Monthly Archives: October 2017

3 Recipes to Capture the Flavors of Fall

Here are 3 recipes that wrap fall’s flavors in wonderfully-scented, warming-to-the-soul baked treats. (Photo courtesy of

These easy, tasty recipes will warm your body and soul

By Meggan Hill for Next Avenue

Just as autumn has a traditional color palette, classic tastes are also associated with the season: rich pumpkin, tart cranberry, comforting apple and distinctive cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

The three recipes below wrap fall’s flavors in wonderfully-scented, warming-to-the-soul baked treats.


Double Ginger Cookies

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2 ¼ c. flour
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. salt
¾ c. butter
1 c. + 2 T. sugar
1 egg
2 T. crystallized ginger, finely chopped
¼ c. molasses
1 T. water
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The Top Drugs for Older Adults to Avoid

Here are 6 classes of medications you may want to avoid. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Learn which medications are on pharmacists’ ‘black list’

By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue

You fill a prescription, a medication you’ve relied on before. A few days later, you experience a troubling side effect. You read online that no one your age should take this medication.

What happened?

Drug Side Effects and Older Adults

Two pharmacists say the aging process is to blame, and they reveal here the names of medications on their “black list” that older adults may want to avoid.

“Prescribing medications for people 65 and older can be more challenging, because some drugs can be more toxic or cause more side effects than when you were younger,” says Kirby Lee, a pharmacist and associate professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of California at San Francisco. “As your body ages, it absorbs medications differently. They can be metabolized differently by your liver and excreted differently by your kidneys, so you may be more sensitive to some medications.” read more

11 Ways to Increase Your Energy

Vitality doesn’t come in pills. You have to change your daily habits.

By Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. for Next Avenue

In the commencement address he gave to graduates of Kenyon College in 2005, award-winning novelist David Foster Wallace talked about fish:

Two young fish are swimming along when they happen to meet an older fish swimming in the opposite direction. The older fish nods at them and says: ‘Morning, boys. How’s the water?’ The two young fish swim on for a bit. Eventually one of them looks over at the other and says, ‘What the hell is water?’

That was Wallace’s example of how when something is always present in your life, you don’t notice it. Well, it’s the same for energy. Much like the water in Wallace’s parable, energy is something you take for granted — until you don’t have it. What’s more, you can’t get it, at least not in the traditional sense. Trying to do so is like trying to grasp water in your hand: It just slips through your fingers and splatters on the ground. However, if you cup your palm, water can sit in it, unperturbed. read more

Heart and Soul Hospice recognizes Hospice Month

November is National Hospice Month, and to recognize the importance of hospice services to quality end of life care, we’d like to share this story from Presbyterian Manor’s Heart and Soul Hospice.

It was not long after Clayton was diagnosed with a life limiting illness that he was told that curative treatment was no longer an option. Clayton quickly made the decision to seek hospices services.  At first, Clayton thought hospice was a way to avoid burdening his family with his illness.

Clayton soon began to understand that by deciding to utilize hospice, he had put together a supportive team for himself and his entire family. Together, Clayton, his family, and the hospice team created a plan of care that included Clayton’s medical needs as well as emotional and spiritual needs for himself and his family. read more

Q & A with Secret Santa

As the leaves begin to fall and the days get chillier, our thoughts turn to the holidays, especially the most magical time of year. Christmas is a special season, a time to celebrate the ultimate gift given to us by giving gifts to others. Christmas at Fulton Presbyterian Manor is especially exciting, thanks to our very own Secret Santa. We sat down with him or her (we’ve got to keep you guessing) to ask a few questions:

Q: What do you do for the residents at Fulton Presbyterian Manor when Christmas comes around?
A: Keri Edwards, marketing director, and Donna Hunter, social services director, make a list of residents and go around to interview them to see what they would like from Santa. After the deadline passes for families to bring in Christmas presents for their loved ones, Keri gives me a list of suggested presents. I have no names, only a number to identify them. I take this list and, with Keri’s help, I go shopping so everyone has a present under the tree from Santa. To do this right, not only do they not know who I am, I don’t know who they are either. read more

Kielbasas’ Migration Journey

Margot Kielbasa immigrated from Germany in the 1940s with her husband Stefen.

