Providing care for older adults is a rewarding line of work—albeit a sometimes demanding one. That’s why we love what we do at Sunset. However, we know that not all caregivers are trained professionals. Many people serve as informal caregivers to their loved ones. We recognize that for those individuals, the physical and emotional requirements of caregiving can prove extra challenging. Indeed, 38 percent of family caregivers describe their roles as highly stressful.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 6 million stroke survivors living in the United States—and nearly 800,000 Americans experience a stroke each year. Strokes are among the leading causes of longterm disability in adults, and their effects often lead to persistent difficulties with the most basic daily tasks.
Residents of Life Plan Communities participate in physical activity more frequently than older adults living in the community at large. Not surprisingly, Life Plan Community residents also report being in better overall health than other seniors.
According to early results from a five-year nationwide study, Life Plan Community residents report greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and vocational wellness than older adults living within the community at large.
Sunset Communities, in cooperation with the Jewish Living Center of Greater Toledo, will be holding a luncheon presentation of the film, Lives Well Lived, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. The feature documentary film celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom, and experiences of older adults who are living life to the fullest. Through their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories, forty people ages seventy-five to 100 share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life.
Moving into a new home is usually exciting, but it can sometimes prove emotionally challenging. The process involves abandoning parts of your past—and leaving a place where you made countless memories. Moving to an assisted living facility can be additionally tricky because it means acknowledging that we're getting older and that we might require help with certain activities.
Impostors claiming to be from Social Security to get your personal information
The Social Security Administration and its Office of the Inspector General are warning the public about a nationwide telephone scam. Criminals impersonating Social Security officials are actively calling individuals around the country claiming there are problems with the person’s Social Security number as well as pending legal action against them. Callers coerce victims into providing personal information and money by threatening to suspend their accounts.
Contemplating a move from your own home to an assisted living community involves significant consideration. The transition often means dealing with emotional issues and facing unknowns. Making an informed decision becomes even more difficult when you have misinformation.
By 2020, the national average cost for a private room in a nursing home is projected to be approximately $9,000 per month. At that rate, an extended stay in a long-term care facility could drain a person’s savings in a hurry. There are insurance products that help pay long-term care costs. But premiums can be expensive, and the policies often limit the types of care covered.
Experts use the term dementia to describe a deterioration in mental skills required to perform daily activities. Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, behavioral changes, and disorientation. Alzheimer’s disease is by far the most common form of dementia, with more than 5 million Americans living with the condition.
There is no cure for dementia, nor absolute treatments to slow its progress. However, there are ways to manage its various symptoms.