Monthly Archives: December 2015

Dad’s WWII love letters give a glimpse into a forgotten past

Hidden in the attic were tales of war and sacrifice, love and resilience

By Lauren Stiller Rikleen for Next Avenue

WWII Letters-web

Stiller, right, with his commanding officer outside their tent.

It is always fun to read about other peoples’ attic discoveries of valuable art or historic artifacts. It is very different altogether to be the one to make such a find.

As I was moving an innocuous plastic container out of the way, I decided to see READ MORE

Support group offers lifeline to caregivers

Paula Hoskinson, dining services, and Laura Stewart, LBSW, put the finishing touches on a December reception for the FOCUS group.

Paula Hoskinson, dining services, and Laura Stewart, LBSW, put the finishing touches on a December reception for the FOCUS group.

One of the hardest things for a caregiver to do is to take care of him or herself. And those who take care of a loved one with dementia often neglect themselves the most. Indeed, Canadian researchers in 2014 confirmed that dementia caregivers experience READ MORE

Newton Presbyterian Manor honored

Marc Kessinger, executive director, center, accepts an Emerald Certificate from Bruce Shogren, chief executive officer, left, and Bill Taylor, chief operations officer, right, of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. Lawrence Presbyterian Manor was recognized for achieving a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, earning a high satisfaction rate among independent living residents, and meeting marketing and financial performance goals.

Newton Presbyterian Manor received a certificate of recognition from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America for reaching goals in fiscal year 2015, July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

The recognition came through PMMA’s new Emerald Awards Program, designed READ MORE

5 ways to make sure your parents are safe in bad weather

You can’t control Mother Nature, but certain precautions are important

By Jasmine Dyoco for Next Avenue


Lately, it seems our headlines have been filled with stories about Mother Nature wreaking havoc on our surroundings. From horrible flooding to fast-spreading wildfires to monster hurricanes, weather and the damage it causes is putting human lives READ MORE

Remembering the wit of Erma Bombeck

A new play reminds us of one of America’s most-clipped columnists

By Richard Harris for Next Avenue


Credit: Photo by C. Stanley Photography Barbara Chisholm as Erma Bombeck in Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End

Even at 9-years-old, Margaret (Peggy) and Allison Engel were avid newspaper readers. Each morning, the twin sisters from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, would spread the Cleveland Plain Dealer on the floor and devour the comics together — so neither could get READ MORE