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January 2018

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Health & Wellness Classes

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New Year, New You

Open to the Community!

Embracing positive lifestyle changes

A Colorful Life

Through giving, Dr. Phyllis Swanson supports education and community needs

Seniors and Driving

Warning signs to watch for and how to gently approach the discussion to retire from driving

Flavorful Fresh and

Meet the talented chefs who provide Sun Health residents with healthy and delicious meals

For our community friends


Making an Impact in 2018 NEW CANCER SERVICES COME TO BANNER BOSWELL AND DEL E. WEBB MEDICAL CENTERS Sun Health Foundation will partner with Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center to open a comprehensive breast cancer clinic as part of new services at the Louisa Kellam Center for Women’s Health at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. In addition, a new Thoracic Surgery Suite will be added to Banner Boswell Medical Center.

“I came in and people were helpful, they were knowledgeable, they were able to guide and direct me immediately.” – ANITA ORTON, DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT EDUCATION TRAINING PARTICIPANT

“The Staff at Banner MD Anderson were just outstanding and they are like family to me. To this day, I would speak nothing but high praise for what they were able to do This for me.” image, from the MD Ande

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health and wellness programs to the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing supported by Sun Health With the help of Sun Health Foundation and our loyal supporters, Foundation donors.

Banner MD Anderson is continuing to expand in the Northwest Va


“No one likes to go to the if you live in thisCenter wi • Thoracic Surgery Suite athospital, Bannerbut Boswell Medical In August of 2017, the new state-of-the-art Progressive Care area, Banner Del E. Webb surgeons added to the staff. Services include interventional Unit at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center opened thanks to Medical Center is the place to be.” of the esophagus and enhanced lung cancer scree contributions from community members, Sundisorders Health Foundation – SAM MERRIMAN and Banner Health. Fundraising for this project continues in

Banner MD Anderson Breast Cancer Clinic will be added to Webb Medical Center, expanding services provided by the Center for Womens Health, for women of all ages.

To help continue the vital mission of Sun Health Foundation, visit

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Welcome to LiveWell LiveWell

January 2018, Issue 29 SUN HEALTH 14719 W. Grand Avenue Surprise, AZ 85374 623.832.5350 SUN HEALTH FOUNDATION 623.832.5330 SUN HEALTH SENIOR LIVING 623.236.3767  Grandview Terrace 623.975.8014

A magazine produced specifically for you


Sun Health Mission Statement: Sun Health champions healthy living, research and superior health care.

rying something new can be overwhelming. But it can also be invigorating and exciting — even healthy. I hope the start of 2018 inspires you to try new things.

In this issue of LiveWell, you will find encouragement to try lifestyle changes that can help you remain healthy for years to come. The talented chefs at Sun Health work every day to provide our residents with meals that are both healthy and delicious. You are always invited to stop by and try our dining experience for yourself. Dr. Phyllis Swanson, a pioneer in her field also is an advocate for trying something new. Discover her story, how she gives back today and inspires others.

Lastly, we are tackling an important issue: Giving up the car keys is a change that is hard for a lot of seniors, but we need to talk about it. The enclosed article provides important information. I hope this issue of LiveWell informs and inspires you. As always, if you have thoughts to share, please contact us at

 La Loma Village 623.537.7521  The Colonnade 623.236.3770 SUN HEALTH at HOME 623.227.HOME (4663) CENTER FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING 623.832.WELL (9355) SUN HEALTH LEADERSHIP Ronald Guziak, President and CEO Bill Sellner, Exec. VP and CFO Jennifer Drago, Exec. VP-Population Health Joe La Rue, Exec. VP Sharon Grambow, Exec. VP and COO Sun Health Senior Living SUN HEALTH MARKETING Ken Reinstein, Marketing Dir. John Tucker, Public Relations Jennifer Alexander, Design Danielle Kuskowski, Programs


