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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 12/5/2014 11:03 AM

So, there is more good news out this month about the Mediterranean diet. If you have not yet heard, this diet has been promoted as the healthiest way to eat for years. But, new research now shows that it may help you stay younger.

By Lori Paterno on 11/3/2014 9:41 AM

national family caregivers month 2014Awareness is part of the battle against all sorts of things that impact human health.  November is a particularly key month to become aware of many of the things that impact the elderly.  We will highlight several of these this month starting with "National Family Caregivers Month."  This year's theme is "Care Comes Home."

Because it is estimated that more than 65 million people in the U.S. provide care for a chronically ill or aged family member or friend, November is designated as a time to thank, support, educate, empower, and celebrate family caregivers.

By Lori Paterno on 10/25/2014 2:08 PM

Nowadays, it seems like everyone has a smart phone.  Even our smallest relatives (age 2) use an old smart phone to play games!  When I talk to my kids and tell them stories about my childhood, they will often chime in with a "why didn't you just google it?" or "why didn't you just call someone?"  It is hard for them to imagine a world without cell phones and all the world's information at your fingertip.

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!

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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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