Trailhead named in honor of Gabe Zimmerman

Tucson AZ – A special ceremony was held on January 4th to mark the naming of the Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trail head, in honor of the January 8th shooting victim Gabe Zimmerman. The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously back in February to name the trailhead for 30-year-old Zimmerman.

Zimmerman and his mother, Emily Nottingham, were members of the Arizona Trail Association. To pay tribute to Zimmerman’s contributions, the association put in the request for the trailhead to be named after him. Family, friends and colleagues who attended the ceremony all agree that Gabe would have been honored because he adored being in the outdoors.

“This is a really special place and I think it’s a terrific idea to have trailhead named after Gabe here. Gabe was all about connecting people with one another and himself,” Emily Nottingham said.
The Arizona Trail Association said they’ve been working to add signs and other tribute areas for Zimmerman and the other January 8th victims.

The sense of community is truly alive in Tucson. Residents are assured that they can fall back on friends and family even in the face of tragedies like last year’s shooting. This is one of the reasons behind the continuous growth of the Tucson community. Many people are investing in Tucson real estate and deciding to settle down in a new home in Tucson. If you are looking to move to Tucson, you should definitely contact Dorn Homes. Dorn Homes is the most notable among home builders in Tucson, Arizona. Dorn-built new construction homes in Tucson, Green Valley, Tubac, and Prescott are stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient.

Dorn Homes RoseWater Community

RoseWater Tucson Community Home

Living the good life usually involves a great location and a great home. This is why Dorn Homes, a notable Arizona home builder, offers quality Tucson community homes that would enable individuals, couples, families, and retirees to live life to the fullest.

Dorn Homes is a family—and we want you to be part of it. We strive to understand your desires more than any other Tucson home builder. We know how buying a home can make a big impact to your family life, so we work hard to make sure you have all the support and information you need to make the very best choices, every step of the way. Now, Dorn Homes presents another new and exciting Tucson community—the community in RoseWater.

Ideal for nature lovers and outdoor adventurists, the RoseWater community is located near national forests, mountain trails, parks, and country clubs. What better way to enjoy Arizona’s Tucson than with a bit of outdoor fun that enables families to have a great time together? Picnicking, hiking, biking, and camping are just some of the fun activities that families can enjoy.

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Dorn Homes Pantano Community

When it comes to living in comfort and convenience, Dorn Homes encourages everyone to check out Pantano Homes. An ideal community that is perfectly nestled at the heart of Tucson, Dorn Homes’s Pantano Community is the right choice for first-time homeowners, military personnel of the nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and anyone who seeks a comfy yet stylish single-family home.

Anyone would love living in a Pantano community home because it is just a short drive away from schools and the market. As an added bonus, an amazing backdrop of mountains with miles of trails and nature is practically in your backyard.

Fun recreation is accessible, too. The Pantano Riding Stables is a popular destination for trail rides, wagon rides, and summer horse camp. Western riding adventure is guaranteed to be a blast. Holiday events are also held at the Pantano Riding Stables.

Pantano Community Home in Arizona

Arizona’s second largest city, Tucson, is one of North America’s oldest continuously inhabited areas. Tucson has a gorgeous city skyline with an amazing backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Rincon Mountains, and Tucson Mountains. The warm climate makes it an ideal place to seek outdoor activities and discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Golf, a mainstream sport in Arizona, is accessible in Tucson as well with world-class courses that would delight any golfer.

As the oldest incorporated city in Arizona (Tucson was incorporated in 1877), Tucson boasts of a metropolitan lifestyle, but with homely neighborhoods. Over 150 companies in Tucson are involved in the design and manufacture of optics and optoelectronic systems, earning it the nickname Optics Valley. But this “Old Pueblo” remains grounded and remembers its culture and heritage through their festivities, cultural shows/events, cuisine, and preservation of museums and historical sites. Alongside these traditional features are more modern offerings like luxurious spas, amazing golf courses, and lively shopping districts. It’s no surprise that every Tucsonan is a satisfied resident of a Tucson community home.

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Arizona’s Experts on Alzheimer’s

Experts on Alzheimer’s

It’s estimated that one in every eight senior citizens in the U.S. has Alzheimer’s disease. What’s being done to research, treat and perhaps one day prevent this devastating illness? We interviewed local experts to find out.

Tucson native Bonnie Clayton-Loewy recalls a poignant moment while helping her dad, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010, get ready for a doctor’s appointment. As she was tying the laces on his sneakers, memories flooded back of when she was a child and her dad was teaching her how to tie her shoes. She remembered her father’s patience as he made the loops and taught her how to tie them together. Now it was her time to return the favor.

