By MD for Seniors

Acupuncture can be an effective way to manage arthritis pain.

While there is no cure for arthritis, there are ways for individuals to treat their condition and lead otherwise healthy lives.

Arthritis is an umbrella term for a number of conditions that impact the joints, which can lead to pain, inflammation and other symptoms, the Arthritis Foundation detailed. Although there are many forms of arthritis – over 100, in fact – the term is widely used to discuss the two most common forms: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Read on to learn more about this common health problem and some of the best ways to help manage it:

Strategies for managing …read more

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Caregiving can be stressful at the best of times.

Caring for someone in any capacity – whether it’s a loved one with a long-term illness or child – can be stressful, even at the best of times.

Caregiving can lead to a range of emotions, from frustration to sadness to anger, all of which can be caused by any number of factors associated with the caregiving process. For example, a caregiver may feel isolated from others due to their role, as they may not be able to leave home as they once did. Or they may become tired and overwhelmed by the continuous workload and the pressure of …read more

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10 great podcasts for seniors

Fans of book clubs are likely to find plenty to love about podcasts.

On the off-chance you’re not familiar, podcasts are prerecorded radio shows posted to the internet, through platforms such as iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and more. They first started becoming popular in the mid- to late 2000s, and in the past decade have become a unique cultural medium. They cover virtually every subject imaginable – politics, arts and entertainment, sports, comedy, home maintenance, investigative journalism, fashion and so many others.

So what should you listen to? That depends on your interests, of course. But we’ll get you started with a …read more

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Senior woman uses mobile tablet.

Tracking symptoms is a consistent challenge for many people living with Parkinson’s disease.

The rate at which the condition evolves varies from person to person. Many external factors, such as stress, exposure to some chemicals or certain diets, can impact the progression of the disease or the onset of symptoms. As a result, Parkinson’s is hard to predict. Being aware and knowledgeable about the triggers for symptoms can help those living with the condition get better treatment and also help move researchers closer to finding its cause, and ultimately, its cure.

Tracking made easier with 4-minute app
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A complicated and poorly understood symptom of dementia, sundowning can make evening activities and sleep difficult for those living with memory loss.

As the Alzheimer’s Association reported, there is a link between memory loss and sleep patterns, but it’s not exactly clear to scientists how the two interact. Regardless, individuals living with dementia often have greater difficulties and more pronounced symptoms later in the day and into the night. Called sundowning, this can be an added stress to older adults and their families.

What is sundowning?
Around 1 in 5 individuals living with memory loss experience sundowning. This is marked …read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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