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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Caregiver Info

Peri-care: What Every Caregiver Needs to Know

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Jun 14, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

While peri-care can initially be intimidating, it is a very important part of the private caregiver/patient relationship. Let's take a closer look at the importance of perineal care, as well as how to perform this critical duty to ensure the ongoing health of your loved one.

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Should Your Aging Loved One Join a Community Chorus or Consider Music Therapy?

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 @ 10:48 AM

Senior loneliness is an epidemic in society today. In fact, more than 40 percent of seniors regularly experience feelings of separation and disconnection from their family and communities — which can have a detrimental impact on both physical and emotional health. Now comes news, however, of a potential loneliness-busting fix: joining a community choir. Here’s a closer look at the research, along with evidence attesting to the many benefits of music therapy.

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Caregiver Tips for Alleviating Arthritis Pain

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Mar 25, 2019 @ 02:32 PM

Nearly half of people (49.6 percent) of people aged 65 years and older have reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the CDC. As many as 25 percent of adults with the condition, meanwhile, say it causes them “severe pain.” Caring for someone with debilitating pain from one of the 100 forms of arthritis and its related diseases can be challenging. However, there are some things caregivers can do to bring aging loved one's relief. Read on for a roundup of seven tips aimed at helping minimize pain and maximize quality of life for people with arthritis. 

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Communicating with Seniors: Tips for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Mar 11, 2019 @ 01:35 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

We often talk about the importance of communicating with seniors, but are there ways to facilitate this? Read on for a roundup of three tips aimed to help bridge the gap between caregivers and aging loved ones in their care.

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Will Your Aging Loved One Move to Virtual Doctor Visits in 2019?

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Feb 08, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

While face-to-face doctor visits aren’t quite obsolete yet, virtual care is on the rise and expected to impact one area of care in particular: senior care. Here’s a closer look at a why virtual care may be the right for aging loved ones and their caregivers.

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These Seven Medicare Changes Will Occur in 2019

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 @ 12:05 PM

Millions of seniors in the U.S. receive critical health benefits through Medicare. The recent change of the calendar year brought with it some changes to the program. Whether you’re new to Medicare or already enrolled, this roundup of seven Medicare changes in 2019 is designed to help seniors and their caregivers understand and make the most of their benefits. 

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Helping Seniors Sleep Better: A Guide for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Jan 03, 2019 @ 06:40 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Many older adults struggle with sleep problems. In fact, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 13 percent of men over the age of 65, and 36 percent of women in the same age group, report taking at least 30 minutes to fall asleep at night. And that’s just part of the problem. Once seniors finally do succumb to sleep, they sleep less deeply and wake up more often. This is more than just annoying: Sleep deprivation can lead to a number of detrimental health impacts for seniors. 

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Everything Caregivers Should Know about Geriatric Emergency Departments

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Dec 26, 2018 @ 04:07 PM

As geriatric visits to American emergency rooms continue to rise, the healthcare system is seeing a new trend: the growth of geriatric emergency departments. Here’s a closer look at what geriatric emergency departments are, and why experts say they'll be critical to meeting the needs of aging loved ones in the near future. 

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Keep Your Aging Loved One Flu-Free this Season

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Dec 26, 2018 @ 09:51 AM

While anyone can come down with the flu, one demographic is particularly susceptible to this respiratory illness and its potentially life-threatening complications: people aged 65 and over.  In fact, according to research published in PLOS One, seniors represented a staggering 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations and 90 percent of all seasonal flu-related deaths in recent years. However, there are things caregivers can do to keep aging loved ones safe—starting with these flu prevention tips for older adults. 

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Seven Common Geriatric Syndromes and Tips for Managing Them

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Dec 21, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

The good news? People today are living longer than ever. The bad news? Longer life comes at a cost. Specifically, older people are more likely to develop geriatric syndromes, defined as “common clinical conditions that don't fit into specific disease categories but have substantial implications for functionality and life satisfaction in older adults.”  

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