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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Alzheimer's

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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Risk Factors for Sundowning

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 @ 03:50 PM

The first step in lessening the number of episodes or severity of sundowning syndrome is minimizing risk factors for the person with the condition, which is characterized by confused or agitated behavior at nightfall. 

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Identifying Sundowning Syndrome

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 01:59 PM

Much like the name indicates, sundowning syndrome is a complex medical condition that occurs when a person becomes confused or agitated at nightfall. People who experience sundowning frequently have a diagnosis of dementia, but the condition can also affect those who do not.

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The 411 on "Freezing" and Parkinson's Disease

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 02:46 PM

As many as one million people in the United States are living with Parkinson's disease, according to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. Roughly one third of them will experience "freezing" episodes, which can lead to limited mobility, increased risk of falling, and reduced socialization. Fortunately, there are some ways caregivers can help people with Parkinson's disease manage their freezing episodes. Read on for a closer look at this phenomenon, along with caregiver tips for supporting quality of life while coping with freezing. Read More

Caregiver Challenges: Sex, Dementia and Intimacy Issues

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

The subject of intimacy can be an uncomfortable one for individuals with dementia and their caregivers alike. Factor in ongoing changes to sexual feelings and behaviors caused by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, and the challenges become even greater. Let's take a closer look at common intimacy-related dilemmas faced by caregivers (including spouses) along with highlighting coping and management techniques.

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Seniors and Memory Loss: What the Recent Research is Saying

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why? Misplaced your keys? Forgotten what you ate earlier in the day? In the moment, memory loss confusion is sometimes easy to shrug off, because it seems harmless enough. However, for seniors, these lapses could signify the initial stages of dementia. Mere moments of forgetting shift from being harmless to a cause for concern.

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Raising Awareness With World Alzheimer’s Month

By Maria Ramos - Guest Blogger on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Though more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease, public knowledge about the condition is scant. Many people don't know much about it, and the little they have learned most likely came from popular media, such as movies and TV shows. By 2050, it is expected that the number of people afflicted by the condition will almost triple because of the aging of the general population at large, meaning it's increasingly important for people to understand the symptoms of Alzheimer's and the treatments available. 

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Alzheimer's and Sleep: What Caregivers Need to Know

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

No matter how old you are, sleeping is essential for health and well-being, and the "Importance of Sleep for Seniors" cannot be overlooked. Scientists are increasingly advancing our knowledge of the link between Alzheimer's disease and sleep, including recent groundbreaking research from the Washington University's Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center indicating that there's a "bidirectional relationship" between the development of the disease and sleep and circadian problems. The takeaway? In addition to being a common symptom of Alzheimer's disease, sleep problems may also be an early indicator of the disease. In either case, the more caregivers understand about sleep and Alzheimer's, the more they can help both themselves, and the people for whom they care, to enjoy more restful sleep.

Sleep is a vital part of wellness for people with Alzheimer's -- and their caregivers.

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New Hope for Lost Memories? Alzheimer's Research Says "Yes"

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 @ 02:05 PM

The inability to recognize beloved people, familiar places and cherished things is a symptom of late-stage Alzheimer's disease. Unfortunately, coping with memory loss can be heartbreaking for patients, their families, and caregivers alike. But is there hope that memories lost to Alzheimer's disease will one day be retrievable? Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say, "Yes." Let's take a closer look at the research, along with what it means for the millions of people affected by Alzheimer's disease.

Are memories really lost and gone forever in Alzheimer's patients?

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Thought Leader Series: 10 Tips for Communicating with Loved Ones with Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Mon, May 23, 2016 @ 04:35 PM

Stephan Baldwin is the Director of Business Development for Assisted Living Center, an online resource for aging care communities.

Dementia is a terrible disease that affects more people in the world than most people realize. It is quick-acting, harsh, and can take away every part of what a person once was while leaving their body seemingly healthy.

Communicating with loved ones suffering from dementia can be frustrating, but also rewarding.

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