Home for the Holidays: Signs and Tips to Help Adult Children Recognize Changes With Aging Parents

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 8:08 am EST



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"Aging is a natural part of life"

The holidays are special times that bring together family and friends who may not have seen each other in months. It is also this time of year that many adult children notice changes in their senior loved ones that they may not have previously recognized. Are the changes natural signs of aging or something more significant, which are true causes for concern?

Sunrise Senior Living (NYSE: SRZ), the nation's largest provider of senior living services, has identified the following signs to look for when visiting with a senior loved one that should prompt questions. These signs include:

* Difficulty performing familiar tasks such as cooking or writing a check;
* Depression or disinterest in previously enjoyed activities;
* Unusual forgetfulness;
* Skipping medications;
* Changes in hygiene;
* Piles of unread mail;
* Signs of accidents such as damaged automobiles or bruised skin; and
* Falls.

"Aging is a natural part of life," said Carol Edelstein, vice president for Program Development at Sunrise. "Adult children shouldn't immediately jump to conclusions if they notice changes in their parents, but instead need to ask questions and do some research first. There may be very simple solutions such as changing routines or altering medications -- but other alternatives are available if there is a need for more support or care."

Sunrise suggests that adult children consider the following:

* Talk with their parents about the changes -- be open minded and diplomatic;
* Speak with neighbors and friends close to their parents;
* Talk with their parents' doctors especially about medications;
* Understand that holidays and the winter months are an emotional and stressful time for some people; and
* Visit with a home care provider, assisted living community or other senior care option to determine if the care or services are appropriate for their parents.

Sunrise Senior Living communities across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany provide a variety of resources and services available to adult children to help them identify issues and support them with these difficult discussions. Additionally, many Sunrise communities offer short-term stays that allow seniors to "test drive" senior living for a limited period of time.

Sunrise's short-term stay guests are offered meals, assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing and medication management if needed, social programs and wellness visits by the community's licensed nurse if necessary. Additionally, guests have a private, fully furnished suite and can also bring their pet dog or cat if they are able to care for it. Short-term stays range from one week to three months.

For more information about various senior living options available and to locate a Sunrise community or home-based service in the area, please see our website at https://www.sunriseseniorliving.com/.

Sunrise Senior Living is the nation's largest provider of senior living services. The McLean, Va.-based company employs more than 40,000 people. As of September 30, 2005, Sunrise operated 425 communities in the United States, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom with a combined capacity for more than 52,900 residents. Sunrise also had 39 communities under construction in these countries with a combined capacity for more than 4,600 residents. Sunrise offers a full range of personalized senior living services, including independent living, assisted living, care for individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss, as well as nursing and rehabilitative care. Sunrise's senior living services are delivered by staff trained to encourage the independence, preserve the dignity, enable freedom of choice and protect the privacy of residents. To learn more about Sunrise please visit https://www.sunriseseniorliving.com/.

Web site: https://www.sunriseseniorliving.com/



Jamison Gosselin
Manager, External Communications

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