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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‘Cardiac Kids’ Play Hardball Against Heart Disease

Bob Renberg and Sue Bromley at the 9th Annual Bill Bromley Memorial Cardiac Kids Softball Tournament.

Bob Renberg and Sue Bromley at 9th Annual Bill Bromley Memorial Cardiac Kids Softball Tournament.

SURPRISE, ARIZ., Feb. 13, 2015 – The distinctive “ping” of an aluminum bat striking a ball. Lively chatter laced with good-natured taunts. The rich baritone of the P.A. announcer. These were sounds that filled the air at the Feb. 7, Bill Bromley Memorial Cardiac Kids Softball Tournament, played under a cloudless azure sky at Liberty Buick Field in Sun City West.

The 50 or so players, all in their 60s or older, ribbed each other non-stop and clowned around on the field but there was a serious side to their antics. The players all share a history of heart problems and this was their ninth annual tournament to raise funds for cardiac research, in this case cardiac stem cell research at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) in Sun City.
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Waiting until the last minute to do your Valentine’s Day Shopping?

The Gift Shops at Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Centers are here to help you out! We are your one-stop shop for Cards, Candy, Flowers, Plush, Jewelry and much more! We accept cash, MasterCard/Visa, Discover, American Express and Payroll Deduction for Banner employees.

Gift Shop proceeds support orthopedic, cardiac & neurological programs at Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Del E Webb Medical Center. For more info, please call 623-832-7627, or visit www.sunhealth.org/resale-gift-shops.

‘Our Neighbor Network’ Unveiled at Feb. 14 Open House

ONN-weblogoThe Sun City West Consortium, an organization comprised of 11 local organizations, has come together to form Our Neighbor Network, a one-stop resource for Sun City West residents seeking information about the community’s rich fabric of services.

Our Neighbor Network (ONN) will be unveiled at an open house,
9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in Palm Ridge Recreation Center, 13800 Deer Valley Drive. Area residents are encouraged to attend, enjoy refreshments and learn how ONN can help.

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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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Sharon Meyer Rides Off Into the Sun Health Sunset

Sharon Meyer_4webBorn on a dairy farm in Fairmount, North Dakota, Sharon Meyer decided at a young age that milking cows was for the birds.

She preferred staying in the farm house where she learned to cook, bake, sew and fix all sorts of things. Sharon brought those skills and many more when she came to work at Sun Health more than 18 years ago.

“There is nothing she couldn’t fix,” said financial analyst Suzie Wilson who worked with Sharon for almost 15 years. “Copy machine, fax machine, chairs: she fixed all of them. And there was nothing she couldn’t find. She remembers everything.”

Sharon started as a housekeeper at Boswell, and later became the department’s receptionist before transferring to a secretary position within Sun Health Foundation (SHF) where she quickly won over donors and co-workers with her friendly and helpful attitude. Her duties included answering phones, managing inventory, filing and writing thank-you notes to donors, a skill she turned into an art form with cut roses and beautiful, handwritten notes.

“I loved getting the chance to meet our donors and to be the one to acknowledge their gifts,” Sharon said.

“She is the most pleasant, caring person to work with,” Bonnie Olsen, a development director for SHF, said of Sharon. “We used to call her ‘mother’ because she watched over all of us like a mom…she did so much to make our jobs smoother.”

Sharon and her husband Allan (also retired) have been married for 53 years and they have five grown children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Now that she’s called it a career, Sharon plans to spend more time with Allan, other family and friends and to crochet, knit, bake, swim, learn more about computers and occasionally visit the casino.

She also plans to keep “watching over” Sun Health. Once a mom, always a mom.

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Sharon is famous for homespun humor and wisdom, which mostly come out as clever phrases her friends call “Sharonisms.” Here’s a small sample:

  • “I may be on a diet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t look at the menu.” (On admiring handsome men)
  • “There’s one nice thing about going the extra mile; there’s not much traffic.”
  • “I’ve lost the fluffy fat, now I’m working on the hard lard.” (On dieting)
  • “Beauty is but skin deep. Homely goes clear to the bone.”
  • “If you want to see the dead come to life, stop by the time clock at 5 p.m. on Friday evening.”
  • “Well, you know if it’s got testosterone or tires, it’ll give you trouble.”

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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