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26 09, 2022

How Seniors Can Benefit from Healthcare Coordination

2022-09-26T18:04:34-04:00September 26th, 2022|Categories: Aging, Health, Healthcare Coordination|Tags: , , , , , , , |

According to a survey by CareMore Health, 70% of senior patients need better healthcare coordination. Other research shows that 35 percent of those over age 65 have no one assisting them with coordinating their care, and 34 percent say a family member is helping them. The American health care system has become incredibly fragmented and complex and often involves managing multiple specialists, medications, and physician appointments. That's why professional care coordination can be so beneficial. FirstLantic Healthcare examines how this service can be a lifesaver for seniors and their families. Why is proactive care management so important? With many older Americans having at least two chronic conditions, the lack of a holistic approach to their medical care can lead to catastrophic results. Today, over 40% of [...]

22 08, 2022

Six Ways to Be Your Own Health Advocate

2022-08-22T15:29:50-04:00August 22nd, 2022|Categories: Health, Healthcare, Healthcare Advocacy, Patient Advocacy|Tags: , , , , , , , |

  “The doctor always knows best.”  It wasn’t that long ago when many people believed it was inappropriate to question anything their doctor said. After all, they were the ones that went to medical school, so they must have all the answers, right? But no matter how good your doctor is, you still need to be your own healthcare advocate. You know your body better than anyone else. Taking control means that you and your doctors make decisions as a team and that any concerns you have should be addressed. Taking an active role in your health matters as it ensures you get the services and support you need. FirstLantic offers six tips to ensure that you get the best treatment possible. 1. Do Your [...]

8 08, 2022

Seven Tips for Seniors Battling Inflation

2022-08-08T14:28:26-04:00August 8th, 2022|Categories: #Stress, Budgets, Inflation, Retirement, Seniors|Tags: , , , , , , |

Inflation is creating difficulties for people globally, but it can create an even more significant hardship for seniors on fixed incomes. There are over 56 million Americans that are 65 years of age and older, and about 12 percent of them live solely on Social Security, which pays an average of $1,658 per month. While payments have increased by 5.9% to account for cost-of-living adjustments, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the consumer price index jumped 8.3% year-over-year in April. So, if you are a senior living on a fixed income, what can you do to adjust your lifestyle until inflation gets under control? FirstLantic offers five tips that you can put into action today. Consider getting a roommate. While you may think [...]

25 07, 2022

Senior Employees; the Secret Weapon of Successful Businesses

2022-07-26T15:11:56-04:00July 25th, 2022|Categories: Ageism, Business, Careers, Labor Shortage, Older Workers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  How often do you hear a hiring manager from a company say, "We've got to hire older workers." Just taking a guess – but probably not frequently. And yet, older workers could be one of the secret weapons to overcome the labor shortage. While many companies struggle to find qualified employees, Americans over 65 are one of the few demographic groups where employment levels have not recovered to pre-pandemic levels. So, why are companies ignoring this demographic, and why should they make a concerted effort to recruit older workers? FirstLantic explains why a company’s greatest asset may be older workers. First, we don't have to guess why most businesses don't hire older workers. Ageism does exist. A research study on behalf of Deloitte asked [...]

18 07, 2022

These Steps Will Help You Find the Best Home Healthcare Provider

2022-07-18T15:01:22-04:00July 18th, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Caregivers, Family Caregivers, Health, Home Caregivers, Home Companions|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Updated July 2022 Part 2 in a two-part series Now that you have decided that you or a loved one needs help at home and the type of care required, it’s time to find the right provider. While it's hard to admit that assistance is required, choosing a healthcare agency you trust to provide the highest care possible can be even more challenging. That's why it's crucial to perform your due diligence and follow the steps that FirstLantic outlines below. As we described in our blog last week, there are many options regarding the type of help you can get. Home healthcare can range from aids that assist with daily tasks such as cooking, transportation, and even companionship to skilled nurses who can monitor patients who [...]

5 07, 2022

Choosing the Right Type of Home Care for Your Loved One

2022-07-05T12:40:13-04:00July 5th, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Caregivers, Home Caregivers, Home Companions|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Part One in a Two-Part Series Mom lives alone, and it’s becoming apparent that she can no longer do specific tasks around the house by herself. While you know she needs help, you want to ensure you find a caregiver you and your mom can trust.   But first, it's essential to determine the type of assistance she needs and then find the person who can best meet those requirements. Unfortunately, many adults struggle with these questions when trying to find the proper home care for their loved ones, and the decision-making process can be overwhelming. Fortunately, FirstLantic, a company devoted to quality home healthcare, provides guidance to make finding the best solution easier. There are many reasons someone needs help at home, ranging from support [...]

27 06, 2022

Seven Ways to Stay Close as a Distant Grandparent

2022-06-27T15:49:25-04:00June 27th, 2022|Categories: Grandchildren, Grandparents|Tags: , , , , , , |

Updated June 2022 A 2019 AARP survey found that more than half of American families are dealing with distances of more than 200 miles between grandparents and at least one grandchild. It can be painful to be physically distanced, but that doesn’t mean you have to be emotionally distanced as well. Thank goodness for video chat and Zoom calls! But why stop there? Why not try a few projects that can help you stay connected while having fun in the process?   FirstLantic has seven ideas that can bring you and your grandkids together while you are physically apart. Read a bedtime story together - Make a standing date to read to your grandchild every night. It will be a treat for them and you and provide a [...]

20 06, 2022

The Benefits of Music and Art Therapy on Alzheimer’s Patients

2022-06-20T13:21:20-04:00June 20th, 2022|Categories: Alzheimers, Art Therapy, Dementia, Music Therapy|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Updated June 19, 2022 Haven’t we all heard a song or seen a painting that brings us back to a certain point in time? Whether it reminds us of first love, a family holiday, or a day at a favorite museum, beautiful memories can trigger certain feelings and emotions.   But for people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, the luxury of memory is often completely gone.   One of the most devastating parts about these illnesses is watching the person you knew and loved transform into an entirely different version of themselves. Speaking can become almost impossible for the patient suffering, and forgetting friends and family is a common part of the disease progression. But what if you could reconnect with your loved ones by simply playing their [...]

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 [...]

31 05, 2022

Five Reasons Pets Are Good For Your Health

2022-05-31T15:52:26-04:00May 31st, 2022|Categories: #Stress, Aging, At Home Healthcare, Health, heart health, Loneliness and Isolation, Mental Wellness, Pets|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 benefits [...]

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