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The Resilience of Seniors

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s lives in innumerable ways.  However, for many seniors, it has come at a highly vulnerable point in their life.  Seniors are already more susceptible to contagious disease because of decreased immunity and other age-related health issues.   However, add social isolation and anxiety about the health of friends and family, and you have an assumption that seniors would become increasingly depressed. In fact, studies show that the older population has been able to withstand the effects of COVID on their mental health much more than younger people.  For example, in August 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a survey noting that the 933 participants aged 65 years or older reported significantly lower percentages of an anxiety disorder (6.2%), depressive disorder (5.8%), or trauma- or stress-related disorder (TSRD) (9.2%) than participants in younger age groups. According to the report, of the 731 participants aged 18 through 24 years, 49.1% reported anxiety disorder; 52.3%, depressive disorder; and 46%, TSRD. Of the 1911 participants aged 25 through 44 years, 35.3% reported anxiety disorder; 32.5%, depressive disorder; and 36% for TSRD. Of the 895 participants aged 45 through 64 years, 16.1% said anxiety disorder, 14.4% had depressive disorder, and 17.2% had TSRD. Compared with other age groups, older adults also reported lower rates of new or increased substance use and suicidal ideation in the preceding 30 days, with rates of 3% and 2%, respectively. As October is National Depression and Awareness month, wants to draw attention to the severity of the problem for the population as a whole and understand more about how seniors have been more resilient in the face of the pandemic. To get additional insight, interviewed the CEO of Open Mind TeleHealth, Dr. Craig Beach, based on his unique perspective [...]

Celebrating Case Manager Week

If any group of professionals has been tasked with a herculean task, it is certainly those working within the healthcare industry.  From doctors to nurses to case managers, they have been on the front lines risking their own health, working grueling schedules, and dealing with incredible stress.  That’s why it’s so crucial to celebrate these professionals for their contributions.  Case management week which begins on October 11th and continues through the 17th is an opportunity to recognize the importance of this role and to thank them for their dedication.  This year’s theme is Transitions through Care, Expertise, and Integrity and it could not be more appropriate as healthcare professionals try to maneuver within the new reality of a global pandemic. Many people may not even know what case managers do unless you have had the experience of working with one directly.  Their role is to act as patient advocates and oversee the process of care delivered.  They work collaboratively and provide leadership to the health care team from the time that a patient is admitted to the hospital and throughout their treatment and discharge from a hospital or another healthcare facility. These professionals also provide guidance for long-term care, which includes decision-making about important treatment options.  Case managers typically work with patients who require constant, ongoing medical care such as someone who is suffering from cancer or geriatric illnesses.  Their role is to ensure that the patient receives the highest quality care possible. According to, many certified case managers hold a bachelor's degree in nursing, psychology, counseling, or other relevant areas. Some have a master's degree in health, human or education services or a related field or may complement an associate degree in health or human services with a registered nurse license.  To be successful in this role, certified case [...]

How Aging Affects Your Eyesight

Vision loss is a significant health issue among the elderly. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, one in three individuals suffers from some form of vision-reducing eye disease by the age of 65.  The most common causes of vision loss among seniors are glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.  Seniors and their family members must be aware of these conditions, especially since approximately 70 million Americans will be over the age of 65 by the year 2023. FirstLantic wants to make sure you have all the information necessary so that you can spot the signs and get help if necessary.  Here’s what you need to know: How Aging Affects Your Vision Most major eye diseases and conditions are age-related. Research shows that 65 percent of those with visual impairment and 82 percent of those who are blind are over the age of 50.  It's not uncommon for middle-aged adults to notice slight changes to their vision which then progresses over time. For example, between the ages of 41 and 60, changes often occur concerning the eyes' ability to focus. The eye itself is a complex organ made of two clear tissues. As you age, these tissues degenerate. When the lens is affected, cataracts are often the cause, whereas if the retina is affected, the aging process is often accompanied by macular degeneration. Common Eye Conditions to Be Aware of As You Age Dry Eye Around 70 percent of Americans over the age of 60 live with dysfunction of their meibomian glands. These glands produce the protective, oily components of tears. This leads to dry eye, resulting in potential discomfort, pain, and vision impairment. An age-related disease called Fuch's dystrophy is also a potential cause among the elderly. Women are also twice as likely to be affected by dry eye compared to men. [...]

