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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Alzheimer's

Acting on Alzheimer's: The Role of Communities

By mmLearn.org on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 11:21 AM

With millions of people currently living with Alzheimer's disease and the number expected to continue to skyrocket in the years ahead, its potential impact is massive. And while we often think of Alzheimer's in terms of its cost to individual patients and their families, the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia highlights degenerative brain disease as a serious threat to public health demanding comprehensive, community-based action. Let's take a closer look at some initiatives which are stepping up and taking action.

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Helping a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Cope with Grief

By Maria Villeza on Fri, Jan 08, 2016 @ 09:51 AM

Coping with grief, especially over the loss of a beloved person in our lives, is a difficult process for everyone. But for our loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease, the struggle can be even greater. Because the illness includes symptoms such as memory loss, confusion and difficulty recognizing even close family members and friends, the simple comprehension that a loved one has passed away adds a complex layer to an already unimaginable time for both the Alzheimer’s victim and those closest to them.

Dealing with loss is a different experience for everyone, regardless of their health condition. But there are some ways you may be able to help your loved one with Alzheimer’s handle her heartache in as healthy a manner as possible. Here are a few tips on helping them cope:

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The Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Memory Care

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

People with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia have different care requirements than those in conventional assisted living settings. Are you wondering whether memory care is the best option for your aging loved one? Read on to learn more about memory care, along with what family members can expect from this type of care facility.

Memory care therapy can relieve stress and stimulate memories.


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A Caregiver's Guide to Wandering and Elopement

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 11:41 AM

Wandering and elopement are common yet problematic behaviors among seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. In fact, more than 34,000 patients with Alzheimer's wander out of their homes annually; in institutionalized settings, it is estimated that as many as 24 percent of patients wander. Unfortunately, as the population continues to age, incidences of wandering and elopement are also increasing. Let's take a closer look at this issue, along with coping and prevention methods. 

If your loved one suffers from dementia, wandering may be a threat.

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Early Stage Alzheimer's: What You Need to Know

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 03:28 PM

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease can feel overwhelming, and early treatment is essential to ensuring access to the very best care. If your aging loved one has recently received an Alzheimer's diagnosis and is in the beginning stages of the illness, here's what you need to know.

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Alzheimer's: The Memories Fade

By Virginia Valenzuela on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 @ 11:49 AM

Dementia_NovellaIt was so painful to watch; she gently and adoringly held his hand and stroked his withered face as he looked at her with a questioning look unable to recognize his wife of 56 years. The disease seemed to have crept up or perhaps it was there for a long time, yet accepting the reality was just not something anyone in the family was prepared to fully recognize.

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mmLearn.org: Celebrating 7 years with 7 Top Videos!

By Cyndy Marsh on Thu, May 01, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

From the Seven Wonders of the World to seven days of the week – the number seven appears over and over in history and considered for many reasons to be the number of perfection. So instead of waiting to celebrate the traditional ten or twenty year anniversary – mmLearn.org is celebrating our seven years of producing top notch videos with presenters providing the latest and best caregiver resources available.

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When Does Caregiving End?

By Cyndy Marsh on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Growing up right in the middle of an older sister, Janie, and Ruth, her younger sister, Joyce never really gave much thought to what that would mean when her parents got older and the expectations that would be placed on her. Busy with her own life, working alongside her husband, Mark, in their family business, it didn’t take long for her to realize that her ailing fathers’ need for caregiving was more than her mother could handle. Always the one to take the initiative in her family, Joyce made visits to her parents several times a week making sure bills were paid, house was clean, groceries were stocked and when the time came, made the very difficult decision to place her dad in a nursing facility. While this move did lessen the burden on her mother, it also meant that Joyce was now making those weekly visits to both her father in the nursing home and her mother, who was at this point developing some critical health issues of her own, having been diagnosed with early onset dementia.

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Senior Elopement - Not a Walk in the Park!

By Cyndy Marsh on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 @ 03:35 PM

Topics: Stress, Alzheimer's

The headline read “Lost elderly man found disoriented 180 miles from home.” This type of occurrence is becoming all too familiar as our population ages and has more risk factors associated with different types of dementia which causes cognitive decline. Traditionally the very word elopement conjured up romantic images of a couple running off to some far-away place to marry secretly without letting family or friends in on their plans. Unfortunately, in today’s aging society elopement and wandering are often common behaviors exhibited when the disease process impairs judgment; thereby putting their safety and well-being much more at risk.

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Caregiving: Where do you find the strength?

By Cyndy Marsh on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 @ 04:04 PM

A mother-daughter relationship can be quite complex.  Beatrice was not the oldest in her family, she wasn’t the closest to her parents nor was she particularly fond of her mother, with whom she had always struggled to find a connection.  But now her mom was widowed, in her late eighties and in need of assistance due to severe health issues.  When her older sister called to let her know their mom could no longer live alone and would need someone to stay with her, and asked her to consider being the caregiver, Beatrice was stunned!  Could she do it?  Would this possibly be an opportunity to finally make things right with her mom?  Was it too late for that relationship she had always wanted?  As these questions all swirled around in her head, she decided with much trepidation to plunge into the role of cargiver feeling this might be her last chance to make up for all the lost years of being estranged from her mother.

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