Senior Health

Midnight Sun Home Care’s collection of articles about Senior Health.

Seniors Postponing Elective Procedures – Is Now the Right Time?

Seniors Postponing Elective Procedures – Is Now the Right Time?
During a pandemic, your doctor can provide guidance on weighing the risks of an elective procedure against the risks of postponing it. The COVID-19 pandemic put our world on pause, including, among a great number of other activities, medical appointments and procedures. In fact, approximately one-half of all adults either canceled or put off routine… Continue reading

Living with COPD During COVID-19: The Resources and Tips You Need

Living with COPD During COVID-19: The Resources and Tips You Need
Find additional resources and tips for living with COPD during COVID-19. Seniors diagnosed with COPD have needed to stay particularly vigilant since the COVID-19 pandemic started, because they are likely at both a higher risk for contracting the virus and also for developing more serious complications as a result. A recently available research study… Continue reading

Trusted COVID-19 Resources for Seniors and Family Caregivers

Trusted COVID-19 Resources for Seniors and Family Caregivers
Midnight Sun Home Care helps verify trusted COVID-19 resources in the U.S. Recognizing where to turn for the latest, most dependable resources on COVID-19, particularly as it relates to seniors and those who provide caregiving assistance for them, is crucial – and can be difficult. With so many resources and differing viewpoints on this serious… Continue reading

Avoid Senior Medication Errors with These Tips

Avoid Senior Medication Errors with These Tips
Prevent senior medication mistakes with these tips. A recent research study of over 2,000 older adults reveals that a stunning 87% take one or more prescription drugs, and a full 36% are taking five or more – as well as 38% using over-the-counter meds on a regular basis. Managing these medications in our later years… 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

6 Tips for Male Mesothelioma Patients

6 Tips for Male Mesothelioma Patients
Learn important health tips for men who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma occurs in men 4 times more often than women. Researchers believe men develop mesothelioma more often because occupational asbestos exposure typically happens in male-dominated industries.  6 Health Tips for Men with Mesothelioma  The Centers for Disease Control… 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

Dementia and Vision Problems – How Dementia Affects Eyesight

Dementia and Vision Problems – How Dementia Affects Eyesight
Seniors with dementia often experience various kinds of vision problems. The complicated steps necessary to enable us to see are mind-boggling. Within the blink of an eye, our brains are able to take transmitted details of the environment all around us, translate that information based on input from other senses, memories, and thoughts, and then… Continue reading

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

The Importance of Hydration in Seniors 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

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

The Key to Unlocking Communication Difficulties in Dementia: Nonverbal Communication

The Key to Unlocking Communication Difficulties in Dementia: Nonverbal Communication
Nonverbal communication is invaluable in connecting with those with dementia. Talking with a senior trying to cope with all the struggles of Alzheimer’s, especially in the middle and later stages, could very well be discouraging – both for you and for the senior loved one. Brain changes impede the ability to listen, process, and respond… Continue reading

8 Key Health Benefits of Laughter: Care Tips From the Anchorage Respite Care Team

8 Key Health Benefits of Laughter: Care Tips From the Anchorage Respite Care Team
Learn some of the many incredible health benefits of laughter. Have you ever caught yourself preparing to bubble over with uncontrollable laughter at the most inopportune moment – in a packed elevator, a hushed waiting room, or a religious service? While there are, of course, times when we need to control the silliness, author Jane… Continue reading
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