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Health care residents move into new building

Health care residents at Wichita Presbyterian Manor moved into the new building Nov. 4. Family members and volunteers assisted each resident with moving personal items and getting settled into their new rooms. With the help of a moving company, Presbyterian Manor employees moved beds, furniture and other items over from the existing building, while clinical…

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Nancy Luttrell advances to first place with painting

Nancy Luttrell could see them just sitting there—two dogs, one black, one golden, in a car in front of her neighbor’s house, waiting for their owner to return. The image struck her. Luttrell snapped a quick photo. Later, she took it to her easel and rendered the scene in watercolor. Her painting, “Hurry Back,” went…

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65th Anniversary: New decade, new locations, new services

This month, we continue to look back at our history as Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America celebrates 65 years of the art of life. The 1980s brought growth in independent living options on many Presbyterian Manor campuses. New duplexes and apartments were constructed in Parsons, Lawrence, Wichita and Salina. It also brought construction of two new…

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Lifestyle changes hold the key to preventing Alzheimer’s

We now have a prescription that researchers think can delay or prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s not a pill, it’s a list of lifestyle choices. Results from a landmark study announced this summer show that having a healthy lifestyle may be the key. It’s a recipe, or cocktail, of several factors. “It’s the…

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Senior Independence Welcomes Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America as Sixth iPartner

Columbus, Ohio – Senior Independence (SI) welcomed Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA) as its sixth iPartner on September 1. PMMA operates 18 not-for-profit communities in Kansas and Missouri. As an iPartner, hospice services will be provided in Iron, Madison, St. Francois, St. Genevieve and Washington counties in Missouri; Sedgwick, Harvey and Cowley counties in the…

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Anyone can vote early

Older adults wield an immense amount of power at the polls. In the 2010 election, 61 percent of seniors voted compared to 46 percent of eligible voters overall. Voting has changed through the years with touch-screen voting in some places and showing official identification at the polls. Another change in Kansas is that it’s easier…

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65th Anniversary: Construction, consolidation define late ’70s

We continue our celebration of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s 65th anniversary with a look at the late 1970s. The year 1978 brought several changes to the administration of Presbyterian Manors’ network in Kansas and Missouri. From the opening of Topeka Presbyterian Manor until 1978, the Topeka campus served as home to the operational and financial…

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Dawn Veh enjoys senior living career

New executive director Caring for older adults has appealed to Dawn Veh since she was young. She grew up knowing three of her great-grandparents and had close relationships with her grandparents into adulthood. Even so, she said, her family was surprised that she chose a career in senior living. “When I first worked as a…

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Learning keeps your mind sharp

When you learn things, read or pursue a hobby, you’re not just having fun, you’re protecting your brain from the effects of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. “The research found that people who participated in mentally stimulating activities both early and late in life had a slower rate of decline in memory compared to those who…

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