Monthly Archives: May 2017

Chaplain: Why are you here?

Allen Teal, Rolla Presbyterian Manor chaplain

By Allen Teal, Rolla Presbyterian Manor chaplain 

What gives life value? A few answers always seem to percolate to the surface. The responses often relate to a job, career or family. This works well for those who have achieved success. It is also fine READ MORE

Honoring our nursing staff

From left, Ann Caudill recognizes Linda Adams 25 years of service.

Meet longtime medication tech Linda Adams, just one member of our outstanding staff

Less paperwork. More people work.

That’s why Linda Adams has stayed with her job as a certified medication technician for so long. With more than 25 years at Rolla READ MORE

Health care community residents practice gratitude through journaling

Research has shown that recognizing the good may improve well-being

By Tina L. Kies for Next Avenue


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Her pale blue eyes sparkle when she smiles. Peacefully observing all that surrounds her, she is a history book waiting to be opened. An experience outlines every wrinkle, silently alluding to the secrets, loss, love and happiness that she has experienced READ MORE

Prepare for surgery with exercise and diet

‘Prehabilitation’ is slowly being recognized as valuable for success after a procedure

By Judith Graham for Next Avenue


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A dozen years ago, at the age of 50, Lillie Shockney decided to have breast reconstruction surgery after two bouts of cancer and two mastectomies. The procedure called for removing a flap of skin and fat from her abdomen, used to rebuild her breasts.

Shockney READ MORE

10 ways to keep your old dog healthy and happy

Some of these potential solutions are easy and inexpensive

By Deb Hipp for Next Avenue


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When my dog Toby was 11, I checked out a book on anti-aging for dogs from the library. I left to run a few errands and returned later to a grisly scene.

I found the mangled book on the floor, cover gnawed off, two chapters torn apart and puncture wounds READ MORE

Gardening when you’re not yet in shape

This spring, follow these tips to avoid injuring yourself

By Linda Melone, CSCS for Next Avenue


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Warmer weather and the smell of spring in the air provides major motivation to get outside and dig in the garden — an enjoyable exercise that doesn’t involve a treadmill. Pushing a mower, pulling weeds, digging holes and carrying soil require the READ MORE