In addition to May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we also celebrated National Pet Month. At first, you may not think they have anything in common, but for anyone who has ever had a pet in their life, you know how good they can be for your state of mind. In fact, a scientific study says owning a dog is linked with living longer. Ten studies that included more than three million participants showed that dog owners had a 24% risk reduction for death from any cause. But how do pets positively affect overall wellness? FirstLantic, a company devoted to quality healthcare, lists five benefits furry friends have on our health and well-being. Pet owners, especially those with dogs, often take advantage of the positive [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Hearing loss is common as we age. In fact, one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Presbycusis or age-related hearing loss usually comes on gradually. However, difficulty in hearing can also result from other health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, ear infections such as otitis media, and even certain medications. Losing hair cells (sensory receptors in the inner ear) is also a contributing factor. While a loss of hearing makes people feel more socially isolated, it can also be a factor in cognitive decline. Studies show that older adults with hearing problems have a greater risk of developing dementia while memory and concentration decline faster as well. Unfortunately, [...]
Probably one of the hardest things about this pandemic is being forced to quarantine away from loved ones physically. And while wearing a mask can be tiresome, it's merely a minor inconvenience. Whereas missing out on seeing your grandkids grow up is something altogether different. It can be downright painful. However, although you may be physically distanced, that doesn’t mean you have to be emotionally distanced. Thank goodness for video chats! But why stop there? Why not try a few projects that can help you stay connected and have fun in the process? FirstLantic has some ideas that can bring you and your grandkids together even while you are physically apart. Make a scrapbook – Because everything in our life is digital these days, [...]
Loneliness has become an epidemic with more than three in five Americans feeling lonely. COVID-19 has certainly not helped. However, there are ways to combat loneliness and some of them are surprisingly high-tech. Here are ten suggestions that can help reduce those feelings of isolation.