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14 06, 2022

Five Challenges Facing Older Americans

2022-06-14T01:41:42-04:00June 14th, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Loneliness and Isolation, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Part One in a Two-Part Series Turning on the news these days can certainly make it seem like the world is collapsing. And while the negative headlines usually get the attention, there is no doubt that there are significant social unrest issues that seem to have been exacerbated by the pandemic. But that isn’t the only difficulty older Americans are facing. In part one of this two-part series, FirstLantic Healthcare, looks at some of the challenges facing our elderly population today. In part two, we will examine some of the possible solutions.   Shortages in Geriatric Healthcare Professionals For the first time in our history, older adults are projected to be the largest demographic group. In 2034, there will be 77 million seniors (age 65 [...]

7 06, 2022

Giving the Gift of Fitness for Father’s Day

2022-06-07T02:44:28-04:00June 7th, 2022|Categories: Fathers Day, Fitness, food, Health, heart health|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

  You're trying to figure out what to get your dad for Father's Day, and you've run out of ideas. After all, you can only get him so many shirts or golf balls. So, as June includes Father’s Day and National Men’s Health Month, why not give him the gift of a healthier lifestyle? FirstLantic, a company devoted to quality healthcare, has five positive ways you can encourage your dad to get some exercise and eat healthier! In the process, you might even get in better shape as well!   Determine the right motivation. Like most things in life, nagging usually doesn't work, so let's start by looking at what motivates men to get healthier.   Research has found that males are often inspired by achieving [...]

17 05, 2022

Five of the Best Mental Wellness Podcasts

2022-05-23T17:39:00-04:00May 17th, 2022|Categories: #Stress, Aging, Loneliness and Isolation, mental health, Mental Wellness, Mental Wellness Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Since 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been celebrated in May.  The goal is to reach as many people as possible and provide foundational knowledge about mental health and what people can do if they are concerned about themselves or a loved one.  Over the last two years, feelings of loneliness and isolation have increased due to the pandemic.  And there is no doubt that many of us are still struggling with anxiety or stress as we work towards finding the new “normal”.   The important thing to remember is that you are not alone.  If you are experiencing some of these issues, you might benefit from a “safe space” — somewhere where you can retreat (at your leisure) to hear from experts or other people [...]

25 01, 2022

Aging Affects Vision Loss – How to See More Clearly

2022-01-25T12:01:53-05:00January 25th, 2022|Categories: Aging, Eye Sight, Vision|Tags: , , , , , , |

Updated January 24, 2022 Unfortunately aging and vision loss go hand in hand. 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 blogs last year, we explained the most common causes of vision loss as well as conditions to be aware of as you age.  It is crucial for seniors and their family members to be aware of the signs, especially since approximately 70 million Americans will be over the age of 65 by the year 2023. FirstLantic wants to make sure you and your loved ones are informed about how aging affects vision loss and can get help if necessary.   You can find the [...]

4 01, 2022

The Best Way to Build a Strong Bond with Your Home Healthcare Provider

2022-01-13T16:57:34-05:00January 4th, 2022|Categories: Health, Home Caregivers|Tags: , , , , , |

  Home health aides and caregivers provide invaluable services. They ensure that older adults who need support can get the care they need at home. Depending on their client's needs, they can assist with medication management, personal hygiene, light housekeeping, transportation, and more.   And they become a much-needed resource so that children and other relatives can feel comfortable that their loved one is receiving the best care possible. That's why it’s so crucial to not only find the right person but build a strong partnership based on mutual trust and respect. Learn more from FirstLantic Healthcare on the best ways to make that connection with your caregiver. Communication Communication is the key to any good relationship, so why would it be different with a caregiver? [...]

20 12, 2021

How to Determine If Your Parents Need Help

2021-12-20T13:37:52-05:00December 20th, 2021|Categories: #holidays, #Stress, Aging, assisted living, Holidays|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The U.S. population is aging quickly.  In fact, by 2050, the number of people that are 65 or older is expected to double.  That means significant implications for our society and families.  Many adult children are already helping their parents either financially or with other support.  But how do you know when your parents need more help than you can provide?  And how do you get them to accept that?  While spending time with your parents over the holidays, it’s a good opportunity to look for signs that they need assistance—FirstLantic guides you on things to look for and how to approach a discussion that could be difficult. Watch for significant changes in behavior. Were your parents highly organized, and now you find bills piling [...]

15 11, 2021

Why Insomnia Increases as We Age

2021-11-15T14:12:48-05:00November 15th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Health, Insomnia, mental health, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Do you ever wish you could literally sleep like a baby again?  Sleep does not come easy for many of us, and it becomes even more problematic as we age.  Of course, that's not true for everyone, like my husband snoring next to me as I write this.  However, it is a fact that the older we get, the more problems we have falling asleep and staying asleep.  In fact, researchers estimate that between 40% and 70% of older adults have chronic sleep issues, and up to half of those cases may go undiagnosed.  So why do sleep patterns change as we age, and what can we do about it? Changes in Circadian Rhythm There are many theories as to why sleep patterns change the [...]

11 10, 2021

Celebrating Case Manager Week

2021-10-11T22:56:00-04:00October 11th, 2021|Categories: Aging, assisted living, CaseWorkers, Health, Nursing|Tags: , , , |

If any group of professionals has been tasked with a herculean task, it is certainly those working within the healthcare industry.  From doctors to nurses to case managers, they have been on the front lines risking their own health, working grueling schedules, and dealing with incredible stress.  That’s why it’s so crucial to celebrate these professionals for their contributions.  Case management week which begins on October 11th and continues through the 17th is an opportunity to recognize the importance of this role and to thank them for their dedication.  This year’s theme is Transitions through Care, Expertise, and Integrity and it could not be more appropriate as healthcare professionals try to maneuver within the new reality of a global pandemic. Many people may not even [...]

5 10, 2021

How Aging Affects Your Eyesight

2021-10-05T16:03:03-04:00October 5th, 2021|Categories: Aging, Eye Sight, Health, Vision|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Vision loss is a significant health issue among the elderly. 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.  The most common causes of vision loss among seniors are glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.  Seniors and their family members must be aware of these conditions, especially since approximately 70 million Americans will be over the age of 65 by the year 2023. FirstLantic wants to make sure you have all the information necessary so that you can spot the signs and get help if necessary.  Here’s what you need to know: How Aging Affects Your Vision Most major eye diseases and conditions are age-related. Research shows that 65 percent [...]

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. [...]

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