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    What Can You Do to Ease a Caregiver’s Burden?

    By Debbie Swanson for Next AvenueWhen a friend or family member is knee-deep in caring for a loved one, a common gesture is to drop off a casserole, or remind him or her to “let me know what you need.” But as genuine as your intentions may be, they may not be the best ways to ease the caregiver’s load.“The person who offers help almost has to be a detective to figure out what the caregiver actually wants or needs,” says Marty Schreiber, a former governor of Wisconsi...  Read More...

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    What Hospice Does and Doesn’t Do

    By John F. Wasik for Next AvenuePart of the Living to the End of Life Special Report, a special report for The John A. Hartford Foundation.More than once in my life, I wish I knew more about hospice care, which is a sustained focus on quality-of-life near the end of a journey.   Read More...

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    Stand Up to ‘Sitting Disease’

    By Lisa Fields for Next AvenueNot long ago, when I interviewed one of the leading experts on “sitting disease” — the buzzy catch phrase that’s been attached to physical inactivity for the past few years — he walked in place on his treadmill desk while we chatted by phone. The irony wasn’t lost on me: I was sitting idly at my desk while writing an article about the health problems associated with sitting idly at desks. Meanwhile, the expert in the know was stay...  Read More...

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    The Gift of Making a Video Biography

    By Debbie Musser for Next AvenueSeymour and Angel Newman light up as they talk about their daughters, Shoshana and Raphaela. “The best thing that ever happened to my life was those two girls,” Seymour said. Angel added, “They both have such good hearts.   Read More...

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    Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America honors campuses

    Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America recognized all 17 of its Kansas and Missouri campuses and both hospice locations for reaching goals in fiscal year 2018, July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, during a celebration Dec. 6 at the Broadview Hotel in Wichita, Kan.The recognitions came through PMMA’s 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...  Read More...

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    How Can I Communicate Effectively With My Doctor?

    By Edie Grossfield for Next AvenuePart of the Transforming Life as We Age Special ReportNext Avenue recently asked readers to tell us the questions they’d like answered about how to most effectively communicate with their doctors. We’re now back with two experts’ views on the top three questions we received. They are:How can I make sure my physician understands my concerns when all I get is a nod from him or her while typing away on a laptop computer?Does a surgeon have an obli...  Read More...

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    When Is It Time to Find Long-Term Care for a Spouse or Partner?

    By Marijke Vroomen Durning for Next Avenue“I’m scared and worried,” wrote Dennis Abrams in a column in The Houston Chronicle in July 2017. Abrams’ husband, David Fox, had just been diagnosed with early-onset dementia. Abrams wasn’t surprised.   Read More...

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    Medicare changes of 2019

    The coming year, 2019, is a huge year for Medicare beneficiaries. There will be many changes and most of them are beneficial. In 2010, lawmakers did away with the Medicare Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Advantage Plans.   Read More...

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    Play Games for Better Health

    By Randi Mazzella for Next AvenueWhen friends asked Lisa Ruderman, 52, of Livingston, N.J., if she wanted to learn how to play canasta, at first, she declined. She wasn’t sure she had the spare time or any interest in the card game, which is a form of rummy. But with some minor prodding, she was convinced to give it a try.   Read More...

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    13 Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America communities on U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes 2018 list

    Thirteen Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America senior living communities are on the U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes 2018-2019 list. The communities received the High Performing rating to make the list, available today.PMMA locations on the honoree list with five-star ratings are Aberdeen Village (Olathe), Emporia, Lawrence, Newton, Parsons, Salina, Sterling, Topeka and Wichita in Kansas and Aberdeen Heights (Kirkwood), Farmington, Fulton and Rolla in Missouri.Inclusion on the list is ...  Read More...

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