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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.
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November is Time to Celebrate Family Caregivers

by lori paterno on Thursday, November 2, 2017 8:02 PM

Celebrated each November, National Family Caregivers Month is a time set aside to recognize and honor family caregivers across our nation. Family members devote countless hours every day providing care to their loved ones. As Barack Obama declared in 2012, “We recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.”

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Seniors Learn to Sing and Speak Again

by lori paterno on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:13 PM

We know that nothing beats a good song, but did you know that singing can aid in recovering brain health after a stroke?  It turns out that when people have a stroke on their left side, they can lose the ability to speak.  Singing, however, is a whole brain activity and when you play music that a senior can remember from the past, even a person who cannot speak words normally may be able to sing lyrics.

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High Winds and Gratitude

by lori paterno on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 8:21 PM

With the events in Puerto Rico, it is hard to feel sad about your own life. Why is it that it takes a tragedy sometimes for me to realize how lucky I am just to have a warm bed, clean water, easy access to safe food, and electricity?

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Visualize Healthy Aging

by lori paterno on Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:24 AM

September is a month set aside to focus national attention on the positives aspects of growing older, and to encourage Americans over the age of 50 to take responsibility for their health. . The focus should not just be on the physical aspects but attention should be given to the social, mental and financial arenas coming together as a total package of healthy aging. Healthy Aging® created the national observance more than 15 years ago.

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Honoring Our Grandparents

by lori paterno on Thursday, September 7, 2017 8:00 PM

Grandparent’s day, September 10, is not a day created to make florist and greeting card companies rich. Its origin is that of a West Virginian housewife who wanted to set aside a special time in which families would visit their elderly relatives. Marian McQuade began raising awareness about senior citizens during the 1970’s and in 1978, then President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day “National Grandparents Day.” Each president since has issued a proclamation to keep the tradition going. In his 2012 proclamation, President Barrack Obama said it most eloquently:

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Are You a Control Freak?

by lori paterno on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 8:21 PM

Most of us have some area in our lives where we like to be in charge, in command and in control.  For some of us, it is work or parenting and for others it is an exercise schedule or the precise way to load the dish washer!  While being organized and even rigid can have its benefits in terms of getting things done or achievement, it can also cause problems for those around us and for ourselves in the form of harmed relationships or stress.

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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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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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