Ron Guziak President & CEO, Sun Health


Fresh and Flavorful

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New Year, New You


Seniors and Driving


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Healthy U Calendar


Culinary services department serves 1,500 to 1,700 meals each day at three Sun Health campuses

Embracing positive lifestyle changes

A Colorful Life


Through giving, Dr. Phyllis Swanson supports education and community needs

Warning signs to watch for and how to gently approach the discussion to retire from driving

Sun Health Community Education class listings, events & activities

January classes & events at a glance


Please follow us on: On the cover: La Loma Village Executive Chef Rodolfo Reyes and resident Dee Miller

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La Loma Village Executive Chef Rodolfo Reyes


Flavorful Fresh and

Meet the talented chefs who provide Sun Health residents with healthy and delicious meals


Chef Reyes and Ann Flatten

By Alison Stanton

very day, a devoted group of executive chefs and sous chefs working in six Sun Health Senior Living kitchens prepare between 1,500 and 1,700 meals a day for the nearly 1,000 residents who live at the three campuses. Tom Smith, system executive chef at Sun Health Senior Living, says each executive chef runs his or her own kitchen and decides on the menu and any special meals. “In the culinary department, we strive to do everything we can from scratch. We are all classically trained chefs, who endeavor to offer quality and consistency in the meals that we prepare for our residents,” Tom says. Tom, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, says he originally intended to specialize in

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working in country clubs. “But in 1997 I began working in senior living and I just fell in love with it,” he says, adding that he has been working at Sun Health for about 12 years. “It can be challenging at times, but with challenges come so many rewards. We are doing something different every day, and we are able to step outside of the box and bring our own techniques and talents to the kitchen with us.” Tom says he enjoys speaking with chefs from other industries, and dispelling the myths that preparing meals for seniors involves making lots of purees and bland foods. “Here, we do a lot with fresh fish, we butcher our own meat and we offer just about any type of food.


“We are doing something different every day, and we are able to step outside of the box and bring our own techniques and talents to the kitchen with us.”

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Tracey McCarthy, Executive Chef, Sun Health Senior Living, Grandview Terrace

We like to offer a heart healthy/ fit item every day, and a lot of our residents want to eat healthy,” Tom says. “But our residents also still want to eat meals that they remember when they were younger—like the time I made a Frito pie, and they ate it up.” Tom can relate to the way food can evoke positive memories; he fondly recalls growing up in Southern California and sampling authentic cuisine in Chinatown and ordering from the taco carts in Baja California. As for his favorite cuisine to prepare when he is not at work, Tom says he can often be found in his home kitchen on the weekends preparing enough Italian food for a figurative army. “When I make sauce, I fix enough to feed a hundred people, or I’ll make dozens of meatballs for the three of us at home,” he says.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your work? A: I like creating memories for our residents through food. Also, since we are working with older adults, we are impacting their lives and health every single day by the meals that we serve. Q: When you sit down at a restaurant, what do you look forward to the most? A: I love restaurants that serve fresh, locally grown and organic food. I’m a “farm-to-table” kind of girl, and I’m very much about supporting the local community. Q: What do you like most about being a chef? A: The creative process. I don’t think many people realize this, but what we are doing is art, and we are expressing ourselves through the food. I also like the instant gratification I get through my job. I will know immediately if something is or is not working.

Rodolfo Reyes, Executive Chef, Sun Health Senior Living, La Loma Village Q: What do you enjoy most about your work? A: For sure, it’s the variety. We offer a lot of different and eclectic menus that are on a five-week rotation. Every day, we make different entrées, so my work definitely keeps me on my toes. Q: What is your favorite food or type of cuisine to cook? A: It depends on my mood. Sometimes I love cooking Cajun, and sometimes Spanish food. Paella is one of the top-five foods that I enjoy making, and I am crazy about seafood. Q: What do you like the most about being a chef? A: The exposure to other cultures. I get to understand why and how a lot of different cultures came about, as well as learn about their food.

Kelvin Wong, Executive Chef, Sun Health Senior Living, The Colonnade Q: What do you enjoy most about your work?

