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Pima County 11-year old nonprofit providing free, neighbor-helping-neighbor services, program and social activities to help those 55 and over age positively in place, for as long as possible.

SNAP is hiring a Volunteer Coordinator (P/T)

Spread the word!

SNAP is now recruiting for a part-time Volunteer Coordinator to help develop and manage its volunteer recruitment, training and recognition program.

Do you want to contribute to the growth of a relevant community organization focused on an age-in-place mission, and also work as part of small congenial team in a flexible, 20-hour per week assignment? Independent contractors with relevant community experience, please email resume to: monicaspigelman@sunrisesnap.org or call Monica Surfaro Spigelman 914-772-6607 (cell) for additional information.

 

 

 

 

Save the Date: April 7, 2019

2019 HOME & GARDEN TOUR
SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2019

 1 – 4 P.M.
A tour of some of the most beautiful homes & gardens in the Fairfield Sunrise communities

Followed by Reception and Silent Auction
4 – 5 P.M. at Sunrise Mountain View Estates Clubhouse, 5550 N. Paseo Otono

On Tour Day, April 7—make your ticket donation, $15 per person, at the Sunrise Mountain Ridge West Pool area (Colorada/Bribon) or the Sunrise Mountain View Estates Clubhouse, and pick up tour map, raffle ticket and Silent Auction listing. Children tour free of charge.  If you are unable to make the Tour and still wish to lend support, you may enter the Door Prize Drawing by mailing donation ($15 per person) to SNAP, PO Box 30494, Tucson 85751-0494 before April 1. The Tour is open to Fairfield residents and their invited guests only.

2019 HGT Sponsors

Platinum
Albertsons Safeway
The Forum at Tucson
The Hacienda at the Canyon

Gold
Catalina In-Home Services

Silver
Angela Tennison/Long Realty
BMR Home Improvements, Inc.
Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery
SLB Construction, Inc.
The Maids of Tucson
TMC HealthCare

Bronze
EMV Design
Nail Trix by Lynn
Splendido
Steven Wool, MD
Sunset Interiors

2019 Sponsors:
Alan Bradley Roofing
Albertsons Companies Foundation
American Mobility
Angela Tennison/Long Realty
AZ Pest Control
Bag Co.
BMR Home Improvements
Bob and Ellen Schmand Realtors
Branching Out Tree Service
Catalina In-Home Services
Cherry Landscape
Deppe’s Landscape and Design
El Cisne
EMV Design
G & S Electric
Geeks2You
Hacienda at the Canyons
Harlow Gardens
Hodges Construction
Infinity Earthworks
Inside & Out Gifts
Mark Sublette Meelatoine Man Gallery
Medstar Tucson
Nail Trix by Lynn
Noral Jewelers
Palo Verde Glass
Percy Realty
Piazza Gavi’s
Pima Ace Hardware on Sunrise
Pool Planners
Remedy Intelligent Staffing
Ron West Antiques
Roof Teks
Sierra Fitness
SLB Construction, Inc
Splendido
Steven Wool, MD/Personalized Health Care
Sunset Interiors
The Forum
The Maids
The West
TMC Health Care
Tom’s Fine Furniture
Tucson Place

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Dementia Friendly

Monday, January 28, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Lutheran Church of the Foothills Activity Room
(Territory and Craycroft)

 

a special presentation by

Morgen Hartford, Regional Director
a

nd
Jodi Goalstone, Regional Leadership Committee
Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter
Do you know what it means to live in a dementia-friendly community?

Attend this important information session
on an ambitious initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia by transforming the way our community thinks, talks and acts about the disease.

Dementia Friends Arizona is big project that asks for a small commitment: an hour of your time to learn how to become a Dementia Friend.  Learn how dementia-friendly neighborhoods can help us all positively age in place.

Dementia Friendly

Monday, January 28, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Lutheran Church of the Foothills Activity Room
(Territory and Craycroft)
a special presentation by

Morgen Hartford, Regional Director
and
Jodi Goalstone, Regional Leadership Committee
Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter

Do you know what it means to live in a dementia-friendly community?

Attend this important information session
on an ambitious initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia by transforming the way our community thinks, talks and acts about the disease.

Dementia Friends Arizona is big project that asks for a small commitment: an hour of your time to learn how to become a Dementia Friend.  Learn how dementia-friendly neighborhoods can help us all positively age in place.

Other Dementia-Friendly News from SNAP

SNAP’s own Tiny Read and Lu Salisbury participated in a “Virtual Dementia Tour” at La Cholla, and Tiny provided this reportback:
As the humans around the world enjoy increasing longevity, the incidence of dementia continues to rise. SNAP is part of a local and national effort to move communities toward dementia-friendliness.

Over 10 years, SNAP programming has helped reduce the stigma of dementia and create a “dementia-friendly” culture, including: Education programs about dementia; Caregiver relief volunteer service; senior living facility tours; monthly Caregiver Support Group meetings; participation in annual Walk and referrals to our local Alzheimer’s Association.

But what is a “dementia-friendly” community? It’s one that is “…informed, safe and respectful of individuals with the disease, their families and caregivers, & provides supportive options that foster quality of life.” Recently, The Fountains at La Cholla offered the Virtual Dementia tour to 14 business & nonprofit community leaders. The participants(including realtors, fiduciaries, caregivers, and two SNAP board members) who experienced what it might be like to live with dementia—at least for a ten minute period!

Outside a darkened room, each tour participant donned dark glasses with pinpoint vision, earmuffs playing loud music, uncomfortable, prickly foot pads and large, clumsy gloves. Instructions were given to each participant:

1.      Find and fold four towels

2.      Find and put on a necktie

3.      Find and count out $.17 and place the money in a purse

4.      Put on a jacket and zip it up

Between darkness, unfamiliar surroundings, blaring music, limited visual acuity and a steady stream of strobe lights, not one person in the group was able to accomplish all the tasks within the allowable time frame of five minutes. Some participants could not even hear the instructions and the docent/observer was not able to repeat the instructions.

The tour exposed the group to a multi-sensory experience intended to build a greater understanding of dementia. Several group members who participated expressed confusion, frustration, disappointment and anxiety. All came away with a greater awareness of what it was like to live with dementia—albeit for a very limited time—as well as how difficult it must be for caregivers to work with persons who have memory loss and /or confusion plus multiple health issues accompanying the dementia.

Learn more in 2019: January 28, 2019, SNAP’s Education program will include a Dementia Friends presentation.

SNAP November events

SNAP happenings to check this month:

  • November 10 – The 2018 SNAP Walk to End Alzheimer’s team was in the top 15 local teams and more than 230 percent above goal. Cheers to our 20 SNAP Walkers!
  • November 12 – A fun and educational session: How to WOW your grandchildren (and fellow adults) with Science!
  • November 16 – Senior Facility tour to Splendido at Rancho Vistoso. Reservations are essential (call SNAP line: 437-9556)
  • November 28 – Lunch Bunch, 11:30am, at SMR Clubhouse.