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

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

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

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

Seven Summer Safety Precautions Every Senior Should Follow

Posted by Gayle Young on Jun 15, 2019 11:24:05 AM

June marks the return of two annual calendar events: the first day of summer and National Safety Month. While most of us often associate winter’s snow and ice with accidental injuries, certain summer conditions pose potential risks as well. With sunny days and warm temperatures drawing us outdoors, here are seven precautions older adults can take to protect themselves from harm this summer.

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