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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.”

 

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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
elderly
illness
prevention
symptoms
UTI

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.”

February - Blue Mood Month

by Deah on Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:15 PM

This is what I call my “Blues Month”. And I have some things going on right now that could land me in a very blue mood. However, one of my recently designed self-help tips was to not let this month bring me down as usual. I am choosing to think positive.

Avoiding the Flu

by Deah on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:56 PM
A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Influenza Summary Update," indicates influenza (flu) is widespread and nearing epidemic levels within the last few weeks. The CDC also reported that there have been 15 flu- related pediatric deaths in the US this flu season thus far. Getting the flu can be serious business.
Deah Bowes
aging well
flu season
flu shot
influenza
prevention

Spunky Old Broads

by Deah on Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:52 AM

Now I know what you are thinking with this one but let’s stay positive - this is not a put-down! We are referring to Spunky Old Broads (S.O.B’s) in a good way! This refers to the type of lady who lives life to the fullest regardless of her circumstances. Maybe she finds humor as the way to express herself instead of being depressed or mean-spirited. S.O.B.s are the women who think: "it is never too late to do what I want in life." During the month of February, we celebrate all women over the age of 50 with Spunky Old Broad’s Month.

Heart Healthy Month

by Deah on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 5:20 PM

February has been designated "American Heart Month" to encourage participation in the battle against heart disease. There is a special emphasis put on the "Go Red" campaign to education women that heart disease is not just a man's disease.

Deah Bowes
healthy
heart disease
women

Self-Neglect in the Elderly - Depression or Something Else?

by lori paterno on Thursday, January 26, 2017 8:31 AM

Let’s say you visit someone and find that person unkempt, dirty, and in disheveled clothing. Maybe they have not been eating or taking care of themselves in other ways. This can be alarming and disturbing and often we associate this type of behavior in the elderly population as dementia – but it can be other things as well.

Medication Problems of the Elderly

by Deah on Saturday, January 21, 2017 2:49 PM

What is the scariest part of caregiving for you? Many feel that it is the responsibility of making sure the medications are given correctly. I know for my mother-in-law it was getting her pain medication at a level that made her comfortable and kept her safe. I was so afraid of her taking too much, which she often did when she was still living on her own. She got violently ill a couple of times because she was taking too much. When she moved in with us and I took over her medications, it was a constant struggle trying to decide if she was really in pain or had an addiction.

  

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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