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Six places to retire in Florida for 55+

So, you are a retiring senior who wants to escape cold winters, and you think that Florida might be the answer.  You’re not interested in living in a big city; however, you still want to live somewhere where you can have cultural experiences along with the charm of a smaller town.  In other words, you would prefer to retire somewhere where it’s not only strip malls and tourist attractions.  Well, you’re in luck because FirstLantic has put together a list of six towns in Florida that are known for their beauty, quality of life, and mild weather.  Don’t be surprised if one of these towns captures your heart!   Winter Park Just north of the tourist attractions in Orlando is a quaint town called Winter Park.  While it’s only a 20-minute drive from Orlando, you will feel like you’re a million miles away.  Built on a chain of lakes, Winter Park is home to Rollins College and museums like the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Art.  Park Avenue, the pretty main street in downtown, has lots of great restaurants, shops, a beautiful park, and the historic Case Feliz Museum designed by acclaimed architect James Gamble Rogers II.  Winter Park also offers lots of outdoor activities and cultural activities such as the Bach Festival Society, where you can hear acclaimed musical performances.   Boca Grande Located on Gasparilla Island in southwest Florida, the city is known for its historic downtown, beautiful beaches, and tarpon fishing.  It was also named one of the best coastal small towns by USA Today.  Boca Grande means "Big Mouth" in Spanish and took its' name from the mouth of the waterway, called Boca Grande Pass, which separates the southern tip of the island from Cayo Costa.  One of the oldest historic structures in town is The Gasparilla Inn and [...]

November 3rd, 2020|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , , , , |

Ten DIY Costumes for Halloween

For a lot of people, Halloween is their favorite time of the year and the process of figuring out a costume is the best part!  But rather than going out and buying a costume this year, try creating your own.  FirstLantic (with a lot of help from Good Housekeeping) has put together some ideas for DIY costumes that you can make quickly while also standing apart from the crowd!  Believe us, if you wear any of these costumes you are bound to get a good chuckle from your friends.   1.  It’s Raining Men This one is really easy!  Cut out some photos of some cute men ie Brad Pitt, Taye Diggs, Chris Pine, George Clooney (you get the “picture” – pardon the pun) and stick them on to a trench coat and don’t forget to bring an umbrella!   2.  Facebook Get some heavy poster board, cut out the shape of a book, and stick your face through it.  Get it?  “Face” “Book”?   3.  Carpool Karaoke This is a great one for couples.  Get some poster board and use silver and black paint to draw a taxi.  Attach it with some Velcro around your necks and bring along your favorite Karaoke playlist.   Singing is optional!   4.  Smarty Pants Buy some Smarties candy, attach them to an old pair of jeans with some double-sided tape and you’re done.   5.  Smart Cookie Tape cookie photos to an old cap and gown and you’re now officially a “smart cookie”.   6.  Holy Guacamole! Print out avocado photos, stick them to a green shirt.  Add some angel wings and a halo and you’re good to go.   7.  50 Shades of Grey White t-shirt – check.  Grey paint swatches from a hardware store – check.  Tape – check.  Finished costume [...]

October 27th, 2020|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: , |

Breast Cancer – Test your Knowledge with FirstLantic’s Quiz

As many of you know, October is breast cancer awareness month.  And while strides are being made every day in research, detection, and treatment, there are still too many women and men that die from the disease every year.  In fact, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States and the first leading cause of cancer death among women globally.  So, FirstLantic has put together a short quiz on the facts and the fiction about breast cancer.  Take the quiz and test your knowledge and ensure that you have the most up to date information.   Please feel free to share – it could save someone’s life.   Answers can be found at the end of the quiz: 1.  Fact or Fiction:  Breast cancer can only happen to middle-aged and older women. 2.  Fact or Fiction: Once you finish treatment, you may still have lingering side-effects. 3.  Fact or Fiction: Men can’t get breast cancer 4.  Fact or Fiction: If you don’t have a family history of breast cancer, you won’t get it. 5.  Fact or Fiction: If I maintain a healthy lifestyle, normal weight, and limit my drinking, I am highly unlikely to get breast cancer. 6.  Fact or Fiction: If you had early-stage cancer and are cancer-free for five years after treatment, you don’t have to worry about it reoccurring. 7.  Fact or Fiction: Different types of breast cancer require different types of treatment. 8.  Fact or Fiction: Black women die more often from breast cancer than white women. 9.  Fact or Fiction: Wearing a bra every day reduces your chances of breast cancer. 10.  Fact or Fiction: Annual mammograms guarantee that breast cancer will be found early.   Answers: 1.  Fiction: While it is true that women are more likely [...]

