Most of us in the Rim Country are senior citizens, at least according to oft-quoted statistics. That includes a lot of the folks here at The Rim Review.
So, in planning what to include in this edition of our special Senior Living publication, we decided to include information that was of interest to us. We hope it will be of interest to you as well.
The Rim Country is fortunate to have a number of organizations and businesses dedicated to making the lives of older residents healthy and happy, and when necessary, providing them with help in difficult times.
The Payson Senior Center and the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation in Pine both provide hot, nourishing meals for affordable prices Monday through Friday, and have Meals on Wheels programs to take food to the homebound.
While the area’s seniors are the focus of these programs, anyone, of any age, can take advantage of them.
Read about the program serving Pine and Strawberry inside.
The two organizations, along with the Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle, also offer venues where members can enjoy socializing, playing cards, other games, doing craft projects, exercise, dancing, learning about computers, safe driving, photography and more.
They also make free and reduced-cost health screenings available to members.
The Senior Circle has frequent travel programs too. Some are just day trips, others are for a night or two, and coming in November, its members have an opportunity to go to the Tuscany region of Italy for nine days.
There is more about the Senior Circle inside.
The area’s long-term care facilities also reach out to the greater community with special programs, which are usually free of charge.
The Rim Country Health & Retirement Community has a series of educational programs planned through the end of the year, you can find details inside. It also has an open gym program with supervised exercise.
Payson Care Center also offers educational presentations from time to time.
Hospice Compassus in Payson is a resource for everyone in the community. Individuals in need, or their family, friends, fellow church members and neighbors can contact Hospice with concerns about declining health. The staff can visit with you at no charge, make an assessment of the ailing individual’s needs and provide information about the resources that are available to help improve their health and quality of life.
This issue has more details about Hospice Compassus services for the community.
The Caring Presence also has a number of special services to offer the community. It is a non-medical, in-home care provider that can help keep seniors safe and independent in their own homes for longer. The staff is there to step in when family members are too far away or cannot find the extra time to do such things as meal preparation, homemaking, personal care, incidental care and companionship. Read more inside.
Also inside, you will find information about the kinds of insurance you should encourage the young people in your family to have to build a strong financial foundation for the future. This article is provided by Tom Russell of Payson.
Elsewhere, there are tips and information about maintaining an active, safe and healthy lifestyle; making that lifestyle more “green”; getting more from Medicare; and travel.