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Celebrating Your Health & Lifestyle

April 2017

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A 'Philanthropic Heart'

Sun City resident shares her time, talent and treasure to bless others

Buon Appetito

Sun Health Senior Living dining options reflect the latest culinary trends

Help While

Healing For our community friends

Comforting Reassurance Sun Health at Home supports member during, after emergency surgery

Care Transitions program focuses on patient support after hospitalization

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t Sun Health, every day I see innovation and caring in action. It may be in the form of an individual employee going the extra mile, or the generosity of a community member providing a well-planned contribution in support of a new program. We like to say that we are “caring for the health of a community, one person at a time.” In each monthly issue of LiveWell, we attempt to bring you examples of our service to the community. The stories in LiveWell are about your friends and neighbors, and we hope you enjoy reading them. One special friend of Sun Health Foundation is Dr. Jeanne Blanchet, who serves a variety of nonprofit organizations through regular volunteer work and generous financial support. You will love learning about Jeanne, who is an accomplished author and pianist and longtime supporter of Sun Health Foundation.

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Our newest program, Sun Health at Home, continues to deliver on its promises to our members. This innovative program provides services that support individuals so that they can remain in their homes safely and confidently as they age. For Sun Health at Home member Jacqueline Sorad, the program helped her receive the care she needed both in the hospital and during recovery at home.

Sun Health Senior Living System Executive Chef Tom Smith shares his views on culinary trends and how they are inspiring our menus on our campuses. Chef Tom and his team are committed to preparing fresh, healthy food that is never boring, always responding to what our diners are seeking. You will discover how Sun Health Care Transitions stepped in at a critical time to help Don and Joyce Grover after Don had open-heart surgery. The program is designed to help patients manage their health conditions on their own so they have a reduced risk of returning to the hospital, while gaining peace of mind in the process. Lastly, I am excited to announce that we have launched a full companion website for LiveWell magazine. In addition to enabling us to expand our audience reach, we will be able to feature expanded content, additional photos, video and many other features you can't get anywhere else. Please take a few minutes to view LiveWell online at and let us know what you think. Stay Healthy,

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April 2017, Issue 20 SUN HEALTH 14719 W. Grand Avenue Surprise, AZ 85374 623.832.5350

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SUN HEALTH FOUNDATION 623.832.5330 SUN HEALTH SENIOR LIVING 623.236.3767  randview Terrace  G 623.975.8014  L a Loma Village 623.537.7521  T he 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 Joe La Rue, Exec. VP Sharon Grambow, Exec. VP and COO Sun Health Senior Living Jennifer Drago, Exec. VP-Population Health


Help While Healing


A ‘Philanthropic Heart’


Comforting Reassurance


Healthy U



Sun Health at Home Wellness Coordinator supports member during, after emergency surgery

Ron Austerlade, Chief Marketing Officer

Sun Health Senior Living dining options reflect the latest culinary trends

Sun City resident shares her time, talent and treasure to bless others

Buon Appetito

Sun Health Care Transitions Program focuses on patient support after hospitalization

Sharon Thornton, E xec. VP and Chief Philanthropy Officer

SUN HEALTH MARKETING Ken Reinstein, Marketing Dir. John Tucker, Public Relations Jennifer Alexander, Design Danielle Kuskowski, Programs


Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani recently showed off his cooking talent at The Colonnade

Sun Health Community Education class listings, events & activities

Healthy U Calendar

April classes & events at a glance

Jacqueline Sorad


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This Month's Recipe On the Cover: Sun Health Care Transitions Nurse Krysta Roseberry visits Don and Joyce Grover in their home

