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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Senior Health

Immunizations for Older Adults

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Topics: Senior Health

Due to weakened immune systems, older adults may experience difficulties fighting off infections. They also have a heightened risk of contracting the flu, pneumonia, shingles and other diseases. As the risk increases, the need for vaccinations also increases.

Let's take a closer look at why vaccines are crucial to maintaining the best quality of life for seniors, along with tips caregivers can use to make sure aging loved ones are on schedule.

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Caregiver Tips for Alleviating Arthritis Pain

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Mar 25, 2019 @ 02:32 PM

Nearly half of people (49.6 percent) of people aged 65 years and older have reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the CDC. As many as 25 percent of adults with the condition, meanwhile, say it causes them “severe pain.” Caring for someone with debilitating pain from one of the 100 forms of arthritis and its related diseases can be challenging. However, there are some things caregivers can do to bring aging loved one's relief. Read on for a roundup of seven tips aimed at helping minimize pain and maximize quality of life for people with arthritis. 

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Four Reasons for Senior Appetite Loss

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Mar 19, 2019 @ 02:13 PM

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition for a number of reasons -- some simple, others more complex. Whatever the reason, malnutrition is a serious issue for older Americans with one out of every four suffering from inadequate food intake.

There's no better time to take a closer look at your aging loved one's eating habits and nutrition than during March's National Nutrition Month. Let's highlight four common causes of appetite loss among older adults, along with techniques for increasing senior appetites.

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A Caregiver's Guide to Pleurisy

By mmLearn.org on Sat, Mar 16, 2019 @ 01:39 PM

Seniors are particularly susceptible to pneumonia due to a number of factors. Unfortunately, they’re also more vulnerable to complications from pneumonia, including pleurisy. If your aging loved one has recently been diagnosed with this painful condition due to pneumonia or another underlying cause, this guide can help you understand the ailment while helping to provide better care.

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Will Your Aging Loved One Move to Virtual Doctor Visits in 2019?

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Feb 08, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

While face-to-face doctor visits aren’t quite obsolete yet, virtual care is on the rise and expected to impact one area of care in particular: senior care. Here’s a closer look at a why virtual care may be the right for aging loved ones and their caregivers.

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These Seven Medicare Changes Will Occur in 2019

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 @ 12:05 PM

Millions of seniors in the U.S. receive critical health benefits through Medicare. The recent change of the calendar year brought with it some changes to the program. Whether you’re new to Medicare or already enrolled, this roundup of seven Medicare changes in 2019 is designed to help seniors and their caregivers understand and make the most of their benefits. 

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Everything Caregivers Should Know about Geriatric Emergency Departments

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Dec 26, 2018 @ 04:07 PM

As geriatric visits to American emergency rooms continue to rise, the healthcare system is seeing a new trend: the growth of geriatric emergency departments. Here’s a closer look at what geriatric emergency departments are, and why experts say they'll be critical to meeting the needs of aging loved ones in the near future. 

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Keep Your Aging Loved One Flu-Free this Season

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Dec 26, 2018 @ 09:51 AM

While anyone can come down with the flu, one demographic is particularly susceptible to this respiratory illness and its potentially life-threatening complications: people aged 65 and over.  In fact, according to research published in PLOS One, seniors represented a staggering 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations and 90 percent of all seasonal flu-related deaths in recent years. However, there are things caregivers can do to keep aging loved ones safe—starting with these flu prevention tips for older adults. 

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Seven Common Geriatric Syndromes and Tips for Managing Them

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Dec 21, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

The good news? People today are living longer than ever. The bad news? Longer life comes at a cost. Specifically, older people are more likely to develop geriatric syndromes, defined as “common clinical conditions that don't fit into specific disease categories but have substantial implications for functionality and life satisfaction in older adults.”  

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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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