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SNAP Team Participates in Walk to End Alzheimer’s

SNAP’s 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team had a great morning on Saturday, November 9, 2019 – the weather was beautiful and it felt good to be there supporting a cause that has affected so many neighbors, friends and families. The SNAP Team raised a total of $2,240 to benefit Alzheimer’s research and awareness-building. Thanks to all who participated and sponsored the Team!

2019 ALZ Walk photo

Upcoming Education Programs

Add these SNAP info-expo educational programs about aging in place to your calendar:

  • October 21, 2019 – When It’s Time to Consider Your Senior Living Choices – Education program with speaker and author Gail Lawley. Resource table will provide a variety of choices involving senior living options.
    2 – 3:30 PM, Lutheran Church of the Foothills Activity Room
  • November 11, 2019 – Caregiving and National Caregivers Month – Education program with speakers Jan Sturges (Founder of the Caregiver Consortium) and representatives of Catalina In Home Services. Caregiver resources will be provided at the program’s Information Table.
    2 – 3:30 PM, Lutheran Church of the Foothills
    (Craycroft and Territory)


SNAP’s Tour of Handmaker on July 18

Senior Facility Tour
Thursday, July 18, 2019, 10:30-2:30
The Handmaker Community

Reserve ASAP – Space is limited: or call: 437-9556

The folks at Handmaker have planned an informative visit for SNAP. A Handmaker bus will depart the LCF parking lot at  10:30 AM,  bringing SNAP’s group to the facilities at Grant and Rosemont. The group will return to LCF approximately 2:00 PM.

Handmaker offers several levels of care and services making them a true community. The community campus has five neighborhoods, each with its own character and purpose. 

  1. The Bregman & Golding neighborhood specializes in post-hospital rehabilitation, providing exceptional care, with 24-hour a day nursing professionals, supervised care, social workers, therapists and physician teams working together to design individualized care plans for everyone staying during their recovery.
  1. Specializing in Memory/Dementia Care, the Kalmanovitz Neighborhood is a place for full-time care and assistance with bathing, eating, medication management, physical movement, cognitive impairments and other individualized needs.
  1. The Rich Neighborhood is residential and perfect for those with chronic illnesses or the need for additional post-hospital rehabilitative care.
  1. The Rubin Neighborhood provides assisted living, where residents live independently or may only need minimal assistance with medication or gentle assistance with daily tasks.
  1. The Tynan Neighborhood is specifically created for seniors with needs that exceed the care typically available in other assisted living programs.

Cydney Turner, Handmaker Director of Marketing/Admissions, has organized SNAP’s tour — planning a fun and informative session, with resources about Handmaker rehab, long term nursing and assisted living facilities. We’ll also hear more about the Adventure Bus.

Lunch! Handmaker is a kosher community — Cydney has reserved the great room for a gourmet lunch featuring a mixed green salad of  roasted tomatoes, carrots, red onion, toasted barley and rosemary mint dressing. The main course will be pan seared halibut, mashed red lentils, wilted spinach and tomatoes, and whole grain mustard cream sauce with potato gnocchi and grilled vegetables. There is a flourless chocolate torte for dessert, not to be missed, with iced tea, lemonade, regular and deaf coffee.

After lunch, time permitting, SNAP will tour one of the assisted living apartments.
Please register early — Space is limited.

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.