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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: or call Monica Surfaro Spigelman 914-772-6607 (cell) for additional information.





Save the Date: 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

Albertsons Safeway
The Forum at Tucson
The Hacienda at the Canyon

Catalina In-Home Services

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

EMV Design
Nail Trix by Lynn
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
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
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
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.

Learning Skills to Reduce Clutter

SNAP area residents gathered to discuss hoarding behaviors that impact safety and other aspects of quality of life. Pima Council on Aging Client Services Specialist Jennifer Caragan led the discussion that explored ways to declutter both emotions and physical surroundings.

A workshop about Hoarding disorder education, to learn how to organize, purge and end the cycle of hoarding (HOPE) will be held for 10 weeks at the Abrams Public Health Center in Tucson. Registration is August 21, 2018, from 4:30pm – 5:30pm. More information will be posted shortly.

Photos below taken during SNAP’s June 25 Educational session. Thanks to PCOA’s Jennifer Caragan for leading the SNAP program!

Update (April 16, 2018): Monica Surfaro Spigelman has joined the SNAP community. Read more in the latest edition of SNAPshots.

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Over the last few months, many have participated in a game called “My Gift of Grace”. My group used it to open up some great discussions on different topics. Many of the topics had us reminiscing about past memories as well as addressing some tough subjects regarding health and legal issues faced during our later years.

The game flowed wonderfully into our November educational session: “The Truth About Advanced Directives” — “What are MY Options?” with speaker Ron Zack, an elder law attorney with the Udall Law Firm of Tucson. So what exactly are Advanced Directives and why do we need them? Known as Life Care Planning documents, Health Care Directives or Advanced Directives, these forms are important for directing your choices about health care. Distributed during the session was an information packet from the office of the Arizona Attorney General, Mark Brnovich. Here’s how he defines Life Care Planning in his introduction. “All states have laws that allow us to make future health care treatment decisions now so that if we become incapacitated and unable to make these decisions later, our family and doctors will know what medical care we want or do not want. State laws also allow us to appoint a person to make future health care treatment decisions for us if we become incapacitated, since we cannot predict what future decisions might be necessary. These laws are called ‘advance directives’ or ‘health care directives.’” There’s a lot of information in this packet – contact SNAP if you want a copy or go to and search under Life Care Planning.

In addition to Advanced Directives, Ron Zack reviewed other legal documents that should be in place and reviewed every 2 to 3 years; these include Last Will and Testament, Living Wills, Trust Agreements, Powers of Attorney and HIPAA Authorization. Preparation for all these documents takes much time and thought and should be discussed with family members. As older adults, this is our “homework” – truly a gift we can give ourselves and our loved ones in the form of peace of mind.

Recommended Reading that may help in this process: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.