More than 100 years ago, people with signs of dementia were mistakenly told they had “Old-Timer’s Disease,” a catch-all diagnosis for people with diminishing faculties. In 1907, Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist, identified the first published case of “pre-senile dementia,” which would later be known as Alzheimer’s disease. Today, Alzheimer’s disease—the most common type of dementia—is the sixthleading cause of death across all ages in the United States.

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include significant impairment in memory, cognitive function, and activities of daily living. As of 2011, it is estimated that Alzheimer’s disease afflicts 5.4 million Americans over age 65. That translates to one in every eight seniors. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease increases with age. Today, nearly one half of adults over the age of 85 have symptoms of the disorder. The proportion of the population with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to increase in the coming years as more baby boomers turn 65.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is most commonly made by an individual’s primary care physician who generally refers the patient to a neurologist. There is no treatment available to slow down or stop the deterioration of brain cells in Alzheimer’s disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved five drugs that temporarily slows the worsening of symptoms.

Still, there are reasons to be optimistic. “The good news is that the future of Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and care looks very promising,” says Geoffrey Ahern, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Neuroscience and Alzheimer’s Clinic at University Medical Center. “Researchers around the world are studying numerous testing and treatment strategies that may have the potential to change the course of the disease,” he says.

The news that a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can be devastating. Suddenly, the physical, emotional, legal and financial welfare of a loved one becomes the responsibility of his or her family members.

In Tucson and Southern Arizona, families faced with this diagnosis have numerous resources they can turn to.

Debra Anderson, programs manager for the non-profit Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter, suggests family members immediately seek out a support group. “Family members can feel isolated, alone and totally consumed with taking care of their loved one,” she says. “It’s important to find a support group where caregivers have the opportunity to share information, advice and experiences with other caregivers.”

The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter offers a 24/7 helpline and information and referral service where callers can receive confidential, personal telephone support with a trained specialist. The chapter also provides family care consultations, support groups and education programs.

And for Alzheimer’s patients at risk, Anderson encourages family members enroll in a “safe return” program, a nationwide identification and education program that reduces the risks associated with Alzheimer’s patients wandering and getting lost. The program provides peace of mind as well as valuable information on home safety and wandering prevention.

The Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), which has been serving older adults and their families since 1967, is an excellent resource for a wide variety of programs, services and benefits, including caregiver services designed for family caregivers who are assisting ailing loved ones with dementia.

“There are a number of top-notch assisted living facilities offering ‘memory care’ in Tucson,” relates Suzy Bourque, a caregiver specialist from PCOA. “Our PCOA caregiver specialists are professionals who can help family members with many issues, including how to find a facility that’s a good fit for the patient as they move through the various stages of the disease.”

A worldwide quest is underway to find new treatments to stop, slow or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Because new drugs take years to produce from concept to market—and because drugs that seem promising in early-stage studies may not work as hoped in large-scale trials—it is even more important today to stay healthy, active and connected with family and friends.

Tucson and Southern Arizona have numerous resources for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as for family members and caregivers.

Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Arizona Region
Desert Southwest Chapter
3003 S. Country Club Road, Suite 209

Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
6300 E. El Dorado Plaza, Suite 400

Pima Council on Aging
8467 E. Broadway
Helpline: 790-7262

Shine Your Light Tucson
Bonnie Clayton-Loewy, M.Ed.

Tucson Medical Center
Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias Program
TMC Senior Services at El Dorado Health Campus
1400 N. Wilmot Road

University Medical Center
Behavioral Neuroscience and Alzheimer’s Clinic
1501 N. Campbell Ave.

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Help ‘Pack the Park’ Friday for Tucson Hope Fest

TUCSON, Arizona — About 20,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Hope Fest on Saturday, Oct. 22, to receive free medical care, clothing, food and more—and organizers of the event could use some help.

Everyone is invited to drop off donations for the next day’s Hope Fest on Friday. You can bring anything from canned food, to diapers, personal hygiene items, stuffed animals and used clothing.

The “Pack the Park” donation drive is 7a.m. to 7p.m. at Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. This is the first year the organization is hosting the donation event. Lisa Chastain, founder and CEO of Hope Network and organizer of Hope Fest said, “I’ve never engaged the community to give, to donate an item, so it’s just another way that we engage the community to help.”

The annual Hope Fest will start at 9 a.m. The donations from Pack the Park will be given out all day. At the same time, dozens of local businesses and organizations will provide free services to people and families in need.

