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Employment

PART TIME LPN
Looking for a part-time LPN in an Adult Day care setting. No evenings, nights, or week-ends. Must be willing to work in multiple sites. For additional information please call 314-772-5107 or e-mail
sjamiller@seadcc.org.

Sister John Antonio, CPPS, sjamiller@seadcc.org, St. Elizabeth Adult Day Care Center, 314-772-5107,

www.seadcc.org


SENIOR HOME CARE

Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aides
Experienced Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Home Health Aides (HHA) needed for full-time, part-time, evenings, overnights, and weekend shifts. Benefits include competitive wages, paid based on experience, training and continuing education for all employees, one-on-one care with clients to foster meaningful relationships, flexible work schedules, a stable company, friendly, supportive work environment, and employee appreciation events, workplace focused on ethics and care for the elderly, 24-hour on-call registered nurse support, awards and recognition for outstanding performance. Employment requires two or more years’ experience caring for the elderly, reliable means of self-transportation, ability to effectively read, write and speak English, valid Driver’s License, auto insurance and a good driving record, and successfully pass background screening and drug testing.  Visit our website,
www.seniorshomecare.com and fill out our online application located under the careers link at the top of the page 2. Join us at our Hiring Open House, Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., located at 504 Marshall Ave. Webster Groves, MO 63119. Questions? Call Wendi 314-962-2666.

Wendi Bottoms, wendi@seniorshomecare.com, Seniors Home Care, LLC, 314-962-2666, www.seniorshomecare.com


THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION
The Alzheimer's Association, St. Louis Chapter has two full-time positions open for an MSW: Helpline Manager- the St. Louis chapter seeks a master's prepared social worker to manage a volunteer-powered Helpline providing quality clinical support to those affected by memory loss. Candidates must have solid knowledge of dementia, dementia-related resources, constituent needs and best practices and demonstrated success working with diverse populations, volunteers, staff, and external contacts. Excellent management and communication skills, proficiency in use of technology, and ability to train, coach and develop student and volunteer talents are critical to the position. Email resume and cover letter to
stl-hr@alz.org.  Care Consultant – the St. Louis chapter seeks a master's prepared social worker with 3+ year’s clinical experience to provide quality short-term consultations in person or virtually to support individuals with memory loss and their care partners. Candidates must have solid knowledge of dementia, dementia-related resources, constituent needs and best practices. Email resume and cover letter to stl-hr@alz.org.

Cheryl Kinney, stl-hr@alz.org, Alzheimer's Association, St. Louis chapter, 314-432-3422, www.alz.org/stl

Honors & Recognition

MID-EAST AREA AGENCY ON AGING
The Mid-East Area Agency on Aging's (MEAAA) CHOICE Program was recognized by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging with an Aging Innovations Award, its highest honor. The award recognizes agencies that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. Since Choice began in September 2014, approximately 1,000 people have participated in at least one of 200 Choice programs offered at various community locations. Surveys reveal that as a result of their participation, 81% are more aware of community resources, 65% are "living a healthier life" and 50% are socializing more. "This award recognizes the success that can result from the creativity and hard work of the MEAAA staff," said Mary Schaefer, MEAAA executive director. Founded in 1973, the Mid-east Area Agency on Aging is the area's leading source for comprehensive information on local senior services in St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson Counties and operates the region's largest Meals on Wheels program, bringing nutritious meals and companionship to 2,200+ home-bound seniors each weekday. For more information, 636-207-4227or www.agingmissouri.org.

Joan  Berkman, facewatchers@swbell.net, Face Watchers, 314-726-3484


Arts & Entertainment

AUGUST 8, AUGUST 12 and AUGUST 17

Day Trips
Upcoming Day Trips: Fort Leonard Wood on August 8. A visit to one of the most important Army bases in the US. Trip includes a state of the art museum, a fine dining opportunity, and lots of interesting surprises with Linda Koenig. Deadline to sign up for trip is July 14. From pre-history to the sublime with Linda Koenig. Join us on August 12 on the Historic Cahokia & Our Lady of the Snows Trip. Deadline to sign up for this trip is on July 21. On August 17 we visit Stages Theatre to see The Drowsy Chaperone. Brought back by popular demand, The Drowsy Chaperone is story of a die-hard musical theatre fan who decides to play his favorite cast album which magically bursts to life before him, and he’s immersed in the hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day. Deadline to sign up for trip is July 28. For questions or to make a reservation, call Pam Kaizer at 618-465-3298, ext. 133.

