By MD for Seniors

Finding activities the whole family can enjoy can be difficult, but sometimes the right film can bring everyone together.

The best movies for the entire family are the ones that are enjoyable for any age group. Loved ones can eagerly discuss a favorite scene or character and bond over a shared passion.

The Star Wars movies have been entertaining American families for four decades. Many older adults can remember when they first met Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and the many other indelible characters that first helped Star Wars make such a big splash. With the release of several new …read more

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Sugar fresh cranberries to use as garnish.

Fruitcake doesn’t have the best reputation.

Sure, there are a handful of folks who love the seasonal dessert, but many could do without it. For those of you seeking a different treat to bring to the holiday party, consider one of these sweet, fruit-filled desserts:

1. Vanilla Yogurt Berry Trifle
This simple recipe from Country Living magazine makes a light dessert after the Christmas feast:

Ingredients:

  • 2 12-ounce packages strawberries
  • 1 12-ounce package raspberries
  • 1 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large containers of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 40 ladyfingers
  • 2 Tbsp. orange liqueur – optional
  • 1 12-ounce package frozen blueberries

Directions:

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Your loved one may experience a change in mood and personality.

Finding out that your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia can be an overwhelming experience.

And although it may have been an easy decision to become the primary family caregiver, you’ll likely run into a number of situations where you feel uncertain about the next choice to make. Consider these tips from Rita Altman, senior vice president of Memory Care & Program Services at Sunrise:

1. What are the most common symptoms Alzheimer’s?
Age-related forgetfulness is inevitable – everyone loses the car keys every once in a while. But not remembering where something is placed isn’t the only …read more

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Serve fresh tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich for a classic dish.

Did you know that December is Tomato and Winter Squash Month?

What better way to celebrate than with a few new recipes? Now’s the perfect time to make a warm, comforting dish to get you through the freezing temperatures.

Here are four meals that incorporate tomato or winter squash:

1. Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup
There’s nothing like a bowl of fresh tomato soup on a cold winter’s day. Try this recipe from Food Network:

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red onion
  • 2 carrots – unpeeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 4 lbs. vine-ripened tomatoes – coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
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Understanding what makes dementia different from age-related memory loss is crucial when caring for your parent.

Forgetfulness is common.

We’ve all misplaced the car keys, forgotten to reply to an email and drawn a blank at the grocery store after leaving the shopping list at home. But there is a point when forgetfulness is more concerning, especially in older adults.

“Many people have difficulty recalling someone’s name, at times,” said Rita Altman, senior vice president of Memory Care and Program Services at Sunrise. “A truer sign of dementia occurs when a person doesn’t recognize a formerly well-known person, doesn’t know the day or season, or has difficulty remembering new information.”

Your brain changes as …read more

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It's common for seniors to see more than one physician, which may be the reason they're taking too many prescriptions.

The benefits of prescription drugs are well known, such as promoting general wellness and warding off disease and infection.

But taking multiple prescriptions at once may be more harmful than you think. The mixed reaction can cause dangerous side effects and produce a result that’s worse than what you were dealing with in the first place. How can you keep yourself from experiencing the backlash of taking too many prescriptions? Doctors and clinical researchers told NBC News the answer is to get de-prescribed.

#Deprescribing hits mainstream media: If You’re Taking Too Many Pills, You May …read more

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Sunrise celebrates 35 years of serving seniors on December 5! To honor this milestone, we’re reflecting on assisted living – past, present and what’s ahead.

At Sunrise, we design programs and activities that help enrich the mind, body and spirit. Since we first opened our doors, programming has played a huge role in daily life in our communities. Hear more from our senior vice president of Memory Care & Program Services, Rita Altman, on how we’ve evolved and what the future may hold.

What was programming like at Sunrise 35 years ago?
Founders Paul and Terry lived at the first …read more

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Sunrise celebrates 35 years of serving seniors on December 5! To honor this milestone, we’re reflecting on assisted living – past, present and what’s ahead.

At Sunrise, providing high-quality, resident-centered care is our number one priority. Hear more from our senior vice president of Care, Sue Coppola, on how we’ve evolved and what the future may hold.

How might providing senior care have evolved over the years in assisted living?
Thirty-five years ago, people were focused more on socialization and companionship, along with their light care needs. What we’ve seen over the years is that, we’ve gone from caring for …read more

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Sunrise celebrates 35 years of serving seniors on December 5! To honor this milestone, we’re reflecting on assisted living – past, present and what’s ahead. .

Each day, our dining teams serve more than 40,000 meals to our residents, so we’ve picked up a thing or two over the years about serving tasty, nutritious meals for seniors. Hear from Tim Whelan, vice president of Dining Services, on how we’ve evolved in the kitchen and beyond to create a best-in-class dining experience.

What did dining look like during the early years of Sunrise?
Sunrise’s founders, Paul and Terry Klaassen, had …read more

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Sunrise celebrates 35 years of serving seniors on December 5! To honor this milestone, we’re reflecting on assisted living – past, present and what’s ahead.

Providing a safe, comfortable environment for seniors involves not only having expertise to create beautiful spaces – it takes understanding their care needs, too. Hear more from Andy Coelho, senior vice president of Construction, Facilities and Design and Andrea Owensby, senior director of Design.

Take us back to the very first days at Sunrise. What role did design play?
Design and aesthetics have always been a huge part of Sunrise communities. …read more