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Caregiver Training Blog

Caregiver Guide to Pressure Ulcers or Bedsores

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jul 14, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Topics: Wound Care

Though it’s easy to think of bedsores as a mere nuisance when you’re caring for aging seniors, this painful skin condition can become debilitating and even deadly when left untreated. Unfortunately, bedsores can develop even with great caregiving efforts. There are few ways to help prevent these painful pressure ulcers.

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How to Help Seniors Cope with the Loss of a Spouse

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jun 09, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Losing a loved one is one of the hardest parts of life, and it can lead to depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and even substance abuse. Seniors face the death of a spouse more than any other age group. Learning to live without their life partners might feel impossible at first. Grief can be overwhelming, even when it is not a surprise. In addition to sadness and crying, aging adults in the midst of bereavement might

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Identifying and Managing Depression in Seniors

By mmLearn.org on Tue, May 12, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Caregivers are often the first to notice when a senior’s mood or behavior seems “off.” If the senior in your care seems unusually irritable or less interested in previously enjoyable activities, take note. Consistent mood changes, trouble sleeping, and even a decline in personal hygiene are potential signs of depression, which could mean it’s time to seek outside help.

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Nine Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 @ 01:15 PM

As seniors age, maintaining an active lifestyle often becomes a challenge. But exercise and physical health are important for everyone, regardless of age. Caregivers can help seniors stay active and fit by suggesting fitness routines that utilize gentle movements. One such activity is yoga, a mind and body practice that focuses on posture and breathing techniques.

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A Caregiver’s Guide to Managing Hoarding Behavior

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 @ 01:02 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

As seniors spend more time at home or grow sentimental about objects from days gone by, many struggle with a cluttered home. But clutter isn’t just an eyesore. It can quickly turn to hoarding behavior, compulsively saving items with no real value.

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Managing Difficult Sundowning Behavior at the End of the Day

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Feb 18, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Topics: Dementia

Do your caregiving duties seem extra challenging in the evening? Perhaps the person you care for becomes more active, pacing the room, wandering restlessly, or even yelling in agitation. Or maybe they become anxious and confused. Some seniors display outward resistance to redirection at this time of day.

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Nine Everyday Activities for Seniors with Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jan 21, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

A life without meaningful activities is an unfulfilling life. From daily household chores to hobbies, activities give the day structure while simultaneously defining who we are. For seniors living with dementia, an inability to participate in previously enjoyable, purposeful activities can cause restlessness and depression. But though the physical capabilities of dementia patients will decline, it’s still possible to provide them with meaningful everyday activities.

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Types of Adaptive Clothing for Seniors

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Dec 13, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

As people age, the simple task of dressing and undressing can become unduly difficult. The inability to get dressed can even keep people from doing the activities they love.

Adaptive clothing can remove barriers by making dressing easier, prolonging independence and activity.

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Immunizations for Older Adults

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Topics: Senior Health

Due to weakened immune systems, older adults may experience difficulties fighting off infections. They also have a heightened risk of contracting the flu, pneumonia, shingles and other diseases. As the risk increases, the need for vaccinations also increases.

Let's take a closer look at why vaccines are crucial to maintaining the best quality of life for seniors, along with tips caregivers can use to make sure aging loved ones are on schedule.

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How to Use Assistive Devices for Seniors [VIDEO INCLUDED]

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 @ 09:33 AM

Few people would say that the aging process is easy, but there are ways to help make things easier. Many seniors struggle with mobility issues that can interfere with routine daily activities and lead to declines in independence and quality of life. Assistive devices offer a valuable "helping hand" not only for aging seniors, but also for their caregivers. To help in caring for a senior at home, we look at how assistive devices can improve mobility, as well as communication, care and hygiene, and dexterity.

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