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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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65th Anniversary: Mid-’70s bring change to PMMA

We continue our celebration of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s 65th anniversary with a look at the mid-1970s. In the mid-1970s, the national Presbyterian Church underwent a reorganization that resulted in the combining of Synod of Kansas and the Synod of Missouri and brought about big changes for the Presbyterian Manor system. In 1975, United Presbyterian…

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Wichita artists among Art is Ageless® masterpiece level winners

Five winning artists in Wichita Presbyterian Manor’s annual Art is Ageless® juried competition will be featured in the 2015 Art is Ageless Calendar produced by Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. “When The Good Times Are All Gone, I Am Bound To Moving On,” a drawing by Sharon Revell, “Once Upon a Time,” a drawing by Jackie…

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New assisted living and health care campus opens this fall

Moving day is getting closer for assisted living and health care residents at Wichita Presbyterian Manor. The first phase of the campus’ $35 million expansion is set to open this fall, according to Senior Living Counselor Amy Watson. It will include 48 modern assisted living apartments, 24 assisted living memory care residences and 50 skilled…

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Generations together: Riverside Elementary partnership planned

Later this year, residents at Wichita Presbyterian Manor may be getting some new “vicarious grandchildren,” as Greg Schmidt puts it. Presbyterian Manor is developing a partnership with Riverside Leadership Magnet Elementary School to benefit residents as well as students, said Greg, who serves as chaplain and activities director. It’s also a family affair. Greg’s son,…

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Residents tour Scottish Rite

Wichita Presbyterian Manor residents toured the historic wonder right in the heart of Wichita, the Scottish Rite building. All were amazed by its architecture and beauty during the July 1, 2014, visit. The Scottish Rite building has been a fixture of the city of Wichita since it opened in 1887. The Wichita Scottish Rite Masonic…

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