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Help While


Sun Health Care Transitions

Program focuses on supporting patients after hospitalization By Gretchen Pahia


hen Surprise resident Don Grover had open-heart surgery in January he and his wife Joyce realized they had questions they didn't think to ask before leaving the hospital. The care Don received at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, during a nearly weeklong stay was excellent, but continuing his recovery at home came with uncertainty and anxiety. That is when nurse Krysta Roseberry and the team from Sun Health Care Transitions stepped to support the Grovers. “We feel like home is the best place to help the patients heal,” Krysta says. “We don’t want them in the hospital any longer than they need to be. We provide education and emotional support, answer questions and are there for them as they need us.” Sun Health Care Transitions is an evidence-based program that focuses on helping patients to self-manage their health conditions and break the cycle of readmissions by assisting them during the critical period after they are discharged from the hospital. As part of this program, Care Transition team members will review patients’ medication regimens, educate them on their conditions, connect them with community resources and ensure timely physician follow-up care. The program has served thousands of patients to date, especially those with chronic conditions such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes, which increases their risk for readmission. At first, Don and Joyce were apprehensive about the athome visit with Krysta. “Our first question was, ‘Who is going to pay for this?’” Don says. 4 LiveWell

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Krysta quickly eased their minds and assured them that there were no out-of-pocket costs, as the expenses of the program were covered through a Medicare demonstration program and the generosity of donors to Sun Health Foundation. This was the first of many important topics Krysta discussed with the Grovers. “When Krysta came over, the anxiety in the room dropped about 3,000 percent,” Don says. “She answered all of our questions, was very caring and spent more time with us than I know she had. That was appreciated.” For the couple, married 53 years, Krysta and other care transitions nurses were a saving grace. Joyce says that as soon as the team stepped in, things didn’t seem so scary and they knew they could count on support. “I felt so much less anxiety” Joyce says. “Even when I called over to speak with Krysta and she wasn’t available, the other nurses were great to work with. Then, she came to our home the next day just to check on us. She is quite a gal.” Sun Health Care Transitions has served more than 11,000 patients since November 2011. The program has a hospital readmission rate of 7.81 percent, compared to the national Medicare average of 17.8 percent. Since the program began, Sun Health Care Transitions has saved $12.7 million in avoided costs due to decreased readmissions. Additionally, the Sun Health program’s success was featured at a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Quality Conference in December 2016. For more information about Sun Health Care Transitions, visit To support the program through Sun Health Foundation, please call 623-832-5330 or visit

Stress Less


as You Recuperate


f you or a loved one has experienced a hospitalization or significant health event, you know that the recovery period can be a stressful and challenging time. Here are some tips to help you as you regain strength and begin to feel better. • See your primary care physician (PCP) within the first one to two weeks after a hospitalization so he or she can be sure you’re recovering properly. Tell your doctor about new diagnoses and medications that were prescribed during your hospital stay. • Ask your PCP about warning signs to look for and when it is appropriate to call for guidance. Identifying symptoms early and notifying your PCP can often alleviate the need for an emergency visit or repeat hospitalization. • If you have a new diagnosis, do your homework. Speak to health care professionals to make sure you understand the diagnosis and any special diet, precautions or monitoring needs. • Ask friends or family for help with tasks such as grocery shopping or a ride to the physician or pharmacy. You may need extra support during this time. • Reach out to clergy and friends to maintain social connections. If you haven’t resumed your normal activities, you may feel depressed. Be sure to notify your PCP if “the blues” persist. • To locate community resources that can help you, call Our Neighbor Network, a free West Valley information and referral service, at 623-832-4ONN (4666). • Be patient and give yourself and your body time to heal. Rest and take good care of yourself!

Selected by Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Tracy Garrett from the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing for its stress-relieving properties

Quinoa & Chia Oatmeal Mix

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2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup rolled wheat and/or barley flakes

1 cup quinoa

1 cup dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries and/or chopped apricots

1/2 cup chia and/or hemp seeds

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon salt


1. To make the hot cereal dry mix: Combine oats, wheat and/or barley flakes, quinoa, dried fruit, seeds, cinnamon and salt in an airtight container. 2. To make 1 serving of hot cereal: Combine 1/3 cup Quinoa & Chia Oatmeal Mix with 1 & 1/4 cups water (or milk) in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened, 12 to 15 minutes. Let stand covered for 5 minutes. Stir in a sweetener of your choice and top with nuts and/or more dried fruit, if desired. Makes 1 cup.

