A collection of post to provide valuable information to caregivers and provide tips that will help in day to day care.
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
As a family caregiver in Anchorage, AK, we bet you can think of a variety of ways to finish that statement – with things you’ve always dreamed of doing, but put in the back of your mind until you have the money, means or time to pursue them. But what about senior family and… Continue reading
Think about this possibility: your 90-year-old mother, who lives in her own home alone, fell recently,cracked her pelvis, and is being released from Alaska Regional Hospital today. Leafing through her discharge papers reveals the need for medications, physical therapy, medical follow-up in several weeks,and a number of symptoms to watch for that would warrant… Continue reading
There’s no emotional roller coaster quite like the one ridden by family members providing home care in Anchorage AK for an aging or chronically ill loved one. In fact, very few if any emotions don’t come into play at one time or another during caregiving – and sometimes, the full spectrum of emotions… Continue reading
Since moving away from each other, you’ve made it a point to call Mom every weekend, no matter what. After catching up on the week’s news, she always reassures you that yes, she’s eating well, taking her meds, getting plenty of rest, and doing perfectly fine.
However, seeing her in person over a long weekend… Continue reading
As people age, it’s natural to experience changes. This is especially true in older adulthood. Aging adults can be faced with changes in physical and mental health, independence and mobility, and social connections and relationships, to name just a few. For many seniors and their loved ones, these changes are often experienced as losses and… Continue reading
Every 13 seconds and older adult is treated in the emergency for a fall related injury.
Falling is the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for elderly Americans. But aging doesn’t necessarily mean that your older loved ones have to fall. There are certain risk factors that you can look for that will… Continue reading
At 1:30 am on January 24, 2016, most of southern Alaska was jolted awake by a massive 7.1 earthquake. This was the biggest shake we’ve felt since the Big One in 1964.
Most people were able to find safety and thankfully there were no injuries reported. But, for many seniors with limited mobility, finding… Continue reading
Your parents or other loved ones are aging and you are starting to see signs that they need help. What do you do?
Nearly 90% of seniors say that they want to stay at home as they age. But, you are likely aware that isn’t as simple as it sounds. If it’s time to have… Continue reading