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Navigating in 2020

Happy New Year!
We hope you will Join us as we welcome in 2020 and
begin a new year, new journey!!

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Over the coming months, we will share with you events, stories and
hot industry topics to keep you well informed!

Nostalgia and the Heart

When I thought about doing this project with my daughter, Nicole, I was excited, but kind of afraid of what it may dig up. We are both so touched by our memories and experiences in a way that often brings us to tears and leaves us feeling raw. It’s a bit unnerving to know you are intentionally going to a place where, emotionally, it can leave you feeling stripped and vulnerable. Also, the decision to go to Pine to do this was loaded with memories. Many of them painful and will likely remain unresolved in our lifetime. We owned a home here for years and at one time, I thought I might make this my retirement community. It was just 9-10 years ago, I was already living up here 30-40% of the time. That was a different time, and my life has changed so much since then. Despite the trepidation, there are just those times when it is right and proper to step into that space. I couldn’t be with anyone better than Nicole to step into that precious and private place of our heartfelt memories. She and I share a pretty gung- ho spirit when it comes to walking into these opportunities.

What has always haunted and stirred me was how some movies and songs would cause such an immediate response in me and lead me to a return to a specific place and time. Watching It’s A Wonderful Life or Going My Way never fails to take me to another place. I guess watching the little Irish mom of the old priest hugs her son in Going My Way always reminds me of how much my mom and I love and treasure each other. I so identify with George Bailey as a guy who loves the people in his world and works his tail off his whole life for the benefit of others. He cracks when he feels his life didn’t matter, and he considered himself a failure, but thanks to his Clarence, he finds his way back to the truth and he makes a difference to so many, and his life mattered so much. I need reminders from Stacey, my mom, and my kids, that I matter and make a difference. I forget and crack sometimes.

I first heard the song “Autumn” by Edgar Winter when I was in the 6thgrade in 1974. We as a family were getting ready to move to Texas from Cincinnati, and that song shook my young heart when it spoke of the grief experienced when you lose something and someone you treasure. I was on the verge of believing that I was losing my family by moving across the country. It was a devastating feeling, and I so identified with the lyrics, “I can’t demand anything of myself now…” when the pain became so intense. There are days this is still true. Loss is so hard to take.

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Best Practices in
Dementia Care:
Learning to Give Care Without the Fight

(Training through Practical Role Playing)
February 6th, 2020:  9:00am – 3:30pm
Arizona Broadway Theater 
7701 W Paradise Ln ~ Peoria, AZ 85382

This in-depth intensive workshop will help learners use effective strategies for helping people with dementia during interactions, care delivery, and daily engagement. The goal is to help reduce resistance to care and foster participation and use of preserved skills. To do this, the workshop will guide learners to help them develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur.  We will work on hands-on ways of communicating and assisting with daily life and in times of distress. By the completion of the session, learners will have new tools that will be applied throughout the rest of the workshop.

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The Options for Senior Living Navigator: Kim Metzler


Options for Senior Living is fortunate to have Kim Metzler on our team! She is our ‘navigator’. Kim assesses those who seek assistance in the senior living industry. She ensures our team is prepared to assist each client and meet their needs. We thought we would share a little about Kim, so you can get to know her better! We truly appreciate all her diligence and hard work to keep our team on task! Thanks, Kim!

Why did you decide to join the Options team? My previous position took me away from family traveling quite a bit and my aging mom began to need me around more. When the position at Options came up, I knew it was a door the Lord had opened. I could utilize the skills I had learned from my previous career, be close to take care of my mom and learn about the options available to help me with this season of caring for my aging mom. When I met Scott Fischer and heard him share his heart, I knew it was right. His genuine compassion for helping people had me hooked. I love working for Options and am grateful for the opportunity to be part of this team.

What is something you would like to learn about the industry that you haven’t experienced? I’d like to learn more about the various options that can help finance retirement living. Clearly a larger budget offers more options with anything but helping someone with perhaps a lower income get to a happy place is so rewarding.

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Have you registered?

Join us for the January 2020 PASRS member meeting

Wednesday, January 29th

9:30 am - 11:00 am

MorningStar at Arcadia
3200 E. Glenrosa Ave.

Special Parking Instructions:
Street parking available as well as parking off Montecito

Event Title:
Transform your Memory from a Liability... into Your Most Powerful ASSET!
Event Description: In this fun and entertaining program, Sean ONeil lays the foundation that technology isn’t always the answer and if “we don’t start to use it, we’ll LOSE it.”

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