Category Archives: Caregiving

Health care community residents practice gratitude through journaling

Research has shown that recognizing the good may improve well-being

By Tina L. Kies for Next Avenue

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Her pale blue eyes sparkle when she smiles. Peacefully observing all that surrounds her, she is a history book waiting to be opened. An experience outlines every wrinkle, silently alluding to the secrets, loss, love and happiness that she has experienced READ MORE

Prepare for surgery with exercise and diet

‘Prehabilitation’ is slowly being recognized as valuable for success after a procedure

By Judith Graham for Next Avenue

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A dozen years ago, at the age of 50, Lillie Shockney decided to have breast reconstruction surgery after two bouts of cancer and two mastectomies. The procedure called for removing a flap of skin and fat from her abdomen, used to rebuild her breasts.

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10 ways to keep your old dog healthy and happy

Some of these potential solutions are easy and inexpensive

By Deb Hipp for Next Avenue

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When my dog Toby was 11, I checked out a book on anti-aging for dogs from the library. I left to run a few errands and returned later to a grisly scene.

I found the mangled book on the floor, cover gnawed off, two chapters torn apart and puncture wounds READ MORE

The quiet blessing of grief that never ends

This writer finds beauty in the pain she feels over the loss of her sister

By Jill Smolowe for Next Avenue

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In the almost seven years since I laid my husband to rest, followed barely a year later by the loss of my sister and mother, I’ve developed an appreciation for just how unpredictable and, well, amazing grief can be.

I’m not talking about the period READ MORE

Celebrating social workers

Licensed social worker and Activity Director, Lori Peters, left, pictured with Director of Social Services, Joyce Kisner.

Licensed social worker and Activity Director, Lori Peters, left, pictured with Director of Social Services, Joyce Kisner.

When people ask Joyce Kisner what a social worker does, she can’t help thinking, “What don’t I do?”

As director of social services for Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor, Joyce is involved in important tasks from care plans to helping residents READ MORE

Making communities friendlier for those with dementia

Making Communities Friendlier for Those With Dementia

That’s the goal for the ambitious Dementia Friendly America initiative

By Beth Baker for Next Avenue

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Credit: Courtesy of Paynesville (MN) ACT on Alzheimer’s Caption: Volunteers pass out laminated bookmarks with the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s at the local supermarket

Can a strong community network help ease the challenges faced by people with dementia and their families? That’s the hope of a national volunteer-driven initiative known as Dementia Friendly America 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

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