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A: The thrill. Every day it is something different.

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A: We don’t go out to eat that often so I cook a lot at home. One of my favorite things to make is a vegetarian spaghetti with salt- and pepper-fried tofu. My kids are like me, so we also enjoy eating pizza, Chinese food and lasagna.

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New You New Year,

Embracing positive lifestyle changes


Sun Health at Home member Barbara Piggot and Cali Rose

By Meghann Finn Sepulveda

hether you vow to lose weight, exercise more or give back to those in need, the start of the new year is the perfect time to set achievable goals and make positive lifestyle changes to remain healthy and independent for many years to come.

Focus on wellness

Maintaining good health starts with caring for the mind, body and spirit. This was especially true for Barbara Pigott, a Sun Health at Home founding member, who lost her husband of 34 years in 2016. As she navigated her grief, Barbara made a conscious decision to have a positive attitude and look forward. “I realized it was time to make a few changes in my life,” she says. “I decided to set some goals.” Barbara began to take advantage of the many classes offered at the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, including diabetes prevention and weight management. “We take a holistic approach to keeping people

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healthy as they age,” says Barbara Mason, executive director at Sun Health at Home, an innovative continuing care at home program that promotes successful aging among its members through personal care coordination and health and wellness support and activities. No matter what your age, it’s never too late to start being physically active to maintain or improve your health, according to the American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation. To maximize health benefits, try all four types of exercise: endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Some examples include walking, using resistance bands, Tai Chi and stretching to help prevent and manage diseases like diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as improve mood and overall wellbeing. Physical fitness classes, such as yoga and strength training that are geared toward individuals at every fitness level, are available at the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing. “By being active, our members are able to prevent the need for more intensive support services in

the future, so they can remain in their own homes,” Barbara Mason explains. “These are true lifestyle changes that can be set at any time of the year to maintain good health.” Barbara Piggot started to make herself a priority and addressed some of her own health issues.

Get involved

Barbara became more active in her church, making rosaries and volunteering her time as often as she can. “I count my blessings and feel it’s important to give back,” she says. She also developed a greater sense of belonging by participating in more social outings with friends. “I’ve been culturally enriching myself with the performing arts,” she says. “I attended the symphony, and I look forward to seeing the ballet.” Sun Health at Home members can enjoy many organized events, seminars and learning opportunities that occur each month. “Barbara has been getting to know other Sun Health at Home members and developed great new friendships,” Barbara Mason says. “She’s inspiring others to make changes in their own lives.”

Stay active


Even after losing her husband, Barbara Piggot continues to be upbeat and stay productive. The Sun City West resident is channeling her energy and putting more effort into creating a home she truly enjoys. “I recently completed some landscaping and added an outdoor fire pit, and I am preparing to renovate the interior of my home soon,” she says. “I also plan to purchase a new car and travel more this year.” Barbara rescued a small dog and is truly enjoying her new companion as she continues to thrive independently. “I’ve committed to making this the year of transformation,” she says. “There’s no time like the present to make some positive changes.”

Barbara recently rescued her dog Cali Rose

Want to learn more about Sun Health at Home? Join us for a no-obligation Discovery Seminar. Events are held at the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, 14719 W. Grand Ave., in Surprise • Wednesday, January 10 at 2 p.m. • Thursday, January 18 at 11 a.m. • Tuesday, January 23 at 2 p.m. • Wednesday January 31 at 1 p.m. Visit or call 623-227-HOME (4663) to RSVP