Nutritional Information: Serving size: 1/3 cup dry mix 196 calories, 4 g fat(1 g sat), 6 g fiber, 35 g carbohydrates, 6 g protein, 37 mcg folate, 0 mg cholesterol, 8 g sugars, 0 g added sugars, 6 IU vitamin A, 0 mg vitamin C, 59 mg calcium, 2 mg iron, 149 mg sodium, 247 mg potassium For more healthy recipes, visit Recipe originally appeared in: EatingWell Magazine, Nov/Dec 2016

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Sun City resident shares her time, talent and treasure to bless others “I support many charities, and Sun Health is really one of the best,” she said. “I can’t think of a better cause than to support Sun Health and all the wonderful work the Foundation is doing.” Jeanne has enjoyed a full life that she shared for many years with her late husband Bill. She nurtured numerous passions and was fortunate to see them play out in both the classroom and community. A retired educator, Jeanne earned her Ph.D. in Asian Studies, lived in Japan for five years, and focused her career on teaching at the university level. She also showed a great affinity for languages and speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Chinese. Never one to stop learning, Jeanne is currently mastering conversational Greek through an online program. But education isn’t the only passion that has taken center stage in Jeanne’s life. Early on, Jeanne developed a love for the arts, everything from art to literature to theater. She carved out time from her career for singing, playing piano, and writing. Jeanne recently published her 11th book, a novel

titled Man at the Cross Road (available through Amazon). The common thread throughout Jeanne’s life has been giving and sharing, said Bonnie Olsen, a development director for Sun Health Foundation. Jeanne offers a broad range of support for Sun Health Foundation. Jeanne is a volunteer at Banner Boswell Medical Center, serving as a patient liaison and guided imagery practitioner. She has made financial contributions to support various Sun Health programs and the Banner Sun Health Research Institute, which conducts research in age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Jeanne has also included Sun Health Foundation in her estate. There’s no question why Sun Health tops the list of organizations that Jeanne supports. “They do so much to enhance the quality of life of people,” she said. “They are helping people right here in the community.” Bonnie said it’s easy to see that Jeanne has a “philanthropic heart.” “I like to think I do,” Jeanne said. “I like to help people as much as I can.”

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r. Jeanne Blanchet has lived a life rich with family and friends, as well as professional successes and worldwide travel. Through it all, she has committed to sharing her blessings and supporting her community. Her philanthropy has taken many forms. Jeanne regularly volunteers and generously contributes to several nonprofit organizations, including Sun Health Foundation. An accomplished author and pianist, she has also offered her talents – whether composing a song or writing a work of fiction - to help enrich others’ lives. “I’ve been blessed to have a lot of opportunity,” Jeanne said. “I am grateful for wonderful parents who set that example of giving and caring for other people, and trying to make their lives better through the causes they support.” Sun Health Foundation is particularly close to Jeanne’s heart. A longtime supporter, she has seen the evolution of the foundation and its far-reaching impact in the community.

By Susie Steckner

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50th anniversary is considered “golden,” dating back to the Roman Empire when wives received a golden wreath from their husbands. It’s a special recognition of something that has stood the test of time. We’re proud of the work of Sun Health and Sun Health Foundation over the last 50 years, and wanted to update you on the “50/50 Campaign” initiative designed to honor our 50th anniversary and build support through legacy gifts.

By Sharon Thornton, JD, LL.M, Exec. VP and Chief Philanthropy Officer 623-832-5582

As we mentioned in November, the goal of the campaign is to identify 50 new donors who have designated Sun Health Foundation in their estate for a gift of any size. To date, we have identified 33 donors, but we’re looking for a few more. Our campaign is scheduled through June 2017, the end of our fiscal year.

Can we count on your support? Many estate gifts are unrestricted in nature, giving future boards of directors the ability to determine the best use of the funds. We hope you will join our campaign to strengthen our sustainability. You will be joining thousands of others in continuing the legacy of support, including those pictured below who helped Sun Health secure its first million dollar campaign goal in 1969, paving the way to the opening of Walter O. Boswell Memorial Hospital in 1970. For more information about how to include the Foundation in your estate plans, contact me at 623-832-5582.

