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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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Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults

The older you get, the more likely you’ll be prescribed multiple medications. And that can be dangerous if you’re not careful, especially if they’re being prescribed by more than one doctor (or if you’re filling them at multiple Kansas City pharmacies). Here are some tips that can keep you safe: Keep an updated medication list. Make a list of all the medications you’re currently taking. Include any over-the-counter medications you take on a regular basis, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Every time a doctor writes you a new prescription, makes changes to a current prescription, or discontinues one of your medications, update your list. Take your medication list with you every time you go to a doctor’s office, or other medical facility, and show it to […]
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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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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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Elder Abuse and Neglect: Kansas City Hotlines Offer Help

Are you or someone you know a victim of elder abuse? Before you answer that, keep in mind that physical injuries aren’t the only signs of elder abuse. Other signs may include emotional or financial abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Elder abuse is any type of action that causes harm to an older person; unfortunately, the person who’s inflicting the harm is most often a close family member or other caregiver. If you’re being abused and you’ve been too ashamed to report it, don’t be. Elder abuse is actually quite common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tens of thousands of people over the age of 60 are abused each year in the U.S. Or maybe you’re afraid to report your abuser because […]
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When Hygiene is an Issue: Helping Your Aging Parent Stay Clean

The last time you dropped by your mom’s house in Kansas City, did you notice an unpleasant odor? And finally realize it was coming from her? Unfortunately, elderly people don’t always bathe as often as they should. There are a number of reasons why. For example, changing clothes can be difficult. Or there could be a fear of falling in the tub. Or they may just not remember they didn’t do it. Here are some things you can do to help if your mom (or dad) has stopped bathing. Open a dialogue. Your mom might not realize she has body odor if you don’t tell her. Or she may need help getting in and out of the shower and be embarrassed to ask. If she doesn’t have Alzheimer’s or dementia, see if […]
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Talking to Your Loved One About End-of-Life Care

The thought of a loved one dying can be painful, so it might seem easier not to talk about it. But if you don’t ask about end-of-life wishes, how will you know what your elderly mother in Independence or your ailing brother in Overland Park wants if a time comes when they can’t answer for themselves? Or how will your children (or other caregiver) know what your wishes are when you near the end of your life (especially if they no longer live in Kansas City)? Although potentially uncomfortable, discussions about end-of-life care are important. Here are some tips that might help: If you are a caregiver: Choose a quiet setting where you wont be interrupted. Ask, first, if your loved one would like to talk about […]
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