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Presbyterian Manor celebrates Older Americans Month with a week of varied activities

From May 16-20, Wichita Presbyterian Manor celebrated Age My Way week with music, food, wellness activities, and dancing.

Every year, the community celebrates Older Americans Month with a dedicated week packed full of special activities, said Amy Watson, life enrichment director.

On Monday, Torehn Windt and David Wills of Cura Hospitality offered a cooking demonstration on how to fix a simple, delicious summer salad.

Residents enjoyed two very different concerts on Tuesday. The Wichita Broadway Singers belted out show tunes, and David Baird played his handpan.

“Residents always enjoy live music performances, and the handpan is something new and different,” Amy said.

On Wednesday, Crystal Balthazor and Crystal Dawson of Aegis Therapies conducted a “make and take” workshop during which residents had the opportunity to make their own stress balls.

Louis Medvene, emeritus professor of psychology at Wichita State, delivered a talk on Thursday on the topic of successful aging, which included practical tips that related to the theme of the week.

Friday, residents got down to tunes spun by Jeff Kenworthy, also known as DJ KJ. He played oldies music at “Club Landing,” a temporary dance club complete with wristbands and a doorman.

“We wanted to cover all the ways to age successfully,” Amy said. “As the Baby Boomer generation ages, we’re getting rid of a lot of stereotypes about what it means to get older.

“When we plan activities, we consider the fact that we’re serving individuals, not a group that wants all the same things.”

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