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What it Means to Be a Caregiver

by Deah on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 2:53 PM

Often, becoming a caregiver creeps up on a person. It starts by someone asking you to do a small task for them and builds from there. The next thing you know you are running more errands, doing the shopping, preparing meals, and taking them to appointments. That’s how it started for us with my parents and my mother in-law. It was a sudden event for taking care of my father in-law. These sudden caregiver duties can be triggered by a sudden debilitating medical event such as a stroke, heart attack, cancer, etc.

Feeling Guilty

by Deah on Monday, November 6, 2017 4:30 PM

Sometimes you just can’t win for losing. When both parents need your help and they are in different locations, it can be really tough. With Mom in the nursing home for rehabilitation therapy and dad at home, we get torn as to where to spend our time.

November is Time to Celebrate Family Caregivers

by lori paterno on Thursday, November 2, 2017 8:02 PM

Celebrated each November, National Family Caregivers Month is a time set aside to recognize and honor family caregivers across our nation. Family members devote countless hours every day providing care to their loved ones. As Barack Obama declared in 2012, “We recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.”

Near Complete Resolution

by Deah on Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:30 PM

Near complete resolution are the words the doctor had to use regarding what the cancer treatment has done for mom so far. The chemotherapy has apparently done its part and now she needs to get strong enough to withstand the surgery that is needed to go in and remove what is left and all of the surrounding tissue. So, it’s nice to finally hear good news.

Deah Bowes
eating habits
heart disease
staying active

Seniors Learn to Sing and Speak Again

by lori paterno on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:13 PM

We know that nothing beats a good song, but did you know that singing can aid in recovering brain health after a stroke?  It turns out that when people have a stroke on their left side, they can lose the ability to speak.  Singing, however, is a whole brain activity and when you play music that a senior can remember from the past, even a person who cannot speak words normally may be able to sing lyrics.

Lori Paterno
senior care

High Winds and Gratitude

by lori paterno on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 8:21 PM

With the events in Puerto Rico, it is hard to feel sad about your own life. Why is it that it takes a tragedy sometimes for me to realize how lucky I am just to have a warm bed, clean water, easy access to safe food, and electricity?

Losing Trust

by Deah on Saturday, September 30, 2017 11:06 PM

“Breaking someone’s trust is like crumbling up a perfect sheet of paper. You can smooth it over but it’s never going to be the same again.”

How true it is! I have recently lost the trust of a close family member. This person has taken advantage of a situation regarding another family member. It was not a small act of deceit this time. Some experts say that a person who continually behaves this way will eventually trip themselves up. Well, let me just say that I don’t want anyone to get hurt on the fall.

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:


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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