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What is Proper Bereavement?

by Deah on Friday, June 9, 2017 3:40 PM

Wikipedia explains grief as a multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has died, to which a bond or affection was formed. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, cultural, and philosophical dimensions. While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement refers to the state of loss, and grief is the reaction to that loss. Well said Wikipedia!

Deah Bowes
death of parent
depression
grieving

Elderly Malnutrition

by Deah on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 1:19 PM

I often think that if my parents would have paid attention to good nutrition, they would not be in the failing health they experience now. Could they be suffering the effects of malnutrition? Enough cannot be said about good nutrition, especially as we age. It plays such an important role in successful aging. Malnutrition develops when the body does not get the right amount of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients it needs to maintain healthy tissues and organ function.

Deah Bowes
aging
caregiving
nutrition
nutritional deficiency

Dealing with Different Sleep Patterns as We Age

by Deah on Saturday, May 20, 2017 1:29 PM

As I get older, I notice my sleep pattern has changed. I use to be able to sleep soundly and had no trouble with sleeping in. Now I have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep, and I’m waking up several times a night. Not getting enough sleep can lead to a higher risk of chronic health issues.

Deah Bowes
aging
sleep
tips

Five Weeks of Showing Your Love and Support

by Deah on Sunday, May 14, 2017 8:42 PM

The month (actually five weeks) between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is celebrated as Family Support Month, also known as National Family Month. Chosen as a time to support and raise awareness of the importance of family- kids, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and caregivers. A great way to reflect on your family and find ways in which to make it stronger. What a great time to show you support for elderly loved ones and those who tirelessly take care of them.

Deah Bowes
Awareness Month
family

Elderly and Furry Friends

by lori paterno on Monday, May 8, 2017 12:36 PM

We know that having a pet can be a great way to teach children the concepts of responsibility and how to care for others; but, pet ownership can be an even bigger bonus for elderly people.  By the time someone reaches 65 or older, they have probably had their fair share of responsibility and caring for others - so that part is a given!  But, study after study reveals mental and physical health benefits for seniors who own pets.

Lori Paterno
aging in place
depression
elderly
health benefits
loneliness
pets

Older Americans Month

by Deah on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 2:05 PM

Older Americans Month has been celebrated each May since 1963 when then President Kennedy proclaimed it as “Senior Citizens Month,” - a time set aside to celebrate those Americans who are age 65 and older. The Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, has announced this year’s theme: Age Out Loud. This theme’s intention is to give the senior population a voice to express what they have to say about aging in today’s society.

Has Your State Enacted the CARE Act Yet?

by Deah on Sunday, April 30, 2017 10:12 AM

Estimating that there are as many as 40 million caregivers in the US, the AARP has been leading the fight for the "CARE Act" (Stands for:  Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable) which will help family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and when they return home. It is expected that this act will help control health care costs, reduce hospital readmission, and return trips to the emergency room by assuring that the caregivers receive the information and knowledge that is needed to safely care for a loved one at home.

Deah Bowes
caregiving
CARE Act

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
coping
diagnosis
cancer

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
aging
check up
chest pain
depression
diagnosis
health
illness
symptoms

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!

  

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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