By MD for Seniors

Seniors may develop anxiety disorders as they age and face drastic life changes.

Anxiety disorders are common, but often misunderstood, mental health issues.

While we all feel worried or overwhelmed at times, anxiety disorders go above and beyond a typical case of stress. According to the American Psychiatric Association, anxiety disorders cause disproportionate levels of fear and nervousness, to the point that it interferes with people’s everyday lives. People with one of these conditions may react with extreme stress to common situations, or become so fearful that something will go wrong that they avoid common situations, no matter how unrealistic their concerns may be.

Though about 30 percent of all adults …read more

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Forgetful seniors may be living with ADHD, which may be confused for dementia.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a fairly common mental condition that impacts millions of Americans.

Though many people associate ADHD with energetic young children who struggle to pay attention in class, there are actually many nuances to this condition. As doctors get a better understanding about what ADHD is and how it manifests, they are also learning more about the people who have it, including the fact that adults, even seniors, may be living with this disorder as well.

What is ADHD?
ADHD is a cognitive disorder marked by trouble focusing, hyperactivity and impulsivity, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

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Nearly half of all adults who have arthritis have another serious health condition as well.

For many seniors, the pain of arthritis is a daily occurrence.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that half of all people over the age of 65 have had some form of diagnosed arthritis. This unpleasant condition causes pain and discomfort in joints, making mobility a challenge for the people who have it. Treatment options can range from an over-the-counter pain reliever to invasive surgeries to repair or replace major joints.

So, what does arthritis is the U.S. look like by the numbers?

54.4 million people are affected
According to the CDC, more than 54 million …read more

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The warm, supportive environment at Sunrise has helped many of our locations to win high-ranking customer service awards.

NRC Health recently named the recipients of the 2017 Excellence in Action award in the Health category.

Among the list of winners were nine communities from Sunrise Senior Living, including Bertram House of Swampscott, MA, John Bertram House, MA, Sunrise at Parma, OH, Sunrise of Cinco Ranch, TX, Sunrise of Cohasset, MA, Sunrise of Fair Oaks, VA, Sunrise of Rockville, MD, Sunrise at Fox Hill, MD, and Sunrise of Sandy, UT.

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It’s common for older adults to start to slow down as they age.

Maintaining bone and muscle strength, balance and cardiorespiratory health can become more of a challenge. As a result, some seniors have a hard time staying as physically fit as they once were.

This can lead to a difficult cycle, however, as the less activity you get, the weaker those systems can become, which further limits mobility. The way you stay active as you age may change over time, but that doesn’t mean it has to stop entirely. In fact, many inspiring seniors are able to make stunning …read more

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We are thrilled to share that 11 Sunrise Senior Living communities were recently recognized with a 2017 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award.

The Silver Quality Award recipients join five Sunrise communities that earned Silver Quality Awards in 2016 and 181 Sunrise communities that have been recognized with Bronze Quality Awards over the last two years – the most of any single assisted living provider.

“These 11 communities have achieved a significant milestone on their quality journeys by successfully applying the rigorous Baldridge-based standards of this program to benefit our residents,” said Ed McMahon, Ph.D., VP of Quality for …read more

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Just one to five bad sunburns in your life can dramatically increase skin cancer development.

Most people know how important it is to keep young kids protected from the sun in the summer.

Research has shown that too much exposure to UV rays during youth can lead to serious health complications as people get older, including skin cancer. Sunscreen ads often target parents of small children, emphasizing the importance of keeping kids protected from the harsh sun rays.

Children aren’t the only demographic at risk, however. Though some cases of skin cancer can take many years to form, it can also act quickly, impacting people of any age. Because of the misconceptions that skin cancer …read more

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Frail seniors often have longer recovery times, but hospitals aren't always the best setting for them to heal.

Frailty can be a significant health concern for older adults.

Frail seniors struggle to maintain homeostasis – that is, their bodies are unable to self-regulate as efficiently as they could when they were younger. For example, if it’s a particularly warm summer day, a healthy senior’s body would be able to regulate its core temperature through sweating. A frail senior, however, would not be able to adjust to the rising temperatures as well, which could put them at an increased risk for overheating and hyperthermia.

This lack of homeostasis makes frail seniors vulnerable to a number of increased health …read more

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Sunburn causes severe skin damage that can make your loved one sick.

Hot summer weather can provide plenty of opportunities for fun, but it carries some risks as well.

While it’s great to pack the family up for an afternoon at the beach, or to spend time outdoors for a cookout or picnic, when you’re the caregiver for an older loved one you have some extra precautions to take. Older adults are more vulnerable to certain health ailments, due to age-related changes to their immune system and the possible effects of chronic illnesses or injuries. It’s important to keep an eye on them when the temperature increases to quickly identify and …read more

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Roasted chicken is a healthy protein to prepare for dinner.

When you’re a family caregiver, meal planning can be hectic.

From upkeep of the house, laundry, keeping track of doctor appointments and cooking meals, there’s a lot of responsibility that rests on your shoulders. As such, you may not always have enough hours in the day to accomplish all the things you want, or need to.

Nutrition is a crucial element of your loved one’s health, however. You need to make sure they’re eating enough and getting nutritional meals. But this doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task. Try one of these 30-minute meals to save time:

1. Honey-Dijon Sheet Pan Chicken
Sheet-pan …read more