Family Caregiving

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

Caregiver Support – Keys to a Successful Family Meeting

Caregiver Support – Keys to a Successful Family Meeting
Families need to work together to provide the best care for senior loved ones. “It takes a village” was never a truer statement than when caring for a senior loved one. It’s important for that “village” to maintain effective, ongoing communication so that everyone involved with care is on the same page for how to… Continue reading

The Importance of Hydration in the Elderly and How to Help Maintain Optimum Fluid Intake

The Importance of Hydration in the Elderly and How to Help Maintain Optimum Fluid Intake
Lack of hydration in the elderly can lead to severe health issues. Did you realize…approximately 50% of all older adults are chronically under-hydrated, as reported by a new scientific study conducted at UCLA? Not only that, but seniors over age 65 account for the highest category of hospital admissions due to dehydration. … Continue reading

Laughter May Truly Be the Best Medicine When Caring for Someone With Dementia

Laughter May Truly Be the Best Medicine When Caring for Someone With Dementia
Laughter can be good medicine when caring for someone with dementia. Caring for someone with dementia is certainly not something to laugh about. Nonetheless, research is increasingly pointing towards the benefits associated with humor, and adding it into dementia care may be just what the doctor ordered to enhance quality of life… Continue reading

Tips for Family Caregivers to Help Manage Elderly Health Issues

Tips for Family Caregivers to Help Manage Elderly Health Issues
Managing elderly health issues is a big responsibility for family caregivers. Of all of the many responsibilities a family caregiver encounters, potentially one of the most overwhelming is managing elderly health issues. The National Council on Aging reports that about three–quarters of all seniors are identified as having at least two chronic… Continue reading

The Best New Year’s Resolutions for Those Taking Care of Family Members at Home

The Best New Year’s Resolutions for Those Taking Care of Family Members at Home
Midnight Sun Home Care allows those taking care of family members at home to have time for self-care. If you are one of the 8% of Americans who actually stick with their New Year’s resolution goals, congratulations! However, if you’re like most of us, you quit well before even turning the calendar page… Continue reading

Five Tips For Taking Over Elderly Parent’s Finances

Five Tips For Taking Over Elderly Parent’s Finances
Learn how to sensitively introduce the idea of financial management assistance for senior parents One of the most delicate issues to navigate in senior care is taking over elderly parent’s finances. Personal finances are both exceedingly personal and a representation of our self-sufficiency, and adult children specifically may be met… Continue reading

5 Ways a Geriatric Care Manager Can Change a Senior’s Life

5 Ways a Geriatric Care Manager Can Change a Senior’s Life
A geriatric care manager can greatly improve quality of life for seniors. Family care providers recognize that navigating the process of locating appropriate care resources for a senior can feel like trying to cross the ocean in a rowboat – blindfolded, and blindsided by the buffeting waves and winds. The chances of arriving safely to… Continue reading

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