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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

14 02, 2022

Ten Things About the Heart that All Americans Should Know

2022-02-14T12:33:24-05:00February 14th, 2022|Categories: Health, heart disease, heart health|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

There couldn’t be a better month than February to celebrate Heart Health Month although too many of us take this important organ for granted. We’ll give gift of hearts on Valentine’s Day but ignore our own heart health and how it affects us and our loved ones.  So, why not use this February as the starting point for taking care of your heart all year long?  FirstLantic can help you get started.  Take our quiz below and get the facts. Answers are below the quiz but don’t peak! Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. True or False How many people die from heart disease within the U.S. each year? a. 50,000 [...]

13 12, 2021

How to Make Your Holidays Stress-Free

2021-12-13T16:56:47-05:00December 13th, 2021|Categories: #holidays, #Stess, Celebrations, Mindset|Tags: , , , , , |

For some of us, the holidays can be the best time of the year. For others, it’s one big stress-induced season.   But does it have to be?  Why do we let something that should be joyful turn into something that gives us anxiety?   One reason is that many of us put too much pressure on ourselves to have the perfect Norman Rockwell image of a holiday.  In fact, a survey conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that the holidays contributed to feeling sad or dissatisfied for many of those surveyed.  68 percent reported feeling financially strained, 63 percent said there was too much pressure, and 57 percent said they had unrealistic expectations.   So, let's try turning that around this year.  Let's try some [...]

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