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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Senior Health

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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10 Ways for Alzheimer's Caregivers to Make Mealtimes Easier

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 @ 03:36 PM

Mealtimes can be hard times of day for caregivers. Factor in Alzheimer’s disease-related issues like cognitive impairment, coordination problems, and declines in sensory perception which can lead to loss of appetite, and the challenges faced by caregivers rise. 

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Seniors and Syncope: The 411 on Fainting

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 05:01 PM

If you’ve ever been around someone who has fainted—or if you’ve ever fainted yourself—you know it’s a frightening ordeal. Clinically known as “syncope” (pronounced SIN-co-pee), fainting is not only much more common in older adults but also associated with a reduced survival rate—and therefore of particular importance for senior caregivers. Here’s a closer look at syncope, along with what all caregivers need to know about caring for someone with this condition.

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How Aging Affects the Immune System

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 02:49 PM

We often think of aging in terms of its outward manifestation: whitening hair, wrinkled skin, a slower pace, and so on. However, aging is also accompanied by a multitude of “hidden” signs. And while we may not be able to see these, they can have a significant bearing on health and quality of life in seniors. One lesser-discussed aspect of the aging process? A weakening immune system. 

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How to Help the Elderly in Dealing with Holiday Loneliness

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Dec 06, 2017 @ 03:16 PM

An abundance of seasonal songs may enthuse over all things merry, bright, happy and joyous during the holidays. However, the truth is that feelings of loneliness may be heightened at this time of year—particularly for older adults. Here’s a closer look at the phenomenon, along with caregiver tips aimed at helping seniors cope with holiday loneliness.

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Spotting Sepsis in Seniors

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Nov 07, 2017 @ 11:35 AM

More than a million people get sepsis every year. As many as 30 percent die as a result, according to the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). This is a particularly important senior health issue as the elderly are at increased risk of this life-threatening illness. Here’s a closer look at sepsis, along with caregiver tips for spotting it in seniors.

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Understanding Multiple Sclerosis in Seniors

By mmLearn.org on Sun, Oct 29, 2017 @ 03:01 PM

While the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) typically occurs in the 20s, 30s, and 40s, its symptoms often peak in the senior years. Because of this, caring for an older person with MS can be particularly challenging for caregivers. Here’s a closer look at this debilitating disease, along with tips for family members, friends, and other caregivers providing support for people afflicted with MS.

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What Does 'Quality of Life' Mean for Seniors?

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 02:40 PM

Many conversations about aging often involve the topic of quality of life for seniors. However, a recent Forbes article highlights a flaw in the use of “quality of life” as a blanket term: Not only is it subjective, but it’s also inherently dynamic. Given the ambiguity surrounding the oft-used phrase and its meaning, it follows that there’s often confusion regarding how best to support quality of life for elderly people. 

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Hospice or Home Caregiving?

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 10:26 AM

 

Sorting through the many different types of care available for aging loved ones can be tricky territory. And it’s not going to get easier anytime soon: As the senior population skyrockets with the coming of (retirement) age of the baby boomers, demand for these services will continue to rise. Two oft-confused industry terms? Hospice and home health care. Here’s a closer look at both, aimed at enriching understanding and ensuring that individuals receive the best and most appropriate care.

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Senior Moment or Serious Symptom of Dementia?

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Can’t remember where you parked your car at the grocery store? Looked everywhere for your sunglasses only to find them perched atop your own head? These are common scenarios in the lives of many older adults and are often written off as “senior moments.” However, they could also be indicative of something greater, according to a study published in the academic journal, Neurology.  Here’s a closer look at research suggesting that memory lapses in the early senior years may foreshadow a significant cognitive decline in the future, along with how this information can help caregivers better support aging loved ones. 

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