PCOA Annual Report 2022-2023

53 presentations to 480 participants. 761 people received personalized assistance with end of life care planning. 130 people completed advance directives. END OF LIFE INITIATIVES


282 referrals to DCSA Options Counselors. 842 Memory screenings completed. 379 Dementia Friends trained.

DCSA provides Options Counseling services which include free memory screenings, intake/assessment, Person Centered Plans and coordination of services and referrals to community partners. The DCSA Community Engagement Specialist continues to offer a suite of dementia trainings which include Dementia Friends and training on dementia for caregivers. Empowering Caregivers, a support program provided in a caregiver’s workplace, in partnership with the employer, is available to employers countywide. This program works to partner with local employers to provide on-site support and training to their employees who are also informal caregivers. Memory Cafes are thriving in Pima County! Memory Cafes are innovative gatherings that aim to address the pressing needs of individuals in our community living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias, as well as their caregivers, families, and friends. They provide a warm and welcoming environment that fosters a sense of engagement, community, and emotional support

We provide end of life care planning at PCOA because we believe that part of living well is preparing well for dying. We offer services in English and Spanish, including one-on-one coaching to help individuals understand their options, discuss wishes with important people, and formalize end of life decisions, as well as community education and group presentations. PCOA is a founding member of the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership. Anchored by the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, and fueled by the support of local foundations, the End of Life Care Partnership is dedicated to providing education and resources that prepare adults to plan for end of life care. This year, we are excited to share that we nearly tripled the number of people receiving supports and services for their end of life care planning and we will continue to expand our reach in the upcoming year through the generous support of the Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.

through activities including music, art, games, and socialization. There are currently three Cafes offered through DCSA and their partners (La Posada, Senior Pride and AARP Arizona), with a rotating variety of programming throughout the month at the different locations.

“I used to feel like a bad person for not being prepared for what happens after my death, now I feel like a big weight has been taken off of me.” - EOL Participant, after having completed their Advanced Directives



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