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

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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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Caregivers should encourage their loved ones to stay active to decrease their risks for stroke or vascular dementia.

Taking precautionary measures to ensure good heart and brain health is essential for aging well.

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with cancer, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease all placing in the top six. The risks for these conditions increase with age, making preventative measures crucial.

Researchers around the world are continually trying to find steps we can take to stop these conditions from forming. Recently, a team from the University of Western Ontario conducted a study on preventing stroke for people over the …read more

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Head outdoors for a hike to get some exercise and enjoy the start of summer.

June 21 marks the official first day of summer this year.

So why not get outside and celebrate with some fun, seasonal activities? Take advantage of the warmth and the sunshine of the season – after all, it is the “longest” day of the year! Try one of these five festive ways to rejoice in the summer solstice:

1. Take a hike
Getting enough exercise is important at any age but especially for older adults. It can improve your cardio-respiratory system, strengthen muscles and decrease the risk for many different types of chronic illnesses.

Do you find that it tends to …read more

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While some over-the-counter medications can help allergy symptoms, it's important to consult a doctor first to avoid interactions with any prescriptions.

Springtime pollen allergies can be a serious cause for concern for the people who live with them.

On top of the pain and discomfort that come with a pollen allergy – the coughing, itchy and sneezing – these irritations can lead to more severe respiratory conditions. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that allergies trigger at least 30 percent of all new cases of adult onset asthma. If not treated properly, the organization warns that asthma can be a significant health risk for adults over the age of 65.

What you need to …read more

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As a grandparent, you greatly value the time you get to spend with your grandchildren.

Whether you’re playing games, watching movies or just sitting and talking, you all benefit from your time together and the memories you’re creating. While intergenerational bonding is important, it can also be a bit challenging – after all, your grandkids are growing up in a vastly different era than you did, and you don’t exactly have all of the same interests. Sometimes, it’s nice to be able to connect with them about things they like and find ways to involve yourself in some of …read more

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We are thrilled to share that 39 Sunrise Senior Living communities were recently recognized with a 2017 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award. With the inclusion of the 2015 and 2016 winners, Sunrise has a total of 181 Bronze National Quality Award recipients, the most of any single assisted living provider.

“Providing high-quality care is the foundation for everything we do at Sunrise,” said Sue Coppola, SVP of Care. “We remain focused on promoting the health and wellness needs of our residents by delivering person-centered care, which includes Designated Care Managers who get to know …read more

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When you become a caregiver for an older loved one, it may be harder to maintain the same social ties you had before.

When you become the caregiver for an older loved one with Alzheimer’s, a lot of things in your life may start to change.

You have a new set of important responsibilities – you’re likely doing more cleaning and more meal prep to accommodate the needs of having another person in your home. You might be dispensing medications that require a strict schedule, need to drive your loved one to doctors’ appointments and take them to run errands they can no longer do alone. Some of these tasks may even take longer than they used to as the physical limitations …read more