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Passages: A guide to aging and end-of-life resources

Aging and dying are facts of life, but they can be made less difficult with a little preparation. The following is a curated list of Southern Nevada businesses, services and organizations that provide help to families dealing with aging and end-of-life issues. Because print space is limited, this list does not purport to be exhaustive, and does not include services such as hospices and funeral homes, of which there are dozens, readily found with an Internet search. Taking advantage of such resources can save you time and energy better spent with your loved ones.

 

Adult Day Care

Adult Day Care Center of Henderson

Offers the ability to keep elderly loved ones at home longer, an alternative to expensive in-home care, and assurance that needed nursing and social interaction is provided. 1201 Nevada State Drive, Henderson, 702-368-2273; adultdaycarelv.org

 

Adult Day Care Center of Las Vegas

Helps avoid or postpone nursing home admission for those who are physically frail, suffer from neurologically related problems like Parkinson’s, post-stroke or traumatic brain injury, have cognitive problems such as dementia, confusion or Alzheimer’s, or have special medical needs like diabetes or hypertension. 901 N. Jones Blvd., 702-648-3425; adultdaycarelv.org

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Easter Seals of Southern Nevada

Partners with families to provide high-quality care, including an adult day care program, daily living skill-building and medical rehabilitation, that helps promote wellness, independence and connectivity among seniors with disabilities and special needs. 6200 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, 702-870-7050; easterseals.com/nevada

 

Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers

Provides nursing, therapy; social and recreational activities, daily living activities assistance, and health education to support and promote the personal independence and social, physical and emotional well-being of older adults. 330 N. 13th St. (Arturo Cambeiro Senior Center), 702-384-3746; 8695 S. Eastern Ave., 702-778-1234; 2008 S. Jones Blvd., 702-319-4600; nevadaadultdaycare.com

 

Assisted living

Assisted Living Directory

Online research tool providing information on senior assisted living facilities in the Las Vegas area, including amenities, pricing, eligibility requirements. Free advisor service is also available to answer questions.
866-333-6550 or 877-452-7969; assisted-living-directory.com

 

Classes/Workshops

Chair Exercise

Practice cleansing breathing, stretching, strengthening muscles, and balancing with fun simple movements while sitting; no registration required for this free drop-in class Mon., Tue. and Thu. at three WomensCare Center of Excellence locations. 2651 Paseo Verde Parkway, Suite 180, Henderson; 7220 S. Cimarron Way, Suite 195; 98 E. Lake Mead Parkway, Suite 301, Henderson; 702-616-4900; call for information

 

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops

This free six-week workshop for those 55 or older with ongoing chronic health conditions, such as anxiety, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, is held throughout the valley in 2.5 hour class sessions to teach how to overcome barriers through communication, relaxation and exercises. Call St. Rose Dominican Hospital, 702-616-4900, for dates and locations; 211nevada.communityos.org

 

Learn To Love Facebook

AARP Nevada offers free small group, intermediate-level, hands-on social media classes for its members that are designed to help you get the most out of one of the most widely used social networks. Oct. 2, 10 a.m. Howard Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., 702-229-1600. Oct. 16, 1:20 p.m. Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, 702-229-1702. Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m.; Oct. 13, 12:30 p.m.; Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m. Heritage Park Senior Facility, 300 S. Racetrack Road, 702-267-2950. states.aarp.org/learn-to-love-facebook-and-twitter-with-hands-on-classes

 

Red Hot Mamas – Depression: The Menopausal Blues

Learn about the relationship between menopause and depression and how it differs from the blues or blahs, discuss causes and treatments, and clear your mind with a meditation session afterward. Oct. 22, 6-8 p.m., free. WomensCare Center of Excellence, 2651 Paseo Verde Parkway, Suite 180, Henderson, 702-616-4900; call to enroll.

 

Twitter: It’s Not Just for the Birds

AARP Nevada offers free small group, beginning-level, hands-on social media classes for its members that are designed to help you get the most out of one of the most widely used social networks; space is limited, so advance registration is required. Nov. 6, 10 a.m. Howard Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., 702-229-1600. Oct. 16, 1:20 p.m. Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, 702-229-1702. Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m.; Oct. 13, 12:30 p.m.; Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m. Heritage Park Senior Facility, 300 S. Racetrack Road, 702-267-2950. states.aarp.org/learn-to-love-facebook-and-twitter-with-hands-on-classes

 

Yoga for Seniors

Teaches the importance of proper form, breath control and practice; 8:30-9:45 a.m. Tue. and Thu., $45. Desert Breeze Community Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Road, 702-455-8334; clarkcountynv.gov search “yoga”

 