Doctors, nursing practitioners and registered nurses will give flu shots and check vital signs, blood pressure and glucose levels. They’ll also perform eye and hearing tests, and conduct HIV and pregnancy tests. People who will attend the festival can have their teeth cleaned, examined and X-rayed, and even have cavities filled.

Because there’s such a huge demand, people who need medical or dental services are encouraged to line up 24 hours in advance at the stadium.

Hope Fest is part of the national Make A Difference Day. For more information go to or call 751-4673.

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Christmas tree permits available soon

Tucson AZ – The Forest Service is partnering with commercial vendors in Arizona to offer ways for the public to purchase Christmas tree permits. Beginning Oct. 13, Thursday, permits can be purchased in Tucson at Big 5 Sporting Goods store on East Speedway. Christmas tree cutting season begins Nov. 19 and ends on Christmas Day.

Each Christmas tree permit is for a specified cutting area of the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, or Tonto National Forests. The cost of the permit is $15. The Forest Service will grant one permit per household, for personal use only. Officials say some National Forest offices will also sell Christmas tree permits over the counter.
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Where to Buy a Home for Retirement: Tucson in Arizona

With housing prices going down, this seems to be the perfect timing for the American to make decisions on buying his retirement house. MSN Realestate reports that:

The historic real-estate crash has created all sorts of opportunities for Americans looking to buy retirement opportunities. Home prices in 20 major metropolitan areas have declined roughly 28% from their 2006 peaks.

And given that real-estate values in many traditional retirement spots — like Florida and Arizona — have fallen even harder than the national average, Americans who are ready to retire are in a particularly favorable position.

New Homes in Tucson, Arizona comes up to be one of the Top 10 Best Homes to Buy for Retirement.

With 350 days of sunshine a year, Tucson residents don’t have any excuses for staying indoors. Retirees can hike through the five surrounding mountain ranges, explore a nearby cave, visit a Native American archaeological dig or check out the Center for Creative Photography. The median home price in Tucson declined 14%, to $150,000, from the second quarter of 2009 to the same period of 2010.

Being a major city in the Arizona Sun Corridor, Tucson is an ideal place for new homes to be built especially for people who like Southern living but in a populous metropolitan area. The number of homes in Tucson is continuously growing because of the many activities this city offers.

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Tucson is Best Place to Live a Simple Life

Mayor Bob Walkup, the self-proclaimed “mayor of paradise,” says he wasn’t surprised to hear his city topped the list.

“I believe that Tucson has the highest quality of life of any city in the country,” he says. Tucson’s temperate climate and low crime rate make it an ideal place to live, he says.

“It — no kidding — has an abundance of sunshine year round.”

The U.S. Census Bureau notes that the 541,000 population of Tucson, its city resources, and other factors, make Tucson a live-able place to settle in for a more peaceful and simple life.

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The AARP Magazine came up with a 25-numbered list of cities all over the United States and took into consideration that every region is well-represented.

Given the down-shift in the economy run, the editors of the magazine wanted to give readers a choice in selecting the best places to live in considering the value of low-cost living, plus the opportunities of recreation and what it can offer to raise a stable family life.

“We decided we wanted to focus on places you could live simply, says AARP’s manager of magazine editorial projects Gabrielle deGroot Redford.

Redford says demographers and editors looked for places that are affordable and still have relatively low rates of unemployment. She added that factors such as the ability to walk and bike to work and the availability of “outdoor amenities” such as farmers markets and hiking trails also gave cities extra points.

And to make sure life is really simple, the team looked at the stress index of the cities, a measure used by demographers, which combines “rates of suicide and crime and divorce and depression and other factors that play into how stressed people feel living there,” she says.

Another plus: if the city is close to a college or university.

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“We looked for places with great education, in particular, colleges because colleges tend to offer classes for adults and a lot of amenities,” such as lectures and sporting events, Redford says.

That Tucson is home to the University of Arizona helped boost it to the top.

“It’s quite an affordable city in part, but it also has a lot going on about it,” she says. “There are a lot of ways to enjoy living there.”

She adds that residents rave about the city’s multicultural feel. “They just feel like it’s one of those great melting pots.”

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Tucson, Arizona: The Quality of Life like No Other

Tucson New Construction HomesTucson in Arizona is a small town but with bigger than life amenities for truly satisfying quality of life. It is home to several quaint communities perfect for families. It has a thriving business district, balanced with an outstanding culture of performing arts. It is home to serene parks and outdoor activities. There are good health care and medical facilities. The best part? – the sun is almost always out with temperate weather just perfect to lift up your day.

