Health and wellness adds Brain Fitness class

Living well and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle is a vital focus for Wichita Presbyterian Manor and many of our residents.As part of our new wellness program, Carol Gibbon, health and wellness director, added a “Brain Fitness” class. This class offers tactics and brain exercises that stretch and increase brain muscles at a fun, engaging and social get-together. Handouts are provided, but discussions and individual and group work are incorporated.
September 21, 2019

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][/caption]By Diane Harris for Next AvenueThis 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.
March 2, 2018

My favorite holiday memories

By Penny Knapic, RN, Director of Assisted LivingGrowing up we always went to my grandma’s either the weekend before or after Thanksgiving and Christmas so that all of her kids could come.
December 12, 2017

Resident rediscovers talent for sculpture

Throughout his career as an architect, Al Nees helped create some of downtown Wichita's iconic structures, including the Wichita Public Library and the telephone company building at First and Broadway. But in retirement, Al, a new resident at Wichita Presbyterian Manor, has blossomed as a sculptor, creating a wholly new type of structure and art in clay.
July 25, 2017

When doctors should ignore end-of-life directives

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.)
June 27, 2017