Sun Health Offers Diabetes Self-Management Education Series

Diabetes imageSURPRISE, ARIZ., Feb. 25, 2015 – The Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing will offer an 8-week Diabetes Self-Management Education/Training (DSME) Program starting in mid-March at each of its three locations.

  • 8-Week DSME:  9 a.m., eight consecutive Mondays beginning March 16
    Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing,14260 Denny Blvd., Litchfield Park, 85340
  • 8-Week DSME, 1 p.m., eight consecutive Tuesdays beginning March 17
    Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing,14719 W Grand Avenue, Surprise, 85374
  • 8-Week DSME, 9 a.m., eight consecutive Wednesdays beginning March 18
    Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, 13180 N 103rd Drive, Sun City, 85351

Sun Health’s DSME program, accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, helps individuals with diabetes learn how to manage their disease through healthy eating, regular physical activity, medication management, problem-solving, coping skills, self-monitoring of blood glucose levels and preventing or managing diabetes-related complications.

The program is taught by a certified diabetes educator who also is a registered dietitian, and an exercise physiologist who also is a certified health coach. Instructors use evidence-based information, coaching and support to help individuals take control of their diabetes.

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New Memory Support Residence More Than Just A Pretty Place

Clarice Granz (seated) with daughter Jay Wenzel and granddaughter Samantha Wenzel.

SURPRISE, ARIZ. February 18, 2015 - Before agreeing to move to The Meadows, Sun Health Senior Living’s new memory support residence, Clarice Granz sought assurances from her daughter Jay Wenzel that her new digs would have bingo. “That’s my game,” Granz says.

The Meadows has bingo all right, and much more. The 16-suite residence for people with memory loss (Alzheimer’s and related dementias) opened in December, welcoming new residents into a setting that looks nothing like a traditional care center.

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Terminally Ill Cancer Patient Determined to Help Others Get Breast Cancer Screenings

Reba Mason and friendsSURPRISE, ARIZ., Feb. 4, 2015 – With fiery auburn hair, piercing eyes and a restless spirit bordering on impatience, Reba Mason personifies a Texas tornado.

The petite Texas native is on a whirlwind mission, funneling her energy into making women aware of the importance of getting regular screening mammograms, especially 3D mammograms, a significantly more accurate breast cancer detection method than 2D mammography.

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Grandview Memory Support Praised for its ‘Innovative Architecture and Design’

Grandview Memory Support Praised For Innovative Architecture/Design

The living room for Grandview Memory Support is warm and inviting, an ideal place for socializing.

SUN CITY WEST, ARIZ. – Jan. 27, 2015 – Grandview Memory Support (GMS) welcomed its first residents in late December and the unique home for people with memory loss has already received a national award.

Senior Housing News named the residence runner-up for its 2014 Architecture and Design Awards in the Stand-Alone Memory Care category. The annual awards recognize “exciting, innovative design solutions in senior housing.”

Located inside Sun Health Senior Living’s Grandview Care Center, GMS is licensed as Assisted Living by the Arizona Department of Health Services. It features 16 private, studio-size suites built specifically for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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Sun Health Senior Living Expanding to Meet Growing Demand for Senior Housing

The Colonnade Villa 3-4: Fountain Plaza

Rendering of two new villas going up at The Colonnade, a Sun Health independent-living, Life Care community for seniors.

SURPRISE, ARIZ., Jan. 22, 2015 — Dirt is being turned for Sun Health’s latest expansion project: two 36-unit villas on the 40-acre campus of The Colonnade, a senior living Life Care community that is home to more than 180 residents.

In late 2014, the Sun Health Board approved $25.4 million in capital funding to construct two new independent-living villas adjacent to two existing 36-unit villas at The Colonnade. The original villa, which opened in 2013, is fully occupied and the second, which opened in 2014, is nearly full. Demand for the two newest villas is already running high.

