senior housing is a challenge…”

»Read article on AARP site…