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Unique and Purposeful Gift for Elderly Loved Ones

by Deah on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 12:18 PM

It goes without saying, the best gift is your time. Most elderly people do not want or need much. They are content as far as possessions - but are often lonely. My kids are asking me what they should get gram and pap for Christmas. My first answer is always the best gift you can give them is your time. Stop in for a visit, take them out to dinner, bake a pie, make extra for dinner some night and drop it off to them. If you live far away - just a phone call to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Pap loves when they stop in to play some cards. Create homemade gift certificates for yard work, housecleaning, or decluttering which not only allow you to spend some time with them but also accomplishes a task that may be hard for them.

Deah Bowes
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Recipe for Building Healthy Bones

by Deah on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 12:04 PM

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are typically no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss or osteoporosis. However, once your bones have begun to weaken, you may then have signs that include:

• Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra

• Loss of height over time

• A stooped posture

• A bone fracture that occurs much more easily than expected

‘Why You Gotta Be So Mean?’

by Deah on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 9:19 AM

There is a lyric to a song that is sung by Taylor Swift that goes “Why you gotta be so mean”. I think of this lyric often as an elderly loved one’s attitude is changing as they get older. Actually it is a personality trait that is only getting worse. Their personally has never been a positive one but it is getting more and more brutal. This love one increasingly seems angry, short-tempered, intolerant, and simply nasty. So much so that people don’t like to visit any more. It even seems that there are family targets who receive most of the brutality.

Deah Bowes
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“Caregiving Around the Clock.”

by Deah on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 9:29 AM

As a family caregiver myself, I know what this year’s theme of National Caregiver’s month, “Supercharge Your Caregiving,” is recognizing. It is often a 24 hour, 7 day a week responsibility. Managing meals, transportation to appointments, groceries, bathing, dressing, incontinence issues, financial issues, cleaning the house, and managing medicine and health problems are just some of things we deal with daily. The month of November is set as National Family Caregivers Month to honor the millions of family and friends who give up their personal time to take care of a loved one, often without financial compensation.

Could You Be Held Responsible for Your Parents Nursing Care?

by Deah on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 3:15 PM

One of the most important things an elderly person should have on their radar is the possibility of long term nursing care. This is actually something that should be considered long before we even reach retirement age. True, not all are going to end up in need of such services but some interesting information I just discovered gives pause to just how important this possibility is and should be put on a priority list. Many of us think about the possibility of needing long term care but few make any provisions for such care.

Accused of Something You Did Not Do?

by Deah on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 9:55 AM

Why does getting accused of something you did not do bother one so much? My sister just told me something that has me seeing a little red right now. I am being accused of doing something to my parents the other day that I did not do. Since I was there earlier that day I guess I am guilty. Go figure!

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness May Contribute to Alzheimer ’s Disease

by Deah on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 9:49 AM

I have been seeing a lot of articles on the subject of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) contributing to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). According to a recent article published in WebMD, feeling excessively drowsy during the day might mean you have a threefold increased risk of developing brain deposits of beta-amyloid, a protein associated with AD.* This thought makes me want to get some more ZZZZ’s!

Self-Care Awareness Month – September

by Deah on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 1:06 PM

There are many awareness days, weeks, and months now but this one in particular caught my eye today. I am having a rough day with catching a cold and worrying about some friends and family who have taken ill. Feeling this down today, I placed some pictures of my beautiful grandchildren near my keyboard. Their smiling faces always cheer me up. So when feeling this way today, Self-Care Awareness Month was worth some investigation.

Aging Parents Won’t Listen

by Deah on Thursday, September 13, 2018 6:12 AM

Never thought the role would be reversed such as it is. I remember my parents reprimanding me when I did not listen to them. It was not often as my parents were strict and we knew there was going to be consequences. Now that Mom and Dad are well into their 80’s and suffering from multiple medical conditions, the roles are reversed but they know there are NO consequences. They could not care less about what is best for them at this age. With the love we have for them, it is really hard to witness this attitude. There is a part of me that understands their position, but another part asks, “Why would you not want a quality life for the years you have left?”

Grandparent’s Day –Sept 9, 2018

by Deah on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 8:47 AM

This holiday was first created by Marian McQuade. Later congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparent’s Day. Then President Jimmy Carter signed it as a proclamation on August 3, 1978.


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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