Take Advantage of Holiday Visits to Detect Early Alzheimer’s Signs in Seniors

Take Advantage of Holiday Visits to Detect Early Alzheimer’s Signs in Seniors
Could your loved one benefit from a Matanuska-Susitna, AK elder care giver? From the moment the door swings open and your senior family member wraps you in a warm embrace, through the merry holiday dinner and every timeless family tradition, opportunities abound for not merely quality time together, but also to evaluate how your senior… Continue reading

Alaska Home Care Tips for Seniors: How to Avoid the Holiday Blues

Alaska Home Care Tips for Seniors: How to Avoid the Holiday Blues
Check out these simple tips to help a senior avoid the blues this holiday season. Ah, the holidays: they’re sometimes the most wonderful period of the year, or perhaps the most challenging. For some older adults who have lost family members, are struggling with chronic medical conditions, or are experiencing isolation and loneliness, the holiday… Continue reading

Stop Falls Before They Happen at Home with This Fall Prevention Checklist

Stop Falls Before They Happen at Home with This Fall Prevention Checklist
Learn how planning for a fall can actually help prevent one. Falls involving the elderly are all too frequent and may have serious consequences. Taking precautionary measures is crucial, such as assessing the home for fall dangers like throw rugs along with other trip and fall hazards, insufficient lighting, and an absence of appropriate grab… Continue reading

How to Enjoy the Holidays and Avoid a Hospital Emergency Room Visit

How to Enjoy the Holidays and Avoid a Hospital Emergency Room Visit
Learn why ER visits for older adults increase up to 20% over the holidays. While we may envision a Norman Rockwell-worthy Thanksgiving celebration, with the whole family relishing high quality time with each other and Grandma’s classic feast, the reality for some families also includes something unforeseen: a hospital emergency room visit. Believe it or… Continue reading

What Elephants Can Teach Us About Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s

What Elephants Can Teach Us About Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s
Can we learn something about Alzheimer’s from an elephant? Learn more in this article. The old adage is true: elephants truly do have extraordinary memories, even in their old age. For instance, they can remember and go back to highly specific places years after visiting them, regardless of age. Exactly what can we glean from… Continue reading

Midnight Sun Home Care Named One of the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Inner City Businesses

Midnight Sun Home Care Named One of the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Inner City Businesses
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Kevin Turkington, Founder and CEO, Midnight Sun Home Care 907-677-7890 kevin@midnightsuncare.com Hannah Roccki, Senior Communications Associate, ICIC (617) 238-3010 hroccki@icic.org Midnight Sun Home Care Named One of the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Inner City Businesses Annual ranking by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City published in Fortune (ANCHORAGE, AK October 10,… Continue reading

Navigating Difficult Family Dynamics as a Family Caregiver

Navigating Difficult Family Dynamics as a Family Caregiver
How do you overcome childhood hurt when caring for a senior parent? Learn tips in this article. When caregiving for a family member, it can be challenging not to let difficult family dynamics get in the way. For people who have been brought up by caring parents who took care of all their needs, providing… Continue reading

3 Things NOT to Say to Someone Experiencing a Health Crisis

3 Things NOT to Say to Someone Experiencing a Health Crisis
Learn what commonly used sentiments are better left unsaid when a loved one is facing a health crisis. Have you ever walked in to the office or a get-together with friends or family and had a person say to you with great concern, “You really look tired today!” Even though you may have been feeling… Continue reading

Sounding the Alarm Regarding Dementia and Firearms

Sounding the Alarm Regarding Dementia and Firearms
Dementia and guns: Learn more about this important issue in this article. With an impassioned level of debate rivaling the Hatfields and McCoys, it appears insurmountable to arrive at a resolution on the issue of gun control. Yet in spite of which side of the issue you are on, there’s one little-discussed situation that should cause us all to take pause: the alarming combination of dementia and firearms. Continue reading

Wake Up to the Dangers of Sleeping Drugs for Older Adults

Wake Up to the Dangers of Sleeping Drugs for Older Adults
Sleeping drugs double the risk of falls and fractures in seniors, due to the increased dizziness and disorientation they could cause. Is there anything better than getting up well rested after a great night’s sleep, completely energized and ready to face your day? For most older adults – as much as a third of them – getting enough sleep only occurs inside their dreams. And sadly, it is a common assumption that inadequate sleep is just something to be accepted within our later years – a misconception that Preeti Malani, M.D., chief health officer and professor of medicine at the University of Michigan really wants to dispel. Continue reading

The Radical New Thinking in Alzheimer’s Disease: What Researchers Have Been Missing

The Radical New Thinking in Alzheimer’s Disease: What Researchers Have Been Missing
Our homecare team is highly trained and experienced in properly managing a few of the more difficult components of Alzheimer’s disease. Today, Thomas Edison’s words ring true in the race to obtain both the main cause and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Every day tends to bring hopeful news of still another clinical trial, followed soon after by the disappointing news that results failed to meet expectations – and so the pattern carries on. Continue reading

Is It Just a Case of Senior Blues? Or Could It Be an Elderly Mental Health Concern?

Is It Just a Case of Senior Blues? Or Could It Be an Elderly Mental Health Concern?
For many, there’s a stigma linked with admitting to and pursuing help for mental and emotional concerns. They’re common concerns in older years: fatigue, sleeping problems, lack of appetite. And often, they’re written off as just that. Yet for nearly 8 million elders over age 65, these signs and symptoms are indicative of something significantly more than normal aging – they’re signs and symptoms of elderly mental health problems. And only a small number are obtaining the available treatment that could substantially boost their overall quality of life. Continue reading

Solo Agers: Do You Have a Designated Senior Planner?

Solo Agers: Do You Have a Designated Senior Planner?
Baby boomers without children, or solo agers, have to consider different options for their later years than those with children. If you are a baby boomer without children, the new term “solo ager” applies to you. This strong and self-reliant group faces some distinct concerns in aging, chiefly who to designate as guardian and decision-maker in the event that they become unable to do so themselves. Inside her book, Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, author Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D. defines several senior planner options to consider: Continue reading
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