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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.

Follow the MIND Diet to Keep Your Brain Healthy

by lori paterno on Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:30 PM

Today, we now know that Alzheimer’s and Dementia are not a normal part of aging. In research over the last decade, one emerging theme is that diet and exercise can play a much larger role than we thought before and it is possible to reduce your chances of cognitive decline in old age.




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Elderly Need to be Aware of Lyme Disease and Ticks

by lori paterno on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 9:03 AM
Ticks may seem like small harmless creatures, but they can often carry a deadly mix of diseases – and the elderly are particularly at risk for two reasons. First, as we age our immune system weakens and the new diseases these ticks can spread can be powerful. Second, the number one disease carried by ticks is Lyme Disease – which has symptoms that can be tricky for a doctor to recognize since it often looks like other diseases that are common among the elderly.
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Learn How to Deal with Elderly Driving with New Online Program

by lori paterno on Friday, July 8, 2016 7:40 AM

No one wants to hand over their freedom to drive! It was the number one thing most of us looked forward to as children and the one thing that allows us the ability to remain independent as adults. 

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Sensors Can Sense Trouble for Seniors

by lori paterno on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 11:04 AM

We really do live in an era of technological progress.  It is amazing how many things we can do with the technology we have.  For the growing number of seniors, more people and companies are looking for ways to help those in our aging population remain in their own homes longer and healthier.

The Spice of Life? Tumeric Health Benefits

by lori paterno on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 10:31 AM

If you cruise around on the internet these days, you will find yourself wondering about all the new and exciting nutritional supplements that bloggers claim can cure everything from gout to cancer.  But, one Indian spice stands out from the rest in terms of benefits and that is tumeric.

How Are Other Countries Responding to the Aging Boom? Two Strategies

by lori paterno on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 12:49 PM

Europe Makes a Robot

So, these days, we can listen to any music, find any video, read or watch the news in real time, tweet and skype people on the other side of the earth and learn about any subject – all with a computer and a click.  But, this same technology is now being applied to more mechanical tasks.

One Key to Happiness in the Face of Illness

by lori paterno on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:38 AM

When faced with physical challenges in our own lives or in the lives of those we love, it can be hard to feel happy.  Declining health or mobility can leave us depressed.   It can be even harder if the disability is permanent or the illness is not expected to improve.

Discharge is a Dangerous Time

by lori paterno on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 12:37 PM

Hospitalized seniors can often expect to go home safely and get better.  However, discharge from a hospital can also be a very complicated time full of potential dangers you should know about.

Today, with limits in insurance coverage, many people – including seniors – are discharged when they are still quite frail, ill, or in a weakened state.  Even in the case of surgery, today people are often discharged long before they are truly capable of living at home independently while they recover.

Polypharmacy - An Increasing Health Threat

by lori paterno on Thursday, April 28, 2016 11:43 AM

So, many of us are familiar with the medicine cabinets of our elderly relatives.   There is a pill for the heart, one for blood pressure, maybe a fish oil supplement, a cholesterol drug, that pill to help her sleep that she doesn’t take anymore, and so on.

What's the Big Deal About Vitamin D?

by lori paterno on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 12:41 PM

Many seniors are told they are vitamin D deficient.  Vitamin D is a vital nutrient involved in many aspects of our health and many of us are not getting enough.  While milk is often fortified with the vitamin, most of the vitamin D we get comes to us through a process of converting sunlight on our skin.  So, people in northern climates in the US are more at risk of a deficiency as well as people who are often indoors because of a lack of mobility.  Since this vitamin is stored in our fat, people who have excess weight are sometimes deficient because their extra fat stores the vitamin D rather than allowing our bodies to use it. Others at risk are those with darker skin and people who always use sunscreen. 

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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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