Monthly Archives: February 2015

Why Now Is the Time to Leave Guilt Behind

You need to take care of yourself when caring for someone else

By Lorie Parch for Next Avenue



Nothing’s more important than family and friends, right? Few disagree, and we cherish the people we can depend on. In fact, you may be one of those people: When something goes wrong and a relative or pal needs you, you’re there, no questions asked.

While that’s a great trait, it can come at a steep price: your health.

In fact, it could be that one of the biggest risks to your health isn’t backed-up arteries or sky-high blood sugar, but something that’s usually associated with Freud and your mom: Guilt. read more

How to Fall in Love With Your Spouse All Over Again

Experts and couples reveal five secrets of successful long-term relationships

By Linda Bernstein for Next Avenue



Last month my daughter got married. During the ceremony, she and her husband gazed at each other adoringly and joy seemed to exude from every pore in their bodies. I found myself wondering, Have any two people ever been so in love?

Even as I squeezed the hand of my darling husband of 32 years, I felt as if I could never have been as much in love with him as my daughter was with her man on their wedding day.

Or maybe, I mused, love just looks more radiant on young faces. Could love possibly have a shelf life? Does it have “planned obsolescence,” like modern technology? read more

What’s Causing Your Leg Pain, Burning and Numbness?

Leg discomfort can knock you off your feet for a variety of reasons — but it should never be ignored

By Winnie Yu for Next Avenue 



Aching calves, burning legs, numbness in the feet — pain and discomfort in the lower extremities is a common complaint that sends many of us to our doctors seeking relief.

But unless the cause is something obvious, like a fall, pinpointing the source may require some medical detective work. Trying to tough it out, though, will not get you any closer to the answers.

“Leg pain that comes on acutely with a bang, is severe and doesn’t resolve within minutes probably needs to be seen right away,” as it could be a sign of a more serious condition, says Dr. Benjamin Wedro, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin and an emergency physician at Gundersen Medical Center in Lacrosse, Wis. “There’s no trophy for suffering.” read more

Are Your Loved One’s Dementia Symptoms Reversible?

Too often, doctors and caregivers see symptoms of dementia as permanent when the problem may be a simple infection

By Gary Drevitch for Next Avenue



Among the myriad ways my kids have it better than me: As a child, I had only two grandparents, one of whom died when I was still very young. But my kids, at least the older two, were born with a full complement of grandmas and grandpas, plus a great-grandmother, and while the ranks of grandparents have thinned somewhat in recent years, that 98-year-old “Nanny,” my wife’s grandmother, endures.

In fact, Nanny continues to live on her own, in an Upper Manhattan apartment, with the support of her walker, a daytime home-care aide, and a delightful pet cat. She manages her finances and keeps up with her large extended family, limited in conversation only by her somewhat impaired hearing. read more

7 Secrets to Get Good Customer Service by Phone

Agents are now better trained, if you can get past phone purgatory

By Caroline Mayer for Next Avenue



Over the past few months, I’ve had to make more than my usual share of calls to customer-service centers. The calls dealt with issues mundane (trying to learn what happened to an undelivered online order); frustrating (seeking help setting up a new printer) and serious (trying to assist my daughter in signing up for health insurance).

I’ve spent hours trying to get these issues resolved and here’s what I discovered: Once I reached customer-service agents, almost all were polite and patient, knowledgeable and helpful. But… it’s become increasingly difficult to reach live ones. read more

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America welcomes new hospice administrator

 Joni Davis, RNPresbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA), a not-for-profit system of 18 senior living communities in Kansas and Missouri, has recently hired Joni Davis, RN, as the Hospice Administrator of its Senior Independence Hospice of Mid-America (SIHMA). SIHMA’s hospice will begin services within their manor communities before expanding to Sedgwick, Cowley, Harvey, Butler, Sumner, Reno and Kingman Counties.

“I am excited to be a part of the PMMA family and look forward to partnering with our manor communities as we provide compassionate care to our residents and their families,” said Davis. read more

65th Anniversary: New community arises from growing senior need

Presbyterian Manor Celebrates 65 YearsThis month, we continue our look back at 65 years of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America with the birth of Aberdeen Village in Olathe, Kan. In 1996, Presbyterians in Johnson County were convinced there was a need for a new Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America campus in the Greater Kansas City area, and specifically in Johnson County.

In 1996, Presbyterians in Johnson County were convinced there was a need for a new Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America campus in the Greater Kansas City area, and specifically in Johnson County.At the time, there were no Christian-based non-profit senior living communities offering the full continuum of care in Johnson County. read more

7 Easy Ways to Build Strong Bones

Jump 10 times, crush some cans and other tips to boost bone density

By Linda Melone for Next Avenue 



Bone building reaches a peak during adolescence but then slows after age 25. In addition to this natural bone loss, we’re less likely to perform high-impact, bone-stimulating exercises (such as jumping) after age 50. This adds up to an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone breaks and fractures.

Fortunately, you can build stronger bones at any age.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion shows that people who jumped 10 times twice daily increased bone density by .5 percent compared with those who didn’t and lost about 1.3 percent. (Note: the study did not include women with osteoporosis; jumping is not recommended in cases of weak bones.) read more