May was a month of celebrations, from Nurses Week and National Nursing Home Week to National Nursing Assistant’s Week. Weeks of daily celebrations included a nurses vs. others water balloon dodgeball game, Manor family feud, and lots of
By Jerroll Martens, Newton Presbyterian Manor chaplain
As Americans we celebrate our independence and rightly so. However, when it comes to our relationship with God, we need to depend on Him.
The very root of sin is that we have “turned everyone
Ruth Vander Wilt hasn’t been one to dwell on her age – but now that she’s turning 100, her family is making a pretty big deal about it.
“I never thought much about my age and how old I was getting,” said Ruth, who has
Things are not always black and white during a health crisis
(This article was provided by The Op-Ed Project, with which the writer is a fellow.)
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
As an older adult, you have skills that can help — and your brain will thank you
By Bill Ward for Next Avenue
Conventional wisdom holds that the older we get, the harder it is to learn a new language. Which is true — except when it’s not.
Turns out that while our brains might not be as quick or deft as in those halcyon days of youth, all that hard-earned
My phone calls to him used to be obligatory, but loss has a way of changing things
By Jill Smolowe for Next Avenue
When I was a college undergraduate, I used to call my parents every Thursday night. The calls were mandatory, the price of college tuition, so to speak. Invariably, my mother would answer, then yell, “Dick! Pick up! It’s Jill.”
Nothing of substance
They may be afraid to tell you they are having trouble
By Joanna Nesbit for Next Avenue
While their 84-year-old father recovered at a rehabilitation facility after landing in the hospital with symptoms of a mini-stroke, the Jones (not their real name) siblings took the opportunity to do some cleaning at his house.
Opening the fridge, they
The common culprits, plus treatments to consider
By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue
Whether it came on suddenly when you were playing tennis or more gradually over many years, knee pain can keep you from doing even the most basic of activities. At the very least, it can limit your ability to move as easily or quickly, or sit in one