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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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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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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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7 Ways to Conquer Winter Depression as You Age

Winter depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is quite common in otherwise-healthy adults. And symptoms can worsen as you age and begin to also deal with some of the physical limitations that go along with growing older. If you’re an aging adult in which winter brings on a serious case of the blues, here are some things you can do to help boost your mood: Embrace the sunlight. The main cause of SAD in seniors is the lack of daylight during the winter months. I know it can get pretty cold during a Kansas City winter, but bundle up and go outside when the sun is shining anyway. The sun provides the majority of the Vitamin D your body needs to produce serotonin. […]
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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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