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    Presbyterian Manor of Mid-America system to celebrate 70 years of living

    On April 19, Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA) will celebrate its 70th anniversary. Our first very first community opened in Newton, Kan., on April 19, 1949, nearly two years after ninety-year-old Alice Kalb of El Dorado, Kan., asked the United Presbyterian Synod if it would consider opening a home for the aged. A small exploratory committee formed to look at the idea and determined it had merit.To raise funds for the Newton effort, a dedicated offering throughout the synod took place on...  Read More...

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    Volunteers make all the difference

    Our community is blessed to have a number of volunteers dedicated to making life easier and more joyful for our residents and staff. As we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week April 7-13, we’re putting the spotlight on two individuals who go the extra mile for us.Bob Salem has been a volunteer bus driver for us for almost two years. He takes residents to the grocery store a few times each month.   Read More...

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    Mary’s Musings on Holy Humor

    By Mary Bridges, chaplainGenerations of my family overcame untold adversity as they labored to make new homes in foreign countries. If asked, I would describe these Germans from Russia, who settled in Russell, as quiet, stoic and stern looking.Growing up I often thought I had been adopted because I felt like I didn’t really fit in. Laughter and humor have always been part of who I am, and my personality certainly didn’t match those mostly unsmiling, stern looking people I called family.   Read More...

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    Chef makes kitchen his new home for culinary delights

    Earlier this year, Taylor Copas found himself in our kitchen as the new executive chef of the community. Our stomachs couldn’t be happier.“I have really enjoyed the freedom I’ve been given to create and showcase my skills. It has helped me get my passion and love for the kitchen back!” said Taylor.Previously, Taylor was the owner/chef for an American style breakfast and lunch diner in Salina called 9th Street Diner.   Read More...

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    Resident volunteers committed to our community

    She may be 100 years young, but that hasn’t stopped independent living resident Mabelle Mase from working as a volunteer around our community.Mabelle moved here in October 2011 and can be found volunteering as a greeter at the front desk, or any job that she is asked to do that she feels qualified for."I think it's important when people come into the lobby that there is a friendly face to greet them," said Mabelle.Mabelle isn’t new to volunteering. Her most rewarding vo...  Read More...

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    Executive Director begins leadership class

    Congratulations to executive director Desi Flerlage on her acceptance into the Center for Leadership class with Leading Age Kansas. Sixteen individuals from across the state were chosen for the competitive program and will embark on a yearlong journey to improve their leadership acumen.To apply, Desi had to complete an application process that included an application, essay and two letters of recommendation. The yearlong program includes four in-person classes and monthly conference calls focuse...  Read More...

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    Dishing on dining services

    As we celebrate National Nutrition Month in March, we’re putting the spotlight on a few members of our dining services team who work tirelessly to provide our residents with nutritious and delicious meals every day.Keith Brown, dining services directorKeith has worked as the dining services director for three years and is responsible for anything and everything related to food and nutrition on campus. By working with residents and listening to their feedback, Keith plans menus based on the...  Read More...

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    KDOT grants campus with new wheels

    Our community recently received two new vans from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) after applying for them through a grant application.“The vans we have been using have become pretty old and the lifts particularly caused the staff quite a bit of trouble. Mike Rajewski passed on the news about the KDOT grants, and it seemed to be the perfect answer for how we would solve our problem,” said Desi Flerlage, executive director at Salina Presbyterian Manor.The two new vans si...  Read More...

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    Tai Chi classes improve physical and mental health one breath at a time

    In addition to chair aerobics, weight training, treadmills and bicycles, residents are discovering the many benefits of Tai Chi.“Tai Chi improves stability, reduces chronic pain, helps prevent falls, reduces stress, increases oxygen flow, enhances mental capacity and concentration, reduces blood pressure and alleviates arthritis pain,” said Cathy Boos, life enrichment director.The benefits are endless and can be felt almost immediately.“In the Western world, we usually separate...  Read More...

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    Mary’s Musings: Caring Conversations

    By Mary Bridges, chaplainThe seasons of our lives are many and varied. Some are familiar and filled with joy and growth. Some feel cold, barren and filled with overwhelming uncertainty.   Read More...

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