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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Dementia

Caregiving 101: Understanding the Four Types of Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Aug 12, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Today, approximately 5.8 million people in the U.S. have dementia. It’s no wonder so many caregivers are looking for tips on boosting seniors’ quality of life and finding activities for dementia patients 

Only decades ago, people were still writing off dementia‑related behaviors to senility. Now researchers have an ever‑increasing understanding of the brain, which has allowed them to better identify new brain disorders, including the types of dementia.

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Managing Difficult Sundowning Behavior at the End of the Day

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Feb 18, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Topics: Dementia

Do your caregiving duties seem extra challenging in the evening? Perhaps the person you care for becomes more active, pacing the room, wandering restlessly, or even yelling in agitation. Or maybe they become anxious and confused. Some seniors display outward resistance to redirection at this time of day.

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Dementia Assessment Tool: The SLUMS Test

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jul 08, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Caregivers of the elderly often refer to the SLUMS Exam and the GDS in evaluating the health and condition of their patients. The SLUMS Examination is a screening tool for dementia developed by Saint Louis University geriatricians that identifies mild cognitive problems, and the GDS is a 30-item self-report assessment used to identify depression. Both are designed for use with the elderly.

There is no single, definitive test to determine whether an individual is suffering from dementia. Rather, the healthcare team considers all potential causes while conducting a comprehensive assessment of the patient. Doctors often use the SLUMS Examination in order to determine whether further testing might be necessary. Let's take a closer look at this widely used, clinician administered diagnostic tool.

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How to Talk to Someone with Dementia, Alzheimer's, or Memory Loss

By mmLearn.org on Tue, May 28, 2019 @ 12:25 PM

Communicating with a person with memory loss can be difficult, but the right strategies can bridge the gap and foster a more fulfilling relationship between you and your patient or loved one. 

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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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The 411 on Seniors and Psychotropic Medications

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 @ 03:38 PM

The number of seniors in the US taking three or more psychiatric drugs more than doubled in the nine-year period between 2004 and 2013, according to a recent study as reported by The New York Times. While this figure is troubling in itself, even more so is that fact that nearly half seniors taking these medications have no mental health diagnoses on record. What does this mean for seniors and caregivers? Here’s a closer look at the issue.

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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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