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Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America wins Mature Media Awards


Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America is on the winners’ list in the 27th annual National Mature Media Awards Program.

The Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for the senior market, recognizes the nation’s finest marketing, communications, educational materials, and programs designed and produced for older adults.

Recently the company announced its winners for the 27th Annual Mature Media Awards that included Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA) for the 8th consecutive year.

PMMA received a bronze award for the 2018 Art is Ageless® Calendar.

Art is Ageless is a trademarked program of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, a faith-based not-for-profit organization with 17 retirement communities and two hospices in Kansas and Missouri. Each community holds a juried art competition exclusively for people age 65 and older. Winning art may be chosen to appear in a calendar or note cards. Periodic programs and classes are held throughout the year to encourage seniors to express their creativity.

Art is Ageless began in 1981 when resident art was featured in the first Art is Ageless calendar. Knowing how a creative outlet can benefit the mind, body and spirit is just one reason that in 2006 PMMA opened its Art is Ageless competition to all seniors in the area. Learn more about the program at www.ArtIsAgeless.org.

The entries were judged by a distinguished panel of mature market experts from across the United States for overall excellence of design, content, creativity and relevance to the senior market.

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America announces Art is Ageless® winners

The Best in Show – Professional winner is Anita Aslup with her painting “Grateful.” Alsup entered the competition at Farmington Presbyterian Manor in Farmington, Mo. The Best in Show – Amateur winner is Wayne Keeler with his painting “Wait for It.” Keeler entered the competition at Salina Presbyterian Manor in Salina, Kan.

The Best in Show – Professional winner is Anita Aslup with her painting “Grateful.” The Best in Show – Amateur winner is Wayne Keeler with his painting “Wait for It.”

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America has announced the winners of its annual, system-wide Art is Ageless® competition. The works of more than 50 senior artists from Kansas and Missouri will be featured in the 2019 Art is Ageless calendar and greeting cards.

Art is Ageless is open exclusively to people age 65 and older. Competition pieces and works must have been completed in the past five years. Artists not interested in competition were invited to enter the Art is Ageless exhibit only. More than 180 pieces were judged at the masterpiece level for inclusion in the calendar and Art is Ageless greeting cards.

The Best in Show – Professional winner is Anita Aslup with her painting “Grateful.” Alsup entered the competition at Farmington Presbyterian Manor in Farmington, Mo. The Best in Show – Amateur winner is Wayne Keeler with his painting “Wait for It.” Keeler entered the competition at Salina Presbyterian Manor in Salina, Kan.

The Art is Ageless program includes art classes, musical and dramatic events, educational opportunities and current events discussions on PMMA campuses throughout the year.

Art is Ageless is a copyrighted program of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America that started in 1980. Art is Ageless is an extension of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s wellness programs, which focus on mental, physical, social and spiritual health.

To be eligible for PMMA’s masterpiece level competition, artists entered a juried competition at one of 17 Presbyterian Manor communities in Kansas and Missouri. The chosen 2019 Art is Ageless calendar and greeting card artwork (below) includes amateur and professional entries selected from winning entries in nine categories. Greeting card winners are denoted with a (G) following their name.

Christmas: “Christmas Winter Wonderland,” Lucille Butchart, Farmington (G); “Gabbie Sue Christsmas,” Maria Ctibor, Wichita; “Christmas Among The Birch Trees,” Shirley Dixon, Aberdeen Village (G); “Beautiful Christmas Night,” Nona Thompson, Emporia; “Welcome,” Linnette Jones, Manor of the Plains; and “Reindeer With Santa,” Kay Leckband, Salina (G).

Drawing: “Memories by the Old Milk House,” Kay Ruen, Aberdeen Village; “Morning Fog,” Marjorie Swaim, Arkansas City; “Grandpa and His Granddaughters Feeding the Horses,” Juanita Rapp Wyman, Farmington; “Rose Garden,” Carol Davis, Wichita; “Kansas Sunflowers,” Carol Rondinelli, Aberdeen Village; “Wild, Wild Roses,” Kay Smalley, Emporia (G); “Deer,” Mary Ford, Manor of the Plains; “Funny Bunny,” Janice Miller, Parsons; “Summer Fun,” Jack Taylor, Topeka; “The Barn,” Susan Mayek, Topeka (G); “Storm is Coming,” Virginia McConnell, Arkansas City; and “Two Red Apples,” Barbara Stanfield, Farmington.

