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6 Ways to Kick the Holiday Blues: Tips for Seniors

Got a case of the holiday blues? Rest assured you’re not the only one who doesn’t feel joyous when the holiday decorations go on display and the festive music begins to play in every Kansas City store and on every radio station. Many seniors feel sad around the holidays. Maybe you’re facing your first holiday season without your spouse. Or your kids and grandkids are unable to visit, and you don’t want to travel alone. Or you don’t have money for travel or gift giving. Whatever your reason for feeling sad when the holidays roll around, there are some ways to kick those holiday blues. Here are some tips: Start a new holiday tradition. Sometimes, people feel depressed around the holidays because new family dynamics […]
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Holiday Travel Safety for Seniors

Older people often hesitate to travel during the holidays, especially if travelling alone. But if children and grandchildren have made new homes outside of Kansas City, the idea of not seeing them at Christmas can sometimes lead to holiday depression. If you’re nervous about holiday travel, taking measures to ensure your safety may alleviate your anxiety. Here are some suggestions: Get your meds in order. Before you travel, update your medication list. You’ll want to take it with you in case of emergency. It’s also a good idea to take the list to your pharmacy, and ask if there are any potential medication or food interactions. Keep your medications in their original bottles, and make sure you have enough of each to last two or […]
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Lose weight before the holidays: 7 Tips for older adults

You may have noticed the holiday decorations are already on display in many Kansas City stores. Although it seems a bit early yet, in all reality, the holidays really aren’t that far away. And I don’t know about you, but that’s the time of year I usually start to pack on the pounds. So every year, I try to lose a little weight before the holidays so I can enjoy a few holiday treats without worrying so much about calories. But the older I get, the harder it is to take off that pre-holiday weight. That’s because when we age, our metabolism slows, and we just don’t burn as many calories. Which doesn’t make weight loss impossible. We just need to work a little harder. […]
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Cancer Screening for Seniors: What Tests to Get and When

Over the years, the rules for cancer screening tests in people who are over the age of 60 have changed as new studies have weighed early detection against screening risks. So every now and then, it’s a good idea to brush up on new updates. Here are the latest cancer screening recommendations for seniors*: Breast cancer screening. There’s a bit of a dispute among experts about whether people ages 55+ should get mammograms every year or every two years. Talk to your Kansas City doctor about any potential breast cancer risk factors you may have; then together, you can determine how often you should get a mammogram. Monthly self breast exams are also a good way to detect breast cancer in its early stages. Make […]
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7 Secrets to Aging Well

It’s no secret that some people age better than others. They have fewer wrinkles, more muscle tone, flatter stomachs, and fewer chronic illnesses. Scientists have conducted multiple studies to discover the keys to aging well. Here are some tips based on their findings: Don’t smoke. Nicotine can lead to a whole host of chronic illnesses, including COPD, lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke. It also damages your skin, causing premature wrinkles. Be social. An active social life will help ward off depression and also reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. If you’re having a tough time meeting new people, try joining a club (e.g., book club, gardening club), doing volunteer work, joining a church group, and/or meeting people who have similar […]
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7 Health Benefits of Pumpkin

It’s pumpkin season in Kansas City! We’re caught up in a sea of wonderful pumpkin pancakes, donuts, bagels, muffins, beer, lattes, and (of course) pie. Do you love the flavor of pumpkin in the fall, but are hesitant to enjoy all those wonderful pumpkin treats? Then you’ll be happy to know there are a lot of health benefits to eating pumpkin. Here are some examples: Weight loss. Pumpkin has a lot of fiber, which tends to make you eat less and stay full longer. Without all the added sugar of some of the sweeter pumpkin treats, it’s also low in calories (less than 50 per serving). Improved eyesight. There’s a lot of Vitamin A in pumpkin, which is really good for your eyesight. It can […]
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6 Benefits of Walking for Seniors

To some seniors, the idea of walking as exercise seems much too simple. But believe it or not, exercising can really be that easy! It turns out there are quite a few benefits to taking a brisk walk around your Kansas City neighborhood each day. Here are some examples: Improved balance. Walking strengthens the muscles in your lower body, which can help improve your balance and prevent falls. Weight loss. A brisk daily walk will burn calories and improve your metabolism, both of which can aid in weight loss. It can also help curb sugar cravings. A healthier heart. Walking boosts your heart rate, which is good for cardiovascular health. It can lower your blood pressure and your cholesterol, which will decrease your risk for […]
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The Warning Signs of Stroke

The faster you’re treated after a stroke, the more likely you are to survive. Early detection and treatment can also minimize brain damage and lower your risk of long-term disability. So it’s important to recognize stroke symptoms when you see them. Here are the common symptoms of stroke. Since you need to act quickly in the event of a stroke, the acronym FAST can help you remember them: FACE. When smiling, does one side of the face droop? ARMS. After lifting both hands, does one drop back down? SPEECH. Is speech slurred or otherwise odd? TIME. If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, it’s TIME to call for help. Remember, every minute counts. So you’ll want to dial 911 instead of taking […]
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It’s Time For Your Annual Flu Shot

If you haven’t already, you’ll probably soon begin seeing signs advertising flu shots at Kansas City area drug stores. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu shots for anyone over the age of six months, it’s especially important for seniors to get vaccinated for the flu. And if you’re caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s or other type of dementia, or anyone older than 65, everyone in your home who’s over the age of 6 months should get a flu vaccine. Including the person who has Alzheimer’s. When to Get Your Flu Shot The CDC says you can get a flu shot as soon as it becomes available at Kansas City area pharmacies. Although it’s best to get it by October 31, […]
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Caring for Someone Who’s Not Very Nice

It’s tough being a Kansas City caregiver. Even harder to take care of someone who doesn’t seem to appreciate what you do for them, criticizes you, and/or is verbally or physically abusive. Sometimes, people who require 24-hour senior care become angry and frustrated by their limitations, which causes them to lash out. People who have Alzheimer’s (or other form of dementia) tend to become verbally or physically aggressive, particularly during the later stages of illness. And some people are just plain mean to begin with. Here are some tips that can help smooth things over: Be patient. Try to determine the source of the anger. Is it frustration? Fear? Instead of fighting back, ask questions to see if you can determine why your loved one […]
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