Never Too Late - November/December 2023


For Caregivers, It’s Always the Season of Giving

By Tonetta Clay, Family Caregiver Support Group Specialist It’s the Season of Giving! And if you’re an informal caregiver (someone who sees to the needs of an older adult or adult with disabilities), you may feel that you’re all given out. For this reason, PCOA’s Family Caregiver Support Program is working hard to develop events that give care to you – the caregivers. November is National Family Caregivers Month and we celebrate, appreciate, and thank each of you for your hard work and dedication to your loved one who needs assistance to live safely and independently. We know that you put in countless hours—and sacrifice your own needs—looking out for the one you love. You make everything possible! So save the date and let us give you a little something! We will host an appreciation event for you on Wednesday, November 15th! Be-Leaf In Yourself! Wednesday, November 15 | 1 – 3:30 PM (come and go as you would like) Gene C. Reid Park, Ramada #22 (Across from PCOA’s Katie Dusenberry Healthy Aging Center, 600 S. Country Club) Join us as we celebrate your strengths, provide resources to meet your needs, and connect you with supports and encouragement! Some of the resources you will learn about include: • Caregiver resources including support groups, training and workshops, and personalized coaching

In this workshop, you will learn: • How memory loss affects communication • Challenges that memory loss can create for caregivers • Strategies for communicating effectively with your loved one Building Support and Connections will take place on April 18, 2024 from 1:30 – 3 PM This workshop will emphasize the importance of: • Developing support outside your caregiving role • Building connections and strengthening your support system • Accessing resources in the community We invite you to attend any or all of these online workshops! Simply RSVP by contacting Tonetta Clay, Family Caregiver Support Group Specialist at (520) 305- 3405 or! With the holiday season coming in to full swing, allow us to gift you with information, ideas, support, and resources to assist you along your caregiving journey. You are never alone in this journey, and you may even find gifts along the way! For more information about Family Caregiver Support services or our caregiver appreciation events, please reach out to PCOA’S Helpline at (520) 790-7262. Communication and Memory Loss: Dementia Communication Tips will meet on February 13, 2024 from 5:30 – 7 PM

• Healthy living resources including fitness and fall prevention • Dementia resources including Memory Cafes • Benefit resources including property tax credits and personal budgeting assistance • Medicare resources including non- biased plan options * Enter to win raffle prizes * Contribute your creativity to a community caregiver collage Register online through Eventbrite: https://caregiverappreciation2023. Or register in person , by calling Donna DeLeon at (520) 790-7573 ext. 1750. Being that it’s the season of giving, we also want to gift you with opportunities to share your caregiving challenges and learn strategies for surviving and thriving. Three amazing PCOA staff members will bring you supportive mini-workshops in the new year. Mark your calendars for these virtual presentations: Give Me A Break: Respite and Placing a Loved One in Residential Care will be held on January 22, 2024 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM. This workshop will explore important questions like: • What is respite care? And what types of respite exist? • When “should” I place a loved one into a care home? • How can I find community resources for respite care and care homes?

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Pima Council on Aging

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