Check out these tips for first-time caregivers from our Mat-Su home care professionals.
It might have come altogether out of nowhere: an unanticipated fall that caused a fractured hip and the need for Mom to have assistance to stay at home. Or, it may have been building up over the years, such as through the… Continue reading
These tips from our Alaska home health professionals can help with maintaining dignity while aging.
It’s easy to get swept up in the day-to-day tasks of caregiving for an older adult you love. There is so much to be done, and often it’s just much easier and a lot more efficient to do it all… Continue reading
Family caretaker guilt can be alleviated with these tips.
Family care providers give so much of themselves to attend to their loved ones, often surrendering their own desires and needs in the process. It seems normal to assume then that caretakers would feel good about themselves, rich in self-esteem and sense of purpose. However, the… Continue reading
Even the most devoted caregivers often face false accusations by loved ones with dementia.
It can come seemingly out of thin air: you place your loved one’s favorite tuna sandwich in front of her – light on the mayo, no onions – something which usually brings her enjoyment. But this time, she shoves the plate… Continue reading
Midnight Sun in Anchorage is here to help provide additional resources for Alzheimer’s care during COVID-19.
Confusion. Isolation. Loneliness. These feelings are becoming common for a number of us during the COVID-19 pandemic, however when you factor in the element of Alzheimer’s, the challenges and frustrations are increased to an entirely new level.
Consider, for… Continue reading
Midnight Sun in Anchorage provides tips to help manage expectations of aging parents.
In an ideal world, we could neatly compartmentalize our caregiving duties, sticking with a routine that met the requirements of a senior, while enabling the time required to take care of our myriad other responsibilities. But needless to say, life does not… Continue reading
Managing stress can lead to a healthier, more relaxed life.
Stress is inevitable, and actually, not always a bad thing. After all, as the saying goes, “A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.” Nevertheless, particularly for family caregivers, the amount of stress can easily intensify and start to become… Continue reading
Building resilience is key to overcoming challenges in life.
Times of crisis can bring out the best together with the worst in us. During the coronavirus pandemic, we have heard stories of individuals hoarding items and selling them to make an outrageous profit, coupled with stories of people who selflessly met the needs of others… Continue reading
Find tips for helping elderly parents with finances.
Helping elderly parents with finances can be challenging for a variety of reasons. And for a large number of today’s older adults, who maintain a “Depression mentality” from many years of saving for a rainy day and learning to “waste not, want not,” it may be difficult… Continue reading
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
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
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 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
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
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