Monthly Archives: October 2017

3 Recipes to Capture the Flavors of Fall

Here are 3 recipes that wrap fall’s flavors in wonderfully-scented, warming-to-the-soul baked treats. (Photo courtesy of CulinaryHill.com)

These easy, tasty recipes will warm your body and soul

By Meggan Hill for Next Avenue

Just as autumn has a traditional color palette, classic tastes are also associated with the season: rich pumpkin, tart cranberry, comforting apple and distinctive cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

The three recipes below wrap fall’s flavors in wonderfully-scented, warming-to-the-soul baked treats.

Enjoy!

Double Ginger Cookies



Photo courtesy of CulinaryHill.com

Ingredients

2 ¼ c. flour
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. salt
¾ c. butter
1 c. + 2 T. sugar
1 egg
2 T. crystallized ginger, finely chopped
¼ c. molasses
1 T. water
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The Top Drugs for Older Adults to Avoid

Here are 6 classes of medications you may want to avoid. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Learn which medications are on pharmacists’ ‘black list’

By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue

You fill a prescription, a medication you’ve relied on before. A few days later, you experience a troubling side effect. You read online that no one your age should take this medication.

What happened?

Drug Side Effects and Older Adults

Two pharmacists say the aging process is to blame, and they reveal here the names of medications on their “black list” that older adults may want to avoid.

“Prescribing medications for people 65 and older can be more challenging, because some drugs can be more toxic or cause more side effects than when you were younger,” says Kirby Lee, a pharmacist and associate professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of California at San Francisco. “As your body ages, it absorbs medications differently. They can be metabolized differently by your liver and excreted differently by your kidneys, so you may be more sensitive to some medications.” read more

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

The 2017 Art is Ageless® Calendar features artwork from PMMA’s Art is Ageless competition.

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA) recently received five honors from MarCom Awards. The international competition recognizes marketing and communications achievements for print, visual and audio materials.

PMMA received a platinum award, the highest award, in the Print Media/Publications/Internal Newsletter category for the company’s employee newsletter. The 2017 Art is Ageless® Calendar and the Salina Presbyterian Manor Facebook page both received gold awards. This is the fourth consecutive year the calendar has placed in the top three in the competition. read more

11 Ways to Increase Your Energy

Vitality doesn’t come in pills. You have to change your daily habits.

By Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. for Next Avenue

In the commencement address he gave to graduates of Kenyon College in 2005, award-winning novelist David Foster Wallace talked about fish:

Two young fish are swimming along when they happen to meet an older fish swimming in the opposite direction. The older fish nods at them and says: ‘Morning, boys. How’s the water?’ The two young fish swim on for a bit. Eventually one of them looks over at the other and says, ‘What the hell is water?’

That was Wallace’s example of how when something is always present in your life, you don’t notice it. Well, it’s the same for energy. Much like the water in Wallace’s parable, energy is something you take for granted — until you don’t have it. What’s more, you can’t get it, at least not in the traditional sense. Trying to do so is like trying to grasp water in your hand: It just slips through your fingers and splatters on the ground. However, if you cup your palm, water can sit in it, unperturbed. read more

Why Some Grown Kids Cut Off Their Parents

One mother reflects on whether she’s partly to blame. (Photo credit: iStock)

Could their estrangement be caused by how we raised them?

By Elizabeth Vagnoni for Next Avenue

The truth is — I am estranged from my two adult sons.

The truth is — I love my sons and I miss them every day.

The truth is — I can’t understand how in the world this has happened.

The truth is — saying you love them and miss them is not enough. There is much more to say, but you need a conversation — you need actual interaction, not just silence.

For me, the estrangement began over what I believed to be a misunderstanding. Since then, I’ve been on a journey of understanding, or at least trying to understand. read more

Don’t Miss These Signs of Ovarian Cancer

“By the time a CT scan was ordered, the cancer had progressed to an advanced stage that is treatable, but not curable. I was furious at myself and upset with my doctor.” (Photo credit: Thinkstock)

Abdominal bloating and a persistent ‘full’ feeling are common symptoms

By Sheryl Kraft for Next Avenue

(Editor’s note: September was Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.)

Ricki Lewis ignored her belly fat for months, attributing the extra weight and bloat around her middle to aging and menopause.

“I should have paid more attention when a well-meaning woman asked me when I was due — but instead, I just got angry,” the 59-year-old said. “It didn’t even occur to me to see the doctor.”

Lewis, a Schenectady, N.Y., science writer with a Ph.D. in human genetics, finally made an appointment to see her gynecologist when her best friend remarked on the noticeable change in her girth. “When the doctor saw my middle, she literally jumped back several feet,” said Lewis. An ultrasound revealed a 23 cm ovarian cyst. “The technologist said it was the second largest she’d ever seen.” read more

Do You Really Need a Will?

“Prince Needed a Will, But Maybe You Don’t.” Is this New York Times headline accurate? (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Though some advisers pooh-pooh it, a will can avoid big problems

By Rosie Wolf Williams for Next Avenue

You might have heard that Prince died without a will, which has already led to a flurry of legal maneuverings over his estate. But do mere mortals like the rest of us, with far smaller net worths, really need a will?

Traditionally, the answer to that question has been an unequivocal “Yes” — particularly if you have a spouse, children or stepchildren. Lately, though, some financial advisers have been saying that many Americans might not need a will. New York Times “Wealth Matters” columnist Paul Sullivan wrote about that provocative view in his article, “Prince Needed a Will, But Maybe You Don’t.” read more

Why You Need the Shingles, Flu and Pneumonia Vaccines

Close up view of a healthcare professional injecting another person's shoulder with a vaccine

Did you know that as you age, your immunity to the diseases you’ve been vaccinated against as a child starts to wane? (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)

The diseases can be a serious threat to older adults’ health

By Leah Ingram for Next Avenue

Did you know that as you age, your immunity to the diseases you’ve been vaccinated against as a child starts to wane?

So says Dr. Dana Hawkinson, infectious disease specialist at The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas. That’s why it’s just as important to be vaccinated as an adult as it was as a child. Plus, some of the illnesses you could contract in the second half of life aren’t just an inconvenience — they could make you very sick or even kill you. read more

You May Feel Lonely, but You’re Not Alone

Finding new friends later in life can increase happiness and improve your health. (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)

Although making friends later in life is difficult, perseverance is worth it

By Barbara Rady Kazdan for Next Avenue

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; can give and receive without judgment and derive sustenance and strength from the relationship,” Brené Brown, the author and speaker of one of the most famous TED Talks once said.

I was reminded of this quote when today’s mail brought a survey from my congregation for “households with only one adult member.” They’d found that 25 percent of members fit that description. How, the letter asked, could these households be better served? read more