(Family Features) An estimated 1.4 million older adults and people with disabilities live in nursing homes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires and other emergency situations are all too common these days. In fact, about 4 out of 5 Americans live in counties hit by weather events since 2007, according to disaster declaration data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Helping a parent stay active and healthy at home can be achieved with careful planning. The rewards of personally caring for, or managing the care of, a loved one who needs help are innumerable. It’s an opportunity to give back and to offer a return on the loving investment they once made in us.

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From behind the counter, long-time Route 66 volunteer Donna Lee answers questions from Tucson, Ariz., family, from left, Jane Morrison, Steve Kortenkamp and Eleanor Kartenkamp.

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Alliance Oklahoma Home Health offers skilled nursing, therapy services and social services, and has been locally operated for the past 20 years by Pam Wyer and Peggy Rennels. The home healthcare provider consistently wins awards for its high standards of care.

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At Foss Lake, 2-year-old Paislee Davitt gets her face painted by artist Tina Mares of Seminole while proud parents Traci and Hunter Davitt of Burns Flat watch from behind.

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Winners of the Little King and Queen Contest at Foss Lake on Saturday were, from left, Renly Matthews, 1 1/2 years old; Kyson Hinton, 2; Scarlett Delynn Allen, 3; Halen Twyman, 3; Reegan Matthews, 3; and Addison Hinton, 4.

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