Sunset Stories

Presentation: Aging Parents, Aging Brains

Posted by Sunset Staff on Mar 30, 2018 7:57:20 AM

Sunset Village is excited to present Aging Parents, Aging Brains, featuring author and national speaker Barbara Brock. Barbara uses heartfelt stores and humorous—but true—facts to explain how our brains age. The interactive program includes group participation in a stimulating brain exercise.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
4:30-6:00 p.m.

Sunset Village
9640 Sylvania-Metamora Road
Sylvania, OH 43560

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Topics: Memory Care, Events, Aging, Sunset Village

Rehab Success: Getting The Most Out of Therapy

Posted by Sunset Staff on Mar 14, 2018 3:10:43 PM

The most common question rehabilitation patients ask Isaiah Rupp is whether their physical or occupational therapy is actually going to work.

“I tell them therapy will indeed work, as long as they participate in the process.”

Isaiah is part of an eight-person team that provides in-patient and outpatient rehab services at Sunset Village. Programs range from neurological therapy for clients recovering from strokes to physical therapy for those with joint and mobility issues. An important part of the team’s role is educating patients about how rehab aids in their recoveries.

“Many people don’t immediately understand the goal of rehab,” explains Isaiah. “While we don’t treat the conditions that caused a stroke, for instance, we do help patients regain functional ability following the event.”

In keeping with Sunset’s person-centered approach to rehab, Isaiah and his team work to understand their patients’ individual goals. Then, by tailoring programs to each person’s desired outcomes, they help motivate patients to apply the effort required for therapy to succeed.

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Topics: Inpatient Rehabilitation, Rehab, Why Sunset?, Warm Water Therapy Pool, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Neurological Therapy

Companion Animals and the Benefits They Provide

Posted by Gayle Young on Mar 6, 2018 8:55:53 AM

As many people know, animals are capable of incredible things. Whether they are saving lives as integral members of a police force, guiding the visually impaired through their daily routines, or showering those around them with unconditional affection, animals positively impact their human companions in ways that we often overlook.

So it should come as no surprise that there are many benefits to allowing care community residents to have pets reside with them. Clinical studies have shown that elders living in residential facilities with animals exhibit less stress than those who do not have a companion pet. Overall wellness is heightened for dog and cat owners, and their quality of life improves as a result.

Human contact with animals triggers an increase in serotonin production, causing a "feel-good" effect and making heart rate and stress levels drop. Lower blood pressure, increased physical activity, and reduced cholesterol have also been linked to pet ownership.

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Topics: Why Sunset?, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Residential Care, Long-term Care, Independent Living, Pets