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
Venturing out of the house after social isolation can decrease loneliness, but not without potential health risks.
After months of isolating, quarantining, and distancing from friends and family, stay-at-home orders have been relaxed this summer. However, for older adults in particular, is it safe to head out?
Unfortunately, there’s no cut-and-dry answer, and a… Continue reading
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
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
Rummaging behaviors in dementia are not uncommon and can be managed.
Searching through boxes, cabinets, and closets, taking out assorted items from drawers, and searching repetitively through many different items can be frustrating for the people providing care for a senior with dementia, but in reality these actions are fulfilling an objective. Rummaging behaviors… 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
Midnight Sun Home Care provides help in many forms for older adults with Parkinson’s disease.
You may not recognize her by name; however, you’ve very likely come across her story. Joy Milne has a tremendously unique talent: recognizing Parkinson’s disease through her nose. Her gift came to light when she noticed what she details… Continue reading
Learn how to distinguish between Alzheimer’s and LATE dementia in older adults.
An older adult who displays loss of memory, confusion, poor judgment, repetition, and problems with performing daily activities has the distinguishing signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, right? As a matter of fact, what seems to be a clear-cut case of Alzheimer’s may… Continue reading
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
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
Make living with dementia better by implementing journaling.
Being a caregiver for a senior living with dementia is a fluid, ever-evolving undertaking. One day may be calm and peaceful, with your senior loved one taking pleasure in activities, eating healthy meals, and sharing laughter with you; while the following day may be fraught with agitation,… Continue reading
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
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