Sunset Stories

Special Film Presentation: Lives Well Lived

Posted by Gayle Young on Apr 8, 2019 2:12:58 PM

Sunset Communities, in cooperation with the Jewish Living Center of Greater Toledo, will be holding a luncheon presentation of the film, Lives Well Lived, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. The feature documentary film celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom, and experiences of older adults who are living life to the fullest. Through their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories, forty people ages seventy-five to 100 share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life.

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Topics: Events, Senior Living, Aging

Making Assisted Living Feel Like Home

Posted by Gayle Young on Mar 27, 2019 2:31:02 PM

Moving into a new home is usually exciting, but it can sometimes prove emotionally challenging. The process involves abandoning parts of your past—and leaving a place where you made countless memories. Moving to an assisted living facility can be additionally tricky because it means acknowledging that we're getting older and that we might require help with certain activities.

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Topics: Long-term Care, Nursing Homes, Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Aging, Assisted Living, Senior Wellness

Is Long-Term Care Insurance Right for You?

Posted by Gayle Young on Feb 22, 2019 11:00:00 AM

By 2020, the national average cost for a private room in a nursing home is projected to be approximately $9,000 per month. At that rate, an extended stay in a long-term care facility could drain a person’s savings in a hurry. There are insurance products that help pay long-term care costs. But premiums can be expensive, and the policies often limit the types of care covered.

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Topics: Long-term Care, Planning, Senior Care Terms, Senior Living, Aging, Assisted Living, Long-Term Care Insurance

6 Early Signs of Dementia

Posted by Gayle Young on Feb 14, 2019 2:09:05 PM

Experts use the term dementia to describe a deterioration in mental skills required to perform daily activities. Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, behavioral changes, and disorientation. Alzheimer’s disease is by far the most common form of dementia, with more than 5 million Americans living with the condition.

There is no cure for dementia, nor absolute treatments to slow its progress. However, there are ways to manage its various symptoms.

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Topics: Memory Care, Aging, Senior Wellness, Dementia

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

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