Kansas City Home Care Topics

The Paris of the Plains—that’s how the rest of the world once knew Kansas City. Our heritage is rich with arts and events for all ages. Seniors, or people caring for elderly family members need to remember that the good times still roll in Kansas City, Johnson County and Overland Park regardless of a person’s age.

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The market for anti-aging products can be mind boggling in its scope. Marketers have clearly identified a generation of seniors who want to age gracefully. But some products are definitely more hype than help, and for elderly consumers, some guidance might be needed. Kansas City Home Care is a leader in in-home care for the Kansas City metro area. Here is our take on the anti-aging consumer craze:

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Driving is a hot topic for families that have senior adults who want to continue driving even after signs point to stopping. Driving is more than a means of transportation for many seniors: it’s often a way of staying connected and keeping interests alive. Getting to the store, to doctor’s appointments, going to the salon or the gym, seeing family and friends are engagements that are crucial to seniors who can otherwise become isolated or depressed.

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Lucia and David* like to have dinner on Thursday nights at their country club in Johnson County, as they have done for years. But David’s dementia has progressed to the point that Lucia isn’t sure if he’ll remember the names of acquaintances who stop by to say hello. She has to be vigilant in order to keep him from repeating himself to the waiter, she orders his food, makes sure he keeps his placemat and clothes clean, and helps him find the restroom.

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Though checking brain health is not a priority for many physicians, we at Kansas City Home Care would like to argue that it should be. Up to 640,000 Americans were recognized as having early-onset dementia in 2018. Those statistics do not capture the real numbers of people who have early-onset dementia, since many living with the disease go undiagnosed. Most people who are diagnosed with early-onset dementia are still working and functioning in the world.

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As dementia progresses, it becomes more and more difficult for loved ones to remember everyday responsibilities such as turning off appliances, or taking medication on time. Telling time can be a challenge, as can using electronics like cell phones and television remotes. Some people with dementia even begin to wander or get lost if they’re not monitored.

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