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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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How to Help a Senior Age in Place Safely

By Joseph Jones - Guest Blogger on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 @ 02:17 PM

Aging gracefully in place is a goal for many older Americans, but unfortunately, remaining at home will be a challenge for many. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, approximately one in seven Americans will develop a disability that lasts more than five years, and many of these Americans will be individuals 65 and over. As they age, a considerable number of disabled individuals will eventually find themselves in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility.

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Does Medicare Cover Home Health Care?

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Nov 01, 2018 @ 04:18 PM

Sometimes after an inpatient hospital stay, we need a little help with getting back on our feet. This might occur in a Skilled Nursing Facility, where we receive care from a nurse and/or physical therapist. It might also occur in our home where we might receive outpatient rehabilitative services or personal care. All home health care is designed to help you regain your independence and be able to care for yourself again.

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Fiber and Brain Aging: Is There a Connection?

By mmLearn.org on Sat, Oct 27, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

By now we’re all aware that fiber is an important part of a healthy diet for everything from heart health to weight management. Now comes one more piece of evidence reinforcing the value of eating fiber-rich foods: Doing so may delay age-related brain inflammation, according to recent research published in the academic journal, Frontiers in Immunology. 

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Capturing Senior Stories: Health Benefits and Beyond

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Seniors have many stories to tell. A growing body of evidence indicates that not only do other people benefit from hearing these stories, but seniors also benefit from sharing them. Here’s a closer look at why seniors should document their life stories, along with caregiver tips for helping them.

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