PHOENIX (May 23, 2014) –– On May 21, 2014, Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) announced the selection of 18 winners of its first “Friendly Faces, Friendly Places” international photo contest, supported by the Pfizer Foundation. Out of the 500 photos submitted worldwide, one local photo was announced as a winner. The photo of Surprise resident Sharon Vizzini sky diving at age 70, placed second in the “Older and Active” category. The photo was provided by Sun Health Senior Living and submitted by the Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network.
People in purple scrubs will be popping up at various Sun Health locations this summer. The purple ones are senior nursing students at Grand Canyon University and each Tuesday, now through August, they will be doing community health clinical rotations at the Center for Health & Wellbeing, in the Care Transitions program or at each of Sun Health’s three senior living communities.
The students are part of a GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions based at Banner Boswell Medical Center. Continue reading
More than 700 people have registered for Sun Health events over the last two weeks – that’s a new record high for us!
Because of the new Center For Health & Wellbeing and popular classes such as Tai Chi For Seniors, spots are filling up much faster than in the past.
Be sure to plan ahead, so you are able to enjoy your choice of events. We hope to see you there!
View the calendar or register here: http://www.sunhealth.org/community-education-events/
When recovering from a major event, such as a fall, stroke or bone replacement surgery, using an outpatient service provider that specializes in older patients can make a huge difference.
Seniors often have special needs based on their fitness and activity levels, and customizing therapy on a case-by-case basis is important.
Our bodies change and become more fragile as we age, and aggressive treatments suitable for younger patients can do more harm than good.
Sun Health’s La Loma Outpatient Rehabilitation Program in Litchfield Park, AZ, is open to the general public yet created specifically for those over 55 years old. Located at the La Loma Care Center, outpatient services offer physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
It’s also consistently ranked “excellent” with five-star ratings from the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services… you’ll love the quality!
La Loma Care Center currently accepts Medicare B and private pay patients. For more information, call 623.537.7400.
Edson and Loretta Allen were among the first visitors in the door at the March 19 grand opening of the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing in Surprise, a center that’s already opening new doors for health and wellness in the northwest Valley.
“We were very impressed with the people we met. They seem to have a sincere interest in helping people with their health issues,” Edson Allen said of the center’s staff members. Loretta described the center as “beautiful.” The Sun City West couple, who split their time between Arizona and Minnesota, was so impressed that they both signed up for the center’s gold-level membership, which includes a host of healthy perks. Continue reading
Yesterday’s Grand Opening at the new Center For Health & Wellbeing was a rousing success, thanks to the warm welcome we received from the local community! Over 300 people attended the health fair, tours of the new center and inspiring presentations given by Dr. Roger Landry, author of Live Long, Die Short and staunch supporter of Sun Health.
It’s impossible not to be a fan of Landry’s book and mission, which is to dispel the myth that once we retire, the rest of our lives are spent in decline – but that instead, we can remain at high performance much longer. He references that research has proven that more than SEVENTY PERCENT of performance versus decline is based on our own lifestyle and choices.
“Want a more rewarding retirement and healthier aging? Then it’s critical to stay connected, active and fulfilled.”
Many thanks to the players, sponsors and volunteers who participated in the 2014 Swinging in the Sun for Aces Golf Tournament, held March 10 on the Patriot Course at Wigwam Arizona.
The tournament raised money for the Sun Health Memory Care Navigator program, providing free personalized support for patients and caregivers affected by memory loss.
Eight minutes might be enough time to unload a bag of groceries, load the dishwasher, fill your car’s gas tank or feed the dog, but is it really enough time to spend with your doctor? Yet this is average time most seniors are given during an office visit.
When you have a chronic disease, it’s simply not enough time to make a REAL difference.
Our new Center for Health & Wellbeing was created to help Arizona seniors bridge the gap. Learn more by watching our newest video!