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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 8/12/2015 8:48 AM

Last November, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association came out with new guidelines for prescribing cholesterol medications – often called “statins.” If these guidelines were to be followed, it would mean almost half of those over 50 would be on cholesterol lowering medications. To simplify, they are using a “risk calculator” to determine who could use statin therapy. Due to the way this “calculator” works, many healthy people without high cholesterol would now be candidates for this drug – leading some doctors to wonder if this is a good idea.

By Lori Paterno on 7/26/2015 9:53 AM

Summer is a great time for an adventure and the best time for many to travel! Why?  Well, it’s not flu season, so you don’t have to worry about getting sick so much. If mobility is a problem, there are less hazards in the summer (like ice) to worry about.  And despite daytime heat, the weather is usually pleasant.

By Lori Paterno on 7/10/2015 12:41 PM

Those of us in the business of helping people take their medications on time often assume that the reason for non-compliance is simply a matter of "forgetting." Doctors have also often made this assumption. When patients, particularly older patients, are not adherent to medication routines, healthcare professionals will often jump to the conclusion that age-related memory issues may be what is keeping a person from taking something that could clearly help.

By Lori Paterno on 7/5/2015 10:05 AM

For many seniors, the notion of losing independence is frightening or depressing. Most of us want to stay independent as long as possible – but what does independence mean?  Does it mean that you never need help or that you do not need others in your life?

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.


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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