Tips for staying safe through the holiday season

(ARA) – Even if you’re not driving through a blizzard, the effects of winter weather pose a mobility challenge for everyone, whether it’s the possibility of slipping on the sidewalk or delayed flights due to icy runways.

Cold temperatures only add to the frustration of winter travel. It’s little wonder that some people forgo the fun of holiday gatherings to stay home. For seniors, in particular, the ice and snow of winter is more than a discomfort – it’s a hazard. It’s so easy to slip and fall that many choose to stay inside, rather than take the risk of an injury from falling. Going outside to simply get the mail can seem like a chance they don’t want to take.

The best way to face down winter and all its challenges is to think ahead and be prepared. A few simple solutions will make winter much safer – and more enjoyable – for you and any guests you might invite over.

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Keeping diabetes in check between doctor visits

(ARA) – Americans are taking a closer look at their own personal health and assessing changes they can make, as the topic of health care remains front and center. More and more, people are paying attention to the cost of prevention and care for chronic illnesses such as diabetes, as they have a high risk for health complications.

Diabetes now affects nearly 24 million people in the United States, an increase of more than 3 million in approximately two years, according to 2007 prevalence data estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If not controlled, diabetes in particular can lead to serious health complications including heart disease, blindness and kidney failure. That’s why it is extremely important to manage the disease on a daily basis.

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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and a good time to try to understand what it is like for our loved ones who suffer from dementia.  If you have any questions, or need help for an aging senior in the area, visit us at


What It’s Like to Have Dementia


Understanding dementia symptoms from the inside can make you a better caregiver and bring you closer to your loved one.


You know how frustrating and heartbreaking dementia symptoms are from the point of view of a caregiver. You know the pain of slowly seeing a loved one slip away. But what is it like for her? What is it like for a person to slowly — or sometimes quickly — forget almost everything she ever knew?

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It’s time to Stop Diabetes

(ARA) – November is American Diabetes Month, a time to recognize the deadly disease that nearly 24 million children and adults live with today. Another 57 million people have pre-diabetes or are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes has become an epidemic; in fact, if current trends continue, one in three children born today will face a future with diabetes.

The time has come to take greater action in communicating the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of prevention and control. The American Diabetes Association is launching a movement called Stop Diabetes to confront, fight and eventually end this devastating disease.

You can take steps to help change the future of diabetes, whether it’s learning tips on prevention, how to help people who struggle with it, or how to get involved in events in your community. In addition to joining the national movement, here are a few ways you can help Stop Diabetes on a local level:

Share. Inspire others to join the movement by sharing your personal story. Beginning Nov. 2, visit and join the American Diabetes Association on Facebook and Twitter to learn about all the exciting ways to be a part of the Stop Diabetes movement. Invite your family, friends, and co-workers to join this effort as well.

Act. Whether you want to run, walk, bike or simply tell a friend, there are many ways to help build momentum for the Stop Diabetes movement. Visit or call (800) 342-2383 to get involved in your area.

Learn. The American Diabetes Association has many resources throughout the country to help Stop Diabetes. If you or a loved one already have diabetes or are at risk for type 2, the Association can provide lifestyle and motivational information to prevent this disease from taking control of your life and the lives of those around you.

Give. The drive to Stop Diabetes cannot succeed without individuals dedicating time, effort and funds to support mission-critical activities in your neighborhood. Contact the American Diabetes Association to get involved.

Through these actions, you have the chance to get involved and help raise awareness, promote healthy living and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts and critical research that will ultimately Stop Diabetes once and for all.

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Why In-Home Care May be Right for You

I found a great article that talks about the many positive aspects regarding the use of In-Home Care for an aging loved one.  If you have any questions at all about Home Care in the area, please visit

In-Home Care is rapidly becoming the most commonly asked for service among today’s aging population. In-Home Care involves a network of service providers who deliver personal care and maintenance right to the home. These service providers handle routine tasks including light housekeeping, meal preparation, errand running, mail sorting and a whole lot more. If desired, they can also provide assistance with personal care.

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Here are some important tips for keeping our seniors safe at home.  If you need help for an aging loved one in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, visit us at

10 Easy Ways to Prevent Falls at Home

Safe home tips for seniors to prevent falls and accidents

By Gina Roberts-Grey

According to a new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, about one in six Americans age 65 and older will suffer a fall in the next three months, with about a third of those people sustaining serious injuries, such as a broken hip. The critical takeaway point is that most of these falls are preventable.

About half of the tumbles that seniors experience occur in their homes. It only takes a few simple modifications and improvements to your home, however, to eliminate many of the common hazards that can cause such disabling, even fatal, falls. Armed with the pointers below, you (or a caregiver or family member), along with someone who’s handy with a few power tools, can accomplish these safety modifications over the course of a weekend. These adjustments can make your home safer for not only an older person, but also for everyone who steps inside, especially grandchildren who often fail to watch where they’re going!

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Hello-I am Cheryl Smith, President and CEO of Kansas City Home Care located in Overland Park, Kansas.  Here is a little about me and Kansas City Home Care:

Cheryl A. Smith, President of Kansas City Home Care, Inc. is a Gerontologist who is a long-standing member of the National Association of Professional Care Managers (GCM). She is a founding member and past board director of the National Private Duty Associa­tion (NPDA). Ms. Smith is a Fellow with the Helzberg Entrepre­neurial Mentoring Program and is a member of the Accomplished Women’s Roundtable sponsored by the Kansas Women’s Business Center. She was rec­ognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of the twenty-five area Women Who Mean Business in 2006. Ms Smith currently serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Employment Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing women with the skills and confidence to help them achieve economic independence for themselves, and their families and the Alliance on Aging, the only organization in greater Kansas City solely dedicated to convening community partners to address the needs of older adults and their caregivers. She is a recipient of the 2008 Enterprising Women award and was recognized by KC Business Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Women for 2008. Kansas City Home Care made the INC. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list in 2008 and 2009. The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy, America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. The company has been ranked as one of the 2009 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Kansas City by Ingram’s Magazine.

In 1989, Ms. Smith founded Kansas City Home Care, Inc. to provide private in-home care services and care management for the elderly and disabled. As a care manager since 1985, she was not impressed with the quality of home care being provided to her clients. She received complaints from families about con­sistency in staffing and the quality of care their loved ones were receiving. At that time private duty home care was only available through a registry, a Medicare agency or by hiring a private individual. Thus, she opened Kansas City Home Care with a focus on quality, reliability and service. Kansas City Home Care prides itself on its “Clients Come First” philosophy.