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Capturing Senior Stories: Health Benefits and Beyond

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Seniors have many stories to tell. A growing body of evidence indicates that not only do other people benefit from hearing these stories, but seniors also benefit from sharing them. Here’s a closer look at why seniors should document their life stories, along with caregiver tips for helping them.

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Caregivers and Chronic Pain: A Bigger Challenge

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 11:44 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Caregiving is a massive task. For caregivers of chronic pain patients, however, the demands can be especially overwhelming. A recent article published in the academic journal Nursing and Palliative Care takes a closer look at the loneliness and burden of caregivers of chronic pain patients. Here’s what all caregivers need to know.

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Five FAQs About Family Caregiving

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 09:28 AM

Few people have “become a family caregiver” on their list of life goals. However, this responsibility is very much a reality for many people. In fact, according to the Caregiver Action Network, a whopping 29 percent of the US population—more than 65 million people—provide care for a “chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend.” 

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The 411 on Caregiving After Hip Replacement Surgery

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 @ 01:51 PM

The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Mark Pagnano recently declared hip replacement surgery to be “one of the most dramatic and cost-effective ways to improve the quality of life for patients.” Given the many benefits of this procedure, it’s hardly a surprise that more and more people are undergoing hip replacements. However, while hip replacement surgery can certainly help people live better, the procedure and recovery can be significant. 

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Five Reasons Your Aging Loved One Complains So Much

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 @ 05:22 PM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Some people complain a lot; in some cases, that's just their nature. However, if you're caring for a senior who has started to complain more, there may be a reason for the change in disposition. In addressing the underlying issue, therefore, caregivers can help aging loved ones enjoy a more positive outlook and feel better, too. Read on for a roundup of five common causes of senior negativity, along with tips for caregivers coping with caring for an impossible-to-please senior.

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Understanding the Complexities of Siblings and Elder Care

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 @ 03:11 PM

Coping with aging, sick or dying parents is difficult even under the best circumstances. Factor in the sibling strife that often arises in families trying to manage care for aging loved ones, and the situation becomes exponentially more challenging. Read on for a roundup of common sibling caregiving scenarios, along with tips aimed at keeping the peace. 

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Is Your Loved One at Risk for Elder Financial Abuse by a Family Member?

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Senior financial abuse is an escalating problem in the US. And while online scammers may be the first threat that comes to mind, the reality is that abusers are often well-known. In fact, according to varying estimates, family members, friends, neighbors and caregivers may account for anywhere between 34 percent and 57.9 percent of perpetrators of financial exploitation of seniors

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Lyme Disease and Seniors: What Caregivers Should Know

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Aug 13, 2018 @ 03:55 PM

 

While roughly 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) annually, this number represents only a fraction of the number of people living with the disease. In fact, this tick-borne illness is one of the world’s fastest growing infectious diseases, and has been declared an epidemic. Even more alarming? Children and seniors have the greatest risk of developing Lyme disease. 

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Six Tips for Successful Family Caregiving Meetings

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jul 24, 2018 @ 11:13 AM

In a perfect world, all family members would get along when making care decisions for aging loved ones. In the world we live in, however, familial strife is extremely common. While managing conflicts can be challenging, it’s vital to build consensus—both to ensure that each senior’s wants and needs are met as well as to reduce caregiver stress. The good news? There are some things you can to do help things go as smoothly as possible, including the following six strategies:

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Are Your Aging Loved One's Fingernails Pointing to a Health Concern?

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jun 26, 2018 @ 02:32 PM

As human bodies age, they undergo many changes. While we often think of the appearance of the face, skin and hair as the primary areas demonstrating age-related changes, another body part can also reveal signs of advancing age: fingernails. However, not all of these changes are natural. In fact, some may indicate underlying health concerns. Read on for a closer look at four fingernail characteristics to watch for as a senior caregiver. 

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