Dementia and guns: Learn more about this important issue in this article.
With an impassioned level of debate rivaling the Hatfields and McCoys, it appears insurmountable to arrive at a resolution on the issue of gun control. Yet in spite of which side of the issue you are on, there’s one little-discussed situation that should cause us all to take pause: the alarming combination of dementia and firearms.
Sleeping drugs double the risk of falls and fractures in seniors, due to the increased dizziness and disorientation they could cause.
Is there anything better than getting up well rested after a great night’s sleep, completely energized and ready to face your day? For most older adults – as much as a third of them – getting enough sleep only occurs inside their dreams. And sadly, it is a common assumption that inadequate sleep is just something to be accepted within our later years – a misconception that Preeti Malani, M.D., chief health officer and professor of medicine at the University of Michigan really wants to dispel. Continue reading
Our homecare team is highly trained and experienced in properly managing a few of the more difficult components of Alzheimer’s disease.
Today, Thomas Edison’s words ring true in the race to obtain both the main cause and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Every day tends to bring hopeful news of still another clinical trial, followed soon after by the disappointing news that results failed to meet expectations – and so the pattern carries on. Continue reading
For many, there’s a stigma linked with admitting to and pursuing help for mental and emotional concerns.
They’re common concerns in older years: fatigue, sleeping problems, lack of appetite. And often, they’re written off as just that. Yet for nearly 8 million elders over age 65, these signs and symptoms are indicative of something significantly more than normal aging – they’re signs and symptoms of elderly mental health problems. And only a small number are obtaining the available treatment that could substantially boost their overall quality of life. Continue reading
Baby boomers without children, or solo agers, have to consider different options for their later years than those with children.
If you are a baby boomer without children, the new term “solo ager” applies to you. This strong and self-reliant group faces some distinct concerns in aging, chiefly who to designate as guardian and decision-maker in the event that they become unable to do so themselves. Inside her book, Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, author Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D. defines several senior planner options to consider: Continue reading
Always get the doctor’s approval before trying anything new.
As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That could very well pertain to the recent influx of corporations touting alternative supplements, dietary programs, and herbal concoctions in order to cure, or at the very least minimize, the ramifications of Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association would like to advise us, however, to go forward with caution when looking into treatment ideas for a loved one with dementia – and always get the doctor’s approval before trying anything new. Continue reading
POCD takes place in more than 25% of seniors in the days and even weeks just after non-cardiac surgery.
Undergoing surgery for seniors always involves some inherent risks, but there is a little-known effect impacting a significant number of seniors following surgery that we all must be aware of: POCD (postoperative cognitive dysfunction). POCD takes place in more than 25% of seniors in the days and even weeks just after non-cardiac surgery, and may present with a variety of symptoms, several of which can be almost indiscernible: forgetfulness, loss in concentration and focus, along with other kinds of cognitive impairment that affect quality of life. Continue reading
Seniors need a different approach to managing chronic pain.
Because the extensive population of baby boomers continue to get older, and as our life expectancy continues to be extended, our understanding on how to cope with persistent pain has changed accordingly. At present, over 50% of those over age 65 complain of chronic pain—and for… Continue reading
The latest findings in Alzheimer’s clinical trials.
With as many as 5.7 million seniors currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease—a full 10% of the over-65 population—and that number expected to soar to as many as 14 million by the year 2050, the race is on as scientists scramble to find a remedy or at the very… Continue reading
Learn the skills you need to provide better care for your senior loved one.
If you’re providing care for a senior loved one, it is possible that you fell into the responsibility with no formal training: you saw the need, and gallantly came forward to satisfy it. Yet, at Midnight Sun Home Care, thorough training… Continue reading
How can you protect loved ones from senior fraud?
Telephone scams aimed at the elderly aren’t anything new, with an astounding $36 billion lost every year to financial abuse. And the current senior fraud circulating is hard for most seniors to recognize until it’s too late. Center for Elder Law and Justice attorney Nicole… Continue reading
Is it OK to bend the truth when communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease?
Very early on, we learn the tale of George Washington’s mishap with the cherry tree along with his bold admittance to his parents, “I cannot tell a lie; I chopped down the cherry tree!” Truthfulness is integrated in our character,… Continue reading
Should Mom move in with you or is home care in Anchorage, AK the answer?
Probably one of the most commendable and admirable choices adult children can make is to open up their house to an aging parent. Our parents raised and took care of us when we needed help and support, so it seems… Continue reading
Millions of Americans live with heart conditions that can turn deadly, but the American Heart Association (AHA) is committed to funding research, awareness and care. Every year, Alaskans take a Saturday in April to help to raise money for the AHA, while also practicing heart healthy habits. On April 21, joins Alaskans in the Alaska… Continue reading
Alcohol – it can be used responsibility but it can also become a major health problem if abused. April is Alcohol Awareness Month and it was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma often associated with alcoholism. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. Millions of Americans suffer from… Continue reading