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Should You Get a Shingles Shot?

The older you get, the more likely you are to get shingles, a painful rash that shows up on your side, face, or upper body. The shingles vaccine can help prevent you from getting it. It’s not 100% effective at stopping the virus, but if you do end up with shingles after having had the vaccine, your symptoms will be less severe. Who Should Get the Shingles Vaccine The shingles vaccine has been approved for anyone who’s over the age of 50, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends it be given to people age 60 and above. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, and people who have never had chickenpox are supposedly immune. But the CDC says […]
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Where Seniors Can Get Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Kansas City

If you’re a Kansas City senior who’s dreading the idea of eating Thanksgiving dinner alone, you don’t have to. There are places in the Kansas City area that offer free meals not only to seniors, but to anyone who needs a place to go. So you’ll not only get a good meal, but also plenty of company. Here are three places that are offering free meals for 2017. Brush Creek Community Center: (Wednesday, November 22): Dinner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. at 3801 Brush Creek Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri. Registration is required. The Salvation Army (Thanksgiving Day): Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 101 W. Linwood in Kansas City, Missouri. The Salvation Army also delivers Thanksgiving […]
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Where to Get Senior Discounts in Kansas City

If you’re over the age of 50 and living in Kansas city, senior discounts can save you money on things like groceries, drug store items, dining out, and so much more! Here are just some of the places where you can save: Grocery stores HyVee: If you’re 55+, you can sign up for a Senior Discount Club Card, which will get you a 5% discount on purchases every Wednesday. Drugstores Walgreens: Once a month, Walgreens runs a Seniors Day with discounts for those ages 55+ or for AARP members. Entertainment Regal Cinemas: If you’re an AARP member and a Regal Crown Club member, you’ll get a $3 discount on a popcorn and drink combo. AMC Theatres: AMC Theatres offers a $1 senior discount for matinees […]
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8 Easy Exercises You Can Do While Sitting

Regular exercise is important, no matter what your age. It can improve your balance, flexibility, and stamina. It can also ward off depression, and may even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia. If exercising is difficult for you due to limited mobility, you might want to start with some chair exercises, which you can do right from your Kansas City home. Here are some options: Arm circles. Hold your arms straight out to your sides, palms facing down. Rotate both arms forward in small circles. Repeat 20 times. Turn palms up. Rotate both arms backward in small circles. Repeat 20 times. This exercise builds arm strength and improves posture. Shoulder rolls. Sit straight up in your chair with your arms down at your sides. […]
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Why Flu Shots Are Especially Important for Seniors

It’s almost flu season again, and signs are popping up all over Kansas City, Overland Park, and Prairie Village reminding you it’s time for your annual flu shot. But how important is that flu shot really? Flu shots are the number one method of preventing the flu. And it turns out the flu can be pretty dangerous if you’re over the age of 65. Every year in the U.S., as many as 700,000 people end up in the hospital from the flu and related complications. Most of those people are seniors. That’s because as you age, your immune system gets weaker, making it more difficult for you to fight off infection. What About Caregivers? If you’re caring for someone who’s over the age of 65, […]
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Quick, Healthy Meals for Seniors

Have you stopped eating healthy because cooking’s become a hassle? You’re not alone. A lot of seniors feel that way. But not getting the proper nutrition can weaken your muscles and bones, which will increase your risk for illness and falls. If you’re a senior who’s looking for easy meals, or a caregiver who’s providing care at home to a parent or other loved one, keep this in mind when it comes to nutrition. Healthy meals should include a mixture of lean protein (e.g., lean meats, seafood, eggs, beans), fruits and vegetables, whole grains (e.g., whole grain breads, cereals, brown rice, whole wheat pasta), and low-fat dairy (e.g., milk, yogurt, cheese). To that end, here are some quick, healthy recipes for seniors. You should be […]
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Elder Abuse and Neglect: Kansas City Hotlines Offer Help

Are you or someone you know a victim of elder abuse? Before you answer that, keep in mind that physical injuries aren’t the only signs of elder abuse. Other signs may include emotional or financial abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Elder abuse is any type of action that causes harm to an older person; unfortunately, the person who’s inflicting the harm is most often a close family member or other caregiver. If you’re being abused and you’ve been too ashamed to report it, don’t be. Elder abuse is actually quite common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tens of thousands of people over the age of 60 are abused each year in the U.S. Or maybe you’re afraid to report your abuser because […]
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Choosing a Hearing Aid

Have you found yourself asking people to repeat themselves? Turning up the volume on the TV? It may be time to start thinking about a hearing aid. Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes. And prices can vary by thousands. So here are some tips for choosing the right hearing aid for you. Know your priorities. Why do you want a hearing aid? What are you not able to hear now that you want to be able to hear? It may be helpful to think that over and write down your answers. Know the difference between hearing aids. Here are the most common types, in order of size (smallest to largest): Invisible in canal (IIC). For mild to moderate hearing loss. This type fits in your ear […]
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VIDEO: How to talk to seniors about the risks associated with driving

Tim Tholen explains how to talk to seniors about the risks associated with driving on local Fox 4 news channel.
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Modifying Your Kansas City Home for Wheelchair Accessibility

Have you found your Kansas City home’s no longer user friendly now that you’re in a wheelchair? If the chair’s going to be temporary, you may be able to live with it with some help from a caregiver and a few minor adjustments. If it’s going to be permanent, you’ll need to make some bigger changes. Here’s a checklist of what you need to consider. Home Entry Choose the best entrance. If your front door has steps, it may not be your easiest way in. If you can roll straight in from your garage, that may be your best option. Build a wheelchair ramp. If there are stairs in both the front of your home and in your garage, you’ll need a wheelchair ramp or a lift. Widen your entry […]
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