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19 04, 2022

Five New Developments in Parkinson’s Disease Research

2022-04-19T14:13:26-04:00April 19th, 2022|Categories: assisted living, At Home Healthcare, Home Caregivers, Parkinson's Disease, Parkinson's Disease Research, Parkinson's Research, Parkinson's Treatments|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Although there is no cure for the disease, research and treatments are being conducted that are showing promise. However, if you or a loved one is suffering, the answers can't come soon enough. FirstLantic wants to make sure that you know the cutting-edge research underway and actions that you can take to help impact the future.   What is Parkinson’s Disease?   Parkinson’s happens when cells in the brain that produce dopamine stop working or die. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that sends messages between nerve cells or between nerve cells and muscle cells to help the body function. Dopamine plays many roles in the body and affects physical and mental processes. Parkinson’s is progressive, and symptoms include tremors, [...]

14 04, 2022

Five Travel Groups Specializing in Trips for Seniors

2022-04-14T19:08:55-04:00April 14th, 2022|Categories: #holidays, Senior Travel, Travel, Trips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

For some seniors, the perfect trip is lying on the beach with a pina colada; for others, it involves activities like cycling or hiking. For still others, it's about the intellectual pursuit of learning new things. With the last two years forcing many of us to curb any idea of travel, many people are eager to start planning their next trip. And fortunately, there is no shortage of options. Many travel organizers now specialize in trips for a 50-plus audience. According to a recent AARP survey, 67% of older travelers anticipate they will travel in 2022 — taking an average of at least four trips this year. So, FirstLantic (with the help of Travel and Leisure) has consolidated a list of travel organizers that can [...]

4 04, 2022

How to Make Senior Life Transitions Less Stressful

2022-04-04T14:44:22-04:00April 4th, 2022|Categories: #Stess, Aging, Financial Decisions, Loneliness and Isolation|Tags: , , , , , , , |

  12 million - The number of Americans over age 65 who live alone, according to a report by the Pew Research Center.   And according to the U.S. Census, the rate of childless individuals among boomers is close to 20% with 27%. That means that many of these seniors will lack familial support and advocacy should they need it. Unfortunately, as we age and our mental or physical health may decline, that's the time when we need support the most. In addition to making critical medical decisions, there is a confusing maze of insurance, healthcare options, estate planning, etc. All these things are confusing for people of any age but especially difficult when you are at a vulnerable point in your life. Understanding the cost of [...]

29 03, 2022

Environmentally Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

2022-03-29T11:44:08-04:00March 29th, 2022|Categories: Environmentally friendly products, Spring Cleaning|Tags: , , , , , |

Spring has finally sprung!  Flowers in bloom, longer days, and the best part of all – spring cleaning.  Okay, well maybe that’s not the best part but it sure does feel good once you’ve finished.  But how do you do it in a way that’s good for you and the planet? Because let’s face it, toxic chemicals and a bunch of waste that is going to end up in a landfill are not good for anyone.  Since FirstLantic Healthcare cares about your wellbeing, we’re aggregating some techniques for you to get things spotless using natural ingredients as well as tips on recycling the things you decide to discard.  So, let’s get cleaning! Clean stainless-steel sinks with baking soda Wet your sink and faucet, sprinkle baking [...]

11 03, 2022

Ten Amazing Facts About Social Workers

2022-03-11T18:23:50-05:00March 11th, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, CaseWorkers, Social Workers|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This career requires long hours, can be emotionally challenging, and often pays too little.  Sounds amazing, right?  Sign me up!  Well, for the unsung heroes that are social workers that’s their reality.  And yet, they work tirelessly every day to improve the lives of others.  They help protect vulnerable children, support families in need of assistance, and clinical social workers diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.  So, to show appreciation for all the amazing people who have chosen this sometimes difficult but also rewarding career, we celebrate National Social Worker Month. At FirstLantic Healthcare, we see first-hand how important their work is to our patients and their families.  We also recognize that many people don’t know as much as they should about the [...]

7 03, 2022

How to Help a Loved One Dealing with Loneliness

2022-03-07T18:41:08-05:00March 7th, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Home Caregivers, Home Companions, Loneliness and Isolation|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It’s not easy to watch someone you love get older.  It can be even harder when you don’t live close by, and you know that they are suffering from loneliness.  Although many people choose to stay in their own home as they age, it can also be isolating.   In fact, according to a recent study, nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated.  In addition to the emotional toll, loneliness can also lead to health risks.  Research has shown that social isolation was associated with about a 50% percent increased risk of dementia, a 29% increased risk of heart disease, and a 32% increased risk of stroke.  But how can you help a loved one that is dealing with [...]

22 02, 2022

Safety-Proofing Your Home to Prevent Falls

2022-02-22T13:37:23-05:00February 22nd, 2022|Categories: At Home Healthcare, Eye Sight, Falling at home, Hearing loss, Home safety proofing|Tags: , , , , |

  Safety-proofing your home to prevent falls is so important because about 36 million falls are reported among older adults each year.  Falls are actually the number one cause of injuries in seniors, and they result in more than 32,000 deaths.    Fortunately, many are preventable, especially inside the home, but you must take the necessary precautions.  To help you stay as safe as possible, FirstLantic has put together this helpful checklist so you remain safely in your home. Start by going through your list of medications with your doctor or pharmacist to review side effects or drug interactions that may cause dizziness. If you get dizzy or lightheaded when you go from sitting to standing, you could have Postural Hypotension. You can find out [...]

1 02, 2022

Alzheimer’s Treatment – What is the Future?

2022-02-01T01:18:30-05:00February 1st, 2022|Categories: Aging, Alzheimers, Dementia, Home Caregivers, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

New Alzheimer's treatments seem painfully slow to emerge for those currently living with the disease or watching a loved one suffer. Medications presently available temporarily improve symptoms of memory loss, thinking, and reasoning, but they don’t stop the decline and death of brain cells.   Discovering how to control that decline is akin to the holy grail in Alzheimer’s research and would offer millions of people hope. Although there is no guarantee that a cure is imminent, there is a reason for optimism. FirstLantic explores five different Alzheimer's treatment paths in the research phase that are showing promise.   Saracatinib.  A drug initially developed as a possible cancer treatment is now being tested for Alzheimer's treatment. In studies, Saracatinib turned off a protein that allowed synapses [...]

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 [...]

18 01, 2022

Seven Ways that Seniors Can Combat Isolation and Loneliness

2022-01-18T13:02:27-05:00January 18th, 2022|Categories: Aging, Loneliness and Isolation|Tags: , , , |

Senior isolation and loneliness have become a crisis.  With a global pandemic raging for almost two years forcing us to isolate as much as possible, it's not hard to understand why so many people feel lonely right now. However, it can be incredibly challenging for seniors. Nearly one-third live alone and are encouraged to avoid outside social contact entirely. And loneliness is not something that hurts us emotionally; it can also lead to health problems.   According to a study conducted by Brigham Young University, loneliness can be as deadly as smoking or obesity by complicating existing conditions, encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle, and affecting cognition. It can even increase the chances of Alzheimer’s disease. A study conducted by the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging reported that the [...]

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