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17 05, 2022

Five of the Best Mental Wellness Podcasts

2022-05-17T12:40:33-04:00May 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 [...]

2 05, 2022

Six Ways to Address Family Caregiver Stress

2022-05-02T13:53:57-04:00May 2nd, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Caregivers, Family Caregivers, Home Caregivers, Home Companions, Retirement|Tags: , , , , , |

As more senior adults choose to age in place, family members increasingly bear the responsibility of ensuring their loved ones can live safely at home. Whether it’s helping them out with chores around the house or providing full-time support, it’s estimated that there are now 48 million family caregivers within the United States. And as caregivers try to balance their personal life with the needs of their loved ones, their stress has also increased significantly. FirstLantic explains the importance of recognizing caregiver strain and techniques to address it. Causes of Stress Caregiver stress can stem from a variety of factors, including increased responsibility, time demands, unfamiliar medical and nursing tasks, and the financial burden. A recent AARP report found that the average family caregiver spends [...]

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 [...]

21 03, 2022

Ten things to know about Nutrition

2022-03-21T16:06:18-04:00March 21st, 2022|Categories: Cooking, Diet, food, Health, heart health, Nutrition|Tags: , , , , , , |

March is National Nutrition Month!  It’s a time for each of us to focus on our diet and its’ effects on our health and wellbeing.  And it’s also a good opportunity to reflect on how our health affects our loved ones as well.  If you’re not healthy, chances are that you aren’t living life to its’ fullest and it’s probably preventing you from taking advantage of enjoyable activities with friends and family.  So, take this month to regroup, look at your own eating and exercise habits and press the restart button on your health and happiness.  To get you started, FirstLantic Healthcare created this quiz so you can test your knowledge on basic nutrition.  Answers are at the bottom but no peaking! How many glasses [...]

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 [...]

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