Senior Safety

Senior safety is very important, whether it’s in the home or out in the world. Get some helpful tips on how to keep seniors safe and find out how we provide the dedicated homecare Matanuska-Ausitna AK seniors need to stay safe and healthy at home.

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

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

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

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

Make the Most of Your Next Visit with Your Primary Care Doctor

Make the Most of Your Next Visit with Your Primary Care Doctor
Taking these steps in advance of the next visit with your primary care doctor will help maximize your time together. On any given day, a physician usually has approximately 20 patients to see – combined with phone calls, paperwork, and other administrative duties. It leaves precious little time spent with each person, which explains why… 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

Finding Purpose and Embracing Positivity in Everyday Life as a Senior Citizen

Finding Purpose and Embracing Positivity in Everyday Life as a Senior Citizen
Many senior citizens find their most fulfilling day to be those in which they help others. Think about a typical day in the life of a senior citizen. Hopefully, it provides a number of positive and enriching experiences: enjoying breakfast, engaging in a favorite hobby or interest, visiting with a relative or friend, watching a popular television show. However, there’s a difference between positivity and purpose; and the need for a life rich with meaning and purpose is very important, specifically in the life of senior loved ones.  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

Could Safety Be Compromised for Your Aging Parent? Implementing This Plan Can Help

Could Safety Be Compromised for Your Aging Parent? Implementing This Plan Can Help
Senior safety is crucial when creating an aging care plan. The first signs might be so subtle that many people wouldn’t even notice that anything is amiss. Mom is extroverted, friendly, and conversational while visiting relatives and friends and while running errands. But those closest to her are beginning to detect concerns: being forgetful about the soup cooking on the stove, resulting in a scorched pan. Placing her keys in the cookie jar. Neglecting to pay bills. Continue reading

After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: The Two Most Common Treatment Options Available

After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: The Two Most Common Treatment Options Available
Discover the top treatment options currently available for Alzheimer’s and how they work. The latest Alzheimer’s data is sobering. The disease has become the 6th leading cause of death, rising above both breast cancer and prostate cancer together. And though deaths from many other chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular illnesses, are decreasing, those from Alzheimer’s have jumped in excess of 100%. The toll the condition takes on family caregivers is likewise astonishing, with more than 16 million Americans delivering over 18 billion hours of caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Continue reading

Can Your Marriage Survive the Strain of Senior Care?

Can Your Marriage Survive the Strain of Senior Care?
Providing senior care can be stressful on a marriage; learn tips to help here. In marriage we agree to stick with each other for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health – but what doesn’t come up during our vows to one another is how to deal with the increasing needs of senior care as our parents age. Continue reading

Stop Falls Before They Happen at Home with This Fall Prevention Checklist

Stop Falls Before They Happen at Home with This Fall Prevention Checklist
Learn how planning for a fall can actually help prevent one. Falls involving the elderly are all too frequent and may have serious consequences. Taking precautionary measures is crucial, such as assessing the home for fall dangers like throw rugs along with other trip and fall hazards, insufficient lighting, and an absence of appropriate grab… Continue reading

How to Enjoy the Holidays and Avoid a Hospital Emergency Room Visit

How to Enjoy the Holidays and Avoid a Hospital Emergency Room Visit
Learn why ER visits for older adults increase up to 20% over the holidays. While we may envision a Norman Rockwell-worthy Thanksgiving celebration, with the whole family relishing high quality time with each other and Grandma’s classic feast, the reality for some families also includes something unforeseen: a hospital emergency room visit. Believe it or… Continue reading