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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Dementia

10 Practical Tips for Caring for A Loved One with Alzheimer's

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Feb 07, 2018 @ 09:57 AM

The challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer's are frequently discussed. But most people tasked with managing care for someone living with this disease are already well aware of these challenges and are looking for something more: Practical tools and actionable insights for managing them. Read on for ten tips aimed at helping caregivers most effectively tackle the issues they face every day.

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Degeneration and The Stages of Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 11:40 AM

One of the most difficult aspects of dealing with dementia is its degenerative nature. While its progression often involves common signs and symptoms, everyone’s experience with dementia is different. This can make managing the disease particularly challenging for dementia caregivers who may find its inherent uncertainty stressful. Having a basic understanding of the stages of dementia progression -- keeping in mind that it’s a just a guideline, not a rule -- can help caregivers cope.  

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Senior Moment or Serious Symptom of Dementia?

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Can’t remember where you parked your car at the grocery store? Looked everywhere for your sunglasses only to find them perched atop your own head? These are common scenarios in the lives of many older adults and are often written off as “senior moments.” However, they could also be indicative of something greater, according to a study published in the academic journal, Neurology.  Here’s a closer look at research suggesting that memory lapses in the early senior years may foreshadow a significant cognitive decline in the future, along with how this information can help caregivers better support aging loved ones. 

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A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia Symptoms

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Topics: Dementia

There’s a common misconception that dementia is a disease, but it’s actually collection of symptoms. Dementia symptoms affect a person’s memory and sometimes other faculties, like reasoning and judgment. These impairments of a person's mental ability are significant enough to disrupt daily life.

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Types of Dementia: Vascular Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

You've probably heard of Alzheimer's disease in the context of learning about dementia, but other types of the condition exists. It's helpful to know about the different types that you may encounter — such as vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia — and how they differ in terms of dementia symptoms, causes, and other factors.

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Types of Dementia: Lewy Body Dementia

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 @ 03:00 PM

Topics: Dementia

After Alzheimer's disease, it’s been thought that vascular dementia was the second most common type of the condition. However, Lewy body dementia seems to be on the rise.

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Types of Dementia: Alzheimer’s Disease

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 04:53 PM

The majority of people with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease. There are other types of dementia — such as vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia — but Alzheimer's is the most common and the one you have probably heard the most about.

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A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia Medications

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

If you are caring for someone with dementia, you've probably wondered if there are medications that can ease the symptoms or halt the progression of the condition. Unfortunately, there is no magic pharmaceutical bullet, but there are some dementia medications that can help some patients.

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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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