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Dementia – Know the Signs and How to Get Help

Finding out that someone you love has dementia can be devastating.  Unfortunately, by the time that most people notice the symptoms, the disease may have already progressed significantly.  However, there are early warning signs that can help you identify if a loved one is suffering so that you can seek treatment sooner as well as ensure that you are better prepared for when the disease gets worse.  In addition, numerous resources exist that provide the most up to date information on clinical research, support groups, and treatment options.   FirstLantic Healthcare has put together the following guide so that you know how to spots the signs of dementia and how to find support if necessary.   Early warning signs:  It’s important to recognize the difference between normal signs of aging versus indicators that may signify a large problem.   For example, if someone forgets a name now and then, that’s probably not an issue, but if a friend or family member is constantly forgetting words, sometimes in mid-sentence, that could be proof of something more serious.  Or if someone exhibits multiple symptoms, it might be time to seek medical advice.  Examples of behaviors associated with dementia include:   Lack of specificity in everyday conversations such as referring to people without using their name or describing events in very general or vague terms could be a sign of covering up forgetfulness. Memory loss that affects day-to-day function such as getting lost in a parking lot or forgetting where household items are stored when they have been in the same place for years. Short term memory loss about recent events or discussions. Difficulty in performing everyday tasks such as having a hard time following directions or taking longer than normal to do things like putting together a grocery list. Losing enthusiasm or interest for [...]

September 8th, 2020|Categories: Health, Mental Wellness|Tags: |

Ten Jobs That Are In Demand Now

If there’s one thing that we have learned about our economy from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that the U.S. is heavily reliant on service jobs.  Restaurants, hotels, casinos, fast food chains, and grocery stores among many others employ millions of people.   Most of these jobs pay hourly rates sometimes making it difficult to do much more than live paycheck to paycheck.  The manufacturing jobs that didn’t require a college degree but paid well enough to live a middle-class lifestyle are mostly gone.  So, what are the best jobs for the next ten years and how do you ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared to thrive in the future?   FirstLantic shares 10 jobs that have higher wages and have the most anticipated growth rates in the next five years.  Not surprisingly, many of these jobs are in the healthcare field.     Physical therapy aide Tasks that physical therapist aides are allowed to do can vary by state. However, they usually are responsible for keeping the treatment area clean and organized, preparing for each patient's therapy, and helping patients as needed in moving to or from a treatment area. Average salary: $33,238 per year   Medical technologist A medical technologist is a highly skilled health professional who tests and analyzes blood, other body fluids, and tissue samples.  They are responsible for operating and maintaining the equipment used to analyze specimens and ensuring that tests are completed in a correct and timely manner.  There are also many other ancillary jobs such as medical equipment operators and people who repair high tech medical equipment. Positions typically require a bachelor’s degree in either medical technology or clinical laboratory science. Average salary: $56,368 per year   Construction worker Construction workers perform a variety of tasks from putting together scaffolding to operating machinery to assisting other workers on site.  Although entry level positions [...]

September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Health|

Six Tips to Help Children Cope with COVID-19 Anxiety

With everything going on in the world, it’s hard for adults not to feel overwhelmed so why would children be any different?  After all, they hear the news and pick up signals from their family and other adults.  But how do you handle your grandchildren’s anxiety if you are feeling the same way?  Well, has six tips that you can use to manage your own feelings of anxiousness and help children cope as well.   1. Stick to a routine As easy as it might be to throw that out the window, routines create structure and certainty which everyone can use right now.  Keep as much of your child’s old routine in place as possible, or start a new one, but either way, try to maintain a schedule.  It’s especially important that meals, bedtime, schoolwork, and playtime occur during the same hours each day.  You can ease up a little on the weekend but try to keep structure during the weekdays.   2. Encourage positive thinking Of course, that’s easier said than done.  However, try some exercises that might help both of you get your minds off of the negative.  Actively look for a positive story to share with each other every day.  Read it out loud together and then ask them to spend a few more minutes writing down what they are thankful for each day.  It could be as simple as being grateful for a sunny day but the act of writing it down and speaking about it will help to elevate the mood.   3. Teach coping mechanisms If children start to feel overwhelmed, encourage them to take a deep breath or sit down and count backward from a 100. The idea is to get them out of the negative zone and get them focused on [...]

