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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Coping With Parkinson's Disease: A Guide for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Topics: Health

Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. There is currently no cure for PD, though research is ongoing.

A Disease with Many Faces

Patients with PD and their caregivers face special challenges due to the variable nature of the disease. According to the National Parkinson Foundation, the incidence and severity of the disease can vary from day to day, and even from one time of day to another.

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Six Tips for Cultural Competency in Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 @ 02:15 PM

The importance of cultural competence for caregivers cannot be overstated. Not only is acknowledgement of each patient's cultural, religious and spiritual beliefs the responsibility of caregivers according to the Joint Commission, but it's also a critical component in ensuring that all patients receive the highest quality of care.

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Seniors, Circulation, and What Caregivers Need to Know

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Apr 07, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Many seniors suffer from foot problems and poor leg circulation. Unfortunately, what may begin as a mere inconvenience or minor discomfort can progress to a potentially life-threatening problem if not properly managed. Let's take a closer look at the issue of leg circulation and seniors, along with a few ways caregivers can help get the blood flowing and improve circulation.

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Senior Safety: Making the Case for Medical Alert Devices

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Apr 04, 2016 @ 02:30 PM

In his Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton Cottage, Thomas Gray coined the phrase "Ignorance is bliss." Thomas Gray did not lead the life of a caregiver. As a caregiver, the job does not end once at home. For a caregiver, concern continues well after leaving and can cause increased stress levels. These increased stress levels can actually affect health and wellbeing even when away from work. Medical Alert Devices can eliminate the unknown for caregivers and family members. Knowing the wearer is safe at home relieves caregiver and family member stress and also improves the quality of life and safety for the elderly.

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Kidney Disease: What All Caregivers Should Know

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 04:36 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

One-third of American adults are currently at risk for developing kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. At increased risk? People aged 60 or older. In fact, of the 26 million people in the United States living with kidney disease, the vast majority are seniors. Let's take a closer look at this common ailment, along with what caregivers need to know to safeguard the health and quality of life of their aging loved ones.

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Anemia and Seniors: Tips for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 10:08 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Anemia is a disease that affects people of all ages. Anemia does not know age limits or geographic boundaries, however nearly a quarter of all seniors suffer from it. Some cases of anemia are brought on by blood loss, others by diet. The effects on an individual who has anemia can vary greatly based upon age, with serious consequences for the elderly.

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Can Better Listening Skills Make You a Better Caregiver?

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Listening is one of the simplest ways to show you care.

The life of a caregiver can often feel overwhelming -- particularly when the day-to-day demands of caregiving obscure the "big picture" view of why caregivers do what they do. If you're just going through the motions every day without stopping to reflect on your role and its impact, it's important to check in to make sure you're truly connecting with your aging loved one.

One simple way to improve your connections as a caregiver is to hone your listening skills. Let's count down three simple techniques for being a better listener, along with examining why they matter.

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