Expert Interview Series: Sheila Korn About the Qualities of a Top-Notch In-Home Caregiver

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Feb 09, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Sheila Korn of Love 2 Live Care Services recently chatted with us about the qualities of a top-notch, in-home caregiver. She came to create Love 2 Live Inc. in 2003 after experiencing challenges during her beloved mother's illness.

She opened the company to offer personalized, non-medical home care to seniors who want to remain in their own homes and continue to live their lives with independence and dignity.

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Expert Interview Series: Stephen Tweed Of Leading Home Care About the Business Side of Caregiving

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Feb 04, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Caregiving might be described as "the business of caring," but it is a business nonetheless. Both sides of this equation need to be balanced for a caregiver to be as successful as possible. After all, how useful can we really be, as caregivers, if we're constantly overworked or desperately hunting for new clients?

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Safeguarding Seniors During National Burn Awareness Week

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Feb 01, 2016 @ 02:47 PM

Topics: Senior Health

Aging adults are at high risk for injuries related to fire and burns. The first week in February is National Burn Awareness Week, and most people are unaware of the fact that seniors are at such a high risk. It is suggested that people 85 and over are four times as likely to die in a fire than other age groups.

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Urinary Incontinence: A Guide for Caregivers of Elders

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

More than half of seniors suffer from urinary incontinence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While many people accept incontinence as part of the "normal" aging process, the truth is that there are many ways to treat and even cure the problem. Let's take a closer look at this common issue, along with ways elder caregivers can help their loved ones manage and even overcome urinary incontinence.

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Boosting Senior Brain Power - Celebrate Brainteaser Month

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 @ 03:03 PM

The body is a machine full of parts, each with a purpose and each with its own form of maintenance that needs to be done. The heart pumps the blood and carries oxygen. The kidney removes toxins to keep every other organ safe and clean. The stomach breaks down food into energy, but the brain is what makes a person truly unique. The brain makes a person who they are. Keeping each piece of the machine functioning is what keeps a person alive. Keeping the brain functioning is what keeps the soul alive. 

Decreased neuroplasticity can be difficult, but by working together,
caregivers and patients can help improve memory and brain function

In an mmLearn.org video, Jerald Winakur, M.D. talks about his experiences as a doctor and a family member relating to memory care. His experiences emphasize the importance of improving neuroplasticity, particularly in a person's older years. For the elderly, this is not easy. It is a frustrating experience to feel that memory and function are not as strong as they once were.

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The Six Warning Signs of Elder Abuse Everyone Must Know

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 @ 04:04 PM

Elder abuse is a very real problem, and often goes unnoticed and unreported. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine just how prevalent the problem is because so many seniors are afraid or embarrassed to report it. In fact, one study from the Center of Excellence in Elder Abuse and Neglect indicates that for every single report of abuse, an additional five go unreported.

Here's what we do know: millions of seniors are victimized by elder abuse every year, and many of them are powerless to do anything about it. That's where you come in. Your vigilance offers protection to seniors while helping to put an end to this troubling phenomenon. Let's count down the common types of elder abuse, along with distinct signs for each type.

Vigilance can help break the cycle of abuse.

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Bedsores or Pressure Ulcers: A Resource for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

While many people link Christopher Reeve's death with a fall from a horse, his cause of death was actually something very different: complications from infected bedsores. And while it's easy to think of bedsores as a mere nuisance when caring for an aging loved one, they're much more problematic than that -- particularly when left untreated. The truth is that bedsores can happen despite your best caregiving efforts, but there are some things you can do to prevent these painful pressure ulcers. Let's take a closer look at this common senior health issue, along with causes and prevention.

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Hoarding and Aging Seniors: Cutting through the Clutter

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 04:30 PM

Stumbling, fumbling, tripping through a messy living room in a hurried fashion towards the restroom. Does this sound like your aging loved one? Seniors are vulnerable to clutter and hoarding, but caregivers can help.

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Helping a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Cope with Grief

By Maria Villeza on Fri, Jan 08, 2016 @ 09:51 AM

Coping with grief, especially over the loss of a beloved person in our lives, is a difficult process for everyone. But for our loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease, the struggle can be even greater. Because the illness includes symptoms such as memory loss, confusion and difficulty recognizing even close family members and friends, the simple comprehension that a loved one has passed away adds a complex layer to an already unimaginable time for both the Alzheimer’s victim and those closest to them.

Dealing with loss is a different experience for everyone, regardless of their health condition. But there are some ways you may be able to help your loved one with Alzheimer’s handle her heartache in as healthy a manner as possible. Here are a few tips on helping them cope:

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Expert Interview Series: Connie Siskowski About the Unique Needs of Youth Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jan 04, 2016 @ 10:56 AM

How was your childhood?

For most, it was a time of learning, exploring friendships, going to school, and navigating adolescence. But for a smaller group, often hidden in plain sight, childhood is a time of exhaustion and great responsibility.

How could anyone be so burdened at such a young age?

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