August 25th, 2020|Categories: covid 19, Grandchildren|Tags: , |

Keeping Your Grandchild’s Education on Track During COVID-19

The biggest challenge that parents and grandparents are facing right now is how to make sure their children are getting a quality education during COVID-19.  There are no easy answers but luckily, you’re not alone.  Plenty of resources exist to help you navigate this new reality.  There are free or low-cost tools that can help keep children engaged in learning and also provide them with educational and fun activities that can occupy their time.  Weary grandparents everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief… has put together a comprehensive list with some of the most innovative learning applications designed to help you through this difficult time.   Expedition Learn Remember the encyclopedia company, Britannica?  Well, they’re still around, and their business has become digital like most companies these days.  They recently launched a new program which lasts for 12 weeks and uses online activities, games and lessons to teach children ages 5–12 to become independent learners.   There is a nominal one-time charge of $29.95.  You can learn more here.   ABC For a small fee of $9.95 per month, you can enroll children in a complete online curriculum for kids 2 to 8.   The program consists of over 850 lessons and 10 Levels with more than 10,000 Individual Learning Activities.  For more information, click here.   Arcademics This organization provides a free basic service as well as a paid service for as low as $5.00 per month per student.  They combine the excitement of video games with educational content to produce a high rate of learning through exciting, focused challenges.  To sign up, click here.   Class Dojo Students can showcase and share their learning by adding photos and videos to their own portfolios and share these moments with their grandparents and parents.   Sign up here.   MathGames Award-winning website provides [...]

Dating in the Time of COVID-19

Remember that famous novel, Love in the Time of Cholera?  Well, this blog is sort of about the same thing except it’s not necessarily about love and it has nothing to do with Cholera.  So, it really isn’t the same story exactly, however, dating is involved which could lead to love.  And if love does evolve, we could always change the name to Love During the Time of COVID-19, although that title may not necessarily appeal to a mass audience.  Anyway, we digress.  Our FirstLantic blog this week is about dating during a pandemic, staying safe while dating, and some tips on how you still might be able to find “the one.” Number 1 – Test the Waters If you are like many people, your first exposure to someone new is through a dating app.  Once you actually find someone interesting, the second step is usually to meet face to face.  Of course, that’s way more complicated that it used to be.  So, you might need to find out the other person’s idea of an appropriate meeting.  You can start with a simple question like, “What’s your definition of social distancing” which usually does the trick.   Some people think that social distancing is no physical contact on a first date whereas someone else may not want to meet in person at all.  Luckily, some dating apps will do the work for you.  For example, Bumble now allows its users to add a badge to their profiles that signifies what kind of dates they’re comfortable with: virtual, socially distanced or socially distanced with a mask. Once you have determined what the threshold for a meeting actually is, then you can decide next steps. Number 2 – What to do, what to do? So, if you aren’t ready to meet in person yet, [...]

August 11th, 2020|Categories: Aging, Loneliness and Isolation|Tags: , |

Five Reasons You Should Think About Long Term Care Insurance

70% of people turning 65 can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives. 90% of those who receive long-term care assistance live at home or in a community setting. These stats are pretty sobering and yet most of us are not really prepared to have to pay for outside help for 10 or possibly 20 years during retirement.  In fact, many people believe assisted living is covered by Medicare.  57% of people surveyed said they plan to rely on Medicare to help pay for any senior care they might need.   However, while Medicare is available to help with short-term personal health coverage or pharmaceuticals, it is not available to pay for assisted living in most cases.  And Medicaid is only available to those who have depleted all of their assets.  In that same survey, 61% of respondents thought they would rely on Social Security to cover assisted living or other long-term care costs.  The reality is that most social security benefits will not be enough to cover all of the costs especially if you live in a metropolitan area like New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles.   So, how do you pay for home care or an assisted living facility?  For many people who have spent their whole lives saving for retirement, long-term care could wipe out their nest egg in a matter of a few years.  After all, according to a National Center for Assisted Living report, the median cost for assisted living in the United States is about $4,000 per month or $48,000 annually.   If you lived in a facility for five 10 years, that is almost 250k for one person.  In addition, there are usually upfront fees required when you move in and additional charges for certain hospitality or care services.   Long term care [...]

August 4th, 2020|Categories: Health|

Male Menopause – Fact or Fiction?

It wasn’t that long ago that many women found the subject of menopause to be taboo.  It was bad enough to deal with the side effects but the stigma of it was almost as difficult to acknowledge.  Luckily, society is more open about the topic now which has been a relief for many women who suffered in silence.  But, what about “man”opause or andropause which describes age-related changes in male hormone levels?   Well, it turns out that although there are significant differences in the way men and women experience the aging process, there are some similarities such as reduced energy, mood swings, lack of sexual drive, insomnia and irritability.   However, because these changes happen more gradually for men, they often can be overlooked or ignored completely.  FirstLantic explores some of the potential causes and ways to diagnose the exact nature of the problem. Causes of Andropause: A man's testosterone levels decline on average about 1% a year after age 40.  However, while testosterone levels lower naturally with age, a more drastic reduction can be caused from diabetes, high blood pressure, lack of exercise or alcohol consumption.  The reality is that all men will experience lowering levels of testosterone with age, but it can be more pronounced for some men and lead to some of the side effects that we mentioned earlier. There is also the psychological impact of growing older.  Men may start to feel less virile or attractive or they may be concerned about professional milestones that were missed which can lead to depression and in turn can trigger andropause.   Many men also have a hard time asking for help as they age because it makes them feel less in control.  These feeling are not unusual but for some people it becomes almost paralyzing. Diagnosis and Treatment: If you [...]

July 21st, 2020|Categories: Health|
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