Sun Health Community Education Presents Ongoing Health Talks at Sun Health and Community Locations in the West Valley for September

Arizona nonprofit Sun Health’s Community Education Series presents free ongoing health and wellness programs on a variety of health care, healthy living and personal and financial safety topics focused on seniors. Events occur several times each month at locations across the West Valley and are presented as a community service. Events with less than 10 reservations are subject to cancellation. We make every effort to avoid cancellations, but if one does occur, we will contact all registered attendees in advance.

September Events

Monthly Blood Pressure Clinics – Sept. 3 and Sept. 17
Banner Health volunteers are on site monthly to check your blood pressure and answer any questions you may have. Walk-ins are welcome. Blood Pressure Clinics are normally held first and third Tuesdays of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. at Grandview Care Center, 14505 W. Granite Valley Drive, Bldg. B, Sun City West.

Fall Prevention Education – Friday, Sept. 6
Susan Schnatz, RN, BSN, ONC, provides an overview of fall statistics, risk factors leading to falls and preventive measures. The proper way to recover from falls also will be discussed, and attendees will have the chance to ask questions about fall-proofing their homes and techniques to help them remain safe. This free Sun Health Community Education class is scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at Banner Boswell Medical Center Support Services, Juniper Room, 13180 N. 103rd Drive, Sun City. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 623-455-5633, or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking “Community Education” at the top of the page.

Better Breathers Club – Monday, Sept. 9
Monthly education and support group for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Learn ways to cope with COPD while gaining support and encouragement from those who share in your struggle. Club meetings occur the second Monday of every month. This free Sun Health Community Education class is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9 at The Colonnade, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 623-455-5633, or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking “Community Education” at the top of the page.

Learn more about new Sun Health tools that speak for you in an emergency – Tuesday, Sept. 10 and Wednesday, Sept. 11
Sun Health is now hosting introductory classes for two new programs providing enhanced access to vital medical information during an emergency. Join us to learn about these new tools, and to get your free ‘Vial’ and ‘File’ of Life! This free Sun Health Community Education class is scheduled on two consecutive days from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Banner Boswell Medical Center Support Services Building, Memorial Hall 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City; and repeated from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Grandview Terrace, Santa Fe Dining Room 14515 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West. Space is limited; registration is required for either class by calling 623-455-5633, or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking “Community Education” at the top of the page. Call 623-455-5633 to register, or to schedule a presentation for your social group or club.

Personal Safety – Thursday, Sept. 12
Officer Chris Tovar, City of Surprise Crime Prevention Unit, provides valuable tips for staying safe and preventing crime. This free Sun Health Community Education class is scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Sun Health Corporate Headquarters Community Room, 14719 W Grand Ave ., Surprise. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 623-455-5633, or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking “Community Education” at the top of the page.

Bites & Stings– Friday, Sept. 13
Life in the desert can mean coming face-to-fang with a snake, or putting on a shoe and finding a scorpion’s painful stinger awaiting you. Aside from the pain, some bites and stings can bring serious consequences. Ann-Marie Krueger, MPH, CPH, Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center, shares her expertise on which bites and stings are more than just a nuisance. This free Sun Health Community Education class is scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 at The Colonnade, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 623-455-5633, or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking “Community Education” at the top of the page.

Learn What to Expect and How to Get the Most from Your Doctor Visit – Tuesday, Sept. 17
Ashish Sachdeva, MD, discusses what patients should expect when visiting their PCP, how to make the most of each visit and how to choose a physician who is right for you. This free Sun Health Community Education class is scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at The Colonnade, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 623-455-5633, or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking “Community Education” at the top of the page.

AARP Safe Driver Course – Wednesday, Sept. 18
AARP volunteer instructor Robin Mandell addresses current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and tips for safely operating your vehicle. Learn how minor adjustments in your driving can compensate for common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. A few important notes about this class:

  • Cost: $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-members.
  • Please bring a check, made payable to AARP, to the session. Cash will not be accepted.
  • Due to limited class size and supplies, we are unable to accommodate walk-ins.

This Sun Health Community Education class is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Grandview Terrace, 14515 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 623-455-5633, or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking “Community Education” at the top of the page.

