Monthly Archives: June 2014

Safety comes first

Photo of a tornadoWe are in the middle of summer storm season in Kansas and Missouri, and the tornado outbreak in late April is a very real reminder that we need to be prepared for bad weather. Missouri and northeast Kansas communities have already experienced rain and hail this spring.

At Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, we take resident safety seriously, and one way we work to ensure our residents are safe is by developing storm preparedness and storm response plans and practicing for emergency situations. read more

From the CEO: Art is Ageless program reaches beyond walls

Art is Ageless® 2014 CalendarOne of the most engaging programs we have at Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America is our Art is Ageless® program, which includes a juried art exhibit and competition. Every one of our 18 communities hosts this event, encouraging residents and area seniors alike to enter their works of art in nine categories.

This program requires hours of work in each of the PMMA communities preparing for exhibits, teaching art classes and encouraging residents in self-expression. Our activities professional network recently spent two days discussing and sharing ways they incorporate the arts into daily living in our PMMA communities, sharing and learning from one another. read more

Resident feedback makes dining a noteworthy experience

Stephanie Arney, dining services director at Fulton Presbyterian ManorStephanie Arney, dining services director, attended a culinary boot camp for Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s dining and culinary professionals in April. Here’s a Q-and-A about what she learned.

What did you gain from the experience?

We brought recipes back and have served some of the glazes, like the ham glaze. The presenters recommended getting resident input on our menu, which is something we’d already started doing. It was my first time at one of these programs, and I really enjoyed it. I learned how to do my job better. read more

65th Anniversary: Presbyterian Manor extends reach in second decade

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-American: Celebrating 65 years of the art of lifeAs part of the celebration of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s 65th anniversary, we will take a look back at our history in each issue of Community Matters. In 1956, the Synod of the Plains, the United Presbyterian Church synod in central Kansas, established Home of the Plains in Sterling. Located in a three-story white house at the corner of Seventh and Washington, Home of the Plains provided basic room and board care for the elderly. Two years later in 1958, the Presbyterian Church and the United Presbyterian Church in North America merged, bringing together the parent synods of Presbyterian Manor in Newton and Home of the Plains in Sterling. This merger brought Home of the Plains into the Presbyterian Foundation of Kansas, which oversaw the development of Presbyterian Manor in Newton and was exploring building a new Presbyterian Manor in Topeka. read more

Take care in the sun

Summer means warm weather and sunshine. As enjoyable as that may be, sunshine means increased risk of skin damage due to overexposure, as well as other safety issues.

Protect yourself from heat and harmful rays this summer with this common-sense advice:

  • Check your medications. Antibiotics and other medications can increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Talk to your doctor about how best to take care of yourself.
  • Dress appropriately. Wear loose, light clothing covering your body as much as possible, along with a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck.
  • Wear shades. Sunglasses help protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays, too.
  • Use sunscreen liberally. Apply sunscreen before going outside to allow time for it to protect your skin. Sunscreen should be a minimum of 15 SPF. People with fair skin should use a higher SPF number. Your best line of defense is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Check the label to make sure it is broad-spectrum. Reapply every two hours, or more often if you go swimming or sweat a lot. Those at higher risk of skin cancer should wear a high SPF number every day they go outdoors year-round.
  • Drink lots of water. Avoid overheating by staying hydrated during hot weather. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to start drinking water.
  • Seek shade. Tans aren’t healthy; they’re your body’s reaction against sun damage. You won’t think it’s so cool when wrinkles show up prematurely.
  • Avoid mid-day sun. When possible, limit your exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Never leave them in the car. Even if you’re just making a quick stop, never leave children, the elderly or pets alone in a car. Even with the windows cracked, vehicles quickly reach dangerous temperatures.
  • Eat light. The Centers for Disease Control recommend healthy foods that require no or minimal cooking. Using the oven will require your AC to work harder, too. Visit your local Farmer’s Market and feast on fresh produce. Some foods can hydrate you while nourishing you, such as cooked asparagus, raw bell peppers, broccoli, raw cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, raw celery, cucumbers, grapefruit, lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes and watermelon.
  • Cover windows. Keep blinds closed in the daytime, especially when direct sunlight is hitting the windows.
  • Take cool showers. Also, lay a cool, damp cloth on your forehead or the back of your neck, and replace as necessary.
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