Family members who care for aging loved ones in Maricopa County will have expanded tools, resources and support from Duet: Partners In Health & Aging, thanks to a three-year, $460,000 grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Grant highlights include a new caregiver-to-caregiver volunteer program to better serve isolated and overwhelmed caregivers; expansion of services for caregivers from diverse, underserved communities; new models of service to increase socialization and connectedness, such as book clubs and caregiver movie gatherings; and the ability to grow Duet’s current services by 20 percent annually, including support groups and personalized guidance.

Duet will also create a series of professionally produced videos based on “Loving Someone Who Has Dementia,” a book by researcher and psychologist Dr. Pauline Boss. The series of short videos, used as part of facilitated discussion groups, will help give caregivers the tools they need to navigate the losses associated with their journeys.  

Duet is a nonprofit, interfaith organization that promotes health and well-being through a broad range of services to homebound adults, caregivers, faith communities and grandparents raising grandchildren. Duet’s free-of-charge services are available in the greater Phoenix area. To volunteer, donate or ask for help, visit duetaz.org or call 602-274-5022.

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