Monthly Archives: September 2014

Learning keeps your mind sharp

When you learn things, read or pursue a hobby, you’re not just having fun, you’re protecting your brain from the effects of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. “The research found that people who participated in mentally stimulating activities both early and late in life had a slower rate of decline in memory compared to those who did not,” according to the American Academy of Neurology.

The rate of mental decline in people participating in the research was reduced by 32 percent in mentally active seniors, while the rate of decline was 48 percent higher in those with infrequent activity. read more

65th Anniversary: Mid-’70s bring change to PMMA

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America: Celebrating 65 years of the art of life.We continue our celebration of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s 65th anniversary with a look at the mid-1970s.

In the mid-1970s, the national Presbyterian Church underwent a reorganization that resulted in the combining of Synod of Kansas and the Synod of Missouri and brought about big changes for the Presbyterian Manor system.

In 1975, United Presbyterian Foundation of Kansas entered into an agreement with the Board of Pensions of the United Presbyterian Church of the United States of America to manage the Mid-Continent Presbyterian Manor retirement home located two blocks from the famous Kansas City Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. This agreement also secured health care services for its residents. Mid-Continent was established as a well-care-home for church pensioners, but the site was later opened up to anyone, church pensioner or lay person, who sought residency. read more