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Mary’s Musings: Engage at Every Age

By Mary Bridges, chaplain, Salina Presbyterian ManorSo, the theme for this month’s newsletter is “OLDER.” Many of you know I always like to check the definition of words, as there can be so many. The online dictionary I consulted tells me that “older” is an adjective and here are some of the definitions: having lived for a long time or no longer young. Synonyms listed are: elderly, aged, older, senior, advanced in years, respected, revered, in one’s dotage, lo...
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April 21, 2018

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.
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March 2, 2018

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.)
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June 27, 2017

Flying with honors

Honor Flights were organized to bring World War II veterans to Washington when the war memorial opened. Now, veterans from Korea and Vietnam are also welcome
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May 31, 2017