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Keeping Your Balance as You Age: How to Avoid Falls

If your exercise program doesn’t include balance exercises, you’re still at risk for falls. Balance exercises improve your strength and flexibility. They also sharpen the sensory perception needed to keep your balance. Adding some simple balance exercises to your current workout routine can help you maintain or regain your balance, thereby reducing your risk for falls. Here are some examples, most of which can be done from your Kansas City home: Stand on one leg. Stand on one leg for 30 seconds; then switch to the other. If necessary, find something to hold onto at first while attempting this exercise. Once you’ve gotten to where you can do this on both sides multiple times without wobbling, try doing it with your eyes closed. Walk heel-to-toe. […]
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Planning for Cataract Surgery in Kansas City

If you’ve been looking through clouded lenses, it may be time to start thinking about cataract surgery so you can see clearly again. And Kansas City is a good place to be if you need cataract surgery. It’s boasts some top notch eye surgeons. Need help getting started? Follow this simple plan: Step 1: See your ophthalmologist. Not all cataracts require surgery, so you’ll want to make sure you and your eye doctor are on the same page. Surgery is usually recommended when cataracts begin to interfere with your everyday life. Your eye doctor may (or may not) refer you to another Kansas City specialist for surgery. Or you can get recommendations from friends and family. Step 2. Ask questions. Here are some things you may […]
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5 Tips for Managing COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), is a lifelong medical problem. However, there are medical treatments, and also lifestyle changes, that can help improve your quality of life if you have COPD (e.g., chronic bronchitis, emphysema). Here are some things you can try. Avoid pollutants. COPD is most often caused by smoking cigarettes, but you can also get it from long-term exposure to secondhand smoke, air pollution, or chemical fumes. If you’re still smoking, it’s time to quit. Your Kansas City primary care physician (PCP) can help. If you work in a place where you’re exposed to chemical fumes or other types of air pollution (e.g., dust, lead, asbestos), ask your supervisor about respiratory protective equipment. See your Kansas City pulmonologist on a regular basis. If you don’t […]
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Managing Bladder Control Problems

Bladder control problems (also known as urinary incontinence) are common in older adults. Many people view them as a normal sign of aging and figure they just have to live with them. But that may not necessarily be the case. There are three common types of urinary incontinence: Urge incontinence: When you have frequent urges to run to the bathroom, but don’t always get there in time Stress incontinence: Leakage of urine when you laugh or sneeze Overflow incontinence: Frequent (or constant) leakage of urine There are ways to manage (or even eliminate) all of these bladder control problems. So if you find your incontinence has confined you to your Kansas City home, or has otherwise interfered with your normal activities, it’s time to go […]
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Healthy Aging Tips for People in Kansas City

If you’re heading toward your twilight years, there are a number of things things you can do to stay as healthy as possible as you age. And Kansas City is a great place to be; there are tons of resources that can help. Here are some tips for healthy aging in Kansas City: Nourish your body. Your body needs certain nutrients to maintain optimal health, and the best way to get them is through the foods you eat. You need lots of fruits and vegetables, plus lean protein, low-fat dairy, and whole grains. And almost every Kansas City suburb has a farmers market each summer where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables. The city also has several Whole Foods Markets where you can buy […]
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Reducing Your Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Are you over the age of 65? Did a parent or grandparent have Alzheimer’s disease? Do you have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol? Any of these things can put you at risk for Alzheimer’s. Obviously, you can’t change your age or your genetic makeup, but there are still somethings you can do to reduce your risk for dementia. Here are some tips: Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet can reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s by giving your brain the nutrients it needs. It can also reduce your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, all of which are Alzheimer’s risk factors. It seems the idea of what constitutes a “healthy diet” has evolved somewhat over time. You […]
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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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