Family Matters

Midnight Sun Home Care’s collection of blog post that relate to the family.

Solo Agers: Do You Have a Designated Senior Planner?

Solo Agers: Do You Have a Designated Senior Planner?
Baby boomers without children, or solo agers, have to consider different options for their later years than those with children. If you are a baby boomer without children, the new term “solo ager” applies to you. This strong and self-reliant group faces some distinct concerns in aging, chiefly who to designate as guardian and decision-maker in the event that they become unable to do so themselves. Inside her book, Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, author Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D. defines several senior planner options to consider: Continue reading

Alcohol Abuse and the Elderly

Alcohol – it can be used responsibility but it can also become a major health problem if abused. April is Alcohol Awareness Month and it was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma often associated with alcoholism. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. Millions of Americans suffer from… Continue reading

Love Makes You Live Longer

Love Makes You Live Longer
Valentine’s Day – some celebrate it as the ultimate day of love, while others call it the Hallmark holiday. Love it or leave it, whatever your take on Valentine’s Day, there are a lot of benefits to letting a little love into your life on any given day. Several studies have shown that married people… Continue reading

Stay Safe and Independent with Lifeline

Stay Safe and Independent with Lifeline
Many of our seniors did not grow up in Alaska, they moved here for an exciting job opportunity or adventure. As this independent generation ages, their spirit stays the same but unfortunately sometimes their body can’t keep up. Luckily, with Philips Lifeline, seniors can stay safe while maintaining their freedom. Philips Lifeline is the number… Continue reading

Think Pink This October

Think Pink This October
This October, we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual campaign to increase awareness about this devastating disease. One in eight women will face a breast cancer diagnosis during their lifetime. According to the American Cancer Society, 1,000 Alaskan women will diethis year from breast cancer. Awareness months are about taking action. Please consider getting… Continue reading

Ways to Celebrate Senior Citizens Day

Ways to Celebrate Senior Citizens Day
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5847 declaring August 21 National Senior Citizens Day. The day is meant to recognize the achievements and leadership of seniors, and thank them for all they’ve done. It’s also a day meant to remind people to take care of seniors by providing them with the proper care and… Continue reading

How to Talk to Your Siblings about Getting Help for Mom and Dad

Watching our parents age can be tough; for many years they were our caregivers and when the roles become reversed it can be a challenging time for everyone. Understanding the level of care they require can be complicated and if there are many opinions involved, deciding on a care plan can feel impossible. Talking to… Continue reading

Men’s Health Month – Help Dad Stay Safe This Summer

What better time of year to celebrate Men’s Health Month than when the salmon are running and dad is out enjoying his favorite summer activities. Men’s Health Month is certainly about celebrating the men in our life but more importantly, it aims to keep them healthy by spreading awareness about the importance of preventative care… Continue reading

Dad Wants to Avoid the Nursing Home, But Is Home Health Care an Affordable Option?

Dad Wants to Avoid the Nursing Home, But Is Home Health Care an Affordable Option?
Pick a senior, any senior, and you’re likely to hear the same sentiments: the vast majority of older adults agree that they’d prefer to spend their elder years at home over moving to a nursing home facility. However, there are a number of misconceptions about who will pay for home health care. Medicare? Medicaid? Insurance?… Continue reading

Caring for a Senior and Feeling Invisible? Learn How to Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard.

Caring for a Senior and Feeling Invisible? Learn How to Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has reported that family members caring for a senior loved one are “routinely marginalized and ignored within the health care system.” With about 18 million family members providing care for seniors, this report is alarming, as it points to the possibility that these seniors are at risk… Continue reading
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