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18 01, 2022

Seven Ways that Seniors Can Combat Isolation and Loneliness

2022-01-18T13:02:27-05:00January 18th, 2022|Categories: Aging, Loneliness and Isolation|Tags: , , , |

Senior isolation and loneliness have become a crisis.  With a global pandemic raging for almost two years forcing us to isolate as much as possible, it's not hard to understand why so many people feel lonely right now. However, it can be incredibly challenging for seniors. Nearly one-third live alone and are encouraged to avoid outside social contact entirely. And loneliness is not something that hurts us emotionally; it can also lead to health problems.   According to a study conducted by Brigham Young University, loneliness can be as deadly as smoking or obesity by complicating existing conditions, encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle, and affecting cognition. It can even increase the chances of Alzheimer’s disease. A study conducted by the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging reported that the [...]

11 01, 2022

Debunking the Myths About Home Health Care

2022-01-13T16:41:58-05:00January 11th, 2022|Categories: Aging, assisted living, Dementia, Health, Home Caregivers|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you or your loved one fully understand how home healthcare works?  Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions. FirstLantic wants to help you make the best possible decision for care. Take their short quiz below to test your knowledge and ensure you have the facts.  Answers are provided at the end.   Home Healthcare Aides (HHA) always live in the home of their clients. True or False Home Healthcare services can include which of the following? Medication management Light household chores Transportation to appointments Companionship All of the above 3. Home Healthcare is often more expensive than assisted living. True or False 4. Home care is only for patients who have been recently discharged from rehab or a hospital. True or False 5. Home care is [...]

4 01, 2022

The Best Way to Build a Strong Bond with Your Home Healthcare Provider

2022-01-13T16:57:34-05:00January 4th, 2022|Categories: Health, Home Caregivers|Tags: , , , , , |

  Home health aides and caregivers provide invaluable services. They ensure that older adults who need support can get the care they need at home. Depending on their client's needs, they can assist with medication management, personal hygiene, light housekeeping, transportation, and more.   And they become a much-needed resource so that children and other relatives can feel comfortable that their loved one is receiving the best care possible. That's why it’s so crucial to not only find the right person but build a strong partnership based on mutual trust and respect. Learn more from FirstLantic Healthcare on the best ways to make that connection with your caregiver. Communication Communication is the key to any good relationship, so why would it be different with a caregiver? [...]

27 12, 2021

How to Get Your Finances Back on Track After the Holidays

2022-01-13T17:05:54-05:00December 27th, 2021|Categories: #holidays, #Stess, Budgets, Credit card debt, Debt-free, Financial Decisions|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Grinch may not have stolen Christmas, but it might feel like he stole your wallet!  Research shows that the average American will spend $835.00 on gifts this year, and that does not include the extras like decorations, food, and of course, the blinking sweater.  So, if you are starting to panic about January, read on as FirstLantic (with help from NerdWallet) has some great tips for getting back your financial footing after the holidays. Stay positive Recognize that you can get back on track if you have a plan and stick to it.  The most important thing is to act.  Don’t bury your head in the sand and think the money will fall from the sky (although it would be nice if it did)! [...]

20 12, 2021

How to Determine If Your Parents Need Help

2021-12-20T13:37:52-05:00December 20th, 2021|Categories: #holidays, #Stress, Aging, assisted living, Holidays|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The U.S. population is aging quickly.  In fact, by 2050, the number of people that are 65 or older is expected to double.  That means significant implications for our society and families.  Many adult children are already helping their parents either financially or with other support.  But how do you know when your parents need more help than you can provide?  And how do you get them to accept that?  While spending time with your parents over the holidays, it’s a good opportunity to look for signs that they need assistance—FirstLantic guides you on things to look for and how to approach a discussion that could be difficult. Watch for significant changes in behavior. Were your parents highly organized, and now you find bills piling [...]

13 12, 2021

How to Make Your Holidays Stress-Free

2021-12-13T16:56:47-05:00December 13th, 2021|Categories: #holidays, #Stess, Celebrations, Mindset|Tags: , , , , , |

For some of us, the holidays can be the best time of the year. For others, it’s one big stress-induced season.   But does it have to be?  Why do we let something that should be joyful turn into something that gives us anxiety?   One reason is that many of us put too much pressure on ourselves to have the perfect Norman Rockwell image of a holiday.  In fact, a survey conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that the holidays contributed to feeling sad or dissatisfied for many of those surveyed.  68 percent reported feeling financially strained, 63 percent said there was too much pressure, and 57 percent said they had unrealistic expectations.   So, let's try turning that around this year.  Let's try some [...]

6 12, 2021

You’re Only as Young as You Feel

2021-12-06T22:29:10-05:00December 6th, 2021|Categories: Growth Mindset, Health, mental health, Mental Wellness, Mindset|Tags: , , , , |

  We have all heard the old adage that it’s all in your head.  But what if it really is?  What if your mindset could literally change your life for the better?  Well, the reality is that it can.  At least the right attitude can.  Scientists have done a vast amount of research on how the mind affects the body.  And it becomes even more critical as you age.   And that’s when that other cliché turns out to be correct as well; “you’re only as old as you feel."   In fact, studies have shown that people with a positive mindset about aging live on average 7.5 years longer than those without because attitude affects happiness, health, the speed of the aging process, and even how long [...]

23 11, 2021

New Takes on Old Holiday Recipes

2021-11-23T13:07:54-05:00November 23rd, 2021|Categories: Celebrations, Entertainment, food, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Thanksgiving is always a special time of year. It officially starts the holiday season providing an opportunity to get together with family and friends.  And after the difficulty in traveling in 2020 due to COVID, it’s especially meaningful this year.  But while you’re looking forward to the holiday, you might also be struggling with what to cook.  Well, what about putting a new spin on some holiday classics?  FirstLantic found three iconic recipes from our neighbors in the states of Hawaii, Missouri, and New Hampshire courtesy of Eat This, Not That. These dishes are sure to please even the pickiest eater.   So, let’s get cookin’ and eatin’! Brown Sugar and Pineapple Roasted Acorn Squash with Spiced Brown Butter Ingredients 2 acorn squashes cut into wedges; [...]

15 11, 2021

Why Insomnia Increases as We Age

2021-11-15T14:12:48-05:00November 15th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Health, Insomnia, mental health, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Do you ever wish you could literally sleep like a baby again?  Sleep does not come easy for many of us, and it becomes even more problematic as we age.  Of course, that's not true for everyone, like my husband snoring next to me as I write this.  However, it is a fact that the older we get, the more problems we have falling asleep and staying asleep.  In fact, researchers estimate that between 40% and 70% of older adults have chronic sleep issues, and up to half of those cases may go undiagnosed.  So why do sleep patterns change as we age, and what can we do about it? Changes in Circadian Rhythm There are many theories as to why sleep patterns change the [...]

9 11, 2021

Home Care Benefits for Senior Veterans

2021-11-09T11:27:13-05:00November 9th, 2021|Categories: Aging, assisted living, Financial Decisions, Home Caregivers, Loneliness and Isolation, Retirement, Veterans|Tags: , |

Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th to remember the sacrifices of those who served in the military protecting our freedoms.   As Americans, we owe them and their families a huge debt of gratitude and respect.  That's why no Veteran should ever have to worry about receiving proper care as they age.  Although Vets are used to giving to others, they may require help as they get older.  Home care is one of the best options as it allows Vets to remain safely in their homes while maintaining as much independence as possible.  Fortunately, there are various types of home healthcare services available, so you can find the one that best suits you or a loved ones’ needs. Telehealth Operated by the U.S. Department of [...]

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