Sunset Stories

What You Should Know About Face Masks and COVID-19

Posted by Gayle Young on Jul 23, 2020 3:01:26 PM

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has enacted a statewide mask mandate to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The order goes into effect Thursday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m.

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Topics: Safety, Senior Wellness, Preventative Care, COVID-19

The Heat is On

Posted by Gayle Young on Jul 10, 2020 2:07:39 PM

Sweltering summer temperatures are uncomfortable for everyone. But for older adults, excessive heat can prove dangerous. Among the 12,000 heat-related deaths in the United States annually, 80 percent involve individuals aged 60 or over.

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Topics: Aging, Safety, Senior Wellness, Preventative Care

Watch Out for These COVID-19 Scams

Posted by Gayle Young on Jun 10, 2020 1:47:18 PM

According to the Federal Trade Commission, financial scams tied to COVID-19 are on the rise. Through June 4, the FTC has received nearly 36,000 complaints involving coronavirus-related fraud, with consumers losing more than $46 million so far.  

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Topics: Safety, Senior Scams, 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

Medicare Scams, and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Gayle Young on Jan 22, 2020 9:07:00 AM

Scams targeting people 65 and older abound, with swindlers attempting to convince unsuspecting seniors to wire them money or divulge private financial information. Medicare scams involve criminals soliciting—either online or over the phone—private data needed to steal recipients’ federal health insurance benefits or access their bank accounts.

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Topics: Articles, Senior Living, Safety, Senior Scams

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

Caregiver: Care for Yourself, Too

Posted by Gayle Young on Oct 28, 2019 8:53:38 AM

Caregivers, this one is for you. Here are some helpful tips for avoiding caregiving-related injuries and emotional tolls.

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Topics: Long-term Care, Assisted Living, Safety, Caregiving, Level of Care

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

Keep Your Keys: Empowering Your Independence

Posted by Gayle Young on Jul 10, 2019 9:42:52 AM

For the most part, older adults often want to drive for the same reason sixteen-year-olds do: driving provides them independence. As they age, older adults worry about relinquishing their freedom. Indeed, 53 percent of older adults are concerned about remaining independent, while 26 percent say that losing independence is their greatest fear.

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Topics: Active Living, Independent Living, The Woodlands, Safety, Driving, Special Presentations

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