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Caregivers Need Care, Too: Tips to Lighten the Load

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

We often talk about how to help caregivers be better caregivers. At the same time, we are also keenly aware of the tremendous burden of caregivers, and the impact of that burden on their overall health and wellness. The good news? They don’t have to do it alone. 

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A Merry Heart Does Good Like a Medicine

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 @ 03:23 PM

Proverbs 17:22 tells us, "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." 

We can think of no better embodiment of this saying than when it comes to caregiving. Here’s a closer look at why embracing happiness -- even amidst some of life’s greatest challenges -- is an invaluable pursuit.

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Compassion Fatigue - Its Symptoms and Solutions

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Apr 10, 2017 @ 04:20 PM

Approximately 75 percent of caregivers consider their caregiving situations to be highly or moderately stressful, according to The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and the AARP Public Policy Institute’s “Caregiving in the U.S.” report. In some cases, this leads to a debilitating phenomenon known as compassion fatigue. While less discussed than caregiver stress and burnout, this condition is common among caregivers. 

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How Caregivers Can Help with Financial Responsibility for Seniors

By Jackie Waters - Guest Blogger on Thu, Feb 09, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

How To Prepare Responsibly For The Future

As healthcare improves and advances in medicine progress, we’re living longer. It’s important that we help senior loved ones manage their finances carefully so that they make their later years truly golden. A healthy financial situation can also help reduce stress and lead to a better quality of life for seniors.

Here are a few tips for ensuring that your loved one is being financially responsible with their resources.

 

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When Grandpa is a Grinch: Coping with Grumpy Seniors During the Holidays

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 @ 10:09 AM


Not everyone will be feeling the love this Christmas. Seniors, in particular, may be susceptible to the seasonal blues. However, caregivers don't have to let less-than-jolly aging loved ones hijack the holidays. Read on for some tips aimed at helping you cope with a grumpy, sad, or angry senior while preserving your own feelings of hope and joy this season. Read More

Communication and Memory Loss: Support for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 12:09 PM

Communicating with a person with memory loss can be difficult, but the right strategies can bridge the gap and foster a more fulfilling relationship between you and your aging loved one. If you're struggling to connect with a an aging loved one or parent suffering from  Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or an alternate memory challenge, these techniques can help.

Engaging with your loved one in an encouraging and patient manner will help minimize feelings of frustration.

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Caregiver Support Starts with Love: 4 Keys to Self Care

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

A whopping three-quarters of caregivers report feeling physical, emotional or financial strain at some point during a year's span of caregiving. Unfortunately, these stresses can lead to long-term health and wellness complications. There are some things you can do, however, to mitigate stress and enjoy a balanced quality of life. It all begins with self care and that begins with loving yourself enough to take care of yourself too. Read on for four important ways to take better care of yourself while preventing caregiver stress syndrome.

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Caregiver Help: Managing the Emotional Stress of Caregiving

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 @ 03:49 PM

While caring for a loved one offers a unique sense of fulfillment, it also comes with many responsibilities. According to "Stress in America: Our Health at Risk," a study from the American Psychological Association, more than half of all caregivers feel overwhelmed. Not only that, but they are far more likely to feel stress -- and its consequences -- than those who are not caring for someone. Read on to learn what you need to know about caregiver stress and how you can combat it in your own life.

Caregiving offers fulfillment, but it's also hard work.

The Facts on Stress and Caregiving
Do you lay awake at night? Binge eat or miss meals? Skip routine doctor check-ups? If so, you're not alone. Unfortunately, these behaviors are common in caregivers, and can lead to long-term consequences.

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Make the most of your holiday visit with your elderly parents!

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Nov 04, 2014 @ 12:51 PM

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 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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Fall: A Time of Reflection

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Oct 09, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

"Autumn has come in its predictable way; the heat of summer is giving way to cooler breezes in anticipation of winter. Change is in the air. For all of us, the changing of the seasons is a reminder that we, too, must change. In fact, it is an apt metaphor for our need to adapt to the ever-evolving circumstances of our aging lives."  

Author Patrick Abore, Ph.D. eloquently captures the importance of paying attention to the stirring within each of us as the movements of the seasons call us also to change.

Just as the season changes when the weather starts turning a bit cooler and nights get longer, so do our thoughts change as we begin to reflect on letting go and releasing those things in our lives that may have become burdensome. If you have recently become a caregiver for a parent, a spouse or other family member, there may be many changes in your life; some that may be causing difficulty or anxiety. Perhaps the person you are caring for has always lived an independent life, but now requires help to accomplish even simple tasks. Think about how difficult it must be for them to adjust to these types of transitions in life - going from something old and familiar to something new and unfamiliar. 

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