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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Alzheimer's

What Is the Validation Method?

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 @ 03:26 PM

Communicating with people who are experiencing dementia, age-related cognitive decline, and/or disorientation can be challenging. However, it’s not impossible—especially with the right tools in place. One particularly effective method for communicating with disoriented seniors? The Validation Method. Here’s a closer look at this method of helping seniors and their caregivers share less stressful, more meaningful connections. 

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What Caregivers Need to Know about Lewy Body Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 02:32 PM

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is one of the most common forms of dementia, and yet it is frequently misdiagnosed as more commonly known illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson's Disease. If you’re caring for someone who has been diagnosed with LBD, you’re not alone if you feel like you’re in the dark. Read on for a closer look at this complex disease, along with what caregivers should know about LBD.

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10 Practical Tips for Caring for A Loved One with Alzheimer's

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Feb 07, 2018 @ 09:57 AM

The challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer's are frequently discussed. But most people tasked with managing care for someone living with this disease are already well aware of these challenges and are looking for something more: Practical tools and actionable insights for managing them. Read on for ten tips aimed at helping caregivers most effectively tackle the issues they face every day.

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Degeneration and The Stages of Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 11:40 AM

One of the most difficult aspects of dealing with dementia is its degenerative nature. While its progression often involves common signs and symptoms, everyone’s experience with dementia is different. This can make managing the disease particularly challenging for dementia caregivers who may find its inherent uncertainty stressful. Having a basic understanding of the stages of dementia progression -- keeping in mind that it’s a just a guideline, not a rule -- can help caregivers cope.  

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Types of Dementia: Vascular Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

You've probably heard of Alzheimer's disease in the context of learning about dementia, but other types of the condition exists. It's helpful to know about the different types that you may encounter — such as vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia — and how they differ in terms of dementia symptoms, causes, and other factors.

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Types of Dementia: Alzheimer’s Disease

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 04:53 PM

The majority of people with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease. There are other types of dementia — such as vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia — but Alzheimer's is the most common and the one you have probably heard the most about.

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What Caregivers Need to Know About Sundowning

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 02:43 PM

As many as 66 percent of patients with Alzheimer’s disease may experience a phenomenon known as Sundowning, AKA “sundown syndrome” or “nocturnal delirium,” according to Thomas Weiss, MD. Unfortunately, coping with this condition can pose unique challenges for caregivers. Educating yourself about Sundowning, however, can be an invaluable management technique. 

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Risk Factors for Sundowning

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 @ 03:50 PM

The first step in lessening the number of episodes or severity of sundowning syndrome is minimizing risk factors for the person with the condition, which is characterized by confused or agitated behavior at nightfall. 

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What Is Sundowning and What Can You Do About It?

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 @ 02:14 PM

Do you care for someone who experiences agitation or confusion when the sun goes down and into the evening hours? If so, they may have sundowning syndrome. What is sundowning syndrome? It's a complex medical condition that often occurs among people with a dementia diagnosis, though it can affect others as well.

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Identifying Sundowning Syndrome

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 01:59 PM

Much like the name indicates, sundowning syndrome is a complex medical condition that occurs when a person becomes confused or agitated at nightfall. People who experience sundowning frequently have a diagnosis of dementia, but the condition can also affect those who do not.

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