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Ranked as 5th Most Liveable Place in America

The Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) recently reported that Tucson was chosen as the fifth best place in America to live, out of a field of 331 communities. The ranking, by, took into account the cost of living, crime rate, education, home prices and weather. The only four cities in the survey that were rated higher were Raleigh, NC; Denver, CO; San Diego, CA and Punta Gorda, FL.

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Tucson Activities for Individuals and Families

Tucson boats of a variety of outdoor activities and festivals to attend for leisure or bonding with friends and families. Some of these are:

  • Trekking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Visits to the Desert Museum
  • Rialto Theater Events
  • Folk Festivals and Street Fairs
  • Rodeos
  • Shopping at the Trail Dust Town

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Arizona for a Perfect Hiking Day

Tucson in Arizona offers lovely paths for hiking with your dog. Author Kelli Donley of azcentral writes about tips and tricks on hiking on a perfect day in Arizona with your dog.

The weather is right, and you aren’t the only one itching for some outdoor therapy. Your dog is ready to hit the trail, too. With just a little preparation, you and your dog can be ready for a hike in town or on a more adventurous rural route.

“Good leash manners, a strong ‘come’ command and a well-tested ‘sit-stay’ are the absolute bare-minimum obedience skills a dog must have before hitting the trail,” says Jamie J. DeBenedetto, a dog trainer, hike leader and founder of the Canine Hiking Club of Arizona.

DeBenedetto recommends starting with shorter, easier trips to build up your dog’s stamina, as well as its footpads. Keep in mind temperatures, terrain and total distance when planning your animal’s preconditioning. As your furry partner gains strength and you learn what is normal and within his abilities, you can venture out for longer periods,” she says.

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Know the dangers

Tucson hiker Andy Flach says it’s important to understand your environment and potential dangers.

“Depending on where you hike in Arizona, you could unexpectedly encounter mountain lions, bears, coyotes, deer, wolves, cattle, horses, javelina, etc.,” he says. “If you have your dog off-leash, an encounter with one of these animals might go worse than if your dog had been on-leash.

“At the very least, you should have some kind of game plan for animal encounters and be comfortable with the risk involved.”

In Best Hikes With Dogs: Arizona (Mountaineers Books, 2005, $16.95), Renee Guillory lists essentials for hiking dogs, including obedience training, a backpack, a first-aid kit, food, water and identification tags.

DeBenedetto advises getting your pooch used to hiking gear before hitting the trail.

“If you plan to have your dog wear a pack, booties or other gear, these items need to be introduced to the preconditioning regimen,” DeBenedetto says. “Use the short trips as test runs to evaluate fit and performance of these items.”

Flach stresses that water is the most essential component for both two- and four-legged hikers.

“Bring something to use as a water bowl for your dog, and bring plenty of water for both of you,” he says. “Collapsible fabric water bowls (are) sold for this purpose. You can also just bring along a light plastic bowl in your pack. In a pinch, and if you are careful, you can use a quart-size freezer bag as a water bowl, but it is less than ideal.”

Use a leash

It may be tempting to let your dog off the leash, but unless you’re familiar with the terrain and those you’re sharing the trail with, it’s not recommended.

“The cacti are mean, and the snakes are meaner,” says Phyllis Ralley of the Arizona Trail Association. “Keep your dog close and on a leash.”

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Flach says hikers with dogs must be mindful of those who aren’t so keen on canines.

“Unless you can reliably and instantaneously call your dog to your side in all circumstances, you should consider keeping your dog on a leash, unless you are on a real remote trail with no traffic,” he says. “Some people don’t like dogs, or they have small children with them, and they can get scared or upset if they turn a corner and some strange dog runs up to them.

“Also, if your dog is 50 yards ahead of you and someone comes along with an aggressive dog that’s also off-leash, you could end up with an unpleasant situation.”

The golden rule

DeBenedetto says good hiking manners are a must.

Nearly all Arizona trails are canine-friendly, she says, but that could change if hikers with dogs aren’t on their best behavior. At the very least, she advises dog owners to obey all posted rules, such as leash laws, picking up and disposing of pet waste, not allowing dogs to chase wildlife or livestock.

“Beyond that, I encourage keeping in mind that not all other trail users love dogs,” she says. “Stepping off the trail and giving the right of way to all other users is a very nice gesture and usually goes a long way in the minds of your fellow outdoor enthusiasts.”

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