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Written By Becky Fitzgerald on September 8, 2017

Leaves are supposed to fall. People aren’t! Falling is NOT a normal part of aging.
   In conjunction with the National Council on Aging’s 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day, fittingly set for the first day of fall, Meadowlark is offering the first of several free seminars designed to reduce your risk of falling.

Written By Sarah Duggan on August 31, 2017

When I told Murphy she was signed up for a race she beamed with excitement, shot a fist in the air and said, “I’m going to get a race shirt! And a medal! And a chocolate milk!”

We dream big at the Duggan house.

Murphy ran the half-mile family fun run at the ninth annual Speedy PD Race for Parkinson’s Disease last weekend. When I say she ran, I mean she ran. The whole time.

When Murphy crossed the finish line, she was grinning ear to ear, “I winned Mommy! I winned!”

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on August 31, 2017

Who doesn’t love a fast-paced auction? It’s still the one place you can get something for nodding! Although, of course, you do have to stay until the bidder end.

Written By Sarah Duggan on August 10, 2017

Monday this week felt like a Monday, except this week I was particularly achy and foggy. At first I attributed this to our packed weekend full with activities and traveling to see family, coupled with the fact that Murphy slept in my bed half the night because there was a green ghost in her room.

Written By Monte Spiller on August 10, 2017

Residents, staff and family members are invited to Kansas City’s Kauffman Baseball Stadium to watch to KC Royals take on the Minnesota Twins at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Transportation on a chartered 56-passenger bus departs from the visitor parking area by Prairie Star Patio at 1 p.m. Please arrive to board the bus at 12:30 p.m.

Written By Nathan Bolls on August 4, 2017

Horace Mann once famously remarked, “Go west, young man.”  Several plant species do the same thing:  their flower buds and flowers track the sun as it “moves across the sky.”  And these flowers do it every day until the seeds developing within  them begin to mature.  Then they tend to remain facing some degree of east.

Written By Michelle Haub on August 4, 2017

The power of personal music and songs can be overwhelming for any individual. But for those affected by memory challenges and dementia, music can hold the key for communication, pleasure and easing frustrations and anxiety. It can also increase arousal, which can encourage participation in daily activities, therapy and eating. 

on August 4, 2017

The time has finally come for the Verna Belle’s Café renovation! After careful planning and many, many meetings, the team is ready to give Verna Belle’s a great new look featuring updated appliances, paint, furniture and even more space for our café-goers to enjoy their meals and socialize.

Written By Sarah Duggan on July 28, 2017

Things have been a little rushed in the evenings at the Duggan household last week and this week. Murphy had swimming lessons at 7 p.m. which means getting home, changed and eating dinner happens at double speed! Edward and I alternated who attended lessons with her in an effort to keep Eilish home, cool and on her bedtime schedule. (All the books say babies thrive on routine—as many adults do, too!) I can sum up the sessions I attended in three words: Proud Mommy Moment.

Written By Michelle Haub on July 28, 2017

Beautiful shade. Flat, paved walkway. Friends and family. BBQ, beer and fresh fruit. These are just a few of the wonderful things individuals of all ages and abilities may enjoy as they participate in the ninth annual Speedy PD Race for Parkinson’s Disease presented by UMB at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 26, at Tuttle Creek State Park!   

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