Diana Haynes, DHaynes@seniorservicesplus.org, Senior Services Plus, 618-465-3298, www.seniorservicesplus.org


AUGUST 26         

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at RiverChase
Head to RiverChase on August 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a fun summer evening sponsored by Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley. Enjoy a night of live music, dancing, dinner and desserts! The Retro Band will play a 'Tribute to Rock and Roll Legends' show! Cost is only $15 per person. Call 636-343-0067 or stop by RiverChase to sign up today.

Stacy Laake, slaake@fentonmo.org, Fenton Parks and Recreation, 636-343-0067, www.fentonmo.org/parks

 

AUGUST 30

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at West County Family Y
Elvis Sizzler, an Elvis impersonator, will perform his classic hits at noon on August 30th.  A light lunch will be served prior to the performance at 11:30 a.m. on August 30th at the West County Family Y! The event is free to attend. To reserve your seat, call 636-532-3100 or register at
www.chesterfield.mo.us by Friday, August 26.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

SEPTEMBER 7

10:30 a.m. at Missouri History Museum
Maturity and Its Muse in Partnership with The Missouri History Museum proudly presents performances by Mature St. Louisans for Mature St. Louisans, featuring premiere performances for fall 2016. We promise you and your friends will love them all! On Wednesday September 7th expect the unexpected as the Saint Louis Sirens take you on a musical journey through the ages. This vocal trio will entertain you with comedy, costumes and choreography as they sing fun and familiar songs from the 1940's through present.  Admission is free at The Missouri History Museum in Forest. Park doors open: 10:00 a.m. Performance is 10:30 a.m. to-11:30 a.m. For handicapped accessible information contact Lynn Hamilton 314-420-1444
lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org.

Lynn Hamilton, lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org, maturity and its muse, 314-420-1444, www.maturityanditsmuse.org

 

SEPTEMBER 12, SEPTEMBER 19 AND SEPTEMBER 25

12:30 p.m. at Creve Coeur AMC Theater
The Silver Screen Series is showing free films on three Mondays in September.  Movies are: September 12- August: Osage County, September 18- Two Grumpy Men, and September 25- Quartet. Free films at Creve Coeur AMC start at 1:00 p.m. and doors open 12:30 p.m.  If you like stay for discussions led by well-known local experts. Jointly sponsored with City of Creve Coeur. Call Lynn 314-420-1444 or email
lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org  for more info. See you at the movies.

Lynn Hamilton, lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org, Maturity and its Muse, 314-420-1444, www.maturityanditsmuse.org

 

NOVEMBER 3, 2016

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Anheuser-Busch Biergarten
Sippin for Sunnyhill on Thursday, November 12, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten, 1200 Lynch Street, St. Louis. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door. Admission fee of $50 per person includes appetizers and four-hour open bar featuring over 30 Anheuser-Busch products. Enjoy participating in the Sunnyhill Grand Prix, Silent Auction, Liquor Raffle, 50/50 Drawing and a whole lot of fun! Only 200 tickets available. For more information contact Amy at amoore@sunnyhillinc.org  or call 314-845-3900. Visit our website at www.sunnyhillinc.org.

Amy Moore, amoore@sunnyhillinc.org, Sunnyhill Inc., 314-845-3900, www.sunnnyhillinc.org


Announcements

SEPTEMBER 17

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church
St. Louis City's Southampton Neighborhood is holding an electronic recycling event on 9-17-16 from 9:00 am to 12:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, parking lot at the corner of Brannon and Itaska.  The event will be held rain or shine.  Drive up and drop off almost anything with a cord, working or non-working). $20 fee for tube televisions and $10 fee for tube computer monitors. For more information call 314-428-0777 or email
info@spectrumecycle.com.

Lisa Gilliam, lisa@sixhourorganizer.com, Six Hour Organizer, 314-578-2914, www.sixhourorganizer.com


SEPTEMBER 26

10:00 a.m. at Glen Echo Country Club
Mother of Good Counsel Home will host our 13th annual golf tournament at Glen Echo Country Club on Monday, September 26th. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a lunch at 11:00 a.m. and tee-time at noon. The dinner auction will begin at 5:00 p.m. The golf event features a four-person scramble, numerous contests and a dinner/awards banquet. The cost for individual players is $250 per person, which includes play, carts, putting green practice, lunch, goody bag, dinner and an open bar. The Dinner and Auction can be attended for $50 per person. Contact Marsha Heine at 314-383-4765 or
mheine@mogch.org for more details.

