2014 STAR Awards
On June 11, the National Volunteer Transportation Center, a program of the Community Transportation Association of America, announced the 2014 STAR Award winners. The STAR Award for Excellence was awarded to Duet: Partners in Health & Aging. Inc., in Phoenix, Arizona for their transportation–related services. To learn more and see a list of awards and honorable mentions, click here.
Duet helps elders and adults with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes by pairing them with caring volunteers who provide vital transportation and friendship. Last year, 601 Duet volunteers, using their own vehicles, provided 33,926 escorted door-through-door, one way free-of-charge rides to medical and social service appointments as well as grocery stores for 543 individuals. Volunteers drive to destinations, stay throughout, and bring individuals home safely in one-on-one “duets of service.” Duet transportation services provide a lifeline with a budget of $291,400. Volunteers may facilitate their “match” by accessing Duet’s innovative, interactive website map www.duetaz.org that shows, in real-time, individuals waiting for service in the area, minus last names and addresses. Duet serves Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Fountain Hills, Peoria, and Paradise Valley, a densely populated area that covers 972 square miles. STAR Award funds will help recruit and train new volunteers and maintain services within this area.
The “Feed Your Mind” Webinar Series: An interactive opportunity to learn and connect on a variety of topics
Reducing Stress for a Longer, Happier Life
Dr. Turshá Hamilton will discuss how stress, especially unmanaged and uncontrolled stress, damages the body and accelerates aging. She will present tips to help reduce the negative effects of high stress levels.
The “Feed Your Mind” series provides webinars on the first Friday of each month at noon. The topics are as diverse as the people in our region. Connect online with friends and neighbors to discuss topics like investing, fitness, and technology. Click here to read more and to register...
Arizona Caregiver Coalition Free Training Workshop
Do you care for a loved one? Do you help a child or adult living with a special health condition, chronic illness, or life threatening illness? Any of these circumstances can be emotionally, physically, and financially stressful. Click here to read our event flyer and learn more about a six week educational program offering Powerful Tools for Caregivers. Anyone interested can also visit our website at: www.azcaregiver.org.
Southeast Valley Seniors Stay Active
Arizona Republic editor writes about more options available to senior citizens today than their predecessors in the past. Read the article here to learn more about efforts in the Southeast Valley and other communities in Arizona. Read more...
A Challenge to Rethink How We “Get Old”
Pfizer is committed to supporting people as they challenge what “getting old” means. Please visit GetOld.com to inspire others with your story, declare your age and what that means to you, and to explore articles with the latest research and insights about living life to the fullest.
Region Named One of Best Intergenerational
Communities in U.S.
The Greater Phoenix region has been named one of the best intergenerational communities in the country. MetLife Foundation and Generations United have announced that the Maricopa region will receive one of four MetLife Foundation/Generations United America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards. Read more...
What You Don't Know May Surprise You at Retirement
Arizona Beneficiary Coalition in collaboration with Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. (HSAG) present: “ What You Don’t Know May Surprise You at Retirement — What to Know and Where to Go”. This is a free informational forum for people approaching 55+.
Aging and Livable Communities
The American Planning Association (APA) has Aging and Livable Communities on its radar. The Aging of America provides an extraordinary opportunity for planners to create plans and policies and help develop and redevelop communities that are more age friendly and, therefore, more livable. Click here for more information from the APA.
Fraud Watch Network
The Fraud Watch Network provides you with access to information about identity theft, investment fraud and the latest scams. Fight back against identity theft and fraud. Learn about active scams, and find out how to spot and avoid them. Click here to learn more about the Fraud Watch Network.