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Elderly Sleep Deprivation

by Deah on Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:10 AM

Sleep is a varied issue for many older adults. I remember my mother-in-law had trouble falling asleep. She could get a decent night sleep once she got to sleep. Even getting up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night would make it hard for her to get back to sleep. My dad does not seem to be able to get his nights and days straight. He’s up all night and asleep most of the day. Then there is mother, who goes to bed fairly early, goes to sleep right away and is able to sleep well into the next morning.

Deah Bowes

Managing Medications for Older Adults

by Deah on Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:13 AM

Medication management is a major part in providing elderly care. Polypharmacy – taking multiple medications for different conditions- is very common for an elderly person. Therefore, the importance of medication management cannot be overstated in regard to adverse risks. Taking multiple medications creates a risk factor for drug reactions and interactions, nonadherence, financial burden and even worse. With the patient’s specific goal in mind, one needs to be careful and use a systematic approach for managing medications and adherence.

Stress Awareness Month

by Deah on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 9:16 AM

Since first launched in April of 1992, Stress Awareness Month has taken on the task of raising stress awareness, it causes, and negative affect as well as education on how to detect and minimize its impact. In the field of research it is thought to be an epidemic.

How Is Your Bone Health?

by Deah on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 12:25 PM

As I was researching March as “National Nutrition Month” and considering my renewed vow to lose weight, I found some important facts on nutrition and bone health.

American Geriatrics Society Says Not All Medications Are Good for Seniors

by Deah on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 9:15 AM

Due to changes brought about by aging, many seniors are more vulnerable to harmful effects of some medications, including over the counter medications. When appropriately prescribed and monitored, medications are an effective way to maintain older adult’s health, control chronic disease and pain, and recover from illnesses. People of the age of 65 and older account for over one third of all prescription medication used and almost one third of all over the counter medications. I have often commented that my parents take so many medications that it is no wonder they do not have an appetite anymore.

Keeping Your Brain Young

by Deah on Thursday, February 28, 2019 9:38 AM

Maintaining a healthy brain is simply about making the most of your brain and reducing risks as you age. Research is showing strong evidence that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes. Consequently staying active becomes more and more important as we age and is essential for living a long and full life. A healthy brain enables us to pay attention better, enhance problem solving, communicate more effectively, and so much more. It is so important that we now have a Brain Awareness week, this year March 11-17, 2019.

How Automated Care Calls Can Help

by Deah on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 1:54 PM

What is an automated care call? These calls are an automated calling system from SageMinder that will place calls on a daily basis to remind a loved one to take their medication or just simply check in. The medication reminder calls can be set up to call multiply times a day. (We also offer Live Operator Care Calls)

National Caregivers Day

by Deah on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 9:10 AM

Caregivers have become the foundation of long-term care worldwide. Without the tireless and thankless dedication of caregivers our health care system would truly be stretched beyond its limits.

Seeking New Adventures in Old Age

by Deah on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:18 AM

Baby boomers are redefining old age. I can see, as a baby boomer myself, where we are redefining what it means to retire and grow old. I am only a couple of years away from retirement and am looking forward to spending more time with the grandchildren. I remember my grandmothers never wore slacks. They were always in what one called her “house dress”. I remember her covered head to toe in flour on baking day with her apron tied around her waist. These days it is seldom that I see anyone in a dress and baking days are only a fond memory. My generation is going to be the blue jean era.

Deah Bowes
aging in place
aging well

Facing Old Age Concerns

by Deah on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:04 PM

My husband and I are fast approaching our retirement years and that gave us pause to sit down and reevaluate our concerns, both financially and in health care. Our most pressing concerns have changed. This phase of life brings a new set of priorities from the concerns we had while raising our children. There are a variety of concerns that one might have when it comes to our aging health and well-being. As we grow older we become more vulnerable to many health problems more likely to occur - affecting our pocket books as well as our bodies.

Deah Bowes
old age

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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