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23 01, 2023

Heart Health Quiz – Test Your Knowledge

2023-02-14T10:36:45-05:00January 23rd, 2023|Categories: heart disease, heart health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

    February is Heart Health Month, and there's no better time to ensure that you know the facts about how to keep your heart healthy. For example, did you know that for every five-point increase in BMI (body mass index), the risk of heart failure rises by 32 percent? Excess weight is associated with high blood pressure and diabetes. However, a recent study by John Hopkins showed that being overweight puts you at risk for heart disease even if you seem otherwise healthy and don't have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. And our diet is not helping. In 1962, less than half of Americans were obese; that figure is now 75%. According to U.S. government figures, the average American eats 20 teaspoons of [...]

16 01, 2023

The FirstLantic Way

2023-01-16T14:44:05-05:00January 16th, 2023|Categories: FirstLantic Way|Tags: , , , , , , |

  Values matter. That’s why FirstLantic Healthcare developed a set of guiding principles that form the foundation of its culture. While there are many outstanding home healthcare companies, their adherence to these beliefs is what truly sets them apart. Described as the FirstLantic Way, these 21 values guide how they interact with each other and their patients. Doing the right thing, honoring commitments, and providing compassionate care are all part of their work ethic. But perhaps the most important principle is to treat each patient like they were a member of your own family. That’s the FirstLantic Way. “Bring it” every day. We’re a family. Make every interaction count. Do the right thing. Care like it’s your own grandmother. Find a way to make it happen. [...]

9 01, 2023

Generational Divides: Bridging the Gap

2023-01-12T02:48:14-05:00January 9th, 2023|Categories: Generational divide|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Generational divides are nothing new. Very few of us over a certain age haven’t shaken our heads and wondered, “what is going on with the younger generation?”. And conversely, there are very few young adults who haven’t told their parents or grandparents that “you just don’t understand us.”. And it has gotten even worse as our culture has become increasingly youth-obsessed and afraid of aging. It’s almost as if younger people think that age is a disease you can catch. So, what can be done to bridge the generational divides, and how can different age groups embrace their differences and actually learn from each other? Fortunately, there are organizations dedicated to changing this dynamic and bringing seniors and younger people together. FirstLantic highlights two non-profits that are determined [...]

3 01, 2023

Glaucoma – Learn the Facts

2023-01-12T02:42:03-05:00January 3rd, 2023|Categories: Glaucoma|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Glaucoma Awareness Month takes place every January, so it’s a great time to inform you about how this disease can affect you as you age.  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.  In one of our previous blogs, FirstLantic explained the most common causes of vision loss, but in this blog, we concentrate specifically on glaucoma. Take our short quiz to test your knowledge.  You can find the answers below the quiz.   1. True or False Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve.   2. True or False Glaucoma only affects people over the age of 60.   3. Approximately how many [...]

27 12, 2022

Volunteering All Year Long

2023-01-12T02:41:50-05:00December 27th, 2022|Categories: Volunteer|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Volunteering during the holidays is something that many people take to heart, whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, contributing to their favorite charity, or providing a gift basket to a needy family. However, many of us return to our routine after the new year and feel we’ve done our part. And while the holiday season’s effort is much appreciated, there are still many who need help long after the festivities.   With inflation and a looming recession, many families find it hard to make ends meet. Coupling that with the fact that many people just got back on their feet after the pandemic, you have a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. So, this year if you are well enough off to have a job and [...]

12 12, 2022

Independent Living Communities – Learn How to Find the Right One

2023-01-12T05:41:54-05:00December 12th, 2022|Categories: Independent Living Communities|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Independent living communities offer many flexible options. Independent living is usually designed exclusively for older adults aged 55 and over. However, depending on your preferences, there are different living options, from single-family detached homes to apartment-style living.   And while you maintain your independence, you also can participate in social activities, as many facilities offer amenities such as golf courses, tennis courts, and swimming pools. But how do you choose the right option? FirstLantic and its sister company LiveWell Placements, guide you on how to find a place that will feel like home.   Step One   Start by listing your preferences for an independent living community, such as location, type of housing, healthcare services, budget, community size, social activities, and other amenities.   Find [...]

28 11, 2022

Determining if Your Parents Need Home Healthcare

2022-12-27T02:00:52-05:00November 28th, 2022|Categories: home healthcare|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s certainly not easy to see yourself age, but sometimes it can be even harder to watch your parents or other loved ones getting older. You want to help, but you don’t know where to start. You don’t want to insult or make them feel you are taking on their parent role, and you aren’t sure when to intervene or even how. Fortunately, FirstLantic has put together these tips to help you navigate what is often a complex and emotional issue.   Recognizing the Signs: Whether we want to see them (or not), the signs that someone needs help are often there. It could be simple things like your mother’s messy home when she was meticulous about neatness. Or it could be that your father forgets simple [...]

21 11, 2022

Five Ways to Keep “Happy” in the Holidays

2023-02-21T12:11:43-05:00November 21st, 2022|Categories: #holidays|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Updated November 20, 2022   While the holidays can be a wonderful time of the year for many people, they can also be lonely and anxiety-ridden for others. But what if we told you that your overall health would improve if you spent more time with friends and family (even your annoying uncle)? Research shows that people with strong ties to others live longer, happier, and healthier lives. So, even if you are dreading the inevitable political conversation with your brother-in-law, that dialogue can actually be beneficial if you utilize some best practices. FirstLantic has some tips for not only surviving (but thriving) during the holiday season this year.   Positive communication is one of the keys to a happy celebration. It doesn’t mean you [...]

17 10, 2022

Diabetes:  How to Reverse Symptoms without Medication

2022-12-19T21:07:23-05:00October 17th, 2022|Categories: At Home Healthcare, Diabetes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Diabetes affects an estimated 34.2 million or 10.5% of the population in the U.S., according to research from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control. That number includes 210,000 children and adolescents younger than age 20. Compared to other Western countries, the statistics for Americans are significantly higher.   For example, the number of Italians suffering from the disease is almost half that of Americans.   So, why is the rate in the U.S. so much higher than in other parts of the world, and what can we do about it? FirstLantic, a company dedicated to quality home healthcare, provides some insights.   Reasons for Increases in Diabetes within the U.S:   Not enough exercise Too much fast food Not enough fruits and vegetables Too many processed [...]

10 10, 2022

Four Types of Home Healthcare Services for Veterans

2022-12-19T21:07:56-05:00October 10th, 2022|Categories: home healthcare, Veterans, Veterans Home Healthcare|Tags: , , , , , |

Veterans deserve the best home healthcare possible. After all, they risked their lives to protect the freedoms that all Americans enjoy. But because veterans are used to sacrificing for others, it can be difficult for them to ask for help as they get older. Many would prefer to stay in the comfort of their home while remaining independent for as long as possible. That’s why it’s ideal if they can age in place while getting necessary services such as assistance with household chores, medication management, or nursing care. FirstLantic provides information about the home healthcare benefits available for our military heroes.   Home Telehealth   Operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), home telehealth is likely an appealing option for many veterans. A senior is still [...]

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