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Through giving, Dr. Phyllis Swanson supports education and community needs


t a time when women did not yet pursue degrees in the sciences, teach at the university level or advance into leadership positions, Dr. Phyllis Swanson did all three. A pioneer in her field, she enjoyed a decades-long career doing what she loved – teaching medical students and being involved with young people. In retirement, the Grandview Terrace resident is grateful to have a range of different passions to pursue. Whether honing her skills as an artist, leading group discussions or supporting the employee scholarship program, Phyllis is thankful for the 8 LiveWell • The Sun Health Way

supportive environment that has enabled her to “flourish” since moving into the community. “I find that I have been as productive as I have ever been in any other 10-year period of my life,” Phyllis says. That’s saying something. A committed and driven student early on, Phyllis ultimately earned a Ph.D. in physiology. She launched a career as a university professor and enjoyed teaching at two medical schools over three decades. Through the years, women often thanked the pioneer for helping pave the way for their education and career opportunities. Phyllis also devoted herself to being a wife and mother. She

and her first husband raised two children together until he passed away. When Phyllis remarried, she welcomed eight stepchildren into her life. Phyllis relocated to Sun City West in 1987 and has been a Grandview Terrace resident for 10 years. For the past two years, she has lived in one of the community’s assisted living residences. Phyllis has focused her time at Grandview Terrace on the arts, education and giving back to the community. With the help of CNA Mark Evertsen, Phyllis has created dozens of paintings, and has donated many to residents and employees. She has also enjoyed


By Susie Steckner

“Whenever you're in a community and receiving the things that the community does for you, you should return the favor.” leading current events discussions. For three years, Phyllis served as president of the Grandview Terrace Scholarship committee, which provides educational scholarships to employees. Since the program’s inception in 2001, donors have given more than $500,000 to support the scholarships. Phyllis and her committee served as an example and model for Sun Health’s sister communities, and now The Colonnade and La Loma Village have similar programs. Phyllis has personally supported the scholarship program with a unique gift to Sun Health Foundation, a pledge from the earnings of her retirement fund for as long as she lives. Similar endowments can also be established to ensure support of other vital programs, says Pamela Kohnen, senior development director for the Foundation. Sun Health Foundation donors have funded nursing education since 1980. Last year, the Foundation awarded $200,000 in scholarships to nurses and aspiring nurses. In the past, friends of Sun Health have established endowment gifts, which provide continued support from the earnings. Community Wellness programs, which run the gamut from diabetes management classes to the memory care navigator program and scholarship programs, have benefited from this type of generosity. Phyllis says she chooses to support the employee scholarship program to show her appreciation for her quality of life at Grandview Terrace and Sun Health’s “responsiveness and consistent efforts” to meet the needs of the residents. “Whenever you're in a community and receiving the things that the community does for you,” she says, “you should return the favor.”



his is the time of the year that many people give and receive. We know that your decision to support Sun Health Foundation’s mission comes from the heart. Take a look below, and mark your calendar, so you can ensure the timing of your gift.

Pamela Gralton Kohnen, MNM Senior Development Director Sun Health Foundation 623-832-5735

2017 Gift Deadlines Accomplish the following to ensure that your gift is eligible for a charitable deduction this year. 1) Give cash. Mail your check and ensure it is postmarked before Dec. 31, which falls on a Sunday this year. 2) Give appreciated stock. Complete the entire transfer of securities to us electronically so we receive them by Dec. 29, the last business day of the year. 3) Make a gift from your IRA. If you are 70½ or older, you can transfer any amount up to $100,000 directly from your IRA by Dec. 29. If you have not yet taken your required minimum distribution for the year, your IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy all or part of that requirement (up to $100,000). 4) Donate tangible personal property Please contact us so that we can help you determine if your gift will help us further our mission. If so, make sure you deliver the donated property before Dec. 31. By making a donation today, you can help Sun Health Foundation focus on our charitable mission and goals. And as you search for the perfect gift for a loved one, remember that a year-end charitable gift in his or her name is deeply appreciated.

