Midnight Sun Home Care’s collection of blog post that relate to the family.
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
Campaigns against bullying are everywhere these days. We’re now a zero tolerance society when it comes to bullying, and a rough and tough ten-year-old can no longer get away with teasing and tormenting his classmates. But perhaps there’s some other, less apparent sort of bullying occurring – that of trying to play the parent to… 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
Pick a senior, any senior, and you’re likely to hear the same sentiments: the vast majority of older adults agree that they’d prefer to spend their elder years at home over moving to a nursing home facility. However, there are a number of misconceptions about who will pay for home health care. Medicare? Medicaid? Insurance?… 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
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
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
When it comes time to fill out certain paperwork it seems like there’s always at least one involved party hesitating. Living Wills, Advanced Directives, and DNR Orders are all important documents, and they can all put you into an awkward conversation.
Whether the discomfort comes from a child that doesn’t want to think of their… Continue reading
When you think of someone using a medical alert device, what’s the first thing that you think of? Is it someone older or someone young?
We’ve all seen the old commercial with a woman that’s fallen and can’t get up. Unfortunately, falls are a very real danger for many seniors. Also unfortunately, this commercial has… 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
The holidays should be a time of gathering together with joy and love. But for many families, large gatherings can be stress inducing and a cause for months of anxiety. An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, and this disease affects their whole family.
We believe that every family should be able to celebrate… Continue reading
It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that families play a very important role when it comes to supporting aging loved ones. Traditionally, that support has come pretty naturally, as families often stay close together and it is just expected that the younger will take care of the aging, when the time… Continue reading
When someone that you love is aging, losing their mobility, or struggling with independence it can be a stressful situation. Of course the person experiencing these life changes is going to feel the stress most directly. But that does not mean that the other people in their lives aren’t affected.
Between worrying about your… Continue reading
When it comes to caring for the people we love there’s a fine line that we have to walk between too much and not enough.
This is a hard balance to find when you’re caring for someone on your own. Are they feeling smothered by attention and cornered by your constant nagging to take prescriptions?… Continue reading