Fiber Arts: “Round Table Topper,” Pat Tieben, Manor of the Plains.

Mixed Media/Crafts: “Bouquet of Flowers,” June Yoder, Farmington; “Crowing Barnyard Rooster,” Dorothy Jeffries, Parsons; “Old Blue & Rust,” Lyn Kirk, Parsons (G); “Fan,” Frances Wood, Topeka; “Doodle Bugs,” Marianne Phillips, Aberdeen Heights; “Train,” Carl Hinds, Farmington (G); and “Writing Pens,” Maurice F. Cummings, Sterling.

Needlework: “Old World Santa,” Kay Leckband, Salina.

Painting: “Ageless,” Arlene Habluetzel, Clay Center; “Grateful,” Anita Alsup, Farmington; “Anticipation,” Vada Galvan, Farmington; “Serenity,” Janet Kraus, Farmington; “Welcome,” Charlotte Neese, Lawrence; “My Country Tis of Thee,” Joanne Clarke, Manor of the Plains; “Springtime Landscape,” Phyllis Hutchison, Rolla (G); “Snowbird,” Peggy Elliott, Aberdeen Village; “Fisherman’s Shack at Sunset,” Paul Johnston, Emporia; “Bubbles,” John King, Emporia; “The Changing Beauty of Spring,” George Walters, Emporia; “Walk In The Woods,” John King, Emporia (G); “Deer Deers,” Ruth Horton, Fulton; “3 Girls,” Mary Anne Hendrix, Manor of the Plains; “Storm Is Coming,” Bob Grant, Newton; “Sunflowers,” Mutz Maples, Rolla; “Mid Journey,” Ellen Reynolds, Rolla; “Wait for It,” Wayne Keeler, Salina; “Red Bird,” Kathleen McVey, Wichita (G); “Autumn Glow,”

Ruth Koch, Aberdeen Heights; “Welcoming Lights,” Aggie Keesling, Fort Scott; “After a Hard Day’s Work in the Garden,” Richard McKinney, Fulton; “I Be Right Back,” Janice Miller, Parsons; and “Late Night Reading,” Skip Kreibach, Wichita.

Photography: “Eighteenth Century Daily Life,” Mary Becker Smith, Newton; “Spirit Lifter,” Eweleen Good, Parsons (G); and “Rhino Landscape,” Cary Brinegar, Salina.

Quilting: “Jewel Box,” L. Deane Frey, Newton; “Crossroads,” Wilda Buffo, Arkansas City; “Barnyard Beauties,” Helen Nuzum, Fort Scott; “Patriotic,” Janet Heigele, Clay Center; and “Elephant Quilt,” Juanita Shepard, Parsons.

Sculpture/3-D: “Iwo Jima,” Wayne VanSickle, Clay Center; “Meditation,” Linda Troxel, Lawrence; “Hodgeman County Barn,” William D. Herman, Manor of the Plains (G); and “Poppies in the Light,” Sophia deLaat, Rolla.

The winners and 28 additional amateur works selected as honorable mention may be viewed online at ArtIsAgeless.org. The honorable mention works were selected to highlight the work of amateur artists throughout the Presbyterian Manor system.

 

Aberdeen Village announces Art is Ageless® winners

Top, left: Cecil Mashburn was first place in the professional painting category with “Italy Farm.”
Top, middle: Carolyn Habighorst’s piece “Christmas Morning” was a third place winner in the Christmas category.
Top, middle: Hughie Habighorst was first place in amateur photography with “San Xavier Del Back.”
Bottom, left: Jo Anne Walker Henderson won the amateur Needlework category with her piece, “Alzheimer’s.”
Bottom, middle: William Walter won first place in professional photography with is piece, “Linda’s Yard.”
Bottom, middle: Twila Butts was second place in the amateur Christmas category with “Let’s Deck the Halls.”
Right: Carl Erwin won first place in the professional sculpture/3-D category with his “Child’s Park Bench.”

Aberdeen Village recently hosted a reception for the winning artists in the annual Art is Ageless® juried competition.

“We are honored to exhibit artwork by seniors,” said Chrissie Ammann, marketing director. “Art is Ageless is unique in featuring only the works of artists age 65 and older. Our artists prove that art, in any form, is an ageless ambition.”

