Monthly Archives: April 2015

PMMA promotes two to senior executive positions

NewSVPsPresbyterian Manors of Mid-America announces the promotion of two to senior executive positions. Bill Taylor was named chief operating officer, and Jeanne Gerstenkorn was named senior vice president for health and wellness services. They will begin their new positions July 1.

Taylor, currently one of three regional directors of operations, served as executive director for Salina Presbyterian Manor four years. He has been in long-term care since 1985 as an administrator, CEO, and an owner and operator of two nursing communities in Kansas and Nebraska. He has a bachelor of arts in business administration from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., and received his nursing home administrator license from Cloud County Community College in Concordia. read more

7 Common Drugs That Are Toxic for Your Brain

These widely used medications can be especially harmful for older adults

By Leslie Kernisan, MD for Next Avenue 

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Want to keep your brain — or the brain of someone you love — as healthy as possible?

Of course you do. So you’ve been learning about what to do: what kind of physical exercise to try, what kind of brain games to play, what kinds of foods to eat, what kinds of supplements to take, what kind of sleep to get.

But you should also be learning what not to do.

Specifically, you should learn what kinds of toxins to avoid to protect your brain’s health. And even if you are super-fit and never take any medications, it’s good to know what to help your friends and family avoid. read more

Declutter Challenge: What Works Best for You?

Next Avenue readers share their top tips for getting rid of junk

By Liza Kaufman Hogan for Next Avenue 

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My 30-Day Declutter Challenge ended in a flurry as I scrambled to complete the last three days of clutter collection.

The goal of the challenge, started on Aug. 1, was to collect one item on Day 1, two on Day 2 and so forth for 30 days. By the end, on Aug. 30, I had culled more than the requisite 465 items, really closer to 500.

My declutter pile is big (see ugly photo) but not as big as I imagined when I started the challenge — maybe because I didn’t have large items like furniture to shed. Instead, I have amassed a large pile of small items like books, toys and electronic flotsam and jetsam. read more

Ask the Expert: Caring for Your Aging Parent

She wrote the book on eldercare, and then her mother got sick

By Heidi Raschke for Next Avenue

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In 1996, Virginia Morris wrote “the bible of eldercare.” How to Care for Aging Parents addressed seemingly every question a member of the sandwich generation could have. The book was clear, compassionate, and encyclopedic, and there was nothing else like it on the market. It became a bestseller. And though Morris had no personal experience as a caregiver, she became a sought-after national expert on the subject.

Morris, a medical writer, saw a need for a one-stop resource that addressed all the issues raised when caring for an aging parent. That need is still there, she says, so she’s out with an updated 3rd edition of How to Care for Aging Parents that covers it all — the medical questions, the financial concerns, the housing issues, and perhaps most importantly, the emotional toll that dealing with all those practical matters takes on caregivers and their relationships with parents, spouses, and siblings. read more

4 Things You Can Fix About Your Aging Body

You can’t turn back time, but you can undo some of the damage done

By Denise Logeland for Next Avenue

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Most of the time, we should hold on to our wallets (and our dignity) when someone tells us we can look and feel younger — unless that someone is Dr. Daniel Neides, medical director of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.

Neides says “absolutely” we can undo some of the damage done to our bodies by neglect and the passage of time, and not just in the abstract terms of reducing disease risk. Neides believes we can shake off some of the very real ways that we feel age creeping up on us day to day. read more

5 Steps to Combat and Prevent Elder Abuse

What a new federal report recommends to curb this scourge

By Liza Kaufman Hogan for Next Avenue 

July 25, 2014

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Not long ago, my aunt, who is in her 80s, was the victim of financial exploitation by an in-home health aide. It started with trips to the drugstore and small loans. Before long, the caregiver was regularly taking my aunt and her credit card to department stores to purchase clothes and other items — not for my aunt.

Eventually, a clerk noticed what was going on and alerted security and our family. By then, however, my aunt was out hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars. No charges were filed, but the caregiver was dismissed. read more

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s Founder’s Day celebrates 66 years of service to seniors

Employees of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America will celebrate 66 years of providing quality senior services guided by Christian values when they observe Founders Day this month.

The more than 2,000 professionals in 18 communities across Kansas and Missouri will sign promise boards signifying a re-dedication of their commitment to PMMA’s core values of respect, dignity and independence.

Employee surveys through the years indicate PMMA employees feel that being a part of residents’ lives enriches their own. The Founder’s Day celebration thanks employees for that devotion and for providing high-quality services. Residents will join in the celebrations, as well. read more

Stretches and Exercises for Tired, Achy Legs

4 ways to ease leg and knee pain caused by overdoing it

By Linda Melone for Next Avenue 

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Whether you took a longer walk than usual, tried a new exercise or simply spent all day on your feet, achy legs can make your whole body hurt.

If the achiness stems from exercise, blame it on micro-tears in the muscle cells themselves, says Irv Rubenstein, an exercise physiologist and founder of S.T.E.P.S., in Nashville, Tenn. The little tears spark an inflammatory process that’s necessary for healing. “It occurs and enables proper reconstruction of the damaged tissue,” Rubenstein says. read more