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The Caregiver's Bill of Rights

by Deah on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 2:02 PM

As a caregivers for my in-laws and now my parents, I have experienced the down side of being a caregiver. While I would not change caring for these loved ones, I recognize that sometimes exhaustion and depression tend to creep in. I have a natural tendency to be a caregiver and my family values would not allow me to do anything other than to help care for these people I love so much.

Deah Bowes
self care
taking care of yourself

Facebook Depression

by Deah on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 12:04 PM

So, back in the day before the internet, I compared myself. I remember distinctly always looking at one girl in elementary school and watching the clothes she wore so I could approximate how cool she seemed. I would actually take hand-written notes so I could go home and pick out clothing to sort of match her style. Of course, even if I “got it right” on any given day, she still – in my mind – was way cooler than I.

Deah Bowes
being overwhelmed
internet use

What Does Old Age Look Like for You?

by Deah on Thursday, January 18, 2018 8:39 AM

I just read an article that said we should plan on our life expectancy to be 100. Am I financially sound enough for that? And am I living a life that will help me physically and mentally prepare for the best quality of life in my elder years? Thanks to the financial planning of my husband I don’t think we will be too bad financially, but health-wise, I am looking at trouble. My lack of a proper diet and exercise are going to come back to haunt. Never too late to get started, right?

Deah Bowes
aging well

Number One Cause of Injury to Elderly

by Deah on Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:39 AM

I really need to count my blessings when it comes to Mother and how many times she has fallen. She is not to be up moving around unless there is someone with her. She recently declared the physical therapist said she was not considered a “fall risk” anymore (She fell last evening).

Deah Bowes
elderly fall
fall prevention
home safety
injury prevention

Lack of Planning

by Deah on Thursday, January 4, 2018 8:33 AM

As we go about life in our earlier years, we do not give much consideration to what our elder years are going to look like - financially or physically. This lack of planning can cause a great burden on the family if not given proper consideration. As we baby boomers are now entering this stage of life, we will put an even bigger burden on our loved ones and possible on our long term care options.

Preventing Cold and Flu

by Deah on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 4:06 PM

Once again, the cold and flu season is upon us. For seniors that get a cold or the flu it can be much more serious. Seniors and even the exhausted caregivers are in “the most likely to get the flu” category. While getting a cold or flu certainly makes us miserable, the outcome can be much more serious. For people age 65 years of age and older the concern increases. As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated, “In recent years, it's estimated that between 71% and 85% of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older and between 54% and 70% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people in that age group.”

Deah Bowes
cold weather
common diseases
flu season
flu shot
older adults

Permission to De-Stress the Holidays

by Deah on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:33 PM

For some caregivers, sadly, there seems to be little peace and good will during the holidays. The holidays are often overwhelming and stressful. There is so much more to do at this holiday time; shopping, baking, extra activities, and more. Some of us go “all out” for Christmas and then when we feel the need to double that for our care recipients. Well, it is just too much for many of us.

Deah Bowes
Caregiver Stress
simple pleasures

What it Means to Be a Caregiver

by Deah on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 2:53 PM

Often, becoming a caregiver creeps up on a person. It starts by someone asking you to do a small task for them and builds from there. The next thing you know you are running more errands, doing the shopping, preparing meals, and taking them to appointments. That’s how it started for us with my parents and my mother in-law. It was a sudden event for taking care of my father in-law. These sudden caregiver duties can be triggered by a sudden debilitating medical event such as a stroke, heart attack, cancer, etc.

Feeling Guilty

by Deah on Monday, November 6, 2017 4:30 PM

Sometimes you just can’t win for losing. When both parents need your help and they are in different locations, it can be really tough. With Mom in the nursing home for rehabilitation therapy and dad at home, we get torn as to where to spend our time.

November is Time to Celebrate Family Caregivers

by lori paterno on Thursday, November 2, 2017 7:02 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.”


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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