Winners in the Aberdeen Village Art is Ageless juried competition were:

Amateur category – Needlework

  • Whisper of God by Twila Butts, 1st Place
  • Let’s Be Brave by Twila Butts, 2nd Place
  • Alzheimer’s by Jo Henderson, 3rd Place
  • Alzheimer’s by Jo Henderson, Best in Show

Amateur category – Drawing

  • Strawberry Splash by Ed Duman, 1st Place
  • Kansas Sunflower by Marcia Schuler, 2nd Place
  • King by Shirley Dixon, 3rd Place
  • Trick Falls by Keith Graham, Hon. Mention
  • Strawberry Splash by Ed Duman, Best in Show

Amateur category – Painting

  • Snowbird by Peggy Elliott, 1st Place
  • My Secret Garden by Joan Goss, 2nd Place
  • Tragic House by Joan Goss, 3rd Place
  • Morning Flower by Peggy Elliott, Hon. Mention
  • My Secret Garden by Joan Goss, Best in Show

Amateur category – Holiday

  • Christmas Among the Birch by Shirley Dixon, 1st Place
  • Let’s Deck the Halls by Twila Butts, 2nd Place
  • Christmas Morning by Carolyn Habighorst, 3rd Place

Amateur category – Photography

  • San Xavier Del Back by Hughie Habighorst, 1st Place

Amateur category – Mixed Media

  • Linda’s Yard by William Walter , 1st Place
  • Winter Wonderland by William Walter, 2nd Place

Amateur category – 3D/Sculpture

  • Child’s Park Bench by Carl Erwin, 1st Place
  • Shelf with Paper Towel Holder by Carl Erwin, 2nd Place

Professional category – Painting

  • Italy Farm by Cecil Mashburn, 1st Place

Professional category – Drawing

  • Delicate by Carol Rondinelli, 1st Place
  • Kansas Sunflowers by Carol Rondinelli, 2nd Place
  • Young Lady by Cecil Mashburn, 3rd Place
  • Kansas Sunflowers by Carol Rondinelli Best in Show

Local competition winners will join winners from 16 other Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America communities to be judged at the masterpiece level. Winning entries at the masterpiece level may be selected for publication in PMMA’s annual Art is Ageless calendar and note cards.

Art is Ageless is a copyrighted program of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. For the competition, works must have been completed in the past five years. Started in 1980, Art is Ageless is an extension of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s wellness programs, which focus on mental, physical, social and spiritual health.

Rolla Presbyterian Manor announces Art is Ageless® winners

“Painter Delight Wreath” by Mutz Maples was Best in Show in the amateur category.

“Painter Delight Wreath” by Mutz Maples was Best in Show in the amateur category.

Rolla Presbyterian Manor recently hosted a reception for the winning artists in the annual Art is Ageless® juried competition.

“The Art is Ageless program and the stories that come from it are inspirational. We are honored to exhibit artwork by seniors,” said Joelle Freeland, marketing director/senior living counselor. “Art is Ageless is unique in featuring only the works of artists age 65 and older. Our artists prove that art, in any form, is an ageless ambition.”

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The family tree

Millie Bradley's Christmas Tree is decorated with handmade and customized ornaments for her family.

Millie Bradley’s Christmas Tree is decorated with handmade and customized ornaments for her family.

Millie Bradley’s Christmas tree is like a family tree. It’s decorated with handmade and customized ornaments for her children and grandchildren – a tradition started years ago by Millie’s own mother.

Millie said her mother did ceramics, and she first made ornaments by hand for both of Millie’s children. Her son Vernon got a candle; daughter Diane received a sled. Millie and her husband already had their own ornaments – a bell for her and a Santa Claus for him.

When the kids got married, their grandmother made ornaments for each of their spouses, and then for their children. The one-of-a-kind decorations have each person’s name painted on them.

“I’ve got all the original ones for my kids and grandkids,” Millie said. “Now I can pass them down.”

For now the ornaments stay with Millie. When her family visit at the holidays, she said, they love to search for theirs on the tree. She has four grandchildren and nine great-grands. “They’re real proud of them. They come and look every time. Especially the grandkids like to come and see theirs.” Read More

Fall back in love with music!

Music and Memory Program at Sterling Presbyterian Manor.

Music and Memory Program at Sterling Presbyterian Manor.

This fall, we at Sterling Presbyterian Manor have fallen under the musical spell of our all-time favorite tunes! We have diligently worked to expand our Music and Memory program by providing residents with iPod Shuffles filled with songs that promote pleasant memories of their lives. Our goal is to have each resident with their very own iPod and lineup of favorite music.

