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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.
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By Lori Paterno on 3/27/2012 11:32 AM

Healthcare costs have been a hot news topic and a political point of interest for many years now. As I write this, the press will be gathering soon in Washington D.C. to witness the Supreme Court hear testimony to determine if Obamacare is constitutional. And on both sides of our presidential election, the debate rages on over costs and whether some parts of the new legislation are too coercive to religious institutions. But what does it all mean for seniors and for families?

By Lori Paterno on 2/24/2012 12:40 PM

Recently, in Southwest Florida, a 92 year old woman lost thousands of dollars in a phone money scam. She was told that she won a large prize from Publisher’s Clearing House and had to send in money for fees, etc.

By Lori Paterno on 2/6/2012 11:47 AM

When do you try different approaches to problems and when do you rely on a doctor only? Being fiercely independent, I always like to think that I can manage my own health without a doctor. I have, in the past, managed to try a large number of what are called “alternative” therapies. Some have worked, some have tasted just awful, and some have not worked at all.

By Lori Paterno on 1/16/2012 3:02 PM

People often have the idea that to change something, you have to feel like it first. But, unfortunately, the feeling may be the last thing to change. For instance, some people will think, “if I could only stop feeling so hungry all the time, I could lose some weight.”

By Lori Paterno on 1/5/2012 12:35 PM

So, 2012 offers a new chance to eat better foods, exercise, or quit a bad habit. But, these goals are often quite large - and many of us set out with all the best intentions and enthusiasm only to find ourselves in front of the TV with a bag of chips by January 5th. At that point, we may give up. And some of us hate the idea of failing so much, we don’t even bother to make any resolutions at all!

By Lori Paterno on 12/1/2011 10:09 PM

My 8-year old son started his "Lego Advent calendar" today and now I am in that foggy Christmas zone where I can get out of the normal grind and start thinking about what really matters.  Today I felt inspired by who else but John Denver.   Who knew?  Of course, we have all loved one of his songs at one time or another.  But this one hit me in the right way today and I thought I would share it.  James Twyman, by the way, is someone I follow because he seems to be clear about his mission to follow his passion and spread love and peace.  In this holiday season, we could all use a little of that - eh?

By Lori Paterno on 10/20/2011 10:29 AM

So, we have all read how horrible caregiving can be. It can shorten your lifespan and studies show that caregivers are not as healthy as others who are the same age. But, maybe it is not as bleak as we have thought. A series of unexpected research study results were recently summarized by the New York Times blogger, Paula Span, showing that in certain respects, caregivers are in better health – at least for the population studied.

By Lori Paterno on 10/14/2011 7:02 PM

I know. Depression is “biological.” But, it seems odd to me that caregivers are more likely to be depressed than the general population. Why? Is caregiving biological? No. I think some depression is for a good reason or is certainly triggered by a real life event.

By Lori Paterno on 9/15/2011 12:44 PM

I remember when I had little kids and I would do anything I could think of to get them to both nap at the same time so I could get a little “me-time.” Sometimes, my husband would come home during lunch to ask “Hey honey, what do you want me to eat in the fridge?” - which was code for “I hate to look like I am a bother to you, but would you make me a sandwich.”

By Lori Paterno on 9/6/2011 12:17 PM

So, one thing caregivers are short on is time. And, we all know the concept of “simplifying” your life. It includes things like paying bills online, getting rid of clutter, cleaning out your closet and taking clothes “you have not worn in one year” to Goodwill and so on.


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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