Being a Caregiver for Mom

You are a caregiver if you provide social or physical support to an aging relative or friend, or to a person who is disabled. Caregivers may make weekly visits to a sick mother still living on her own or may bring a frail father into their home for care. They may arrange for services for… Continue reading

Sylvia: Music, Forgiveness and So Much More . . .

This month, we are paying tribute to our moms. In many ways, in-home care is about celebrating our elders and what they’ve done in life and continue to do for us, for others and for their communities. More often than not, our mothers play a significant role in how we view the world. We thought… Continue reading

Resources for Exploring Senior Spirituality

Resources for Exploring Senior Spirituality
Hopefully, by now, we’ve convinced you that spirituality is an important part of senior life. And perhaps you’ve already started the conversation or even pursued activities that support spiritual exploration. There are a lot of resources out there that can help you explore spirituality, in many ways. We thought it would be helpful to give… Continue reading

Five Ways to Foster Senior Spirituality

Maybe you’ve already talked with your senior loved one about spirituality. Or perhaps you are a senior who has had several conversations with your loved ones about your spiritual beliefs. Talking is a great way to connect with each other and forge deeper bonds, but there are also many activities you can do to foster… Continue reading

Catherine Reese Named General Manager for Midnight Sun Home Care

Catherine Reese Named General Manager for Midnight Sun Home Care
Catherine Reese, who was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, has been promoted to general manager, for Midnight Sun Home Care. Reese has worked with the organization since August of 2008, when she was hired as a receptionist. She was eventually promoted to staffing director and then took over as director of community outreach, in… Continue reading

Seniors and Spirituality: Five Ways to Start a Conversation

Seniors and Spirituality: Five Ways to Start a Conversation
We’ve already looked at why it is valuable to talk to your senior loved ones about spirituality, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy conversation to start. It doesn’t need to be awkward—and it’s less likely to be that way if you come from the perspective that you want to learn from your elder. If… Continue reading

Tips on Spirituality and Aging

Spirituality is different from religion. Regardless of whether your senior loved one ascribes to a particular religion or not, they can benefit from talking about spiritual matters. A more universal approach to spirituality gives you an opportunity to engage your elders about things that are deeper than the everyday shopping list. You’ll be empowered to… Continue reading

Spirituality Faith and Religion in the Family

Spirituality and aging is a topic that many people shy away from. They view the topic of spirituality and religion as private, personal, or best left to professionals. If you develop the confidence to talk about spirituality and religion, you will discover many resources that could help your loved ones to cope with their increasing… Continue reading

Lessons from Dad

My father passed away six years ago, this May.  Each year, I remember the last days with him as some of the most heartbreaking in my life, yet the most emotionally and spiritually rewarding. Dad raised our family in Soldotna, Alaska and that was where he spent his last few months, suffering from lung… Continue reading

Why You Should Talk to Seniors About Spirituality

Why You Should Talk to Seniors About Spirituality
Spirituality is a very personal part of our lives, and sometimes talking about it can be uncomfortable or unsettling.  But, it can also be a wonderful way to connect with our senior loved ones, support them and help them to embrace the wisdom one can only gain through the experience of aging. It’s important,… Continue reading

Resources to Help End Elderly Abuse

Resources to Help End Elderly Abuse
Midnight Sun Home Care is dedicated to providing the safest and most comfortable care to our elder clients. This involves addressing the very real threat of elder abuse.  This month’s blog posts will focus on helping elders and their loved ones to recognize, prevent and end elder abuse.  Even if you have an… Continue reading

What To Do When You Suspect Elder Abuse

What To Do When You Suspect Elder Abuse
Midnight Sun Home Care is dedicated to providing the safest and most comfortable care to our elder clients. This involves addressing the very real threat of elder abuse.  This month’s blog posts will focus on helping elders and their loved ones to recognize, prevent and end elder abuse.  It can be very upsetting… Continue reading

How To Recognize Elder Abuse

Midnight Sun Home Care is dedicated to providing the safest and most comfortable care to our elder clients. This involves addressing the very real threat of elder abuse.  This month’s blog posts will focus on helping elders and their loved ones to recognize, prevent and end elder abuse.  We’ve already talked about what… Continue reading

Family Smarts!

The first and most important step toward preventing elder abuse is to recognize that no one — of whatever age — should be subjected to violent, abusive, humiliating or neglectful behavior. In addition to promoting this social attitude, we can take positive steps such as educating people about elder abuse, increasing the availability of respite… Continue reading

How We Can Prevent Abuse in the Home

Most caregivers find it gratifying and enriching to provide care for an elderly individual. Often times the responsibilities and demands of care giving, which often escalate as the elder’s condition deteriorates, can be extremely stressful. The stress of being a care giver can lead to mental and physical health problems that make caregivers feel burnt… Continue reading

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