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FirstLantic Blog – The Path to Outstanding Home Healthcare2020-05-12T08:27:02-04:00

10 Foods that Will Make You Look and Feel your Age

Let’s face it – most of us really don’t want to look precisely our age if we’re over 40.  We don't want to appear 20 years younger either, but we do want to look and feel our best.  We exercise, try to eat our vegetables (and may get an occasional Botox injection), but most of us are probably still eating foods that wreak havoc on our skin without even realizing it.  So, FirstLantic.com has identified a list of foods that could contribute to premature aging so that you can try to eliminate them from your diet entirely or at least cut back substantially.    Trust us; your skin will thank you!   Salt and salty foods: While a little salt doesn’t hurt you, overconsumption of salt will make you look puffy and retain water.  Salt can also dehydrate your skin, so replace salt with herbs such as rosemary and thyme to give more flavor to your food. Sweets: For many of us, cutting back on sugar can be challenging.  However, when people consume more sugar than their cells can synthesize, excess sugar molecules bond with proteins and trigger a process that can affect the skin collagen.  Carl Thornfeldt, a dermatologist with over 30 years of skin research experience, says sugar has two significant effects on the skin—it activates inflammation and binds to the collagen to make the skin stiff. Alcohol: We know that this one is tough as well, especially as most of us are stuck at home trying to protect ourselves from COVID-19!  However, alcohol can affect your liver and prevent it from functioning correctly. If the liver isn't working correctly, it can prevent toxins from being expelled naturally through your body.   If toxins are allowed to build up in your liver, your skin can develop various issues, like acne, sallowness, and wrinkles. Trans [...]

October 6th, 2020|Categories: Aging, Diet|Tags: |

10 Financial Decisions That Will Benefit You Later in Life

It’s a fact that most of us could probably be better at managing our finances.  For example, maybe you don’t need to buy that latte every day when you could just as easily make coffee at home.  That said, there are small bad decisions like the latte and there are much larger bad decisions.  This blog is about making better choices so that you don’t regret it later in life.  FirstLantic wants you to be prepared to not only enjoy your retirement but also to avoid that worry bubble hanging over your head.   Save more – We know that’s not a revolutionary concept but it’s a fact that you will have more if you save more. Many of us don’t have a lot of discretionary income but that doesn’t mean that we can’t find a few dollars to put away every week.  Even if you have to start small, do it.  That means put your money in a company sponsored 401k plan or start an IRA.  And if you’re 50 or over, you can put more aside i.e., $7,000 total in traditional and Roth IRAs ($1,000 more than younger workers) and up to $26,000 in a 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement account ($6,500 more than younger workers). Don’t ignore long term care – While it may not be sexy, you will definitely regret it if you don’t have a plan. Unfortunately, Medicare doesn't cover long-term care.  So, if you have to go into a retirement community or need home healthcare, how are you going to pay for it?  Homecare runs an average of $4,290 per month (depending on amount of care required) and a private room in a nursing home averages $102,200 annually, according to insurance company Genworth. So, the sooner you can start planning for long-term care, the more time you will have [...]

September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Health|

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, FirstLantic.com 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…   FirstLantic.com 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 Mouse.com 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: , |
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