Discover Your Giving Options To learn more about supporting Sun Health Foundation, please call 623-832-5330 or visit Information provided by The Stelter Company January 2018 • 9


Seniors and Driving


Warning signs to watch for and how to gently approach the discussion to retire from driving

By Alison Stanton

s people get older, a number of issues can affect their ability to drive safely. “The natural aging process can impact a wide variety of areas related to driving, and this process is different for all of us,” says Jenny Nordine, an occupational therapist and certified driver rehabilitation specialist with Driving to Independence. While Jenny has seen people in their 80s still doing a great job behind the wheel, health issues like declines in night vision, macular degeneration, cognition and memory problems, a decline in strength and muscle mass and/or slow decision making can all come into play and cause someone to have difficulty driving. “Family members and friends of older adults should be aware of the many warning signs that people should probably park their car permanently,” Jenny says. “A good example is when Mom comes back home and is exhausted after her drive, even first thing in the 10 LiveWell • The Sun Health Way

morning. Fatigue often results from stress,” she says. “Other red flags are when an older parent says something like ‘You know, other drivers always seem to be honking out there,’ or if you spot dings in the car or on one side of the garage where they hit the stucco.” All states currently have some form of a medical review program, which Jenny says can help determine if older adults should still be behind the wheel. For example, if someone has a diagnosis like a stroke or Parkinson’s disease, the physician is required to fill out a Physical Examination Report with the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles. As for how to approach an older driver about the possibility of giving up the keys, Jenny advises broaching the potentially touchy topic with solutions in mind. “When recommending driving retirement for people, have a guide that shows transportation resources, or let them know about a friend or other local person who they can count on for grocery shopping,” Jenny says, adding that sometimes seniors may be reluctant to ask for help.

“Tell mom that you or someone else will be there at 2 p.m. every other Tuesday and will help her for three hours to do anything she needs to do, from going to lunch to doctor’s appointments.” Appealing to the older driver’s desire to save money can also be helpful. “Many older folks are very careful with their money, so you can talk about the economics of owning the vehicle and how they might be able to get $5,000 if they sold it—in addition to saving on gas, maintenance and insurance.” For additional help and information, Jenny suggests reading the “Clinician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling the Older Driver,” available available online at NOTE: This link is case sensitive. For information about local transportation resources, contact Northwest Valley Connect at 623-282-9300 or See sidebar on page 11 for more information.



f you are considering retiring from driving and looking for area resources, the following information and classes may be helpful to you.

Northwest Valley Connect (NVC) Call 623-282-9300 or visit for assistance in meeting your transportation needs and to learn more about donating a vehicle. NVC offers: • Assistance in Locating Area Transportation Resources: NVC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing transportation information, group trips and volunteer rides for seniors and those with disabilities. •

Vehicle Donations: Many nonprofits, including NVC, will accept vehicle donations and use the proceeds to fund community services while providing you with a welcomed tax deduction.

Upcoming Classes: The following classes are presented as a community service by Sun Health in partnership with other local organizations. Registration is required. Call 623-207-1703 to register.

Memory Loss: When to Take the Keys Thursday; Jan. 18; 9 a.m. to noon Grace Bible Church, 19280 N. 99th Ave., Sun City A full description of this half-day seminar is available on page 12. Registration is required.

A Chuckle a Day Keeps the Doctor Away


n recognition of Global Belly Laugh Day on January 24, Sun Health reminds you that laughter and smiling can have an instant positive effect on your health and wellbeing. Recent scientific studies have proven that humor can reduce pain, decrease stress and improve quality of life. Researchers believe the ability to laugh — either naturally or as a learned behavior — has important implications regarding heart health, and have suggested that regular, hearty laughter be incorporated into our daily activities, much like eating right and engaging in physical activity. To learn more humor and health, attend the class Laughter & Your Health: Stand-Up Comedy, on Wed, Jan. 24. See page 13 for full details. Here are a few ideas to infuse humor into your daily routine: • Have lunch with a friend who makes you laugh. • Watch a funny video. • Visit a stand-up comedy club. • Read the comic section in the newspaper. • Retell a funny story to a friend. • Dance and sing to playful music. • Find humor sites online such as

Transportation Options for the Northwest Valley Monday, Feb. 5; 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sun City West Foundation – Webb Room, 14465 W. RH Johnson Blvd., Sun City West Join representatives from NVC and Valley Metro to learn about transportation options available to local residents. Speakers will discuss public transit options, Dial-a-Ride, wheelchair-accessible options and lowincome opportunities, and how to access each type of transportation. Registration is required.

