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Elder Care

Aging

American Geriatric Society is a not-for-profit organization of health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life for older people. AGS provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

American Society on Aging (ASA) is a professional organization with the goal of enhancing the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families. ASA offers professional education, publications, conferences, and webinars that reflect the diversity of its members and the public it serves.

National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC that brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults, improves their health and independence and their continuing contributions to the communities in which they live.

Crisis and Emergency

Call the 24/7 hotline to get answers about poisoning. The phones are answered by pharmacists with special national certification as Poison Information Specialists, 1-800-222-1222.

Crisis Response Network of Southern Arizona offers a 24-hour crisis line staffed with professional crisis interventionists and can provides help in multiple languages. In addition, the crisis network offers warm line, mobile teams, crisis transport services, and petitions for court-ordered evaluations and treatment, (800) 796-6762; TTY (520) 284-3500.

Disease-Specific Organizations

To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

  • Tucson - Southern Arizona Regional Office: (520) 322-6601
  • Phoenix - Central Arizona Regional Office: (602) 528-0545
  • Prescott -Northern Arizona Regional Office: (928) 771-9257

For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 182,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

Created in 1997, the American Stroke Association is dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke — America’sNo. 5 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. We fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide healthcare professionals and provide information to enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors.

Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association, which offers Power Over Parkinson's, a hallmark program that seeks to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease and the issues that are important to the Parkinson's community.

Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. We do so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Would you like to have the opportunity to learn from the many successful blind people across the country?  Are you interested in joining with others to increase opportunities for blind people?  Consider joining the National Federation of the Blind!

For over half a century, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) has focused on meeting the needs in the care and treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired has been working with blind and visually impaired people since 1964 and serves over 2,000 blind and visually impaired clients per year. SAAVI was formed by two sisters for visually impaired individuals and has made innovative changes in the past 45 years with a goal to provide dynamic and progressive programs and services to meet the needs of people with a vision loss.

Fatigue Management

Financial

“Students and employees can come to the pantry on distribution days and get the food they need for free, when presenting a CatCard.  Distribution days were not listed for current semester.”
 

Grief and Loss

Caring Connections is a program of National Hospice and Palliative Care Association that offers supportive educational resources, literature to assist individuals who are making decisions about end of life care.

An email based support group for all kinds of grief, loss of spouse, child, partner, parent, etc. Groups are separated by type of loss, specific groups just for kids as well. Cost is $10 a month to join a group. All discussions are monitored.

Grief Recovery Institute provides programs for The Compassionate Friends, The National SIDS Foundation, The National AIDS Network and more. The University of California at Irvine, Chapman University, and many others. This web site offers a listing of certified grief specialists, schedules of educational seminars in your area, videos publications, and other useful resources.

Provides information to understand what grief is, causes and symptoms associated with grieving, and stages in the grieving process.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Association (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. It develops public and professional educational programs and materials, convenes meetings and symposia on emerging issues; provides technical resources to its membership; conducts research and monitors Congressional and regulatory activities.

Pathways offers compassionate guidance at the end of life issues through education, support, and research. Pathways founder, Tani Bahti, RN, CT, CHPN is a Tucson native who has spent her career focusing on improving end of life care.

A place for children, teens, adults and families to share their experiences with grief. List of books, DVDs and training opportunities.

Provides hundreds of articles on health and grief, grief and depression, and coping skills to manage grief symptoms.

Preparedness

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Referral Services

Designated Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in Tucson and Phoenix, in other Arizona locations and throughout the nation, offer elder care and caregiving information. Sort by city or zip code through Eldercare Locator.

Access to current and local information on support groups happening in Arizona. Search by type of group and location.

Residential and Extended Care Facilities

Accreditation Commission for Home Care, Inc. accredits home health agencies, home infusion companies, home care aide programs, home medical equipment suppliers, specialty pharmacies, hospices and other medical companies.

Arizona Department of Health Services, Assurance and Licensure Division licenses and monitors health and childcare facilities and providers throughout Arizona. Licensing inspections, on-site surveys, and complaint investigations are conducted to promote quality care and safety and ensure that performance standards are met for facility operation and maintenance.

LeadingAge (formerly American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, AAHSA) is a professional membership organization providing older adults and caregivers with consumer information on housing, health care, and community involvement.

Senior Living Map is a comprehensive national listing of senior and assisted living facilities.

Resiliency

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson's book, Positivity, and free online tools can help you improve your "positivity ratio", your health and your resiliency.

Retirement

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a nonprofit membership organization is dedicated to addressing the comprehensive needs and interests of persons 50 and older with a focus on information and education, advocacy and service. The website offer a one-stop-shop of resources, newsletters and bulletins, educational resources and links to other pertinent websites specific to older adults and their families. Examples of topic areas are: Medicare, Social Security, health care, jobs, entertainment and recreation, caregiving and driver safety.

STATEWIDE RESOURCES

Wildfire's People's Information Guide has information on a variety of no-cost/low-cost programs and services available to lower-income individuals or families.

UA Campus Connections

UA Life & Work Connections Employee Wellness is an active member of the Healthiest Campus Coalition. The University of Arizona Healthiest Campus Coalition connects the University of Arizona community with health and wellness opportunities that support all aspects of well-being. The Healthiest Campus Coalition actively recruits UA organizations, departments, and wellness-related programs to become partners in order to extend support to all UA campus constituents: students, faculty, employees, retirees and alumni.
 

UA Health Insurance

Aetna: 1-866-217-195; Policy # 476687 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Ameriben/Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ: 1-866-955-155; Policy # 1009013 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

CIGNA: 1-800-968-7366; Policy # 3331993 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

MedImpact (Pharmacy): 1-866-648-6769

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Have more questions about the Medimpact Pharmacy program, find out more on the ADOA Benefits site.

United Healthcare: 1-800-896-1067; Policy # 705963 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Walgreens Health Initiatives (Pharmacy - mail order/speciality only): 1-866-722-2141; Policy # 0002 Active

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.