Monthly Archives: December 2016

5 New Year’s resolutions for older adults

How to set your sights on the big picture at New Year’s

By Bruce Rosenstein for Next Avenue

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In 2007, British psychologist Richard Wiseman followed more than 3,000 people attempting to achieve New Year’s resolutions including the top three: lose weight, quit smoking and exercise regularly. At the start of the study, most were confident of success. A year later, only 12 percent had achieved their goals.

To make meaningful New Year’s resolutions that you’ll really keep, set long-range resolutions for your second act. This way, you can help reach the goals that matter to you in the context of your entire future, not just a single year. read more

The joy of fostering a senior dog

You and your adopted companion benefit when you open your home

By Debbie Swanson for Next Avenue

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Carol Byers already had two dogs when she decided to foster a third. Byers, an active woman in her early 70s, set her sights on an older pet.

“Like most seniors, I’ve experienced loss and know how important quality of life is,” she says. “To give a senior dog an opportunity to live out life with a loving family, a lap to curl up in, a comfortable bed and tummy rubs, means a lot.” (A senior dog is one in the last 25 percent of his or her life; the average lifespan of most breeds is nine to 15 years.) read more

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America honors all campuses

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Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America recognized all 17 of its Kansas and Missouri campuses for reaching goals in fiscal year 2016, July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, during a celebration Dec. 1 at the Broadview Hotel in Wichita, Kan.

The recognitions came through PMMA’s new Emerald Awards Program, designed to encourage its 17 locations to achieve high levels of resident and employee satisfaction, meet financial goals, build philanthropic support for the organization’s mission and meet marketing goals. There are 11 areas measured for the Emerald Awards. read more

Fighting ageism means paying attention to our stereotypes

By Debbie Reslock for Next Avenue

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Credit: John Gilman Aging adults often struggle to be seen behind a one-dimensional stereotype of “old”

Writer Ceridwen Dovey didn’t think it would be difficult to write a novel from the point of view of a man in his late 80s. Dovey, a 30-something novelist, concocted a generic old man who was crabby and computer illiterate. Another main character was an eccentric old woman who wore magenta-colored turbans and handed out safe-sex pamphlets.

But as Dovey wrote last year in The New Yorker, her effort revealed the problem with assumptions. After reading her first draft, an editor inquired, “But what else are they, other than old?” read more

Keep the momentum going

Your generosity can extend hope beyond today

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The end of the year puts many of us in a reflective mood. We think about the ups and downs we’ve had along the way and the special moments that touched our hearts.

When you review your personal highlights for 2016, don’t forget to count the positive impact you’ve had on others this year by supporting causes important in your life, such as Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. Your generosity is an encouragement to those we serve.

Shared medical appointments: Are they for you?

Patients report gaining knowledge and support from other group members

By Jennifer Nelson for Next Avenue

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Typically, you see your doctor in brief 15-minute appointments that go by in a flash. There’s barely enough time to chat about your primary concerns, let alone things like diet, exercise and lifestyle issues. But what if you could spend 60 to 90 minutes with the doctor, along with other patients who have the same illness? Meet the shared medical appointment.

Psychologist Edward B. Noffsinger came up with a model for group appointments after he became seriously ill between 1988 and 1992. He decided patients should have more time with the doctor, not less. read more

When you’re depressed during the holidays

Grief can get in the way, but don’t feel like you have to fake it

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue

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In the midst of frenetic advertising, pressure to shop for gifts and the ubiquitous seasonal music, the holidays can be an especially hard time if you’re depressed or missing a lost loved one.

The contrast between the “ideal” of the holiday and how we feel inside can be enormous, making the bad or painful feelings all the more pronounced.

“We feel guilty at this time of year if we personally cannot live up to the standard to be ever-cheerful and happy and joyful,” said Dr. Arthur Hayward, national clinical lead in elder care at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif. read more

What you need to know about tech support scams

Chances are, an offer to repair your computer is bogus

By Steve Baker for Next Avenue

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Over the last year or two, tech support scams have exploded. The fraudsters want to “remote in” (take control of a consumer’s computer), claiming there’s spyware or another dangerous problem, and offering to fix it. But there normally nothing wrong, and consumers pay $500 or more to fix a nonexistent “problem.”

Often, residents in senior living facilities fall victim to the scams.