Counseling/Support

Alzheimer’s Association

Provides free programs, services, resource information, support groups and a 24-hour helpline to assist and support Alzheimer’s patients, family members and caregivers in all aspects of the disease and its progression. 5190 S. Valley View Blvd., #104, 702-248-2770; alz.org/dsw

 

Center for Compassionate Care

Offers low- or no-cost community counseling to assist those suffering from loss, grief/anticipated grief, and life-threatening illnesses by providing palliative care, counseling, bereavement services/support groups, and spiritual care. 4131 Swenson St., 702-796-3167; nah.org/center-for-compassionate-care

 

Senior Peer Counseling Program

Confidential counseling for those ages 50+ who are facing the challenges and concerns of growing older. WomensCare Center of Excellence, 7220 S. Cimarron Road, Suite 195, and 2651 Paseo Verde Parkway, #180, Henderson, 702-616-4902; dignityhealth.org/las-vegas search “counseling”

 

Transitions of Aging

A support group for elderly men and women who are struggling with the transition to retirement, coping with illness and other aging life changes. Meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 11 a.m. WomensCare Center of Excellence, 2651 Paseo Verde Parkway, Suite 180, Henderson, 702-616-4900; dignityhealth.org/las-vegas search “transitions”

 

Veterans Angels Inc.

Provides free information/support service to eligible senior veterans and their families in applying for the VA benefit to help with the cost of care. 888-319-1117; vetangels.org

 

Disease/Disability/Rehabilitation

Blind Connect, Inc.

Connects blind people to other blind individuals, to available services and resources, and the community. 6375 W. Charleston Blvd., WCL #200, 702-631-9009; blindconnect.org

 

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Offers education, support and therapy to patients and their families for a variety of neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis and memory disorders. 888 W. Bonneville Ave., 702-483-6000; my.clevelandclinic.org/nevada/welcome.aspx

 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center

Empowers the deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired, by providing services and resources to improve quality of life. 3120 S. Durango Drive., Suite 301, voice/TTY: 702-363-3323, vp: 702-475-4751; dhharc.org

 

RAMP – Renovate Accessible Mobility Prevention

A home modification program that provides an experienced, licensed specialist to assess seniors’ homes and create a design plan to help them function safely and independently in their living space. 702- 538-8743; nevadaseniorservices.org/homemodifications.cfm

 

In-home health care

Artie J. Cannon Helping Hands of Henderson

Helps Henderson residents 60+ years of age who are lower income maintain independent living by providing resources, transportation, assistance with shopping and errands, and reassurance calls. 102 E. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson, 702-616-6554; dignityhealth.org/las-vegas search “Henderson”

 

The Assistive Technology for Independent Living Program

Supports the elderly who choose to remain living in their home by offering assistance/resources to provide them with necessary assistive technology – home/vehicle modification, medical equipment, visual aids, mobility services and personal communication – to allow them to care for themselves or be cared for in their homes rather than in a care facility. 2901 El Camino Ave., Suite 102, 702-333-1038; adsd.nv.gov/Programs/Physical/ATforIL/ATforIL

 

Homemaker Home Health Aide Program

Helps preserve/improve aging or disabled county residents’ quality of life by providing short- and long-term homemaking and personal care services so they can remain in their own homes, reducing the need for unnecessary institutionalization. 702-455-8645; clarkcountynv.gov search “homemaker”

 

James Seastrand Helping Hands of North Las Vegas

Assists the frail and seniors age 60+ in NLV by providing services, including transportation, home maintenance/repair for homeowners and a food pantry, that foster independence and enable them to remain in their own homes rather than to be institutionalized. 3640 N. Fifth St., #130, NLV, 702-649-7853; jshhnlv.org

 

Keep You Company

Provides nonmedical assisted living services, such as meal planning and preparation; diet planning; monitoring and assisting in eating, drinking and diet; and pet day care. 1200 S. Fourth St., Suite 105, 702-853-2273

 

Las Vegas Senior Lifeline

Nondenominational program of the Jewish Federation of LV that provides frail, lower-income seniors with resources and services, such as nutritional program support, medical support, homemaker services, transportation and environmental home modification, to enable them to remain living independently in their own homes. 2317 Renaissance Drive, 702-732-0556; jewishlasvegas.com

 

Nevada’s Care Connection: Aging and Disability Resource Center

Serves seniors 60+ years of age by developing, coordinating and delivering a comprehensive long-term support service system that allows Nevada’s elders and disabled to lead independent, meaningful and dignified lives. 1860 E. Sahara Ave., 702-486-3545; nevadaadrc.com search “aging”

 

Rebuilding All Goals Efficiently (R.A.G.E.)

