Senior Circle Enhances Members' Lives



Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle offers a wide variety of activities to enhance the lives of its members.

To be a member of the Senior Circle is a real bargain -- individual membership is $15 a year and $27 per year for a couple.


Artists with a membership at Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle can enjoy a low-cost workshop to brush up on their skills using live, costumed models, such as Robert Barela. Artist Helen Tennent will facilitate the workshop, which is every other Saturday afternoon. For more information on this program and others at the Senior Circle, call (928) 472-9290.

Most recently it created a program to give member artists a chance to brush up on their live model drawing skills.

There will be no instruction in the Drawing and Painting the Costumed Model Workshop; it is an opportunity to practice skills with the facilitation of Helen Tennent, one of the Rim Country's many talented artists.

Tennent is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago and a member of the Payson Art League and Down the Street Art Gallery; she is also a member of the Senior Circle.

The workshop is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month and costs $2 per session. To reserve a spot, call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 or Tennent at (928) 474-3996.

In another program, the Senior Circle brings in medical professionals to speak to members on a regular basis. Bob Lewis, a new member of the PRMC staff, will talk about pain treatment at the Lunch and Learn program July 24. In August, members will hear from Dee Pederson, who is in charge of the hospital's infection control office; and Terrie Sue Townsend, the hospital's new dietary director.

Senior Circle speakers are not limited to the health professions. In July, Robin Stamp from the Arizona Attorney General's Office made a presentation on Life Care Planning. The program was so well-received, special arrangements had to be made for additional time for Stamp to speak.

In August, Susan Williams, a social worker with Adult Protective Services is scheduled to speak.

The Senior Circle also provides numerous other activities, from crafting and computers, to passive exercise and line dancing.

Outings are also part of the program. Two upcoming trips: Sedona Jazz on the Rocks and the Snowflake Historic Home Tour.

The American Cancer Society uses the Senior Circle as its primary information provider for the Rim Country. When it presents programs in Payson, they are usually at the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Hwy. Much of ACS's general information is available at the Senior Circle.

Through the Senior Circle, a variety of discounts on numerous services are also available. For instance, Senior Circle members can get a substantial discount on a membership at the Tonto Apache Fitness and Recreation Center. A number of merchants provide discounts to members as well.

The Senior Circle has regular health fairs -- the next one is on Sept. 27 and requires an appointment. Call (928) 472-9290 for details.

Another special service provided by the Senior Circle is its medical equipment lending closet.

Members of the PRMC Senior Circle are members of the national Senior Circle and through it, they have access to special travel programs, plus discounts on a variety of other goods and services.

Look into the Senior Circle for more, call (928) 472-9260.

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