Sunset Stories

The Eden Alternative in Action

Posted by Gayle Young on Jan 28, 2019 11:19:20 AM

In the early 1990s, Bill and Julie Thomas began developing a new approach to elder care. Their cutting-edge method, now known as The Eden Alternative, gave nursing home residents greater privacy, independence, and control over their lives. With the goal to improve the wellbeing of older adults, The Eden Alternative aims to eliminate what Bill Thomas calls the “three plagues” commonly found in senior living facilities: loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.

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Topics: Facility News, Long-term Care, Nursing Homes, People, Residential Care, Aging, The Eden Alternative, Assisted Living

Sunset Unveils the Fieldstone Villas Clubhouse

Posted by Gayle Young on Jan 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The end of 2018 marked some big transitions for Sunset Communities. Fieldstone Villas grew its neighborhood with the opening of a 10,000 square foot Clubhouse. The expansive clubhouse provides a special gathering place for Fieldstone Villas residents

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Topics: Active Living, Events, Facility News, Independent Living, Fieldstone Villas

Sleep: Tips for Catching Your Needed Zs

Posted by Gayle Young on Jan 14, 2019 11:26:27 AM

Sleep is essential to human life, and a good night's rest has significant effects on our ability to carry out daily functions. Getting an appropriate amount of sleep enables us to concentrate and remain engaged in various settings. But as we age, many of us experience difficulty falling—and staying—asleep.

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Topics: Articles, Aging, Sleep, Senior Wellness

Avoid These Holiday Financial Scams

Posted by Gayle Young on Dec 14, 2018 8:17:38 AM

Aging Americans lose an estimated $36.5 billion each year to financial scams—and deceptive activity is especially high during the winter holiday season. Many older adults are trusting individuals with good credit and savings in the bank—qualities that make them likely targets for financial fraud. What’s more, scam victims are often too ashamed to report the crimes, making law enforcement efforts extra difficult.

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Topics: Articles, Holidays, Aging, Safety, Senior Scams

Helpful Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

Posted by Gayle Young on Dec 10, 2018 1:51:43 PM

Providing care for an aging family member is almost always a difficult task. The challenge is often intensified when you must be a long-distance caregiver.

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Topics: Continuing Care Communities, Long-term Care, Planning, Residential Care, Senior Living, Aging, Assisted Living, Safety

’Tis the Season to be Jolly

Posted by Gayle Young on Nov 26, 2018 3:41:50 PM

We usually associate the winter holiday season with joyful times spent celebrating with family and friends. However, the holidays can leave some older adults feeling depressed. If you’re caring about a loved one this time of year, it’s wise to watch for depression’s symptoms.

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Topics: Holidays, Senior Living, Aging, Sunset Village, Sunset House

Home Safety Tips for Older Adults

Posted by Gayle Young on Nov 19, 2018 2:56:19 PM

Family members often express concern to us about the safety of their elderly loved ones who live alone at home. With aging comes higher risks for serious injuries resulting from accidents, so making sure a home is a safe living space is essential. Here are some around-the-house tips for making any home safer.

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Topics: Independent Living, People, Senior Living, Physical Therapy, Aging, Safety

Is Your Assisted Living Community For-Profit or Nonprofit? The Difference Matters to You.

Posted by Gayle Young on Oct 31, 2018 9:45:13 AM

Are residents of assisted living facilities forced to leave their homes when they run out of money? Are a facility’s policy decisions based on bottom-line financial results or what’s best for the residents? Answers to those questions could depend on whether the assisted living community is a for-profit or nonprofit organization.

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Topics: Continuing Care Communities, Long-term Care, Nursing Homes, Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Why Sunset?, The Nonprofit Difference, Assisted Living

What is Hospice?

Posted by Gayle Young on Oct 17, 2018 4:39:41 PM

“May you live every day of your life.” —Jonathan Swift

Hospice care is often associated with finality: the realization that someone’s battle with illness will soon be lost. Although most people associate hospice with specialized care for those with life-limiting diseases or conditions, many have little understanding about how it actually works—and who all it serves.

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Topics: Hospice, Palliative Care, Why Sunset?

Clubhouse to Provide Special Gathering Spot for Fieldstone Villas Residents

Posted by Gayle Young on Oct 1, 2018 7:48:55 AM

Since 1871, Sunset Communities has adapted and evolved to meet the changing needs of those we serve. Our newest project, the Fieldstone Villas Clubhouse, is the latest example of that ongoing commitment.

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Topics: Active Living, Continuing Care Communities, Facility News, Independent Living, Senior Housing, Why Sunset?, Fieldstone Villas