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Tips and ideas to help care for a senior loved one at home.

What Does Old Age Look Like for You?

by Deah on Thursday, January 18, 2018 8:39 AM

I just read an article that said we should plan on our life expectancy to be 100. Am I financially sound enough for that? And am I living a life that will help me physically and mentally prepare for the best quality of life in my elder years? Thanks to the financial planning of my husband I don’t think we will be too bad financially, but health-wise, I am looking at trouble. My lack of a proper diet and exercise are going to come back to haunt. Never too late to get started, right?

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Number One Cause of Injury to Elderly

by Deah on Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:39 AM

I really need to count my blessings when it comes to Mother and how many times she has fallen. She is not to be up moving around unless there is someone with her. She recently declared the physical therapist said she was not considered a “fall risk” anymore (She fell last evening).

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Lack of Planning

by Deah on Thursday, January 4, 2018 8:33 AM

As we go about life in our earlier years, we do not give much consideration to what our elder years are going to look like - financially or physically. This lack of planning can cause a great burden on the family if not given proper consideration. As we baby boomers are now entering this stage of life, we will put an even bigger burden on our loved ones and possible on our long term care options.



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Preventing Cold and Flu

by Deah on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 4:06 PM

Once again, the cold and flu season is upon us. For seniors that get a cold or the flu it can be much more serious. Seniors and even the exhausted caregivers are in “the most likely to get the flu” category. While getting a cold or flu certainly makes us miserable, the outcome can be much more serious. For people age 65 years of age and older the concern increases. As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated, “In recent years, it's estimated that between 71% and 85% of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older and between 54% and 70% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people in that age group.”

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Permission to De-Stress the Holidays

by Deah on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:33 PM

For some caregivers, sadly, there seems to be little peace and good will during the holidays. The holidays are often overwhelming and stressful. There is so much more to do at this holiday time; shopping, baking, extra activities, and more. Some of us go “all out” for Christmas and then when we feel the need to double that for our care recipients. Well, it is just too much for many of us.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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