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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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Dementia and Guns: What Caregivers Need to Know

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 @ 08:33 AM

Gun violence and gun control are currently among the most pressing issues facing Americans. And while a great deal of attention is focused around regulating access to guns overall, far less attention is paid to another critical, more specific issue: the millions of firearms that are already in the homes of aging Americans who may be suffering from dementia and other forms of cognitive decline. Here’s a closer look.

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Preventing or Reversing Memory Loss -- Is It Possible?

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Nov 06, 2018 @ 11:20 AM

The imperative to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is widespread. After all, not only is Alzheimer’s one of the country’s ten most common causes of death, but it also upends the lives of its millions of victims and their families. Now comes news that preventing and reversing memory loss and cognitive decline may be possible, but involves a shift in paradigm away from the concept of a “silver bullet” and toward the concept of “silver buckshot.” 

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Daily Aspirin Therapy: Is It Right for Your Aging Loved One?

By mmLearn.org on Sun, Nov 04, 2018 @ 04:00 PM

Daily aspirin therapy is heralded as a lifesaving treatment for many people. But while it’s a smart course for some, it’s not advisable for everyone. Wondering whether or not a daily aspirin is right for your aging loved one? Here’s a closer look at what the Mayo Clinic has to say about daily aspirin therapy.

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Does Medicare Cover Home Health Care?

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Nov 01, 2018 @ 04:18 PM

Sometimes after an inpatient hospital stay, we need a little help with getting back on our feet. This might occur in a Skilled Nursing Facility, where we receive care from a nurse and/or physical therapist. It might also occur in our home where we might receive outpatient rehabilitative services or personal care. All home health care is designed to help you regain your independence and be able to care for yourself again.

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Fiber and Brain Aging: Is There a Connection?

By mmLearn.org on Sat, Oct 27, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

By now we’re all aware that fiber is an important part of a healthy diet for everything from heart health to weight management. Now comes one more piece of evidence reinforcing the value of eating fiber-rich foods: Doing so may delay age-related brain inflammation, according to recent research published in the academic journal, Frontiers in Immunology. 

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