Caregivers of Older Adults

The Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Memory Care

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

People with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia have different care requirements than those in conventional assisted living settings. Are you wondering whether memory care is the best option for your aging loved one? Read on to learn more about memory care, along with what family members can expect from this type of care facility.

Memory care therapy can relieve stress and stimulate memories.


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How to Talk to Your Doctor and Make the Most of Your Doctor Appointment

By Cyndy Marsh on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 09:02 AM

Between the record number of Americans in the healthcare system due to the Affordable Care Act and the aging baby boomer population, physicians are in critical demand, with the doctor shortage predicted to reach as high as 90,000 by the year 2025, according to a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges. In an era during which healthcare practitioners face greater financial pressures than ever before, doctor visits are a dwindling precious commodity. Read on to learn how seniors and their caregivers can maximize visits to get the most of each appointment.


Planning ahead saves precious seconds.

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Everything Caregivers Need to Know About Insulin

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 @ 02:42 PM

More than a quarter of people aged 65 and older -- approximately 11.8 million senior Americans -- have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. For the majority of them, insulin injections are a critical tool for treating the disease. If you're a caregiver for a senior with diabetes, do you understand what insulin is and how it works? Let's take a closer look.


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Norovirus: What Caregivers of Older Adults Need to Know

By Cyndy Marsh on Thu, Nov 05, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Every year norovirus leads to as many as 71,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths in the United States, according to the CDC. Unfortunately, children and seniors are particularly vulnerable to this type of stomach virus or flu. However, there are some simple ways to minimize risk while promoting good health in seniors. Read on to learn what all elder caregivers need to know about norovirus and their aging loved ones. Or watch this informative video from mmLearn.org - Surving Norovirus: Not  Just a Cruise Ship Issue. 

Safe cooking practices can help prevent transmission of the infection.

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Caring for Someone With Chronic Pain: Tips for Caregivers of Elders

By Cyndy Marsh on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 @ 03:34 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Approximately 116 million Americans have chronic pain, according to research from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). But chronic pain doesn't just affect the people who suffer from it; it also impacts the people who care for them. Because of the additional challenges faced by caregivers for people with chronic pain, the National Family Caregivers Association and Purdue Pharma teamed up to create Caregiver Cornerstones, an educational resource for family and elder caregivers. Let's take a closer look at the issue of chronic pain, along with how the four Caregiver Cornerstones can improve the quality of life of patients and caregivers alike.

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Suicide, Seniors and Training for Caregivers

By Cyndy Marsh on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 @ 01:05 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

While seniors over the age of 65 make up 13 percent of the country's population, they comprise more than 18 percent of all suicides. Because suicide is such a serious problem among seniors, heightened awareness is essential for all elder caregivers. Let's take a closer look at the issue of elder suicide, along with its symptoms, prevention methods and treatments.

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National Family Caregivers Month - Thank a Caregiver Today

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 @ 12:04 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Did you know that November is both National Family Caregivers Month as well as Home Care and Hospice Month? How will you honor the caregivers in your life?  With 40 percent of adults in the U.S. currently caring for a loved one with a health issue and this number poised to only grow with the coming of retirement age of the baby boom generation, the importance of caregivers in society cannot be overstated. And yet their own needs often go unmet. Let's take a closer look at the invaluable role played by caregivers, along with some simple ways to show your appreciation for the caregivers in your life. 

A simple "thank you" goes a long way.

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Five Everyday Activities for People with Dementia

By Cyndy Marsh on Sat, Oct 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Topics: Dementia

A life without meaningful activities is one lacking opportunities for personal fulfillment. From daily household chores to hobbies, work, and interests, these activities pass the time while simultaneously helping to define who we are. While the capabilities of people with dementia may decline, the potential for personal fulfillment does not. Let's take a closer look at why it's important for people with dementia to engage in meaningful tasks, along with five simple and inexpensive activities for caregivers to try with the dementia patients in their care.

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Managing Family Dynamics: Help For Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info
Caring for an aging parent is difficult under the best of situations. However, when different personalities and familial relationships enter the mix, the challenges often grow exponentially. Let's take a closer look at some common issues faced by family when caring for an ailing loved one, along with coping strategies for working together in order to reach best outcomes for all.

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Dry Eye and Seniors: A Guide for Elder Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Oct 07, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

Dry eye is a condition experienced by many elderly people as their eyes change due to age. Although dry eye can be uncomfortable and painful, it is not a dangerous health condition and is fairly easy to treat in many cases. Dry eye can be addressed at a routine eye examination, which all seniors should have regularly. Elder caregivers can help seniors address their dry eye symptoms so they can be more comfortable.

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