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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Quality of Life

Caregivers: Could Relaxation Be Within Your Reach Through Meditation?

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

Everyone can use a break from the hectic pace of daily life. For caregivers, however, the concept of taking a break can be a conflicting one. After all, how can you possibly take time out for yourself when you already have a mile-long list of tasks to do for everyone else?

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Even Seniors Need BFFs

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Nov 04, 2016 @ 01:05 PM

The words "making friends" usually bring to mind thoughts of elementary school, playground games, and other childhood-related elements. However, friendship is not the sole domain of children. In fact, friends are more important than ever for people in their golden years, and yet much more challenging to come by. Wondering why close relationships matter so much, and how to help cultivate them among the seniors in your life? Let's take a closer look.

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Great Job Opportunities for Seniors

By Jim Vogel on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

Many seniors find retirement to be an active and enjoyable time, but some individuals either want or need to continue working. Some find that they’re able to secure a job in the same field their career was in, while others seek a change in order to try something new.  And we all know that boosting senior brain power is important and a full or part time job can help with that. Whatever the need is, there are plenty of opportunities available for people of all ages.

Many jobs offer flexible schedules or even allow you to make your own and work from home. Here are some of the best options available for seniors.

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Fall Friendly Activities for Seniors

By Lori Thomas - Guest Blogger on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 @ 01:48 PM

With fall right around the corner, many seniors and their families are on the lookout for new activities that they can all enjoy together. The fall is a great time of year for many seniors, with comfortable weather and the opportunity to enjoy a number of unique activities that you can’t enjoy any other time of year. It is important for seniors to create and maintain an active lifestyle year-round, and with a little planning and the assistance of friends and family, there are a number of fall-friendly activities that seniors can enjoy during this most enjoyable time of year. 

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A Caregiver's Guide to Navigating Senior Housing Options

By Max Gottlieb - Guest Blogger on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

While some seniors are choosing to remain independent longer, there are still many who are faced with the difficult decision of choosing the right type of eldercare. As caregivers, even though you are not making that decision personally, it's helpful to know the differences and advantages of each type of care before you need them. I’ll keep this post short and only talk about the four most common types: residential care, assisted living, continuing care retirement communities, and nursing homes.

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Aphasia and Aging: The 411 for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Aug 04, 2016 @ 09:13 AM

More than one million people in the United States have aphasia, according to the National Aphasia Association (NAA). And, while aphasia can impact anyone, the majority of people living with this communication condition are middle-aged or older. Caring for someone with aphasia is a challenge, but there are some things you can do to make the situation easier. Read on for more information on aphasia, along with coping techniques for caregivers.

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The Many Benefits of Audiobooks for Seniors

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Jul 08, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures, but age-related challenges often prevent older adults from enjoying this hobby. One simple, yet significant, solution for caregivers looking to keep the many benefits of books in the lives of their aging loved ones is Audiobooks. And, as it turns out, the benefits of introducing seniors to this popular technology go far beyond entertainment. Let's take a closer look at how audiobooks can improve the quality of life of older adults, along with some tips for caregivers to help get them started.

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Safeguarding Senior Health During Men's Health Month

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Jun 03, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

 

Did you know that men are 80 percent less likely to seek out routine health care than women? This eye-opening statistic from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is of particular relevance during June's Men's Health Month. This annual observation offers the perfect opportunity for caregivers to check in to ensure that aging male loved ones and patients are getting the care they need to enjoy optimal health in their golden years.

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Top Five Benefits of Social Media for Seniors: How caregivers can help.

By mmLearn.org on Fri, May 13, 2016 @ 11:21 AM

Social media is no longer the exclusive domain of the young and the hip. In fact, seniors are a quickly growing demographic in terms of social media use. While most people think of vacation selfies, "eating and tweeting," and other seemingly superficial interactions when they think of social media, the truth is that social media serves a profound purpose -- especially when it comes to the very real problem of social isolation. The research is in, the percentage of users over 65 is up, and there are benefits to helping seniors connect. While the process of navigating the social world will be daunting for some, caregivers can help.

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Helping Seniors Embrace "Creative Beginnings Month"

By mmLearn.org on Fri, May 06, 2016 @ 10:34 AM

Did you know that two national observances -- Older Americans Month and Creative Beginnings Month -- converge in May? Combined, they present a unique opportunity for seniors and their caregivers: It's never too late for seniors to adopt new activities and habits aimed at helping them enjoy healthier, fuller lives.

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