Million Dollar Goal Topped - December 16, 1969. Some members of the Community Hospital Fund Steering Committee to build the original Boswell Memorial Hospital left to right. V.H. Peterson, Byron Duncan, L.E. Coffman. Jr., E.H. Brainerd, Howard Vescelius, Landon B. Atkins, Oliver Lindmark, Carl H. Anderson, Stewart D. Griffeth, William A. Chapman, Harry J. Shaffer and William Prinsloo.

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Buon Appetito Sun Health Senior Living dining options reflect the latest culinary trends

Sun Health Senior Living executive chefs Kelvin Wong (The Colonnade), Tom Smith (System executive chef), Tracey McCarthy (Grandview Terrace) and Rodolfo Reyes (La Loma Village) with Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani

By Stephanie Conner


resh. Healthy. Never boring. That’s what Sun Health Senior Living residents can expect of their dining options. Keeping pace with the latest culinary trends is a top goal for Sun Health System Executive Chef Tom Smith, who oversees and supports all five kitchens in Sun Health Senior Living’s three communities. In October, Chef Tom completed a yearlong culinary enrichment and innovation program sponsored by the Culinary Institute of America and Hormel Foods. He was the first chef from Sun Health Senior Living to participate in the program. Chef Tom, who has been with Sun Health for more than 10 years, says seniors’ tastes and dining expectations have been evolving over the years — alongside foodies of all ages.

Smart Diners, Healthy Options

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nutrition, and they want to know what’s in their food.” For example, they want to know where the vegetables come from. Farm-to-table dining is a trend that transcends generations. “Local sourcing is really big,” Chef Tom notes. “Residents absolutely appreciate that.” In addition, Sun Health Senior Living residents have expressed interest in free-range chicken, cage-free eggs, non-GMO foods and sustainable seafood. Chef Tom and his chefs also respect special diets, such as gluten-free or vegetarian diets, and make sure they take special dietary needs into account. Communication is key, too, Chef Tom says. “The residents told me to stop putting fancy names on the menus,” he recalls. “They said, ‘Just tell us what it is.’” He has taken that to heart and works to make sure residents know what they’re getting when Chef Fabio Viviani shows off his they order their food. "Grandma’s meatballs" during a recent cooking demonstration for Sun Health Senior Living.

For more information about Sun Health Senior Living, visit or call 623-236-3767 The newly retired generation has a sophisticated yet straightforward palate, he says. “This generation wants healthy alternatives. They want fresh food,” he says. “They don’t want food that’s bathed in sauce or overcooked.” And, he says, they want that fresher food in smaller portions. To align with residents’ interest in health, Sun Health intends to take advantage of a Morrison Community Living technology to manage nutritional data and portion information, empowering residents to make educated decisions around their food.

Listening and Evolving

Residents were recently treated to two celebrity chef visits, in conjunction with Morrison Community Living. Grandview Terrace residents enjoyed a live cooking demonstration from Chef Jehangir Mehta, a renowned restaurateur and Iron Chef competitor. Meanwhile, Chef Fabio Viviani, a restaurateur and Top Chef fan favorite, visited all three communities, doing pasta demos and talking about health. “Our residents get to learn and see what’s out there,” Chef Tom says. A discussion around Himalayan pink salt with Chef Fabio sparked the residents’ interest, so Sun Health ordered pink salt for the tables. Chef Tom and his chefs regularly go into the dining rooms at the three Sun Health Senior Living communities. They talk with residents and listen to what they want. As Sun Health works to stay ahead of the food curve, Chef Tom thinks about his own parents. “If my mom and dad were to move into a community like this, I would want them to feel like they’re on vacation every day,” he says. “All of our chefs and cooks do this for the residents. We try to stay on top of everything. … We’re evolving to be better all the time.”


