Monthly Archives: December 2014

Fulton Presbyterian Manor issues 2015 Art is Ageless call for entries

Art is Ageless®Fulton Presbyterian Manor has issued a call for entries in the Art is Ageless® annual competition and exhibit, Feb. 25 to 27, 2015. Entries of artistic works will be accepted from any area artist who is 65 years or older. The deadline for entries is Feb. 23, 2015. Entries must be delivered to Fulton Presbyterian Manor, 811 Center St.

Art is Ageless, a program initiated in 1981 by Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, encourages manor residents and other area seniors to express their creativity through its annual competition, as well as art classes, musical and dramatic events, educational opportunities and current event discussions throughout the year. read more

65th Anniversary: Needs drive expansion plans

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America: Celebrating 65 years of the art of life.This month, we continue to look back at our history as Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America celebrates 65 years of the art of life.

The desire for more independent living drove expansion for Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America in the late 1980s.

Duplex or apartment projects were approved for the campuses in Sterling, Wichita, Topeka, Parsons, Arkansas City and Lawrence. Existing spaces were renovated in Sterling, Arkansas City, Kansas City and Newton, and a new health care center was constructed in Newton. Wichita received funds for and constructed a chapel. read more

Seeking ‘angels’ for Good Samaritan Program

Angel Appeal Good Samaritan Program 2014Christmas angel ornaments – each representing a gift to the Good Samaritan Program for Benevolent Care – are adding to the holiday decorations at Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s senior living communities.

Donors responding to the annual Christmas Angel Appeal letter mailed this month include paper angel ornaments with their gifts. Each ornament will then be displayed at the PMMA community designated by the donor.

During the past two years, angel donors have given more than $94,000 to the Good Samaritan Program, which assists PMMA residents who have run out of funds through no fault of their own. read more

Santa’s coming to breakfast

The Rev. James Williams and Santa share a heartfelt moment last year.

The Rev. James Williams and Santa share a heartfelt moment last year.

By Jeff Young, Activity Director

Every few years or so, Santa likes to shake things up. People’s schedules change, and interests change. This year, instead of an afternoon party with Santa, we are starting a new tradition that brings everyone together as one community to share love and joy and gifts and treasured memories with each other.

We all remember the excitement of waking up Christmas morning and running to find out what was under the tree and having a big breakfast before setting off for church or to visit relatives. read more

Cool ways to beat the winter blues: Keep your energy high and mood lifted

With less daylight and chilly temperatures keeping us inside, even the most optimistic person can get a little down during winter. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to beat the winter blues. Try these suggestions from our Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America experts.

Eat a healthy diet

What you eat impacts your mood and energy. Avoid refined and processed foods, such as white breads, rice and sugar. They have no nutrients, zap your energy and can lead to lack of concentration and mood swings. Eat more complex carbohydrates, such as whole wheat breads, brown rice, vegetables and fruit, and drink eight cups of water a day. read more

From the CEO: Believe

Bruce Shogren, Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America CEOBy President and CEO Bruce Shogren

As I look forward to the holiday season, one word is key to this season: “believe.”

I truly believe in three key people: Jesus Christ, Santa Claus and the employees of the Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America system.

What could be more important than Christmas Day, the day we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ? I grew up in a church in which every Sunday we would state our belief by reciting the Apostles’ Creed.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen. read more

Residents share memories and the meaning of Christmas

“One Christmas we were at a neighbor’s for Christmas. It snowed so hard we had to walk home because my sister and I knew we had presents there. I got a necklace about the size of a dime. I was so proud. I wish children nowadays would realize Christmas isn’t just about gifts, but we forget the main reason is Jesus. We should not want gifts for ourselves as much as we do. We should want to give since we received the greatest gift of all in Jesus.” — Abbie

“One Christmas was an unhappy one because I lost my father. But we knew God took him home. On Jesus’ birthday mother made candy and we give thanks for that.” — Clarissa read more