By MD for Seniors

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

By MD for Seniors

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

By MD for Seniors

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

By MD for Seniors

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

By MD for Seniors

Your teen may express multiple emotions throughout the discussion.

Discovering a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is difficult for anyone to understand, but it may be harder for your children to comprehend.

But that doesn’t mean the conversation should be avoided – it’s very important to keep them informed as their loved one goes through this stage of life. Talking to your children about Alzheimer’s will not only keep them cognizant, it will also prepare them for what the future may hold.

“There may be a tendency to shield children from loved ones who have memory loss,” said Rita Altman, senior vice president of Memory …read more

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Roasted Brussels sprouts make an excellent addition to pasta.

Did you know that Brussels sprouts are one of the most nutrient-rich vegetables you can consume?

There are, however, plenty of ways to spruce the sprouts up so they’re equally beneficial and delicious. Start incorporating this vegetable into your diet with these recipes:

1. Rigatoni with Roasted Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts aren’t only side dish material. Make them the focal point of your meal with this recipe from Real Simple magazine.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 lb. rigatoni or pasta of your choice
  • 1/2 medium head cauliflower – cut into florets
  • 8 ounces Brussels sprouts – trimmed and halved
  • 1 medium red onion – cut into 1/2-inch …read more

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Get out of bed and do something that relaxes you, such as knitting.

Seniors should be getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night.

Even though getting a full night of sleep is important, it means nothing if the quality is poor. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the condition of your rest has an impact on your mental and physical health, as well as overall outlook on life.

After waking from a night of tossing and turning, you’ll notice a difference in the way you think, react and go about the day. Poor sleep quality may even raise your risk for developing chronic conditions like heart …read more

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Taking care of yourself is just as important as looking after your loved ones.

November is National Caregiver Month.

Caregiving can be one of the most rewarding jobs. By watching over your loved one, you’re strengthening the bond between the two of you and you’re giving him or her something to look forward to each day. But as pleasing as it may be to lend a helping hand, you can’t forget to look after yourself. The patience and understanding that’s necessary for caregiving may turn into a stress overload, which can impact your own health and well-being.

“It’s important to remember that, as a caregiver, your mental and physical health is important, too,” said …read more

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Make rustic mashed potatoes to accompany this dish.

Some families indulge in the same meal for Christmas as they did for Thanksgiving.

Others like to make a unique dish for Dec. 25. If you’re among the people who hold this tradition dear, consider trying one of these delicious meals for the family dinner:

1. Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin with Cherries
This elegant yet simple dish by Real Simple magazine makes for a mouthwatering main course.

Ingredients:

  • 1 2-pound piece boneless pork loin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries – chopped
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley – chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. whole-grain mustard
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Directions:

First, heat your oven to 350 …read more

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Keep your rooms neat and organized.

Did you know 1 out of 4 seniors fall each year?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than half of those who fall tell their doctor, but 1 out of 5 falls leads to a serious head or bone injury. Because falls can happen anywhere and they pose a threat to your overall health and well-being, it’s important to lower your risk by maintaining a safe living environment.

Here are 10 tips for preventing falls at home:

1. Update your home lighting
Without adequate lighting in your rooms, you could increase your risk of tripping over something in …read more