Monthly Archives: July 2014

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 physician expert on aging, offers the following advice. He is a former chief of Aerospace, Occupational and Preventive Medicine for the U.S. Air Force and the founder of All Ways Healthy, a consulting firm for population health for all ages. read more

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 health happen quickly.

It’s important to drink enough water and other fluids for several reasons (information from the Centers for Disease Control):

  • Keeping your temperature normal through perspiration
  • Getting rid of waste through urination and bowel movements
  • Protecting your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
  • Lubrication and cushioning for your joints
  • Keeping your skin from getting drier

You need to drink enough water every day to replace the fluids that the body naturally loses. If you don’t make a point of drinking water or other fluids, especially in hot weather, you’re probably not getting enough. If you take prescription medication or have kidney problems, be sure to check with your doctor before drastically increasing your fluid intake. read more

Presbyterian Manors residents, employees report high levels of satisfaction

Residents and employees of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s 18 communities in Kansas and Missouri gave the organization high marks in a recent satisfaction survey.

With nearly 2,400 residents to survey in independent living, assisted living and health care (skilled nursing), participation rates were high.

For the first time, health care and assisted living residents were surveyed separately, with 52 percent of health care residents or their family members and 64 percent of assisted living residents participating. In Independent Living, more than 85 percent of residents completed the survey. read more

Wellness Corner: Intergenerational activities aren’t just fun, they’re good for you

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America communities regularly feature activities involving young people. Whether it’s a youth choir performance and visit, an ongoing program with a local school or regular activities with the on-campus preschool, these pairings of the young and the old are not by happenstance: there are bonafide benefits for the kids, the elders and the community. For seniors, the positive effects include health benefits.

Generations United is a national group promoting intergenerational relationships. It lists the following among many benefits to older adults who regularly volunteer with children: read more

65th Anniversary: Missourians build first campus at Farmington

Dr. Fred Walker, first superintendent of Homelife in Farmington, Mo.

Dr. Fred Walker was the first superintendent of Homelife in Farmington, Mo. A plaque beneath his photo at Farmington Presbyterian Manor reads, “He had a dream, we have a home.”

The Missouri synods of the Presbyterian Church, U.S., and the United Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., joined together to construct the first Presbyterian Homelife campus in Farmington, Mo. The project was authorized in 1957 in a joint session of the synods, but construction of the first building was delayed while funds were raised for the project.

The campus was the brainchild of a former Ralston-Purina sales executive, Grafton Lothrop, who is credited with “selling” the idea to the synods and providing its unique name. Lothrop became president of the board of trustees for Presbyterian Homes of Missouri, Inc., which also operated a children’s home in Farmington. read more

Centenarian Martha S. McCray advises: work hard, enjoy life

Martha S. McCrayFulton Manor resident Martha S. McCray celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday, June 8. Through her daughter, Loretta Cleveland, she happily shared a few memories from her life, as well as some good “voice of experience” advice, on the eve of her celebration.

Martha was born June 8, 1914, in Stephens, Mo., located in Callaway County. She was the second child of eight, one of six girls and two boys. The family lived on a farm where everyone pitched in to get the work done, and the children all attended the one-room Hereford School, which covered all elementary, middle and high school grades. Martha and all of her sisters were very good basketball players. read more