October 20th, 2020|Categories: Health|Tags: , |

10 Foods that Will Make You Look and Feel your Age

Let’s face it – most of us really don’t want to look precisely our age if we’re over 40.  We don't want to appear 20 years younger either, but we do want to look and feel our best.  We exercise, try to eat our vegetables (and may get an occasional Botox injection), but most of us are probably still eating foods that wreak havoc on our skin without even realizing it.  So, FirstLantic.com has identified a list of foods that could contribute to premature aging so that you can try to eliminate them from your diet entirely or at least cut back substantially.    Trust us; your skin will thank you!   Salt and salty foods: While a little salt doesn’t hurt you, overconsumption of salt will make you look puffy and retain water.  Salt can also dehydrate your skin, so replace salt with herbs such as rosemary and thyme to give more flavor to your food. Sweets: For many of us, cutting back on sugar can be challenging.  However, when people consume more sugar than their cells can synthesize, excess sugar molecules bond with proteins and trigger a process that can affect the skin collagen.  Carl Thornfeldt, a dermatologist with over 30 years of skin research experience, says sugar has two significant effects on the skin—it activates inflammation and binds to the collagen to make the skin stiff. Alcohol: We know that this one is tough as well, especially as most of us are stuck at home trying to protect ourselves from COVID-19!  However, alcohol can affect your liver and prevent it from functioning correctly. If the liver isn't working correctly, it can prevent toxins from being expelled naturally through your body.   If toxins are allowed to build up in your liver, your skin can develop various issues, like acne, sallowness, and wrinkles. Trans [...]

October 6th, 2020|Categories: Aging, Diet|Tags: |

10 Financial Decisions That Will Benefit You Later in Life

It’s a fact that most of us could probably be better at managing our finances.  For example, maybe you don’t need to buy that latte every day when you could just as easily make coffee at home.  That said, there are small bad decisions like the latte and there are much larger bad decisions.  This blog is about making better choices so that you don’t regret it later in life.  FirstLantic wants you to be prepared to not only enjoy your retirement but also to avoid that worry bubble hanging over your head.   Save more – We know that’s not a revolutionary concept but it’s a fact that you will have more if you save more. Many of us don’t have a lot of discretionary income but that doesn’t mean that we can’t find a few dollars to put away every week.  Even if you have to start small, do it.  That means put your money in a company sponsored 401k plan or start an IRA.  And if you’re 50 or over, you can put more aside i.e., $7,000 total in traditional and Roth IRAs ($1,000 more than younger workers) and up to $26,000 in a 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement account ($6,500 more than younger workers). Don’t ignore long term care – While it may not be sexy, you will definitely regret it if you don’t have a plan. Unfortunately, Medicare doesn't cover long-term care.  So, if you have to go into a retirement community or need home healthcare, how are you going to pay for it?  Homecare runs an average of $4,290 per month (depending on amount of care required) and a private room in a nursing home averages $102,200 annually, according to insurance company Genworth. So, the sooner you can start planning for long-term care, the more time you will have [...]

September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Health|

Dementia – Know the Signs and How to Get Help

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 normal signs of aging versus indicators that may signify a large problem.   For example, if someone forgets a name now and then, that’s probably not an issue, but if a friend or family member is constantly forgetting words, sometimes in mid-sentence, that could be proof of something more serious.  Or if someone exhibits multiple symptoms, it might be time to seek medical advice.  Examples of behaviors associated with dementia include:   Lack of specificity in everyday conversations such as referring to people without using their name or describing events in very general or vague terms could be a sign of covering up forgetfulness. Memory loss that affects day-to-day function such as getting lost in a parking lot or forgetting where household items are stored when they have been in the same place for years. Short term memory loss about recent events or discussions. Difficulty in performing everyday tasks such as having a hard time following directions or taking longer than normal to do things like putting together a grocery list. Losing enthusiasm or interest for [...]

September 8th, 2020|Categories: Health, Mental Wellness|Tags: |
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