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Travel and Shopping Perks for Seniors

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 24, 2018 10:39:10 AM / by FirstLantic posted in senior discounts, senior perks, senior education, senior travel

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Part one in a three part series

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Three Seniors That Don’t Let Age Hold Them Back

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2018 1:34:31 PM / by FirstLantic posted in seniors learn new skills, senior stories, aging population, senior running, senior painting

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What do an artist, a long-distance runner and a body builder all have in common? For starters, they are all women at the top of their game and they are all over 80 years young. While some of us act old at 30, other people manage to keep their spirit young throughout their entire life and they don’t let their age define them. The three women that are profiled here not only are amazing at what they do but they achieved their success later in life proving that it is never too late to be your best self!

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Senior Brain Power—Tips for Staying Sharp

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by FirstLantic posted in senior brain exercise, sharpening your brain, senior learning, smart seniors, stimulating your brain

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What was the name of that Italian restaurant again?

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Four Ways for Seniors to Learn a New Skill

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 3, 2018 9:34:25 AM / by FirstLantic posted in senior learning, senior knowledge, seniors learn new skills

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While there are many benefits of retirement, there are also some adjustments that many people need to make in order to transition to this next phase of life. While most of us do not miss the stress that came along with our careers, we do miss the mental stimulation. There is also less social interaction when you don’t go to an office every day. However, instead of dwelling on the downsides, think of all the things you have always wanted to do but never got around to doing. Remember that art history class that you wanted to take but never had time? Or what about when you wanted to learn how to make the perfect lasagna or become a wine connoisseur?

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Five Ways for Seniors to Share Their Unique Story

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2018 1:45:00 PM / by FirstLantic posted in senior memories, senior stories, senior personal history, senior photos

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Memories are forever but only if you share them with others! Why not make a permanent record of your personal history through photos, journals or recordings that you can give to your children and grandchildren? There are some easy ways that you can create a gift for yourself (and for others) that will not only be personal but long lasting as well. Here are some tips for getting started:

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Ageism and How to Eliminate It

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2018 7:30:00 AM / by FirstLantic posted in ageism, age discrimination, retirement, aging population

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We are finally eliminating some of the prejudices associated with race, gender and sexual orientation.  Yet, ageism is alive and well and there doesn’t seem to be any moral outrage against it.  Our cultural and structural disregard for older populations “is almost the last prejudice that we are allowed to have.” says Kathryn Lawler, the director of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging.   This is ironic considering that aging is a universal human experience for those of us lucky enough to have the opportunity to grow older.   

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Extending the Senior Vote Beyond the Polls

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 12, 2018 2:31:01 PM / by FirstLantic posted in how to help a senior be more social, senior activism, senior voting

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While Americans 65 and older are the most active demographic group politically with 60% of eligible voters going to the polls, that still means that 40% are not voting.   As we age, it is important to be aware of how public policy affects us and the ways that we can get involved.  

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Three Reasons Why Having a Pet Is the Best Medicine

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 5, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by FirstLantic posted in pets helping seniors emotional health, senior stress, senior loneliness, senior animal lovers

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In 2017, 68 percent of all households in the United States owned pets, up from 56 percent in 1988. For fellow animal lovers, the reason why is obvious – unconditional love. But many people don’t realize that there are also other benefits that are validated by numerous research studies. Animals can have a positive effect on our social lives, our health and our overall emotional well- being. For seniors, there is no better way to decrease loneliness and stress than to have a pet in their home. Whether you live independently or in an assisted living facility, the best medicine can be named Fido or Miss Kitty.

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Three Benefits that Seniors Receive from Giving Back

[fa icon="calendar'] May 29, 2018 4:28:55 PM / by FirstLantic posted in voluteering, volunteering benefits for older adults, senior volunteer opportunities, senior independence

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How Volunteering Can Improve Your Quality of Life

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In-home care or assisted living, what’s right for you?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 21, 2018 4:45:27 PM / by FirstLantic posted in assisted living, home caregivers, Care Facilities, South Florida, at home health, independent living

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For many seniors, there comes a time when they need a little extra help and have to decide whether to stay in their own home vs. moving into an independent or assisted living community.  There are benefits to both so it’s really important to determine what you need and then weigh the cost benefits as well as your personal lifestyle preferences. Here are three main things to consider:

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Downsizing: Making More Time for The Important Things

[fa icon="calendar'] May 15, 2018 4:53:15 PM / by FirstLantic posted in Senior downsizing, senior moving

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Whether you are downsizing because of a move or simply to unclutter your life, there are definitely some tangible benefits that can come from the process.  Sometimes we end up spending more time taking care of “our things” than ourselves or our friends and family.  When you remove some of those obstacles, you have time to focus on what is really important. Here are three positives that can come from downsizing:

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Three Moving Tips for Seniors

[fa icon="calendar'] May 7, 2018 6:06:49 PM / by FirstLantic posted in Help Seniors, Help Older Adults, Elderly Care Transitions, Senior Transition, senior moving

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 Moving, as anyone can attest to, is not fun.  Whether you are downsizing into a smaller home or condo or moving into a retirement community, it can be hard work both emotionally and physically.  However, there are things that you can do prior to your move that will make it a lot easier.

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