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Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing Making a Dent in Prediabetes

Sun Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helping people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half   

Tracy Garrett Teaching in KitchenSURPRISE, ARIZ. (Jan. 14, 2015) – Floyd and Linda Cotton have been doing a lot of new clothes shopping lately. After participating in Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) classes offered at the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing (the Center), the Sun City Grand couple have not only fallen in love with a new, healthy lifestyle—they’ve also noticed some significant changes. “I’m down a good two or three sizes in my waist, but even more than that, I just don’t feel sluggish. I always have energy now,” said Floyd, 73.

The Cottons signed up Sun Health’s DPP series held at the Center at 14719 W. Grand Ave., after Floyd was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. At six-feet, 230 pounds, Floyd was just steps away from being diabetic. During the 10-month program, he lost more than 25 pounds and his blood glucose levels dropped from a high of 124 (almost in the diabetic range) to a reading of 97 (normal). Both Cottons also were able to stop taking cholesterol medications and reduce their high blood pressure medications.

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Sun Health’s Community Outreach Group Brings Holiday Cheer to Homebound Adults

SURPRISE, ARIZ., Jan. 7, 2014 The holidays can be an especially tough time for older adults living alone or without family close by.

Sun Health’s SHINE (Sun Health Involvement Never Ends) group and Banner Olive Branch Senior Center (BOBSC) joined together in December to bring good cheer to 35 homebound adults living in Sun City and Youngtown, Arizona.

All of the adults are clients of BOBSC’s mobile meals program, which offers home-delivered meals to people in need. Many of these women and men live alone or have limited or no family living in the area.

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Grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Enables Sun Health to Expand its Center for Health & Wellbeing

SURPRISE, ARIZ., Dec. 18, 2014 – A Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust grant totaling $148,000 will enable Sun Health to expand its successful Center for Health & Wellbeing programs to the Southwest Valley in 2015.

“This generous grant from the Piper Trust will help us help more people learn about and adopt healthier lifestyles,” said Jennifer Drago, Sun Health’s executive vice president of Population Health.

La Loma Care CenterThe new Center will be co-located inside the La Loma Rehabilitation Center, located on Sun Health’s La Loma Village campus, 14260 Denny Blvd. in Litchfield Park. Continue reading

Sun Health Programs Making Measurable Differences in Health of Patients and Clients

Innovative approaches helping chronically ill and those recovering after a hospitalization 

SURPRISE, ARIZ., Dec. 4, 2014 — Preventing hospital readmissions and managing chronic disease present complex challenges for health care providers and organizations.

Sun Health, a community-based nonprofit organization, is using innovative approaches to address these challenges. The resulting Sun Health programs, the first of which was launched in 2011, are yielding promising results and drawing attention from many quarters in the health care industry.

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Wulkan Foundation Grants $10k to Northwest Valley Connect

Transportation Coordination Service to Use Grant to Expand Services

SURPRISE, ARIZ. – Dec. 3, 2014 – Northwest Valley Connect (NVC), a nonprofit transportation coordination service founded by Sun Health and Benevilla, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Wulkan Foundation, a like-minded organization dedicated to helping older adults find transportation options.

Wulkan Foundation $10k Grant

(L-R) Jennifer Drago, NVC board chair; Beverly Wulkan, Wulkan Foundation; Kathy Chandler, NVC’s executive director and mobility manager; Michelle Dionisio, NVC board member.

The grant was awarded to NVC by Beverly Wulkan, an experienced civil engineer and transit expert, well-acquainted with the challenges older adults often face when planning local trips to doctors, the pharmacy, the grocery store, social engagements and other appointments and errands.

Wulkan explained why she chose NVC as the recipient of the grant: “First, Northwest Valley Connect is helping seniors find options to their transportation needs, which is a match with the foundation’s mission. Second, having been involved in nonprofit organizations, I understand that a little extra money is always helpful with new programs.” The Wulkan Foundation was started by her husband Alan Wulkan in 2013.

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