Sunset Stories

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

Caregiver: Care for Yourself, Too

Posted by Gayle Young on Oct 28, 2019 8:53:38 AM

Caregivers, this one is for you. Here are some helpful tips for avoiding caregiving-related injuries and emotional tolls.

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Topics: Long-term Care, Assisted Living, Safety, Caregiving, Level of Care

Finding Purpose in Aging

Posted by Gayle Young on Sep 27, 2019 10:05:24 AM

Autumn has arrived in Northwest Ohio, and the growing season is winding down for the raised flower beds that line the grassy courtyard at Sunset Village. Accordingly, the hard-working curators of this unique garden are busily preparing the beds for cooler temperatures.

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Topics: Continuing Care Communities, People, Aging, Sunset Village, Life Plan Communities, Loneliness, Isolation

Medicare Open Enrollment Time is Approaching

Posted by Gayle Young on Sep 16, 2019 11:37:20 AM

The Open enrollment period for 2020 Medicare coverage begins October 15 and runs through December 7, 2019. Annual enrollment is the time for making any changes to your existing Medicare policy, such as switching from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan. Updates made during the open enrollment timeframe take effect on January 1, 2020.

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Topics: Planning, Senior Care Terms, Healthcare, Medicare

A Matter of Taste

Posted by Gayle Young on Aug 21, 2019 4:29:49 PM

Why your sense of taste is changing—and what you can do about it

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Topics: Planning, Aging, Senior Wellness

Safe-Driving Tips for Mature Motorists

Posted by Gayle Young on Aug 2, 2019 12:44:23 PM

Whatever their ages, Americans love to be mobile. And for many people, that means driving an automobile. In this country, three out of four adults have valid driver’s licenses, and 40 million of those drivers are age 65 or older.

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Topics: Independent Living, Aging, Safety, Senior Wellness, Driving

A Cure for Summertime Isolation

Posted by Gayle Young on Jul 18, 2019 7:19:10 AM

Whether it's walking in the park, enjoying outdoor picnics, attending baseball games, or going swimming, summer includes countless fun pursuits. What's more, summertime involves various traditions, such as traveling to favorite vacation destinations, watching Fourth of July fireworks, and attending family reunions. For older adults, missing out on summer’s fun can create feelings of isolation and loneliness.

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Topics: Senior Living, Aging, Senior Wellness, Caregiving, Loneliness, Isolation

Keep Your Keys: Empowering Your Independence

Posted by Gayle Young on Jul 10, 2019 9:42:52 AM

For the most part, older adults often want to drive for the same reason sixteen-year-olds do: driving provides them independence. As they age, older adults worry about relinquishing their freedom. Indeed, 53 percent of older adults are concerned about remaining independent, while 26 percent say that losing independence is their greatest fear.

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Topics: Active Living, Independent Living, The Woodlands, Safety, Driving, Special Presentations