Independent Living Program Provides financial assistance to those with severe physical disabilities to facilitate integration into the community through coordinated services, including wheelchairs, van lifts, mobility evaluation/training, and structural modifications. 2901 El Camino Ave., #102, 702-333-1038; bteamrage.org/independent-living.html

 

Southern Nevada Center for Independent Living

No-cost services, including information and referrals; basic independent living skills training; individual peer counseling and support group; advocacy; adaptive equipment; Medicaid benefits counseling; housing and transportation, to persons with permanent disabilities. 2950 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 220, 702-889-4216; sncil.org

 

Visiting Angels

Offers 24-hour nonmedical home care, including daily living assistance, light housecleaning, memory loss and rehabilitation care, transportation and companionship, to help seniors live independently in their own homes. 1701 N. Green Valley Parkway, Suite 9A, Henderson, 702-407-1100 and 9436 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Suite 11-F, 702-562-3322; visitingangels.com

 

Legal/Wills/Estate Planning

AARP Foundation Litigation

Advocates in federal and state courts for the rights of individuals ages 50+ experiencing legal issues that affect their daily lives in support of the foundation’s priority areas of hunger, income, housing and isolation. 888-687-2277, TTY: 877-434-7598; aarp.org/aarp-foundation search “litigation”

 

Clark County Public Guardian and Administrator

Oversees the administration of estates of the county’s deceased when no qualified individual is willing/able, including situations in which the property of the estate, or property deemed to have value to the estate, is being neglected, wasted, lost or inappropriately transferred. 515 Shadow Lane, 702-455-4332; clarkcountynv.gov/depts/pa/pages/default.aspx

 

Southern Nevada Senior Law Program

Provides urban and rural Clark County seniors ages 60+ with free legal services that include estate planning and probate; health care directives; guardianship matters; real property and housing; consumer assistance; elder law rights; and government benefits and public entitlements. 530 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Suite 310, 702-229-6596, TTY: 702-386-9108; snslp.org

 

State of Nevada Department of Health & Human Services

Aging and Disability Services Division Offers numerous programs and services for seniors, including Advocate for Elders, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Elder Protective Services, Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Personal Assistance Services, Senior Medicare Patrol, State Pharmacy Assistance Program, State Health Insurance Assistance Program and more. 1860 E. Sahara Ave., 89104 702-486-3545; adsd.nv.gov/Programs/Seniors/Seniors

 

Social Services

Catholic Charities Senior Services

Assists senior volunteers ages 55+ in providing a variety of social and advocacy services to Southern Nevada seniors to help sustain and increase their level of independence and health by identifying and providing supplemental support and food services, including Meals on Wheels. 1501 Las Vegas Blvd. N., 702-385-2662; catholiccharities.com

 

Clark County Senior Advocate Program

Coordinates and disseminates information gathered from government agencies, health agencies, local groups and organizations, utility companies, businesses and service programs that provide assistance to valley seniors. 3885 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-455-7051

 

Clark County Senior Services

Provides the county’s senior citizens with information and referrals for Medicare, utility assistance, prescription drug programs, housing, social service programs, supplemental insurance, legal assistance and tax rebates. 702-455-7051; clarkcountynv.gov search “senior”

 

HopeLink of Southern Nevada

Assists families and individuals in crisis by providing a wide range of support services, including food and clothing; rent, utility and emergency shelter assistance; medical, dental, eyeglasses and prescriptions assistance; job search and interviews; a literacy program; and much more. 178 Westminster Way, Henderson, 702-566-0576; link2hope.org

 

Jude 22 Senior Nutrition Center

A food bank and pantry that assists low-income seniors 60+ years of age with groceries and medical, dental, financial and healthy living referral services to improve their nutritional health and quality of life. 530 S. Ninth St., 702-366-0878; hstrial-leslieconnolly.homestead.com

 

The Salvation Army

Meets the needs of the elderly through social, educational and recreational activities; food and nutrition programs; personal care assistance; and nursing services. E. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson, 702-565-9578; salvationarmyusa.org

 

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

Provides free information, one-on-one counseling and assistance to Nevadans with Medicare to assist with problems they may encounter with Medicare, supplemental health insurance and long-term care options. 1820 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 205, 702-486-3478 or 800-307-4444; adsd.nv.gov/Programs/Seniors/SHIP/SHIP_Prog

 

Lifeline assistance

Alert 911 Now

Provides a simple one-button mobile 24-hour emergency response alert unit that is smaller than a cellphone – so it fits in your pocket/purse – and can be ordered online. 800-800-4067; alert911.com

 

