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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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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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What Is the Validation Method?

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 @ 03:26 PM

Communicating with people who are experiencing dementia, age-related cognitive decline, and/or disorientation can be challenging. However, it’s not impossible—especially with the right tools in place. One particularly effective method for communicating with disoriented seniors? The Validation Method. Here’s a closer look at this method of helping seniors and their caregivers share less stressful, more meaningful connections. 

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What Caregivers Need to Know about Lewy Body Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 02:32 PM

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is one of the most common forms of dementia, and yet it is frequently misdiagnosed as more commonly known illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson's Disease. If you’re caring for someone who has been diagnosed with LBD, you’re not alone if you feel like you’re in the dark. Read on for a closer look at this complex disease, along with what caregivers should know about LBD.

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10 Practical Tips for Caring for A Loved One with Alzheimer's

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Feb 07, 2018 @ 09:57 AM

The challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer's are frequently discussed. But most people tasked with managing care for someone living with this disease are already well aware of these challenges and are looking for something more: Practical tools and actionable insights for managing them. Read on for ten tips aimed at helping caregivers most effectively tackle the issues they face every day.

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Degeneration and The Stages of Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 11:40 AM

One of the most difficult aspects of dealing with dementia is its degenerative nature. While its progression often involves common signs and symptoms, everyone’s experience with dementia is different. This can make managing the disease particularly challenging for dementia caregivers who may find its inherent uncertainty stressful. Having a basic understanding of the stages of dementia progression -- keeping in mind that it’s a just a guideline, not a rule -- can help caregivers cope.  

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Types of Dementia: Vascular Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

You've probably heard of Alzheimer's disease in the context of learning about dementia, but other types of the condition exists. It's helpful to know about the different types that you may encounter — such as vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia — and how they differ in terms of dementia symptoms, causes, and other factors.

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Types of Dementia: Alzheimer’s Disease

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 04:53 PM

The majority of people with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease. There are other types of dementia — such as vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia — but Alzheimer's is the most common and the one you have probably heard the most about.

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What Caregivers Need to Know About Sundowning

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 02:43 PM

As many as 66 percent of patients with Alzheimer’s disease may experience a phenomenon known as Sundowning, AKA “sundown syndrome” or “nocturnal delirium,” according to Thomas Weiss, MD. Unfortunately, coping with this condition can pose unique challenges for caregivers. Educating yourself about Sundowning, however, can be an invaluable management technique. 

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