By MD for Seniors

You may have noticed that health care laws have changed a lot over past several years.

For seniors, one of the biggest changes has been the welcome addition of the Medicare Wellness Visit.

If you’re not sure what a Medicare Wellness Visit entails or how much it costs, you’re not alone. The new benefit is open to everyone who receives Medicare, but there is still much confusion about what it entails.

Here are the basic facts.

The Medicare Wellness Visit is Not a Typical Physical Exam

The Medicare Wellness Visit is not a physical exam. This is where most people …read more

By MD for Seniors

When it comes to healthy activities for seniors, it’s hard to imagine anything that brings more benefits—and joy—than yoga.

Long touted as a great way to stay flexible and relax the mind, scientists are finding that yoga may do much, much more.

But scientists aren’t the only group making discoveries about yoga. Older Americans are increasingly turning to yoga practice after witnessing the benefits to body, mind, and spirit.

If you haven’t tried yoga, don’t be shy. Lots of seniors fear the Downward Dog and similar poses for a variety of reasons. Learning how yoga nurtures all three aspects of …read more

By MD for Seniors

Maintaining good balance is important at any age.

When you’re younger, good balance is mostly a matter of keeping your core muscles strong—and maybe feeling lucky you didn’t inherit the family gene for clumsiness.

But as we age, other factors can creep in.

Weakened muscles or poor vision can compromise our ability to remain steady on our feet. As can some medications. But the natural aging process doesn’t have to mean you’re constantly on the brink of falling.

If you or a senior loved one is struggling to remain steady on your feet, the cause might be something other than …read more

By MD for Seniors

Wife Appreciation Day is observed each year on the third Sunday in September.

This year, it falls on September 17th. The day provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge and thank the older women in our family for the important role they play in our lives.

What Does Wife Appreciation Day Mean?

This special day gives us a chance to reflect on how blessed we are. It encourages us to pause and reflect on just how much the senior women in our families do for us.

And when we do so, we realize that what older women do for their families is …read more

By MD for Seniors

So you’ve learned that you or your senior loved one has high cholesterol. You aren’t alone. It is a growing concern across our country.

To help manage it, the doctor may prescribe a cholesterol-lowering drug called a statin.

Listening carefully to the doctor and doing what’s prescribed is important for good health, but you may be worried about the side effects of statins.

Is there anything you can you do to avoid taking a statin?

Experts say there just might be.

Can You Lower Your Cholesterol Without Taking a Statin?

One option is to talk to your doctor about ways to lower …read more

By MD for Seniors

Senior living has changed dramatically over the past decade or so.

Today, there are more choices than ever before. There are also more options for financing senior living.

If you’re like most families, you and your senior loved one have lots of questions about paying for senior living. We thought it would be helpful to answer a few of those we hear most often.

The Most Common Questions About Financing Senior Living

Here are answers to some of the common questions families have about how to pay for senior living.

1. How do I pay for assisted living?

Bridge Loans

If your family …read more

By MD for Seniors

NRC Health recently named the recipients of the 2017 Excellence in Action award in the Health category.

Among the list of winners were nine communities from Sunrise Senior Living, including Bertram House of Swampscott, MA, John Bertram House, MA, Sunrise at Parma, OH, Sunrise of Cinco Ranch, TX, Sunrise of Cohasset, MA, Sunrise of Fair Oaks, VA, Sunrise of Rockville, MD, Sunrise at Fox Hill, MD, The Colonnades, VA, and Sunrise of Sandy, UT.

The Excellence in Action award honors nursing, …read more

By MD for Seniors

The warm, supportive environment at Sunrise has helped many of our locations to win high-ranking customer service awards.

NRC Health recently named the recipients of the 2017 Excellence in Action award in the Health category.

Among the list of winners were nine communities from Sunrise Senior Living, including Bertram House of Swampscott, MA, John Bertram House, MA, Sunrise at Parma, OH, Sunrise of Cinco Ranch, TX, Sunrise of Cohasset, MA, Sunrise of Fair Oaks, VA, Sunrise of Rockville, MD, Sunrise at Fox Hill, MD, The Colonnades, VA, and Sunrise of Sandy, UT.

The Excellence in Action award honors …read more

By MD for Seniors

As a family caregiver, you play a starring role in keeping your senior loved one safe.

Besides making sure daily needs are met, monitoring their health, worrying about their well-being, and trying to make sure they experience joy every day.

With all that you have on your plate, it’s understandable if you don’t have time to keep up with technology. But the tech world continues to move forward, and that includes many savvy ways in which phishers are out to scam older Americans.

According to the 2016 BBB Scam Tracker Annual Risk Report, older Americans are most likely to …read more

By MD for Seniors

Families are busier than ever these days. It can make scheduling quality time together with senior loved ones quite challenging.

Once you do manage to arrange some family time, you might find yourself struggling to come up with outings and activities that everyone enjoys.

Intergenerational activities are the backbone of strong families and societies, however, so it’s more than worth it to make the effort.

For kids, time spent with older adults offers a multitude of benefits. From increased self-esteem to better social skills and healthier attitudes about aging, the advantages are clear.

For seniors, the benefits are …read more