Social Engagement, One Meal at a Time


t Sun Health Senior Living communities, we’re always focused on innovation. We take pride in knowing the latest trends in health and wellness, whether it’s about exercise or the top senior living designs. Our latest effort should not surprise anyone. We are continuing to refine our dining offerings through our partnership with Morrison Community Living, which provides hospitality services to the senior living industry. Our residents have high expectations for healthier meals, creative menus, celebrity chef experiences, and more. So do we! But satisfying “foodies” isn’t our only goal. We also want to enhance residents’ social wellbeing. That’s a key piece of Masterpiece Living®, a cultural approach to healthy and successful aging that guides us at Sun Health Senior Living. Through this approach, we believe that more is possible as we age through a focus on the four key components of social, physical, intellectual and spiritual engagement. Healthy eating has many benefits, including improving moods, boosting energy, combating disease, controlling weight and increasing longevity. But it also plays a vital social engagement role. Our goal is to always provide a delicious, healthy meal, creatively presented and served in welcoming environments. We combine that with friendly staff and executive chefs who are experts at creating a high-end dining experience. By creating these environments, we help build and strengthen social connections, which can foster conversation, lead to new relationships and perhaps an interest in new activities. All of this meets some element of our Masterpiece Living focus, which has been shown to enhance a person’s health span. So buon appetito!


Jackie Lusson, Corporate Director of Sales for Sun Health Senior Living 623-236-3767 or

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with nurses and physicians to ensure Jacqueline received the care she needed, not only at the hospital but also at home.

Coordinated care

At the local hospital, Jacqueline underwent a series of tests to determine the cause of her pain. She was accompanied by Jennifer Keiser, wellness coordinator, who met Jacqueline in the emergency room. “I was able to speak to the nurse and reassure Jacqueline that I would help her navigate the system,” Jennifer, who is also a social worker, says. Jennifer assisted with the registration and admittance process, provided Jacqueline’s medication list to hospital personnel and reached out to her emergency contacts to alert them of the situation. She also called a friend to check on Jacqueline's cat at home. Test results indicated that Jacqueline urgently needed surgery to remove her gallbladder.

Comforting Reassurance

Sun Health at Home supports a member before and after surgery, and year-round


By Meghann Finn Sepulveda

hile many people were baking pies and brining turkeys on the day before Thanksgiving, Jacqueline Sorad was at home experiencing severe abdominal pain. The Sun Health at Home member called the 24/7 Member Line and was quickly connected to a wellness coordinator who recommended she go to the emergency room. The Sun Health at Home team quickly mobilized, communicating and collaborating 10 LiveWell

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Personalized support

Following the procedure and throughout the night, Jennifer received updates from the nurses taking care of Jacqueline. A few days later when Jacqueline was discharged from the hospital, Sun Health at Home arranged for her transportation home. Jennifer says. “Once she was settled at home, we discussed the need for a caregiver, reviewed the new medication and made a grocery list.” Jennifer went to the supermarket and picked up a few items. She also contacted The Colonnade, Sun Health’s nearby Life Care community, and ordered some meals to go, which were picked up and delivered to Jacqueline. Nurses from the Sun Health Care Transitions program, another community wellness program offered by Sun Health, also supported Jacqueline after her discharge. (For more about this program, see the article on page 4.) As a widow who lost her husband seven years ago, Jacqueline appreciated the help and coordination of services. “When you are alone, you want and need support,” she says. “It’s comforting.”

Sun Health at Home member Jacqueline Sorad and Wellness Coordinator Jennifer Keiser

Reassurance for Independence

“It was an all-encompassing experience, not only when I needed help in the hospital, but also when I came home,” she says. Following her recovery, Jacqueline recognized this was an opportunity to take steps toward maintaining her overall health. She turned to Jennifer once again, who helped her register for Sun Health’s eight-week Matter of Balance class, designed to teach strategies to reduce falls and the fear of falling while increasing activity levels among older adults.

Commitment to Aging in Place

Sun Health at Home is dedicated to offering highly personalized support and coordinated services designed to allow seniors to remain in their homes, safely and confidently, as they get older. While the program focuses on health, wellness and sustaining a member’s lifestyle in the comfort of his or her own home, it also provides members with support and services in emergency situations. People like Jacqueline, who are age 55 and older, living independently and in reasonably good health, can apply for a Sun Health at Home membership, which includes a one-time investment and a monthly fee based on age and the membership option chosen. Joining Sun Health at Home gives Jacqueline a support system that's close at hand if she needs it. to learn more about Sun Health at Home “I chose the program because I want to be able to stay in my house , Events are held at the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, even as I age and my needs change,” 14719 W. Grand Ave., in Surprise, unless noted otherwise. she says.

