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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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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UA Students Back in Force at St. Luke’s

UA Students Back in Force at St. Luke’s

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UA Students have taken the lead to continue the Inter-Professional Clinics offered through a partnership between the University of Arizona and St. Luke's. The clinics provide the opportunity for students to learn about Elder health in interdisciplinary student teams in Medicine, Pharmacy and Nutrition. The first clinic of 2019 was held February 16th at St. Luke's with a lecture on Emotional Health and Older Adults by Dr. Ole J Thienhaus, MD., FACPsych of the UA Department of Psychiatry. Afterwards, 24 students facilitated a clinic for the Elders who volunteered to share details of emotional issues they had experienced. Last year, over 150 students and 30 Elders participated in the Clinics. In addition to providing a hands-on and cross-discipline learning experience for the students, Elders thrive as volunteer mentors for the students.
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St. Luke’s in the Arizona Daily Star

St. Luke’s in the Arizona Daily Star

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We are so proud of  St. Luke's Board President Nancy Nagle who wrote a guest opinion that is featured today on the Opinion Pages of the Arizona Daily Star, above the fold! Full opinion follows below or click here to read on Star web site: https://tucson.com/opinion/local/nancy-nagle-recognizing-the-power-of-women-in-volunteering/article_7e7a50cc-7f27-5693-a6df-09a4e6f74cd4.html International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8, is a day of global recognition of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The first International Women’s Day launched in 1911, just six years before a group of women in the small desert town of Tucson joined forces with the Reverend Julius Atwood to open a community-care facility for tubercular patients. That facility has evolved over the last century to serve a range of populations in need. It stands today as St. Luke’s Home, a holistic assisted-living…
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St. Luke’s Elder Edna Speaks at 100-Year Celebration Kick-Off

St. Luke’s Elder Edna Speaks at 100-Year Celebration Kick-Off

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  Family and friends of St. Luke's Home showed up in large numbers on Sunday, October 28th for the official kick-off of the 100th anniversary of St. Luke's in the Desert. The afternoon event, catered by St. Luke's Home's Melissa Hernandez and her talented staff, was held in the East Courtyard among St. Luke's gardens and freshly painted fencing and entry spaces. Edna (pictured above CEO L'Don Sawyer) had a featured speaking role. She shared her recollections of the nearly quarter century she has lived at St. Luke's, and noted how grateful she is to reside in a community of such beauty. The kick-off event was the result of months of planning by the 100-Year Committee, (pictured above second from top). Committee members pictured from left to right: Amanda Johnson…
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Med-Start Students Create Elder Profiles

Med-Start Students Create Elder Profiles

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Forty-five Med-Start students and 35 Elders sat down together to share their life stories as part of Who We Are, a special program funded by a stART grant from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Who We Are brought together individuals who would not typically spend time listening to one another.  Elders and students met weekly for lunch and filled out a simple questionnaire about their parents, grandparents and family tradition. Profiles included words, collage, photos and drawings.  The third-year cohort of the University of Arizona's Med-Start Summer Program wound up July 1 with a special ceremony at St. Luke's. The program runs through the College of Medicine and is sponsored by the UA Office of Diversity and Inclusion. A special thanks to the Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona for…
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St. Luke’s Residential Openings

St. Luke’s Residential Openings

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St. Luke’s Home Residential Openings St. Luke’s Home, a holistic assisted-living community in Tucson, Arizona, has residential openings for men, women and couples of limited financial means.  Licensed at the Supervisory and Personal Care levels, St. Luke’s serves adults 55 years of age and older who are too frail to live alone, too independent to medically qualify for state assistance (ALTCS), and not wealthy enough to privately pay for assisted living.  Medical and Behavioral Health Criteria: Individuals interested in living at St. Luke’s must be able to evacuate the building in an emergency and must be able to transfer independently. Because of our limited scope of services in relation to behavioral care needs, we are unable to accept an individual who has had an acute psychiatric episode or psychiatric hospitalization…
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L’Don Sawyer Delivers Fast Pitch

L’Don Sawyer Delivers Fast Pitch

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L'Don Sawyer, CEO at St. Luke's Home, was one of seven finalists pitching their organizations in the recent 2017 Fast Pitch Tucson. The evening program was the culmination of a free two-month communication skills training program for nonprofits created by Social Ventures Partners. Fast Pitch Tucson trains nonprofit leaders to powerfully communicate their story, and connects them with leaders in the business, philanthropic and nonprofit communities. SVP Tucson began offering the Fast Pitch program in 2015. Over the past two years, over $344,000 has been awarded and granted to Fast Pitch participating organizations. You can watch L'Don's pitch below or see all seven finalists on the SVP website.
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