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Author: Lori Paterno Created: 5/19/2010 12:12 PM RssIcon
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 6/22/2015 10:25 AM

Up to 90% of seniors want to age in place - meaning they do not want to enter into assisted living or nursing home facilities.  Rather, most adults want to stay in their homes and communities where they have lived their lives.  This appears to be working for many seniors, but some may have more difficulty navigating this aging strategy - leaving them homebound with few social or stimulating outings. 

By Lori Paterno on 6/5/2015 2:37 PM

Thieves never rest and they are quite clever. Now, it seems they are also getting more daring. In the past for elderly people living at home, there have been worries about someone calling the house and somehow getting personal and financial information to steal by pretending to be a relative in need of help. But, today, it looks like they are also showing up at the door.

By Lori Paterno on 6/2/2015 9:37 AM

A few years ago, it was not uncommon to find up to 25% of nursing home dementia-diagnosed residents taking heavy anti-psychotic tranquilizers. People with dementia can act out in loud, aggressive or “hard-to-manage” ways and so it is not surprising that medications would be used to make it easier for staff in a busy facility.  While some patients probably do need the medications to avoid harming themselves or others, it was starting to be "overused." 

By Lori Paterno on 5/28/2015 9:21 AM

The Center for Disease Control estimates that 80% of germs are transmitted by our hands! And, according to Dr. Nicholas Flynn from the University of Tennessee in Nashville, when speaking to Medscape Medical News, 80% of the people who experience surgical-site infections are nasal carriers of Staphylococcus aureus.

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.


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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