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West Valley Hearing Loss Association to Host Presentation in Sun City 

Did you know? Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 has difficulty hearing according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Hearing loss is a common problem for older adults and those with hearing loss may find it hard to have conversations with friends and family. They may also have trouble understanding a doctor’s advice, responding to warnings, and hearing doorbells and alarms. Studies have also shown that aging adults with hearing loss have a greater risk of developing dementia than older adults with normal hearing.

Sun City is aware of the impact of hearing loss on it’s aging active adults and is seeking to help. The Hearing Loss Association of America’s West Valley Chapter will welcome Keri Reynolds, a bilateral cochlear implant recipient and an Outreach Manager with Med El, for a presentation on dementia and hearing loss on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 1-3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 12225 N. 103rd Ave., in Sun City.

Ms. Reynolds will talk about the link between dementia and hearing loss. This is a particularly important topic for individuals with hearing loss. Older people who can’t hear well may become depressed, or they may withdraw from others because they feel frustrated or embarrassed about not understanding what is being said. Sometimes, older people are mistakenly thought to be confused, unresponsive, or uncooperative because they don’t hear well. Hearing problems that are ignored or untreated can get worse but thankfully there are options such as hearing aids, special training, certain medicines, and surgery.

The Chapter will continue its meeting with a presentation about InnoCaption by Matt Goncalves and Cristina Duarte, founders of InnoCaption. InnoCaption is a free mobile app for Apple and Android smartphones, which provide real-time captioning on incoming and outgoing phone calls, for the oral deaf and the hard of hearing. Please bring questions and concerns, and family and friends to join the discussion.

For more things to do in Sun City or for information about available homes for sale in Arizona retirement communities, please contact Sharon Mason today! As full-service, full-time REALTOR© for RE/MAX Professionals, I specialize in Arizona retirement communities, Surprise Arizona and surrounding areas. I bring a strong combination of customer service, sales, market knowledge and marketing to benefit my clients and follow the highest standards of customer service and ethics to conduct business on your behalf!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 26th, 2019 11:09 AM
Enjoy the Last Spring Concert at Sun City Sun Bowl

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Why not enjoy the last spring concert at the Sun City Sun Bowl? This Sunday, May 6th at 7:00 pm Recreation Centers of Sun City hosts Chad Freeman and Redline at the Sun Bowl Amphitheater located at 10220 N 107th Ave, Sun City. Get your country goin’ on as they end the Sun Bowl season with one of the most talented and energetic bands in the west, Chad Freeman and Redline!

This group will get the crowd rockin’ for an evening full of highfalutin dancing fun! Chad Freeman and Redline burst onto the music scene in 2009 and quickly became one of the most recognized country/rock bands in the southwest. Combining their individual talents as well as passion for great music and showmanship, they have continued to grow throughout their tenure and have established themselves as a top performing band while performing at some of the larger venues and events not only in the Southwest, but across the nation as well. With regular performances in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Colorado and Texas, word has spread that for great country/rock music, CFR is the band you want to see at the Sun Bowl.

Gourmet food vendors arrive one and a half hours prior to show time for your dining pleasure at the Sun Bowl. Best of all this concert is free for RCSC Cardholders and their escorted guests only. Please be prepared to show your Member of Privilege Card (with photo) as no key fobs accepted. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair or blanket!

The Sun Bowl Amphiteathtre hosts numerous concerts, performances and other events geared towards the retirement communities of Sun City. If you’d like more information about upcoming events in Sun City or if you’re looking to sell or buy a home in an Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 3rd, 2018 2:17 PM
Catch the Motown Magic Sun City Show Tonight!

Looking for a something fun to do in Sun City this evening? If you’re a music lover who loves to boogie then you’ll definitely want to catch the Motown Magic Sun City show tonight! The show takes place at 7:00 pm at the Sun City Sundial Auditorium located at 14801 N. 103rd Ave. Sun City, AZ 85351 and is only $17 per person for Recreation Center of Sun City (RCSC) Cardholders and $20 per person for non-RCSC Cardholders.

Motown Magic is a solid-gold production that guarantees to have everyone out of their seats and dancing in the aisles! This show jives through the decades of Motown chart topping hit artists and groups like The Temptations, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and more. There’s little doubt the memories will help re-create the soulful musical memories before the night is out!

Tickets available at the Lakeview Clubs and Activities Office and doors open at 6:00pm. Unable to catch this show? Don’t despair! There’s a December ’63 concert taking place next Wednesday, February 6th at the Sun Dial where the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons comes to life in this re-creation of a Frankie Valli concert experience, showcasing all of your favorite songs including one-of-a-kind classics that have been thrilling audiences for decades along with the band’s most popular singles from the musical Jersey Boys.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Sundial Recreation Center; this active adult gem boasts amenities such as RCSC’s only indoor swimming pools, numerous concerts and special events and the center offers a large contingent of chartered clubs.