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Banner Boswell/Chapman Conf. Room — Support Services, 2nd Floor, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City Banner Estrella/Conf. Room 3 — 9201 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix

Center for Health & Wellbeing — Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, 14719 W. Grand, Surprise Grace Bible Church — 19280 N. 99th Ave., Sun City Grandview Terrace H&R — Grandview Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center, 14505 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West

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BRAIN HEALTH Memory Loss: When to Take the Keys Thursday; Jan. 18; 9 a.m. to noon Join Dr. Bryan Spann & Lori Nisson of Banner Sun Health Research Institute and attorney Lora Johnson to learn about the neurological changes that impair driving, the legal perspective and how to address driving with family members with dementia. Panel discussion and resources available to answer your questions. Location: Grace Bible Church CANCER CARE Healthy Meal Prep for Cancer Fridays, Jan. 5 & 19; 10 to 11 a.m. Open to cancer survivors, family and friends, join Chef Debra of Cancer Support Community of Arizona to learn how to create easy and affordable dishes packed with antioxidants and flavor. Topics will be (1/5) Citrus Splendor and (1/19) Quick & Healthy Soups. Location: The Colonnade DIABETES CARE Prediabetes: Know If You Are at Risk & What You Can Do About It One out of three American adults has prediabetes, and most do not know it. Join Sun Health’s Rhonda Zonoozi to learn how people with prediabetes can prevent or delay diabetes with simple lifestyle changes. Thursday, Jan. 4; 9 to 10 a.m. Location: Center for Health & Wellbeing Thursday, Jan. 4; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Location: Banner Boswell/Chapman Conf. Room

purpose Room, 2nd Floor, 14154 Denny Blvd., Litchfield Park

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Diabetes Prevention (Prediabetes) Program The 16-week National Diabetes Prevention Program is a research-based program focused on weight management, nutrition, exercise and behavior modification for lifestyle changes to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes. Includes seven monthly maintenance sessions at conclusion of series. Call 623-832-WELL (9355) to register and inquire about the cost. Starts Thursday, Jan. 11: 9 to 10 a.m.; Center for Health & Wellbeing 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Banner Boswell/Chapman Conf. Room Diabetes Connection Support Group Monday, Jan. 15; 3 to 4 p.m. This monthly group is for those with diabetes or prediabetes to share and learn in pursuit of healthy living. Our topic will be “Starting the New Year with a New Outlook.” Registration is not required. Location: Center for Health & Wellbeing Diabetes Self-Management Education This accredited five-week course provides the guidance needed to help prevent or delay diabetic complications and improve overall health. This series is taught by Center for Health & Wellbeing certified diabetes educators. Please call 623-832-WELL (9355) to register and inquire about insurance coverage. Medicare and most insurance providers cover the fee for this series, which requires a physician referral. Registration deadline: Jan. 9. Starts Tuesday, Jan. 16: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Center for Health & Wellbeing 2 to 4 p.m.; Banner Boswell/Juniper Conf. Room Starts Wednesday, Jan. 17: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Banner Estrella/Conf. Room 3 HEALTH & WELLBEING 2018 Medicare 101 Workshop Susanne Tatz, an independent health insurance broker, will cover the ABC & D's of Medicare and the changes for 2018, including whether you qualify for "Extra Help" on prescriptions or Part B premiums. Monday, Jan. 8; 2 to 3:30 p.m. Location: The Colonnade Tuesday, Jan. 23; 10 to 11:30 a.m. Location: La Loma Village MPR

