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6 Steps to Keep You Mobile When You Have Arthritis

There are millions of adults in the U.S. who are living with arthritis, and for some it can be debilitating. If you have arthritis, you may have discovered the older you get, the more difficult it becomes to climb stairs or even move about your Kansas City home. Even though it’s probably the last thing you feel like doing, exercise is the best way to keep those joints mobile and even alleviate your pain. That’s because exercise: Lubricates your joints Strengthen your bones and muscles Improves your balance Helps control your weight (taking pressure off your joints) If you’re not sure where to begin your exercise program, here are some steps you can take to get started: Step 1: Talk to your Kansas City doctor. […]
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Choosing a Kansas City Home Health Agency

If you’re growing older and have decided you could use some extra help at home, or if you’re caring someone who needs some additional assistance, it may be time to start looking for a Kansas City home health agency. But where should you start? Here are some things to consider: What type of services do need? Do you need an agency that provides Alzheimer’s or dementia care? Help with bathing, grooming, dressing, or toileting? Companion services? Around-the-clock care? Respite for your caregiver? End of life care? If you know what you need, you can easily eliminate any home care agencies that don’t provide those services. Are the agency’s employees bonded, insured and pre-screened? If not, you might be safer moving on to another agency. Does the […]
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Brain Games & Exercises That May Reduce Your Risk for Dementia

Researchers have shown that brain games and other exercises that are designed to keep the mind sharp may help guard against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. These brain exercises can also be fun, and you can do most of them from the comfort of your Kansas City home. Here are some examples: Board games. Board games are not only fun, but can also challenge the brain, which can help to prevent Alzheimer’s. Some good examples include Scrabble, Chess, Clue, Mahjong, and any type of trivia game. Puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, Rubik’s cubes, and other types of puzzles exercise your brain, which can help ward off dementia. Video games. Fast-paced video games have been shown to stimulate the brain and improve cognition. Apps. […]
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Are Fad Diets Healthy for Seniors?

The older you get, the harder it is to lose weight, especially if you’re a woman. So many Kansas City seniors turn to “fad diets” to try to take off the excess pounds. But are those diets healthy? Fad diets promise dramatic weight loss, and may or may not work in the short term. But they’re not sustainable long term, so even if you do lose the weight, you’ll probably gain it right back. And, as you may have already guessed, fad diets are not healthy for seniors. Here’s why: Diets that restrict carbohydrates or require fasting can cause your blood sugar to drop. And if you’re taking medication to reduce your blood sugar, it could get dangerously low if your medication isn’t adjusted accordingly. […]
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Springtime Fun for Seniors in Kansas City

Now that spring has (almost) arrived in Kansas City, you’re going to want to get outdoors and enjoy some of that beautiful weather! Here are some spring activities for Kansas City seniors. Depending on your level of independent activity, you may need your home care provider to help with some of these. *Note: If you’re a caregiver for someone who has Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia, there are some activities on this list that the two of you might also enjoy. Visit the plaza. Meet friends for lunch on an outdoor patio; then do some shopping. Do some gardening. If you can’t get down on your hands and knees, plant an elevated herb garden or put some flowers in large pots on your patio […]
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Transportation Options for Kansas City Seniors

You’ve come to the realization that it may not be safe (and/or economical) for you to drive anymore, and now you’re wondering how you’ll get around Kansas City without a car. It may be easier than you think. There are a lot of ways to get wherever you need to go without driving. Here are some options. Non-Medical Transportation Options in Kansas City Bus. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has bus routes throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. You can find your closest stop and route by entering your home address, destination address, and date and time you want to arrive at your destination. One-way local fares are $1.50 ($3 for Suburban Express and Johnson County K10 Connector). But if you’re age 65 or older […]
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Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults

The older you get, the more likely you’ll be prescribed multiple medications. And that can be dangerous if you’re not careful, especially if they’re being prescribed by more than one doctor (or if you’re filling them at multiple Kansas City pharmacies). Here are some tips that can keep you safe: Keep an updated medication list. Make a list of all the medications you’re currently taking. Include any over-the-counter medications you take on a regular basis, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Every time a doctor writes you a new prescription, makes changes to a current prescription, or discontinues one of your medications, update your list. Take your medication list with you every time you go to a doctor’s office, or other medical facility, and show it to […]
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The Effects of Obesity on Aging

If you’re past the age of menopause, you know how easy it can be to pack on a few pounds. And then a few more. Especially in Kansas City, where there are so many great restaurants to choose from! Although it gets tougher to keep the weight off as you age, it also becomes more important. Here’s why: Obesity can limit your mobility and hinder balance and flexibility. Obesity can put you at risk for serious illnesses, such as: Diabetes Heart disease Coronary artery disease Respiratory disease Heart attack Sleep apnea Arthritis Stroke Why It’s So Hard for Seniors to Lose Weight There are several reasons why it’s tougher for older adults to lose weight: Once you get to a certain age, you tend to […]
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7 foods that improve brain health

Did you know what you eat can affect your chances of developing Alzheimer’s (or other form of dementia)? It’s true. There are foods that can actually improve your brain health.  And best of all, these foods can be found in just about any Kansas City grocery store. Foods that Improve Brain Health Blueberries. Blueberries have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals (molecules that can potentially cause serious damage to cells, including brain cells). Fatty fish. Salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, and other types of fatty fish are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3s are essential to brain health. Some studies have shown they actually ward off age-related memory loss and protect the brain against Alzheimer’s. Avocados. Avocados contain monounsaturated […]
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6 Winter Health Myths: True or False?

Can the cold Kansas City weather make you sick? Will it make your allergies go away? Will Vitamin C prevent colds? Let’s take a look at some of these winter health “myths” and the actual truth behind them. You can get sick from being out in the cold, especially with wet hair. False. Cold weather does not cause illness. Exposure to germs from people who are ill (either by droplets in the air or by touching things that person has touched) is what causes colds and flu. These types of illnesses are more common in the winter months because people tend to spend more time indoors where it’s easier to become exposed to germs. Cold weather gets rid of allergies. Partially True. Really cold weather will […]
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