Fraud affects up to 25 million people per year in the United States alone and older Americans are especially vulnerable. If you are age 60 or older—you are at an increased risk of being a target of con artists who sell fake products and services by email or telephone. The good news is that older Americans are more likely to report fraud which is one of the best ways to stop this abuse. That said, FirstLantic wants to make sure that you are not a victim in the first place. And with tax season right around the corner, it is important to know that the IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. The IRS provides more information on other things to watch out for here >
Spring is almost here! Soon flowers will start to bloom, temperatures will get warmer and you will start to feel like anything is possible. And what better way to begin the season than by sprucing up your finances? We know — you want to get your finances in shape but starting the process can be almost as painful as a new exercise regimen. So, FirstLantic promises to give you some easy tips that will help you and your budget get fit without requiring a lot of sit ups and leg lifts!
There have literally been thousands of articles written about the differences between Baby Boomers and Millennials. The reality is that while it makes a good story, it does not capture the full picture. There are more commonalities than you might think and there are things that both generations can learn from each other. But why should you care? Well, in the same way that many of us complain that our government can’t move forward without the two parties finding some common ground, our society can’t move forward productively without finding some generational commonalities. In the spirit of harmony, FirstLantic challenges some of the misconceptions that both sides have about each other and highlights the areas where they are more alike than not.
Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that you either love or hate. Sure, it’s considered one of the most romantic days of the year when poems are written, flowers are given, and romantic trips are planned. But have you ever heard that famous poetic verse, “Roses are red, Violets are blue, if you don’t buy me something expensive, I might have to move on from you”! What? You’ve never heard that one? Well, that’s because we just made it up, but it does have a certain ring to it. After all, while Americans will spend about 30 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day in 2019, a study by AttorneyFee.com, found that divorce filings also increase by about 18% in February. Now that’s romantic – and FirstLantic has ten other statistics that you may also find interesting about this holiday!
Ageism in Tinseltown
For those of you that saw the film, The Graduate, you can’t help but remember the character that Anne Bancroft played. She spent most of the film seducing a young college graduate played by Dustin Hoffman. The ironic thing is that she was only 36 years old when she played the role of the “middle-aged” mother of Katherine Ross. That’s because 36 was considered middle-aged for actresses back then which almost seems ludicrous now. But have things really changed that much for actresses in Hollywood? With the awards season in full swing, it seems like a timely topic for our FirstLantic blog this week.
Have you ever felt like you were being ignored or dismissed because of your age? Are you tired of all the jokes about how old you are whenever you have a birthday? Sometimes it seems that ageism is the last form of prejudice that is allowed to still propagate in this era of political correctness. But FirstLantic is always proud to recognize those trail-blazers that never let age define them or stand in their way. In our blog this week, we are featuring five amazing authors that all published their first novel after they turned 50. So next time someone thinks it’s funny to make fun of your age, look them straight in the eye and tell them that like fine wine, you are just going to keep getting better.
The dreaded hot flashes, irritability, changes in sleep patterns and weight gain – these are all signs of menopause or perimenopause (pre-menopause). If you are a woman over the age of 40, you may already be experiencing some of these symptoms. If you are a man, don’t stop reading. You could benefit from understanding how hormonal changes can wreak havoc with your loved one’s well-being. Menopause is one of those subjects that hasn’t always been considered a “proper” topic for discussion. Probably because most doctors were male and had no real understanding of how debilitating the effects can be to some women. Fortunately, that is no longer the case and there are numerous places to find information and possible solutions. FirstLantic is here to help by highlighting some natural remedies as well as diving into other options such as hormone replacement therapy.
Firstlantic Healthcare. So, this is the year. The year that you get in shape. The year that you have more energy. The year that you live a happier and more satisfying life. But, how do you get there? Well, FirstLantic is here to help. We have pulled together a list of the hottest fitness trends to make this your healthiest year ever. Are you ready to get started?
From advice on how to keep up with changing technology, to seniors that are living their dream, to new career opportunities, FirstLantic covered a lot of topics that sparked your interest. However, as we looked back on the blogs that got the most attention, we found that it was not only an interesting mix, but there were some that really struck a chord. So, in case you missed them the first time, we present the top blogs of 2018! (Envelope, please) And the winners are….