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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 10/19/2015 2:26 PM

Happiness. This is really the big goal in life, right? Sadly, for many people, happiness eludes them most days. Sure, almost everyone will say that happiness is all they want; but, their ability to obtain happiness is often different. Why? For one thing, we tend to give happiness lip service. While we say we want to be happy, we have a tendency to actually do things that go against our happiness. We choose status, money, pride, “being right,” or sheer laziness over happiness all the time!   One author wrote about her experiences with hospice and how people who were dying said one of their their largest regrets in life was not allowing themselves to be happier.

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By Lori Paterno on 10/6/2015 12:17 PM

Census Data from last month show that all women, independent of age or race, are still facing poverty at a higher rate than men. The rates climb even higher for non-white women and the highest of all for women with disabilities. But, the gap between the sexes is most noticeable in the 65+ crowd. More than twice as many senior women lived in poverty than men in real numbers. While this may be due to women living longer, the rate of poverty is also different.  For older men in 2014, the poverty rate was 7.4% and for women, 12.1%.  

By Lori Paterno on 9/26/2015 10:29 AM

As we published last month, the new recommendations guiding doctors to prescribe cholesterol-lowering drugs to patients has increased the use of these medicines and brings into question of whether this increased use results in healthier people.

By Lori Paterno on 9/8/2015 12:11 PM

Today, the demand for home health workers is growing fast.  The sheer number of Americans reaching the age of needing extra help at home is causing a real shortage of workers who can fill this growing need.  What about using other seniors to fill the gap?  This could be the best of both worlds.  One agency in Virginia, "Right at Home," is a leader in hiring seniors for their home health agency.

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.


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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