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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!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,

Sharon Mason - Associate Broker
RE/MAX Professionals
623-810-9988

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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 26th, 2019 11:09 AM
Providing Above and Beyond Service in the Valley Since 1994

As a native Arizonan and resident of the Arizona retirement communities I sell, I take pride in proudly celebrating professionalism and honesty as a full-service full-time Associate Broker for RE/MAX Professionals. I bring a strong combination of customer service, sales, market knowledge and marketing to benefit my clients. As a Top 20 REALTOR®, I follow the highest standards of customer service and ethics to conduct business on your behalf and have been doing so since 1994. When something needs to get done I do it. I do this so we have a smooth transaction and to ensure we have a good relationship, trust, and satisfaction. Here is just of the testimonials that one of my past clients had to share about his experience working with me:

“I would like to thank your broker Sharon Mason for the above and beyond services she provided for me on the sale of my condo. I have been a licensed Real Estate Broker since 1961 and am still active in the business myself, which gives me the expertise to recognize the outstanding services she provided. I would recommend her very highly to anyone needing assistance in the real estate field.” - Fred Schonewise

There are eleven wonderful retirement communities to choose from in the West Valley area and my office is located right in the center of them. So when you are ready to make your move, please contact Sharon Mason. I look forward to helping you find the Arizona retirement community and home of your dreams!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
623-810-9988
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Posted by Sharon Mason on April 12th, 2018 2:04 PM
4 Monsoon Safety Tips for Seniors

Each year, a variety of weather related dangers affect Arizona. In addition, dust storms present an array of hazards which often strike suddenly and with violent force. Through education about proper precautionary actions to be taken, lives can be saved and property losses can be minimized. With the monsoon season in full swing, it’s important for seniors to protect themselves and practice caution. Here are 4 monsoon safety tips for seniors to remember as the summer storms roll in.

1) Plan ahead The best way to avoid lightning, flash floods, and other dangerous conditions is by not being in danger in the first place. Many ways are available to gain weather information including watching current weather forecasts on TV or online, listening to weather reports on the radio, subscribing to lightning and severe weather notification services, and scan the skies 360 degrees around and overhead before leaving a safe location.

2) Watch the weather: It’s important for older adults to plan ahead by watching the current weather forecasts on TV, the internet or the radio for weather updates before you even leave the house. Also, make sure the severe weather notifications are enabled in your cellphone settings so as to receive warnings when you’re unable to access this information while you travel.

3) When thunder roars, go indoors: Lightning kills an average of 125 people annually in the United States and injures more than 500 according to the American Red Cross. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. So when thunder roars, go indoors. While indoors, older adults should unplug expensive electronics as soon as possible and only use a corded phone in case of emergency.

4) Driving in dust storms Huge gusts of wind in any thunderstorm can lift huge clouds of dust and reduce visibilities to near zero in seconds, which can quickly result in deadly, multi-vehicle accidents on roadways. If you encounter a dust storm and cannot avoid driving into it then pull off the road as far as you can safely do so. Turn off your headlights and taillights. Put your vehicle in "PARK," and/or engage your parking brake. Stay where you are until the dust storm passes.

Taking additional safety steps during the Arizona monsoon season could save your life and the lives of others. Please remember and share these 4 monsoon safety tips for seniors and stay safe! For more senior safety tips or if you’re an Arizona retiree looking to buy or sell your home, 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 July 30th, 2017 2:23 PM
Third Annual Month of Miracles

Every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment; every 30 seconds, a RE/MAX agent helps someone find their perfect place. Since 1992, RE/MAX agents and brokers have invested in the well-being of their local communities by raising more than $150 million for 170 CMN Hospitals.

I am excited to share that I will be participating in our third annual “Month of Miracles” throughout the month of August with a drive to raise one million pennies. This is a month-long fundraising event is designed to raise much-need money to support our local Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well as raise awareness in our community.

“Children’s hospitals depend on local donations — like those from RE/MAX agents participating in Miracle Home and Miracle Property programs — to provide the top-of-class care kids deserve,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “On behalf of the millions of families impacted by RE/MAX donations, we appreciate each agent’s efforts and thank them for truly making miracles happen in their communities all year long.”

In 2016, RE/MAX Affiliates in the U.S. and Canada donated over $10 million to 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Miracle Home and Miracle Property programs. Here at RE/MAX Professionals, our agents donated over $40,000 to our local Phoenix Children’s Hospital last year. We were recognized by RE/MAX LLC for being the highest contributing office in the Southwest Region (Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico) to the Children’s Miracle Network, and our local Phoenix Children's Hospital!

Each donation helps fund pediatric medical equipment, treatments, charitable care and other healthcare services for local CMN hospitals. As the contributions continue to grow, we are able to aid a larger number of sick and injured children – which is something we take great pride in being able to do for our community.

We have a goal of raising one million pennies for the “Month of Miracles” in August 2017! If you would like to support our office goal, please give me a call and I am happy to pick up your donations. On behalf of all the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, I want to thank you in advance for your support in helping us achieve this goal for our community!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
RE/MAX Professionals
623-810-9988
www.RetireArizonaStyle.com
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Posted by Sharon Mason on July 15th, 2017 2:06 PM
Top 3 Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

With the current Arizona heat wave, there’s no denying that summer is in full swing. And while summertime is usually a time of camping, swimming, grilling out and relaxation for most, the intense heat be dangerous for older adults if the proper precautions aren't taken.

Here are the top 3 summer safety tips for seniors that Arizona retirees and active adults should implement all season long.

1.) Eye care: Vision loss can be common among the senior citizens, and too much exposure to the sun can irritate eyes and cause further damage. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and preserve your vision. Consider prescription sunglasses if you have problems with your vision.

