Senior Health

Midnight Sun Home Care’s collection of articles about Senior Health.

Have a Flu-Free Holiday Season, Anchorage, Alaska

Have a Flu-Free Holiday Season, Anchorage, Alaska
By now the flu season is well underway and hopefully you are lucky enough to have avoided it, so far. The flu season traditionally begins to pick up in October and peaks between December and March. However, this year the flu season started early in Alaska and it’s been a rough one for many Alaskans… Continue reading

Honoring our Veterans with Care

Honoring our Veterans with Care
Every November we celebrate Veterans Day a day meant to honor the men and women who have served in our military. With our neighbors Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, there are many active military professionals and veterans living in our community. These men and women signed up to serve and we believe the least we can do… Continue reading

November is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month
One in 11 Americans suffer from diabetes. November marks National Diabetes Month an event aimed at spreading awareness about the risks, symptoms, complications, prevention and management of diabetes. The 2017 National Diabetes Month theme is “You Are the Center of Your Diabetes Care Team.” You can check out the theme video here. The goal is… Continue reading

Don’t Get Caught in the Cold – Winterize with Midnight Sun Home Care

Don’t Get Caught in the Cold – Winterize with Midnight Sun Home 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

Stay Safe and Independent with Lifeline

Stay Safe and Independent with Lifeline
Many of our seniors did not grow up in Alaska, they moved here for an exciting job opportunity or adventure. As this independent generation ages, their spirit stays the same but unfortunately sometimes their body can’t keep up. Luckily, with Philips Lifeline, seniors can stay safe while maintaining their freedom. Philips Lifeline is the number… Continue reading

Men’s Health Month – Help Dad Stay Safe This Summer

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

Avoiding Alzheimer’s – Healthy Habits to Keep Your Brain In Shape

Avoiding Alzheimer’s – Healthy Habits to Keep Your Brain In Shape
Read Grab the newspaper with your cup of coffee or sit back and enjoy the latest mystery novel. Reading keeps your mind sharp and stimulated, and can ward off dementia. Exercise Staying fit promotes overall wellness but keeping your blood pumping can also keep Alzheimer’s at bay. Increased blood flow to the brain reduces the… Continue reading

Strokes in Old Age: A Brighter Future to Recovery

Strokes in Old Age: A Brighter Future to Recovery
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

Dad Wants to Avoid the Nursing Home, But Is Home Health Care an Affordable Option?

Dad Wants to Avoid the Nursing Home, But Is Home Health Care an Affordable Option?
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

Promising Alzheimer’s Treatment Reaches Final Stage in Human Trials

Promising Alzheimer’s Treatment Reaches Final Stage in Human Trials
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