Friday, July 26, 2019

Living with Alzheimer's: When YOU Are the Statistic


Tucsonan Kathleen McCormack, an accomplished woman with a long and varied career in health policy, gerontology and career coaching, now has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.  

For a health professional like her, the irony of living with Alzheimer’s disease is particularly poignant.

Having known Kathleen for 22 years, I recognized that she was showing some signs of cognitive decline. Greeting cards started coming a month or more before my birthday.  She began missing birthday lunch gatherings (including her own) because she couldn’t find the restaurant.

Terry, her husband of 50 years, noticed something as well. 

“When I had my first inklings that Kathleen was having short-term memory problems, I waited for awhile and also consulted with other family members to make sure before I sat down with her to discuss it.  Although she was resistant, Kathleen allowed me to be present during her next consult with her doctor (an internal medicine specialist). Well, not only did Kathleen resist (at first) but so did her PCP.  This surprised me.”

Eight months and several appointments later, Kathleen got her referral—and diagnosis.  How is she dealing with it?

“It’s a long and winding road that plays out differently for everyone,” she notes, and there are emotional ups and downs from day to day.  “This is not like surgery or an illness, when you expect to get better and to recover.  In our culture, people expect to get better.”

The first step is deciding what to say—and when. “For all of us, the question is, ‘Whom do you talk to?  Whom do you tell?’”

Managing the family’s response is another important consideration.  “They’re going through their own feelings of anger, sorrow and denial,” she says.

Now, she wants to help others facing a similar diagnosis.

Two of her siblings also have begun to exhibit signs of memory loss. Urging them to be proactive, Kathleen has taken on the delicate and difficult task of encouraging them to have a neurological assessment.

Because of her health industry background, Kathleen understands the importance of research.  She is participating in a worldwide study of individuals with early Alzheimer’s disease on gantenerumab, a prospective drug developed by Hoffmann LaRoche and Genentech.  She does not know if she has the placebo or the drug.  

When the study concludes in two years, all randomized participants will have access to the drug, if it proves safe and effective.

In the meantime, she has found an unexpected upside. “I’ve started writing rhyming poetry, something I’ve never done before.”   

Terry also is upbeat about his wife’s journey.

“Right now, Kathleen is doing well, and I see small improvements in her ability to remember things. This may be because of the behavioral modifications that she has made herself, after doing her own research on short-term memory improvement. It could also be from the positive effect of the study drug, or maybe just a placebo effect. Regardless, I am hoping that this will continue.”

---by Jodi Goalstone.  She serves on the Regional Leadership Committee of the Alzheimer Association’s Desert Southwest Chapter in Southern Arizona.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Rancher Services Coordinator Job Opportunity in Camp Verde Arizona at Rainbow Acres

Rainbow Acres is seeking a
Full Time Rancher Services Coordinator 
responsible for implementing a holistic care plan for each special needs resident (Rancher) with a focus on transition and retention.  With work closely with the Admissions team, Health and Wellness staff and Caregivers.  Will be responsible for the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program in accordance with EAGLE accreditation and the standards set out by the organization.

Must be able to take initiative to address the needs of incoming residents and current residents in seasons of increased need.  This is a safety sensitive position.  Evidence of strong Christian commitment is desirable.

Minimum Qualifications:
* Master's degree in Social Work or in a related field such as Special Education Five years experience working with Special Needs adults aged 18 and older.
* Highly effective verbal and written communication skills

*Establish and maintain effective work relationships with Ranchers, Families, Caregivers, other employees, volunteers and the general public

* Ability to work with both people and processes.

*Evidence of strong ethical standards and moral character is essential along with sensitivity to the needs of the Ranchers.

Excellent benefits include medical, dental and vision, life insurance, generous sick leave and vacation accrual, 9 paid holidays a year including employee's birthday, 403.b retirement that Rainbow Acres contributes $50.00 per month.

Mission Statement for Rainbow Acres Rainbow Acres, a residential
Christian community with heart, empowers persons with developmental disabilities to live to his/her fullest potential with dignity and purpose.

You may apply online at  
Click the "Serve Here" tab and fill out the online application
and attach your resume.

Rainbow Acres is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Monday, March 18, 2019

IN THE SPOTLIGHT ~ Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty, Jill Anderson, GRI, ABR, CNE

I am the real estate agent in Prescott and the Phoenix area your family can rely on to work hard for you! A REALTOR® who is familiar with the new housing developments, market conditions, property features, area schools and employment is important to finding the right home and closing your real estate transaction uninterrupted. I truly enjoy the opportunity of helping my clients experience the best possible outcome when buying or selling their home!

I can help you find the perfect house and transition to your new home seamlessly.  I would love to help you research market areas and community features, as well as prepare you for the steps required to successfully sell your home for top dollar. With more than 18 years of experience and ranked in the top 1% in Arizona, I will bring the skills and experience to navigate through any challenge. Whether you're buying, selling, investing or just doing research, you'll need an agent who understands technology, negotiating, problem solving, & market conditions and how to apply it to a successful closing.

