Monthly Archives: March 2015

Social Security: Best Ways to Max Out Your Benefit

A ‘Get What’s Yours’ author says claiming as early as you can is ‘crazy’

By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue 

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You think taxes are complicated? Try figuring out the best time and best way to claim your Social Security benefits.

Laurence J. Kotlikoff, co-author of Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security says: “There are 2,728 rules in Social Security’s handbook and maybe another 500,000 — it’s impossible to count them.”

Hence the instructive 324-page book he just published along with financial writer Phillip Moeller and PBS NewsHour business and economics correspondent Paul Solman, to help people make wise Social Security claiming decisions. read more

Quick Study: The Latest on Vitamin D and Dementia

New research shows a clear link, plus 3 ways to get more D

By Laine Bergeson for Next Avenue 

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Older adults who are severely vitamin D deficient have a 122 percent increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology.

The research team, lead by Dr. David Llewellyn at the University of Exeter Medical School, anticipated a link between vitamin D deficiency and cognitive problems (previous research has shown a general correlation). But they were surprised by how high the risk was.

“The association was twice as strong as we anticipated,” Llewellyn says. read more

Promising Effort to Curb Elder Financial Abuse

How lawyers will get trained to spot and report potential dangers

By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue

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Financial abuse of the elderly has been called “the crime of the 21st Century” by Kiplinger’s. And as many as one in 20 older adults in America may be victims, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Can anything be done to prevent this growing disgrace?

Maybe. I’m optimistic about a new effort aimed at getting lawyers to spot and report financial fraud targeting older Americans — scams that have ensnared Mickey Rooney, Brooke Astor and millions of lesser-known people. read more

14 Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America communities on U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes 2015 list

14 Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America communities on U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes 2015 listFourteen Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America senior living communities are on the U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes 2015 list. The communities received the highest score of a five-star rating system to make the list, available today at www.usnews.com/nursinghomes.

PMMA locations on the honoree list with five-star ratings are Arkansas City, Clay Center, Emporia, Lawrence, Newton, Olathe (Aberdeen Village), Parsons, Salina, Sterling and Wichita in Kansas, and Farmington, Fulton, Kirkwood (Aberdeen Heights) and Rolla in Missouri. read more

Fulton Presbyterian Manor on U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Home list

Fulton Presbyterian Manor on U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes listFulton Presbyterian Manor is on the U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes 2015 list. The senior living community received the highest score of a five-star rating system to make the list, available today at usnews.com/nursinghomes.

The U.S. News and World Report list uses information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. CMS assigns one to five stars to each community for how well it performs in health inspections, nurse staffing and level of quality care. read more

How to Lose 1,000 Square Feet — and Keep It Off

This writer found joy downsizing to a small apartment and offers five tips

By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue 

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Five years ago, when I sold my 1,700-square-foot condo in St. Louis County, Mo., in preparation for a move to a small apartment in San Francisco, Calif., I knew I had to get rid of at least two-thirds of my stuff. That required touching every single thing I owned.

I sold, donated or gave away everything from a crystal chandelier to a recliner I’d bought six months earlier to a package of powdered onion soup from the pantry. The man who painted my condo prior to the sale bought the pub table and chairs from my kitchen, so I gave him the concrete elephant statue from my deck. I pared down my Christmas decorations from five boxes to one. I found good homes at a university, a prison and a senior center for 46 boxes of books. And once and for all, I got rid of my collections of paper bags, plastic bags and cardboard boxes. read more

Good Samaritan Program BBQ dinner benefits seniors

Good Samaritan ProgramA barbecue pork and brisket dinner April 18 will benefit Fulton Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan Program. The event includes a silent auction.

The Good Samaritan BBQ Dinner and Silent Auction will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 718 Court St. Tickets are $20 per person for a pulled pork and brisket dinner.

All proceeds go to Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan Program, which benefits residents who have outlived their financial resources.

For more information, call Marketing Director Keri Edwards at 573-826-4294 or send us an email. read more

65th Anniversary: Missouri gets new campus; Wichita campus is reborn

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America: Celebrating 65 years of the art of life.This month, we conclude our look at the history of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America as we celebrate the organization’s 65th anniversary.

In 2006, SSM Health Care of St. Louis moved its St. Joseph’s Hospital from a site in Kirkwood, Mo. As part of this hospital relocation, SSM Health Care issued a request for proposals to determine what to do with the old hospital campus site. Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s proposal for a continuing care retirement community was selected as the project to be constructed on the old hospital site. read more

Catch them in the act: New employee incentive program rewards extra effort

"I love my job" written on a chalkboard.You already know about the Bravo Program, a way to recognize employees for going above and beyond the call of duty. Human Resource Director Debra Bates has decided to go above and beyond for employee recognition with a new program called “Toss a Coin.”

“I actually wanted to start the program because we all work so hard and even though we have the Bravo Program, I thought it would be great to let way to reward staff for being on their A-game. The coin fairy will be visiting halls and departments giving treasures for awesome work,” Debra said. read more

Spring is for the birds

Helen Epple, right, shows off some of the birdhouses that were made including the bright yellow one she painted. Activity Assistant Beth Boyd works on a woven birdhouse.

Helen Epple, right, shows off some of the birdhouses that were made including the bright yellow one she painted. Activity Assistant Beth Boyd works on a woven birdhouse.

The activities department has been busy since mid-winter preparing for the return of spring and all those lovely little birds. Activity Assistant Beth Boyd worked with several residents on making birdhouses, some woven from reeds and rattan to make them naturally weather-proof.

“We saw a picture of these wonderful teardrop-shaped birdhouses and thought they would be fun and easy to make. Boy were we wrong, Well half-wrong anyway. They are fun to make, but not easy. We broke several pieces trying to put it together. Once you get past all that, it is kind of easy weaving the rattan strips round-and-round,” Beth said. read more