Monthly Archives: August 2015

Why the Arts Are Key to Dementia Care

This form of communication can engage intuition and imagination

By Anne Basting for Next Avenue

Why the Arts Are Key to Dementia Care


When you receive a serious medical diagnosis, it can feel as though that diagnosis replaces your identity. I am no longer myself — instead, now I am cancer, or heart attack or dementia.

But even when we carry a diagnosis, we also continue to live our lives. We are more than our diseases and care plans.

People can live as long as 20 years with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Family and professional caregivers, as well as community members, need tools to ensure that people with Alzheimer’s can be more than their disease. But how? Conversation can be challenging, in person and by phone. How can we stay connected and foster what has come to be called the “personhood” of someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s? read more

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America wins award in National Health Information Awards Program

WICHITA, Kan. – Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s 65th anniversary video, “Celebrating the Art of Life” received a Gold Award from the National Health Information Awards Program. A television ad showcasing care options and the 2015 Art is Ageless® calendar also received Merit Awards.

PMMA has been celebrating 65 years of the art of living on its 18 campuses as the organization observed its 65th anniversary. The video, “Celebrating the Art of Life” focused on how life at PMMA, whether a resident or a staff member, really is a celebration of the art of life. read more

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America announces Art is Ageless® winners

The Bala Railway Bridge was the Best in Show - Professional winner. Artist Fredric Cowart entered the contest at Wichita Presbyterian Manor.

The Bala Railway Bridge was the Best in Show – Professional winner. Artist Fredric Cowart entered the contest at Wichita Presbyterian Manor.

WICHITA, Kan. –Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America has announced the winners of its annual, system-wide Art is Ageless® competition, which features entries by artists age 65 and older throughout Kansas and Missouri. The works of more than 50 senior artists will be featured in the 2016 Art is Ageless calendar and note cards.

Art is Ageless, open exclusively to people age 65 and older, is a copyrighted program of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. For the competition, works must have been completed in the past five years. Artists not interested in competition were invited to enter the Art is Ageless exhibit only. read more

Weight Training After 50: What You Need to Know

How often to train, what equipment to use – 6 tips to buff up safely

By Linda Melone for Next Avenue

Weight Training After 50 What You Need to Know


It’s easy enough to go for a walk or bike ride without professional instruction, but figuring out the weight training landscape can be a challenge. How much weight should you lift? How many repetitions and sets are best to help you achieve your goals?

Although it’s tempting to skip it altogether, many documented benefits of weight training after 50 make it a good idea to stick with it. Otherwise you risk losing muscle (called sarcopenia) as you age, for one. This slows your metabolism (muscle burns calories at rest) and increases risk of falls. read more

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America wins web awards

PMMAHomepageWICHITA, Kan. – Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s newly re-designed website,, recently received a Silver Award in the Digital Health Awards. The organization also received recognition for its Art is Ageless® video, which is posted to all PMMA websites.

PMMA recently re-designed 17 of its 18 community websites and its corporate website in partnership with G5, a leader in the senior living digital marketing field based in Bend, Oregon. Like the 17 campus sites, the new PMMA corporate website is mobile responsive, providing visitors with a consistent, high-quality experience whether the site is accessed from a desktop computer or a mobile device. Site copy was revised and new resources designed to assist consumers with making a decision about senior living were added. read more

Walking 20 Minutes a Day Might Save Your Life

A brisk walk could cut your risk of early death, even if you’re obese

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue

Walking 20 Minutes a Day Might Save Your Life


There’s now more encouraging evidence that you don’t have to run marathons to make a difference in your health.

A brisk 20-minute walk each day could be enough to cut your risk of early death – even if you are obese, according to new research published Jan. 14.

The study of more than 334,000 European men and women found that twice as many deaths may be attributable to lack of physical activity than to obesity. And a modest boost in activity could make a big difference, the study concluded. read more

The 3 Questions to Help You Find Your Purpose

Answer them and you’ll love your life more, says ‘The Payoff Principle’ author

By Alan R. Zimmerman for Next Avenue

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In junior high school, I decided that I would go into the ministry. The problem was, I wasn’t sure it was my dream . . . or ever had been.

I went on to get my master’s and doctoral degrees, taught several undergraduate classes and something strange happened. I discovered I loved teaching and I was good at it — very good. But I also felt guilty for tossing aside my “supposed” purpose or calling to the ministry.

Fortunately, I attended a workshop on “intensive journaling” about how to relax, think, reflect, visualize and keep a journal, so the deeper things inside me might be revealed. I then wrote in my journal: “I can serve God and others as a teacher, speaker and author.” Almost instantly, my guilt disappeared, and a sense of peace, direction, and well-being settled over me. I knew I was living my life and working my career on purpose. read more

How to Help Mom and Dad Move to a New Home

Here are five tips to make the transition less traumatic for your parents

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue

April 1, 2015

How to Help Mom and Dad Move to a New Home


For most people, moving from one home to another is exhausting. Even when we get help with packing and transporting our possessions, moving means changing countless aspects of our everyday lives — from making a new place for the silverware to potentially finding new friends. And it can mean saying goodbye to memories we’ve made over the course of years.

Older adults often have a much harder time with the transition. For your parents, moving can go from merely taxing to highly traumatic. That’s when it becomes transfer trauma, also known more broadly as relocation stress syndrome. read more

4 Things to Do When Your Parents Are Resisting Help

Taking these steps can reduce frustration and stress — for all of you

By Dr. Leslie Kernisan for Next Avenue

4 Things to Do When Your Parents Are Resisting Help


“Doctor, my mom needs help, but she won’t accept it and she won’t listen.”

Sound familiar? It’s a complaint I hear all the time from families worried about older parents and aging relatives.

And it’s a very real issue that we must address. For better health and wellbeing in older adults, it’s not enough to identify the underlying health and life problems — although that is a key place to start.

Because even if you’ve correctly identified the problems and learned how the experts recommend managing them, older parents often seem, well, resistant. Understandably, this causes families a lot of frustration and stress. read more