Take Charge! Resource Library

For a patient to succeed, caregivers must be informed, supported, empowered and prepared. The resources collected here are meant to be accessible anytime to any caregiver. Search or sort by topic by clicking on the buttons below, or simply browse. Is there a subject you think we should add? Email us at email@mmclt.org.

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  • Aging and Brain Health
  • Caregiver Stress
  • Dementia
  • Long Term Planning
  • Mental Health and Behavior
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinson's Plus Syndromes
  • Safety and Strategies

Managing Activities of Daily Living

More assistance is typically needed as memory and movement disorders advance.
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Long Term Care Move-In Checklist

Steps to take before, during and after move-in.
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Incontinence in Older Adults

The inability to control one's bladder and/or bowels.
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Sources of Caregiver Stress

Identifying the source of your stress.
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Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing Facilities

Explore the different care options to find what works best for you.
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Hospice and Palliative Care

Learn about the services hospice provides for end-of-life care.
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Strategies to Reduce Caregiver Stress

Brainstorm solutions with family to reduce caregiver stress.
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End-of-Life Communication

Strategies to make end-of-life communication easier.
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End of Life Strategies

Dr. Edwards discuss end-of-life strategies.
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The Role of Caregiver

Dr. Edwards explores stages of caregiving at Matthews Glen
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Parkinson’s Disease Overview

Second most common brain disorder behind Alzheimer's Disease.
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Memory Disorders – Overview

Understand the basics of a dementia diagnosis.
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Dementia – Overview

Cognitive impairment symptoms relate to dementia.
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Managing Parkinson’s Disease

A rapid change with Parkinson's is usually explained by something else such as a UTI.
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Alzheimer’s Disease

Most common type of dementia.
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Vascular Dementia

Second most common type of dementia.
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Parkinson’s Disease and Non-Motor Signs

Learn about non-motor symptoms, their impact. and treatment strategies.
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Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Overview

Motor symptoms are treated by replacing dopamine.
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Advanced Treatments For Parkinson’s Disease

Advanced treatments that address symptoms that normal medications may not.
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Autonomic Abnormalities in Parkinson’s Disease

The nervous system does not work properly and is unable to regulate body functions.
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Orthostatic Hypotension

Changing position causes a drop in blood pressure.
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Parkinson’s Disease Dementia

This form of dementia is also known as Lewy Body dementia.
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Impulse Control Disorders

ICD is possible while being treated with dopamine agonists.
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Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)

Accounts for less than 5% of all dementias.
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Korsakoff Syndrome

Memory disorder due to the lack of thiamine.
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Drug Induced Movement Disorders

Many therapeutic medicines and illicit drugs can cause movement disorders.
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Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)

Excess spinal fluid collect in ventricles, causing symptoms.
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Constipation

Choosing high fiber foods can help reduce constipation.
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Mediterranean Diet

A plant-based diet that reduces risk of chronic diseases
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Global Deterioration Scale

A tool used to assess the level of cognitive function in a person with dementia.
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Vitamin D

As we age we produce less of the "sunshine vitamin"
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Cognision

Quick and accurate measure of the brains cognitive function.
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Vitamin B12

Helps nerve cells communicate with each other
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Apraxia

Loss of ability to carry out purposeful movements and gestures.
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Hydration

Water is the body’s power source
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Aphasia

There are five different forms of aphasia based on an individuals symptoms.
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Alcohol and Aging

Alcohol impacts the brain differently as we age
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Memory Medications

Medications can help slow progression of memory related symptoms.
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Sleep Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease

Sleep Disorders are very common with Parkinson's Disease.
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Exercise

Benefits for brain and body
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Sleep Hygiene

Sleep allows time for the brain to rest and repair.
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Hearing

Very common and treatable
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Depression and Anxiety in Parkinson’s Disease

Depression and Anxiety are common with Parkinson's Disease.
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Parkinson’s Plus Syndromes

Parkinson's Plus resembles PD but has additional features and different changes in the brain.
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Firearms and Depression

Remove firearms before there is a major concern.
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Parkinson’s Disease Diary

Keeping a symptom diary helps fine-tune your treatment
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Suicide Prevention

Be aware of the signs and symptoms to help prevent suicide.
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Mild Cognitive Impairment Overview

A noticeable but mild decline in memory or thinking skills.
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Delusions and Hallucinations

Delusions and Hallucinations are classified as psychoses.
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Falls

Falls are the leading cause of injury in the United States for the elderly.
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Agitation and Aggression

Identify the causes of agitation and aggression to help identify appropriate strategies.
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Sundowning

Sundowning is a diagnosis but not a syndrome.
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Wandering

Indicators of risk and strategies for wandering.
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Preventing Scams

Memory loss increases the risk of being a victim of fraud.
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Delirium

Mental disturbance causing confused thinking and disturbed attention.
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Firearm Safety

Understand the importance of firearm safety and strategies to reduce risk.
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PACE

Live safely in the community while still receiving nursing home level care.
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Driving and Dementia

Memory disorders increase risk of unsafe driving.
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Driving Conversation

Dr. Edwards discusses how to have a conversation about driving with dementia.
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Memory Medications

Medications can ease symptoms and slow progression
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Hospice and Palliative Care

Compassionate care and guidance during end-of-life period
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Cognision

Cognision can be useful in diagnosing cognitive disorders
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Driving Evaluation

Driving evaluation is conducted to determine if it is safe for one to continue driving.
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Fire Safety

Memory impairments increase risk of engaging in fire-risky behavior.
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Medication Safety

The more medication one takes, the higher the risk for complications or mistakes.
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Communication Do’s and Don’ts

Proper communication with someone with a memory disorder.
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Anxiety

Understand anxiety to better understand our own behavior.
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SSRI-SNRI

Serotonin and Norepinephrine influence many brain related functions.
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Devices and Technology

Learn about the different technology available to assist those aging in place.
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Independent Living

Independent living around the Charlotte area.
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Sleep Hygiene

Sleep allows time for the brain to rest and repair.
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Holidays and Events

Memory disorders can cause a low tolerance for lively settings.
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Home Care

Explore the different forms of home care available.
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Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning allows ones wishes to be expressed about their medical care when they are unable to do so.
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Engagement Activities

Engagement activities stimulate the brain and can lead to relaxation and satisfaction.
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Coming Closer

Communication and shared strategies can make day-to-day operations run more smoothly.
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When Is It Time To Move?

Help determine if it is time for you or a loved one to move.
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Navigating Long Term Care

Understand the new environment of a Long Term Care facility.
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