By MD for Seniors

Spring cleaning can be a challenging task for caregivers.

As the last of the snow melts away and the weather begins to warm up, thoughts turn to spring and all that entails – vibrant daffodils, blossoming tress, longer days, Easter treats, and, of course, spring cleaning!

Sorting through your abode in preparation for the new season can be a challenging task at the best of times, but it can be even more complex if you are caring for someone living with dementia, as you’ll likely have more to consider. That’s not to say that spring cleaning should be avoided – there are, thankfully, a number of simple tips that …read more

By MD for Seniors

Approaches to Alzheimer's diagnosis and treatment are constantly evolving

Alzheimer’s is one of the biggest challenges that medical professionals, caregivers and patients face.

About 10 percent of the U.S. population aged 65 and older has some form of Alzheimer’s, according to the latest information published by the Alzheimer’s Association in its 2017 Facts and Figures presentation. The vast majority – 82 percent – of those individuals are 75 years of age or older. The threat of Alzheimer’s, in its various permutations, is already taken extremely seriously, and now the magnitude of the issue is about to increase by a notable margin.

Approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 65 …read more

By MD for Seniors

Add ground flaxseed to morning smoothies, oatmeal, cereal or yogurt.

Did you know that 75 million Americans live with high blood pressure?

That’s every 1 in 3 adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making it a very common condition.

Blood pressure is defined as the force that your blood circulates against your artery walls. Normally, it rises and falls throughout the day. If it reaches high levels and stays there consistently, it then has the ability to damage your heart and increase your risk for chronic conditions such as heart disease and stroke.

“Signs and symptoms are not always present.”

Unfortunately, high blood pressure has also been …read more

By MD for Seniors

Keep all of your bills organized with the Mint app.

The smartphone has a reputation for making many of life’s daily tasks easier and more convenient to complete.

Besides making telephone calls, you can send emails and text messages, take photos, use a calculator, manage a calendar and even check the weather – all on one device. Beyond those key features, everyone has access to an app store with virtual shelves that are loaded with fun and useful apps that you can download right to your smartphone.

As an older adult, you may be looking for apps that’ll cater to the changes you’re going through with age. Thankfully, there are plenty …read more

By MD for Seniors

March 20 is recognized as National Proposal Day, and what better way to celebrate then to hear from some of our Sunrise lovebirds?

We got the inside scoop from some of our residents about their proposal stories.

Donna & Al
First up, meet Donna and Al, a couple who reside at Sunrise of Hermosa Beach, CA. These two met in college, began spending much of their time together, and before they knew it, they were saying “I do!” When we asked Donna and Al about their marriage and proposal, they both had lovely memories to share. “We met in history …read more

By MD for Seniors

Let's celebrate some of the famous American women who have been changing society for decades.

Since 1987, March has been declared Women’s History Month in the U.S. – a time to honor the historical, political and cultural achievements of this nation’s remarkable women.

According to the National Women’s History Project, it began as a mere week in March per the proclamation of President Jimmy Carter in 1980, but over the next seven years 14 states recognized the month as a period to champion women, motivating Congress to follow suit. So all ladies of all ages – single and otherwise – stand up and take a bow, because these next few weeks are your standing …read more

By MD for Seniors

Turn your fresh asparagus into delicious seasonal dishes.

Springtime and warm weather is on the way.

Soon enough, you’ll be spending more time outside, enjoying the sun while tending to your garden. Now’s the perfect time to start thinking about how you’ll transform those home-grown vegetables into delicious meals!

Here are a few of our favorite springtime recipes using fresh veggies from the garden:

1. Salmon and Beets with Yogurt Sauce over Watercress
This delicious recipe, courtesy of Country Living magazine, makes for a satisfying meal on a warm spring afternoon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 lb. beets – peeled and cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh dill – chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. …read more

By MD for Seniors

Eat more fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables.

While the official start of spring is right around the corner, there’s no telling when cold conditions will completely subside and warm weather will finally be here to stay.

That means your body will experience a roller coaster of temperatures, which may increase your chance of catching a cold – even as flu season comes to a close. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to prepare your immune system for the transition from winter to springtime.

Here are nine simple ways to boost your immune system just in time for the new season:

1. Spend time in the sun
As long as the …read more

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Laughter yoga can bring you joy on Let's Laugh Day

March 19 is Let’s Laugh Day, a time to take advantage of all the joy that the simple act of laughter can bring to our lives.

So many things cause us to laugh on a regular basis – jokes shared with us by friends and family, a favorite sitcom, the silly behavior of a pet and countless others. But how often do you think of laughter as something that could make you feel better and healthier physically as well as emotionally? If your answer is “not often,” you may well be fascinated to learn about laughter yoga.

As with …read more

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Call 911 or your local medical emergency number for assistance.

Talk to your family members about how each of you can start making healthier choices.

Committing to a healthy lifestyle and encouraging your loved ones to do the same can improve everyone’s overall wellness. It can also reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke and acute myocardial infarction (AMI), also known as a heart attack.

There will never be a surefire way to completely avoid experiencing a heart attack, but your body to keep it healthy will certainly decrease one’s risk. If your loved one develops AMI, it’s important that you’re well prepared to …read more