Monthly Archives: September 2014

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 did not,” according to the American Academy of Neurology.

The rate of mental decline in people participating in the research was reduced by 32 percent in mentally active seniors, while the rate of decline was 48 percent higher in those with infrequent activity. read more

How Kay Sokol turned her paintbrush into a business

Kay Sokol

Kay Sokol

While living in Tulsa, Okla., Kay Sokol decided to take a watercolor class. Little did she know that not only would she develop a great talent, her talent would one day produce an income.

“Vivian Nielson was a friend of mine, and she loved to write poetry, or verses rather. She told me one day, ‘I love your watercolor, let’s get together and make greeting cards,” Kay said.

That’s exactly what they did. For 20 years, they created cards together, one painting, and one writing. Their cards were sold in high-end gift shops all over the country. read more

Ginger the dog brings joy to residents

Ginger the dog holds a toy in her mouth.When Betty Smola was in high school, she had the opportunity to work at the state hospital in the geriatric ward. One thing that has always stayed with her? How lonely the residents seemed.

“I’d come in early and feed people before school. I always felt bad for the people whose family didn’t visit. So when my mother, Mary Virginia Baker, moved to Presbyterian Manor, I made a commitment to go see her as often as I could. I wanted to do more though. So I decided to start volunteering there about two years ago,” Betty said. read more

65th Anniversary: Mid-’70s bring change to PMMA

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America: Celebrating 65 years of the art of life.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 Foundation of Kansas entered into an agreement with the Board of Pensions of the United Presbyterian Church of the United States of America to manage the Mid-Continent Presbyterian Manor retirement home located two blocks from the famous Kansas City Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. This agreement also secured health care services for its residents. Mid-Continent was established as a well-care-home for church pensioners, but the site was later opened up to anyone, church pensioner or lay person, who sought residency. read more