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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
accidents
elderly fall
fall prevention
falling
falls
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
influenza
older adults
vaccine

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
Christmas
holiday
season
simple pleasures
stress

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 8:02 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.”

Near Complete Resolution

by Deah on Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:30 PM

Near complete resolution are the words the doctor had to use regarding what the cancer treatment has done for mom so far. The chemotherapy has apparently done its part and now she needs to get strong enough to withstand the surgery that is needed to go in and remove what is left and all of the surrounding tissue. So, it’s nice to finally hear good news.

Deah Bowes
change
eating habits
heart disease
staying active
support
cancer

Seniors Learn to Sing and Speak Again

by lori paterno on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:13 PM

We know that nothing beats a good song, but did you know that singing can aid in recovering brain health after a stroke?  It turns out that when people have a stroke on their left side, they can lose the ability to speak.  Singing, however, is a whole brain activity and when you play music that a senior can remember from the past, even a person who cannot speak words normally may be able to sing lyrics.

Lori Paterno
music
senior care
stroke

High Winds and Gratitude

by lori paterno on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 8:21 PM

With the events in Puerto Rico, it is hard to feel sad about your own life. Why is it that it takes a tragedy sometimes for me to realize how lucky I am just to have a warm bed, clean water, easy access to safe food, and electricity?

  

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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