2.) Protect your skin: It only takes fifteen minutes for the sun to damage unprotected skin according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Older adults may not notice it immediately, but the damage is there. Sunscreen is a major component to preventing sunburns in older adults. Look for a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and also have a sun protection factor (SPF) of fifteen or more. Be sure to apply it fifteen to thirty minutes before exposure. If you’re enjoying water activities, be sure to reapply your sunscreen frequently.

3.) Stay hydrated: By the time you’re thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. For active adults, the feeling of thirst decreases as we age, so be sure to increase your water intake if you are exercising or doing any type of prolonged physical activity. Aim to drink six to eight glasses of water per day. Not upping your water intake in the summer can lead to heat stroke which symptoms include confusion, disorientation, dry skin, excessive tiredness, headache, lethargy, nausea, and a rapid pulse.

Arizona summers can pose a threat to active adults such as sunburn, eye damage, dehydration, heat exhaustion and more. If you remember the top 3 summer safety tips for seniors, there's no reason you can't have an enjoyable and fun-filled summer -- no matter your age.

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
RE/MAX Professionals
623-810-9988
www.RetireArizonaStyle.com
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Posted by Sharon Mason on June 25th, 2017 2:46 PM

Retirement with a Golf Course View 

Are you looking for the perfect retirement home in Arizona? Listed for sale in Sun City West, this property is located on the double fairway of Pebblebrook Golf Course, and just feet away from one of the four lakes featured in this community! The gorgeous Arizona surroundings can be enjoyed from inside or out, with views galore.

The Cranbrook floor plan, built by Del Web is a two bedroom, two bath design with just over 1,900 square feet. The interior also includes an office/hobby room/laundry area, great room and a sunny eat-in breakfast nook. Well-appointed throughout with updated amenities such as tile flooring, paint, windows, doors, appliances, lighting, heat pump, hot water tank, and more.

Galley-style kitchen features tile counters, decorative tile backsplash, coffee bar, and white Shaker Cabinetry complete with a lovely French stained glass pantry door. A new picture window over the kitchen sink is just one of the many places where the incredible golf course view can be enjoyed. Sitting on a 9,000 square foot lot, the backyard is easy desert maintenance with an extended pavered patio and a relaxing water fountain. All of this surrounded by views that make retirement in Sun City West that much better!

Are you ready to schedule an appointment to view 19411 N 132n Avenue? Give me a call today!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
623-810-9988
www.RetireArizonaStyle.com 

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Posted by Sharon Mason on September 29th, 2016 12:27 PM

10 Tips for Healthy Aging® 

I read an article the other day from the editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging® Magazine, which was promoting September as the month to bring national attention to the positives of growing older. I know we are more than half way through the month of September, but the article was very insightful, so I thought I would share.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “it’s never too late to…” and you fill in the blanks, whether that is starting a new hobby or going back to school. Have you ever considered what you would really like to do if money was no object? How would you reinvent yourself? Perhaps these tips could help you improve your physical, social, mental, and financial well-being. Here are 10 tips for healthy aging®:

1. Don’t act your age: positive thinking can go a long way, so consider an age when you felt your best, and picture yourself that age, instead of the age you currently are. There is no right or wrong way to act as we grow older, so why not feel better about yourself by thinking younger?

2. Have a positive attitude: complaining can lead to old age quickly, so if you catch yourself engaging in a negative conversation, change it to something positive. A good way to start is to limit the amount of negativity you watch on television, such as local news reports.

3. Consider the company you keep: if you find that your circle of friends are negative-nellies who complain about how terrible life is, you may consider a new group of friends. That may sound harsh, but those relationships can lead to depression and keep you from living a fulfilling, healthy life.

4. Walk like a vibrant, healthy person: take a moment to consider how you walk. Do you walk slowly, with your head down? If you are afraid of falling, you may consider a better pair of shoes for support, or talk to your doctor about your options. Healthy aging literally starts with the steps you take!

5. Stand up straight: all those years your mother told you to stand up straight, she was right! Take a look at your stance in the mirror. Are your shoulders back? Your chin up? Standing up straight will help you feel better, and will make your waistline look trimmer too.

6. Smile more often: research shows that people who smile more often are in general happier. Your teeth are just as important to your body’s health, so if you have been putting off the dentist appointment, now is the time to make it. Nothing says old more than yellowing teeth!

7. Feeling lonely? In our Arizona retirement communities there are so many options for an active lifestyle, that it should be impossible to feel lonely. However, if you find yourself not having any family or friends, you can do something about it right now. Pick up the phone, take a class or volunteer your time.

8. Get outside: one of the best things about retirement in Arizona is our amazing year-round weather. Get outside and enjoy it! Have a dog? Take Fido for a walk, you’ll be getting exercise for both of you and meeting your neighbors.

9. Schedule your annual doctor appointments: we all have aches and pains but if you have been worrying about an ailment, you shouldn’t put off seeing your doctor. Annual physicals and check-ups can prevent major issues later. For a list of recommended annual health screenings, a great resource is the My Health Finder. Here’s what Medicare Covers.

10. Find your creative side: who says that art is only for school children? You may be a budding artist just waiting to be discovered! Have you ever wanted to place the piano, the violin, the guitar? What about picking up a paint brush or a camera? There are literally hundreds of class options in almost every retirement community in Arizona!

If you would like to learn more about retirement in Arizona, please give me a call today!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
623-810-9988
www.RetireArizonaStyle.com 

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Source: http://healthyaging.net/healthy-aging-month/10-tips-for-september-is-healthy-aging-month/


Posted by Sharon Mason on September 22nd, 2016 12:12 PM

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