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
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
Depression can easily sneak up on family caregivers.
There is no question that it’s a wonderful honor to care for people we love. Family caregivers encounter a closeness and bond with those in their care that very often far outweighs the downsides. However, there are difficulties. A perpetual to-do list to ensure the person you’re… Continue reading
Alzheimer’s symptoms can be negatively impacted by certain things or activities.
While there are particular commonalities, Alzheimer’s disease affects every individual differently. Our specially trained dementia caregivers know, for example, that even though one individual may appreciate being outdoors, another person could be overwhelmed by so much sensory input and favor a tranquil indoor environment.… Continue reading
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
With an expanded understanding of cancer, researchers are better able to develop new treatments and prevention strategies.
Each year since 1999, we’ve realized an ever-increasing decline in cancer-related deaths, an encouraging development that’s poised to carry on as experts gain a greater understanding of cancer, its causes, and new and better treatment options. Nevertheless, cancer… Continue reading
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
ANCHORAGE, AK (September 11, 2019) — Midnight Sun Home Care, a top-rated home care agency in Anchorage, Alaska and the Mat-Su Valley, is pleased to announce that Becky Huntley has been promoted to general manager. Huntley has been with Midnight Sun Home Care since 2015. In her role as general manager, Huntley will coordinate, direct… Continue reading
Older adults and their families understand the many benefits of technology to help seniors age in place.
Whether you are attempting to tune a guitar, study a new language, or simply add dogs’ ears to a selfie, there is an app for that! And for seniors who elect to age in place, the benefits of… Continue reading
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
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
Understand these caregiver safety tips to help avoid injuries.
While the ultimate goal is always to improve health and safety for the aging adults they love, family caregivers, regrettably, typically end up compromising their own health along the way by ignoring caregiver safety tips. The truth is, an astounding 94% of caregivers in a recently… Continue reading
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
Try these personal hygiene tips for someone with dementia.
Of all the struggles linked to providing care for a loved one with dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association indicates that the most prevalent challenge is with personal hygiene, for several different reasons:
Diminished sense of vision and smell
Comfort found in familiarity (for example, wanting to wear… Continue reading
Before motivation crosses the line into bullying, implement these elder care tips.
As a family caregiver, you certainly encounter a range of feelings during the day: shared laughter over a joke with your loved one; worry over a health concern; and undoubtedly, once in a while, frustrations. We wish only the best for people we… Continue reading