*National Healthcare Decisions Day*

Linda Upstill

In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day, join Americans across the country to talk about your future healthcare decisions. **ADVANCE DIRECTIVES: A NECESSITY IN OUR HEALTHCARE JOURNEY?** GUEST PRESENTER ~ CAROLYN HARRISON, MN, EDUCATION DIRECTOR, KANSAS HEALTH ETHICS TUESDAY APRIL 19, 2011, 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, ...

End-of-life choices topic of community panel discussion on March 2

Karrey Britt

The Kaw Valley Older Women’s League will have a panel discussion about who decides end-of-life choices. The meeting is open to the community and will be at 2 p.m. March 2 in the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vt. **Panelists include:** • Linda Upstill, chair of the Coalition to Honor ...

Insurance commissioner describes benefits for seniors under health reform

Karrey Britt

http://www2.ljworld.com/videos/2011/jan/05/33810/ Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger described the benefits that older adults are able to access under the [Affordable Care Act.][1] Those benefits include help in paying for prescriptions drugs while in the Medicare “donut hole” coverage gap and coverage of preventative services such as mammograms and colonoscopies. “There are ...

What's Your Aging IQ????


Sixty-five! This month, the first of America’s baby boomers—people born between 1946 and 1964—will mark this milestone birthday. Many will wonder what normal aging is—and what is just a myth about growing older. What’s Your Aging IQ?, an updated booklet from the National Institute on Aging, helps answer questions and ...

Elizabeth Edwards and dying at home

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2010/dec/8/204096/ Elizabeth Edwards' death on December 7, 2010, at the young age of 61 touched many people's hearts: her bravery, her willingness to discuss so openly that her cancer was terminal, and her decision to die at home. There were 4,156 articles about her death and her legacy, according to ...

Puzzles to keep your mind sharp

Ursula Rothrock

Whether you're looking for a way to kill some time, de-stress now that the holiday season is upon us or to keep your brain in shape, the New York Times has posted [several of their puzzles online][1]. Among these puzzles are, of course, crosswords. This past year I have become ...

Aging...just another interesting and wonderful stage of life

Jane Stevens

This article -- [Aging's Misunderstood Virtues][1] -- about the work of Lars Tornstam appeared in the NYTimes New Old Age column last month, but I LOVED it, and had not heard of geotranscendance. (The article quoted one of Lawrence's own -- David Ekerdt, a KU gerontologist -- who came up ...

Lawrence husbands embrace new roles as caregivers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2010/oct/26/201300/ At age 87, Foster “Bud” Laming does all of the cooking, cleaning, bill paying and shopping. He also takes care of his wife of 59 years, Gloria, who suffered a stroke eight years ago. Bud helps Gloria, 79, get in and out of bed and a wheelchair, organizes her ...

Research Shows Patients May Live Longer with Hospice and Palliative Care


Following is a link to a communication from the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), entitled "Research Shows Patients May Live Longer with Hospice and Palliative Care." A study by the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management showed that, on average, patients who received hospice services lived 29 days ...

BOGO: Buy One Get One Massage Free Special ends Thursday September 30!!

Laura Bennetts

Therapeutic Massage appointments available Monday through Saturday, Day and Evening. Certified Massage Therapists. Call 842-0656.

Social Security: Preserve and Protect

Laura Bennetts

Monday October 25th 6:30 to 8pm there will be a panel presentation about Social Security at the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium. Dave Ekerdt PhD, KU Director of Gerentology and Dave Kingsley PhD, KU Medical Center will present on current facts about Social Security and ways to protect our retirement benefits. ...

Lawrence Memorial Hospital hires second doctor for Eudora

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2010/sep/16/198742/ Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s CEO has a dose of good news for Eudora residents. The hospital has hired a much-needed second doctor, and the new medical building is scheduled to be finished in March — [five months earlier than the original estimate][1]. During today’s LMH board meeting, Gene Meyer said ...

Pain Management throught Palliative Care

Kristin Jones

Below is a link that we at Midland Care think you will find interesting! There are 3 videos (please excuse the commercials before the vid clips, Its well worth the extra 30 seconds!) The Clips discuss what palliative care is and who it can benefit. Its become increasingly more popular, ...

Adult Day Health Center opens in North Lawrence

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/videos/2010/sep/05/32486/ Topeka-based [Midland Care Connection][1] opened the center, 319 Perry, on Aug. 2. It provides medical services and a variety of activities. It [decided to open the center after Douglas County Senior Services][2] closed its adult day program in 2008 due to budget cuts. It is licensed by the [Kansas ...

Upcoming events of interest

Julie Sergeant

The following events may be of interest to Wise members: - **Gerontology Faculty Colloquium Series:** **“The New War on Social Security” on September 2, 2010. David Ekerdt, KU Gerontology Center and Department of Sociology.** 4 p.m., 2001 Malott Hall (enter at the doors that face Wescoe Hall). The series explores ...

Doc's beliefs affect end-of-life care

Jane Stevens

CNN had a [short review of a British study of about 3,000 physicians][1] that shows that very religious physicians are less likely to provide to dying patients end-of-life information with which they disagree. That echoes a study done in the U.S.: > This result corroborates what a 2007 > New ...

Memory Expo 2010, October 1&2

Kristin Jones

Midland Care is excited to bring to to the heartland the 2010 Memory Expo, Mid- America's Ultimate Shop & Crop! This fundraiser will benefit the programs of Midland Care in NE Kansas. This two day event will provide scrapbookers, card makers, and paper crafters of all levels the opportunity to ...

Downtown church launches medical clinic

Sarah Henning

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2010/aug/21/197040/ Fittingly, New Life in Christ church is celebrating its coming-out party with a new ministry. New Life in Christ for the past 20 years had been known as Heartland Community Church, 619 Vt. With the fresh name introduced a few weeks ago, the church is also launching a medical ...

Golf tournament to carry on legacy of Ottawa boy, benefit other children

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2010/apr/18/190665/ A golf tournament will continue the legacy of 7-year-old Rodney White, who lost his battle with cancer in June. The third annual HotRod Benefit Golf Tournament, which will be Oct. 9 at Ottawa Country Club, will benefit children who are facing life-threatening illnesses. “We want to ensure that other ...

Midland Care to open much-needed adult day care program in Lawrence

Karrey Britt

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2010/aug/04/196190/ Douglas County Senior Services [closed its adult day care program][1] Oct. 1, 2008, because of county budget cuts. It was the only adult day care program in Lawrence. The program offered activities for seniors while their caregivers needed to work, run errands or have a respite. It helped keep ...

Living at home as long as possible

Jane Stevens

Here's a REALLY interesting article -- [Villages' let elderly grow old at home][1] -- in yesterday's USAToday. How many of us dread -- and how many of us know -- elderly people who are forced into nursing homes when they don't want to go, and who slip into depression. For ...


Kristin Jones

*I find it difficult to make time for my own health appointments and other needs.......... yes/no *I am unable to work, or my work suffers, due to my caregiver responsibilities..............yes/no *My sleep is frequently interrupted or disturbed as I provide care for a loved one........yes/no *I can't continue to provide ...

Adult Day Health Center opening in Lawrence

Kristin Jones

Renovations on our new building at 319 Perry St. in north Lawrence are nearing completion. We are anticipating opening our Adult Day Health Center on August 2. Pre-enrollment begins Monday, July 12. Call Heidi Pickerell at 785-842-3627 to schedule an appointment today!

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