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Creative Ideas to Help Single Seniors Eat Healthy

When it comes to aging well, few factors are more important than what you eat. While a balanced diet can help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent muscle loss, an unhealthy diet has the opposite effect.A poor diet can contribute to a variety of problems, ranging from falls to heart disease and stroke. Research also suggests a diet high in saturated fats may increase your risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Older adults who live alone face a variety of barriers to healthy eating. The first step in adopting a more balanced approach to meals is to identify those barriers.
Barriers to Healthy Eating…

Wildfire Preparedness Tips for Older Adults

When it comes to fires, older adults are at higher risk of injury and loss of life than younger people. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) says seniors are 2.5 times more likely to lose their life in a home fire than other age groups. Depending on where they live, an older adult might be at risk for another type of fire: wildfires.In recent years, seniors have lost their lives in wildfires in frighteningly high numbers. During the 2017 wine country wildfires in California, for example, the majority of the 44 deaths were older adults. Fast-moving wildfires make it especially…

Tips for Managing Chronic Stress When You Are A Caregiver

As the average age in this country continues to climb, an increasing number of adult children are becoming caregivers. For some, it is only for a few weeks or months while a parent recovers from an illness or surgery. Often, however, it is for a prolonged period of time. In fact, more than one third of family caregivers provide support to their loved one for five years or more.Balancing caregiving tasks with a career and family is as difficult as it is rewarding. As a senior loved one’s needs increase, the juggling act often begins to feel overwhelming. It can lead…

How Medical Expenses Can Impact Retirement Savings and How to Protect Yourself

As older adults get closer to retirement, they often begin to educate themselves about Medicare. Those unfamiliar with the benefit sometimes think Medicare will pay for all their healthcare expenses once they are enrolled. The reality is, Medicare doesn’t cover all healthcare costs.A senior can find themselves with significant expenses following a hospital stay or lengthy illness. Learning what expenses aren’t covered and how to protect your finances is important.
Understanding Medicare Coverage
Research shows that over their lifetime, a retiree will incur an average of $122,000 out-of-pocket for medical expenses Medicare doesn’t cover. For older adults who have a chronic disease or…

Sunrise Raises More Than $30,000 for UsAgainstAlzheimer’s!

Sunrise Senior Living has a proud history of advocating on behalf of adults with Alzheimer’s disease. As an industry leader in memory care, we are committed to helping advance both prevention and treatment efforts.In addition to our ongoing relationship with the Alzheimer’s Association, we have formed a new partnership this year with UsAgainstAlzheimer’s! This innovative nonprofit organization is demanding and delivering a solution to Alzheimer’s, and Sunrise is committed to supporting this effort by raising funds for and awareness of this devastating disease.
Sunrise Fund for a Cure
Sunrise communities offer eight signature activities programs, each of which are specifically designed to provide…

How to Live Your Happiest Life during Retirement

Retirement is a chapter most adults look forward to reaching. While having some well-deserved leisure time is important, living your best retirement also requires finding purpose. That can be more difficult when the kids are grown and your career is left behind.These tips can help you create a plan for living your best life after you retire.
Living with Purpose during Retirement
Listen to your head and heart: Having the freedom to plan your own day can be empowering after you’ve spent a lifetime adjusting your schedule to an employer’s needs. Without structure, however, too much free time can lead to unhealthy…

What Is Skip-Gen Travel?

A trend that is becoming increasingly common is skip-gen travel. The phrase is shorthand for travel plans that skip a generation, and generally refers to grandparents taking the grandkids on a holiday. As we head into the last month of summer, we share helpful tips for planning a last-minute skip-gen getaway with your grandchildren.Planning a Skip-Gen Vacation
1. Set realistic expectations.

If this is the first time you are vacationing alone with your grandchildren, set realistic expectations. You might want to start small. Plan a getaway to a nearby destination over a long weekend or a few days during the week. Car travel…

What to Do When a Senior with Alzheimer’s Is Hospitalized

Whether it is a planned stay or a sudden trip to the emergency room, being hospitalized is frightening and stressful at any age. The discomfort associated with an illness or injury, and the uncertainty of what comes next, is unsettling. For a senior who has Alzheimer’s disease, a hospital admission can be even more difficult.The change in routine combined with an unfamiliar environment often increases confusion and agitation for an adult with Alzheimer’s disease. Hospital staff aren’t always experts of Alzheimer’s and the unique needs people who live with the disease have. That can lead to problems.
If you are the caregiver…

Summer UV Safety Tips for Seniors

Maybe you are one of the lucky people who’ve never experienced a serious sunburn or any sun-related skin problem. But like so many things in life, risk factors change as we grow older. With aging often comes more delicate skin, putting seniors at higher risk for skin sensitivity and sun damage.Along with the obvious risk factors for skin damage come hidden dangers that increase the skin’s sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Medication side effects and chronic health conditions are common culprits. These changes are often overlooked by older adults, especially those who have always spent time outdoors without sunscreen.
In recognition of…

What Questions Should You Ask on an Assisted Living Community Tour?

Touring an assisted living community for the first time may be intimidating and overwhelming. It can be difficult to know what to look for and what to ask on your visit. While a grand piano in the lobby and plush drapes are nice features, making a good decision means learning about the community’s quality of operation and care.Here are a few questions that can help you better understand both.
8 Questions to Ask During an Assisted Living Community Tour
1. How does the community hire and train caregivers?
Delivering quality care requires experienced, compassionate caregivers. Be sure to ask how team members are recruited…