Westerly resident remembers world travel

Westerly resident Dwight Freeman riding a camel.

Westerly resident Dwight Freeman riding a camel on one of his many travels.

Traveling the world introduces us to amazing sights, smells and tastes. For Dwight Freeman, though, the best part of traveling is the people you meet.

Dwight moved to the Westerly Residences last fall. Over the years, he has logged thousands of miles throughout the United States as well as overseas. The benefits of getting away from home, he said, are many: “It’s the things you would learn: the cultures and languages, as well as education you could hardly get in school.”

In fact, Dwight and his late wife, Myrna, would take their children along to destinations throughout North America, expanding their understanding of the world. “The teachers would let us take them out; we usually had no problem with that. They would say they’d get more of an education than in school.”

Later, Dwight and Myrna began exploring the world. Some of his favorite trips were to Egypt, Russia and Greece. “The Greece tour was probably one of the biggest highlights. It’s a special place to go,” Dwight said, fondly recalling historical sites such as a monastery on a cliff.

Sometimes they had celebrity encounters, like meeting President Lyndon Johnson at the White House or comedian Marty Allen on the Panama Canal. Fortunately, they encountered few problems along the way. But there were a few tense moments once in the Czech Republic. “We were almost arrested because we didn’t have the right amount of money to get on the trolley, and we didn’t know that.”

Dwight grew up in Wichita, but the Freeman family saw a lot of the U.S. by living in several states over the years, too. Soon after they married, Dwight and Myrna moved to Denver, where he continued his banking career. Myrna worked in lab where she became allergic to one of their products, and her doctor recommended she move to a higher altitude.

That took the family to Cimarron, New Mexico. Dwight became the manager at a lodge in the resort town of Angel Fire, and Myrna became the first female registrar for Philmont Scout Ranch, a large camp that draws Boy Scouts from all over the world. They also owned an antique and gift shop in Cimarron. Later, they also lived in Rhode Island and, most recently, Louisiana.

Dwight still had close ties to friends here in Wichita, so this is where he wanted to be after his wife died. He’ll always remember his travels with her and the people whose warm welcome, culture and companionship enriched their journeys.

Caroline Kiehl won the amateur painting category with “Sunflowers & Pottery.”

Caroline Kiehl won the amateur painting category with “Sunflowers & Pottery.”

Wichita Presbyterian Manor 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 Amy Watson, Life Enrichment 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.”

For the competition, works must have been completed in the past five years. Winners in the juried competition were:

Best of Show (professional): Maria Ctibor, “Navy Pier”
Best of Show (amateur): Mary Davis, “Castle on the Hill”
People’s Choice: Nancy Kreibach, “Ebb & Flow”
Christmas (professional): Dennis McKay, “Winter Bliss”
Christmas (amateur): Jean Stahl, “The Nativity”
Drawing (professional): Fredric Cowart II, “No Parking”
Drawing (amateur): Shirley Alexander, “Turtles Sunbathing”
Mixed Media/Crafts (professional): Paulette Mattingly, “Decorated Eggs”
Mixed Media/Crafts (amateur): John “Jack” Davis, “Tiger’s Eye”
Needlework (amateur): Dwight Freeman, “King Tutankhamun”
Painting (professional): Henry “Skip” Kreibach, “Red Pear”
Painting (amateur): Caroline Kiehl, “Sunflowers & Pottery”
Photography (professional): Chester Bernat, “Number One”
Photography (amateur): Gary Stahl, “Route 66”
Quilting (professional): Dianne Coleman, “Hearts & Bonnets”
Quilting (amateur): Nancy Kreibach, “Evening & Feathered Star”
Sculpture/3-D (amateur): Leland Alexander, “Lodge Pole Pine Wood Stool”

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.

Started in 1980, Art is Ageless is an extension of PMMA’s wellness programs. It encourages Wichita Presbyterian Manor residents and other area seniors to express their creativity through the annual competition, as well as art classes, musical and dramatic events, educational opportunities and current events discussions throughout the year.

Enjoy active living at Wichita Presbyterian Manor

JohnDeckerWichita Presbyterian Manor has many classes, activities and programs in our community that support seniors in a healthy and active lifestyle.

Our new Wellness Center has treadmills, exercise bikes, stretch bands and weights, and other fitness equipment that residents can access from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Wellness Center also includes an indoor water exercise and therapy pool, with a variety of group aquatics classes and free access for individual use.

And it’s not just for independent living residents. PATH participants can use the pool and Wellness Center as part of their physical therapy regimen.

Water aerobics classes, which focus on strengthening and balance, are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.; each sessions lasts about 40 minutes.

At the Westerly Residences, the Prime Time Fitness class focuses on resistance and strength training using exercise balls, resistance bands and small weights. Residents of the Westwinds independent living neighborhood have a Stronger Senior exercise class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, focusing on stretching, balance, chair aerobics, and strength training.

If the weather isn’t suitable for walking outdoors, you can still get a workout in. Some residents walk the floor in the Westerly, where eight laps equals one mile.

Assisted living residents keep active by taking walks around the community and attending the Stronger Senior class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; morning and afternoon sessions are available. The afternoon class uses exercise balls and stretch bands. The exercises also work on leg strengthening and manual dexterity.

Our memory care community residents enjoy taking walks with Life Enrichment team members to other areas in our community. And our long-term care and PATH community has a daily Restorative Exercise class.

No matter what your level of experience or ability is, there are lots of options for staying fit at Wichita Presbyterian Manor. Let’s move!

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