Welcoming the arrival of summer, the 2,000-plus members of Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle also welcomed a new advisor.
Jan Parsons joined the Senior Circle as its advisor on May 23, 2011. While she is new to the job, she is a familiar face in the community and has long been part of the PRMC family. She served on the hospital board and was its chairman when it became part of the CHS family and helped start the annual Women’s Health and Wellness Forum.
A resident of Payson for 25 years, she recently retired from APS where she was the manager of energy delivery for northeast Arizona.
Parsons admits she is still getting acclimated to her new job, but she is already singing the praises of the Senior Circle volunteers and its programs.
The volunteers are a great group of people who are “energized, dedicated and like to have fun,” she said. The programs are far-reaching.
The Senior Circle programs include educational opportunities, cards, exercise, dance, special interest groups and travel — there is a July trip set for Durango, Colo., which will include a trip on the Durango/Silverton Railway; visits to San Diego and Monument Valley in the early fall; and the big one — a 9-day trip to the Tuscany region of Italy in November.
Parsons said through the Senior Circle, members get to:
• Socialize at activities and through special interest groups;
• Learn new skills in classes, such as the one on computers and the regular AARP safe driving class;
• Hear about important medical issues through the Lunch & Learn feature, presented from 11 a.m. to noon, one or two times a month; and
• Enjoy discounts with a number of the area’s merchants and service providers, including membership at the Tonto Apache Gym, which is available to them at half the cost of the regular registration fee.
The Senior Circle always as a full calendar and the summer months, July through September, are packed. The following are just a few of the planned events.
The upcoming Lunch & Learn events feature: Mo Elzein, director of laboratory services for PRMC, July 13; John Hancock, diabetes education group leader at the Senior Circle, July 27; Jeanine Affeldt, grief counselor with Hospice Compassus, Aug. 10; Cynthia Booth, obstetrician and gynecologist, Aug. 24; Don Engler, chief of the Payson Police Department, Sept. 14; and Elizabeth Harris, from the Arizona Department of Aging and Adult Services Sept. 28.
The future member lunches, held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., include: Meet the Adviser and the Director of Marketing, Wednesday, July 20; Ice Cream Social, Wednesday, Aug. 17; Picnic in the Park, Wednesday, Sept. 21.
The Senior Circle provides members with such things as free blood pressure checks and free hearing tests and other free and discounted tests and screenings for health issues.
It is also home to the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better Closet, which has wigs, scarves and turbans for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. It also has a medical loan closet for the public.
Membership with the Senior Circle is only $15 per year, with a discount for couples. Membership can be purchased at any time. For more information, call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290. The Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.