Join us for a Discovery Seminar

• Tuesday, April 4 at 10 a.m.

• Thursday, April 20 at 1 p.m.

• Monday, April 10 at 3 p.m.

• Thursday, April 27 at 2 p.m.


• Wednesday, April 19 at 1 p.m. Palm Valley Community Center, 14145 Palm Valley Blvd., Goodyear Visit or call 623-227-HOME (4663) to RSVP

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Register online Visit and click “Education” then “Register for Classes”

Register by phone Starting March 21 623-207-1703 except where noted CLASS SIZES ARE LIMITED. Events with fewer than

10 reservations are subject to cancellation. If you are unable to make a class you are registered for, contact us within two business days prior.

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LOCATION KEY: Arrowhead Health Center - 16222 N. 59th Ave., #A-100, Glendale

Banner Del E. Webb/Auditorium - 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, use the Louisa Kellam Center for Women's Health entrance. Banner Boswell/Chapman Conf. Room - Support Services 2nd floor, 13180 N. 103rd Dr. Sun City Banner Boswell/Juniper Conf. Room - Support Services, 2nd Floor, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City

Banner Boswell/Memorial Hall West - Support Services, 1st Floor, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City

General Registration Opens March 21!

BRAIN HEALTH Memory Training Wednesday, Apr. 19; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Laurie Fox, certified senior adviser, leads this fun, interactive class for people who want to enhance their memory and keep it strong. Location: La Loma Village H&R CANCER CARE Healthy Meal Prep for Cancer Friday, Apr. 7 or 21; 10 to 11 a.m. Create easy, affordable dishes packed with antioxidants and flavor. Topics are Spring Veggies (4/7) and Grains and Fiber (4/21). In partnership with Cancer Support Community Arizona. Location: Center for Health & Wellbeing DIABETES CARE Annual Diabetes Self-Management Training Friday, Apr. 7; 9 to 11 a.m. Designed for those who have previously completed Diabetes Self-Management Training, Sun Health’s certified diabetes educators will provide the latest recommendations as part of your annual Medicare/health insurance benefit for diabetes support. Please call 623-832-WELL (9355) by Apr. 4th to register. Fee is covered by most insurance plans. Location: Banner Boswell/Chapman Conf. Room

Banner Estrella/Conference Room 3 9201 W. Thomas Rd, Phoenix

Center for Health & Wellbeing - Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing 14719 W. Grand, Surprise Grandview Terrace H&R - Grandview Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center, 14505 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West

La Loma Village H&R - La Loma Village Health and

Rehabilitation Center, 14260 Denny Blvd., Litchfield Park

Litchfield Park Library - 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park

The Colonnade - 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise 12 LiveWell

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Diabetes Connection Support Group Monday, Apr. 17; 3 to 4 p.m. A monthly group for individuals who have diabetes or prediabetes to share and learn in the pursuit of healthy living. This month's topic is "Stress Reduction." Registration is not required. Location: Center for Health & Wellbeing

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Diabetes Self-Management Education This five-week course provides the guidance needed to help prevent diabetic complications and improve overall health. This series is taught by Sun Health’s certified diabetes educators. Please call 623-832-WELL (9355) to register and inquire about insurance coverage. The fee for this series is covered by Medicare & most insurance providers and requires a physician referral. Register at least one week prior to the start of the series.

Stress is the Mess That Comes with Living – Time to Clean it Up Monday, Apr. 10; 2 to 3 p.m. Pam McClarin, retired psychologist, examines the positive and negative aspects of stress, how your personality affects your reaction to stress and techniques to ‘live with’ stress. Location: Banner Boswell/Juniper Conf. Room

Starts Tuesday, Apr. 11: • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Center for Health & Wellbeing • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Banner Boswell/Juniper Conf. Room Starts Wednesday, Apr. 12: • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Banner Estrella/Conf. Room 3 • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Arrowhead Health Center

Mindfulness Matters Thursday, Apr. 13; 10 to 11:15 a.m. Gillian Hamilton, MD, from Hospice of the Valley, will teach mindfulness techniques to relieve anxiety, depression, pain and other medical conditions. Location: The Colonnade

