By MD for Seniors

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

By MD for Seniors

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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By MD for Seniors

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

By MD for Seniors

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

By MD for Seniors

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

By MD for Seniors

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

By MD for Seniors

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

By MD for Seniors

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
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Share one of your grandfather's favorite activities with him this Father's Day.

Father’s Day is right around the corner.

While presents and cards are nice to give your grandfather, chances are good that he’ll most enjoy one of life’s greatest gifts: simply spending time together with you.

Having trouble deciding what to do? Consider some of these activities for Father’s Day:

“If he has projects he likes to do, ask him to show you how it’s done.”

1. Share in his favorite hobby
If your grandfather enjoys a special hobby, why not join him for the day? Is grandpa an avid golfer? Perhaps he spends his afternoons in the garden or at his workshop …read more

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Starting the conversation about your aging loved one moving into a new environment for additional care can be confusing and emotional for everyone involved.

When preparing for this possible transition, several factors come into play that could make it easier. In this episode, Kelly Myers, SVP of Sales for Sunrise Senior Living, cuts to the chase on some frequently asked questions and shares important tips to consider as you look into senior living options for your loved one.

Check out the highlights from this episode, and make sure to listen in on the full version here.

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