October 2019 Newsletter

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    St. Luke's Home Newsletter October 2019            Photos by Karen Wright Don't Look Away! We are celebrating the beauty of our Elders who call St. Luke’s “Home.” Remarkable photographers Kathleen Dreier, Martin Mongan, and Karen Wright share their work of honoring the grace of aging. The result is a powerful visual composition honoring our Mission: To provide quality-of-life for low income Elders to age with dignity in an assisted-living community.  Please save the date and join us for a lovely afternoon of exquisite artwork, light refreshments, and fellowship on: Sunday, November 10 at 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm St. Luke’s Home       Inter-professional Education Program (IPP) Medication Safety Clinic The University of Arizona's partnership with St Luke's Home continues. Preceptors Dr. Jennie Lee…
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September 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home Newsletter September 2019          St. Luke’s Home Continues to Attract Attention of Politicians! Last month we hosted a Meet and Greet with all the Mayoral Candidates for the City of Tucson. Also in attendance was Councilman Paul Durham. On Tuesday, August 12th, Congressman Raul Grijalva and Community Liaison Cassandra Becerra toured St. Luke’s Home with Board President Michael McCrory, CEO Linda Hollis, Administrative Assistant Cass Eastham, and new Development Director Marie Reyna. On his tour, the Congressman met our resident pets, Daisy the desert tortoise and Rio. Daisy tried to follow the Congressman but found it difficult to keep up. Rio was his usual affable self. Congressman Grijalva spent time with our Elders, listened to their concerns, and offered help. He toured our…
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August 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home August Newsletter       St. Luke's Catering is Open for Business!   We are excited to announce the official launch of St. Luke's Catering which will offer the award-winning creations of Chef Melissa (above left) and her Sous Chef Selina (right) to the broader community!  This social enterprise is launched as a means not only to share St. Luke's delicious food but also to add a new revenue stream to support St. Luke's Elders. What's offered? An array of fresh, seasonal foods made to order and presented with artful beauty. Selections include chicken salad mini-phyllo cups, wraps, homemade cakes made from scratch, fresh tossed salads with arugula, spinach and seasonal vegetables and charcuterie boards including sweet and savory, a special brunch board or a more…
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Linda Hollis Guest Opinion in Arizona Daily Star

Linda Hollis Guest Opinion in Arizona Daily Star

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In 10 short years, 20% of Arizona’s population will be 65 or older and nearly 30% of these individuals will be living on annual incomes of $25,000 or less. This “tsunami” of baby boomers, fueled by more than 10,000 a day turning 65 through 2030, threatens to land an economic and humanitarian wallop that can be avoided if we wake up and collectively ensure the care and housing that all elders deserve, no matter their economic standing. Without action too many of our elders will face substandard housing, inadequate care, poor nutrition, unaffordable prescriptions and the high levels of anxiety and depression that make people sicker and lead to multiple emergency room visits. Inaction costs money. And the price tag will be substantially higher tomorrow if we don’t invest in…
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July 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home July Newsletter          Summer Means (even more) Youth at St. Luke's! St. Luke's earns its stripes every day as an Eden Model Registry with programs that bring through our doors volunteers who span the generations. Engaging with people of all ages helps remedy the three plagues of aging identified by Eden: loneliness, helplessness and boredom. And this summer, as usual, students of all ages brighten St. Luke's. St. Luke's partners with the University of Arizona MedStart program that completed its fifth year in July. The students played games with the Elders, organized donations to Goodwill, washed the St. Luke's van and hosted a pizza party for the Elders (pictured above). The program serves students who have completed their junior year in school, providing first-hand…
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June 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home June Newsletter          St. Luke's Commemorates Veterans on Memorial Day   A Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony was held on Monday, May 27th to honor all soldiers who have died in service to our nation and to recognize the nearly 20% of St. Luke's Elders who served in the military George Lopez, American Legion Post 59 Commander, led the Pledge of Allegiance and presided over the flag-raising ceremony. Other special guests were the American Legion Riders who arrived on their motorcycles. The flag, donated to St. Luke's by the Legionnaires, was hoisted to full staff and then slowly lowered to half-staff. St. Luke's CEO Linda Hollis offered words of honor and respect for the fallen. Cass Eastham, a military veteran and Administrative Assistant at St.…
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May 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home May Newsletter           St. Luke's Collaborates to Expand Regional Elder Housing and Care Options   St. Luke's is working closely with elected officials, city and county housing leaders and other Elder organizations to explore and help drive solutions to the region's scarcity of housing options for low-income Elders. A second Community Forum on Affordable Senior Housing was held on April 16, 2019, at the El Pueblo Center. St. Luke's CEO Linda Hollis, moderated the panel (pictured far right in lower picture) that included Council Member Regina Romero, Council Member Richard Fimbres, Marcos Ysmael, Pima County Housing Program Manager and Keith Gregory, Interim Director City of Tucson Housing Department. The more than 50 attendees included Elders struggling to obtain adequate, affordable living and care…
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Meet St. Luke’s New CEO

Meet St. Luke’s New CEO

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Linda Hollis, PhD, joined St. Luke's as Chief Executive Officer on April 8. Her career spans more than 20 years in various sectors including nonprofits, behavioral health clinics, educational institutions and nursing homes always holding Elder care near and dear. Most recently, Hollis served as Executive Director of Catholic Community Services in Tucson and Sierra Vista. “We are thrilled to have an individual of Hollis’ caliber as the new head of St. Luke’s Home,” said Nancy Nagle, President of the St. Luke’s Board of Directors. “Her combined expertise with Elders and in executive leadership roles make her the ideal candidate to work with the St. Luke’s Board as we continue to build St. Luke’s as a model of high-quality assisted-living for low-income Elders.” Hollis holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and…
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April 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home January Newsletter            Highlights 2018 As we enter 2019, we can all be proud of the many highlights of our St. Luke's community over the last year. A giant thank you to our donors, volunteers, supporters and staff for all you did to make the year such a great one. Take a look below at a few of the many accomplishments that have helped change the lives of our low-income Elders: Our partnership with the University of Arizona continued to flourish with inter-generational programs that provided great benefit to students and our Elders. Areas of focus in 2018 included medication safety and increased opportunities for individualized Elder nutritional assessments (see top picture). Stronger, Longer, offered in partnership with the University of Arizona College…
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Elders Pumping it at St. Luke’s for Healthier Lives

Elders Pumping it at St. Luke’s for Healthier Lives

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A very special thanks to Susan, Michael, Tiffany, Case and Gretchen -- St. Luke's extraordinary volunteers who lead our Elders through a range of exercises for body and brain as part of  Stronger, Longer, St. Luke's integrated approach to nutrition, exercise and mental development aimed at improving Elder health and well-being. As part of Stronger, Longer, Elders can choose from a range of exercise options offered five days a week. Monday Wellness with Susan (class pictured above) kicks off the week. Yoga, Tai Chi, memory health, stretching and balance classes each week. An active lifestyle is especially important for Elder health and can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and reduce pain associated with arthritis. By improving balance, flexibility, endurance, and strength, St. Luke’s Elders stay healthier longer. In fact, guess how…
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