What’s Next? Create a Life of Your Choosing Wednesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 & 31; 10 to 11:30 a.m. Back by popular demand, Linda Burridge will lead you through a process to create your vision for personal change, reconfirm your values, strengths and passions and identify resources for support. Note: Registration for this four-class series requires 45 class credits ($45). Location: The Colonnade Grief & Loss Series Thursdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; Mar. 1; 9:30 to 11 a.m. The Grief Recovery Method® program, taught by Rev. David Klumpenhower, makes it possible to move on after loss, while also providing a safe environment, guidance and tools to help you lead a happier life. Note: Registration for this series requires 10 class credits for class book ($10). Location: Grandview Terrace H&R Staying Connected for Longevity & Quality of Life Monday, Jan. 22; 9:30 to 11 a.m. Kathy O’Connor from the Banner Sun Health Research Institute's Center for Healthy Aging will reveal new research about socialization and its impact on successful aging. Information will be provided and local resources will be on hand to learn about activities to help stay active and socially engaged. Part of the “Our Neighbor Network” Seminar Series. Location: SCW Foundation Building/Webb Room Laughter & Your Health: Stand-Up Comedy Wednesday; Jan. 24; 2 to 3:30 p.m. Love to laugh? Sun Health’s Rhonda Zonoozi will share the health benefits of laughter as stand-up comedian Silver Rose blends funny stories with one-liners from comics of yesterday, highlighted with videos and photos. Note: Registration for this class requires 20 class credits ($20). Location: The Colonnade HEART HEALTH Your Heart Valves Tuesday, Jan. 30; 2 to 3:30 p.m. Interventional cardiologist Divya Verma, MD, will explain how heart valve disease is diagnosed and share new advanced therapies that are available. Location: Banner Boswell/Juniper Conf. Room January 2018 • 13

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MEMORY CARE Dementia Caregiver Support Group Wednesdays, Jan. 3 & 17; 3 to 4 p.m. Marty Finley, MEd, Sun Health’s Memory Care Navigator, leads this support group specifically for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or any type of dementia. Registration is not required. Location: Grandview Terrace H&R Memory Training Wednesday, Jan. 17; 1 to 2:30 p.m. Laurie Fox, certified senior adviser, will lead this fun, interactive class for people who want to enhance and keep their memory strong. Location: Grandview Terrace H&R NUTRITION “Weigh” to Go! – An Introduction to Weight Loss Friday, Jan. 12; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Join Sun Health’s Registered Dietitian Susan Welter and Exercise Physiologist Rhonda Zonoozi to learn the benefits and strategies of successful weight loss. Attendees will also learn how to enroll in our upcoming “Weigh” to Go! 12-week weight loss program. Location: Center for Health & Wellbeing “Weigh” to Go! – Weight Loss Series Starts Friday, Jan. 26; 8:30 to 10 a.m. This 12-week interactive series is designed to help you safely lose and maintain weight through proven methods including healthy eating, increased activity and behavior modification. The series is taught by Susan Welter and Tracy Garrett, registered dietitians, and Rhonda Zonoozi, exercise physiologist. Call 623 832-WELL (9355) to register for this series and inquire about cost. Location: Center for Health & Wellbeing

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PHYSICAL FITNESS All classes held at Center for Health & Wellbeing Note: Physical fitness classes are offered in eight-class series. Registration for a series requires 40 class credits ($40). Chair Yoga Mondays – 8 to 9 a.m.; Series CY15: Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26 Chair yoga incorporates all of the benefits of a traditional yoga class with the added support of a chair. Mat Yoga Mondays – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Series MY1: Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26 Yoga helps you move easier, improve flexibility, build strength and reduce stress. Participants must be able to stand independently and to safely get up and down from the floor unassisted. Bring a mat or towel. Tai Chi Mondays – 11 a.m. to noon; Series TC15: Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb 5, 12, 19 & 26 Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art shown to improve strength and balance and help with stress reduction and relaxation. Strength Training for Health Mondays – 1 to 2 p.m.; Series ST15: Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26 This low-intensity class uses bands, body weight and other items to train the upper- and lower-body muscle groups. SAFETY Matter of Balance Fridays – Jan. 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar. 2 & 9, 2018; 2 to 4 p.m. Are you concerned about falling, or have you fallen in the past? Have you restricted activities because of the fear of falling? This eight-class evidence-based series is designed to reduce falls and the fear of falling while increasing activity levels among older adults. Note: Registration for this eight-class series requires 25 class credits ($25). Location: Grandview Terrace H&R

