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1 11, 2023

Maintaining Healthy Smiles in the Golden Years: Dental Hygiene Tips for Seniors

2023-11-01T10:41:07-04:00November 1st, 2023|Categories: Dental Health, Seniors|Tags: , , , |

As we age, taking care of our overall health becomes increasingly important, and dental hygiene is no exception. Maintaining good oral health is vital for seniors, as it not only contributes to their overall well-being but also enhances their quality of life. In this article, we will explore the unique dental hygiene needs of seniors and provide valuable tips to help them maintain healthy smiles well into their golden years.   The Importance of Dental Hygiene for Seniors   Dental health plays a crucial role in the overall health of seniors. Poor oral hygiene can lead to various dental problems, such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Additionally, it can exacerbate or contribute to systemic health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections. [...]

26 06, 2023

How to Safely Enjoy the Sun

2023-06-26T13:24:27-04:00June 26th, 2023|Categories: Skin Cancer, Sun Protection|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

  Summer is here, and with it comes long, lazy days and beach weather. Have you ever heard that expression, “fun in the sun”? Well, there’s a reason that saying is not “fun in the rain” instead. Sunshine can provide positive health benefits like the release of serotonin, which is a natural mood stabilizer. Serotonin can reduce depression and anxiety and increase happiness. Exposure to the sun can support the production of Vitamin D, which is vital for calcium absorption to keep bones strong. Research suggests that some UV ray exposure can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of some chronic diseases. So, while getting sunshine can be positive for your overall mental and physical health, you still need to take precautions to avoid adverse side effects such as [...]

13 06, 2023

How Seniors Can Live Better on a Fixed Income

2023-06-13T12:00:17-04:00June 13th, 2023|Categories: Saving Money, Seniors|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It can be challenging for seniors living on a fixed income to make ends meet, let alone save. That said, there are things you can do to manage your finances as effectively as possible so that you have a little left over to put some money aside for a rainy day or an indulgence. FirstLantic Healthcare offers ten tips that seniors can take to make their money go further.   Savings Match Programs: Individual Development Accounts (IDAs): IDAs are special savings accounts where program funders (a combination of government, nonprofits, and financial institutions) match the money that low and middle-income households put into savings to achieve specific goals. There are also Private Savings Match Programs such as, which the nonprofit EARN funds – you get rewarded points [...]

5 06, 2023

How Seniors Can Protect Themselves From Fraud

2023-06-05T12:41:18-04:00June 5th, 2023|Categories: Fraud, Scams|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

  Fraud is growing, becoming more sophisticated, and seniors are often the target. According to newly released numbers from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consumers reported losing almost $8.8 billion to scams and fraud in 2022, up 30 percent from 2021. Fortunately, once you know what to look out for, there are steps that you can take to protect yourself. FirstLantic highlights some of the most common scams that target older Americans and the important measures you can follow to ensure you do not become a victim.   Fake Lottery is perpetuated through a phone call stating that you've won millions of dollars, but you need to pay administrative fees or taxes to receive the money. Grandparent Scam is when you receive a call or email from [...]

24 04, 2023

Nurses Week Recognizes the Incredible Work that the Nursing Profession Performs Daily

2023-05-09T09:20:37-04:00April 24th, 2023|Categories: Nurses Week|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Nurses Week 2023, from May 6th to May 12th, is an annual celebration of the incredible work that the nursing profession performs every day. It's also a time to acknowledge the many demands of their occupation, such as the pandemic. There was no playbook for dealing with a new virus, and nurses put their lives on the line to help their patients. So whether working on the frontlines in a hospital or devoting themselves to their home healthcare patients, we owe our gratitude to nurses both in the present and in the past. In this blog, FirstLantic Healthcare recognizes six nurses who helped lay the groundwork for today's nursing profession.   Florence Nightingale(1820–1910) Perhaps the most well-known nurse and generally regarded as the founder of modern [...]

17 04, 2023

Seven Essential Nutrients for Healthy Aging

2023-05-09T12:36:10-04:00April 17th, 2023|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

As you age, your nutritional needs change. Your body requires different nutrients to maintain optimal health, prevent chronic disease, and manage age-related conditions. FirstLantic Healthcare discusses seven of the most important nutrients to help you feel your best.   Calcium is essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth. Your bones can become more brittle and fragile as you age, making you more susceptible to fractures and breaks. Calcium can help reduce this risk, as it helps to maintain bone density. Good sources of calcium include dairy products, leafy green vegetables, and fortified foods like tofu and orange juice. Vitamin D is another essential nutrient for bone health. It helps the body absorb calcium, critical for maintaining strong bones. Vitamin D can also help reduce the [...]

3 04, 2023

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

2023-05-09T12:45:29-04:00April 3rd, 2023|Categories: Parkinson's Disease, Parkinson's Disease Research, Parkinson's Research, Parkinson's Treatments|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  Parkinson's Awareness Month is in April and is a time to raise awareness about this disease, its symptoms, and its impact on individuals and their families. Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disorder that affects movement, speech, and other motor skills. It affects over 10 million people worldwide and is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer's. FirstLantic explores the cause, current treatments, and ways you can get involved to help find a cure.   Cause of Parkinson's  When dopamine-producing neurons in the brain die, it causes Parkinson's disease. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control movement and emotional responses. When these neurons die, dopamine levels drop, causing symptoms such as tremors, rigidity, and slowness of movement. Other non-motor symptoms may include depression, anxiety, [...]

20 03, 2023

The FirstLantic Way; Be Responsive

2023-03-20T12:49:45-04:00March 20th, 2023|Categories: Responsiveness|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

  We know that our clients, their families, and our referral sources put their trust in us every day. That's why values matter and why FirstLantic Healthcare developed a set of principles that form the foundation of our culture and set us apart. Described as the FirstLantic Way, these 21 values guide how we interact with each other, our referral sources, and our patients. This month we are highlighting the principle of “being responsive."   When FirstLantic talks about "being responsive," that means ensuring that our patient's requests are our highest priority. It also means that we respond immediately to all other issues brought to our attention, whether from clients, their families, referral sources or our fellow employees. We don't put things on the back burner until we can [...]

6 03, 2023

Celebrate Social Workers Month!

2023-03-06T15:41:44-05:00March 6th, 2023|Categories: Social Workers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  Social workers play a crucial role in our society by helping individuals and communities overcome challenges and improve their well-being. This profession assists people in addressing their personal, social, and economic problems through various methods, including counseling, advocacy, and education. Social workers have unique skills that enable them to identify and address the root causes of societal problems. They work tirelessly to ensure their clients receive the support and resources they need to achieve their goals. March is designated as Social Workers Month, and it provides an opportunity for FirstLantic Healthcare to recognize and celebrate the contributions that social workers make to our communities and why it’s so important to honor them during this month: Frontline workers. Social workers are often the first point of contact [...]

27 02, 2023

How Vitamin B Contributes to Brain Health as We Age

2023-02-27T13:57:03-05:00February 27th, 2023|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Vitamin B is a group of essential nutrients crucial in maintaining wellness, including brain health. Several B vitamins are vital, including thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid (B9), and cobalamin (B12). You probably already know how calcium is important for your bones and how Vitamin C is good for your immune system, but you may not know how vitamin B can help keep you mentally sharp. FirstLantic highlights four reasons why vitamin B is so crucial for your brain health: Energy production: B vitamins play a key role in energy production, as they help convert food into glucose, which the brain needs to function properly. Neurotransmitter production: B vitamins produce neurotransmitters, which are the chemicals that allow [...]

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