Breast Cancer Awareness – Learn the Facts

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. wants to ensure that you know the facts about this disease because it could save you or a loved one’s life.  Take our short breast cancer quiz and test your knowledge.  Answers are given at the end of the quiz.   1. How many women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime? A. 1 in 20 B. 1 in 10 C. 1 in 8 D. 1 in 5   2. How many women will die from breast cancer this year in the U.S.? A. 2,000 B. 5,000 C. 21,000 D. 43,000   3. Can men get breast cancer? A. Yes B. No   4. Which women under the age of 45 are at the highest risk of breast cancer? A. Asian B. White C. Black D. Native American   5. Approximately, how many new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in the U.S? A. 281,000 B. 53,000 C. 26,000 D. 8,000   6. What percentage of women that are diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of the disease? A. 25% B. 15% C. 10% D. 5%   7. What is the average 5-year survival rate for women in the U.S. diagnosed with localized breast cancer (meaning it has not spread beyond the breast) A. 50% B. 75% C. 85% D. 99%   8. If a woman has a first degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) with a history of breast cancer, how much do her chances of getting breast cancer increase? A. Double B. Triple D. Quadruple   The bottom line is that women that are informed, get detected and treated early have a much higher chance of beating this deadly disease.  And remember if you [...]

September 28th, 2021|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , |

Celebrating Five Hispanic Americans Who Broke Barriers

September 15th to October 15th officially represents Hispanic Heritage Month or Latinx Heritage Month as it is becoming known.  The celebration was initially one week and started by President Johnson to recognize the cultural contributions of Hispanic Americans.  President Reagan later extended it to one month.  With over 62 million people now within the U.S. identifying as part or wholly Hispanic, there could not be a better time to celebrate some of the most influential Hispanics in U.S. history.  While it is impossible to pay tribute to all Latinos who have made substantial contributions, FirstLantic Healthcare wants to recognize five extraordinary people who were first in their fields and given so much to America.   Rita Moreno Rita Moreno is the first Hispanic American woman to win an Academy Award for her performance in West Side Story.   Born in Puerto Rico, Moreno moved to New York when she was five and made her Broadway debut at just 13 years old.  She went on to star in numerous films, TV shows, and Broadway, paving the way for other actresses.  Despite Moreno's success in winning an Academy Award, she often dealt with discrimination in her movie career and was only asked to play stereotypical and insubstantial roles.  She became so frustrated that she took a seven-year hiatus from making movies.  When she eventually came back, she started taking more control of her career and acting in films to play more meaningful roles.  Moreno is only the third person ever to achieve the coveted EGOT, winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award by 1977. In 2019, she added a P to the achievement with a Peabody Award.   Cesar Chavez Chavez was born in Arizona to a Mexican American family and is remembered for his untiring fight for workers’ rights.  The Chavez family [...]

What is bad cholesterol and why does it matter?

We have all heard that having a high cholesterol score is not good for our health.  But you may not know what good and bad Cholesterol is, why it matters and what to do about it if you are in an unhealthy range.  So, in support of National Cholesterol Education Month, FirstLantic wants to do our part to educate on the risks of high Cholesterol and provide some simple steps to get you back on the path to health.  High Cholesterol is a huge problem that affects 102 million Americans over the age of 20.  It can be caused by an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, and exacerbated by smoking.   What is Cholesterol exactly?   Cholesterol is a waxy type of fat or lipid that is used and produced by the body but can also come from animal-based foods and only animal-based food. Most people don't need Cholesterol from food as the body usually produces enough on its’ own.  We need healthy Cholesterol because it helps the cell membranes form layers that protect the contents of the cell by determining what can and cannot enter or leave the cell.   It is also necessary to help digest foods, make certain hormones, and produce Vitamin D.  Cholesterol is produced by the liver, which makes enough of it to ensure that your body can perform these vital functions.  That means that Cholesterol that comes from sources outside the body is not necessary or healthy.  Because Cholesterol cannot mix or dissolve in your blood, it needs the help of lipoproteins to move through your body.  These lipoproteins include:   Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is one of the two main lipoproteins. LDL is often called “the bad cholesterol.” High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the other main lipoprotein. HDL is often called “the good cholesterol.” Very-low-density lipoproteins [...]

September 14th, 2021|Categories: Cooking, Diet, Fitness, Health|Tags: , , |

Get Cooking with These Heart Healthy Recipes

If you missed FirstLantic’s blog last week, we provided some reasons to eat healthier and do your heart a favor.  We also included two easy and nutritious meals to try that take 25 minutes or less to prepare. If you didn’t take it to “heart” last week (pardon the pun), we’re going to give it one more good old-fashioned college try by tempting you with two more delicious recipes.  But first, take this brief quiz and see how well you do.  Click on the hyperlink in each question to get the answer. Which country in the world has the highest life expectancy? A. Switzerland B. Japan C. United States D. Hong Kong, China What percentage of the population in the U.S. has diabetes? A. 2.5% B. 5% C. 10.5% D. 25% Which country has the highest obesity rates in the world? A. Italy B. Mexico C. Canada D. United States What percentage of people with diabetes will die from some sort of heart-related illness? A. 25% B. 40% C. 55% D. 65% Which country in the world is the healthiest? A. Spain B. United States C. Japan D. Denmark Did any of the answers surprise you?  Did they make you realize why switching to a healthier diet is so important?  Now, some of you may be on board with the concept but you’re thinking that it’s going to take more time, or the food is going to be less than appealing.  However, we have two recipes below that are not only delicious but have been validated by The American Heart Association as being good for your heart.  So, no more excuses, let’s get cookin’!   White Bean Tomato and Bruschetta Salad Serves 2-4   2 small tomatoes (diced) OR 16 oz. canned, no-salt-added, diced tomatoes (drained, rinsed) 1 clove fresh, minced garlic [...]

