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10 05, 2022

Five Health Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors

2022-05-10T12:49:06-04:00May 10th, 2022|Categories: Health|

Many of us are aware of the benefits of yoga for mental and physical well-being. But did you know that Tai Chi could be equally beneficial? Tai Chi has been practiced in China for at least three hundred years and is known as a non-competitive martial art that combines gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness. And while not as well-known as its yoga counterpart, Tai Chi is becoming one of the biggest trends in senior fitness. FirstLantic, a home healthcare company devoted to health and wellness, explains why Tai Chi is so curative. Five reasons tai chi is good for seniors Improves balance and flexibility The shifts in body weight that come with performing many tai chi movements help promote better balance. In fact, [...]

21 03, 2022

Ten things to know about Nutrition

2022-03-21T16:06:18-04:00March 21st, 2022|Categories: Cooking, Diet, food, Health, heart health, Nutrition|Tags: , , , , , , |

March is National Nutrition Month!  It’s a time for each of us to focus on our diet and its’ effects on our health and wellbeing.  And it’s also a good opportunity to reflect on how our health affects our loved ones as well.  If you’re not healthy, chances are that you aren’t living life to its’ fullest and it’s probably preventing you from taking advantage of enjoyable activities with friends and family.  So, take this month to regroup, look at your own eating and exercise habits and press the restart button on your health and happiness.  To get you started, FirstLantic Healthcare created this quiz so you can test your knowledge on basic nutrition.  Answers are at the bottom but no peaking! How many glasses [...]

14 02, 2022

Ten Things About the Heart that All Americans Should Know

2022-02-14T12:33:24-05:00February 14th, 2022|Categories: Health, heart disease, heart health|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

There couldn’t be a better month than February to celebrate Heart Health Month although too many of us take this important organ for granted. We’ll give gift of hearts on Valentine’s Day but ignore our own heart health and how it affects us and our loved ones.  So, why not use this February as the starting point for taking care of your heart all year long?  FirstLantic can help you get started.  Take our quiz below and get the facts. Answers are below the quiz but don’t peak! Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. True or False How many people die from heart disease within the U.S. each year? a. 50,000 [...]

8 02, 2022

Hearing Loss and Aging – Know the Signs and Treatments

2022-02-08T01:08:05-05:00February 8th, 2022|Categories: Health, Hearing loss|Tags: , , , , |

Hearing loss is common as we age. In fact, one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Presbycusis or age-related hearing loss usually comes on gradually.   However, difficulty in hearing can also result from other health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, ear infections such as otitis media, and even certain medications. Losing hair cells (sensory receptors in the inner ear) is also a contributing factor. While a loss of hearing makes people feel more socially isolated, it can also be a factor in cognitive decline. Studies show that older adults with hearing problems have a greater risk of developing dementia while memory and concentration decline faster as well. Unfortunately, [...]

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? [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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