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10 Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Despite the fact that vaccines are the best defense against the further spread of COVID-19, many people are still concerned about the safety and possible side effects.  So, FirstLantic has compiled facts from three of the most reputable sources that are available: The Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  We have put together this list of Myths and Facts to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. Myth 1:  COVID-19 vaccines will interfere with my DNA: Fact:  COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. There are currently two types of COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized and recommended for use in the United States: messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines and a viral vector vaccine. Both mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. However, the material never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. This means the genetic material in the vaccines cannot affect or interact with our DNA in any way. All COVID-19 vaccines work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease. Learn more about how mRNA COVID-19 vaccines work. ​ Learn more about how viral vector vaccines work. Myth 2: I should not get the vaccine if I want to become pregnant: Fact: The COVID-19 vaccine will not affect fertility. The truth is that the COVID-19 vaccine encourages the body to create copies of the spike protein found on the coronavirus’s surface. This “teaches” the body’s immune system to fight the virus that has that specific spike protein on it. Confusion arose when a false report surfaced on social media, saying that the spike protein on this coronavirus was [...]

April 20th, 2021|Categories: Health|Tags: , , |

How to Choose the Right Home Healthcare Provider

One of the most challenging decisions that an aging person’s relative can make is determining if and when to get help with their care and how to choose the right provider.  As hard as it is to decide to get assistance, it can often be the best decision for both of you.  It doesn’t mean that you are abandoning your loved one but rather that you are helping to ensure that they can remain in the comfort of their own home while also staying safe.  However, you must perform your due diligence to make sure that your family member gets the right level of care and that you choose the best provider.   First of all, there are many options regarding the type of help you can get.  Home healthcare can range from aids that assist with daily tasks such as cooking, transportation, and even companionship to skilled nurses who can monitor patients who have medical conditions such as dementia or Alzheimers.  So, whether you need an aid for several hours a day or a full-time nurse, you have options that can meet the specific needs of your loved one.   Once you have determined the type of care that you need and assembled a list of providers, there are questions that you should ask of the home healthcare service as well as other individuals who may know about the provider’s track record. This insight will help you determine which provider is best for your loved one.   How long has the agency been in business? Is the agency licensed by the State? Does the agency meet federal requirements for health and safety? Are employees licensed and insured? What's the agency's Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating? Does the agency service veterans? Does this provider supply literature such as a detailed "Patient Bill of Rights" that outlines the providers, patients, and caregivers' rights and [...]

April 13th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Home Caregivers|

The Benefits of Telemedicine for Seniors

Whether it’s working from home, social distancing, or dealing with virtual education for children, life has been altered dramatically because of COVID-19.   The pandemic has also led to increases in stress and anxiety levels for many adults, including seniors who have found themselves dealing with loneliness due to social isolation. Overall, one in four (24%) adults ages 65 and older reported anxiety or depression in a survey conducted in August 2020.  This rate is substantially higher than the one in 10 (11%) of older adults with Medicare who reported depression or anxiety in 2018 (based on a 2018 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey).  So, how do we ensure that seniors are getting the help and support they need when there are still stay-at-home directives in many places?  Fortunately, telemedicine provides options for receiving care while also remaining safe in one’s own home.  FirstLantic.com explores three other reasons for seniors to take advantage of mental telehealth services and provide guidance on ensuring they feel as comfortable with virtual visits as they do with in-person visits. The first benefit for seniors is obviously convenience.  For some people who may have mobility issues or no longer drive, telemedicine's ease of access is highly beneficial.  And for some older adults, the process of getting to an appointment is not the only problem.  For a person with arthritis, sitting for a certain length of time in a waiting room can be painful. The second benefit is access to specialists.  For seniors that live in rural areas, they may not have local options for specialized care such as psychiatry or therapy.  As Dr. Craig Beach says, “Telepsychiatry and teletherapy can substantially reduce the grossly unequal geographic distribution of health care manpower in addition to greater efficiency and high diagnostic reliability." The third benefit is the comfort of [...]

April 6th, 2021|Categories: covid 19, Mental Wellness, Technology|

Carevocacy — Helping Seniors Learn Technology

Let’s be honest, if you’re over 60, you didn’t grow up with technology at your fingertips.  You certainly didn’t have an iPad to watch cartoons at six years old.  Many of us learned the basics through work or by teaching ourselves.  However, there are still so many tips or tricks that would be helpful to know without having to ask your grandchild.  That’s why Stefano Selorio started his company Carevocacy; to help seniors learn more about technology on their terms.  FirstLantic recently hosted Selorio at their Florida headquarters where he explained how he developed the concept and why it works.   Selorio realized that the pandemic was forcing many older people into social isolation and that technology could help alleviate that.  However, he also knew that some seniors didn’t have the skills to connect through video calls, etc. so came up with the idea while he was in college at NSU Florida.  He then won 5k in a business pitch contest which helped him get his company started.  On top of his $5,000 cash prize, he also received a complimentary membership to NSU’s Broward Center of Innovation which is a public-private partnership between NSU and Broward County.  As Selorio says, “Carevocacy is helping older adults learn about technology through remote live classes so that they can stay connected with their loved ones. We’ve been able to help older adults connect to Zoom (to speak with their grandkids) and allow them to talk to their healthcare provider via telehealth.  The vision was to create a caring culture in healthcare.”   So, how does Carevocacy work?  There are basically three steps.  The first is to speak with one of their team members over the phone so they can find out what you are interested in learning.   Carevocacy then matches you with one [...]

