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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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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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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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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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5 Ways for Kansas City Seniors to Stay Active

Physical activity is a vital part of maintaining health in aging seniors. It increases strength and mobility, improves mental health, elevates mood and gives seniors a chance to participate in something social. Here are some ideas for getting your loved one moving: Walking: There are plenty of beautiful walking paths in and around our metro area—from Loose Park in Kansas City to Indian Creek Trail in Overland Park and Olathe. Walking improves circulation, strengthens muscles, controls weight and decreases the risk of developing osteoporosis, arthritis, hypertension or heart disease. Gardening: Make something beautiful while keeping your body active. Gardening helps with senior mobility and flexibility, prevents diseases like osteoporosis, reduces stress and produces healthy food options like home-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Locally, Powell Gardens […]
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Meal Delivery for Seniors in Kansas City

When cooking meals or getting to the grocery store become more difficult in old age, food delivery services can be a convenient solution for helping your loved one maintain a healthy diet while continuing to live independently. Luckily, Kansas Citians have several options from which to choose: Meals on Wheels: This national organization has several Kansas City-run programs. Simply visit the website and enter the appropriate zip code to find the one closest to your loved one’s home. Included in Meals on Wheels’ offerings is a nutritious meal, a friendly visit from a volunteer and a safety check to ensure the senior is healthy and secure. Silver Cuisine by bistroMD: Silver Cuisine is a subset of bistroMD, a leader in healthy meal delivery. Developed by […]
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Falls in Older Adults Are the Most Prevalent Safety Risk!

Each year, thousands of older Americans fall at home.  Many of them are seriously injured. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among older adults age 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury or death.  In 2010, 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized.  Statistics related to death from falls from 2009, show that 20,400 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries. Older adults can remain independent and reduce their chance of falling.  They can: Exercise regularly.  It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance, and that they get more challenging over time.  Tai Chi programs are especially good. […]
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Unleash the Power of Age

In commemoration of the month of May being National Older American’s Month, The Administration on Aging has given May 2013 the theme of “Unleash the Power of Age”. So, what does powerful aging really mean? Powerful aging can be viewed as looking at aging as a natural and worthwhile process. Each and every one of us is aging every day. It is certainly better than the alternative and it affects each of us in a different way. However, aging is not all about decline. Everyone – no matter how old – can experience renewal. We must all make a conscious effort to age powerfully and make life’s final years more fulfilling and wonderful. As we get older, we need to be more mindful of what […]
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Nutrition for Seniors: The top 5 good food choices for those 50 and older!

As we age our dietary needs change—the days of eating junk food, missing lunch or living on fast or processed food needs to be behind those 50 and older.  Eating well is essential to good health and the older you get the more important your food choices become.  For older adults, the benefits of healthy eating include increased mental acuteness, greater resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, recuperation times, and better management of chronic health problems. As we age, eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced. But healthy eating doesn’t have to be about dieting and sacrifice. Eating well as an older adult is all about fresh, colorful food, creativity in the kitchen, and eating […]
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Love your Heart! Heart Disease and Aging

  As we get older there are a number of changes that occur in our body- we become more susceptible to various diseases—heart disease being a major threat to older adults.   84 percent of people over the age of 65 and older die from heart disease.  Though heart disease risks increase with age, it doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of getting older–taking certain protective measures can help protect you.   Reducing Your Heart Disease Risks There are many health conditions that contribute to health disease and increase your risk for a heart attack. To treat heart disease you should:   • Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels low • Keep diabetes under control • Take medication to treat angina (chest pain) […]
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