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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 6/15/2016 10:04 AM

We really do live in an era of technological progress.  It is amazing how many things we can do with the technology we have.  For the growing number of seniors, more people and companies are looking for ways to help those in our aging population remain in their own homes longer and healthier.

By Lori Paterno on 6/7/2016 9:31 AM

If you cruise around on the internet these days, you will find yourself wondering about all the new and exciting nutritional supplements that bloggers claim can cure everything from gout to cancer.  But, one Indian spice stands out from the rest in terms of benefits and that is tumeric.

By Lori Paterno on 6/1/2016 11:49 AM

Europe Makes a Robot

So, these days, we can listen to any music, find any video, read or watch the news in real time, tweet and skype people on the other side of the earth and learn about any subject – all with a computer and a click.  But, this same technology is now being applied to more mechanical tasks.

By Lori Paterno on 5/25/2016 10:38 AM

When faced with physical challenges in our own lives or in the lives of those we love, it can be hard to feel happy.  Declining health or mobility can leave us depressed.   It can be even harder if the disability is permanent or the illness is not expected to improve.

By Lori Paterno on 5/3/2016 11:37 AM

Hospitalized seniors can often expect to go home safely and get better.  However, discharge from a hospital can also be a very complicated time full of potential dangers you should know about.

Today, with limits in insurance coverage, many people – including seniors – are discharged when they are still quite frail, ill, or in a weakened state.  Even in the case of surgery, today people are often discharged long before they are truly capable of living at home independently while they recover.

By Lori Paterno on 4/28/2016 10:43 AM

So, many of us are familiar with the medicine cabinets of our elderly relatives.   There is a pill for the heart, one for blood pressure, maybe a fish oil supplement, a cholesterol drug, that pill to help her sleep that she doesn’t take anymore, and so on.

By Lori Paterno on 1/12/2016 12:41 PM

Many seniors are told they are vitamin D deficient.  Vitamin D is a vital nutrient involved in many aspects of our health and many of us are not getting enough.  While milk is often fortified with the vitamin, most of the vitamin D we get comes to us through a process of converting sunlight on our skin.  So, people in northern climates in the US are more at risk of a deficiency as well as people who are often indoors because of a lack of mobility.  Since this vitamin is stored in our fat, people who have excess weight are sometimes deficient because their extra fat stores the vitamin D rather than allowing our bodies to use it. Others at risk are those with darker skin and people who always use sunscreen. 

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By Lori Paterno on 10/19/2015 2:26 PM

Happiness. This is really the big goal in life, right? Sadly, for many people, happiness eludes them most days. Sure, almost everyone will say that happiness is all they want; but, their ability to obtain happiness is often different. Why? For one thing, we tend to give happiness lip service. While we say we want to be happy, we have a tendency to actually do things that go against our happiness. We choose status, money, pride, “being right,” or sheer laziness over happiness all the time!   One author wrote about her experiences with hospice and how people who were dying said one of their their largest regrets in life was not allowing themselves to be happier.

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By Lori Paterno on 10/6/2015 12:17 PM

Census Data from last month show that all women, independent of age or race, are still facing poverty at a higher rate than men. The rates climb even higher for non-white women and the highest of all for women with disabilities. But, the gap between the sexes is most noticeable in the 65+ crowd. More than twice as many senior women lived in poverty than men in real numbers. While this may be due to women living longer, the rate of poverty is also different.  For older men in 2014, the poverty rate was 7.4% and for women, 12.1%.  

By Lori Paterno on 9/26/2015 10:29 AM

As we published last month, the new recommendations guiding doctors to prescribe cholesterol-lowering drugs to patients has increased the use of these medicines and brings into question of whether this increased use results in healthier people.

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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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