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EPM-1BedroomDetermining how – and where – you want to spend your future is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. We can tell you the many reasons why seniors choose Emporia Presbyterian Manor, but there’s only one way to know what it’s really like to live here.

At Emporia Presbyterian Manor, there are many benefits that can help you live happier and healthier – a maintenance-free residence and social atmosphere filled with activities like our Art is Ageless® and Just Ask Lifelong Learning programs. Plus, healthy dining, wellness options and convenient access to on-site health services.

Join us for a free Staycation and find out! Sample the dining, meet friendly neighbors and staff, ask questions and join in the fun. You’re free to participate as much or as little as you like.

Your Staycation includes:

  • A hospitality basket from the Presbyterian Manor family
  • Free accommodations for up to three days
  • Personalized tour of our community
  • Admission to on-site activities and programs of your choice during your stay
  • Three meals per day in our dining room with resident hosts
  • Complimentary wellness evaluation

All Staycations must be scheduled in advance. Contact Marketing Director, Ken Hanson, at 620-343-2613 for more information or to schedule your Staycation.

Senior bank accounts: Should you get one?

4 ways to size them up before you sign up

By Margarette Burnette for Next Avenue


It isn’t hard to figure out why some banks and credit unions offer special checking accounts for customers they call “seniors.” Once they establish banking relationships this way, they can try to entice the new accountholders with savings accounts, loans and retirement accounts.

But is a “senior” checking account (generally restricted to people over 60 or 65, though sometimes available to people 50 and up) a good deal for you? That depends.

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Common myths of hospice debunked

Five things you may think about hospice that aren’t true

By Jacob Edward for Next Avenue


In the past 40 years, attitudes towards death and dying in America and much of the rest of the world have slowly changed. The hospice movement has grown considerably and now constitutes its own segment of the health care system. Prior to hospice, people often died alone, in institutional settings like hospitals.

While some people still pass away without their loved ones around them, many are choosing to receive palliative care at home as a way to make the end of their lives as comfortable and rewarding as possible. But there are still many common misconceptions about hospice. Nobody likes to dwell on the subject of death, so people are naturally reluctant to study what hospice care is until they are in need of hospice services.

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A smart way to curb senior loneliness

In this program, old and young people connect with one another

By Rachel Adelson for Next Avenue


“Take two friendships and call me in the morning.”

That’s what Dr. Paul Tang, an internist and national expert on health care quality, would like to tell aging patients. He, and other doctors like him, view social engagement as a treatment for a very modern ill: loneliness.

Tang divides his time between Washington, D.C. (where he influences health care policy) and the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation (he’s the director). Tang has developed a cross-generational program meant to get people of all ages helping and connecting with one another. Called linkAges, the centerpiece of the program is a community-based service exchange in the form of a volunteer time bank. The service is being tested in California, with hopes that it’ll soon expand elsewhere.

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How to craft your memoir

Be sure to include experiences and feelings that make your life story meaningful

By Bart Astor for Next Avenue


When I overheard my father reminiscing with his old Army buddy about how desperate they felt as kids having to do menial tasks to earn money that would help their families — even plucking chickens — I realized I hadn’t heard much about his emotional life growing up.

In fact, other than the few stories he told about his two brothers, he didn’t talk about his childhood. Over the years, I managed to collect facts and figures— where his mother and father were born, important dates and some highlights of his life. But I knew little of his family’s financial struggles during the Great Depression and almost nothing about his older brother’s death.

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Lighten up your favorite recipes of yesteryear

You don’t have to give up all the flavor if you use a “sliding scale of decadence”

By Joanna Pruess for Next Avenue


Do you long to eat favorite foods from your youth without a side order of guilt? With creative tweaking, chocolaty brownies, creamy scalloped potatoes, hearty meatloaf, green bean-mushroom casserole with fried onions and other comfort foods can return from the list of no-nos. The key is determining which diet-wrecking ingredients you’re willing to compromise on and how much you’re willing to cut back on them. But the choices aren’t black or white: I think of them as existing on a sliding scale of decadence.

Leaving a little indulgence in foods helps us to eat better because we end up feeling more satisfied. Think about it: If your revisions are super-healthy but tasteless, you’ll probably do something at least twice as unhealthy later, like diving into a bag of chips or having a date with Ben & Jerry.

