Thought Leader Series: 10 Tips for Communicating with Loved Ones with Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Mon, May 23, 2016 @ 04:35 PM

Stephan Baldwin is the Director of Business Development for Assisted Living Center, an online resource for aging care communities.

Dementia is a terrible disease that affects more people in the world than most people realize. It is quick-acting, harsh, and can take away every part of what a person once was while leaving their body seemingly healthy.

Communicating with loved ones suffering from dementia can be frustrating, but also rewarding.

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Acting on Alzheimer's: The Role of Communities

By mmLearn.org on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 11:21 AM

Topics: Alzheimers, Dementia

With millions of people currently living with Alzheimer's disease and the number expected to continue to skyrocket in the years ahead, its potential impact is massive. And while we often think of Alzheimer's in terms of its cost to individual patients and their families, the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia highlights degenerative brain disease as a serious threat to public health demanding comprehensive, community-based action. Let's take a closer look at some initiatives which are stepping up and taking action.

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Top Five Benefits of Social Media for Seniors: How caregivers can help.

By mmLearn.org on Fri, May 13, 2016 @ 11:21 AM

Social media is no longer the exclusive domain of the young and the hip. In fact, seniors are a quickly growing demographic in terms of social media use. While most people think of vacation selfies, "eating and tweeting," and other seemingly superficial interactions when they think of social media, the truth is that social media serves a profound purpose -- especially when it comes to the very real problem of social isolation. The research is in, the percentage of users over 65 is up, and there are benefits to helping seniors connect. While the process of navigating the social world will be daunting for some, caregivers can help.

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Thought Leaders: 10 Keys to Caring for an Aging Parent

By mmLearn.org on Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 04:42 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Stephan Baldwin is the Director of Business Development for Assisted Living Center, an online resource for aging care communities.

Are you one of the 10 million adults caring for an aging parent? Sharing moments and reminiscing with your loved one creates a strong bond with someone who has precious but limited time left. It can also deprive you of time, become incredibly expensive, and cause you to miss important events in your own children's lives.

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Helping Seniors Embrace "Creative Beginnings Month"

By mmLearn.org on Fri, May 06, 2016 @ 10:34 AM

Did you know that two national observances -- Older Americans Month and Creative Beginnings Month -- converge in May? Combined, they present a unique opportunity for seniors and their caregivers: It's never too late for seniors to adopt new activities and habits aimed at helping them enjoy healthier, fuller lives.

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Expert Interview Series: Shelley Webb of the Intentional Caregiver on How Families Can Plan Better for Elder Care

By mmLearn.org on Fri, May 06, 2016 @ 10:27 AM

Shelley Webb is an award-winning blogger who specializes in senior care and social media. She has more than 30 years of experience as a registered nurse, RN case manager, geriatric care manager and caregiver to her father.

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The Arts and the Aging: What Caregivers Need to Know

By mmLearn.org on Tue, May 03, 2016 @ 01:10 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Caregivers hoping to improve both the health and quality of life of their aging loved ones may find help in an unexpected place: The arts. In fact, an abundance of research highlights the invaluable role the arts can play to promote healthy aging. Let's take a closer look at the facts, along with tips for caregivers on how to help seniors benefit from the arts.

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Sexuality, Intimacy and Dementia for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 @ 10:39 AM

The subject of intimacy can be an uncomfortable one for individuals with dementia and their caregivers alike. Factor in ongoing changes to sexual feelings and behaviors caused by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, and caregiver challenges become even greater. Let's take a closer look at common intimacy-related dilemmas faced by caregivers, along with highlighting coping and management techniques.

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Is Your Aging Loved One Suffering from Vitamin D Deficiency?

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 02:30 PM

Low vitamin D levels in seniors have been linked to everything from increased trips and falls to a greater risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Let's take a closer look at the importance of vitamin D, along with how caregivers can ensure that their aging loved ones are getting enough of this life-sustaining hormone.

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Humor in Caregiving: An Essential Coping Technique

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 04:12 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

We recently covered the profound health benefits of laughter for seniors, but did you know that laughter is also good medicine for caregivers too? While the responsibilities of caregiving often seem like anything but a laughing matter, embracing the lighter side of things can help you maintain a positive attitude and enjoy a better quality of life.

If you can't laugh at life's little moments, consider making your own opportunities to laugh.

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