Category Archives: Community Involvement

The Power of Sharing Our Stories

Playing a game at an assisted living facility opened up connections [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

By Reyna Marder Gentin for Next Avenue

My friend runs an assisted living residence not far from where I live. When she called to say she had a mitzvah (a good deed) for me that was “right up my alley,” I was wary, to put it mildly. She explained READ MORE

Activities are the heart and soul of Presbyterian Manor lifestyle

Life enrichment team members from left, top row, Emily Riddle, health care; Jodi Gawith, restorative aide; Nicole Jacoby, memory care and assisted living; and Cierra Haith, health care. From left, seated, are Pat Piper, memory care; Pam Meehan, volunter coordinator and activity assistant; and Cathy Boos, life enrichment director. Follow the exciting events organized by the life enrichment team on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/salinapresbyterianmanor/.

Have you ever stopped to count how many activities are going on during any given day at Salina Presbyterian Manor? Cathy Boos has.

Cathy, our life enrichment director, has done the math. She found that we offer an average of 14 activities a day.

“I READ MORE

4 Ways to Donate to Charity Without Writing a Check

These ideas can help you de-clutter your home and earn a tax write-off

By Ashley Eneriz for Next Avenue

People carry boxes of donated items

Want to make a difference, but the budget doesn’t allow? Consider donating something other than cash. [Photo credit: Getty Images]

When it comes to donating to charity, sometimes our budgets don’t allow us to be as generous as we we’d like. But you needn’t always open your wallet to help others. Here are four ways to give back that don’t involve writing a check or READ MORE

Making communities friendlier for those with dementia

Making Communities Friendlier for Those With Dementia

That’s the goal for the ambitious Dementia Friendly America initiative

By Beth Baker for Next Avenue

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Credit: Courtesy of Paynesville (MN) ACT on Alzheimer’s Caption: Volunteers pass out laminated bookmarks with the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s at the local supermarket

Can a strong community network help ease the challenges faced by people with dementia and their families? That’s the hope of a national volunteer-driven initiative known as Dementia Friendly America READ MORE

Want to age better? Join a choir

A groundbreaking study examines the health benefits of making music as we age

By Deborah Quilter for Next Avenue

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Twenty years ago, when academic researcher Julene Johnson wanted to study how music might help the aging process, she couldn’t get funding. Johnson, a professor at the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco, READ MORE