Silver Chef Culinary Competition 2020 – Video

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Thank you for your patience during our technical difficulties on our LIVE October 3, 2020, Silver Chef Culinary Competition Event. We worked very hard to recover the event and piece it together for you all to enjoy. Please note, there are some voiceovers in the content, but it definitely absorbs the essence of that wonderful day. Thank you to our Sponsors and everyone who participated – the chefs, the judges, and St Luke’s Home staff. We appreciate everyone who voted, bought raffle tickets, and donated to this great cause. At this time, the voting and raffle has been concluded. Thank you from all of us at St Luke’s Home. https://youtu.be/B9JTN62DHNQ
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Home is Where the Hugs Are!

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Click here to see KOLD 13 News Clip of the Hug Tunnel Hug Tunnel By Marilyn Gustin, President Elder Council Advisory Board Among the many gifts that Elders at St Luke’s Home receive, the latest is the Hug Tunnel. What a treat for Elders who haven’t seen, much less hugged, loved ones for six months! I was honored to have the opportunity to talk with the many Elders who received a heartfelt hug from loved ones. I am glad to share some of the stories I heard. “Feeling my grandson’s strong arms around me was completely wonderful—tears flowed. And you know I don’t cry.” A couple of hours after her tunnel visit with her daughter, one Elder was still tearing up. “It brought so much joy! I hadn’t realized how much…
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Congresswoman Kirkpatrick Recognizes St Luke’s Home CEO

Congresswoman Kirkpatrick Recognizes St Luke’s Home CEO

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Congresswoman Kirkpatrick Recognizes St Luke’s Home CEO “Congresswoman Kirkpatrick would like to recognize you as one of her heroes this week for all of the work you do as the CEO of St. Luke’s Home. We appreciate all of the hard work you have put into assisting low-income Elders with their living situations. We also acknowledge the amount of effort you have put into ensuring the safety and well-being of the Elders and the staff, despite the extra expense and financial stress it has put on the organization. “We want to thank you for your diligence in studying the effects of the pandemic and noting how profoundly it could wipe out assisted living communities. The research you conducted that prompted you to review CDC recommendations, as well as your swift…
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The University of Arizona Wraps Up Summer Program

The University of Arizona Wraps Up Summer Program

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A collaboration with the U of A College of Nursing created opportunities for Elders to Buddy Up with students. The Arizona Nursing Inclusive Excellence (ANIE) Program provided iPads for Zoom chats with our Elders during June and July. This was the first Zoom experience for all of the Elders. Student surveys gave the program high praise. “It allowed me to think about answers to ask and gain a lot more experience in a patent care setting." “It was truly amazing!”  “I did not understand how rich older people's lives were. It made me interested to talk with my grandparents about their history.” For the Elders, they report it was comforting to have an outside friend now. They were proud to have contributed to the education of the students. Students created…
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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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