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What You Need To Know About Your Prescriptions & Black Box Warnings

Last week I focused on the AGS Beers Criteria® that provides a comprehensive list of medications that should be used with caution in adults 65 and older. Something else you should be aware of when you’re prescribed a new medication is Black Box Warnings. All medications carry a long list of possible side effects and [...]

Do You Know What Medications You Shouldn’t Take If You’re Over 65?

I attend many doctor appointments with clients, that’s a part of my services as a health advocate, and I’m often concerned about the number of medications my older clients are taking. Many times they are taking medications that should be avoided in older adults.   The American Geriatric Society recently updated The AGS Beers Criteria® [...]

Learn how to communicate with someone with Alzheimer’s

My parents were the inspiration for my business. I took what I learned about being a caregiver for my aging parents and turned it into a business, as a health advocate, to help others in the same situation. When my father was diagnosed with cancer, I had to learn more about his specific cancer and [...]

Is Caregiving Making You Sick?

As a Health Advocate, I often have clients confide in me about the stress they are going through as they take care of their aging parents. Discussions focus on the struggles they experience as they try to still work, take care of their family, and spend time as a caregiver. As I began in 2019, [...]

Why You Should Hire Me As Your Health Advocate

For the last 12 years, I’ve been a caregiver to my aging parents. First, for my dad when he was diagnosed with cancer, and later for my mom when she started developing cognitive changes associated with Alzheimer’s. Can you believe that there are over 34 million unpaid caregivers providing care to someone over the age [...]

When Organizing, Your Personal Documents Matter Most

As we start out the new year you may be seeing many television advertisements enticing you to buy more containers for your stuff. The advertisers try to convince you that if you just had more containers you would be more organized. What typically happens to me is that I buy more containers, accumulate more stuff, [...]

Did You Know That You Might Qualify for SNAP?

At Severino Health Advisors we want to ensure that you are aware of the resources that are readily available to you. That’s why we’re sharing this important information and ask that you pass it along! If you or your loved one fall into the “older Pennsylvanian” category… you might be eligible for the state-sponsored Supplemental [...]

Sue’s Favorite Things: You Get A Gift, You Get A Gift, & You Get A Gift!

Every year Oprah Winfrey announces a list of her favorite things for the holidays. Usually, the items on the list are beautiful super-expensive items that make us all think that we need these things too! In fact, this year’s list has 107 items! Do we really need all of this stuff and would our lives [...]

Death and Taxes!

Benjamin Franklin was famous for saying “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” If we can’t escape death, then why do we cringe when asked if we have planned for our final ending? On Valentine’s Day, 2007, my father passed away during a record-breaking snow and ice storm. [...]

Have you ever considered a retirement community?

A few weeks ago I wrote about meeting with a new client who lived in a continuing care retirement community. She selected this type of living community because her husband had passed away, she doesn’t have any children, and she doesn’t want to be a burden to her remaining nieces and nephews if her health [...]