Programs For Seniors Focus On Health, Education, Fun

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Health vendors and community organizations will provide blood pressure checks, hearing tests, skin-cancer screenings and many other services at the annual Community Health and Care Fair from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 6 in the old high school gym.

The Rim Country has three organizations providing opportunities for seniors to socialize, stay healthy and learn new things.

Both Payson and Pine have Senior Centers with lunch programs that provide well-balanced, hot lunches at reasonable prices for the older citizens of the Rim Country. The centers also offer a variety of group activities, such as card games, dance lessons and music groups.

The Pine Strawberry Senior Center is in the Pine Community Center. Call (928) 476-4633 to learn more about its programs. The Payson Senior Center is at 514 W. Main St. Call (928) 474-4876 to learn more.

The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle offers regular programs on health information, but also, on occasion, presents other topics. For instance, Oct. 27 there is a presentation by Lynda Murphy on the best looks for older women, and Nov. 3 there will be a program on financial issues.

As part of the national Senior Circle organization, the Payson program also participates in special travel opportunities. A presentation on upcoming travel planned by the Senior Circle will be presented Nov. 4.

The Senior Circle also has a variety of classes and small groups of individuals pursuing special interests such as Bunco and crafts.

Details on some upcoming programs follow:

How to be pro-active in this economy

The Senior Circle is an outreach program of the Payson Regional Medical Center. All programs, events and activities are both supported and funded by the hospital. Typically, speaking events are limited to health-related topics, but since the state of the economy can be stressful to some, the Senior Circle administration thought it might be appropriate to bring in a couple of local professionals to discuss taking a proactive approach to challenging economic conditions.

Fear and anxiety have become commonplace as the market continues to experience periods of fluctuation. For most, investments have likely declined along with the overall market performance.

Emotions will always play a role in how we deal with challenging situations.

Results of a recent study by the Financial Planning Associations revealed that only 50 percent of retires feel that they are in control of their financial future. A benefit of planning is that it gets you thinking about what is really most important to you.

Whether you use a professional to manage your finances or you manage them yourself, a good plan is updated regularly to ensure that it matches your current situation.

Local investment planner Brian Tollefson of Kevin Dick Investments. and Ray Pugel of Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty will be at the Senior Circle at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3 to answer questions and provide suggestions on how to be pro-active in this economy. The event is free and refreshments will be served, but reservations are needed. To reserve a seat, call (928) 472-9290.

Travel preview

Those interested in learning about the upcoming day and destination trips are invited to attend the travel preview presentation at the Senior Circle at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4. Collette Tours will show a short video preview of the 2011 trips to New York and Italy and Arizona Trail Tours will provide information about the day trips planned through the Senior Circle for 2011. Please call for reservations at (928) 472-9290.

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Hart Hintze

Community Health and Care Fair

Payson Regional Medical Center and the Mogollon Health Alliance are holding the annual Community Health and Care Fair from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 6 in the “old” gym at Payson High School.

Residents who generally do not receive regular health checkups are encouraged to attend this free health event.

Nearly 40 community organizations are participating. Health vendors will provide blood draws and testing, skin-cancer screenings, dental checks, blood pressure checks, basic breast exams, hearing tests, peripheral vascular disease screenings, and more. Community service groups are also participating.

For more information on this year’s Community Health and Care Fair, call (928) 472-2588.

Men’s health issues

PRMC Chief of Nursing Officer Hart Hintze will discuss “Men’s Health Issues” at the 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10 Senior Circle Lunch and Learn.

Hintze has been the chief of nursing officer at the Payson Regional Medical Center for three years. His topic will include information on men’s regular health checkups as recommended from their early 20s into their senior years.

Lunch will include brats, beans and potato salad. Please call for reservations at (928) 472-9290.

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