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Russell Burns, Arizona Daily Star

Russell Burns, Arizona Daily Star

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Arizona Daily Star, Guest Opinion (May 24, 2017) May is Older Americans Month as designated by the federal government’s Administration for Community Living and through proclamation by President Trump. This year’s theme, Age Out Loud, should remind everyone that elders hold the power to inspire and teach if we take the time to listen. I have spent the bulk of my career working with the elder population, and as incoming president of the board of trustees of St. Luke’s Home, I have the privilege of working both with, and on behalf of, elders. At St. Luke’s Home, we have former teachers, ministers, nurses and veterans who have reached the last one-third of their lives with little income but retaining a strong passion for life. St. Luke’s provides a community for…
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Seeking Historical Information on St. Luke’s

Seeking Historical Information on St. Luke’s

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St. Luke’s has served a range of populations-in-need since 1917. As a means of honoring that tradition, the 100th Anniversary Committee has commissioned a new book to capture the vibrant history of St. Luke’s. We need your help to ensure the book’s author, Dave Devine, has access to as much historical information as possible.  Devine has already done extensive research through both the Arizona Historical Society and the archives of the Arizona Daily Star. What We Need:  Photographs, letters, information, memories or stories about someone who lived, worked or volunteered at St. Luke’s, which might include: A cherished memory about a loved one who, at St. Luke’s, finally found a beautiful and safe place to live. Did you or a loved one work with St. Luke’s in one of its many forms,…
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Volunteers Honored at Special Celebration

Volunteers Honored at Special Celebration

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St. Luke's Home Hosts Volunteer Thanks Event St. Luke's Home hosted a special celebration of the many individuals who donate their time and talent to all the Elders who live in the St. Luke's community. More than 45 volunteers attended the special event, organized by Program and Grants Manager Sally Krommes, who also contributed her artistic talent by creating the bright flowers that hung from the ceiling. The volunteers were warmly welcomed by all of St. Luke's Elders, and were celebrated with piano music presented by Susana Martinez and a special cake created by Culinary Director and Executive Chef Melissa Hernandez. Each volunteer received an originally created thank you card with a group photograph of the Elders, all of whom had the opportunity to share their thanks directly with volunteers.…
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Tucson Mayor Visits St. Luke’s Home

Tucson Mayor Visits St. Luke’s Home

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Tucson Mayor Rothschild Visits St. Luke's Home Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild visited St. Luke's Home on April 11. CEO L'Don Sawyer led him on a full tour of the community and the Mayor met with Elders at the Town Hall Meeting. The Elders had a number of questions for the Mayor with a focus on his plans for expanding senior housing options in Tucson. Mayor Rothschild carefully and thoughtfully answered all questions. He provided a full explanation of the range of housing options available and how the city funds services. He also offered an overview of the city's efforts to bring more jobs into Tucson, and described current efforts to raise the sales tax to provide additional revenue for road repair. When asked to describe Tucson in fifteen seconds, he…
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Empty Lot Becomes St. Luke’s Dog Park

Empty Lot Becomes St. Luke’s Dog Park

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Girls Scouts Anna Kirkpatrick, Kennedy Warrilow and Natalie Mak helped paint the new mural Nominated by: Dev Sethi. Why: The trio of ninth-grade students volunteer at St. Luke's Home, an assisted living community for people with limited means. They came up with the idea to turn an empty lot behind the home into a dog park for residents. They sought donations of landscaping, tile work, painting, seating, art and more. They turned the plot into a community space. The park opened last month and its has become a wonderful place for residents, Sethi wrote. "These young ladies have done a wonderful act of kindness for the elderly residents of St. Luke", Sethi wrote.
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Choice Is Dining Trend at St. Luke’s

Choice Is Dining Trend at St. Luke’s

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New Dining Options Unveiled at St. Lukes [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Melissa Hernandez serves Elders at St. Luke's Home.[/caption] The dining hall at St. Luke's Home is a large, centrally located room where people gather to eat, sing around the piano, watch a movie on the big-screen television or just share a quiet conversation. Decorations in the room change regularly depending on the holiday, and all Elder birthdays are celebrated there with cake and Happy Birthday sung by all. Walk through the large doors on the east wall and you enter a professionally operated and equipped kitchen with industrial-sized stoves, mixers, and a walk-in pantry, all overseen by Culinary Manager Melissa Hernandez. Melissa has been at St. Luke's for three years, working her way up from server to prep cook,…
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L'Don Sawyer Publishes Op Ed in Arizona Daily Star

L'Don Sawyer Publishes Op Ed in Arizona Daily Star

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Pima County's St. Luke's Home Offers Viable Assisted-Living Model For All By L'Don Sawyer Special to the Arizona Daily Star, November 22,2016 Researchers in the United States are taking a hard look at the medical link between loneliness and decreased mobility, depression and early death for Elders. Among the key findings: loneliness is a greater predictor of early death than obesity. According to Dr. Carla M. Perissinotto, geriatrician at the University of California, San Francisco, "The profound effects of loneliness on health and independence are a critical public health problem. It is no longer medically or ethically acceptable to ignore older adults who feel lonely and marginalized." While loneliness has long been studied sociologically and psychologically, researchers are just now beginning to examine medical impacts. They have found strong links…
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Celebrate St. Luke’s New Mural!!

Celebrate St. Luke’s New Mural!!

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Celebrate St. Luke's New Mural!! Join us for a very special dedication of the beautiful new mural that was painted by local Girl Scouts from Troop 640 for the enjoyment of all the Elders at St. Luke's Home. The dedication will take place on Sunday, November 20th, from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM in the back garden at St. Luke's Home.  The sky blue mural covers two walls in the back garden and features bright flowers, butterflies and dogs. Join us for light refreshments and help us say thank you to the Girl Scouts!  Parking is available behind St. Luke's on Lee Street. Join Us!!
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Days of Care Volunteers Make St. Luke's Sparkle

Days of Care Volunteers Make St. Luke's Sparkle

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Employees from Comcast, BBVA Compass and Rosemont Copper's Hudbay Project spent the day at St. Luke's Home on October 19 volunteering their services on a range of projects as part of the United Way's Days of Care. Their work involved painting  four rooms, including the parlor,med rooms and alcove, washing windows around the entire perimeter, and scraping rust off the wrought iron outside the chapel. Sandi Acuna, team leader for BBVA Compass, has been with her company for 17 years and has volunteered every year for Days of Care. She is the executive assistant to BBVA's CEO and also has a special connection with St. Luke's Home. Sandi's husband's grandfather was treated at St. Luke's many years ago when it was a tuberculosis hospital. Sandi's team of eight volunteers painted three rooms.…
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KXCI's Kidd Squid Celebrates Halloween at St. Luke's

KXCI's Kidd Squid Celebrates Halloween at St. Luke's

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  Halloween arrives early at St. Luke's with a very special celebration on Thursday, October 27, 2 pm "“ 3 pm at St. Luke's. The celebration will feature costumes, face-painting, lots of games and sweets for all! A very special guest, KXCI's Kidd Squid, will spin his music genius with Halloween-themed songs full of eerie sounds, haunting tunes and spooky, creepy music! Members of the Board of Visitors will add their own magic with lots of games, costumes and cake for all.  A perfect chance to get your scared on with a big jolt of holiday spirit!
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