Family Caregiving

Acceptance: Getting Help at Home For Chronic Disease Care Is Not Giving Up

Acceptance: Getting Help at Home For Chronic Disease Care Is Not Giving Up
Admitting you need help caring for a loved one is hard. In Isaac Asimov’s opinion, “The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists.” It is a frequent feeling for many family caregivers when their loved one is diagnosed with a chronic condition, such as dementia. Even though this can generate some… Continue reading

The Female Factor: Understanding the Risk Factors For Alzheimer’s

The Female Factor: Understanding the Risk Factors For Alzheimer’s
Women have long been shown to have increased risk for Alzheimer’s and researchers are beginning to understand why. Scientists are at long last starting to get a handle on the imbalance between Alzheimer’s diagnoses in females and men. Generally, approximately 2/3 of people with Alzheimer’s in the U.S. are female, and as researchers start to… 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

Alaska Home Health Pros Share Latest Recommendations on Senior Diabetes and Low Blood Sugar

Alaska Home Health Pros Share Latest Recommendations on Senior Diabetes and Low Blood Sugar
Learn the latest surprising recommendations related to senior diabetes and low blood sugar levels. The newest recommendations from the Endocrine Society concerning the elderly and diabetes are surprising, to say the least: lower blood sugar is not always best. And for individuals who have been keeping a routine of finger pricks, insulin injections, and thorough… Continue reading

Dementia Care in Anchorage: Personal Hygiene Tips for Those with Alzheimer’s

Dementia Care in Anchorage: Personal Hygiene Tips for Those with Alzheimer’s
Try these personal hygiene tips for someone with dementia. Of all the struggles linked to providing care for a loved one with dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association indicates that the most prevalent challenge is with personal hygiene, for several different reasons: Diminished sense of vision and smell Comfort found in familiarity (for example, wanting to wear… Continue reading

Anchorage Respite Care Experts Share Elder Care Tips to Prevent Bullying a Senior

Anchorage Respite Care Experts Share Elder Care Tips to Prevent Bullying a Senior
Before motivation crosses the line into bullying, implement these elder care tips. As a family caregiver, you certainly encounter a range of feelings during the day: shared laughter over a joke with your loved one; worry over a health concern; and undoubtedly, once in a while, frustrations. We wish only the best for people we… Continue reading

Research Shows Top Senior Care Fear: Making a Mistake

Research Shows Top Senior Care Fear: Making a Mistake
Providing senior care for a loved one can cause concerns, including the risk of making a mistake. “Of course Grandpa can move in with me!” Increasingly more family senior care providers are making this noble choice every day, signifying the beginning of lifestyle changes they may only fully understand when immersed in them. And while… 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

Why Being a Family Caregiver Is Causing One-Third of Us to Leave Our Jobs

Why Being a Family Caregiver Is Causing One-Third of Us to Leave Our Jobs
Midnight Sun Home Care provides a personalized care solution which allows employed loved ones to focus more fully on their careers. Recently, actor Rob Lowe brought caregiving into the foreground by discussing his journey of caring for his mom and the toll it took on his own life. He explained, “When you’re caring for a… Continue reading