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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 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!

By Lori Paterno on 2/28/2014 11:35 AM

When physical limitations increase, social lives can decrease. Getting out can be hard for seniors with mobility issues or for those who are not comfortable in cold weather. If you are a caregiver, you can be equally isolated in caring for someone who has trouble getting out.

By Lori Paterno on 2/21/2014 10:36 AM

Find yourself judging others much?  It sort of sneaks up on me.  I will suddenly realize that almost all my thoughts are negative about the people closest to me.  We all do it from time to time.  Whether it expresses itself as an inner dialog about how horrible a boss is - or as gossip.   Sometimes, we actually tell others our negative view of them with no uncertainty!

By Lori Paterno on 2/12/2014 2:00 PM

Many people now survive strokes due to better treatment – but the stroke can leave a person with debilitating physical, mobility, and speech related disabilities.

By Lori Paterno on 2/9/2014 7:39 AM

Did you ever walk into a nursing home and hear the nurses sort of tease and make fun of the residents.  Maybe it is not in a mean way - but it is in a way that communicates disrespect.  For instance, they may talk in baby talk or shout as if the person cannot hear even if the person's hearing is fine.

By Lori Paterno on 2/6/2014 11:06 AM

I don't know about you - but I hate asking for help.  I hate it for so many reasons I don't even know where to start.  I think the main reason is that I do not like admitting that I need any help in the first place!  I like being independent and not needing to wait or rely on other people.

By Lori Paterno on 1/28/2014 2:03 PM

Does music help reach people with Alzheimer’s Disease? It appears to be possible, according to a recent documentary entitled "Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory."

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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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