Sunset Blog

Mar 19,2019 | Sheila Carney

Needing One Another

When a resident found out that Melissa Ohm, Vice President of Human Resources at Sunset Retirement Communities, loves to bake, she regularly stopped by to share recipes. “What I was amazed about is she wouldn’t hand me a piece of paper, she would just rattle them off,” said Melissa. “She could just tell me it…

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Mar 14,2019 | Sheila Carney

A Love Worth Wishing For

For one couple sitting in the audience of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia!,” it was more than just a date night, it was a celebration of a love worth wishing for. Thanks to the support of the Sunset Legacy Foundation’s “Silver Bucket List,” Bernie Doublestein, a current patient at Emmanuel Hospice,…

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Mar 11,2019 | Nicholas Wahl

National Recreation Therapy Month

February is often known as a month of celebrations and holidays. Everything from Presidents’ birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and even National Chili Day! However, February is also an important month to celebrate a profession within the medical field. February is also National Recreation Therapy Month. You might wonder to yourself, “What exactly is Recreation Therapy?” Recreation…

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Feb 25,2019 | Sheila Carney

Bringing a lot of love

Karen Christians, the Clinical Coordinator at Rose Garden, remembers a sweet couple that she cared for that brought lots of love to the staff and residents. “He was such a loving, loving husband and he was there to take care of his wife,” says Karen. No matter how hard it was, the husband insisted on…

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Feb 20,2019 | Betty Epperly

God’s Tools

As a Calvinist Cadet counselor for 20 years, Arie Verkaik sang the Cadet theme song, “Living For Jesus,” often, and it is still his favorite song: Living for Jesus, a life that is true, Striving to please Him in all that I do; Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free, This is the pathway of blessing for…

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Feb 18,2019 | Sheila Carney

Praying for each other

When Vice President and COO Chris Matzke’s husband was diagnosed with a devastating disease, volunteers, residents, staff, and families came together to pray for them. “They had in their lobby, for the whole fourteen hours he was in surgery, a prayer center set up. And so, each time somebody came up, they would say a…

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Feb 17,2019 | Betty Epperly

Navigation from on High

Carl Wykstra still remembers his 9th grade class verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths” – Proverbs 3:5-6 Although Carl could not have foreseen the paths that God would lay for him, the verse…

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Jan 31,2019 | Betty Epperly

A Love Story

“Pete was such a great dad and grandfather,” says Marge Salamone, his wife. “He adored his family. He was the kind of person that would drop everything to help a friend, and he always made the conversation about the other person.” Pete and Marge were married on August 28, 1965, and three children soon followed:…

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Jan 30,2019 | Betty Epperly

Devoted: Everyday Stories that Transform Our World

Dwight L. Moody said, “There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.” Jesus described the greatest commandment in very simple terms; love God with your whole being and love your neighbor as yourself. Devotion may be simple, but…

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Jan 29,2019 | Sheila Carney

The Silver Bucket List

A bucket list is a list of achievements or experiences that someone would want to accomplish in their lifetime. Silver Bucket Lists are similar to regular bucket list items except that they are sparked by the perspective of a life well-lived and provide memories that can uplift generations. This year, Sunset has created a Silver…

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