September 7th, 2021|Categories: Cooking, food, Health|Tags: , , |

Treat Your Heart Right with These Healthy Recipes

September is Healthy Aging Month. Whether you're already taking care of yourself and want to maintain that, or you're ready to turn a new leaf, it's never too late to start eating better to protect your heart.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. One person dies every 36 seconds in the U.S. from cardiovascular disease. Heart disease can be linked to obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, and eating oversized portions and unhealthy foods. Maybe if we thought more about what an amazing organ our heart really is, we would treat it better. The fact is that your heart beats about 115,000 times and pumps 2,000 gallons of blood every day. It’s truly a wonderous machine.   In honor of Healthy Aging Month, FirstLantic provides two quick and easy recipes (courtesy of our friends at These are heart-healthy, delicious, and will take you 25 minutes or less to make. So, get cooking, get moving and give your heart a little love!     Miso-Maple Salmon   Ingredients 2 lemons 2 limes ¼ cup white miso 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons maple syrup ¼ teaspoon ground pepper Pinch of cayenne pepper 1 (2 1/2 pound) skin-on salmon fillet Sliced scallions for garnish Directions Step 1 Position rack in the upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Step 2 Juice 1 lemon and 1 lime into a small bowl. Whisk in miso, oil, maple syrup, pepper, and cayenne. Place salmon, skin-side down, on the prepared pan and spread the miso mixture on top. Halve the remaining lemon and lime and arrange around the salmon, cut sides up. Step 3 Broil the salmon just until it flakes with a fork, 7 to 12 minutes. [...]

August 31st, 2021|Categories: Diet, Fitness, Health|Tags: , |

Seniors: Start Planning for Hurricane Season Now

If you've lived in South Florida (or anywhere along the East Coast) for any length of time, you've probably seen more than your share of hurricane forecasts, scary-looking radar images, emergency alerts, evacuations, and property damage. Seniors can find hurricane scenarios especially worrying. If you haven't made proper preparations for hurricane season, now's the time to start, whether you're a senior or you care for a senior who may need extra help during one of these natural disasters. Let's examine some ways careful planning can help keep you and yours safe when the weather turns ugly. The Need for a Hurricane Disaster Plan Hurricanes and Florida seem to have an affinity for each other, and not just South Florida. At least one hurricane has swept the state's coastline every year since 1850. Hurricane season officially starts on June 1 and runs through November. However, an astonishing 90% of all hurricane strikes occur between August 1 and the end of October, making the development of a hurricane disaster plan a must for seniors and their caregivers. Seniors clearly face elevated risks in the face of a natural disaster. Half of the individuals killed by Hurricane Katrina belonged to the 75-and-older age bracket. Reasons for this vulnerability can include tight financial resources, ailments that limit mobility, and relative isolation from friends, family, or neighbors. But even though many seniors would clearly need help in evacuating safely, research shows that less than 25% of seniors actually have a disaster plan in place. The time to put together such a plan is not after the warnings have gone off, but right now. Smart Steps for Senior Safety Fortunately, the creation of a hurricane disaster plan is easier than you might think, as long as you follow specific steps to ensure that your account for every [...]

Ten Simple Steps to Create your Own Will or Trust

Let’s be honest, most of us will procrastinate whenever possible especially if it’s an unpleasant task.  And planning or updating a will or trust is certainly not at the top of most people’s list of entertaining things to do.  Yet, it is one of the most important ways that you can protect your family.  Putting together the right plan can save on taxes, family feuds, hurt feelings, legal costs etc.  Depending on the size of your estate, you may need to hire a lawyer.  However, you can also write your own will or trust with these ten tips from FirstLantic. Determine whether to create a will and/or a trust What is the difference?  A will is a written document expressing a deceased person's wishes, from naming guardians of minor children to bequeathing objects and cash assets to friends, relatives, or charities. A will becomes active only after one's death with the one exception of a living will. A trust is active the day you create it, and a grantor may list the distribution of assets before their death. There are irrevocable trusts, often created for tax purposes, which cannot be altered after their creation, and living trusts, which can be changed by the grantor. Decide whether you need a lawyer You may want to consult an estate planning attorney if you have an extremely complicated financial situation, or you simply want to make sure that you are doing everything correctly.  However, if you want to try doing it on your own, you can take advantage of online templates and guidance using tools such Legal Zoom or Nolo among others. Select beneficiaries This will likely start with your spouse and children and then will branch out to include other relatives or friends.  Make sure that the beneficiaries listed on your financial [...]

August 17th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Financial Decisions|Tags: , , |
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