It is well established that the quantity of social ties or relationships someone has yields positive health and mental health benefits.
By helping seniors age 60 and above reduce their social isolation it is expected that their risk for significant mental health problems such as major depression and debilitating anxiety will be reduced.
The program serves the people living primarily in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona.
The Senior Peer Program at West Yavapai Guidance Clinic strives to improve the well-being of seniors by providing increased social connections with their peers. All program components are FREE.
How it works
When seniors request our services or are referred by health care providers, family or friends they receive:
- A free assessment and plan with a member of our staff, community resource referrals as needed.
- In-home supportive visits from a Senior Peer Volunteer and appropriate community referrals
- Support groups and educational presentations that are pertinent to seniors
Who are the Peer Volunteers?
Peer volunteers are age 60 and above and have been background checked and fingerprinted. Volunteers receive initial training and ongoing monthly training making them knowledgeable about being an effective listener as well as the challenges that certain life events bring to the people they visit.
Such challenges may include isolation due to the inability to drive and or health concerns, loss of a loved one, a move, end of life concerns, and care-giving.
Peer Volunteers also help other seniors identify ways that they can increase their social connections and improve their sense of meaning and purpose in their lives.
Peer Volunteers are caring individuals who “get it” because they face many of the same challenges. They are people who respect the people they see and care about them.
Support groups provide a place for seniors to develop connections by supporting each other through shared challenges. The groups are generally facilitated by a trained volunteer.
Support groups are offered in a variety of community locations and include the Senior Men and Women of Wisdom groups. Additional groups include blind/low vision groups and caregivers support groups and other groups that are created when a need is identified.
Connections with others are easily made when people come together to learn and to share common interests such as writing one’s memoirs, learning meditation, beginning a fitness program, books, movies and music and many others.
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Program staff and volunteers offer presentations to community groups at no charge on various topics related to aging.
Call Connie Boston at 928-445-5211 ext. 2672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.