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Life Enrichment Manager Patricia Townsend Nominated For ALFA Hero Award

By Julia Little  |  January 30, 2015

Each year, the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) recognizes caregivers who have excelled in the field of senior care over the course of the past 12 months. We are pleased to share that our very own Patricia Townsend, a Life Enrichment Manager at our Lincoln Park, Illinois, community, has been nominated for the ALFA Hero Award, a prestigious honor bestowed upon staff members who have made notable efforts for improving the lives of those residing in senior communities.

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Residents at Sunrise of Naperville North, IL, Stay In Touch With iPads

By Sunrise Senior Living  |  January 29, 2015

Residents at Sunrise of Naperville North, IL, are proving that technology is great for people of all ages. The days of iPads being for kids and young adults are long gone! Sunrise takes advantage of them to exercise the mind, body and spirit. Check out some of the innovative ways this community is putting these tablets to good use:

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Bedford Court’s Red Hat Society Fundraisers for the Fisher House

By Sunrise Senior Living  |  January 26, 2015

The Red Hat Society chapter of Bedford Court, MD, participated in their annual holiday fundraiser at the end of 2014 giving our residents a chance to give back. This organization promotes social interaction and bonding among women across the United States, with groups now beginning to form worldwide. “Red Hatters” are primarily women 50 years of age and older and is a rapidly growing community among seniors.

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Sunrise Sponsors “I’ll Be Me” Film Screening

By Sunrise Senior Living  |  January 22, 2015

On Jan. 15, Sunrise Senior Living proudly sponsored a private film screening of “I’ll Be Me” in Washington, DC, at the Motion Picture Association of America. The documentary highlights award-winning musician Glen Campbell’s inspiring journey as he and his family experience the emotional battle with Alzheimer’s. Glen Campbell is a prominent figure in entertainment known for his incredible success in the country music industry, as well as appearances hosting television shows and staring in movies. The documentary captures his “good bye tour” after going public with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2011.

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Keep Seniors Social, Happy And Healthy This Winter

By Megan Ray  |  January 16, 2015

For many caregivers, senior care tends to revolve around keeping individuals healthy, as well as helping them to manage any chronic conditions they may be living with. However, while staying on top of doctor appointments and medication schedules is certainly important, other aspects of a healthy senior lifestyle shouldn't be overlooked. People are inherently social, and this doesn't change as we age. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for seniors to experience social isolation, which can encourage a lower quality of life and even raise other health concerns.

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How To Keep Seniors Safe From Winter Slips

By Julia Little  |  January 16, 2015

Colder weather brings the potential for many health problems. Blood pressure can spike this time of year, according to the Harvard University Medical School, and less sunlight can lead to a reduction in vitamin D levels. However, another risk may be hidden directly underfoot. Rain, snow and ice can make stairs and sidewalks slippery, leaving seniors with a greater danger of falling. Professionals who work with seniors should be sure that their clients are taking the right steps to keep safe during the winter months.

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“Brightening Brighton” Intergenerational Program

By Sunrise Senior Living  |  January 6, 2015

It all began when a creative student at Westhill High School, named Rhett Hoskinson, became interested in doing interviews with senior residents at Brighton Gardens of Stamford, CT. Rhett made it happen by contacting Elanit Linder, the community’s Activities and Volunteer Coordinator Elanit Linder to set up a time and date. He soon found that the community was an untapped resource of “experience, wit and flavor” thanks to our wonderful residents.

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Trappist Beer Supports Aging Monks

By Tim Watt  |  December 31, 2014

When the Trappist monks at St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, found themselves confronted with rising costs of senior care for members and maintenance for their monastery, they turned to a traditional source to raise money - brewing beer. The abbey's membership had dwindled from 150 in the 1950s to just 63 in 2014, with an average age of 70, the Boston Globe reported. That meant that fewer people were around to help with the upkeep of the facility, while those who remained were facing more health issues than ever. For Trappist​ monks, work is a vital part of religious life, and the monks at St. Joseph's thought that brewing beer could both keep them active and help them pay for their own health care and upkeep for the monastery, as it has for members of their order for centuries.

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