HEALTH & WELLBEING Tour the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing Tuesday, Apr. 4; 11 a.m. to noon Tour the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing to learn about its services and meet the staff who can guide you on your journey toward health and wellbeing. Location: Center for Health & Wellbeing The Art of Resilience: A Community Health Event Wednesday, Apr. 5; 9 a.m. to noon Join Sun Health’s Center for Health & Wellbeing staff along with keynote speaker Dr. Michael Cofield for a morning of information and fun. Attendees may choose between various small group discussions and demonstrations on acupuncture, meditation, spiritual wellness, exercise and more. Registration is not required Location: The Colonnade Life after Stroke: 15 Things Caregivers and Stroke Survivors Should Know Thursday, Apr. 6; 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Join us for an informative discussion led by Charisse Barnes, stroke clinical program manager, about life after stroke, including rehabilitation, home safety, medication and community resources. Location: Banner Del E. Webb/Auditorium

Urinary Incontinence: Take Back Control Thursday, Apr. 20; 9 to 10 a.m. Do you leak urine when coughing or sneezing? Dr. Afshin Malaki discusses how to find the cause for your leakage and treatment options. Location: Banner Del E. Webb/Auditorium   HealthRhythms® Tuesday, Apr. 25; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Join AARP Arizona for a fun, free and interactive drum circle led by facilitator Frank Thompson. HealthRhythms® is an evidence-based program integrating recreational musicmaking with health promotion that can reduce stress levels, boost the immune system and promote a sense of joy and well-being. No musical experience required. Location: Center for Health & Wellbeing HEART HEALTH Is It Heartburn or Something Else? Thursday, Apr. 6; 9 to 10 a.m. Do you suffer from heartburn, reflux or GERD? You could have a serious problem that has not been diagnosed. General surgeon Matthew Lynch, MD, discusses diagnosis and treatments for these common conditions. Location: Banner Del E. Webb/Auditorium

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Taking Care of Your Heart Tuesday, Apr. 11; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mike DiSalvo, dedicated heart failure/progressive care pharmacist, will address “Lung Health and Education on Correct Inhaler Technique.” Location: Banner Boswell/Memorial Hall West Blood Pressure Checks Retired nurse volunteers are on site to check your blood pressure and answer any questions you may have. Registration is not required. Friday, Apr. 14; 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Apr. 19; 2 to 4 p.m. Location: Center for Health & Wellbeing MEMORY CARE Emotional Changes: Understanding the Symptoms Beyond Memory Loss Tuesday, Apr. 4; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Lori Nisson, LCSW, will help you better understand the common emotional changes that may occur in a person with Alzheimer’s disease to increase your level of empathy and reduce caregiver frustration. Location: Grandview Terrace H&R Dementia Caregiver Support Group Wednesdays, Apr. 5 & 19; 3 to 4 p.m. Marty Finley, MEd, 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 NUTRITION “Weigh” to Go! Weight Loss Series Starts Friday, Apr. 14; 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 and certified health coach. Call 623-832-WELL (9355) to register for this series and inquire about cost. Location: Center for Health & Wellbeing

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Mindful Eating Have you changed your eating habits for health reasons but lost the joy of eating? Join Sun Health dietitians in a mindful eating experience and learn how to eat with more intention and enjoyment to build a healthy relationship with food. Tuesday, Apr. 18; 6 to 7 p.m. Location: Litchfield Park Library Friday, Apr. 28; 2 to 3 p.m. Location: Center for Health & Wellbeing PHYSICAL FITNESS All classes held at Center for Health & Wellbeing Note: Physical fitness classes are offered in an eight-class series for $40. Class fees are nonrefundable (unless the class is canceled.) Chair Yoga Wednesdays – 8 to 9 a.m.; Series CY6: Apr. 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Jun. 7 & 14 Chair yoga incorporates all of the benefits of a traditional yoga class with the added support of a chair. Tai Chi Wednesdays – 11 a.m. to noon; Series TC6: Apr. 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Jun. 7 & 14 Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art shown to improve strength, balance and relaxation. Strength Training for Health Fridays – 11 a.m. to noon; Series ST6: Apr. 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; Jun 2, 9 & 16 This low-intensity class uses bands, body weight and other items to train the upper- and lower-body muscle groups. Yoga for Relaxation Wednesdays – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Series YR3: Apr. 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Jun. 7 & 14 Yoga involves paying attention to your breath, which can help you relax, feel less stressed and improve posture. Participants must be able to stand independently.