FreedomAlert

A small two-way voice pendant communicator with no monthly fees that can call family, friends or neighbors from anywhere in the home and into the surrounding yard and, if your programmed contacts are not reachable, the unit defaults and calls a 911 operator. 702-492-1646 or 702-292-5266; seniordiscountslasvegas.com/business-spotlight-burton-weinerman-lcc-freedom-alert

 

Lifeline Medical Alarm Service

Provides an easy-to-use 24-hour personal emergency response service that promotes independent living by allowing seniors to call for help in case of an emergency, using a small, lightweight device that can be worn as a pendant or wristband. Home Instead Senior Care, 2340 Paseo del Prado, Suite D112, 702-796-6393; homeinstead.com/411/home-care-services/personal-emergency-response-services

 

Senior Centers

Senior Centers

Located throughout the valley, senior centers offer a variety of services, such as meals, transportation, activities and games, classes, recreation and fitness programs, legal assistance, and computer use and training. Contact your nearest center for specific offerings and details:

Alice & Harry L. Goldberg 2309 Renaissance Drive, Suite B, 702-933-1191, 3930 Cambridge St., 702-455-7169 

Centennial Hills 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, 702-229-1702

Cora Coleman 2100 Bonnie Lane, 702-455-7617

Derfelt 3343 W. Washington Ave., 702-229-6601

Doolittle 1950 N. J St., 702-229-6125

East Las Vegas 250 N. Eastern Ave., 702-229-1515

Heritage Park 300 S. Racetrack Road, Henderson, 702-267-2950

Howard Lieburn 6320 Garwood Ave., Las Vegas, 702-229-1600

Las Vegas 451 E. Bonanza Road, 702-229-6454

Martin Luther King 2420 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Suite B, 702-636-0064

North Las Vegas 1638 N. Bruce St., 702-633-1600

West Flamingo 6255 W. Flamingo Road, 702-455-7742

Whitney 5712 Missouri Ave., 702-455-7576

 

Social groups/Activities

Cinemaniacs Movie Club

Movie-lovers social group that gathers to discuss films they’ve seen and to choose a film to watch independently to discuss at the next meeting; 10 a.m.-noon first Tue. of every other month, free. AARP Nevada, 5820 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 190, 866-389-5652; aarp.org/states/nv

 

Romeo Club

A social group for men ages 50+ that gathers to discuss current events, past sweethearts and cars; 12 p.m. Fri., free. Derfelt Senior Center, 3343 W. Washington Ave., 702-229-6601

 

Scrapbooking

Preserve photos of your family and friends, clippings and other cherished mementos in a fun, social and creative way with this throwback hobby; 9-11 a.m. Fri., free. West Flamingo Senior Center, 6255 W. Flamingo Road, 702-455-7742

 

Senior Low-Impact Aerobics

Offers light exercise to get your heart pumping; 4-4:30 p.m., $30. Desert Breeze Community Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Road, 702-455-8334

 

Speeding Theatre Over 55

Nonprofit senior theater company that celebrates and empowers older adults in the valley by producing and presenting quality theater. Encanto Drive, 702-435-3366; speedingtheatre.org

 

Words on Wheels Homebound Services

Provides library materials to long-term homebound patrons of the Las
Vegas-Clark County Library District. 702-507-6334; lvccld.org/cardsservices/homebound.cfm

 

Transportation

Road to Recovery

An American Cancer Society program that provides free rides from trained volunteers for cancer patients needing to get to and from a medical facility for treatment. 6165 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite12, 702-798-5938;
cancer.org/involved/volunteer/road-to-recovery-volunteers

 

Artie J. Cannon Helping Hands of Henderson

Supports Henderson seniors ages 60+ with lower incomes by providing transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and errands. 102 E. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson, 702-616-6554; strosehospitals.org search “community”

 

Helping Hands of Vegas Valley

Provides free escorted transportation services to seniors ages 60+ for medical appointments and other errands via vehicles with a wheelchair lift/ramp or by volunteer drivers. 2320 Paseo Del Prado, Bldg. B, Suite 204, 702-633-7264; hhovv.org

 

Las Vegas Urban League - Martin Luther King Senior Center

Provides free transportation for seniors ages 55+ to/from center, medical appointments, grocery shopping and bill paying, as well as many other services. 2420 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Bldg. B, 702-636-0064; lvul.org

 

Taxi Assistance Program

Provides discounted taxicab fares to Nevada residents 60+ years of age and those with permanent disabilities through coupon booklets that are accepted by all taxicab companies in Clark County and are half the cost of normal fares. State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division, 1860 E. Sahara Ave., 702-486-3581

 

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