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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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Where to Get Prescription Drugs for $4 in Kansas City

If you’re a Kansas City senior who’s living on a fixed income (or the caregiver of one), the high cost of prescription drugs may be a burden for you, especially if you have multiple ongoing prescriptions. You may even be one of the millions of seniors who’s gone without filling your prescriptions because you just couldn’t afford them. What if I told you you might be able to get some of those expensive prescription drugs for as little as $4? Well, you can. Here’s how. Some major Kansas City retailers and grocery stores offer common generic drugs for $4 for a 30-day supply (10 for a 90-day supply). And generic drugs have the same ingredients in them as name-brand drugs; they just cost less because […]
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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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