Sunset Stories

Keeping Physically Active During a Pandemic

Posted by Gayle Young on Sep 25, 2020 8:15:05 AM

There is no denying the importance of physical exercise to our overall wellness. Whatever our age, staying active can help us manage our weight, blood pressure, pain, and emotions. That’s why health experts recommend that older adults who are fit enough for physical activity perform at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week.

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Topics: Active Living, Senior Living, Senior Wellness, Seniors and Exercise

Talking about Assisted Living

Posted by Gayle Young on Sep 21, 2020 9:00:00 AM

From our experience, we know that some older adults feel put off by the term “assisted living.” The phrase could conjure up concerns about being perceived as helpless for someone unfamiliar with the services. But as people learn more, they begin to recognize how they might benefit from assisted living. Here, then, is some information you might find helpful.

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Topics: Long-term Care, Senior Living, Aging, Sunset Village, Sunset House, Assisted Living, Caregiving, Level of Care, Activities of Daily Living

Seniors Embracing Technology: A New Normal?

Posted by Gayle Young on Aug 1, 2020 10:32:58 AM

The coronavirus pandemic has been disrupting personal lifestyles since mid-March while transforming the ways people work and interact. Social distancing and sheltering-in-place have lessened face-to-face contact between families, friends, co-workers, and classmates. Fortunately, online technology permits many of us to remain connected with the people in our world.

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Topics: Senior Living, Aging, Isolation, COVID-19, Seniors and Technology

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

The History of Sunset

Posted by Gayle Young on May 12, 2020 12:58:59 PM

Those of us who work at Sunset Communities love talking about the organization’s lengthy history. Founded by the Women’s Christian Association in the early 1870s, we initially went by the name, Home for Friendless Women. In 1889, we became The Old Ladies Home of Toledo, a name that would serve us for more than five decades.

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Topics: Senior Housing, Senior Living, Aging, Sunset History

Make Your Mark: Older Americans Month 2020

Posted by Gayle Young on May 6, 2020 7:32:46 AM

Each May, Older Americans Month serves as an opportunity to recognize the countless ways in which seniors contribute to our communities. This year’s theme, Make Your Mark, highlights the unique and enduring contributions older adults make to society.

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Topics: Events, Senior Living, Aging, Senior Wellness, Older Americans Month

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

2020 New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make

Posted by Gayle Young on Jan 8, 2020 8:43:21 AM

The beginning of a new year—and in the case of 2020, a new decade—is a time when nearly half of all American adults resolve to make changes intended to improve their lives. While not everyone follows through on those goals, a good many people do. So here are three new year's resolution ideas that older adults might consider to kick off 2020 with improvement in mind.

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Topics: Active Living, Senior Living, Senior Wellness, Seniors and Exercise

Made to Last

Posted by Gayle Young on Dec 19, 2019 3:01:29 PM

Lovi and Dick have been married for 50 years. When they moved into The Woodlands, the couple decorated their 1,100-square-foot apartment with belongings that reflect a lifetime together: favorite furniture pieces, treasured artwork, and cherished souvenirs from past travels. They are as comfortable in their personalized living space as they are with each other.

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Topics: Independent Living, People, Senior Living, Why Sunset?, The Woodlands

Will Mom be happy here? Answers to our most frequentlyasked questions.

Posted by Gayle Young on Dec 9, 2019 10:13:00 AM

Picking an assisted living facility for an aging loved one is hard. We know because we regularly field questions from family members struggling to make the right choices.

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Topics: Independent Living, Long-term Care, Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Why Sunset?, Assisted Living, Life Plan Communities, Caregiving, Level of Care