Sunset Stories

Is Living at Sunset a Solution to Loneliness?

Posted by Gayle Young on Jun 29, 2020 3:58:58 PM

Among the many stereotypes associated with senior living communities is the perception that residents are lonelier than they would be if they remained living in their homes. Cut off from family members and friends—this common assumption maintains—older adults will unavoidably experience the detrimental effects of social isolation. But being apart from loved-ones is not limited to senior individuals living in nursing homes. Indeed, loneliness can occur anywhere.

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Topics: Nursing Homes, Senior Living, Aging, Senior Wellness, Loneliness, Isolation

Staying Social While Social Distancing

Posted by Gayle Young on Apr 9, 2020 10:46:14 AM

One of our highest priorities at Sunset Communities is preventing those who live here from experiencing the loneliness prevalent among society’s older adults. Toward that end, we nurture companionship by fostering close and continuing contact between residents and people inside and outside our buildings. But in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) have issued restrictions that significantly limit visitation and group activities at senior living facilities.

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Topics: Facility News, Fieldstone Villas, Sunset Village, The Woodlands, Sunset House, Loneliness, Isolation, COVID-19

COVID-19 Visitation Restrictions: What You Can Do Instead

Posted by Gayle Young on Mar 19, 2020 12:46:05 PM

As the nation strives to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), federal health authorities have instructed senior living communities to restrict all visitors and group activities. How to ease the strain on those affected most.

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Topics: Nursing Homes, Residential Care, Safety, Loneliness, Isolation, COVID-19

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

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 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