Midnight Sun Home Care’s collection of articles about Senior Health.
For the first time ever, a treatment option that’s become increasingly popular in Parkinson’s patients – deep-brain stimulation – is also showing promise for recovery for strokes in old age. The new form of treatment is being tested on a stroke survivor and is conducted by implanting an electrode that stimulates a particular area of… Continue reading
“I may have a use for this someday.” We all have items we hold onto with this thought in mind. But in reality, many of these “treasures” are simply collecting dust. The old stacks of National Geographic magazines, boxes of loose photographs, old tools, heirloom silver teapots and other memorabilia will all continue to end… Continue reading
Perhaps, like many of us are prone to do, you have a preconceived notion of certain stereotypical groups of people. For example, what comes to mind when you hear the words “drug addict”? A young adult unable to cope with daily living without a fix, potentially resorting to a life of crime to fund his… Continue reading
With all the busyness in our lives, how often do we grab a cup of coffee and a bagel on our rush to work, stopping for junk food on the way home to avoid the need to cook? Younger adults with a higher metabolism, optimum muscle strength, and less chronic health problems can get away… Continue reading
It’s challenging to create healthy meals when advice on proper diets seems to change from one moment to the next. We’d been informed that saturated fats that are found in foods such as red meat, butter and fried food were bad for our health, but later research advised there wasn’t enough proof that individuals who… 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
On average, a senior takes approximately 15-18 different prescriptions every day, so it is not hard to understand why so many seniors miss doses or take incorrect doses of their medications. But there are health risks that happen because of these medication errors. That is where the medication organizer comes into play: such an easy… Continue reading
Aducanumab. It is the latest in a long line of drugs making news in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. But never before has a drug looked quite so promising as an effective treatment. In the initial medical tests, researchers witnessed a substantial reduction in amyloid plaque in the patients’ brains, and even greater, “This is… Continue reading
It’s official: we’ve approached the season of sweets! From sugar frosted cookies to apple pies to candy canes and chocolate mint cocoa, it’s very hard to overlook the array of amazing goodies that surround us, and the lovely memories they call to mind, especially near the holidays. But what result does this rise in sugar… Continue reading
If finger pricks, sugar ranges, and blood insulin shots are never far from the forefront of your thoughts, have faith, diabetes patients: the FDA has recently approved the first artificial pancreas – a hybrid closed-loop system that comes with an insulin pump along with a continuous glucose monitor. This astonishing creation will not just instantaneously… Continue reading
Not a topic to be discussed commonly in the communities of Anchorage, AK, and with plenty of stigmas attached, mental illness, in one form or another, affects at least tens of millions of Americans today. Honoring National Mental Health Month, Midnight Sun Home Care would like to aid families wrestling with mental illness to help… Continue reading
Those who’ve ever spent time with young children realize what a treasure trove of creativity results from a basket filled with assorted odds and ends. Popsicle sticks, buttons, clothes pins, and paper clips can be transformed from their typical ordinary uses into princesses, mythical beasts, race cars, or a family of teddy bears – the… Continue reading
With many older adults reducing their exercise levels, they may feel they do not have to be concerned about dehydration. But in truth, up to 31% of seniors are diagnosed with dehydration, due in part to the body’s normal aging. And the benefits of helping older adults stay hydrated are immense: fewer falls, better orthopedic… Continue reading
As you may already know, aging and cataracts pair together like fish and chips. 90% of those age 65 and older develop cataracts, and by the age of 75, as many as 50% have experienced vision loss as a result of them. And currently, the only remedy to restore cleared vision has been surgery.
Enter… Continue reading
In-Home Care Service Tip
Remember when people had to be reminded to take their vitamins?
Those days are long gone. As it turns out, like social media, vitamins and mineral supplements are now in vogue with the senior set, and their popularity has been rising for some time. This is in large part due to… Continue reading