By MD for Seniors

Ticks are found across the country in wooded and grassy areas.

From Lyme disease to the Powassan virus, there are a number of illnesses spread by ticks and mosquitoes.

While these conditions are dangerous for the general population, for vulnerable demographics, like infants, people with an autoimmune disorder and adults over the age of 60, they pose an even bigger risk. These groups typically have a harder time fighting off infections, which means they may experience worse symptoms or stay sick for longer.

With the warm weather of spring already here and summer just around the corner, the prevalence of ticks and mosquitoes is going to keep growing. And unfortunately, experts …read more

By MD for Seniors

Many conditions can cause people to lose their appetites as they age, making it harder to identify an eating disorder.

There are many misconceptions about what eating disorders are and who is likely to develop them.

Statistically speaking, eating disorders are most likely to impact children and young adults, and are more prevalent in women than in men. As a result, many people assume that these are the only people who can develop these kind of conditions. The fact of the matter, however, is that eating disorders can affect anyone, regardless of age, race or gender. The stigmas around eating disorders and the myth that they don’t impact older adults means that when seniors do develop one, they aren’t …read more

By MD for Seniors

“Sometimes the most unexpected friends, are the best ones.”

After searching long and hard for the perfect senior living community, Margaret Zimmerman moved into Sunrise of East Brunswick, NJ, and called it home. Soon after she moved in, there was a knock on her door and in came a nurse and another woman. Her friendly voice spoke out, as she introduced herself. Her name was Margaret Sweeney.

The community nurses knew from daily interactions with both women separately that they had a lot in common, and wanted to connect them in hopes of building a new friendship. From that day …read more

By MD for Seniors

Spend Memorial Day with your grandkids and share your stories with them.

To many Americans, Memorial Day is just a fun three-day weekend that marks the unofficial kick off to summer. It’s not rare to come across an American who doesn’t completely understand Memorial Day, and the purpose behind all of the celebration.

But for veterans, along with their friends and families, Memorial Day means so much more. If you’re an older American, you may have volunteered for military services during your lifetime, or may have even been drafted for WWII, the Korean War or the Vietnam War. Or perhaps you stayed home and served the war efforts domestically by working factory …read more

By MD for Seniors

Bring the whole family together with a reunion this summer.

With summer just a few weeks away, you may already be planning some of your favorite seasonal activities.

But if you’re the caregiver of a loved one with dementia, you need to be cognizant of a few considerations. Keep them involved in the fun activities you schedule and enjoy a summer of quality time together. Just be sure to plan ahead with their safety in mind.

The backyard cookout
Few things say “summer” more than a backyard barbecue with those you’re closest to, so get ready to fire up that grill! If you’re a caregiver for someone with early-stage Alzheimer’s, you …read more

By MD for Seniors

Regularly tending to a garden can help older adults connect with nature to reduce stress.

For older adults, staying active and finding fulfilling hobbies to pass the time are important and beneficial to their physical and mental health.

After all, no one wants to spend their golden years feeling bored and unfit. But as people age, a number of ailments like arthritis, osteoporosis or heart conditions can make it more challenging to stay active and get exercise. Seniors need to find hobbies that can help keep them fit and mentally stimulated without putting too much strain on their bodies. Fortunately, now is the perfect time of year for older adults to participate in such …read more

By MD for Seniors

It was in St. Louis, MO, where Kay Poole fell in love with sports as she dribbled, juked and shot three-pointers into the basketball hoop hanging above the garage. As time went on, throughout her childhood and beyond, you could find Kay on more than just a basketball court. In high school, she also played field hockey and softball, going on to play all three sports at Principia College in Elash, Illinois.

After graduating and marrying her husband, Edwin, Kay enjoyed her career for many years as a physical education teacher. Eventually the two retired to Winston-Salem, NC, and one …read more

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One evening in Bethesda, MD, Fox Hill resident Sherry Migdail and her friends asked their waiter where he was born. The conversation led to additional questions regarding his family and he added that his mother was born in Haiti and his father in Liverpool, England. Sherry turned around to look at waiter Daniel James’ nametag and delightedly said, “Your mother’s name is Jessie and your father is also Daniel James. You were born in 1963, and I was there.”

Daniel caught his breath and could hardly utter a word. To both their amazement, Sherry continued to explain that …read more

By MD for Seniors

Move over books, there’s a new club in town! Podcasts are growing in popularity, which means podcast clubs are too. Who wouldn’t want to get together every week, listen in on your favorite topics and current issues, and then discuss them with a group of friends? Similar to a book club, minus the reading, a podcast club is a great way to stimulate the mind and bring people together.

Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue, in Washington D.C., has hopped on board and is reaping all of the benefits of their weekly podcast club, a part of the community’s Live With …read more

By MD for Seniors

In honor of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), we are taking a moment to celebrate our incredible Sunrise nurses for the exemplary care that they provide to their residents and community. Kerina George, is one of these amazing nurses, and she was nominated by fellow team members for her dedication and commitment that she brings each and every day.

“Kerina brings happiness and energy to every room she enters.” – Drew Williams, Executive Director, Sunrise of Buckhead, GA

Kerina is known for being a nurse that goes above and beyond in everything that she does. If anyone needs a shoulder …read more