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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 [...]

28 09, 2021

Breast Cancer Awareness – Learn the Facts

2021-09-28T11:32:39-04:00September 28th, 2021|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , |

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer.  FirstLantic.com wants to ensure that you know the facts about this disease because it could save you or a loved one’s life.  Take our short breast cancer quiz and test your knowledge.  Answers are given at the end of the quiz.   1. How many women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime? A. 1 in 20 B. 1 in 10 C. 1 in 8 D. 1 in 5   2. How many women will die from breast cancer this year in the U.S.? A. 2,000 B. 5,000 C. 21,000 D. 43,000   3. Can men get breast cancer? A. Yes B. No   4. Which women [...]

14 09, 2021

What is bad cholesterol and why does it matter?

2021-09-14T16:40:24-04:00September 14th, 2021|Categories: Cooking, Diet, Fitness, Health|Tags: , , |

We have all heard that having a high cholesterol score is not good for our health.  But you may not know what good and bad Cholesterol is, why it matters and what to do about it if you are in an unhealthy range.  So, in support of National Cholesterol Education Month, FirstLantic wants to do our part to educate on the risks of high Cholesterol and provide some simple steps to get you back on the path to health.  High Cholesterol is a huge problem that affects 102 million Americans over the age of 20.  It can be caused by an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, and exacerbated by smoking.   What is Cholesterol exactly?   Cholesterol is a waxy type of fat or lipid [...]

7 09, 2021

Get Cooking with These Heart Healthy Recipes

2021-09-07T11:39:47-04:00September 7th, 2021|Categories: Cooking, food, Health|Tags: , , |

If you missed FirstLantic’s blog last week, we provided some reasons to eat healthier and do your heart a favor.  We also included two easy and nutritious meals to try that take 25 minutes or less to prepare. If you didn’t take it to “heart” last week (pardon the pun), we’re going to give it one more good old-fashioned college try by tempting you with two more delicious recipes.  But first, take this brief quiz and see how well you do.  Click on the hyperlink in each question to get the answer. Which country in the world has the highest life expectancy? A. Switzerland B. Japan C. United States D. Hong Kong, China What percentage of the population in the U.S. has diabetes? A. 2.5% [...]

31 08, 2021

Treat Your Heart Right with These Healthy Recipes

2021-08-31T12:58:33-04:00August 31st, 2021|Categories: Diet, Fitness, Health|Tags: , |

September is Healthy Aging Month. Whether you're already taking care of yourself and want to maintain that, or you're ready to turn a new leaf, it's never too late to start eating better to protect your heart.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. One person dies every 36 seconds in the U.S. from cardiovascular disease. Heart disease can be linked to obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, and eating oversized portions and unhealthy foods. Maybe if we thought more about what an amazing organ our heart really is, we would treat it better. The fact is that your heart beats about 115,000 times and pumps 2,000 gallons of blood every day. It’s truly a wonderous machine.   [...]

24 08, 2021

Seniors: Start Planning for Hurricane Season Now

2021-08-24T11:09:38-04:00August 24th, 2021|Categories: Health, Hurricane, Safety|Tags: , , , , |

If you've lived in South Florida (or anywhere along the East Coast) for any length of time, you've probably seen more than your share of hurricane forecasts, scary-looking radar images, emergency alerts, evacuations, and property damage. Seniors can find hurricane scenarios especially worrying. If you haven't made proper preparations for hurricane season, now's the time to start, whether you're a senior or you care for a senior who may need extra help during one of these natural disasters. Let's examine some ways careful planning can help keep you and yours safe when the weather turns ugly. The Need for a Hurricane Disaster Plan Hurricanes and Florida seem to have an affinity for each other, and not just South Florida. At least one hurricane has swept [...]

10 08, 2021

Seniors Going For Gold!

2021-08-10T13:56:59-04:00August 10th, 2021|Categories: Diet, Fitness, Health|Tags: , , |

For the Olympic athletes that competed in Tokyo, the games are now over.  However, athletes over 50 planning to compete in the “Senior Olympics” haven't even begun.  That's because their event was canceled due to concerns around COVID.  For these competitors, their moment will have to wait until 2022, when it’s expected to occur in Florida.   However, while the senior games do not lack a competitive spirit, they were initially started with a higher purpose: namely, to inspire older Americans to stay healthy and fit.   And the athletes that participate should be an inspiration for all of us to get moving.  Quite a few are in their 80s and 90s, and they're not planning on slowing down anytime soon.  So, if you think you have [...]

4 08, 2021

Ways to Stay Safe and Beat the Heat of Summer

2021-08-04T06:14:47-04:00August 4th, 2021|Categories: Health|

When dealing with the heat of the summer months, it can be riskier for seniors. As you age, you can become dehydrated more easily than younger people. However, there are ways to continue to enjoy the lifestyle your accustomed to while staying safe. FirstLantic has some tips for beating the heat!   Make Sure to Drink Enough Water One of the ways that all of us can stay healthier and safer during the summer months is to make sure we are drinking plenty of water. However, for seniors, it is even more critical.  Home healthcare workers or friends, or family that take care of seniors should ensure they have access to water at all times and that they're drinking more than usual.  Also, seniors should avoid [...]

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 [...]

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