By MD for Seniors

Serve fresh tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich for a classic dish.

Did you know that December is Tomato and Winter Squash Month?

What better way to celebrate than with a few new recipes? Now’s the perfect time to make a warm, comforting dish to get you through the freezing temperatures.

Here are four meals that incorporate tomato or winter squash:

1. Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup
There’s nothing like a bowl of fresh tomato soup on a cold winter’s day. Try this recipe from Food Network:

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red onion
  • 2 carrots – unpeeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 4 lbs. vine-ripened tomatoes – coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato …read more

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Understanding what makes dementia different from age-related memory loss is crucial when caring for your parent.

Forgetfulness is common.

We’ve all misplaced the car keys, forgotten to reply to an email and drawn a blank at the grocery store after leaving the shopping list at home. But there is a point when forgetfulness is more concerning, especially in older adults.

“Many people have difficulty recalling someone’s name, at times,” said Rita Altman, senior vice president of Memory Care and Program Services at Sunrise. “A truer sign of dementia occurs when a person doesn’t recognize a formerly well-known person, doesn’t know the day or season, or has difficulty remembering new information.”

Your brain changes as …read more

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It's common for seniors to see more than one physician, which may be the reason they're taking too many prescriptions.

The benefits of prescription drugs are well known, such as promoting general wellness and warding off disease and infection.

But taking multiple prescriptions at once may be more harmful than you think. The mixed reaction can cause dangerous side effects and produce a result that’s worse than what you were dealing with in the first place. How can you keep yourself from experiencing the backlash of taking too many prescriptions? Doctors and clinical researchers told NBC News the answer is to get de-prescribed.

#Deprescribing hits mainstream media: If You’re Taking Too Many Pills, You May …read more

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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

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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

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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