Monthly Archives: July 2014

10 ways to age successfully

Why do some people seem to be healthier, others adapt to changes better and others are as enthusiastic as ever? Much of how we age isn’t just in our genes but how we’ve taken care of ourselves through the years. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Life is a journey not a destination.”

Roger Landry, a physician expert on aging, offers the following advice. He is a former chief of Aerospace, Occupational and Preventive Medicine for the U.S. Air Force and the founder of All Ways Healthy, a consulting firm for population health for all ages. read more

Check your fluids

With the summer heat inching up the thermometer, it’s time to check your fluids … are you drinking enough water and other liquids? While staying hydrated is important for people of all ages, it’s particularly important as we grow older. Older adults don’t notice thirst as readily as younger people, and sometimes changes in our health happen quickly.

It’s important to drink enough water and other fluids for several reasons (information from the Centers for Disease Control):

  • Keeping your temperature normal through perspiration
  • Getting rid of waste through urination and bowel movements
  • Protecting your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
  • Lubrication and cushioning for your joints
  • Keeping your skin from getting drier

You need to drink enough water every day to replace the fluids that the body naturally loses. If you don’t make a point of drinking water or other fluids, especially in hot weather, you’re probably not getting enough. If you take prescription medication or have kidney problems, be sure to check with your doctor before drastically increasing your fluid intake. read more

Art is Ageless receives Web Health Award

art is agelessPresbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s Art is Ageless® website recently won a merit award from the Web Health Awards contest. The 16-year-old competition is organized by the Health Information Resource Center, a clearinghouse for consumer health.

Art is Ageless is a program of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, a faith-based organization with 18 retirement communities in Kansas and Missouri. The website is Each PMMA 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. The art and artists are featured on the website. read more

Presbyterian Manors residents, employees report high levels of satisfaction

Residents and employees of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s 18 communities in Kansas and Missouri gave the organization high marks in a recent satisfaction survey.

With nearly 2,400 residents to survey in independent living, assisted living and health care (skilled nursing), participation rates were high.

For the first time, health care and assisted living residents were surveyed separately, with 52 percent of health care residents or their family members and 64 percent of assisted living residents participating. In Independent Living, more than 85 percent of residents completed the survey. read more

Fort Scott Presbyterian Village earns zero-deficiency rating

We’re happy to announce we earned a zero-deficiency survey from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services following its inspection on May 20. This is the sixth consecutive zero-deficiency survey for Fort Scott Presbyterian Village, and the eighth zero-deficiency rating in the past 12 years.

“It is rare for a provider to have zero-deficiency surveys for so many consecutive surveys. We are so proud of our staff for this outstanding achievement,” said Ginger Nance, executive director. “We know that their dedication to our mission and to our residents created a deficiency-free community. Every employee impacts the outcome of the survey since regulations affect every job position at Fort Scott Presbyterian Village.” read more

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor earns zero-deficiency rating

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor earned a zero-deficiency survey from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services following its annual inspection Feb. 18, 2014.

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor earns zero-deficiency rating

This is the second consecutive year Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor has received a zero-deficiency rating, and the fifth time in the past 11 years.

“We are so proud of our staff for this outstanding achievement,” said Sarah Griggs, executive director. “We know that their dedication to our mission and to our residents created a deficiency-free community. Every employee impacts the outcome of the survey since regulations affect every job position at Arkansas Presbyterian Manor.” read more

Wellness Corner: Intergenerational activities aren’t just fun, they’re good for you

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America communities regularly feature activities involving young people. Whether it’s a youth choir performance and visit, an ongoing program with a local school or regular activities with the on-campus preschool, these pairings of the young and the old are not by happenstance: there are bonafide benefits for the kids, the elders and the community. For seniors, the positive effects include health benefits.

Generations United is a national group promoting intergenerational relationships. It lists the following among many benefits to older adults who regularly volunteer with children: read more

65th Anniversary: Missourians build first campus at Farmington

Dr. Fred Walker, first superintendent of Homelife in Farmington, Mo.

Dr. Fred Walker was the first superintendent of Homelife in Farmington, Mo. A plaque beneath his photo at Farmington Presbyterian Manor reads, “He had a dream, we have a home.”

The Missouri synods of the Presbyterian Church, U.S., and the United Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., joined together to construct the first Presbyterian Homelife campus in Farmington, Mo. The project was authorized in 1957 in a joint session of the synods, but construction of the first building was delayed while funds were raised for the project.

The campus was the brainchild of a former Ralston-Purina sales executive, Grafton Lothrop, who is credited with “selling” the idea to the synods and providing its unique name. Lothrop became president of the board of trustees for Presbyterian Homes of Missouri, Inc., which also operated a children’s home in Farmington. read more