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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 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.

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!


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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