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The Senior Assistive Devices That Can Be Life-Changing

Midnight Sun Home Care recommends senior assistive devices. Consider the many tools you use every single day – your phone, toothbrush, hairbrush – simple things, but ones you cannot envision living without. For hundreds of older adults, there are basic senior assistive devices available that might mean the difference between living at home and facing… Continue reading

When Lucidity Returns in the End Stages of Dementia and What It’s Teaching Us

When Lucidity Returns in the End Stages of Dementia and What It’s Teaching Us
Midnight Sun Home Care, providers of Alaska home health services, discusses the meaning behind lucidity in the end stages of dementia. Even as memory loss and confusion escalate throughout the progression of dementia, there is an interesting and pleasant reprieve that often occurs. Previously termed “terminal lucidity,” it’s more frequently known as “paradoxical lucidity.” It… Continue reading

Work-Life Balance for Caregivers: Post-Pandemic Predictions

Work-Life Balance for Caregivers: Post-Pandemic Predictions
Midnight Sun Home Care, providers of Anchorage home care services and care in nearby areas, has tips on the post-pandemic work-life balance for caregivers. If there’s one particular positive after-effect regarding the pandemic, it’s the awareness generated for the plight of family caregivers. Finding a post-pandemic work-life balance will be without question an incredible challenge… Continue reading

Tips for Managing Dementia and Incontinence

Tips for Managing Dementia and Incontinence
Incontinence is a common issue that affects those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia care requires both compassion and creativity to manage a variety of complicated behaviors and effects, and that’s especially true when it comes to dementia and incontinence, something that is extremely common in Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. These tried-and-true strategies can be effective in minimizing the impact of incontinence and preventing an escalation of emotions in someone you love with dementia. Continue reading

5 Tough (But Normal) Caregiver Emotions – and How to Manage Them

5 Tough (But Normal) Caregiver Emotions – and How to Manage Them
Family caregivers experience a wide range of emotions while caring for aging parents. If you’re feeling a bit discouraged in your role as caregiver, take heart; you’re in good company. Providing care for a loved one is perhaps one of the most complex roles we can hold: highly rewarding on one hand, while simultaneously frustrating and ever-evolving, often leading to caregiver emotions and feelings of doubt about whether we’re up to the challenge and providing the best possible care. Continue reading

A New Cancer Treatment for All Types of Cancer Could Be Coming

A New Cancer Treatment for All Types of Cancer Could Be Coming
New cancer research may lead to new treatment options for all types of cancer. We already know how incredible our body’s immune system is in attacking invading bacteria and viruses and restoring us to health following an illness, but the latest findings from a study by Cardiff University are poised to bring a new and unexpected development with a new cancer treatment: stopping cancer in its tracks. Continue reading

Research Now Links These Common Prescriptions as Risk Factors for Dementia

Research Now Links These Common Prescriptions as Risk Factors for Dementia
Do you have a loved one taking one of these common prescriptions? They’re already understood to cause various short-term unwanted side effects, such as memory issues and confusion, but new research links some of the stronger anticholinergic drugs (such as those prescribed for Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, depression, and overactive bladder) to an increased risk factor for dementia. Continue reading

The Latest Approach to Chronic Care Services: Empowering Patients to Take Control

The Latest Approach to Chronic Care Services: Empowering Patients to Take Control
Chronic care services can help empower senior patients to take control. Regarding chronic diseases, seniors are the experts, hands down, with as many as 3 out of four seniors affected by several conditions that are on-going, necessitate extensive treatment, and put limitations on activities. With the continuous barrage of bloodwork along with other medical tests, doctors’ appointments and procedures, and medications, controlling chronic diseases can take both a physical and emotional toll, and might quickly become stressful. Continue reading

Caregivers, Beware! Avoid Injuries with These Caregiver Safety Tips

Caregivers, Beware! Avoid Injuries with These Caregiver Safety Tips
Understand these caregiver safety tips to help avoid injuries. While the ultimate goal is always to improve health and safety for the aging adults they love, family caregivers, regrettably, typically end up compromising their own health along the way by ignoring caregiver safety tips. The truth is, an astounding 94% of caregivers in a recently… Continue reading

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
Senior safety is crucial when creating an aging care plan. 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
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