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First Cancer, Now Congestive Heart Failure!

by Deah on Friday, September 15, 2017 4:23 PM

As if dealing with breast cancer isn’t enough, now my mother has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF). The cancer doctor told her today that she is too weak to proceed with this round of chemo treatments. She is being referred to a cardiologist who will treat her and then hopefully clear her for surgery.

Deah Bowes

Visualize Healthy Aging

by lori paterno on Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:24 AM

September is a month set aside to focus national attention on the positives aspects of growing older, and to encourage Americans over the age of 50 to take responsibility for their health. . The focus should not just be on the physical aspects but attention should be given to the social, mental and financial arenas coming together as a total package of healthy aging. Healthy Aging® created the national observance more than 15 years ago.

Lori Paterno
aging well

Honoring Our Grandparents

by lori paterno on Thursday, September 7, 2017 8:00 PM

Grandparent’s day, September 10, is not a day created to make florist and greeting card companies rich. Its origin is that of a West Virginian housewife who wanted to set aside a special time in which families would visit their elderly relatives. Marian McQuade began raising awareness about senior citizens during the 1970’s and in 1978, then President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day “National Grandparents Day.” Each president since has issued a proclamation to keep the tradition going. In his 2012 proclamation, President Barrack Obama said it most eloquently:

The Toxic Caregiver

by Deah on Monday, August 28, 2017 4:53 PM

I find it amazing that people with the same common goal can have so many different opinions on how to get there. There always seems to be that one toxic person who can cause complications. I read somewhere that at the root of the “trouble maker” is the dissatisfied notion that he or she is not being paid enough attention. In my personal experience, I can see where this might be true. That one person might be present when siblings and/or other family members are providing joined caregiving duties. While most of the time it is enormously helpful to have their help, it can also be a source of grief and stress.

Are You a Control Freak?

by lori paterno on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 8:21 PM

Most of us have some area in our lives where we like to be in charge, in command and in control.  For some of us, it is work or parenting and for others it is an exercise schedule or the precise way to load the dish washer!  While being organized and even rigid can have its benefits in terms of getting things done or achievement, it can also cause problems for those around us and for ourselves in the form of harmed relationships or stress.

Caring For a Loved One with Cancer

by Deah on Friday, August 18, 2017 7:40 PM

Today I’m feeling there is nothing more painful than watching a loved one go through chemo for cancer treatment. The helplessness of not being able to do more than just seeing her through it and being there for her is heavy. The faith we are putting in Mom’s doctors is tremendous.

Why Seniors Turn Up the Heat

by Deah on Monday, August 14, 2017 2:34 PM

Almost everyone who comes into my parents’ home remarks about how hot it is. Their house always feels like a sauna and yet they say they are comfortable. My sister turned on the air conditioner last night and noticed mom had it turned up to 84 degrees. It turns out there are a lot of elderly people who like the warm temperature in their home both summer and winter.

Deah Bowes

Urinary Incontinence – Not Just an Old Age Issue

by Deah on Monday, July 24, 2017 10:08 AM

According to the American Urological Association, nearly 50 percent of women in the United States experience symptoms of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). Many men can experience urinary incontinence as well. Stress Urinary Incontinence is the most common kind of urinary incontinence. Defined as the involuntary leakage of urine due to increased abdominal pressure (in this case the stress refers to physical pressure, not mental stress), it is especially common among women who have given birth or gone through menopause. Leakage can occur when the bladder and surrounding muscles are under sudden extra pressure, such as physical exercise, sneezing, laughing or coughing.

Deah Bowes

Help, I Can't Get Up

by lori paterno on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 9:12 AM

It happened the other day.  A friend sat on the floor and then she was stuck - literally.  She was unable to get up off the floor.  As we age, certain activities become more difficult, but not being able to get up off the floor (if for some reason you should find yourself on the floor to begin with!) is an important activity to remain independent.

Lori Paterno
aging well
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Elderly Sensory Loss

by Deah on Thursday, July 13, 2017 2:03 PM

Sensory loss for an elderly person includes loss of vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. These losses can have a great impact on quality of life. Hearing aids, eye-wear improvement, and rehabilitation offer some solution for these losses.

Deah Bowes

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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