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Family Caregiving for Seniors - SageCorner Blog

Author: Lori Paterno Created: 5/19/2010 12:12 PM
What's this blog about? Caregiving is hard work. This blog is designed to help caregivers with insights, practical ideas, and hopefully some humor along the way.
By Lori Paterno on 7/10/2014 2:14 PM

This is the month of our nation's "independence," and I can think of no better way to celebrate than to preserve our personal independence by protecting our eyesight.

Opthamologists often see patients who come to them with preventable advanced eye diseases.  Summer is a nice time to make an appointment with an eye doctor to make a double appointment - one for you and one for the person you care for.  Medicare and most insurance plans typically pay for an exam. If uninsured or in need of assistance, there is a little-known national program called "EyeCare America" that will match up eligible seniors in need with volunteer opthamologists as well.

By Lori Paterno on 7/6/2014 6:50 AM

For most issues, a person’s family doctor is the best professional to go to when there is a health problem. Family doctors and internists are trained in a wide variety of health problems that impact older people.

By Lori Paterno on 6/16/2014 10:26 AM

I can remember going to an elderly relative’s house and looking into the fridge. There were seriously old containers of leftovers in there; stuff spilled in the back, and way too much food!   And it looked like no one had cleaned in years!

By Lori Paterno on 6/1/2014 8:35 PM

One of the most common types of phone scams among those targeted toward seniors is the health insurance scam. Because just about every person over 65 has Medicare, it is easy to pose as a representative of Medicare to collect personal information, make bogus charges, or even set up fake clinics where personal information is collected to bill Medicare fraudulently.

By Lori Paterno on 5/10/2014 10:23 AM

Mother's Day is tomorrow and for many caregivers, you may be taking care of your mother.  There is something hard about the role reversals that can occur in a caregiving situation.

By Lori Paterno on 4/24/2014 6:28 PM

Freedom is a funny thing.  Janis Joplin belted out that "freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose."  I suppose it can mean that.  For people in caregiving situations the meaning of freedom may be more concrete.  For example, it may just mean freedom to just get away for a weekend and do something fun with a friend!

By Lori Paterno on 4/15/2014 12:38 PM

It may come as no surprise that the number, type, and quality of social interactions are related to how well we function mentally as we age. From memory to ability to solve problems, our relationships may have a real influence on how we age cognitively.
What may surprise some people is how this works.

By Lori Paterno on 4/14/2014 9:08 AM

According to a poll by NPD Research Group, a consumer market research firm, there is a new trend in the US. For the first time in history, people over age 49 are eating out more than younger customers. Why – and how will that change things?

It seems obvious that one cause is simply the sheer number of people over 49 is at an all-time high. Obviously, the baby boom generation is the largest cohort in America today.

By Lori Paterno on 3/20/2014 11:15 AM

Today marks the official first day of spring! Here in Central PA, it still looks like winter – which is somewhat typical for this area. But, despite the dark clouds and chill, I am feeling a need for at least the "idea" of spring to come into my life.

By Lori Paterno on 3/7/2014 10:29 AM

You have all heard that you “reap what you sow,” but, what does that mean exactly? Theoretically, the more we give, the more we will receive and vice versa. But, we all know that it doesn’t really always work out that way. Sometimes, we give and give and give some more only to end up frustrated that nothing is coming our way. Sometimes, really negative people get rewarded and we scratch our heads wondering whether there is truly any real justice in the universe!


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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