Sunset Stories

Understanding the Differences Between Independent Living and Assisted Living

Posted by Gayle Young on Feb 13, 2020 9:33:33 AM

From our expert vantage point at Sunset Communities, one thing appears obvious when it comes to individuals making senior living decisions: that is, most older adults prefer maintaining independent lifestyles for as long as their overall health allows. But while many seniors might appreciate assistance with routine household chores, some require help with essential aspects of daily activity. For those reasons, Sunset offers both independent and assisted living options on its Toledo and Sylvania campuses.

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Topics: Independent Living, Senior Care Terms, Senior Housing, Aging, Assisted Living, Caregiving, Level of Care, Activities of Daily Living

American Heart Month: Lowering Your Risk of Heart Disease

Posted by Gayle Young on Feb 11, 2020 11:14:16 AM

As we age, changes in our hearts and blood vessels increase our risk of developing heart disease. Our arteries could harden, for example, or narrow from plaque that builds up over time. Our heart muscles might naturally weaken as we get older, or we could experience hypertension and high blood pressure. It’s little wonder that cardiovascular disease is most prevalent among people age 65 and older.

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Topics: Aging, Senior Wellness, Preventative Care, Heart Disease

Medicare Scams, and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Gayle Young on Jan 22, 2020 9:07:00 AM

Scams targeting people 65 and older abound, with swindlers attempting to convince unsuspecting seniors to wire them money or divulge private financial information. Medicare scams involve criminals soliciting—either online or over the phone—private data needed to steal recipients’ federal health insurance benefits or access their bank accounts.

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Topics: Articles, Senior Living, Safety, Senior Scams

2020 New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make

Posted by Gayle Young on Jan 8, 2020 8:43:21 AM

The beginning of a new year—and in the case of 2020, a new decade—is a time when nearly half of all American adults resolve to make changes intended to improve their lives. While not everyone follows through on those goals, a good many people do. So here are three new year's resolution ideas that older adults might consider to kick off 2020 with improvement in mind.

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Topics: Active Living, Senior Living, Senior Wellness, Seniors and Exercise

Made to Last

Posted by Gayle Young on Dec 19, 2019 3:01:29 PM

Lovi and Dick have been married for 50 years. When they moved into The Woodlands, the couple decorated their 1,100-square-foot apartment with belongings that reflect a lifetime together: favorite furniture pieces, treasured artwork, and cherished souvenirs from past travels. They are as comfortable in their personalized living space as they are with each other.

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Topics: Independent Living, People, Senior Living, Why Sunset?, The Woodlands

Will Mom be happy here? Answers to our most frequentlyasked questions.

Posted by Gayle Young on Dec 9, 2019 10:13:00 AM

Picking an assisted living facility for an aging loved one is hard. We know because we regularly field questions from family members struggling to make the right choices.

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Topics: Independent Living, Long-term Care, Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Why Sunset?, Assisted Living, Life Plan Communities, Caregiving, Level of Care

Six Tips for Winter Wellness

Posted by Gayle Young on Dec 4, 2019 9:22:36 AM

Winter holds the joys of holidays and first snowfalls but, simultaneously, the winter blues and flu season. If only we could avoid the second half of that spectrum and remain healthy, vibrant, and cheery in the colder months.

Below are six tips for staying physically, emotionally, and mentally well this winter. Older adults can—and should—thrive as temperatures drop with these guidelines in hand.

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Topics: Senior Living, Aging, Safety, Senior Wellness, Seniors and Exercise, Loneliness, Isolation

Dispelling the Myths About Dementia

Posted by Gayle Young on Nov 15, 2019 8:25:00 AM

Is dementia inevitable as we grow old? Many people think it is. In truth, dementia is not a regular part of the human aging process. While principally impacting older adults, dementia results from conditions or injuries affecting the brain that could occur at any age.

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Topics: Memory Care, Aging, Dementia

Keeping Holiday Traditions Alive

Posted by Gayle Young on Nov 12, 2019 8:10:39 AM

The holiday season comes with strung lights, peppermint treats, gifts wrapped up in bows, and the possibility of a blanket of white on the ground. However, nearly one-third of adults agree that November and December also bring feelings of loneliness. Regardless of whether you celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or any other holidays this time of year, holding onto traditions is meaningful. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of ways to help your older loved ones maintain their treasured traditions while creating new memories.

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Topics: Holidays, Aging, Caregiving, Loneliness, Isolation

Understanding Hospice Care

Posted by Gayle Young on Oct 29, 2019 9:40:42 AM

Each year, the second Saturday of October marks World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. When faced with a life-limiting illness and hearing, “Nothing can be done,” hospice can help.

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Topics: Hospice, Palliative Care, Ashanti Hospice and Palliative Care