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Caregiver Training Blog

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

Topics: Caregiver Info

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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Is Grandma Always Cold? Why Seniors Feel Cold, and How You Can Help

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Sep 14, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Topics: Quality of Life

Does it feel like the seniors in your life are always feel cold? There are scientific reasons why caregivers are constantly asked to turn up the thermostat. Let's take a closer look at the issue, along with ways you can keep aging loved ones warm, comfortable, and safe.

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Caregiving 101: Understanding the Four Types of Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Aug 12, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Today, approximately 5.8 million people in the U.S. have dementia. It’s no wonder so many caregivers are looking for tips on boosting seniors’ quality of life and finding activities for dementia patients 

Only decades ago, people were still writing off dementia‑related behaviors to senility. Now researchers have an ever‑increasing understanding of the brain, which has allowed them to better identify new brain disorders, including the types of dementia.

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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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