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Caregiver Training Blog

A Hidden Crisis: Recognizing and Preventing Elder Abuse

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jul 14, 2021 @ 11:47 AM

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The First Step to Preventing Elder Abuse Is Recognizing It

The physical, emotional, psychological, financial, and medical abuse of elders is a sad reality that causes pain and trauma for millions of older Americans.

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Advanced Care Planning 101: Who Will Care for Mom?

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jun 09, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

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Whether you care for a parent, grandparent, or another aging relative, transitioning to the role of family caregiver can be a challenge. Many family caregivers feel ill‑equipped to make tough decisions about long‑term care options, appropriate levels of care for loved ones with declining health, or even legal, financial, and medical terminology related to end‑of‑life decisions. 

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The Power of Music Therapy for Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Wed, May 12, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

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Caring for someone with dementia can be physically and emotionally taxing. Part of the challenge is helping your loved one manage the frequent confusion, frustration, and mood swings that often accompany such neurodegenerative diseases.

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Everything Caregivers Need to Know About Age-Related Hearing Loss

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 @ 02:34 PM

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According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly half of adults aged 75 and older have a hearing impairment. Unfortunately, when symptoms are ignored or left untreated, they can get worse.

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Aging Eyes 101: Understanding Dry Eyes and Low Vision

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Mar 10, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

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As seniors get older and their minds age, other body parts age too. Abilities decline. Several conditions develop specifically as a result of aging eyes, so it’s important to know the early signs and symptoms of eye disorders.

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How to Navigate Dementia and Sexuality

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Feb 11, 2021 @ 09:40 AM

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Intimacy can be an uncomfortable subject for people with dementia and their family members. Changing sexuality caused by dementia makes this particularly challenging for family caregivers.

Let's take a closer look at common intimacy‑related dilemmas faced by caregivers. We'll also outline tips to cope with these changes.

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What‌ ‌Is‌ ‌Lewy‌ ‌Body‌ ‌Dementia:‌ ‌A‌ ‌Caregiver’s‌ ‌Guide‌

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jan 20, 2021 @ 01:03 PM

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Lewy body dementia (LBD) is one of the most common forms of dementia. However, it is frequently misdiagnosed as more commonly known illnesses, such as Alzheimer's disease or schizophrenia.

Caring for someone with dementia can be scary, confusing, and overwhelming. If you feel like you’re in the dark, you’re not alone.

Below, we take a closer look at the symptoms of LBD and unpack what caregivers should know about this complex disease.

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How to Change a Bed with Someone In It

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Dec 02, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

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We often talk about the emotional difficulties of being a family caregiver, but there are plenty of physical challenges too. One of the questions that comes up most often is how to change the sheets when your aging or sick loved one can't be moved from the bed.

Changing sheets regularly is important for the health and hygiene of your loved one. It’s a critical step toward preventing infections and bedsores. Refreshing an occupied bed isn’t easy, but it’s certainly possible.

Let's break down the nine steps involved in resetting a bed while a person is still in it.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

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When you're a family caregiver, stress can feel like a part of daily life. Most caregivers know that exercising, eating right, and spending time with friends can help keep burnout at bay. But there's another form of self‑care that perhaps you haven't tried—one that research shows can literally train your brain to calmly react to stressful situations.

We're talking about meditation.

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Self-Care Guide: How to Ease Caregiver Stress

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Self‑care keeps your body and mind in peak condition. But it's hard to find time for self‑care when you spend your days caring for someone else. Perhaps you're parenting young children while also caring for aging parents. Maybe you're a caregiver for your spouse or an elderly friend or family member. Your caregiving role could be all the more challenging if your loved one has dementia. 

Being a family caregiver can be stressful. Mental burnout will occur quickly if you don’t stay on top of self‑care. Start by making small, wellness‑focused changes to your life. You’ll soon experience the benefits. Many aspects of self‑care seem obvious, like getting enough sleep, taking time to relax, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise. Unfortunately, though these activities have proven benefits for mental health, they're often overlooked. 

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