Surprise-based Sun Health Foundation is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from The Board of Visitors for the benefit of Sun Health’s Memory Care Navigator Program.
The grant will help ensure access to the program’s critical education and support services for a growing number of families facing an Alzheimer’s disease or related diagnosis.
“We are so grateful to the Board of Visitors for their generosity and their heart-felt support that will make a difference in so many lives,” said Gina W. Ore, the Foundation’s chief philanthropy officer. “Donations to the Generosity for Generations Campaign are vital to ensuring this program continues to meet community needs and is provided at no charge to clients.”
“The Board of Visitors is proud of our history supporting the healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly for over 100 years, said Patti Tucker, chairman of the Board of Visitors. “It is a privilege to partner with Sun Health Foundation and support all the work Sun Health is doing for families afflicted with memory loss. Thank you for assisting the most vulnerable members in our community.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Arizona, and the impact is expected to rise. A total of 150,000 people aged 65 and older are living with the disease, and 257,000 family caregivers bear the burden.
When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it’s essential to find the right road map to support families in their journey. Every day, the Memory Care Navigator program assists families in need as they face the new realities of their changing lives.
The Memory Care Navigator program is dedicated to serving more people in need, and the grant will help them do just that. The program’s goals in 2022 include increasing new referrals by approximately 30% to 450 new referrals, and to increase current and former client connections by 15% to approximately 1,840 connections.
“If people don’t have access to navigation and support, then they are trying to get through very choppy waters alone,” said navigator Marty Finley, M.Ed.
The Board of Visitors is Arizona’s oldest women’s charitable organization to support nonprofits in the greater Phoenix community that serve healthcare needs.
For information about Sun Health Foundation and the Generosity for Generations Campaign, visit SunHealthFoundation.org/generosity, or call 623-471-8500.
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