Please click here for a list of upcoming shows and activities taking place at the Sundial Auditorium in Sun City. Looking for more fun things to do in Sun City for retirees? Or are you seeking the perfect Arizona retirement community to call home? Contact Sharon Mason, your Arizona Retirement Expert, today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 31st, 2018 2:36 PM
Demand for Retirement Communities Growing in Arizona

Households age seventy-five and up in the United States are expected to grow forty-nine percent between 2020 and 2030, and despite there being several providers in the West Valley, average occupancy is above ninety percent for many, according to Vicky Ullery, marketing director for the Royal Oaks retirement community in Sun City, Arizona.

“The aging population is driving demand for senior living,” Ullery stated. “Although there are already several new communities that have recently opened and more under construction, over saturation will likely not occur in part due to the different socio economic markets each targets.”

Retirement and assisted living communities have continued to play a larger role in caring for the elderly in the past ten years and that role continues to grow. And there is likely room for growth in the middle- and lower-income markets. Communities not in campus settings — like Arizona Traditions, Happy Trails, Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Sun City, Ventana Lakes and Westbook Village — also see the competition for residents, but officials believe continued upgrades will keep residents buying in their communities.

“The field is always changing as new residents move into retirement,” stated Katy O’Grady, Recreation Centers of Sun City West operations services officer. “We strive to keep up with those changing desires, without forgetting our base.” Additionally, RCSC officials stay in tune with other retirement communities across the nation as to what they are doing and adding to their list of activities and amenities. RCSCW official maintain membership in recreation associations to help stay abreast to changing trends. They also watch what their competition in the age-restriction arena is doing as well.

Throughout the Valley, there are a variety of retirements community styles designed to meet the growing needs of aging adults. Campus-style retirement communities provide activities and amenities, but also health care and meal options. City-style communities are designed for people who still live independently in their own homes, with activities and amenities the only offerings from the management agency. However, both types of retirement communities face the competition for residents and the same need to maintain upgraded offerings.

If you’d like to learn more about Sun City local news or if you’re seeking the perfect Arizona retirement community to call home, please contact Sharon Mason today.

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Posted by Sharon Mason on August 12th, 2017 5:27 PM
New Sports Activities Spring Up for Sun City West Active Seniors

With the spring season upon us, now is the perfect time for active adults to get outside and get moving. Fortunately Sun City West residents have a variety of new sports activities to choose from which are ideal for residents of all skills and capabilities to keep the blood pumping and add years of enjoyment to the golden age of retirement. Here are the new sports activities that are increasing in popularity locally and nationally for Sun City West active seniors:

Pickleball: Recreation Centers of Sun City West officially opened their new pickleball courts with a ribbon cutting ceremony April 7th at R.H. Johnson Recreation Center, located at 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd. The new facility serves the community and one of its fastest growing clubs, the Sun City West Pickelball Club. Pickleball is a racquetsport, which combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. According to thte USA Pickleball Association theirs is among the fastest growing sport in the country.

Whisperball: Also referred to as wacquetball, or wimpy ball, whisperball is a modified version of racquetball. It employs the same court and racquet but with a slightly larger dense, foam ball. The rules are also modified to provide a game epxerience requiring less impact while still delivering on vigorous play. The game is slower and requires less upper body strenght to compete and enjoy, but still delivers a workout for those who have limited movement. Whipserball is played 3-5pm Mondays, Tuesday and Thursday at the racquetball courts at R.H. Johnson Recreation Center. Play is open to anyone with an RCSCW rec card.

Wii Bowling: At R.H. Johnson Recreation Center, and across the country, Wii bowling has grown exponentially in recent years - not just with the kids, but with active seniors ranging up to 100 years of age! A lot of players have been regular bowlers for decades, but limited mobility has kept some from playing. Wii bowling allows players to bowl digitally via a video game console, in a fun, safe space. the video game is so popular there are even leagues! The Wii bowling league at R.H. Johnson Lanes includes 164 players comprising forty-one league teams.

Which of these new sports activities in Sun City West sound the most fun to you? If you'd like more information about available memberships, leagues and other activities at the R.H. Johnson Recreation Center, please contact the Recreation Centers of Sun City West at 623-544-6100. for more things to do in Sun City West and Sun City, Arizona or if you are looking for a home in one of the many wonderful Arizona retirement communities, please contact Sharon Mason today.

