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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.

Physical and Mental Activity for Aging Well

by Deah on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 10:30 AM

Our population is rapidly aging - and with this trend comes increased longevity. While longevity is a good thing, it is going to bring more age-related illnesses. When I look at my parents and see the many ailments, I ask myself what I can do to help prevent this from being me in another few years. I feel that some of their weakness could be prevented.

Deah Bowes
mental health

The Cost of Caregiving

by Deah on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 1:36 PM

As family caregivers, we are most often lovingly giving of ourselves without any thought to financial compensation. I know I do not think about money, nor does it cost me anything financially. It is believed that some caregivers spend close to $7,000 of their own income to help take care of an elderly family loved one. Rarely do we think about these other costs. The high rates of depression as well as the mental and physical health problems among caregivers are additional costs we also often bear.

Medical Foster Home Programs

by Deah on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 8:46 AM

Medical Foster Home Programs (MFH) are a wonderful solution to a serious problem for our senior loved ones, especially senior veterans. MFHs are private homes in which trained caregivers provide services to a couple of individuals. Eligibility requires that you are enrolled in Home Based Primary Care (HBPC), and a designed home is available. There are VA social workers who can help you with eligibility guidelines and application for MFH care.

Deah Bowes
senior care
aging foster homes
foster home

Family Fun Month - August

by Deah on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 12:38 PM

August is “Family Fun Month” - and a great time to make some family memories while enjoying some fun activities. I had fun researching family fun activities; the possibilities are endless. My daughter is always talking and planning outings to create memories for her girls. I look forward to seeing what she can come up with for this Family Fun Month.

Deah Bowes
family fun

Preserving Your Brain Health

by Deah on Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:32 AM

At this stage of my life I have begun to notice some lapse in memory. Knowing that this can be a serious problem for some elderly, I began to wonder what I could do to slow down or maintain what cognitive health I still have. The brain’s aging is inevitable and there is no magic formula to hang on to our youthful brain, but there are some simple things you can do to strengthen and/ or maintain cognitive health.

Deah Bowes
brain health

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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