We currently fall short of enough players and are accepting donations of gently used iPods and speakers, but we will not fall to pieces over minor details. Around here we all still enjoy listening to cassette tapes, compact discs, the live piano playing by our Sterling College Work Study student Angela. We also enjoy musical performances from outside groups, like our most recent appearance by the Wrinkle Box Players, a crowd-pleasing favorite of accordion-playing ladies from Hutchinson. Having multiple avenues of providing music helps us reach the maximum level of residents and helps us all to spend time falling back in love with music.

Volunteering strikes a chord with Rolla teen

Rolla High School graduate Thomas Hardwick plays the guitar to residents at Rolla Presbyterian Manor.

Rolla High School graduate Thomas Hardwick plays the guitar to residents at Rolla Presbyterian Manor.

After Thomas Hardwick graduated from Rolla High School last May, he wasn’t having any luck finding a job just for the summer. So his mother, a hospice chaplain, suggested he look for volunteer opportunities instead.

Thomas’ search led him to Rolla Presbyterian Manor, and he began visiting once a week with his guitar and banjo. He played roots music like bluegrass and folk, first for memory care residents and then in health care, too. He was a little nervous at first, but he hoped he was doing something the residents enjoyed. His confirmation came, he said, “when my name stuck.”

Once the summer was over, Thomas packed up his guitar for the last time. But he decided to take a year off before starting college. Thomas said he was getting bored at home, so he got back in touch with Activity Director Joy Parker. Joy was happy to put Thomas to work again – this time, to help with the Music & Memory program.

Music & Memory provides individual iPods for residents in memory care, pre-loaded with songs that they or their family members have said are favorites. Joy did the work of developing song playlists for the residents. Then she handed the iPods off to Thomas to download the music.

In some cases, the response is dramatic. The documentary “Alive Inside” showed how music could draw out people with dementia who had been non-communicative.

It wasn’t long before Thomas saw the powerful effect of music firsthand. “I had a moment like that. I had played (live) for one woman before, but she was never very responsive. As soon as I started playing the iPod for her, she started singing along,” he said.

Music & Memory has had a profound effect on Thomas, too. It’s the reason he decided to major in music therapy when he goes to Maryville University in St. Louis this fall.

“I always joke that most of my friends are over 80 now. It’s kind of true. It’s nice to connect with new people, and you can learn something from all of them,” said Thomas, whose parents are Lindy and Michael Hardwick. “One of the things I’ve gotten from my peers, as far as age, is that people can be uncomfortable around old people, which is a shame. They have a lot of stories and things to give back.”

Bears to Share

Resident has donated handmade teddy bears to children near and far

Resident Eleanor Ralls makes handmade teddy bears to children near and far.

Resident Eleanor Ralls makes handmade teddy bears to children near and far.

Wichita Presbyterian Manor resident Eleanor Ralls was all set to make quilts for her two small grandsons in Pennsylvania. But then her daughter had a different idea. She asked her mother to make the boys teddy bears.

Eleanor had never consider making stuffed animals, but she agreed. Then she made a few more bears. And a few more.

“It gave me something to do, instead of watching TV all day. When I got a bunch of extras, I gave them to the hospital,” Eleanor said. “I never thought I would make as many as I have.” Read More

Resident’s Daughter Starts Craft Classes

Artist. Chauffeur. Caregiver. Daughter.

Artist. Chauffeur. Caregiver. Daughter.

Dianne Dickerson fulfills a lot of roles around Farmington Presbyterian Manor. Now she’s adding “teacher” to the list.

In May, Dianne taught her first crafting class for residents; the theme was Beach Weaving 101. She likes to rummage through thrift stores for scrap fabric and make art from found items, like driftwood and sea shells. She thought residents might enjoy doing it, too.

In this year’s Art is Ageless competition, Dianne took first place in the fiber arts category with her weaving, “Moon Over the Mississippi.” But she downplays the honor because, she said, there were no other entries in that category. That’s what inspired her to share her skills and offer to others to weave. Activity Director Carol Winch and her staff welcomed the idea.
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Aberdeen Village announces Art is Ageless® 2017 winners

Aberdeen Village recently hosted a reception for the winning artists in the annual Art is Ageless juried competition.

“We are honored to exhibit artwork by seniors,” said Christina Ammann, marketing director. “Art is Ageless is unique in featuring only the works of artists age 65 and older. Our artists prove that art, in any form, is an ageless ambition.”

Winners in the Aberdeen Village Art is Ageless juried competition were: Read More