Monthly Archives: January 2015

5 Tips to Find Meaning and Purpose in Later Life



How to program your internal GPS in retirement

By Ed Merck for Next Avenue

Throughout my middle years, I never questioned what held meaning in my life. The scaffolding of my identity as a successful college Chief Financial Officer and owner of a thriving software company was built into the job. What I did was who I was, and that was the end of it.

Then, once I moved over to the other side of full-time work, the picture became less clear. Take the job away and who was I?

Stepping aside, I was more than ready to bequeath my left-brained razzle-dazzle to the young Turks whose beta-wave-oriented brains were just reaching full-flourish mode. read more

When Should You Seek More Family Help?

Primary caregivers may need to call in the cavalry. Here’s what to do.

By Eileen Beal of Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging for Next Avenue 



If you are like most caregivers, the tasks and responsibilities that come with caring for an aging parent or loved one — running errands, odd jobs around the house, transportation to social events or doctor’s appointments, paying bills, being on call 24/7 — creep up on you as the person’s health and well-being change over time.

It’s important to step back frequently and think about those changes and what they mean. One of the most significant pieces to watch is behavior. read more

10 Things You Should Bring to Every Doctor’s Appointment

An expert says proper preparation for every office visit is critical to getting the care you deserve

By Leana Wen, M.D. for Next Avenue 



As an emergency physician, I see patients every day who have forgotten to bring something critical to their appointments. That’s understandable when you face an unplanned emergency situation, but not when you’ve had time to prepare for, say, an annual checkup or a follow-up visit with a specialist.

Whatever the situation, I suggest there are 10 things you should always take with you, even if you don’t end up needing them all. Here they are, based on guidance I share in my new book, When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests: read more

65th Anniversary: PMMA’s focus turns to the future in 1990s

Presbyterian Manor Celebrates 65 YearsThis month, we continue to look back at our history as Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America celebrates 65 years of the art of life.

In 1990, Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America moved into a new corporate office building in northeast Wichita, and Manor of the Plains in Dodge City opened.

That year, the “Tradition of Caring” capital campaign also kicked off with a goal of $6.4 million. The first leg of the campaign was conducted in Emporia, where $600,000 was raised. Each campus had its own campaign to raise funds toward the $6.4 million goal. The campaigns raised funds to meet current Good Samaritan Program needs and provide a future endowment for Good Samaritan needs, assist in covering debt service and provide capital improvements at PMMA campuses. read more


A simple question doesn’t always have a simple answer. “Why did my friend go to the hospital?” seems to be a simple question, but the answer is blocked by a federal law. While most think of the law as the protector of medical records, privacy isn’t even in its name.

We call it HIPAA (pronounced HIP-pah), but the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 also has been known as the Kassebaum-Kennedy Act or Kennedy-Kassebaum Act. Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum, R-Kan., was a leading sponsor of the bill, along with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. read more