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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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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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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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Why Flu Shots Are Especially Important for Seniors

It’s almost flu season again, and signs are popping up all over Kansas City, Overland Park, and Prairie Village reminding you it’s time for your annual flu shot. But how important is that flu shot really? Flu shots are the number one method of preventing the flu. And it turns out the flu can be pretty dangerous if you’re over the age of 65. Every year in the U.S., as many as 700,000 people end up in the hospital from the flu and related complications. Most of those people are seniors. That’s because as you age, your immune system gets weaker, making it more difficult for you to fight off infection. What About Caregivers? If you’re caring for someone who’s over the age of 65, […]
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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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