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27 07, 2021

Battling Age Discrimination of Older Workers

2021-07-27T15:50:04-04:00July 27th, 2021|Categories: Health|

So, many of us have heard the term “fat-shaming” which basically means people (mostly women) are made to feel bad about their weight.  It often happens online where trollers say horrible things while hiding behind their computer screens.  Thankfully, over the last few years, this practice has encouraged consumers and businesses to take a stand and start advocating that women should be proud of their bodies regardless of their size.  This is progress. But what about “age-shaming”?  Making people feel “less than” because they are older (especially women) is the one form of discrimination that no one seems to talk about.   Let’s look at careers for example.  Why aren’t businesses actively trying to recruit older women and men?  Many organizations are now struggling to find [...]

20 07, 2021

How Seniors Can Overcome Anxiety

2021-07-20T10:01:10-04:00July 20th, 2021|Categories: Health, mental health, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , |

Anxiety is a common mental health problem for many different age groups. And some seniors, who face issues such as deteriorating health, financial concerns, and limited mobility, can be even more susceptible to anxiety. Plus, add the fact that seniors are very vulnerable to COVID-19, further aggravating the feelings of worry and stress. To help alleviate those concerns, FirstLantic.com offers some practical ways to help seniors overcome anxiety. Cultivate a Strong Social Network Increased isolation, especially during a pandemic, could exacerbate anxiety and loneliness. Some seniors even have to contend with limited mobility and losing loved ones, making it very hard to feel part of a community. With states and cities now opening up restrictions, seniors should take advantage of interacting with other members of [...]

13 07, 2021

Staying Active: Hobby Adaptations for Senior Lifestyles

2021-07-13T13:39:18-04:00July 13th, 2021|Categories: Health|

Arthritis isn’t kind to knitters, and knee replacements can knock out a lifelong badminton career. Seniors often abandon hobbies they love as their physical abilities decline. The problem is that this is a slippery slope — research shows that involvement in leisure activities makes us happier and healthier. Getting older doesn’t have to mean the end of favorite activities. Whether you want to help your parents enjoy their retirement, or you want to keep doing what you love, the options are there. Making Your Hobbies Work  It’s not realistic to think that the way you do things won’t change as you age. Slowing down, failing eyesight or hearing, and injuries can put a dent in anyone’s enthusiasm for their activities. For most hobbies, though, there’s a way to continue participating in them as a [...]

6 07, 2021

Can Traditional Herbal Medicine Help with the Treatment of Dementia?

2021-07-06T14:05:52-04:00July 6th, 2021|Categories: Dementia, Mental Wellness|

As our population ages, the cases of dementia will exponentially rise.  Although dementia is not limited to older people, it is most often associated with the elderly.  However, there is growing concern at the rapid rise of diagnosed cases of people between the ages of 40 and 60.  Dementia encompasses a group of clinical symptoms affecting memory, thinking, and social abilities and is characterized by progressive impairment of memory performance and cognitive functions.  Globally, it is estimated that around 50 million people are currently living with dementia.  The factors that contribute to dementia are aging, brain ischemia, toxin exposure, and oxidative stress.  Unfortunately, although there has been some progress in medication development, most prescriptions provide a temporary reprieve at best and also have many negative [...]

29 06, 2021

How Technology Can Help Remote Caregivers

2021-06-29T07:40:51-04:00June 29th, 2021|Categories: Health|

Taking care of loved ones can be incredibly stressful especially when they happen to be your parents.  For the majority of your life, they were your anchor and your guide and now you find that the roles have reversed.  To add to the emotional complexity, there is physical distance.  So, how can you possibly come up with a care plan when you don’t live in close proximity?  Fortunately, technology is making remote care-giving possible. FirstLantic has put together a list of eight monitoring tools that will help you sleep more soundly knowing that your parents are safe.   GPS trackers: Bracelets, watches, and apps can all be used to monitor a senior’s safety and monitor their activity while at home or traveling.   For a list [...]

22 06, 2021

Planning Healthcare and Life Transitions for Seniors

2021-06-22T14:53:57-04:00June 22nd, 2021|Categories: Aging, Home Caregivers|

Are you concerned about the cost of care? Do you need an advocate when you are in a hospital or nursing home for rehabilitation? Do you understand how or when you can access long-term Medicaid benefits in Florida? Will your long-term care policy coverage be enough?   These are common questions that patients and their families struggle to answer, oftentimes amidst a medical or care crisis. This is why FirstLantic Healthcare put together a specialized team of experts to guide patients and families through the complex maze of health and long-term care, offering help and answers when they are needed most.    Meet Kelly Wilson, FirstLantic’s Director of Senior Solutions, who leads the team. Kelly’s extensive personal and professional experience – paired with her in-depth knowledge of long-term care, [...]

15 06, 2021

Things to Consider When Choosing Between Home Healthcare or Assisted Living

2021-06-15T10:13:15-04:00June 15th, 2021|Categories: Aging, assisted living, Retirement|Tags: , , |

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 important to determine what you need and then weigh the cost benefits and your personal lifestyle preferences. Here are the main things to consider: Requirements for assistance The first consideration is deciding on the type of services that you need. Do you simply require some help with household chores and/or meals or do you need full-time assistance because of medical needs? Is your home still manageable or has it become too much to handle because of size, layout or accessibility to doctors, stores, family, [...]

8 06, 2021

Ten Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy

2021-06-08T10:58:53-04:00June 8th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Health, mental health|

Do you veg out in front of the TV too much?  Do you eat a lot of junk food?  Do you focus on the negative?  If so, you might want to change some of your habits, as these have all been linked to brain decline.  That’s right, not only is lack of activity and eating poorly bad for your waistline, but it also can be detrimental for your brain.  As a home healthcare company, FirstLantic is concerned about the well-being of others, and we want to make sure that you know how to take care of yourself both physically and mentally.  June is also Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month so read on for a list of 10 things that you can do to keep your [...]

19 05, 2021

Celebrating Three Pioneers in Nursing

2021-05-19T12:33:33-04:00May 19th, 2021|Categories: Health, Nursing|Tags: , , , |

The COVID-19 pandemic put many essential workers on the frontlines, but few were exposed to the dangers as the nurses working directly with patients.   We owe them a huge debt of gratitude for putting their lives at risk to help others. May 6 through May 12 was officially Nurses Week for 2021, but one week is hardly enough to celebrate our gratitude.  FirstLantic, as a healthcare organization, is honored to have some of the most dedicated nurses working tirelessly on behalf of our patients.   So, in this blog, we celebrate them and recognize three other American nurses who were pioneers in improving patient care. Dorothea Dix Dorothea Lynde Dix (April 4, 1802 – July 17, 1887) spent 40 years of her life lobbying for mental health care. [...]

11 05, 2021

12 Tips to Optimize the Mind-Body Connection

2021-05-11T07:04:40-04:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Diet, Health, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , |

In our FirstLantic blog last week, we tackled the serious issue of the rise in mental illness within the U.S. and steps that need to be taken to combat the meteoric rise.  Continuing this theme in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted to offer some practical steps that we can all take to keep ourselves mentally and physically fit.  We caught up with Dr. Markus Ploesser, a Psychiatrist who is certified in Integrative Medicine and an anti-aging expert.  He offers us twelve tips for healthier nutrition. In his work, he implements the Walsh Institute’s advanced nutrient therapy methods to improve overall health. So, take it from the doctor and apply these best practices to optimize your mind-body connection.   Stop drinking sweets Regular [...]

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