March 30th, 2021|Categories: Health, Technology|

Five Ways Boomers Are Reinventing Retirement

Boomers have always done things their way, so why should it be any different in retirement.  Over 71 million baby boomers make them the second largest generational group right behind Millennials, which number at about 72 million.  They are more educated and diverse than previous generations, and they have a considerable amount of aggregate spending power.  Combined with the fact that they live longer and lead more active lives, they set their own rules for retirement.  Those in the business of catering to seniors will need to evolve their strategy and meet this generation's unique expectations.  FirstLantic explores five ways Boomers are remaking what it means to 'retire.' They are working longer.  Many boomers choose to reinvent themselves by working part-time, consulting, or even starting their own business.  Rather than playing golf at the club full-time, they are finding fulfillment in continuing to work.   Part of this is due to necessity and the fact that they will need income during retirement longer than previous generations.  However, they have also worked hard over their career, and they have the skills to share, so most are not interested in giving that up completely. They are leading active lives. Whether traveling, taking a class, participating in sports, or attending cultural events, this is a generation that does not sit still.  They want to enjoy their golden years by exploring and continuing to learn and grow. Boomers want to age in place. Many want to live in their own home for as long as possible and enjoy life on their own terms.  If they need some assistance, they will most likely hire someone to come in to help with household chores or transportation. They don’t want to be treated like they’re old. Boomers are tired of ageist beliefs and behaviors.  Don't even try to [...]

March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Aging, Careers, Retire, Retirement|Tags: , , |

COVID Can’t Stop Love!

While many things in our lives have changed due to COVID-19, some things haven’t including the need for companionship and love.  And while people usually talk of “young love”, there is no age limit on what the heart wants.  In fact, living with the pandemic has actually encouraged more seniors to take the plunge and some assisted living facilities have even seen an increase in marriages among their residents.  And why not?  “Research shows that socially connected older adults remain healthier and live longer.”   Perhaps the pandemic has made us all realize that connections matter more than we even thought, and there is no time to waste if you find that special one. As Daniel Reingold, president and chief executive of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx said, “Without question” his residents, have been more open to love during the pandemic. “What I’m sensing is not that there’s an increased fear of mortality so much that there’s an increased appreciation for love,” he said. “People realizing, I want to have somebody in my life right now. So, they’re finding each other.”  According to a recent article in the NY Times, the Sexuality Research and Social Policy found that it was “common” for assisted living residents to have a “continued interest in romantic relationships.” However, since assisted living facilities have essentially been in a lockdown mode to avoid the spread of more infections, residents may be even more inclined to find a companion within their home turf.  Without the benefit of outside visits or visitors, they have spent more time getting to know other residents and for some, it has turned into love.   When 91-year-old Sam Gallo and 86-year-old Millie Hathorn got engaged in March 2020, Mr. Gallo wrote a letter explaining his decision to his three children. “Only at death [...]

March 2nd, 2021|Categories: Aging, Romance|

Elder Guardianship – What is it and Why do you need it?

What exactly is an elder guardian, and why would someone need one?  In our blog this week, FirstLantic.com explores how legal guardians are appointed, their obligations, and their role for their clients. As some people age, they get to a point where they’re no longer mentally or physically capable of taking care of themselves.  When a person is deemed incapable of their care, a guardian may be appointed by a court of law.   Elderly guardianship, also known as elderly conservatorship, gives the guardian the authority to make critical decisions for the person (known as the ward) over whom they've been appointed.   Typically, the person has a chronic mental illness like dementia, a developmental disability, or a traumatic brain injury and can no longer decide about their finances, living situation, etc. Generally speaking, the following people or entities can petition a court to designate a guardian: The elderly person A spouse or domestic partner of the elderly person A relative of the elderly person A friend of the elderly person A state or local government agency In many cases, the patient may need care for the remainder of their lives.  In other instances in which someone has a psychological problem that can be managed, a guardian is appointed until such time as the person has gotten the proper medication and/or counseling.  In cases such as this, the guardian will work to resolve the situation as soon as possible. Eventually, the person may regain the ability to take care of their own personal and financial needs. The process of appointing a legal guardian can vary from state to state, but it often involves one or all of the following steps: Petition to the court, usually the probate court, for the appointment of a guardian. Notice sent to the person and their relatives to [...]

February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Aging, Home Caregivers, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , |
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