Monthly Archives: May 2014

Memorial Day: A solemn occasion

Memorial Day began in the 19th century as “Decoration Day.” Citizens were urged to decorate the graves of soldiers who died in the Civil War. After World War I, Decoration Day expanded to include ceremonies honoring the dead in all of America’s wars.

Decoration Day officially became Memorial Day in 1967. The following year, the Uniform Holidays Act established it as one of three holidays (including Veteran’s Day and George Washington’s birthday, now called President’s Day) celebrated on a Monday to create a convenient three-day weekend. Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday in May. read more

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America wins three Healthcare Advertising awards

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America recently won three awards in the Healthcare Advertising Awards competition, sponsored by the Healthcare Marketing Report.

PMMA was recognized for these entries:Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America recently won three awards in the Healthcare Advertising Awards competition, sponsored by the Healthcare Marketing Report.

This is the 31st year for the national Healthcare Advertising competition. It is the oldest and largest such competition in the U.S. A national panel of judges granted awards to the entries exemplifying exceptional quality, creativity and message effectiveness. About 4,000 entries vie for Healthcare Advertising awards each year. read more

Art is Ageless program wins three creativity awards

Art is Ageless® program wins three gold Hermes Creative AwardsPresbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s Art is Ageless™ program is a recent recipient of three gold honors from the Hermes Creative Awards competition.

The Hermes Creative Awards competition is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The awards recognize the outstanding work of creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media.

Art is Ageless is a trademarked program of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, a faith-based organization with 18 retirement communities in Kansas and Missouri. Each community holds a juried art competition exclusively for people age 65 and older. Winning art may be chosen to appear in a calendar or note cards. Periodic programs and classes are held throughout the year to encourage seniors to express their creativity. read more

Newton campus grows quickly

The expansion of Newton Presbyterian Manor.
As Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America celebrates its 65th anniversary, we will take a look back at our history in each issue of Community Matters.

From 1949 to 1955, Newton Presbyterian Manor grew quickly.

By October 1949, the house at 1100 E. Seventh was full, and Newton Presbyterian Manor had a waiting list. The board of trustees voted to rent another, larger house, at 1403 N. Main, as a stop-gap measure while they considered what to do next. The house at 1403 N. Main was called the Wood’s Annex, and a matron was installed there to oversee care of the residents. read more

Safe today, healthy tomorrow

Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow. Older Americans Month 2014This year’s Older Americans Month’s theme, “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow,” focuses on safety and preventing injury, encouraging seniors to protect themselves to remain active and independent.

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America provides services, support and resources to older adults year round. Seeking to be a trusted resource for information important to seniors, PMMA communities host Just Ask sessions free for anyone in the surrounding area, and some hold ongoing classes free to the public. read more