Monthly Archives: February 2016

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America wins three awards in international marketing competition

AVA_Award_LogoAVA Digital Awards recently announced four awards for Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America in the international competition recognizing outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in concept, direction, design and production of media that is part of the evolution of digital communication.

There were 2,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and 17 other countries. Winners were selected from more than 200 categories in Audio, Video, and Web-based production.

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America received a platinum award, the highest award, in the Business to Consumer Website category for the newly re-launched PMMA community websites. Gold awards were received in the Non-profit Video and Web Design/Non-profit categories for the 65th anniversary video, Celebrating the Art of Life for 65 Years, and the newly redesigned Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America website. read more

Why keeping a good relationship with your doctor is key

This physician explains why that partnership is so important today

By Sarah C. Bauer, M.D. for Next Avenue


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“It’s all about relationships.”

That’s what a mentor told me during my medical training. Every day, as a pediatrician, I realize how true this is.

With the recent emergence and increasing popularity of virtual doctor visits due to convenience and lower costs, it is necessary to examine the nature of the interaction between doctor and patient.

As patients, we go to our doctors in our most vulnerable states. We want them to tell us what we want to hear — that nothing is wrong and our deepest fears are unsubstantiated. Sometimes that happens, and unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t. read more

How mindfulness will help you lose weight

Food for thought from ‘The Joy of Half a Cookie’ author

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue


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You’re in good company if you have tried and failed to lose weight or to keep the pounds off. But Jean Kristeller, professor emerita of psychology at Indiana State University, may be able to help.

She developed a Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training program with funding from the National Institutes of Health. And her research has led to the new book, The Joy of Half a Cookie: Using Mindfulness to Lose Weight and End the Struggle with Food, written by Kristeller with Alisa Bowman (© By Jean Kristeller, Ph.D. A Perigee Book, an imprint of Penguin Random House). read more

Memories actually get better with age

Boomer marketer Peter Hubbell says that happens in three ways

By Peter Hubbell for Next Avenue


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Memories get better with age.

By memories, I’m talking about long-term memory or LTM, not short-term memory such as basic information like phone numbers and where you left your glasses. Aging people have a lot on their minds and it’s not really their fault that they’re occasionally forgetful.

Long-term memory is relatively permanent and has significant storage capacity, way more than we actually use in a lifetime. The memories stored in our LTM are the memories that we remembered to process when they were in our short-term memory. These memories made a successful passage to safekeeping either because we have attached some significance to them or we have repeated them sufficiently enough to be remembered. Most of our recollections of life events and experiences — and how they made us think and feel — are permanently part of our LTM. read more

A true gift of the heart

Mom is gone, but the gift she gave me lives on

By Jill Smolowe for Next Avenue

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As the season of giving thanks gave way to the season of giving-because-it’s-a-given-that-we’ll-give, I received a party invitation that eased the transition from graceful comity to gross commerce. “Bring a small wrapped gift,” it read. “But make it an item you own and love … and would like one of us to receive along with its story.”

So lovely, this idea of parting with something you own and love in hopes of affording another person pleasure. It instantly brought to mind a gift I received from my mother seven months before her death in 2010, one that continues to provide me with joy daily. read more

Why we missed the signs of my mom’s lewy body dementia

Robin Williams also suffered from the disease, often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s

By Candy Schulman for Next Avenue


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I never imagined my mother would have anything in common with actor and comedian Robin Williams. But when his widow revealed that he suffered from Lewy body dementia, she said, “Lewy body dementia killed Robin. It took his life.”

She linked this often-misdiagnosed and incurable form of dementia to his suicide, saying that he had been expected to live only three more years.

No one can truly predict anyone’s life expectancy. I believe my mother suffered from the same debilitating illness for at least 10 years. read more

The one death this doctor can’t forget

How physicians’ religious views may affect end-of-life talks

By Vincent Quagliarello, M.D. for Next Avenue


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In more than 30 years of being a doctor, I’ve participated in many end-of-life events. But one stands out.

She was an elderly woman I had known for years; I’ll call her “Tessie” (not her real name). On the last evening of her terminal illness, I was in her home, standing at her bedside with her large extended family. I felt their glistening eyes yearn for me to harness both a spiritual presence and medical expertise. As they prayed the rosary out loud, I directed the administration of morphine drops on her tongue. She exuded peace. The family wept with gratitude. I never felt more like a doctor. It was the best end of life I’ve ever witnessed. read more

When should you ‘talk’ differently to someone with dementia?

As the disease changes, so should your method of communication

By Eileen Beal for Next Avenue


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If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you will notice that as the condition worsens, so does your loved one’s ability to initiate or participate in conversations; understand and process information; and communicate wishes, wants and needs.

Behavior changes, such as forgetfulness and confusion, mood swings, frustration or anger are red flags that they have reached the “moderate” stage of dementia.

They are also red flags telling you that you need to change the way you’re communicating and interacting with your loved one. read more

6 things to know about EMV chip credit cards

Why you need to watch your mail and be a patient shopper

By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell for Next Avenue

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By now, you’ve likely received in the mail a replacement credit card with an EMV chip (EMV stands for Europlay, MasterCard and Visa). The computer chip has been put in to keep hackers from getting access to the data in your card’s magnetic strip.

But you may be in for some surprises, and I say this from personal experience.