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5 Things Family Caregivers Need to Know About Family Leave

On the federal law’s 25th anniversary, who can’t take the leave and what lies ahead? [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

By Diane Harris for Next Avenue

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off from work to care for a new child or sick relative or to manage their own serious medical condition without fear of losing their job. The biggest cause for celebration, however, isn’t for what the law has accomplished over the past quarter century, but rather what may come next.

“Momentum is clearly growing among policymakers and employers for an expansion of the law that will include paid leave,” says Lynn Friss Feinberg, a senior strategic policy adviser for the AARP Public Policy Institute. “It’s increasingly seen as a bipartisan issue.” read more

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America honors campuses

James J. Cook standing at a lectern

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s board of trustees member James J. Cook of St. Louis, Missouri, addresses the gathering on Nov. 30 in Wichita, Kansas.

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America recognized all 17 of its Kansas and Missouri campuses for reaching goals in fiscal year 2017, July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, during a celebration Nov. 30 at the Broadview Hotel in Wichita, Kan.

The recognitions came through PMMA’s new Emerald Awards Program, designed to encourage its 17 locations and 2 hospices 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 community Emerald Awards and 10 areas measured for hospice Emerald Awards. read more

When doctors should ignore end-of-life directives

Things are not always black and white during a health crisis

By Dr. Kathryn B. Kirkland for Next Avenue

Knowing your wishes for end-of-life is important in a medical emergency.

Credit: Adobe Stock – Advance directives will remain an important part of the picture: They ensure that decisions about medical interventions at the end of life are in the hands of patients and that patients’ values drive these decisions, even when they can’t speak for themselves.

(This article was provided by The Op-Ed Project, with which the writer is a fellow.)

Sheila was very clear about her wishes for the end of life. She was 88 years old and a former hospice volunteer. When her time came, she wanted no ventilator, no feeding tube, no CPR. She even wrote down her wishes — NO LIFE SUPPORT! — in an advance directive, in case she wasn’t able to say what she wanted. (Advance directives such as the one Sheila wrote are common; many hospitals even use their completion rates as a quality metric.) read more

Why people give up beloved pets

The sad truth about pet surrender, plus how to keep owners and animals together

By Donna Jackel for Next Avenue

Some seniors have to give up beloved pets due to health or finances. This is a grey tiger cat.

Credit: Thinkstock

Alan Killough lost his job around the same time the family cat had kittens. Reluctantly, he and his wife, Lisa Harrison, both 56, took the litter to the nearby Downey Animal Care Center in Downey, Calif.

Bernice Osorto, an employee of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), greeted the couple. She asked why they were surrendering the kittens and offered an alternate plan: If Killough and Harrison would take the four kittens back home and care for them until they were old enough to be spayed and neutered, the ASPCA would pay for the surgeries and help re-home them (the term for finding a new, suitable place for a pet to live). read more

6 communities on US News Best list 2016-17

WICHITA, Kan. – Six Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America senior living communities are on the U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes 2016-17 list. The communities received the highest score of a five-star rating system to make the list, available today at

PMMA locations on the honoree list with five-star ratings are Clay Center, Emporia, Lawrence, Sterling and Wichita in Kansas, and Kirkwood (Aberdeen Heights) in Missouri.

The U.S. News and Report list uses information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. CMS assigns one to five stars to each community for how well it performs in health inspections, nurse staffing and level of quality care. read more

Why working longer is good for your health

Here’s how recent studies upend conventional wisdom

By Chris Farrell for Next Avenue

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

Retirement didn’t sit with Lee Humphrey when she tried it about a decade ago, at 62. About a year after leaving her St. Paul, Minn. job at the Department of Employment and Economic Development, she unretired and began creating indexes for books after taking an online course on this. She wanted to work longer. “As pleasant as that first year of retirement was — reading, gardening, walking, some volunteering but generally relaxing — I came to realize that, for me, it was very important to add something in my life that was more mentally taxing,” says Humphrey. “I found myself feeling a bit sluggish, mostly mentally sluggish, and that was way out of keeping with my entire life.” read more

Sending ‘Angels’ to the Good Samaritan Program

Angel-Appeal-Ornament_singleSpecial angels will soon be adorning Christmas trees and holiday displays at every Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA) senior living community.

The “angels” are paper ornaments that will arrive throughout the holiday season along with gifts to the annual Christmas Angel Appeal, which raises funds for the Good Samaritan Program for Benevolent Care. Donors who make gifts are asked to return paper Angel ornaments along with their gifts. The ornaments pay tribute to donors’ family members or friends and are displayed at PMMA communities designated by the donors. read more

Livestock industry to use fewer antibiotics

On June 2, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the Veterinary Feed Directive, which restricts the use of antibiotics to protecting the health of food-producing animals. Antibiotics must be approved by a veterinarian, according to the new rule, which will be phased in over several years.

The FDA said that giving antibiotics to feed animals such as cattle and poultry just to fatten them up contributes to antibiotic resistance in people, which has grown in recent years. Antibiotic resistance means that increasingly stronger doses of an antibiotic are needed to defeat infection read more

Art is Ageless wins creativity award


Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s 2015 Art is Ageless® calendar won a platinum award from the Hermes Creative Awards competition.

The Hermes Creative Awards competition is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The awards recognize the outstanding work of creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media.

Of the 6,000 entries from 23 countries, about 15 percent receive a platinum award, the highest award given, according to contest organizers. A list of winners is available at read more