Should Safety Take Priority Over Independence for Older Parents?

September 6th, 2018

by By Debbie Reslock Do you lie awake at night in a cold sweat, worried about your dad living alone? What if he falls and can’t get to a phone to call for help? But he maintains he’s fine. When the goals of safety and longevity clash with those of autonomy and independence, you’ll find… Read More

Ways to Talk With a Parent About Signs of Dementia

July 16th, 2018

by Tips from the Alzheimer’s Association for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month By Emily Gurnon Michele Foss refers to it as The Great Bacon Incident. She had gotten a call at her Baltimore home from her mother; both of Foss’s parents still lived in her hometown of Eagan, Minn., just outside of St. Paul. Her… Read More

Using Your Own Body Weight to Exercise After 50

July 9th, 2018

by Enjoy great health benefits without the need for special equipment By Edmund O. Lawler When she talks to her patients about exercise, Johns Hopkins geriatrician Dr. Alicia Arbaje encounters resistance about two-thirds of the time. “I’m too old, I’m too sick, I’m in too much pain,” Arbaje says are the reasons most frequently given… Read More

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