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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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65th Anniversary: 1970s bring continued expansion

NOTE: Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America is celebrating 65 years of providing quality senior services guided by Christian values. In each edition of Community Matters, we take a look back at our history. 1970 Wichita, Kan., Presbyterian Manor opened on West 13th Street. The dedication Sept. 19, 1970, was the culmination of more than two years of…

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Residents visit salt mine, eat in Yoder

Residents were thrilled to go down the 650-foot elevator on their visit to Strataca: Kansas Underground Salt Museum, and take the tram and the train to different areas where the mine is open and has been mined. We saw implements that were used by miners many years ago. Visitors are able to take home a…

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10 ways to age successfully

Why do some people seem to be healthier, others adapt to changes better and others are as enthusiastic as ever? Much of how we age isn’t just in our genes but how we’ve taken care of ourselves through the years. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Life is a journey not a destination.” Roger Landry, a…

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Check your fluids

With the summer heat inching up the thermometer, it’s time to check your fluids … are you drinking enough water and other liquids? While staying hydrated is important for people of all ages, it’s particularly important as we grow older. Older adults don’t notice thirst as readily as younger people, and sometimes changes in our…

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