Our Commitment to You: Coronavirus (COVID-19)


There is no doubt we are in unprecedented times. With the ongoing and increased uncertainty of coronavirus (COVID-19), and the tremendous speed in which things are changing, caring for our clients, families, caregivers and team members continues to be our top priority. We want to ensure you that every member of our FirstLight family is informed daily of what is happening around us. And we are prepared for these types of situations. FirstLight® Home Care continues to actively monitor the progression of coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure that we have the most accurate, updated information. The infection control practices we have…

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How Coronavirus Could Affect Seniors


We have been closely following Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and reports from the CDC, the World Health Organization and other state and local entities, and our thoughts have undeniably been with all those affected. Recent news of the virus starting to spread in the U.S. is unsettling. While it’s natural to worry and wonder what could happen if the spread of the virus gets worse, it’s also important not to panic… but instead to be armed with helpful information from the experts. Of course, we at FirstLight Home Care are deeply committed to the health, safety and well-being of all our clients,…

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5 Surprising Ways Stress Can Impact Senior Health


Everyone experiences stress to some degree. Yet, it can be a silent factor of overall well-being, especially for seniors. Often, senior stress can mask itself in a number of ways, and cause serious issues that may be attributed to other senior health issues. Therefore, it’s important for seniors and their caregivers to understand the symptoms of stress, as well as the different ways to address and prevent it. Overeating When people get stressed, their body releases cortisol, a hormone that readies the body for a fight or flight response. This is why appetite increases during stressful situations: the body is…

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The Importance of Oral Health and Hygiene As We Age


October is Dental Hygiene Month A century ago, the need for dentures later in life was considered a natural part of aging. Today, three-quarters of people over the age of 65 retain at least some of their natural teeth. While the improvement in oral health care among seniors is something to smile about, our aging loved ones still need to be diligent when it comes to their teeth. Even with regular brushing and flossing, older people still have higher rates of gum disease, dental decay, oral cancer, mouth infections, and tooth loss. Our team at FirstLight® addressed several oral health…

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Immunization Awareness for Older Adults


August is National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual observance meant to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. However, vaccines are particularly important for older adults because as you age, your immune system weakens, and it can be more difficult to fight off infections. The older you get, the more likely you are to get diseases like the flu, pneumonia, and shingles. Certain immunizations can help keep seniors from getting and spreading serious diseases that could result in poor health, medical bills and the inability to care for themselves. Getting vaccinated can help keep your older loved…

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Protect Older Adults from the Summer Heat


The summer heat can bring health risks to aging loved ones. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 600 people in the United States die from extreme heat each year. It’s no surprise that people 65 years of age and older are more susceptible to heat-related health problems. Older adults do not always adjust well to sudden changes in temperature. They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that can affect typical body responses to heat. They are more likely to be taking prescription medicines that affect the body’s ability to control temperature or…

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How Smartwatches Are Changing the Face of the Medical Alert Industry


Smartwatches offer unique benefits over traditional medical alert devices Medical alert devices can be lifesaving for seniors who find themselves in an emergency situation. They also can reduce stress and anxiety for caregivers by providing peace of mind that a loved one will be able to get the help they need after an accident or injury. There are numerous medical alert systems on the market today, the majority of which are traditional in-home units and mobile options for more active seniors. In recent years, some companies have started offering smartwatch-style devices, which offer a fresh alternative for caregivers looking to…

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7 Heart-Healthy Tips for Seniors


February is American Heart Month, an ideal time to commit to making small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Did you know that cardiovascular disease is a major threat to senior health? The American Heart Association reports that 84 percent of people age 65 years and older die from heart disease. Here are seven smart heart-healthy tips to help seniors take care of their hearts and reduce the risk of heart disease. If you are an adult child caring for your parent, here is some advice you can give them to promote well-being and help them…

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Eye Health: Protecting Your Parent’s Vision


In honor of Glaucoma Awareness Month, we went through our blog library and found a few of our most popular posts related to eye health. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to raise awareness of this growing disease, as well as other eye health problems. If you are caring for an aging parent or other loved one, it’s important that they get an eye exam every year, especially if they are over the age of 65. These exams are even more critical if they have high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of eye disease. Many eye…

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Maintain a Healthy Brain


Learn more about our Healthy Brain Services. FirstLight offers specialized care to support brain health. FirstLight Home Care and Ageless Grace partner on brain fitness program  It’s never too early to start doing whatever it takes to keep your brain young, healthy and active. Sustaining healthy brain function and keeping the mind sharp at any age may be more important than you think. “There have been several studies on the impact of how maintaining a healthy brain can help prevent early dementia and even diseases such as diabetes,” stated Jeff Bevis, CEO and Co-Founder of FirstLight Home Care. FirstLight is thrilled…

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