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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 5/8/2015 1:13 PM

Older American’s Month is a month-long celebration recognizing contributions and impacts older Americans have on our nation and their communities. President Kennedy designated May as “Senior Citizens Month” in 1963 - which was later renamed as “Older American’s Month.” In 1965, congress passed the Older Americans Act giving the federal government authorization to make grant money available to the states for research and development projects as well as social services for older U.S. residence. This act also established the Administration on Aging (AoA) to administer these grant programs.

By Lori Paterno on 5/5/2015 5:04 PM

This topic may be a little disgusting to some of you – but probably interesting! Researchers are taking a harder look at something called “microbes.” These are basically the bacteria, fungi, and viruses that live in and on our body every day. We have millions, if not trillions, of these small “creatures” in our stomach, on our skin, in our mouth, and anywhere else you can imagine.

By Lori Paterno on 4/20/2015 9:47 AM

Our country is aging. There is no denying it. Every 8 seconds, someone turns 65 and by 2035, over 25% of us will be over 65. One hundred years ago, only 3% of the population were that old!  We also know that about 2/3 of the elderly in nursing homes are female and that women approaching old age are often leaving their jobs in order to care for someone else who is older. This means that as time goes on, we are going to see women in a more economically vulnerable position overall.

By Lori Paterno on 4/9/2015 10:13 AM

Everyone instinctively knows that pets can help ease loneliness, create joy, and give a person a sense of purpose and responsibility. And our instincts may be right. Many studies have shown that seniors who own pets are often healthier and happier than those who do not.

By Lori Paterno on 3/18/2015 8:01 AM

We are in the final stretch of hospital season, that is, January, February and March. These months are the top months for hospitalizations of seniors and experts believe that about half of them could be prevented.

By Lori Paterno on 2/25/2015 10:25 AM

For many seniors, sleep is a problem. Rather, a lack of sound sleep can be a troubling daily struggle. Many elderly people end up going to their physician to get advice and help and end up getting put on potent sleeping pills. And while these medications may have an important role to play in a short-term need for sleep, they may be more trouble than they are worth in the long term.

By Lori Paterno on 2/21/2015 12:26 PM

On February 19th, a 77-year old New Jersey woman crashed right through a Wendy’s restaurant seriously injuring an 89 year old. She was trying to park the car and instead of pushing hard on the brake, she pushed the gas by accident.

By Lori Paterno on 2/13/2015 4:58 PM

I don’t know about you, but this is about that time of the year when I’m really sick of winter! Right after Thanksgiving, winter is wonderful - the anticipation of the holidays and the crisp air.  I can't wait for the first snow. But, by mid-February, I am aching for some warm breezes and sunshine.

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.


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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