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.

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.

SNAP Shares Science!

Join SNAP Board member (and physicist) Leon Radziemski for a fun session — with cool experiments to share with grandchildren or just for personal learning.

The educational program is scheduled for Monday, November 12, from 2:00PM until 3:30PM at the Lutheran Church of the Foothills Activity Room (Craycroft and Territory).

For additional information, contact


Monday, October 1: Vote Smart’s Richard Kimball

Join SNAP as we host the founder and president of Vote Smart, Richard Kimball (photo below), for a non-partisan perspective on our democracy’s essential requirement: an educated and informed citizenry. Vote Smart was founded in 1992 by former Presidents Carter and Ford, congressional and national leaders. Vote Smart now provides meticulously documented information used by media everywhere.

The program will be held at Lutheran Church of the Foothills (Territory and Craycroft), from 2 – 3:30pm.

Kimball PortraitVoteSmart Educational Program



Sign up for Flu Shots Now

It’s more important than ever for all of us to consider getting flu shots this year. The CDC is suggesting we get shots in October, for protection in the months that are ahead.

Walgreens Flu Shot Clinic
to be held this year on Monday, October 8 
at Lutheran Church of the Foothills
5102 North Craycroft Rd (at Territory)

Sign up by September 18 to get your free flu shot.
See sign up time options in flyer (below). Bring your Medicare Card.
mail: your reservation.
or call 520-437-9556

Influenza and pneumonia remain the eighth most prevalent cause of death
in the U.S., right after diabetes. Protect yourself this season! 

SNAP Flu Shot Clinic Poster



PCOA CEO & President to speak at SNAP’s September 24 Education Event

Pima Council on Aging’s CEO and President W. Mark Clark will join SNAP for a discussion of the impact of neighborliness on quality of life – including an update on PCOA’s plans in terms of advocacy and comprehensive services that support older adults’ independence and enhanced well-being.

September 24, 2018
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Lutheran Church of the Foothills
Activity Room
(Craycroft and Territory)

The September 24 SNAP-PCOA program will highlight how PCOA works with neighborhood programs like SNAP through the Neighbors Care Alliance. The Sept. 24 SNAP program also ties with National Neighborhood Day, celebrated the third Sunday of September since 2004. This non-sectarian, non-partisan annual celebration acknowledges the importance of simple neighborhood gatherings, which recognize and reinforce  one foundation of community.

PCOA Serving the Community
Under the Older Americans Act, the Arizona State Plan on Aging was created as the master plan for coordination and delivery of supportive services for older Americans, from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2022. PCOA is the designated Arizona Area Agency on Aging for Pima County , charged with communicating about and delivering a multi-tiered approach for the region’s eligible older Americans. PCOA CEO Clark will discuss the importance of neighborhood groups like SNAP…and how PCOA supports residents not only with a pipeline of information resources, but with programs that help residents remain healthy and active.

SNAP Sept 24 Mark Clark

Tour “The Forum at Tucson” on September 11

If you are an over-55 member of our Fairfield – Sunrise communities, you are invited to attend a free tour and lunch at “The Forum at Tucson” senior living community.

The tour and free lunch are scheduled for Tuesday, September 11. The Bus Departs from Lutheran Church of Foothills (LCF) at 10:30 am and returns to LCF Parking Lot at 3:00 pm. Following the Tour, there will be a very brief discussion at LCF.

Tour is limited to 30 persons.  The Forum, located at 2500 N Rosemont Blvd., is on the campus of Tucson Medical Center, and is a full-service, resort-style community offering assisted and independent living apartments, memory care, skilled nursing care, and rehabilitation and respite/short stays for seniors with specialized needs.  

This Sunrise Neighborhood Assistance Program (SNAP) free program will help you plan for possible future alternatives, in the comfortable and unpressured atmosphere of a group tour.

Reservations are essential for a spot on our 30-seat bus.  Reservation deadline: September 5! We’ll need Name, Address, Phone, email and number in party. E-mail info to: or call the SNAPLine at 520-437-9556 to make a reservation. 

SNAP Sept 11 Forum Tour new