When Your Parent Doesn’t Know He Has Dementia

May 1st, 2018

by It’s a common aspect of the disorder, but tough on caregivers By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue Both of Kathy Kling’s parents, who are divorced, have Alzheimer’s. Kling recently talked with her mother, Karen Kelly, about her father’s disease. “Oh, I hope I never get it,” her mother replied. She was diagnosed six years… Read More

A Farewell to the Quilt Auction

January 15th, 2018

by The 2017 Volunteer Auxiliary Quilt Auction was a success, bringing in more than $25,000. We’d like to thank our talented quilt donors, auction bidders, and hardworking Volunteer Auxiliary for another amazing year. The funds raised will fund numerous projects and equipment for the residents of Sunset, significantly adding to their quality of life. Due… Read More

Sharing the Love

December 6th, 2017

by Mark Twain once said, “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” This is a philosophy that the residents of Lutheran Sunset Ministries’ Sunset Home have adopted and put into action. “One of the ways we have chosen to give back to our community is through our… Read More

7 Tips for Travelers With Disabilities

November 13th, 2017

by You can do more than you may think – but planning is essential By Barbara and Jim Twardowski for Next Avenue Jackie Witt always feels a little anxious before she travels. The 31-year-old can barely climb steps, finds walking long distances difficult, and can’t lift more than five pounds. Witt, who has visited France… Read More

Nine Tips to Decrease the Behaviors of Sundowning

October 9th, 2017

by By Suzi Bottlinger, Sunset Home Social Worker Sundowner’s Syndrome or sundowning are terms related to behaviors that are experienced by someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia and happens around the time the sun goes down. There are many theories about why those with Sundowner’s Syndrome experience this, though it is known to be… Read More

7 Great Smartphone Fitness Apps for People 50+

September 19th, 2017

by Need to get off the couch or lose a few pounds? These apps can help. By Nancy Fitzgerald for Next Avenue   Kathy Rocchetti, 58, knew she needed to get in shape. It wasn’t her doctor who told her; it was her jeans. “It was getting tough to pull them up over my hips,”… Read More

3 Aging Decisions to Make Before Someone Does for You

September 5th, 2017

by Even if we need to give things up, we can still decide when and how By Debbie Reslock for Next Avenue Sometimes, growing older feels like one loss after another. No longer being able to drive or stay in our own home is difficult to accept. If we feel we are forced into those… Read More

The VA Program That Pays for Long-term Care for Vets

August 3rd, 2017

by This little-known benefit can be a help, but expect red tape. By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue, written in 2015 Here’s a frightening statistic from the just-released United States of Aging survey:  Only three percent of professionals supporting people 60 and older say they are very confident older Americans will be able to afford their… Read More

9 Ways Family Caregivers Can Get a Break

July 17th, 2017

by Here’s how to get respite care, and sometimes get help paying for it By Sherri Snelling for Next Avenue     “Respite care” can be a little difficult to understand. The words don’t make it clear who is being helped. The “care” goes to the person who needs it due to illness or disability…. Read More

8 Things to Avoid This Summer If You Have Allergies

June 16th, 2017

by With the weather working against you, here are ways to limit symptoms By Robin Wilson for Next Avenue With the hot and humid weather of summer, the symptoms of allergies are in full swing for many. As an ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and author of Clean Design: Wellness for Your… Read More