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These Seven Medicare Changes Will Occur in 2019

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 @ 12:05 PM

Millions of seniors in the U.S. receive critical health benefits through Medicare. The recent change of the calendar year brought with it some changes to the program. Whether you’re new to Medicare or already enrolled, this roundup of seven Medicare changes in 2019 is designed to help seniors and their caregivers understand and make the most of their benefits. 

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Helping Seniors Sleep Better: A Guide for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Jan 03, 2019 @ 06:40 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Many older adults struggle with sleep problems. In fact, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 13 percent of men over the age of 65, and 36 percent of women in the same age group, report taking at least 30 minutes to fall asleep at night. And that’s just part of the problem. Once seniors finally do succumb to sleep, they sleep less deeply and wake up more often. This is more than just annoying: Sleep deprivation can lead to a number of detrimental health impacts for seniors. 

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Everything Caregivers Should Know about Geriatric Emergency Departments

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Dec 26, 2018 @ 04:07 PM

As geriatric visits to American emergency rooms continue to rise, the healthcare system is seeing a new trend: the growth of geriatric emergency departments. Here’s a closer look at what geriatric emergency departments are, and why experts say they'll be critical to meeting the needs of aging loved ones in the near future. 

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Keep Your Aging Loved One Flu-Free this Season

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Dec 26, 2018 @ 09:51 AM

While anyone can come down with the flu, one demographic is particularly susceptible to this respiratory illness and its potentially life-threatening complications: people aged 65 and over.  In fact, according to research published in PLOS One, seniors represented a staggering 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations and 90 percent of all seasonal flu-related deaths in recent years. However, there are things caregivers can do to keep aging loved ones safe—starting with these flu prevention tips for older adults. 

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Seven Common Geriatric Syndromes and Tips for Managing Them

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Dec 21, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

The good news? People today are living longer than ever. The bad news? Longer life comes at a cost. Specifically, older people are more likely to develop geriatric syndromes, defined as “common clinical conditions that don't fit into specific disease categories but have substantial implications for functionality and life satisfaction in older adults.”  

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Caregiving and Your Mental Health: Why Self-Care is Essential

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

Self-care keeps your body and mind in peak condition. It can be difficult to practice self-care when you’re caring for someone else. Perhaps you are not only a parent to young ones, but a caregiver to your aging parents. Maybe you are a spouse caring for another spouse, or a family member or friend serving as caregiver for an elderly loved one. It could be that your caregiving role is made all the more trying because your loved one has dementia. Caregiving can be stressful, and mental burnout can quickly happen if you don’t stay on top of self-care. Start by making small, wellness-focused changes to your life, and you’ll soon see the benefits that follow. Many aspects of self-care seem obvious, like getting enough sleep, taking time to relax, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise. It’s unfortunate that these activities are so often overlooked, because they prove extremely beneficial to mental health.

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What is Comfort Care?

By mmLearn.org on Sun, Dec 09, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Former first lady Barbara Bush recently made news when she elected to focus on “comfort care” instead of pursuing additional medical treatments following years of failing health. Read on for a closer look at what “comfort care” means, along with why it’s an option for people with many different kinds of illnesses. 

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Are Holistic Improvements the Key to Aging in Place?

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Dec 06, 2018 @ 10:29 AM

With 90 percent of people over the age of 65 planning to “age in place,” caregivers are increasingly tasked with the challenge of keeping their aging loved ones healthy and safe in their homes. According to HomeAdvisor’s 2017 Aging in Place report, the key to facilitating this process involves taking a holistic approach to home improvement. 

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Five Questions to Ask After an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 @ 02:54 PM

The diagnosis of a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be frightening, confusing and overwhelming. While these emotions are natural, they can also be immobilizing—especially if you have no experience with the disease. Finding out as much as possible about the situation can offer both clarity and peace of mind for patients and caregivers alike. Read on for a roundup of five questions to ask your aging loved one’s healthcare team after an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. 

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How to Help a Senior Age in Place Safely

By Joseph Jones - Guest Blogger on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 @ 02:17 PM

Aging gracefully in place is a goal for many older Americans, but unfortunately, remaining at home will be a challenge for many. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, approximately one in seven Americans will develop a disability that lasts more than five years, and many of these Americans will be individuals 65 and over. As they age, a considerable number of disabled individuals will eventually find themselves in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility.

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