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Lori Paterno
Caregiving is hard work. This blog is designed to help caregivers with insights, practical ideas, and hopefully some humor along the way.

Help, I Can't Get Up

by lori paterno on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 9:12 AM

It happened the other day.  A friend sat on the floor and then she was stuck - literally.  She was unable to get up off the floor.  As we age, certain activities become more difficult, but not being able to get up off the floor (if for some reason you should find yourself on the floor to begin with!) is an important activity to remain independent.

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How Old is Old?

by lori paterno on Thursday, July 6, 2017 11:18 AM

Nearing 50 myself, I had the discovery that I really don't feel "50" - whatever that means anyway!  When I was younger, 50 seemed like a very old age.  At the very least, I did not think that number meant "young."  Yet, I feel young.  I feel like I did at 30 - and in some ways, my health habits are better now than they were at 30.

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Doing the Right Thing

by lori paterno on Thursday, June 1, 2017 6:32 AM

Life can be tough.  And when people are faced with tough choices, they almost always know what the "right thing to do" is.  The hard part is always the doing it.  In caregiving and in life, we are faced with dealing with a lot of difficult decisions and with times when the easy thing to do really competes with the right thing.

Elderly and Furry Friends

by lori paterno on Monday, May 8, 2017 12:36 PM

We know that having a pet can be a great way to teach children the concepts of responsibility and how to care for others; but, pet ownership can be an even bigger bonus for elderly people.  By the time someone reaches 65 or older, they have probably had their fair share of responsibility and caring for others - so that part is a given!  But, study after study reveals mental and physical health benefits for seniors who own pets.

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Senior Falls on the Rise

by lori paterno on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 4:42 PM

One in three seniors has a fall each year.  And, we are seeing more cases where the fall results in a concussion or head injury.  No matter what the injury, falls often lead to long healing times, increased disability, and a general overall decline in health.  Seniors fall more often than others for a variety of reasons.  One is simply a lack of physical fitness.  Weak muscles mixed with the lack of coordination that comes with a more sedentary lifestyle can lead to being more likely to fall.

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Self-Indulgence Vs. Self-Care

by lori paterno on Friday, March 24, 2017 5:44 PM

It is tricky.  When we finally decide we are "worth the effort" to do something nice for ourselves, sometimes, our first thoughts are somewhat indulgent.  We think, shopping spree, chocolate, maybe a Netflix marathon of a T.V. show we missed last year.

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What Do the Roles of Parenting and Self-Care Have in Common?

by lori paterno on Monday, March 13, 2017 3:05 AM
Maybe everything! When we think of “good” parenting, we think of moms or dads caring well for their young offspring to enable them to grow into healthy happy adults. What do good parents do for small children? Depending on the viewpoint, good parenting will involve activities like having a good relationship, setting limits, enjoying children, providing a safe and stable home, and so on.  We think about good parents as being loving, kind, firm, loyal, and consistent.  Often, different people have different views on what "good parenting" is and different cultural concepts of this significant role. But, most of us are not taught much about self-care or even encouraged to consider the concept.  Do the two roles have something in common?  Maybe, let's see.  Here is a starting brain-storm list of activities we would consider part of “good parenting.”


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Self-Neglect in the Elderly - Depression or Something Else?

by lori paterno on Thursday, January 26, 2017 8:31 AM

Let’s say you visit someone and find that person unkempt, dirty, and in disheveled clothing. Maybe they have not been eating or taking care of themselves in other ways. This can be alarming and disturbing and often we associate this type of behavior in the elderly population as dementia – but it can be other things as well.

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On Aging: How Long Are Your Telomeres?

by lori paterno on Monday, January 9, 2017 12:15 PM

We all know that diet, exercise and stress reduction help us stay young. But, now we are starting to understand how this happens in the body. Our cells are made up of chromosomes and every time there is a need to repair cells (daily), our body loses a little of the end of its chromosomes. At the end are things called “telomeres” which are like the end of a shoelace preserving the chromosome chain.

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Nursing Home Decisions Over the Holidays

by lori paterno on Thursday, December 8, 2016 12:44 PM

With the holidays, there are often more extended family getting together and maybe some discussions about long-term care. These decisions are not made easily and for many, are not made at all until there is some type of crisis like a fall or illness.


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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