Monthly Archives: January 2017

Art is Ageless call for entries underway

Basic RGBFulton Presbyterian Manor has issued a call for entries for the Art is Ageless juried exhibit to be held Feb. 22-24. Entries of artistic works will be accepted from any area artist who is 65 years of age or older to exhibit and/or compete for an opportunity to be featured in the 2018 Art is Ageless calendar.

Artists may choose to enter the exhibit only. For the competition, works are to have been completed in the past five years (since January 2012). There are nine categories, as well as designations of amateur or professional. Works to be entered for judging need to be at Presbyterian Manor by Feb. 17. read more

Beyond Art is Ageless

Pottery Painting with Sandy GoffIn addition to promoting creativity through Art is Ageless, Fulton Presbyterian Manor encourages residents to engage with the arts throughout the year. Beth Boyd, activity director, appreciates the value of how art can be used to enhance quality of life.

“We have Art 2 Go come in once a month for ceramic painting, and we also do adult coloring. Myrna Backer, one of our resident’s daughters, comes in a few times a year for an art activity, and I try to schedule some type of craft activity on a regular basis for residents,” said Beth. “They enjoy spending time together doing an art project or just being with those who do. They often say ‘I can’t paint’ or ‘I don’t do this very well’ but often end up participating. The camaraderie they show to each other is wonderful. They lift each other’s spirit and confidence. I think what they enjoy the best is when they are together, creating and sharing their works with each other, even when they do not realize that they have created art.” read more

How to become a Boomer tech genius

Humorous and helpful ideas to get savvy about electronics and apps

By Barbara Crowley for Next Avenue

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(Editor’s Note: This article is a reader-submitted essay.)

I believe my generation, the boomers, will change the way the world views aging.

I think we’ll do this by railing against getting old, whereas the generations before us just sat back and accepted it.

Suppliers of cosmetics, plastic surgery, pharmaceuticals and vitamin supplements have voluntarily joined our cause. Actually, these businesses don’t see it so much as a cause, but as a potentially lucrative demographic  — now tagged the “grey market.” read more

Get to Know: Lowe Cannell

Lowe CannellAs Director of Environmental Services for just over two years, Lowe Cannell has seen his share of situations arise at Fulton Presbyterian Manor. But thanks to his extensive work background, he’s well prepared to handle nearly any issue staff or residents may have.

“Most recently, I worked for the State of Missouri as facility maintenance supervisor. Prior to that I owned and operated a small HVAC business for many years. I’ve always been in the business of fixing and managing things. I think all of the years of running a business and having to make a profit have translated well to being able to manage the budget here at the manor,” said Lowe. read more

Being older is better for many travel discounts

Those milestone birthdays can add up to major savings

By Irene S. Levine for Next Avenue

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The next time you travel, ask about a “senior discount.” You may discover there are fabulous perks to reaching those milestone birthdays. Many hotels, restaurants, transportation companies, entertainment venues and big-box stores offer age-related discounts, although they’re often not publicized.

It’s no wonder travel companies seek opportunities to woo older travelers. U.S. News & World Report recently reported that boomers control 70 percent of all disposable income in the United States. Moreover, older travelers are likely to have more time to travel. A report by AARP found that boomer travelers anticipate taking four or five trips a year. read more

Where to volunteer on the MLK Day of Service

It’s a cinch to locate opportunities to help out

By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue

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In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service Monday, consider for a moment these two quotes from the esteemed civil rights leader:

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” and “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”

With those words in mind, I hope you’ll look for a way to do something for others on MLK Day and volunteer. Be great. (Some nonprofits have Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteering projects on Tuesday, too.) read more

30-day declutter challenge: What I’ve learned

Halfway through, I’ve got a pile of junk and gained some wisdom, too

By Liza Kaufman Hogan for Next Avenue

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I used to be able to put all of my belongings in a 1985 Honda Accord and still see out the back.

Now, I can barely see out of some of the windows of our four-bedroom house. What happened?!

Here’s what happened: Marriage, kids, dogs, hobbies, a reluctance to let things go and years of living in progressively larger apartments where I could stash the stuff without having to look at it.

Now that I’m turning 50, it’s time to take stock and get rid of some stock. On Aug. 1, I decided to take the Next Avenue 30-Day Declutter Challenge, getting rid of one item on Day 1, two on Day 2, and so forth for 30 days. read more

The 1 New Year’s resolution to improve your finances 4 ways

Here’s what it is and how to put it into practice

By Jack Fehr for Next Avenue

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New Year’s resolutions: so easy to make, so hard to keep. But what if you could make just one financial resolution that would improve your life in four ways?

Here’s how: Make a habit of reading between the lines of your financial statements from your bank, mutual funds, credit card issuers, insurers and mortgage company. Many of these companies, sadly, shroud their products in confusing terminology that requires a linguistic scholar — or at least a person with some time — to decipher.

Learning how to sort through and interpret the financial and legal goop that confuses and abuses can help you… read more