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    All in a day’s work

    The Saturday before Easter of this year, Linda Horton fell at her home in Dodge City and broke her back.“The doctor glued me back together, but he must have made a mistake and used crazy glue because I’ve been nuts ever since,” said Linda.To recover, Linda was taken to Manor of the Plains where she stayed for three weeks.“I enjoyed every day I was there. The people and the aides were always very polite and kind. They would do anything to make me more comfortable.”But more than just healing her b...

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    Manor of the Plains, home sweet home

    By Kurt Lampe, marketing directorI love coming to work!It's not just a job; it's a career! I had no idea eight years ago that I would be working at a senior living community. I had been down with a staph infection for several months and saw the ad in the local newspaper.

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    Older American’s Month celebrated with glitz and glam

    To celebrate Older American’s Month in May, we (literally) rolled out the red carpet and threw a week-long event of superstar status.“We recognize Older American’s Month every year with a different theme we haven’t done before. Ever since I started working in activities, I always wanted to do some type of elegant night where the residents could dress like movie stars. I never knew what to do to get it all going.

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    In the spotlight: Clara Contreras

    Learning what it meant to be a certified nursing aide (CNA) was a pivotal moment in Clara Contreras’ life.“Somebody told me to take a CNA class. I didn’t know what it was, but when I figured it out I really liked it,” said Clara.After she took her first class and completed her training, a retired nurse at Manor of the Plains suggested Clara apply for a job here. She was hired in 2006.“I’m still here, and I’m never planning to quit.

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    5 lessons from the oldest old

    By Robert DiGiacomoNew York Times reporter John Leland thought he knew how to write about the “oldest old” — people 85 and up. For a proposed year-long series, he figured he would chronicle a laundry list of their issues: things like the dangers of falling, financial pressures and family conflict.As Leland delved deeper, however, he realized the people in this age group were more than the sum of their problems. And he saw how much he didn’t know about the realities o...

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    Manor of the Plains announces Art is Ageless® winners

    Manor of the Plains recently hosted a reception for the winning artists in the annual Art is Ageless® juried competition.“We are honored to exhibit artwork by seniors,” said Kurt Lampe, marketing director. “Art is Ageless is unique in featuring only the works of artists age 65 and older. Our artists prove that art, in any form, is an ageless ambition.”Winners in the Manor of the Plains Art is Ageless juried competition were:Best of Show (professional): Dee Maurer, &ld...

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    Lisa and Lisa make AIA better and better

    For the past 29 years, Art is Ageless has been a way for Presbyterian Manor residents and local community members to share their artistic talents and compete in some friendly competition. But setting up for the annual event is an artistic undertaking, as well. And we have two women on staff to thank for making it happen.Whether it’s setting up the art around the community, coming up with the decorating theme or preparing the menu, Lisa Montoya and Lisa Flick get the job done.“Prior t...

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    Tell Your Doctor What’s on Your Bucket List

    Your doctor can’t read your mind. A doctor assumes everyone wants to live and continue to live the best, healthiest, happiest life possible — but that means something different for everyone. If your doctor knows about your long-term goals and “bucket list” items, however, that can be used to direct your health plan and goals.Dr.

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    5 Life Lessons From Stephen Hawking

    As the passing of renowned physicist and public intellectual Stephen Hawking is met with grief and remembrance the world over, Next Avenue wanted to honor the man who educated the world on a host of issues by sharing five important lessons we learned from him:1. Trust in science, but remember that we haven’t uncovered all its mysteries yet.At 22, Professor Hawking was diagnosed with a rare form of motor neuron disease and told he only had a few years to live. For most of his adult life, he...

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    One Surprising Way Older Adults Can Get Healthier

    Whether or not we actually do the right things to improve our health, many of us probably assume we know what they are. Walk more. Quit smoking.

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