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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 1/20/2015 9:23 AM

New research suggests that seniors taking certain anti-depressants are more likely to fall and fracture a bone. A recent Swedish study examined large groups of seniors over time to determine that bone density and other common risk factors for fractures aside, taking SSRIs (which is a specific type of anti-depressant) increased overall likelihood of fracturing a bone. In other words, something about the anti-depressant itself may be causing an increased liklihood of falling.

By Lori Paterno on 1/12/2015 1:41 PM

So, the holiday bustle is over. Whew! I’m sure each of you has already met all the goals on your resolution list (okay – I’m joking here!) and you are back in the grind. Only, now, the bleak winter is settling in and there are no elves, tinsel, or songs of merriment to keep you going.

By Lori Paterno on 1/3/2015 8:33 PM

Happy New Year!  It is 2015 and if you are like most people, you have undoubtedly decided to make a fresh start and accomplish some things.  Often resolutions come after a time of abundance.  Holiday time is often a time of over-eating, socializing with everyone we know, travel, material gifts, parties, and maybe too much eggnog.

By Lori Paterno on 12/5/2014 11:03 AM

So, there is more good news out this month about the Mediterranean diet. If you have not yet heard, this diet has been promoted as the healthiest way to eat for years. But, new research now shows that it may help you stay younger.

By Lori Paterno on 11/3/2014 9:41 AM

national family caregivers month 2014Awareness is part of the battle against all sorts of things that impact human health.  November is a particularly key month to become aware of many of the things that impact the elderly.  We will highlight several of these this month starting with "National Family Caregivers Month."  This year's theme is "Care Comes Home."

Because it is estimated that more than 65 million people in the U.S. provide care for a chronically ill or aged family member or friend, November is designated as a time to thank, support, educate, empower, and celebrate family caregivers.

By Lori Paterno on 10/25/2014 2:08 PM

Nowadays, it seems like everyone has a smart phone.  Even our smallest relatives (age 2) use an old smart phone to play games!  When I talk to my kids and tell them stories about my childhood, they will often chime in with a "why didn't you just google it?" or "why didn't you just call someone?"  It is hard for them to imagine a world without cell phones and all the world's information at your fingertip.

By Lori Paterno on 9/23/2014 8:22 AM

So it looks like we have another virus to worry about! Should elderly people be worried? We know that it is mostly hitting the school aged kids right now - and the states reporting the virus are: Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.

By Lori Paterno on 8/26/2014 1:48 PM

Flu season!  Technically, flu season can start as early as October and can go as late as May - with a peak in illnesses around January.  More people than ever before are recognizing the need to vaccinate against the flu, including those who drafted the Affordable Care Act.  Now, most insurance companies and Medicare Part B are completely covering this expense.

By Lori Paterno on 8/16/2014 10:43 AM

Most people recognize that caregiving can place a strain on other important relationships, but marriage may be one of the most likely to be impacted. Marriage is meant to be a relationship that takes priority over all other relationships – even your relationship with your children.

By Lori Paterno on 8/6/2014 10:04 AM

Doctors are increasingly prescribing narcotic painkillers to all age groups and this is causing an increase in narcotic related problems as well. The CDC reported that in 2011, about 5 billion hydrocodone-containing pills were prescribed in the US alone to over 47 million American patients.


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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