Tips for Communicating with People with Dementia – Thursday, Sept. 19
Stephanie Graber Fialkin, MSW, executive Director of Rock Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, will provide pointers on how to approach someone with dementia, how to minimize confusion, and how to communicate so the person is more likely to understand you. This free Sun Health Community Education class is scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Grandview Terrace, Santa Fe Dining Room 14515 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 623-455-5633, or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking “Community Education” at the top of the page.

24 Hours in the Life of a Poison Control Center – Friday, Sept. 20
Much like a hospital emergency room, a poison control center’s operations go non-stop for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ann-Marie Krueger, MPH, CPH, Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center, talks about the life-saving information that is available whenever it is needed. This free Sun Health Community Education class is scheduled from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 at El Dorado of Sun City 10330 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Sun City. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 623-455-5633, or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking “Community Education” at the top of the page.

Cancer Prevention through Healthy Living – Monday, Sept. 23
Eileen Reagan, RN, BSN, CPHQ, CPSO, service director for oncology at Banner Boswell Medical Center (BBWMC), provides facts about cancer, discusses risk factors and approaches to minimizing risk as well as prevention strategies including healthy food choices. She also will highlight some cancer initiatives across the country and BBWMC’s role as an Oncology Program. This free Sun Health Community Education class is scheduled from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23 at Faith Presbyterian Church 16000 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 623-455-5633, or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking “Community Education” at the top of the page.

Taking Care of Your Heart – Tuesday, Sept. 24
Banner Boswell Medical Center’s free monthly education series teaches people about their heart and how to manage chronic heart disease. Participants are encouraged to sign up for multiple classes, as presentation topics vary throughout the year. September’s featured speaker: Improving Outcomes in Heart Surgery. William Schlicklin, ACNP, BC, will discuss continuing innovations in coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, and more specifically endoscopic vessel harvesting (EVH) techniques. This free Sun Health Community Education class is scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Banner Boswell Medical Center Support Services Building, Memorial Hall, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 623-455-5633, or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking “Community Education” at the top of the page.

Supporting Loved Ones Facing Challenging Behaviors Associated with Assisted Living Transitions – Wednesday, Sept. 25
David Daumit, New Dawn Memory Care CEO and chairman, discusses techniques and strategies developed for use inside memory care facilities for dealing with challenging behavior of agitated residents. Family members can better understand strategies used for assisting agitated residents, and help their loved one better make the transition to an assisted living setting. This free Sun Health Community Education class is scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Grandview Care Center, Bldg. B, 14505 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 623-455-5633, or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking “Community Education” at the top of the page.

Advancements in Hemorrhoid Surgery – Thursday, Sept. 26
Mary E. Schultheis, MD, a board-certified surgeon in colon and rectal surgery, discusses recent advancements in hemorrhoid surgery that are more precise, less painful and invasive, and allow faster recovery time. This free Sun Health Community Education class is scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 at La Loma Village, Sonoran Dining Room 14154 Denny Blvd., Litchfield Park. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 623-455-5633, or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking “Community Education” at the top of the page.

Common Disorders and Treatment of the Foot and Ankle – Friday, Sept. 27
Ryan T. Scott, DPM, The CORE Institute, is a fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon, specializing in total ankle replacement, extensive reconstruction of the forefoot and hind foot, sports medicine, circular frames, and trauma. This free Sun Health Community Education class is scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 at The Colonnade, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 623-455-5633, or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking “Community Education” at the top of the page.

About Sun Health
A long-standing community partner championing healthy living, Sun Health is a community-based health care organization providing pathways to Population Health through philanthropy, senior living, community programs and superior health care. Population Health is an approach that aims to improve the health of an entire population.

Nonprofit Sun Health has employed a variety of resources to develop healthy living programs that have the potential to enrich lives – for residents, patients, volunteers and donors. Its core service lines include:

  • Philanthropy for local health care, community health programs and senior living,
  • Senior living at The Colonnade (Surprise), Grandview Terrace (Sun City West) and La Loma Village (Litchfield Park), and
  • Community Health Programs: Sun Health Care Transitions, Sun Health Medication Management, Sun Health Community Education and Sun Health Memory Care Navigator.

Learn more at www.SunHealth.org.

Sun Health/Banner Health Partnership
Sun Health is proud to offer its nonprofit Community Education series in partnership with nationally recognized Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and Banner Sun Health Research Institute, three facilities receiving annual philanthropic investments from Sun Health Foundation. For more information, please visit www.sunhealthfoundation.org.

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