It may seem like a lifetime ago to Margot Kielbasa, but the story of how she came to live in Fulton, Missouri, is truly timeless. It’s one of courage and determination, and ultimately, love.

At just 14 years old, Margot was sent to live on a farm, where she would work for four year and she wasn’t allowed to leave. Why? Because it was Germany in the mid-1940s.

“Hitler was in leadership at that time, and if you didn’t go to high school, they sent you to work. So mom was sent to a farm, where she got up and milked cows the very next day,” said her daughter, Lana Wetherell. read more

Why Some Grown Kids Cut Off Their Parents

One mother reflects on whether she’s partly to blame. (Photo credit: iStock)

Could their estrangement be caused by how we raised them?

By Elizabeth Vagnoni for Next Avenue

The truth is — I am estranged from my two adult sons.

The truth is — I love my sons and I miss them every day.

The truth is — I can’t understand how in the world this has happened.

The truth is — saying you love them and miss them is not enough. There is much more to say, but you need a conversation — you need actual interaction, not just silence.

For me, the estrangement began over what I believed to be a misunderstanding. Since then, I’ve been on a journey of understanding, or at least trying to understand. read more

Don’t Miss These Signs of Ovarian Cancer

“By the time a CT scan was ordered, the cancer had progressed to an advanced stage that is treatable, but not curable. I was furious at myself and upset with my doctor.” (Photo credit: Thinkstock)

Abdominal bloating and a persistent ‘full’ feeling are common symptoms

By Sheryl Kraft for Next Avenue

(Editor’s note: September was Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.)

Ricki Lewis ignored her belly fat for months, attributing the extra weight and bloat around her middle to aging and menopause.

“I should have paid more attention when a well-meaning woman asked me when I was due — but instead, I just got angry,” the 59-year-old said. “It didn’t even occur to me to see the doctor.”

Lewis, a Schenectady, N.Y., science writer with a Ph.D. in human genetics, finally made an appointment to see her gynecologist when her best friend remarked on the noticeable change in her girth. “When the doctor saw my middle, she literally jumped back several feet,” said Lewis. An ultrasound revealed a 23 cm ovarian cyst. “The technologist said it was the second largest she’d ever seen.” read more

Do You Really Need a Will?

“Prince Needed a Will, But Maybe You Don’t.” Is this New York Times headline accurate? (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Though some advisers pooh-pooh it, a will can avoid big problems

By Rosie Wolf Williams for Next Avenue

You might have heard that Prince died without a will, which has already led to a flurry of legal maneuverings over his estate. But do mere mortals like the rest of us, with far smaller net worths, really need a will?

Traditionally, the answer to that question has been an unequivocal “Yes” — particularly if you have a spouse, children or stepchildren. Lately, though, some financial advisers have been saying that many Americans might not need a will. New York Times “Wealth Matters” columnist Paul Sullivan wrote about that provocative view in his article, “Prince Needed a Will, But Maybe You Don’t.” read more

Why You Need the Shingles, Flu and Pneumonia Vaccines

Close up view of a healthcare professional injecting another person's shoulder with a vaccine

Did you know that as you age, your immunity to the diseases you’ve been vaccinated against as a child starts to wane? (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)

The diseases can be a serious threat to older adults’ health

By Leah Ingram for Next Avenue

Did you know that as you age, your immunity to the diseases you’ve been vaccinated against as a child starts to wane?

So says Dr. Dana Hawkinson, infectious disease specialist at The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas. That’s why it’s just as important to be vaccinated as an adult as it was as a child. Plus, some of the illnesses you could contract in the second half of life aren’t just an inconvenience — they could make you very sick or even kill you. read more