A collection of post to provide valuable information to caregivers and provide tips that will help in day to day care.
Winter is rough on seniors. Let the staff at Midnight Sun Home Care (MSHC) help get your home winter-ready.
Seal Gaps: Installing weather strips around doors and caulking cracks will keep the cold air out and reduce heating bills.
Program the Thermostat: By using a programmable thermostat you can save big bucks. We’ll help… Continue reading
This October, we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual campaign to increase awareness about this devastating disease. One in eight women will face a breast cancer diagnosis during their lifetime. According to the American Cancer Society, 1,000 Alaskan women will diethis year from breast cancer.
Awareness months are about taking action. Please consider getting… Continue reading
Advice For Caring for a Loved One
Lyn B. shares her story of care.
My mother passed away from dementia in 2000, at age 73. After giving birth to my two older brothers, she was thrilled to finally get a daughter. From day one she was looking out for me, I was born five pounds… Continue reading
Watching our parents age can be tough; for many years they were our caregivers and when the roles become reversed it can be a challenging time for everyone. Understanding the level of care they require can be complicated and if there are many opinions involved, deciding on a care plan can feel impossible. Talking to… Continue reading
What better time of year to celebrate Men’s Health Month than when the salmon are running and dad is out enjoying his favorite summer activities. Men’s Health Month is certainly about celebrating the men in our life but more importantly, it aims to keep them healthy by spreading awareness about the importance of preventative care… Continue reading
If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you know that oftentimes as the day winds down, the stress ramps up. Sundown syndrome, a common experience in dementia in which seniors become agitated, fearful, and restless during the evening hours, is exhausting for all involved. Concerns increase as family members try to keep the… Continue reading
Do you find yourself constantly wishing for just a few more hours in the day to help you accomplish everything that needs to be accomplished? In particular, if you are a member of the sandwich generation – those who provide care for both their children and their senior parents – you can quickly become overwhelmed… Continue reading
Now that Mom has sold her car, is no longer driving and it is harder for her to get around on her own, it has been decided that you and your siblings will divide up her care needs. Someone has to bring her to the beauty shop, supermarket and doctors’ appointments. One of you has… Continue reading
Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can often feel like an endless guessing game. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a handbook that provided all the answers for caring for dementia when needed? The various periods of the disease that need to be worked through make it increasingly challenging; the instant we… Continue reading
If you have a loved one with heart disease, the risk for heart attack is increased. What if he or she were to have a heart attack? How would this change your lives? What information would you need to know? How can you help? The many questions of how your everyday lives will be changed… Continue reading
Sweetie, honey, dear, young lady/man – terms of endearment like these may be appreciated when spoken by our husband or wife or when directed to our very young children, but how do senior citizens react to them? In a word, most older people are offended by these derogatory comments. And despite the fact that doctors,… Continue reading
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has reported that family members caring for a senior loved one are “routinely marginalized and ignored within the health care system.” With about 18 million family members providing care for seniors, this report is alarming, as it points to the possibility that these seniors are at risk… Continue reading
If you’re a resident in Anchorage, AK, you know that we’re a do-it-yourself society; one that especially values self-reliance, and applauds people who pull themselves up by their bootstraps and take care of every little thing independently. But the fact is, there are some things we simply can’t carry out alone; things which can possibly… Continue reading
Looking around at the home where you grew up, the home where your parents still live, can bring forth a flood of memories. The finished wood stairs you used to practice tap dance routines on, much to your father’s dismay. The fireplace mantle where your parents proudly displayed a never-ending rotation of your crazy art… Continue reading