Monthly Archives: December 2016

The joy of fostering a senior dog

You and your adopted companion benefit when you open your home

By Debbie Swanson for Next Avenue

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Carol Byers already had two dogs when she decided to foster a third. Byers, an active woman in her early 70s, set her sights on an older pet.

“Like most seniors, I’ve experienced loss and know how important quality of life is,” she says. READ MORE

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor honored with Level One Emerald Award

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Bill Taylor, chief operating officer, left, and Bruce Shogren, president and chief executive officer, right. Sarah Griggs, executive director, and her leadership team holds the team’s Emerald Award. Also pictured are PMMA board members Gary Brennecke and Randy Wedel, board chairman.

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor was recognized with an Emerald Award Level One from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America for reaching goals in fiscal year 2016, July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.

The recognition came through PMMA’s Emerald Awards READ MORE

Fighting ageism means paying attention to our stereotypes

By Debbie Reslock for Next Avenue

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Credit: John Gilman Aging adults often struggle to be seen behind a one-dimensional stereotype of “old”

Writer Ceridwen Dovey didn’t think it would be difficult to write a novel from the point of view of a man in his late 80s. Dovey, a 30-something novelist, concocted a generic old man who was crabby and computer illiterate. Another main character READ MORE

Keep the momentum going

Your generosity can extend hope beyond today

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The end of the year puts many of us in a reflective mood. We think about the ups and downs we’ve had along the way and the special moments that touched our hearts.

When you review your personal highlights for 2016, don’t forget to count the READ MORE

Shared medical appointments: Are they for you?

Patients report gaining knowledge and support from other group members

By Jennifer Nelson for Next Avenue

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Typically, you see your doctor in brief 15-minute appointments that go by in a flash. There’s barely enough time to chat about your primary concerns, let alone things like diet, exercise and lifestyle issues. But what if you could spend 60 to 90 READ MORE

When you’re depressed during the holidays

Grief can get in the way, but don’t feel like you have to fake it

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue

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In the midst of frenetic advertising, pressure to shop for gifts and the ubiquitous seasonal music, the holidays can be an especially hard time if you’re depressed or missing a lost loved one.

The contrast between the “ideal” of the holiday READ MORE

What you need to know about tech support scams

Chances are, an offer to repair your computer is bogus

By Steve Baker for Next Avenue

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Over the last year or two, tech support scams have exploded. The fraudsters want to “remote in” (take control of a consumer’s computer), claiming there’s spyware or another dangerous problem, and offering to fix it. But there normally nothing READ MORE