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Finding Purpose and Embracing Positivity in Everyday Life as a Senior Citizen

Finding Purpose and Embracing Positivity in Everyday Life as a Senior Citizen
Many senior citizens find their most fulfilling day to be those in which they help others. Think about a typical day in the life of a senior citizen. Hopefully it provides a number of positive and enriching experiences: enjoying breakfast, engaging in a favorite hobby or interest, visiting with a relative or friend, watching a popular television show. However, there’s a difference between positivity and purpose; and the need for a life rich with meaning and purpose is very important, specifically in the life of senior loved ones. Continue reading

Understanding the Wandering Behavior of Alzheimer’s Patients and How to Keep Them Safe

Understanding the Wandering Behavior of Alzheimer’s Patients and How to  Keep Them Safe
Wandering or getting lost is often one of the most concerning symptoms for Alzheimer’s patients. Of the numerous effects of Alzheimer’s disease, probably one of the most concerning is the person’s propensity for wandering and also the potential dangers that could develop in the event that the senior becomes disoriented or lost. Wandering may occur if the older adult is: Continue reading

Understanding and Responding to Anxiety and Paranoia in Seniors with Lewy Body Dementia

Understanding and Responding to Anxiety and Paranoia in Seniors with Lewy Body Dementia
There are resources to help seniors who are experiencing a decline in thinking, reasoning, and independent function. “I am telling you, there is a dog inside my closet! I hear it growling all night long. We’ve got to track down its owner!” Hearing an older loved one voice concerns such as this that you are aware to be false is unsettling – yet not abnormal. Your first reaction can be to try and rationalize with the individual with a response such as, “Nonsense! There’s no way a dog might have gotten into your closet!” Yet for a variety of reasons, this is often the least successful way to handle unreasonable ideas and conduct within the elderly. Continue reading

Could Safety Be Compromised for Your Aging Parent? Implementing This Plan Can Help

Could Safety Be Compromised for Your Aging Parent? Implementing This Plan Can Help
Watch for these red flags that competency is diminishing in a senior loved one. The first signs might be so subtle that many people wouldn’t even notice that anything is amiss. Mom is extroverted, friendly, and conversational while visiting relatives and friends and while running errands. But those closest to her are beginning to detect concerns: being forgetful about the soup cooking on the stove, resulting in a scorched pan. Placing her keys in the cookie jar. Neglecting to pay bills. Continue reading

After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: The Two Most Common Treatment Options Available

After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: The Two Most Common Treatment Options Available
Discover the top treatment options currently available for Alzheimer’s and how they work. The latest Alzheimer’s data is sobering. The disease has become the 6th leading cause of death, rising above both breast cancer and prostate cancer together. And though deaths from many other chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular illnesses, are decreasing, those from Alzheimer’s have jumped in excess of 100%. The toll the condition takes on family caregivers is likewise astonishing, with more than 16 million Americans delivering over 18 billion hours of caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Continue reading

Can Your Marriage Survive the Strain of Senior Care?

Can Your Marriage Survive the Strain of Senior Care?
Providing senior care can be stressful on a marriage; learn tips to help here. In marriage we agree to stick with each other for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health – but what doesn’t come up during our vows to one another is how to deal with the increasing needs of senior care as our parents age. Continue reading

Breakthrough Medications for Alzheimer’s

Breakthrough Medications for Alzheimer’s
Learn from our Anchorage, AK caregiving team about the ground breaking research into Alzheimer’s disease. Groundbreaking research is honing in ever closer to the eradication of Alzheimer’s disease, this time through two medications already developed and approved by the FDA. This permits expedited clinical trials and hopefully fast-tracking us closer to a cure. The first,… Continue reading

How to Help Seniors Around You Avoid Loneliness and Isolation

How to Help Seniors Around You Avoid Loneliness and Isolation
How to help seniors with the dangers of loneness and isolation through personal care assistance Alaska families deserve. With more than 325 million people living in the US alone, it is difficult to envision that senior loneliness is so far-reaching. Regardless, more than 50% of all the elderly live by themselves, and over a million… Continue reading

Time to Rethink Aging

Time to Rethink Aging
Midnight Sun Home Care, a top Alaska home care provider, points out the many positives to aging. A simple internet search for the word “aging” gives results such as “coping with aging,” “what you can do about aging,” and “the cure to aging.” The negative view to growing older is, unfortunately, so embedded within our… Continue reading

Knowing When to Step In: How to Avoid Being a Helicopter Child to Aging Parents

Knowing When to Step In: How to Avoid Being a Helicopter Child to Aging Parents
Learn when to allow senior independence in this article from the Alaska senior care experts. We’ve all heard of helicopter parents, particularly when a child goes off to college. Truth be told, we possibly may be guilty of hovering a little too closely ourselves. Discovering that optimal balance between caring and overstepping our boundaries isn’t… Continue reading

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
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