Thank you,

Jill Anderson, GRI, ABR, CNE
Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty
34305 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
Exceptional Service…Remarkable Results!
928-792-1242 (Prescott Office)
480.624.3458 (Fax)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Legal Shield & ID Shield

We are pleased to announce our newest advertiser in the 
Northern Arizona SPOTLIGHT Senior Services &
Living Options Guide


How We Got Here:    In 1969, our founder, Harland Stonecipher, had an epiphany. He found himself financially unprepared for the legal costs he incurred from an accident, even though it wasn’t his fault. From that day forward, he was determined to make sure everyone had affordable access to legal care—no matter how traumatic or trivial the situation. Thus, LegalShield was born.
Access for all:   Legal issues can be costly. Decades ago, our own founder discovered that the hard way. So we’re leveling the playing field. With affordable access to trusted legal counsel, you can focus more on the issue at hand, and less on whether you can afford it.
Worry Less, Live More:   We believe that by educating, protecting, and serving our members, we can improve their lives dramatically. With a law firm by your side, you can walk through life knowing you are protected every step of the way.
Legal Coverage without the Complexity:   In short, life can be unpredictable, and the law can be complicated. We’ve created a model for legal coverage in which you know exactly what you’re getting and precisely how much you’re paying for it. Once you sign up, you can sit back, relax, and know you’re covered by an entire law firm.
Our Mission For more than 40 years, our goal has been to take a straightforward, practical approach to legal coverage. We carried those same values through to the LegalShield process itself, laid out below in three easy steps:

Step 1: Become a Member:   Pick a plan for your family or your small business. You'll be connected with a local team of lawyers with extensive knowledge of regional laws and regulations. After you’re signed up, download the app to communicate with your firm in just a few clicks.
Step 2: Go About Your Day:   No one plans on legal trouble. But when life throws you a curveball, we can make sense of the legal complexities and help you come out on top. From estate planning and traffic violations to family law and civil litigation—no matter what trouble you run into, give your team a call. Your representative will be in touch within hours.
Step 3: Huddle With Your Lawyer:  Now it’s time to strategize. Your lawyer will review your case and discuss your options with you. It could be as simple as reviewing a document, writing a demand letter, or making a phone call on your behalf. Should the issue lead to some time in court—whether as a defendant or a plaintiff—you get at least 25% off your lawyer’s hourly rates, even if the issue started before you were a member. At the end of it all, you can breathe easy. The biggest benefit of LegalShield is knowing you have a legal team in your side. Worry less. Live more. We’ve got you covered.

LegalShield is a pioneer in providing legal plans for over 45 years. Our mission for over 45 years has been a straightforward, practical approach. In a perfect world, you’d never need a lawyer, but in an unpredictable world it helps to have a team of lawyers on your side. LegalShield has made smart legal coverage simple - in the form of accessible, affordable, full-service coverage Identity theft impacts millions of people each year.  IDShield is also protecting our members.  Criminals are using a variety of scams & hacks to collect & steal your personal information. Dark web, social and identity and credit monitoring are all part of our service. Should your identity be stolen, we offer full restoration services as part of your membership.

Contact Nancy Winters, Independent Associate  

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Top 6 Healthy Hobbies Aging Adults Should Try

Engaging in hobbies can be just as important for your senior loved one’s health as the foods he or she eats. Participating in healthy activities could enhance your loved one’s cognitive abilities and reduce the risk of depression. Here are a few healthy hobbies your loved one should consider. 

1. Gardening 

Getting out and enjoying the sunshine can provide a good source of vitamin D, which increases balance and flexibility. While working in the garden, your loved one will need to use his or her hands to operate the tools and plant the flowers, vegetables, fruits, and other items, which increases dexterity. Growing healthy items in the garden provides your loved one with good food choices that reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, and other health issues. 
Seniors who need help gardening or performing other activities should consider professional in-home care. Prescott senior care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.

2. Doing Yoga

If your loved one doesn’t like to exercise, encourage him or her to take up yoga as a hobby. Yoga is a fun form of exercise that relaxes the mind while providing healthy breathing techniques that can boost respiratory function. Taking up yoga could prevent your loved one from being bored and depressed, and the activities and movement involved might boost his or her mental and emotional health. 

3. Engaging in Creative Arts

Painting, taking theater, singing with a band, and writing novels or memoirs are some creative hobbies your loved one can try. Creative arts stimulate the brain and reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Many creative arts programs and activities may be available to your loved one at a discounted rate, or even for free.
Engaging in creative activities with family members and friends is just one of the many ways seniors can receive social stimulation. For families living in Prescott, Arizona, respite care can be a wonderful solution when their aging loved ones need companionship and socialization a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Home Care Assistance, we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of home.

4. Scrapbooking 

Scrapbooking is a fun hobby that can keep your loved one’s brain active and engaged. The mental stimulation from scrapbooking could reduce the risk of depression and boredom. Encourage your loved one to sign up for a local scrapbooking class to learn more about this hobby. Your loved one will discover new trends and ideas to use when putting together a scrapbook for him or herself. Creating a scrapbook can also stir memories. 

5. Joining Senior Sports Leagues 

Check with local leagues to see if they have sports teams your loved one would be interested in joining, such as bowling, swimming, and golf. Many organizations have leagues that take place year-round, while other groups only offer spring and summer leagues. Joining a senior sports league can provide your loved one with regular exercise and social interaction, which could boost his or her physical and mental health. 

6. Taking Cooking Classes 

Seniors who love to bake or learn new recipes should consider taking up cooking classes. Cooking is a fun way to learn new recipes while staying socially engaged. When cooking, your loved one can enhance his or her thinking skills, hand-eye coordination, and mood.
Older adults may need help making healthy lifestyle choices. If your loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits and accomplishing daily tasks, a Prescott caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers are expertly trained to provide mental and social stimulation, assist with exercise, prepare nutritious meals, and much more. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call us at 928-325-2686 today.
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