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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

6 12, 2021

You’re Only as Young as You Feel

2021-12-06T22:29:10-05:00December 6th, 2021|Categories: Growth Mindset, Health, mental health, Mental Wellness, Mindset|Tags: , , , , |

  We have all heard the old adage that it’s all in your head.  But what if it really is?  What if your mindset could literally change your life for the better?  Well, the reality is that it can.  At least the right attitude can.  Scientists have done a vast amount of research on how the mind affects the body.  And it becomes even more critical as you age.   And that’s when that other cliché turns out to be correct as well; “you’re only as old as you feel."   In fact, studies have shown that people with a positive mindset about aging live on average 7.5 years longer than those without because attitude affects happiness, health, the speed of the aging process, and even how long [...]

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 05, 2021

12 Tips to Optimize the Mind-Body Connection

2021-05-11T07:04:40-04:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Diet, Health, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , |

In our FirstLantic blog last week, we tackled the serious issue of the rise in mental illness within the U.S. and steps that need to be taken to combat the meteoric rise.  Continuing this theme in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted to offer some practical steps that we can all take to keep ourselves mentally and physically fit.  We caught up with Dr. Markus Ploesser, a Psychiatrist who is certified in Integrative Medicine and an anti-aging expert.  He offers us twelve tips for healthier nutrition. In his work, he implements the Walsh Institute’s advanced nutrient therapy methods to improve overall health. So, take it from the doctor and apply these best practices to optimize your mind-body connection.   Stop drinking sweets Regular [...]

14 01, 2020

Don’t Miss These Five Mental Wellness Podcasts

2020-03-19T11:06:04-04:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Health|Tags: , |

In our blog last week, FirstLantic discussed the issue of depression in men and the reasons why many are not getting treated. We also provided a list of resources available to help those that are struggling to find help. Although our last blog discussed some of the most debilitating aspects of mental illness, there is no doubt that many of us suffer from some sort of anxiety or stress. It may not be as life-threatening as severe depression that can literally take your life, but it can still be painful and make you feel incredibly alone. If you are experiencing some of these issues, you might benefit from a “safe space” — somewhere where you can go (at your leisure) to hear from experts or [...]

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