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19 10, 2021

The Resilience of Seniors

2021-10-19T11:25:56-04:00October 19th, 2021|Categories: Aging, mental health, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

11 10, 2021

Celebrating Case Manager Week

2021-10-11T22:56:00-04:00October 11th, 2021|Categories: Aging, assisted living, CaseWorkers, Health, Nursing|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

5 10, 2021

How Aging Affects Your Eyesight

2021-10-05T16:03:03-04:00October 5th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Eye Sight, Health, Vision|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

17 08, 2021

Ten Simple Steps to Create your Own Will or Trust

2021-08-17T21:38:27-04:00August 17th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Financial Decisions|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

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 [...]

25 05, 2021

Foster Care for Seniors

2021-05-25T16:36:03-04:00May 25th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Home Caregivers, Loneliness and Isolation, Retirement|

We have all heard about foster care for children or teens, but you may not know that there are similar programs for seniors or adults with disabilities.   These group homes enable a person to live somewhat independently while also receiving the care they require in a smaller and more intimate setting.  FirstLantic explores the topic further and provides advice on choosing the best living option for yourself or a loved one. What is adult foster care?  An adult foster home must be licensed by the local or state Department of Family Services or Office of Housing and Adult Services and supervised by a licensed professional in foster care.   An adult foster care home will likely have a house manager, house parents, counselors, social workers, and [...]

4 05, 2021

Addressing Mental Health Must be a U.S. Priority

2021-05-04T13:55:33-04:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Health, Loneliness and Isolation, mental health|

Several days ago, President Biden reconfirmed May as National Mental Health Awareness Month for 2021.  In his announcement, the President also acknowledged that the “COVID-19 pandemic has not only negatively impacted many people’s mental health but has also created barriers to treatment’.   He explained that mental illness was on the rise even before Covid and that we need to treat this as a public health crisis as over 52 million Americans experienced some form of mental illness in 2019.    Mental illness is not limited to adults either. Over 10% of youth reported severe depression.  And many of the people living on the streets are affected by mental illness as well. This mental health crisis did not happen overnight but began when funding was cut for [...]

13 04, 2021

How to Choose the Right Home Healthcare Provider

2021-04-13T10:52:22-04:00April 13th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Home Caregivers|

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 [...]

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