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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 [...]

6 07, 2021

Can Traditional Herbal Medicine Help with the Treatment of Dementia?

2021-07-06T14:05:52-04:00July 6th, 2021|Categories: Dementia, Mental Wellness|

As our population ages, the cases of dementia will exponentially rise.  Although dementia is not limited to older people, it is most often associated with the elderly.  However, there is growing concern at the rapid rise of diagnosed cases of people between the ages of 40 and 60.  Dementia encompasses a group of clinical symptoms affecting memory, thinking, and social abilities and is characterized by progressive impairment of memory performance and cognitive functions.  Globally, it is estimated that around 50 million people are currently living with dementia.  The factors that contribute to dementia are aging, brain ischemia, toxin exposure, and oxidative stress.  Unfortunately, although there has been some progress in medication development, most prescriptions provide a temporary reprieve at best and also have many negative [...]

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 [...]

6 04, 2021

The Benefits of Telemedicine for Seniors

2021-04-06T13:05:18-04:00April 6th, 2021|Categories: covid 19, Mental Wellness, Technology|

Whether it’s working from home, social distancing, or dealing with virtual education for children, life has been altered dramatically because of COVID-19.   The pandemic has also led to increases in stress and anxiety levels for many adults, including seniors who have found themselves dealing with loneliness due to social isolation. Overall, one in four (24%) adults ages 65 and older reported anxiety or depression in a survey conducted in August 2020.  This rate is substantially higher than the one in 10 (11%) of older adults with Medicare who reported depression or anxiety in 2018 (based on a 2018 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey).  So, how do we ensure that seniors are getting the help and support they need when there are still stay-at-home directives in many [...]

23 02, 2021

Elder Guardianship – What is it and Why do you need it?

2021-02-23T11:59:13-05:00February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Aging, Home Caregivers, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , |

What exactly is an elder guardian, and why would someone need one?  In our blog this week, FirstLantic.com explores how legal guardians are appointed, their obligations, and their role for their clients. As some people age, they get to a point where they’re no longer mentally or physically capable of taking care of themselves.  When a person is deemed incapable of their care, a guardian may be appointed by a court of law.   Elderly guardianship, also known as elderly conservatorship, gives the guardian the authority to make critical decisions for the person (known as the ward) over whom they've been appointed.   Typically, the person has a chronic mental illness like dementia, a developmental disability, or a traumatic brain injury and can no longer decide about their [...]

5 01, 2021

The One Resolution We Can All Keep

2021-01-05T11:07:23-05:00January 5th, 2021|Categories: charity, Mental Wellness|

Every year millions of people around the world make resolutions most of which are broken by the end of January.  So, what if this year we all made just one resolution and stuck to it. What if our one resolution was to treat everyone we meet with respect and dignity.  What if we speak in a civil tone even if we disagree with each other.  What if we appreciated another political viewpoint even if it’s wildly different from our own as long as it wasn’t destructive or violent in nature.  And what if we went out of our way to be nice to another human being that was lonely just once a day or even once a week. Now, this may sound a little utopian [...]

8 09, 2020

Dementia – Know the Signs and How to Get Help

2020-09-08T12:57:03-04:00September 8th, 2020|Categories: Health, Mental Wellness|Tags: |

Finding out that someone you love has dementia can be devastating.  Unfortunately, by the time that most people notice the symptoms, the disease may have already progressed significantly.  However, there are early warning signs that can help you identify if a loved one is suffering so that you can seek treatment sooner as well as ensure that you are better prepared for when the disease gets worse.  In addition, numerous resources exist that provide the most up to date information on clinical research, support groups, and treatment options.   FirstLantic Healthcare has put together the following guide so that you know how to spots the signs of dementia and how to find support if necessary.   Early warning signs:  It’s important to recognize the difference between [...]

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