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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

20 04, 2021

10 Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccine

2021-04-20T13:48:33-04:00April 20th, 2021|Categories: Health|Tags: , , |

Despite the fact that vaccines are the best defense against the further spread of COVID-19, many people are still concerned about the safety and possible side effects.  So, FirstLantic has compiled facts from three of the most reputable sources that are available: The Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  We have put together this list of Myths and Facts to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. Myth 1:  COVID-19 vaccines will interfere with my DNA: Fact:  COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. There are currently two types of COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized and recommended for use in the United States: messenger RNA (mRNA) [...]

30 03, 2021

Carevocacy — Helping Seniors Learn Technology

2021-03-30T12:26:41-04:00March 30th, 2021|Categories: Health, Technology|

Let’s be honest, if you’re over 60, you didn’t grow up with technology at your fingertips.  You certainly didn’t have an iPad to watch cartoons at six years old.  Many of us learned the basics through work or by teaching ourselves.  However, there are still so many tips or tricks that would be helpful to know without having to ask your grandchild.  That’s why Stefano Selorio started his company Carevocacy; to help seniors learn more about technology on their terms.  FirstLantic recently hosted Selorio at their Florida headquarters where he explained how he developed the concept and why it works.   Selorio realized that the pandemic was forcing many older people into social isolation and that technology could help alleviate that.  However, he also knew [...]

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