Kare Bears’ Korner

Don’t Miss the Annual Health and

Donna Blomquist, RN and Dee-Dee Patrick, MS, RN, Co-Directors of Health & Wellness, Kare Bears

The Kare Bears’ annual Health and Wellness Fair will be on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon in the Eagle’s Nest Ballroom and Palm Room.

It is that time of year again! Put on your comfortable shoes, grab your spouse, friend, or neighbor and head on over to the 2020 Kare Bears’ Health & Wellness Fair. You’ll find valuable information on how to stay healthy and get the most out of life.

This year’s exhibits will have something to offer almost everyone. With the focus being on health and wellness, we want to offer PC residents information and opportunities that will increase the quality of your lives. There will be alternative therapies to explore including acupuncture, massage, essential oils, CBD products, chiropractic treatment, and Osteopathic manipulative therapy.

Specialty medical practices include: audiology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, orthopedics, plastic surgery, podiatry, urology, and vascular medicine.

As in previous years, Goodyear Fire and Goodyear Police Departments will have representatives present. Our two local hospitals, Abrazo West Campus and Banner Estrella Medical Center will have exhibits, as well as Dignity Health Arizona General E.R. in Goodyear.

You can visit with therapy dogs and find out what it takes to become one of these valuable healing visitors. Many of the free support groups and clubs that are based here in PebbleCreek will be there for you to interface with on a one-to-one basis.

This year we have several new attendees including, but not limited to: Meals of Joy, AARP, the Lions Club, Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic, and Fine Fittings (breast prosthetics, wigs, and toppers). Several of the providers will offer experiential opportunities including venous ultrasound, blood pressure readings, spinal assessments, and massage.

There will be valet service available for those who cannot walk to the clubhouse from their parked car. However, since this is a very popular event, we recommend you carpool in order to ensure there is ample parking for all attendees.

Mark your calendars! We hope to see you at the Kare Bears’ Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m.–noon in the Eagle’s Nest Clubhouse.

Over 200 Teddy Bears Donated

Teri Sellers

It was truly a Beary Merry Christmas this year at the Kare Bear’s annual holiday party on Dec. 11. Admission to this special holiday event was a teddy bear. Residents were treated to a tasty appetizer plate and a table full of special holiday treats prepared by the Kare Bear bakers. Entertainment was provided by DJ Robert Wilson, who played Christmas carols while emcee Bob Young kept the party going. Kare Bear founder Rayma Scalzo shared with everyone the meaning of The Bear. A slide show of bears from the past reminded us all how special the bear is. Lastly, Pat Ingalls closed the party with a Christmas carol sing-along.

The bears left the party in the back of Bob Ewest’s truck and were delivered to Abrazo Hospital, the New Life Center, and the City of Goodyear for the Fill a Need program. As Kare Bears starts its silver anniversary year, we are happy to keep up the tradition of love and service not only to the residents of PebbleCreek, but to all the children who received the teddy bears this holiday season.

Coordinators Wanted

Janet Miazga

In a community where many of us have our friends and relatives elsewhere, we may find ourselves in occasional need of some type of assistance. It is comforting to know there are people who care.

We need coordinators for the following units:

1, 1A, 2 (need four), 5, 6, 18, 20, 23, 31, 35, 36 (need three),37, 44, 53, and 58.

This volunteer role does not take any skills but a genuine care for your neighbors. Here are the major responsibilities:

• Forward Kare Bears monthly newsletters (via email).

• Visit any newcomers (we have welcome packets).

• Visit those who are ill or had recent surgery (we have Get Well packets).

• Notify Kare Bears of a death in your unit (we provide a snack tray).

I have been a coordinator since 2007 for Unit 51. I honestly can say this task would not interfere with your present lifestyle in PebbleCreek. Visiting your neighbors as a Kare Bear Coordinator will vary depending on the above-mentioned responsibilities. Even picking up a gift from the Kare Bear house and delivering it to your neighbor (with, of course, time for chatting) would take no more than 15-30 minutes.

If you would like to discuss this in person please call 623-535-9877 or email me at caazbelonax@hotmail.com.

The Latest Technology in Heart Health

Teri Sellers

Kare Bear Presents is excited to be coordinating a few events with Life Long Learning this year.

Since February is Heart Health month, they will be featuring a presentation on Advances in Cardiac Care. Kare Bears has chosen to bring a speaker and his ‘tools’ to inform and show us the latest technology in in heart health.

Come learn about what’s hot and trending in heart health this year. Abrazo has some of the newest and greatest technology hitting the market. The presentation will cover the impact of inflammation on cardiovascular disease as well as the percutaneous placement of aortic and mitral valves. You will also learn about the larger role for wearable and implantable devices and the data they collect. In addition, Dr. Garg will teach us things to do to keep a healthy heart from diet, exercise, and medicine. Atrial fibrillation (AFib), heart failure, diabetes, and cardio-oncology will be among the most prominent disease areas where there will be new innovations.

Dr. Garg and his team will bring some of the medical devices that are used to help keep the heart healthy and functional. This will be a close up, hands on experience!

A little more about our speaker for February. Dr. Rajeev Garg is a skilled and considerate cardiologist in Avondale, AZ. Dr. Garg earned his medical degree from Dr. S.N. Medical College, with a Fellowships at the University of Missouri and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in cardiology at the University of Missouri. Board certifications include: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease (Internal Medicine), Interventional Cardiology (Internal Medicine), Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology, and National Board of Echocardiography.

Mark your calendar for Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. in the Eagle’s Nest Ballroom.

Admission and refreshments are free – provided by your Kare Bears!