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8 to 9 a.m. • Mat Yoga (MY1); 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. • Tai Chi (TC15); 11 a.m. to noon • Strength Training (ST15); 1 to 2 p.m. • Diabetes Support Group; 3 to 4 p.m.

• Diabetes Self-

Management; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (1 of 5) • Diabetes SelfManagement; 2 to 4 p.m. (1 of 5)

8 to 9 a.m.

• Mat Yoga (MY1); 9:30 to

10:30 a.m.

• Tai Chi (TC15); 11 a.m. to noon • Strength Training (ST15);

1 to 2 p.m.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (1 of 5) • Create a Life of Your Choosing; 10 to 11:30 a.m. (2 of 4) • Memory Training; 1 to 2:30 p.m. • Dementia Support Group; 3 to 4 p.m.

24 • Diabetes Self-

• Diabetes Self-

Management; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (2 of 5) • 2018 Medicare 101 Workshop; 10 to 11:30 a.m. • Diabetes SelfManagement; 2 to 4 p.m. (2 of 5)

29 • Chair Yoga (CY15);


• Diabetes Self-Management;



8 to 9 a.m. • Mat Yoga (MY1); 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. • Staying Connected; 9:30 to 11 a.m. • Tai Chi (TC15); 11 a.m. to noon • Strength Training (ST15); 1 to 2 p.m.

10 • Create a Life of Your

8 to 9 a.m. • Mat Yoga (MY1); 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. • Tai Chi (TC15); 11 a.m. to noon • Strength Training (ST15); 1 to 2 p.m. • 2018 Medicare 101 Workshop; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Management; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (2 of 5) • Create a Life of Your Choosing; 10 to 11:30 a.m. (3 of 4) • Laughter & Your Health; 2 to 3 p.m.

30 • Diabetes Self-

Management; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (3 of 5) • Your Heart Valves; 2 to 3:30 p.m. • Diabetes SelfManagement; 2 to 4 p.m. (3 of 5)

31 • Diabetes Self-

4 • Prediabetes: Knowing If

Group; 3 to 4 p.m.

Management; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (3 of 5) • Create a Life of Your Choosing; 10 to 11:30 a.m. (4 of 4)


You Are at Risk; 9 to 10 a.m. • Prediabetes: Knowing If You Are at Risk; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

5 • Healthy Meal Prep;

10 to 11 a.m.

Note: Fri. exercise classes continue from prior month. Next series begins on February 9, 2018

11 • Diabetes Prevention

Program; 9 to 10 a.m. (1 of 16) • Grief & Loss Series; 9:30 to 11 a.m. (1 of 8) • Diabetes Prevention Program; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; (1 of 16)

12 • “Weigh” to Go!

Introduction; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

18 • Memory Loss: When to Take

the Keys ; 9 a.m. to noon • Diabetes Prevention; 9 to 10 a.m. (2 of 16) • Grief & Loss Series; 9:30 to 11 a.m. (2 of 8) • Diabetes Prevention; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (2 of 16)

19 • Healthy Meal Prep;

10 to 11 a.m.

• Matter of Balance;

2 to 4 p.m. (1 of 8)

25 • Diabetes Prevention;

9 to 10 a.m. (3 of 16) • Grief & Loss Series; 9:30 to 11 a.m. (3 of 8) • Diabetes Prevention; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (3 of 16)

26 • “Weigh” to Go!; 8:30 to

10 a.m. (1 of 12)

• Matter of Balance;

2 to 4 p.m. (2 of 8)



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