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 become less active.
  • You lose muscle tone as you age, which makes it more difficult to exercise.
  • Chronic illness (e.g., arthritis, hypothyroidism) can make weight loss challenging.
  • Some prescription medications can cause weight gain.
  • Hormonal changes can redistribute fat and contribute to muscle loss.
  • The older you get, the harder it is to do some of the exercises that were once easy for you.
  • Major lifestyle changes (e.g., death of a spouse) can lead to emotional eating.
  • It’s easier to eat out than it is to cook.

Weight Loss Resources for Kansas City Seniors

If you need to lose weight, or you just want to maintain your current weight, here are some local resources:

  • Exercise classes:
    • There are lots of Senior Centers in the Kansas City area, many of which offer exercise classes for older adults.
    • If you live in Overland Park, Leawood, Prairie Village, or Mission Hills, the Johnson County Parks & Recreation District has a 50+ Program that offers land and water exercises and nature walks at three Johnson County 50+ Centers.
  • Fitness or Activity trackers: In order to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you eat. An activity tracker will track how many calories you’ve taken in vs. how many calories you’ve burned. You can also set it to remind you to get up once an hour and walk. There are lots of places in Kansas City where you can buy a Fitness tracker (e.g., Walmart, Target).
  • Nutrition guidance. If you need help with diet planning, start by talking to your doctor. If you feel you need additional assistance, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a Find-An-Expert tool that can help you find a registered dietitian in the Kansas City area.

If you’re over the age of 50 and living in Kansas city, senior discounts can save you money on things like groceries, drug store items, dining out, and so much more! Here are just some of the places where you can save:

Grocery stores

  • HyVee: If you’re 55+, you can sign up for a Senior Discount Club Card, which will get you a 5% discount on purchases every Wednesday.

Drugstores

  • Walgreens: Once a month, Walgreens runs a Seniors Day with discounts for those ages 55+ or for AARP members.

Entertainment

  • Regal Cinemas: If you’re an AARP member and a Regal Crown Club member, you’ll get a $3 discount on a popcorn and drink combo.
  • AMC Theatres: AMC Theatres offers a $1 senior discount for matinees and a $3 senior discount for evening movies if you’re age 60 or over.
  • Kansas City Zoo. If you’re 55+, you’ll get a $1 discount on admission.

Restaurants

  • Bonefish Grill: If you’re an AARP member, get a 15% discount on food purchases.
  • Carrabba’s: If you’re an AARP member, get a 10% discount on food purchases.
  • Chili’s: Most restaurants offer a senior discount, but it varies by location.
  • Denny’s: Denny’s has a special 55+ menu with smaller portions at lower prices; or if you’re an AARP member, get a 15% discount on your check.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts: If you’re an AAFP member, get a free donut with a L or XL beverage purchase.
  • McCormick & Schmick’s: If you’re an AAFP member, get a 10% discount on your check.
  • Outback Steakhouse: If you’re an AAFP member, get a 10% discount on food purchases.

Clothing/retail

  • Kohl’s: If you’re 60 or older, get a 15% discount on Wednesdays.
  • Ross Stores: If you’re 55+, sign up for the Every Tuesday Club at Customer Service and you’ll get a 10% discount on Tuesdays.

Most Kansas City metro area organizations that have senior discounts don’t advertise them online. The bottom line is every time you go into an establishment in Kansas City, Independence, Overland Park, Prairie Village (or anywhere in the metro area), ask about a senior discount. You may be surprised by how many venues offer them, even though they’re not publicized.


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, you also need to get an annual flu shot. If you don’t and you get sick, you’re putting that person at risk even if he or she has been immunized.

And if you’re charged with caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia, it’s important to make sure that person gets a flu shot, too.

What if the Flu Shot Makes Me Sick?

It seems a lot of people are still concerned about getting the flu from a flu shot, but that’s simply not possible. The reason being that theĀ flu vaccine is made from an “inactivated” virus, which means there’s no way it can make you sick.

Then why do some people get sick right after they get a flu shot? Flu shots don’t start working until a week or two after you get them. So if you get a flu shot and end up with the flu a few days later, the shot hadn’t yet had time to become effective. So you actually caught the virus somewhere else. That’s why it’s important to get your flu shot early. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s okay to get the shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available, and it’s best to get it by the end of October. But you shouldn’t skip it if you happen to miss the October deadline. Even though flu season begins in early October, it lasts throughout the winter, and sometimes even into spring.

Where Can I get a Flu Shot?

To get your flu shot, make an appointment with your home care nurse or doctor’s office. You can also get one at most CVS or Walgreens stores. They normally posts signs out front to let you know when the vaccine is available.