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5 Things Family Caregivers Need to Know About Family Leave

On the federal law’s 25th anniversary, who can’t take the leave and what lies ahead? [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

By Diane Harris for Next Avenue

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off from work to care for a new child or sick relative or to manage their own serious medical condition without fear of losing their job. The biggest cause for celebration, however, isn’t for what the law has accomplished over the past quarter century, but rather what may come next.

“Momentum is clearly growing among policymakers and employers for an expansion of the law that will include paid leave,” says Lynn Friss Feinberg, a senior strategic policy adviser for the AARP Public Policy Institute. “It’s increasingly seen as a bipartisan issue.” read more

Fulton Presbyterian Manor honored for achievements

Dawn Smith, executive director of Fulton Presbyterian Manor, with Bruce Shogren (left), president and CEO of PMMA, and Bill Taylor (right), COO of PMMA

Fulton Presbyterian Manor received a certificate of recognition from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America for reaching goals in fiscal year 2017, covering the months of July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.

The recognition came through PMMA’s new Emerald Awards Program, designed to encourage its 17 locations and 2 hospices to achieve high levels of resident and employee satisfaction, meet financial goals, build philanthropic support for the organization’s mission and meet marketing goals. There are 11 areas measured for the Emerald Awards. read more

Praise for Promotions!

Praise for Promotions!
Congratulations to two Fulton Presbyterian Manor employees who’ve recently earned promotions. We appreciate their dedication, and celebrate their advancements!

Bessie Boese has been promoted to MDS Coordinator


Bessie Boese: Bessie is currently taking online classes through Moberly Area Community College in Mexico. She is in the Accelerated Associate Degree in Nursing (AADN) program to obtain her RN. She’s been promoted to MDS Coordinator after serving most recently in medical records.

Elinda Trower:
Elinda will begin classes with Moberly Area Community College (Mexico) in the spring of 2018. She will be enrolled in the Accelerated Associate Degree in Nursing (AADN) program to obtain her RN. She was previously serving as an LPN, and will now be in medical records.

Elinda Trower is now serving Fulton
Presbyterian Manor in medical records.

Her favorite thing about working at Fulton Presbyterian Manor is the residents. “I love that they all become family. I enjoy making sure that they get the best possible care: the care that they deserve,” said Elinda. “I’m looking forward to learning new things, and exploring what possibilities are out there for an LPN.”
Congratulations to Bessie and Elinda! read more

Senior Living 101 offered

Fulton Presbyterian Manor hosts free program

Residents will share why they love living at Fulton Presbyterian Manor.

Wondering if senior living is right for you? Learn what Presbyterian Manor residents love most about the lifestyle at a free event August 16.

Meet campus residents and find out why they chose senior living over life at home. Find out how peace of mind and security can enhance your quality of life at Fulton Presbyterian Manor.

“Fulton Presbyterian Manor 101” will begin at 2 p.m. August 16 at Fulton Presbyterian Manor, 811 Center Street. It is part of Presbyterian Manor’s Just Ask series, a free, ongoing lifelong learning program featuring information from local, regional and national experts on topics of interest to older adults and their families. read more

When doctors should ignore end-of-life directives

Things are not always black and white during a health crisis

By Dr. Kathryn B. Kirkland for Next Avenue

Knowing your wishes for end-of-life is important in a medical emergency.

Credit: Adobe Stock – Advance directives will remain an important part of the picture: They ensure that decisions about medical interventions at the end of life are in the hands of patients and that patients’ values drive these decisions, even when they can’t speak for themselves.

(This article was provided by The Op-Ed Project, with which the writer is a fellow.)

Sheila was very clear about her wishes for the end of life. She was 88 years old and a former hospice volunteer. When her time came, she wanted no ventilator, no feeding tube, no CPR. She even wrote down her wishes — NO LIFE SUPPORT! — in an advance directive, in case she wasn’t able to say what she wanted. (Advance directives such as the one Sheila wrote are common; many hospitals even use their completion rates as a quality metric.) read more

Why working longer is good for your health

Here’s how recent studies upend conventional wisdom

By Chris Farrell for Next Avenue

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

Retirement didn’t sit with Lee Humphrey when she tried it about a decade ago, at 62. About a year after leaving her St. Paul, Minn. job at the Department of Employment and Economic Development, she unretired and began creating indexes for books after taking an online course on this. She wanted to work longer. “As pleasant as that first year of retirement was — reading, gardening, walking, some volunteering but generally relaxing — I came to realize that, for me, it was very important to add something in my life that was more mentally taxing,” says Humphrey. “I found myself feeling a bit sluggish, mostly mentally sluggish, and that was way out of keeping with my entire life.” read more

Art is Ageless® winners announced

FPM3 - Summer Special Winning artist in Fulton Presbyterian Manor’s annual Art is Ageless® juried competition will be featured in the 2017 Art is Ageless Calendar produced by Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America.

“Summer Special,” a painting by Rosemary Zbinden will appear in the calendar when it is released this fall. In addition, “Daylilies at the Old Sone Wall,” a painting by Carol Bramon will be featured on a greeting card.

Works by local winners are automatically entered into a masterpiece level competition with winning art from 16 other PMMA communities. The winners are featured in the Art FPM4 - Day Lilies at the Old Stone Wallis Ageless calendar and notecards. read more

PMMA observes Older Americans Month

ShowcaseB_300x250For more than 50 years, the contributions of older adults in the U.S. have been recognized every May during Older Americans Month. President John F. Kennedy established the observance in 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging us all to pause and pay them tribute.

Since then, Older Americans Month has evolved into a celebration of older adults’ ongoing influence in all areas of American life. Spearheaded by the Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the agency stages activities throughout the month to raise awareness about important issues facing older adults and to highlight the ways that they are advocating for themselves, their peers and their communities. read more

Art is Ageless® 2016 Calendars available

Get your copy at Fulton Presbyterian Manor

Calendar cover 8-29- 2016

A calendar featuring the works of artists age 65 and older is now available at all 18 Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA) campuses. The calendar features the artwork of more than 40 artists age 65 and older whose works were selected in the masterpiece level judging for Art is Ageless®.