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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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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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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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