Caregivers to meet June 19

Monthly caregivers’ luncheons for the SaddleBrooke Stroke/Neuro Support Group continue at the Preserve Grill Friday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m. Caregivers’ luncheons give all who attend an opportunity to discuss concerns and solutions for assisting loved ones affected by neurologic conditions. Many of us have faced similar situations and may be able to assist others in managing theirs. If you are a caregiver for an individual affected by stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy or more unusual neurologic disorders, please join us. Also, if you are your own caregiver, you are cordially invited to join us.

While all who are interested are encouraged to join us for lunch at the Preserve, members should respond to an email invitation sent to our membership list so that we can reserve an appropriately sized table. If you have not previously attended these luncheons, please contact Arrah Jane Hill, co-president at 825-7002 so that we may welcome you to our table.

A board of directors meeting, open to all members, will be held Monday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. to set our agenda for the fall and winter seasons.

Brain Health—-You Can Make a Difference

Pima Council on Aging (, combining with Eldercare Locator (, has issued a common sense set of guidelines for maintaining brain health. Medical treatment is making remarkable advances, but taking care of your own health is the best way to optimize your life.

Learn More: Sign up for a class or program through your community center or library.

Get Moving: Begin an exercise routine such as walking with the goal of increasing the amount of time and speed either on our walking trails or at one of the fitness centers.

Stay connected: Seek out volunteer opportunities that interest you; community clubs, churches, schools, SaddleBrooke Community Outreach and IMPACT all need more volunteers.

Eat Right: Add an extra serving of fruit and vegetables each day.

Take Charge: Make an appointment for health screening or a physical exam; know your cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as your blood pressure and act accordingly.

Thanks to SaddleBrooke Progress

We live in a wonderful community where it is easy to stay connected with activities and opportunities for all through SaddleBrooke Progress to publicize group activities. During my five years of duty the American Stroke organization has merged with the American Heart Association and yearly reports from AHA indicate progress-—the latest being the use of stents to re-establish perfusion and increase survival and function after embolic strokes. In the SaddleBrooke community we have seen increased presence, particularly by the Alzheimer’s Association and Parkinson’s Association, as well as an increase in health professionals bringing programs into the community. Liz Boyd will be capably taking over news of the SaddleBrooke Stroke/Neuro Support Group. Thanks for reading.