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Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on May 1st, 2017 12:58 PM

Understanding the Sun City HOA 

If you are considering retirement in Sun City, Arizona there are a few things you should know about the homeowner’s association fees and age requirements. Many people are not clear on what the costs are when buying or selling a home located in Sun City, Arizona and it is important to keep track of changes that impact the costs. Below are the current HOA fees for retirees in Sun City, Arizona:

  • Resale Transfer and Recording Fees: $310.00
  • Annual Recreation Fee Per Lot: $474.00
  • Capital Preservation Fee (waived if already resident owner/not investor) One Time Fee: $3,500
  • Dawn Lake Annual Fee: $1,050
  • View Point Lake Annual Fee: $565.00
  • Seller Disclosure Fee: $200.00
  • Tenant Activity Card Annual Fee: 237.00
  • Tenant Activity Card Per Person Monthly: $60.00

Sun City, Arizona is an active adult retirement community, and you must be at least 55 years old to live there. If you have any questions or concerns about the fees stated above, you can visit their website at: www.sunaz.com or call at 623-561-4603. If you or someone you know is considering retirement in Sun City, Arizona please give me a call today. I can help you navigate the home buying or selling process in Sun City, Arizona.

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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 17th, 2016 3:41 PM

Survive the Holidays: Sun City West Workshop 

Can’t we just get along? That is a frequently asked question among families, especially during the holiday season.

On November 17th the Ridge Recreation Center in Sun City West is hosting a workshop with certified life coach, Linda Burridge to help seniors explore new techniques to help better manage conflicts and misunderstandings during the holiday season. Linda has thirty-five years of experience facilitating leadership development, and helping people create a vision and plan of action to successfully navigate life transitions.

The holidays don’t have to be stressful, or cause anxiety. When values and communication styles differ, conflict can happen and the holidays can bring out the best and worst in each other. Don’t miss out on the joy that you seek while spending time with loved one, because of old conflicts, misunderstandings or lack of open communication.  

Join Linda Burridge on November 17, 2016 for the Can’t We Just Get Along Workshop. The event will be held in the Acacia Room starting at 6:00 pm and there is a $10 fee to attend.  Click here for more information or to register to attend.

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Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 10th, 2016 3:32 PM

Ring that Bell this 4th of July in Sun City 

Looking for a great way to spend the 4th of July in Sun City? Well you’re in luck! The Recreation Centers of Sun City is pleased to announce the 38th Annual Ring That Bell Ceremony on Monday July 4, 2016 in the Bell Center Social Hall beginning at 9:00 a.m.

This patriotic, time-honored tradition celebrates our nation’s birthday in unique Sun City AZ style with our very own Uncle Sam (portrayed by Sun City resident, Mike Lindquist) serving as the Master of Ceremonies. The fun continues in the Social Halls for RCSC Cardholders and their escorted guests as they salute America with an old fashioned indoor picnic from 11a.m. to 2p.m. at the Bell Recreation Center, located at 16820 N. 99th Ave., Sun City.

There will be games, prizes, music, dancing and lots more so count on plenty of good times and fun for everyone attending. This year they will be serving real all-American picnic fare – hot dogs, potato chips and bottled water along with birthday cake to celebrate America’s birthday. There will be free bowling, shuffleboard, darts and billiards over at Bell Lanes to keep everyone having fun on a hot afternoon.

So be sure to stop by the 38th Annual Ring That Bell Ceremony this 4th of July. It is certain to be an all-American, only in Sun City AZ kind of celebration! Visit sunaz.com to learn more. And for more local events in Sun City for Arizona retirees and active adults, please contact Sharon Mason. Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

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Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on June 30th, 2016 1:52 PM

City of Peoria receives $124,000 grant for park improvements

Good news for West Valley residents! The City of Peoria is getting a $124,000 boost from the state of Arizona to expand local parks and recreation programs and facilities. Mayor Cathy Carlat announced Wednesday the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority recently informed the city of the award. The ASZTA Biennial Grant Program provides funding for youth and amateur sports throughout Maricopa County and will provide two-thirds of funding needed for the parks and recreation improvements.

The improvement project will include replacing starting blocks at Sunrise and Centennial High School pools, adding windscreens, benches and shade at Ira Murphy and Varney parks, a new scoreboard at Ira Murphy Park and new strength equipment for Rio Vista Recreation Center. 

“More and more people are discovering our gem in the desert and moving here for the first-rate quality of life we have in Peoria,” Mayor Carlat said in a statement announcing the funding. “Grants, like this from AZSTA, help our city maintain and improve our amenities, like, parks, trails and ballparks to remain high-quality recreational experiences for our residents to enjoy.”

So whether you’re an Arizona retiree strolling the parks for exercise or a baby boomer cheering on your grandchildren on the field, the upgraded parks will be a plus for the community for sure! For more information about local news in Peoria, Sun City and in your Arizona retirement communities, please contact Sharon Mason.

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,

 

Sharon Mason, Associate Broker

RE/MAX Professionals

623-810-9988

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Posted by Sharon Mason on February 18th, 2016 11:43 AM

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