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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Elder Care Issues

Expert Interview Series: Monica Do Coutto Monni of Near North Palliative Care Network About Hospice and End-of-Life Care

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 @ 01:10 PM

Monica Do Coutto Monni is the executive director of Near North Palliative Care Network, a non-profit organization which provides one-stop palliative care, bereavement and grief, and end-of-life free volunteer-based services and training in Northern Ontario. We had a chance to talk with Monica about how our culture views end-of-life issues and why quality hospice and palliative care are becoming more important as the population ages.

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Caregivers: Protect Seniors from Hurricane Relief Scams

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

As if the trail of destruction left by Hurricane Harvey wasn’t enough, another threat is rising in the wreckage: Disaster-related charity scams. Even worse? Many of these ruthless fraudsters have philanthropic seniors in their sights. Here’s a closer look at this elder care issue, along with tips on how caregivers can help seniors avoid falling victim to these opportunistic predators.

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The Heartbreak of Financial Scams on the Elderly

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Oct 05, 2017 @ 01:41 PM

A recent CNN article shares the experiences of 83-year-old John Gutz, who narrowly avoided being bilked out of $10,000 by a ruthless scammer. Thanks to the intervention of his daughter, Gutz walked away from this particular incident unscathed financially. However, he’s one of the lucky few. The reality is that seniors are increasingly being targeted by an ever-growing breadth and depth of scams and schemes. Here’s what all caregivers should know.

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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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Everything Caregivers Should Know About Broken Hips

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Approximately 300,000 Americans break a hip every year. Many of them are seniors. Unfortunately, hip fractures can be much more detrimental for seniors than for the rest of the population.  Here’s a closer look at the issue, along with caregiver tips aimed at keeping seniors safe.

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Six Caregiver Tips for Managing Incontinence Care

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 09:08 AM

More than half of seniors suffer from incontinence, according to a recent report from the CDC. Caring for someone with incontinence issues can be particularly challenging -- both physically and emotionally. Let's count down six caregiver tips aimed at minimizing stress for both caregivers and care recipients when it comes to incontinence care


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Staying Independent Longer with Adaptive Equipment and Strengthening Exercises

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 @ 01:04 PM

The desire to age in place is common among older adults today. Essential to helping them achieve this goal?  The ability to attend to the activities of daily living, AKA the “ADLs.”  Here’s a closer look at why the ADLs matter, along with how adaptive equipment can play in supporting mobility and independence in seniors.

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Six Tips to Help Seniors Transition to Nursing Home Life

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

The vast majority of seniors want to "age in place." Unfortunately, this is neither a safe nor feasible prospect for many older adults. Factor in the rapidly aging population and the reality is that more people are facing the prospect of making the move to a long term care facility. How can caregivers help facilitate this change -- whether ready or reluctant? Read on for six tips aimed at helping seniors make a smooth transition to life in a nursing home.

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Holidays: A great time to assess how elderly loved ones are doing living independently.

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Dec 23, 2016 @ 07:33 AM

The holidays are a time of homecoming, when we gather with family and share good food, good times and good conversations, but for people who don't live near their parents, going home for the holidays can also provide time to assess how elderly parents are doing living independently at home.

Your parents may be fine, but when people get older, it can be easy to miss signs of poor health, memory problems and other issues that should be addressed before things worsen. Make your holiday visit as special as ever, but keep an open mind and a watchful eye.

Pay Attention

Look to their appearance for cues on general health and hygiene. Pay close attention to bruises, which could indicate falls or stumbles. Listen closely to what they say, and watch how they perform tasks, to check for memory problems. Spend time with them in the community to see how they conduct themselves in restaurants or stores, especially unfamiliar ones. Pay attention to their health habits, observe their surroundings at home, watch their driving, and subtly inquire about their finances.

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Healthy, Happy Holiday Eating for Seniors and Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 @ 10:59 AM

From much anticipated seasonal favorites to the warm feeling of conviviality that come from sharing a meal with loved ones, food is an integral part of the holiday season for many people. However, when it comes to seniors and food during the holidays, there are also a few important things to keep in mind. Let's take a closer look at what caregivers need to know to ensure that their loved ones enjoy happy, healthy eating this season.

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