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Is Your Loved One at Risk for Elder Financial Abuse by a Family Member?

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Senior financial abuse is an escalating problem in the US. And while online scammers may be the first threat that comes to mind, the reality is that abusers are often well-known. In fact, according to varying estimates, family members, friends, neighbors and caregivers may account for anywhere between 34 percent and 57.9 percent of perpetrators of financial exploitation of seniors

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Lyme Disease and Seniors: What Caregivers Should Know

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Aug 13, 2018 @ 03:55 PM

 

While roughly 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) annually, this number represents only a fraction of the number of people living with the disease. In fact, this tick-borne illness is one of the world’s fastest growing infectious diseases, and has been declared an epidemic. Even more alarming? Children and seniors have the greatest risk of developing Lyme disease. 

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Meals on Wheels and Beyond: Services for Seniors

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 @ 10:48 AM

There are nearly 48 million people age 65 and older in the US, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. By the year 2060, this number is projected to climb to 98.2 million. While seniors are healthier than ever, they still suffer from a number of obstacles pertaining to everything from loneliness and isolation to nutrition and money. 

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Six Tips for Successful Family Caregiving Meetings

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jul 24, 2018 @ 11:13 AM

In a perfect world, all family members would get along when making care decisions for aging loved ones. In the world we live in, however, familial strife is extremely common. While managing conflicts can be challenging, it’s vital to build consensus—both to ensure that each senior’s wants and needs are met as well as to reduce caregiver stress. The good news? There are some things you can to do help things go as smoothly as possible, including the following six strategies:

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Sexually Active Seniors: What Senior Caregivers Should Know

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Jul 05, 2018 @ 02:57 PM

When we hear the word “sex,” seniors aren’t typically the first demographic that comes to mind. But the reality is that relationships and sex are an important part of quality of life, health, and well-being for seniors. Here’s a closer look at recent research about sex and seniors, along with what it means for caregivers.

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Are Your Aging Loved One's Fingernails Pointing to a Health Concern?

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jun 26, 2018 @ 02:32 PM

As human bodies age, they undergo many changes. While we often think of the appearance of the face, skin and hair as the primary areas demonstrating age-related changes, another body part can also reveal signs of advancing age: fingernails. However, not all of these changes are natural. In fact, some may indicate underlying health concerns. Read on for a closer look at four fingernail characteristics to watch for as a senior caregiver. 

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Seniors and Flatulence: How You Can Help

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 01:18 PM

Passing gas is a perfectly normal bodily function. However, this doesn’t mean it’s not potentially problematic for caregivers—especially when it becomes excessive. Here’s a closer look at the issue of seniors and flatulence, along with caregiver tips aimed at helping seniors manage this common condition.

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Is Attitude Everything When it Comes to Aging?

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 @ 02:52 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

It's natural for seniors to have uneven attitudes about aging. However, research tells us that having a positive outlook can directly impact quality of life and health in older adults. Here’s a closer look at the research, along with tips for caregivers looking to help seniors in their care adopt more positive attitudes. 

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The 411 on Therapy Chickens

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jun 05, 2018 @ 01:59 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

We've long known the health and wellness benefits of pet ownership for the elderly. However, recent reports have highlighted benefits of animal companionship beyond that of cats and dogs. The latest animal to take center stage when it comes to supporting senior health? Chickens. Here’s a closer look at the “chicken therapy’ trend, along with why experts are calling chickens and seniors a “match made in heaven.” 

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Is a Senior in Your Care Struggling with Swallowing?

By mmLearn.org on Wed, May 23, 2018 @ 02:00 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

The ability to swallow is something most of us take for granted every day. However, many older people suffer from “dysphagia,” which is the medical term for difficulty swallowing. This can lead to a number of serious health consequences ranging from malnutrition to lack of socialization. Caregivers can help their aging loved ones improve their quality of life by educating themselves about the condition and its treatments. 

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