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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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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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March 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home March Newsletter          100th Baile Time Is Here! After more than a year of planning, the 100th Baile de las Flores is less than a month away! Invitations have been mailed, and the time is now to buy your tickets for what will be a joyous celebration of St. Luke's 100 years of service to our Tucson community. (Ticket-purchase link is below). Last year's event (pictured above) was wonderful, and this year's promises to be even more spectacular! The event takes place on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the beautiful JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa.  Guests will enjoy a festive celebration in the spirit of the Baile’s rich history.  The evening will feature a delectable dinner, a raffle of an original…
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St. Luke’s at the Book Festival!

St. Luke’s at the Book Festival!

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When you visit the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend be certain to stop by Booth 146!  St. Luke's has its very own booth at the Festival where you can buy a copy of St. Luke’s in the Desert Story: A Century of Community Service (cover of book pictured above), learn more about St. Luke's in the Desert's 100-years of service to populations in need, or just chat for a bit with a member of the St. Luke's Board of Visitors. Stop by on Saturday, March 2 or Sunday, March 3 between 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on the University of Arizona . The book will be available for purchase for only $15.00.  Also available: free bookmarks, and a $1.00 basket of packaged historic note cards from past years of…
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February 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home February Newsletter       A Letter from L'Don In my childhood, growing up in Houston, I was the kid who loved to visit my Elder neighbors. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for older adults, which meant that I was beyond proud to serve as CEO of St. Luke's Home.  I vividly recall the feelings that came over me each morning I pulled into the St. Luke's parking lot and looked up at the big stucco structure. I would get out of my car and pause. It was an incredible feeling of responsibility that I did not take lightly. In fact, every single day I have been here, knowing that these Elders were counting on me to keep St. Luke's sailing forward has…
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