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Avoid Heart Attacks by Managing Your Heart Disease

If you have heart disease, you probably already know you’re at risk for a heart attack. Especially if you have other heart attack risk factors, such as: Age >65 Male gender Family history of heart attack High cholesterol High blood pressure Diabetes Obesity Stress Even if you do have other heart attack risk factors, certain lifestyle changes can greatly reduce your risk for heart attack. Here are some examples: Eat right. Choose foods that are low in sodium and low in saturated and trans fats. Eat lean meats, low-fat dairy products, lots of fruit and vegetables, and whole grains. Limit portion sizes. Avoid sugary drinks (e.g., soda). Exercise. Aerobic exercise (e.g., walking, swimming, riding a bicycle) can help you lose weight, reduce blood sugar, improve your cholesterol, […]
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Are You at Risk for Diabetes?

There are currently 30 million people in the U.S. who have diabetes. And 25% of those people don’t even know they have it. Could you be one of them? If not, is there a chance you’re at risk? Types of Diabetes and Risk Factors There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes: Thought to be an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the cells that produce insulin. Risk factors for Type 1 diabetes may include: Family history of Type 1 diabetes Certain viruses Environmental factors Type 2 diabetes:  A condition in which your body doesn’t produce insulin or doesn’t use insulin effectively. Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes may include: Obesity Age (>45) Sedentary lifestyle Family history of diabetes A history of […]
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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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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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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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Springtime Fun for Seniors in Kansas City

Now that spring has (almost) arrived in Kansas City, you’re going to want to get outdoors and enjoy some of that beautiful weather! Here are some spring activities for Kansas City seniors. Depending on your level of independent activity, you may need your home care provider to help with some of these. *Note: If you’re a caregiver for someone who has Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia, there are some activities on this list that the two of you might also enjoy. Visit the plaza. Meet friends for lunch on an outdoor patio; then do some shopping. Do some gardening. If you can’t get down on your hands and knees, plant an elevated herb garden or put some flowers in large pots on your patio […]
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