From Our Blog

McCrite Plaza Staff Earn Top Honors at KHCA Conference

McCrite Plaza Topeka employees Melanie Butler, Administrator, and Hasani “Shawn” Britt, Environmental Services, took home top honors at the 2016 Kansas Health Care Association and Kansas Center for Assisted Living 66th Annual Convention in Wichita on October 27, 2016.

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McCrite Plaza celebrates Grandparents

On Sept. 11, McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff celebrated Grandparent’s Day with a family-focused gathering of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nearly 40 of our resident’s family members created art masterpieces and wrote essays expressing their love and appreciation for their Grandparent.

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Living in the Moment

Living in the Moment

Living in the moment is a topic du jour. Popular magazines, psychological research, song lyrics all encourage us to live in the moment. There are mental health benefits and relationship benefits to say the least. It is a constant struggle to keep the mind trained on the present moment. What are you doing right now? How does your cup of coffee taste? What is the temperature in the room? Can you hear the birds? Is the TV playing in the background? Or are you holding the paper in your hands while projecting into the day, week or month and creating a to-do list? Is that why we are exhausted all the time? Not only are we living today, but we are taking on the tasks of tomorrow, next week, next year. Makes me tired to think about it. I’m no expert in living in the moment, but I am conscious of not doing it. An ancient Cherokee Proverb says, “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” The same applies to tomorrow; it is the competitor of today!

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Older Adults Making a Joyful Noise

Well, look at our accomplished soprano and resident socialite, Patty Jones! She and several of our residents and choir director, Tom Wideman, were included in a feature article in the KC Star’s 816 North section. Read how our emphasis on music and arts activities is helping to keep us happy and healthy.

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Don’t Believe

Don’t Believe

I recently heard an interesting expression, “Don’t Believe everything you think!” It also happens to be the name of a country song by Lee Brice. Unlike the lyrics of the song, which are directed towards a girlfriend who thinks she is getting an engagement ring, I think it is pure brilliance. We know we can’t believe everything we hear, see and read. But, have you ever considered that even if you think it, it may not be true or at least should be held lightly? Our opinions are just that, opinions! A wise man said, “The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” Many a misguided soul has believed and acted on information that was not true. The results can be disastrous.

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McCrite Family: Three Generations of Commitment to The Best in Senior Living

Listen up! Our founders Pat, Judy and Cassidy McCrite were interviewed recently for the Smart Companies Radio program. Here’s an excerpt and link to the audio program …. On this episode of Smart Companies KC with host Kelly Scanlon, meet the McCrite Family, owners of McCrite Plaza established in 1975 in Topeka, Kansas, and now in the northland at Briarcliff in Kansas City, Missouri. This three generation family-owned and operated business has remained committed to providing the best in senior living. Learn how it started and how the commitment has been passed down from generation to generation. All the McCrite children have been involved on some level with the retirement community, from mowing lawns to volunteering with residents.

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