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What to know about money and work by 50, 60, 70

Master these skills for your finances and career when turning each age

By Liza Kaufman Hogan for Next Avenue


Staying on track with your finances and career requires checking in every so often to be sure you’re meeting your goals and anticipating your needs at each life stage. Although you may have been saving for retirement and enjoying success at work for years, there are still some things to learn. You may have gaps in expertise you’d like to fill or may be ready to plunge into a new career.

Whatever your goals, here’s a checklist of basic money and career management knowledge it’s good to have by age 50, 60 and 70:

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Why your relationship needs forgiveness

Even for serious wrongs like infidelity, hanging on to anger hurts you, too

By Barb DePree, M.D. for Next Avenue


By the time we reach midlife, we’ve experienced all kinds of things in our relationships, some good, some bad. It’s great to think back on the positive experiences once in a while, maybe even re-live them from time to time.

For the negative experiences, that’s not such a good idea.

And the more serious the situation, the harder it is to not think about it. Maybe you’ve had to deal with an infidelity or some other kind of betrayal by your partner. If so, its lingering effects may very well be interfering with your ability to fully embrace your partner in a healthy — and even in a literal — way.

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Your pet and your estate: No joke

If your pet isn’t in your estate plans, it’s time to remedy that

By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue


Maybe you heard that Joan Rivers left a portion of her $150 million fortune to her four rescue pups, who are now living with her longtime assistant. Or that Lauren Bacall’s will said her dog, Sophie, would inherit $10,000 of her $26.6 million estate.

You might have even laughed when you heard the news.

But anyone who owns a pet or ever has understands exactly what Rivers and Bacall were doing — ensuring that their loved ones would be cared for after they were gone. As Rivers told The Daily Beast’s Tim Teeman in early September: “I’ve left money so the dogs can be taken care of.” (In my own family, the loss of our beloved miniature schnauzer, Chance, a few years ago, was one of the saddest days of our lives.)

If you’re a pet owner, you should follow the lead of Rivers and Bacall, no matter how big your estate will be.

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Employees celebrate 30-year anniversaries

Debbie Burris

Debbie Burris

When Emporia Presbyterian Manor celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, a pair of its employees did, too.

Debbie Burris and Jeannie Williams came to Presbyterian Manor in late 1985. They had been working together as labor and delivery nurses at the hospital, and when they heard Presbyterian Manor was opening, both women thought it sounded like a good opportunity.

“I wanted to be in on a new venture like Presbyterian Manor,” said Debbie, now director of assisted living.

Early in her nursing career, Debbie said, she had no interest in working in a senior living community. But as she grew older, her perspective changed. “When I came to [Presbyterian] Manor, my children were older, and I enjoyed working with the other end of the spectrum,” she said.

Debbie was an LPN when she started, and her supervisors at Presbyterian Manor always encouraged her to advance her career. She went on to earn her RN, going to school part time over the course of five years. She helped set up the original home health department, which eventually became assisted living, and then became its director.

Jeannie Williams

Jeannie Williams

Jeannie is now health services supervisor on the night shift. Unlike Debbie, she had some experience in long-term care when she came to Presbyterian Manor in 1985. It was her first job while she was still in high school. She said she enjoyed the diversity of her work at the hospital, but she was ready for a change when Presbyterian Manor opened. It turned out to be a great fit.

“There’s something amazing about these people,” Jeannie said. “They have so many stories and inspiration. I like to hear about the time in history they went through. There’s so much packed into those years.”

Jeannie said she likes working overnight. When her four children were young, it was a good fit for their home life. Now, she likes how peaceful it is most nights, allowing her to take care of paperwork, and then spending time with residents when they wake up.

“We’ve come a long, long way in caring for people,” Jeannie said. “We used to do rounds every two hours on the dot to get everyone turned. Now there’s an emphasis on letting people live life as normally as possible, and letting them get their rest.”

Debbie said she’s watched many things change over three decades, but she has always been proud of Presbyterian Manor’s mission and the way it’s carried out. “I like the way they treat the residents,” she said. “I’m a great fan.” We’re grateful for the longevity and dedication of employees like Debbie and Jeannie, too!

4 myths about brain health and how to stay sharp

What your doctor may not know, but you should

By Leslie Kernisan, MD for Next Avenue

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Want to stay mentally sharp for as long as possible?

I certainly do, and I’m guessing you do, too: an AARP survey found that 87 percent of respondents reported being very concerned about this issue.

And in April, a highly influential nonprofit released a new report whose recommendations represent the best available medical knowledge on how our brains change as we age and what we can do about this.

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