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Senior Hygiene and Personal Care: Five Tips for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 01:00 PM

Helping seniors with personal care can be an emotionally and physically challenging task for caregivers. However, there are some ways to lighten the load. Read on for five tips designed to help caregivers manage personal care and hygiene tasks while best supporting the dignity, independence and overall quality of life of aging loved ones.

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The 411 on Psychoactive Medications

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 @ 01:00 PM

As many as 71 percent of nursing home residents who are receiving Medicaid are also taking a psychoactive medication, according to one University of South Florida study. While these drugs can serve a very real purpose in treating certain medical conditions, they can also be misused and/or lead to dangerous interactions with other drugs. Let's take a closer look at psychoactive medications, along with what caregivers need to know to help safeguard the health and wellness of aging loved ones.

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What is an End-of-Life Doula?

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 @ 12:20 PM

When most people hear the word "doula," they think of mothers, babies and childbirth. However, a growing group of healthcare professionals and volunteers are choosing to specialize in a very different -- and yet equally important -- area of practice: end-of-life care. Read on to learn more about "death doulas," along with the invaluable services they provide to the dying and their families.

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Help for Caregivers: Understanding Sundowner's Syndrome

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 03:00 PM

If your caregiving duties become extra challenging in the late afternoon, you're not alone. In fact, many people with dementia and Alzheimer's experience dramatic changes in behavior during this time of day resulting in increased demands upon caregivers. The phenomenon -- thought to be brought on by fading light -- is so common that it's earned its own name: sundowning. Let's take a closer look at sundowner's syndrome, as well as tips and tricks for managing the condition.

About Sundowning

Scientists aren't sure why sundowning happens, but believe that the internal body clocks of people with dementia may be unable to accept waking and sleeping signals. Other triggers may include fatigue, hunger or thirst, depression, pain or boredom.

People who are sundowning may exhibit a number of difficult behaviors, including anxiety, confusion, ignoring directions, pacing, wandering, and aggression. They may also struggle with separating dreams from reality.

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Alzheimer's and Sleep: What Caregivers Need to Know

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

No matter how old you are, sleeping is essential for health and well-being, and the "Importance of Sleep for Seniors" cannot be overlooked. Scientists are increasingly advancing our knowledge of the link between Alzheimer's disease and sleep, including recent groundbreaking research from the Washington University's Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center indicating that there's a "bidirectional relationship" between the development of the disease and sleep and circadian problems. The takeaway? In addition to being a common symptom of Alzheimer's disease, sleep problems may also be an early indicator of the disease. In either case, the more caregivers understand about sleep and Alzheimer's, the more they can help both themselves, and the people for whom they care, to enjoy more restful sleep.

Sleep is a vital part of wellness for people with Alzheimer's -- and their caregivers.

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The Many Benefits of Audiobooks for Seniors

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Jul 08, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures, but age-related challenges often prevent older adults from enjoying this hobby. One simple, yet significant, solution for caregivers looking to keep the many benefits of books in the lives of their aging loved ones is Audiobooks. And, as it turns out, the benefits of introducing seniors to this popular technology go far beyond entertainment. Let's take a closer look at how audiobooks can improve the quality of life of older adults, along with some tips for caregivers to help get them started.

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Five Medication Management Tips for Caregivers of Elders

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 01:24 PM

The use of multiple medications, also known as "polypharmacy," leads to nearly 30 percent of all hospitalizations in the U.S., and is the country's fifth leading cause of death, according to HealthResearchFunding.org. Because they generally face a wider range of medical issues, seniors are particularly vulnerable to this threat. However, caregivers can take some steps to help their aging loved ones manage their medications, reduce the risk of polypharmacy and enjoy safer, healthier lives.

 

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Thought Leader Series: Is Something Wrong? Warning Signs Your Parent Might Be Abused

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 04:41 PM

Topics: Elder Abuse

 

Family is the core of life. Parents take care of their children. In turn, children look after their parents. An aging parent is a difficult part of life to navigate. Whether they are in their own home, your house, or in a retirement facility, you want the best care for them.

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The Complete Guide to Medication Dispensers

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 @ 02:24 PM

Adults over the age of 65 are predicted to make up 16.6 percent of the United States population by the year 2020, according to an article in the journal, Health Affairs.

With this aging population comes a number of challenges, including everything from a shortage of qualified healthcare providers to the increasing need for senior housing. One vital issue claiming a top spot on the list of concerns facing a senior-centric society is polypharmacy and related complexities involved in the management of multiple medications. In response, a breadth and depth of medication dispenser options have emerged aimed at helping seniors and their caregivers efficiently and effectively overcome this obstacle. Let's take a closer look at the role medication dispensers can play in safeguarding senior health, along with tips for choosing the best one for your unique needs.

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Four Household Item Activities for People with Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

As dementia progresses, people living with the disease are often impeded in their abilities to carry on their usual activities. However, remaining active can be an essential part of enjoying a decent quality of life. While coming up with purposeful, age-appropriate activities for people with dementia can be a challenge for caregivers, a surprising number of household items are up to the task. Let's count down four easy, accessible, and affordable ways to keep people with dementia occupied and engaged.

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