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The Cancer Verdict

by Deah on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 1:59 PM

How are you supposed to act when you are told your mother probably has breast cancer? I have barely shed a tear and I have a lot of guilt with that. She has had cancer twice before and beat it both times. Both times I had faith that she was going to beat it. This time I keep asking, “Have we pushed our luck?” Why can’t I find the faith I had before? Why can’t I cry over this? It’s not like I’m not losing sleep over this; I think about it all the time and I’m spending a lot of time with her. When I search my heart it tells me I am just scared. Very scared.

Deah Bowes
aging parent

The Aches and Pains of Aging

by Deah on Monday, April 17, 2017 3:54 PM

As I reach my 60’s, I am becoming increasing aware of a variety of aches and pains. It’s not just the aches and pains I am noticing but the skin changes and lumps and bumps. Of course we know that as we get older we are going to experience these symptoms but what should I be seriously concerned about? Which ones are harmless? I am pretty good as keeping my annual physical, mammogram, gynecologist, eye, and other appointments up to date - but which of these should I be bringing to the attention of my doctors. I am by no means a hypochondriac, but I do know that paying attention to health issues is the first sign of catching something serious and being able to treat it.

Deah Bowes
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chest pain

Secrets to Aging Well

by Deah on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 2:39 PM

Have you ever noticed how some seniors age better than others? I have and I personally want to be one that “does not look (or act) her age.” Those individuals that are getting "up there" in age but barely show any mental or even physically aging symptoms amaze me. What are they doing that could be influencing healthy aging? What is even more fascinating is that I just read that these super agers are on the rise. Count me in!

April is Stress Awareness Month

by Deah on Sunday, April 2, 2017 4:26 PM

We all have daily stress in life but when it comes to caregivers there can be added stressors. “Are they taking medications properly,” “how are they getting to their appointment next week,” “why doesn’t he want to eat,” - and so many more questions. During the month of April, health care professionals are promoting public awareness about stress during Stress Awareness Month and offering solutions. The “daily-ness” of caring for a loved one often turns to caregiver burnout and when someone is burnt-out they are not much good to anyone - including themselves.

Senior Falls on the Rise

by lori paterno on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 4:42 PM

One in three seniors has a fall each year.  And, we are seeing more cases where the fall results in a concussion or head injury.  No matter what the injury, falls often lead to long healing times, increased disability, and a general overall decline in health.  Seniors fall more often than others for a variety of reasons.  One is simply a lack of physical fitness.  Weak muscles mixed with the lack of coordination that comes with a more sedentary lifestyle can lead to being more likely to fall.

Lori Paterno
chair exercises
elderly fall

Self-Indulgence Vs. Self-Care

by lori paterno on Friday, March 24, 2017 5:44 PM

It is tricky.  When we finally decide we are "worth the effort" to do something nice for ourselves, sometimes, our first thoughts are somewhat indulgent.  We think, shopping spree, chocolate, maybe a Netflix marathon of a T.V. show we missed last year.

Mother Wants to Give Up

by Deah on Monday, March 20, 2017 3:43 PM
When visiting my parents a few weeks ago, Mother made a comment that is still concerning me. She was showing me how swollen her leg was and I asked if she had spoken to her doctor about it yet. No, she had not. And when I asked why she wouldn’t want to check it out, she said she didn’t care, she wanted to “go” anyway.

What Do the Roles of Parenting and Self-Care Have in Common?

by lori paterno on Monday, March 13, 2017 3:05 AM
Maybe everything! When we think of “good” parenting, we think of moms or dads caring well for their young offspring to enable them to grow into healthy happy adults. What do good parents do for small children? Depending on the viewpoint, good parenting will involve activities like having a good relationship, setting limits, enjoying children, providing a safe and stable home, and so on.  We think about good parents as being loving, kind, firm, loyal, and consistent.  Often, different people have different views on what "good parenting" is and different cultural concepts of this significant role. But, most of us are not taught much about self-care or even encouraged to consider the concept.  Do the two roles have something in common?  Maybe, let's see.  Here is a starting brain-storm list of activities we would consider part of “good parenting.”



Most Easily Missed Infection in the Elderly?

by Deah on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6:15 PM

Elderly people are more likely to get a Urinary tract infection (UTI) than any other age group – and it can be very dangerous to their health. Primarily caused by the bacteria, Escherichia Coli, which enters through the urethra is more likely to multiply and move to the kidneys when not emptying the bladder completely. When left undiagnosed, a UTI will become much more serious that a few unpleasant symptoms. My mother in law was not properly diagnosed and six months later she died of kidney failure.

Deah Bowes

Be Kind To Our Fine Feathered Friends

by Deah on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:58 AM

On February 23, 1994, John Porter, proclaimed February as National Bird Feeding Month. He cared so deeply about the welfare of birds that he spoke these words to Congress:

“I would like to recognize February, one of the most difficult months in the United States for wild birds, as National Bird-Feeding Month. During this month, individuals are encouraged to provide food, water, and shelter to help wild birds survive. This assistance benefits the environment by supplementing wild bird's natural diet of weed seeds and insects. Currently, one third of the U.S. adult population feeds wild birds in their backyards.”


Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education.

Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education. 
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