Tucson headlines: VA hospital annual gift shop; New TMC dementia center

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Wednesday morning, volunteers opened the doors to the annual holiday gift shop at the Southern Arizona VA hospital.

The American Legion Auxiliary will host the annual event.

Volunteers and staff will escort patients to the gift shop and a mobile cart will be visiting patients by their bedsides.

"Oh my goodness that makes the tears come.  It's such a heart warming thing and people who don't get involved in a lot of other programs absolutely fall in love with this activity," said gift shop chairperson Gail Piggott.

The items picked will be wrapped and shipped at no cost to the veterans.  The gift shop is open until December 2.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- A new facility helps care for those suffering from dementia.

The Tucson Medical Center and Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging have received a $3 million grant to build a 40 bed health care facility.

It will be located on the Handmaker campus on Rosemont Boulevard.

"We take care of this patients now and we have challenges getting them back home again because they not save in their homes so this an intermediate facility that will breach that gap," said Judy Rich from TMC.

By the year 2050, an estimated 16 million people will suffer from dementia, costing the health care system more than $172 billion a year.

The grant comes from the Paul and Lydia Kalmanovitz foundation of San Francisco.