Sunset Stories

Study Reveals That Life Plan Community Residents Are More Physically Active

Posted by Gayle Young on Apr 25, 2019 1:16:00 PM

Residents of Life Plan Communities participate in physical activity more frequently than older adults living in the community at large. Not surprisingly, Life Plan Community residents also report being in better overall health than other seniors.

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Topics: Active Living, Independent Living, Senior Living, Fieldstone Villas, Sunset Village, Senior Wellness, Life Plan Communities, Seniors and Exercise

Living in a Life Plan Community Improves Health and Wellness Over Time

Posted by Gayle Young on Apr 18, 2019 1:02:22 PM

According to early results from a five-year nationwide study, Life Plan Community residents report greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and vocational wellness than older adults living within the community at large.

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Topics: Active Living, Continuing Care Communities, Independent Living, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Fieldstone Villas, Sunset Village, Life Plan Communities

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

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

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

A Blueprint for Independent Living

Posted by Gayle Young on Jun 20, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Walking through the front door of the Burgoon-style design at Fieldstone Villas for the very first time, you’re bound to experience an immediate sense of coming home. The most popular layout among Fieldstone’s newest construction phase, the Burgoon features a covered front porch that leads into an inviting entryway. Laminate floors spill into an open dining room that’s flanked by a modern kitchen on one side and a cozy living room on the other. It’s clear that great care went into designing this space.

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Topics: Facility News, Independent Living, Planning, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Why Sunset?, Fieldstone Villas

Companion Animals and the Benefits They Provide

Posted by Gayle Young on Mar 6, 2018 8:55:53 AM

As many people know, animals are capable of incredible things. Whether they are saving lives as integral members of a police force, guiding the visually impaired through their daily routines, or showering those around them with unconditional affection, animals positively impact their human companions in ways that we often overlook.

So it should come as no surprise that there are many benefits to allowing care community residents to have pets reside with them. Clinical studies have shown that elders living in residential facilities with animals exhibit less stress than those who do not have a companion pet. Overall wellness is heightened for dog and cat owners, and their quality of life improves as a result.

Human contact with animals triggers an increase in serotonin production, causing a "feel-good" effect and making heart rate and stress levels drop. Lower blood pressure, increased physical activity, and reduced cholesterol have also been linked to pet ownership.

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Topics: Independent Living, Long-term Care, Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Why Sunset?, Pets

6 Reasons You’re Not Planning For Long-Term Care

Posted by Sunset Staff on Jan 19, 2017 4:11:21 PM

Here’s an interesting quandary: while experts estimate that today’s retirees face a 69 percent future risk of needing long-term care, six in 10 middle-aged adults consider themselves unlikely to ever require assistance living their lives. Those numbers indicate that aging adults are overly optimistic about their future living needs—and their confidence is causing many to postpone or forgo planning for long-term care.

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Topics: Active Living, Articles, Independent Living, Long-term Care, Nursing Homes, Planning, Senior Housing, Senior Living

6 Reasons You Should Move to Sunset Before Winter

Posted by Sunset Staff on Oct 5, 2016 9:19:18 AM

If you’ve been considering moving to an assisted living community, autumn is an ideal time to act. With winter fast approaching, settling into one of Sunset’s living communities holds a special appeal to anyone wishing to avoid the frigid, snowy hassles that accompany the season’s arrival.

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Topics: Active Living, Articles, Continuing Care Communities, Independent Living, Nursing Homes, Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Why Sunset?

A Beautiful Place to Call Home

Posted by Sunset Staff on Aug 16, 2016 10:57:17 AM

The first Fieldstone Villas are nearing completion, and soon our founding residents will be moving into the Life Plan Community (formerly known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community). Located in a beautiful park-like setting—with walking paths, ponds, and well-appointed landscaping—Fieldstone Villas redefine the traditional setting of a retirement facility.

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Topics: Active Living, Articles, Facility News, Independent Living, Senior Housing, Senior Living