April Classes & Events At-A-Glance Mon


Wed 4

3 • Emotional Changes;

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. • Tour of Center for Health & Wellbeing; 11 a.m. to noon


9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (1 of 5) • Taking Care of Your Heart; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. • Diabetes Self-Management 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (1 of 5)

2 to 3 p.m.

17 • Diabetes Connection;

3 to 4 p.m.

18 • Diabetes Self-Management;

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (2 of 5) • Diabetes Self-Management; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (2 of 5) • Mindful Eating; 6 to 7 p.m.


• The Art of Resilience

Community Health Event; 9 a.m. to noon • Dementia Support Group; 3 to 4 p.m.

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (3 of 5) • HealthRhythms®; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. • Diabetes Self-Management; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (3 of 5)

6 • Is it Heartburn or

• Diabetes Self-Management

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (1 of 5) • Diabetes Self-Management; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (1 of 5)

9 to 11 a.m.

• Healthy Meal Prep for

Cancer; 10 to 11 a.m.

13 • Mindfulness Matters;

10 to 11:15 a.m.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (2 of 5)

• Memory Training;

• Chair Yoga (CY6); 8 to 9 a.m. • Yoga for Relaxation (YR3);

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. • Diabetes Self-Management; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (3 of 5) • Tai Chi (TC6); 11 a.m. to noon • Diabetes Self-Management; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (3 of 5)

• “Weigh” to Go;

8:30 to 10 a.m. (1 of 12) 10 a.m. to noon

20 • Urinary Incontinence;

21 • “Weigh” to Go;

8:30 to 10 a.m. (2 of 12)

9 to 10 a.m.

• Healthy Meal Prep for

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. • Diabetes Self-Management; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (2 of 5) • Blood Pressure Checks; 2 to 4 p.m. • Dementia Caregiver Support; 3 to 4 p.m.



• Blood Pressure Checks;


• Diabetes Self-Management;

7 • Annual Diabetes Training;

Something Else; 9 to 10 a.m. • Life after Stroke; 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.


25 • Diabetes Self-Management;



11 • Diabetes Self-Management

• Stress is the Mess;


Cancer; 10 to 11 a.m.


27 • "Weigh" to Go;

8:30 to 10 a.m. (3 of 12)

• Strength Training (ST6);

11 a.m. to noon

• Mindful Eating; 2 to 3 p.m.



Register online

Register by phone and click “Education” then “Register for Classes”

*except where noted

General Registration for April Classes Starts on March 21!


April 2017 •


ECRWSS Local Postal Patron


14719 W. Grand Avenue Surprise, AZ 85374 623.832.5350

Helping You Stay Healthy The Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing can help keep you healthy with our comprehensive suite of evidence-based health and wellness programs and services. Weight Management Programs

Proven lifestyle education, exercise and coaching provided in a group setting by a registered dietitian and exercise physiologist/health coach. Next session starts April 14th at our Surprise location!

Diabetes Prevention Program

Designed to help those with prediabetes make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.

Diabetes Self-Management Education

Provides diabetic patients with the skills and confidence needed to successfully manage their disease. DSME is covered by most insurance providers. New classes starting April 11th and 12th!

Fall Prevention & Balance Programs

Three proven programs that help participants to reduce risk of falling through education as well as increasing lower body & core strength and flexibility.

Nutritional Counseling

One-on-one sessions with a registered dietitian for a variety of conditions including diabetes and kidney disease. Covered by most insurance providers.

GREAT NEWS! For a limited time, scholarships are available for all of these services.

Call 623-832-WELL (9355) for more details and to register. 14719 W. Grand Avenue Surprise, AZ 85374

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April 2017