Marsha Heine, mheine@mogch.org, Mother of Good Counsel Home, 314-383-4765, mogch.org


OCTOBER 6

Electrical Workers Local No. 1
Individuals 60 and older who have demonstrated remarkable support to others are sought as nominees for the St. Louis Minority Advocacy Coalition (MAC) “Seniors Making a Difference” Award. Three individuals will be recognized at the Village of Many Colors Festival, October 6, 2016. The event will be held at the Electrical Workers Local No. 1, 5850 Elizabeth Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110. Awards will be presented to “Seniors Making a Difference” in one of the following categories: For an Individual, Family or Small Group. In a Neighborhood or Community as a Volunteer for a Non-Profit Agency. Eligibility criteria includes: at least 60 years of age and living in the St. Louis metropolitan area, has not received awards/recognition for volunteer activities within past five years, does not receive wages or compensation for “Making a Difference” work, activities began or continued after nominee turned 60 and during 2016. Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by family or community members. Nominations must be received by September 22, 2016. For more information, or to receive a nomination application, please contact Mary Wang at 314-645-7800 or email mary.wang@bilingualstl.org.

Ellen Sherman, ellen.sherman@bilngualstl.org, Bilingual International Assistant Services, 314-645-7800, www.bilingualstl.org


PACIENT CARE
Introducing Pacient.care, the First Curated Portal That Empowers People to Make Informed Health Care Decisions Pacient.care is an on-line portal that empowers health care consumers to make informed decisions and to navigate the complicated U.S. health care system with confidence. It delivers succinct, understandable and knowledgeable answers to patients’ concerns regarding issues related to insurance; doctors, hospitals and other providers; kids’ care; prescription drugs; privacy and technology; and family care. Founded in 2016 by Randy Gerber, a health care attorney with more than 35 years of experience and an adjunct health care law professor, Pacient’s handpicked team of best-in-class health care writers, researchers and industry specialists continually identify and curate its content. Pacient’s multi-screen platform allows U.S. consumers to access the information they need to take an active part in managing their health care 24-hours a day, seven days a week, from anywhere in the world on personal computer, smart phone or tablet. For more information, visit
www.pacient.care, like Pacient.care on Facebook.

Randy Gerber, rgerber@pacient.care, Pacient.care, 314-889-7044, www.pacient.care

 

SENIORS COUNT OF GREATER ST. LOUIS

Seniors Count of Greater St. Louis is a local initiative supported by a coalition of community organizations and eldercare agencies. The mission of Seniors Count is to address the growing gap between the needs of seniors and available resources. To help accommodate the growing needs, Proposition S has been placed on the November ballot in St. Charles County, St. Louis County, and St. Louis City to establish a Senior Service Fund. Proposition S will fund additional services to help senior citizens in your county stay in their homes and live independently longer. Proposition S will raise property taxes by $9.50 for every $100,000 of a home’s assessed value - a $200,000 home will see an increase of only $19 in property tax annually. Revenue raised will be deposited into a Senior Service Fund, allocated by an independent board to agencies providing services for senior citizens in their homes. This is a proven, cost-effective way to provide for the needs of the senior population. 51 Missouri counties already adopted this measure, as allowed by Missouri law. If approved by voters in November, this initiative will improve the ability of our region’s three largest counties to better address needs of seniors. For more information, visit SeniorsCountSTL.com

Suzanne Gundlach, SeniorsCount.Suzanne@gmail.com, Seniors Count, 314-422-8705, http://www.seniorscountstl.com/

 

SENIOR SERVICE RESOURCES

David Gerchen of the Senior Service Resources, obtained the Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) acquiring more knowledge in working with senior population’s needs. David’s experience in real estate is invaluable but now he has developed client relationships with in-depth understanding of seniors’ perspectives. David’s key in his success in working with seniors and families having to make the hard decisions is that he is fully aware of his client and the surrounding circumstances. Taking the time to get to know them and their needs makes the outcome easier and comfortable for all involved.

Marilyn Pavia, marilynpavia@gmail.com, Senior Service Resources, 314-606-2008, www.seniorserviceresources.com

 

HOME INSTEAD ST. CHARLES
Laura McCoy, Director of Marketing and Outreach for Home Instead St. Charles, just completed training the City of St. Peters employees in the Alzheimer's Friendly Business program, and KMOV Channel Four graciously covered the event. This program is designed to provide businesses, free online or in-person training to encourage a more welcoming environment for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. We also hope to prevent the isolation that results when families are caring for a loved one with these issues. Watch Laura's video clip at: http://www.kmov.com/clip/12556633/st-peters-training-city-workers-to-be-understanding-of-alzheimers-patients.

Laura McCoy, laura.mccoy@homeinstead.com, Home Instead Senior Care, 636-477-6025, www.homeinstead.com/782


SENIORS ON THE FLY

Seniors on the Fly is excited to announce the "launching" of an addition to our organization. We will be offering iPhone workshops for seniors[m1]  in Retirement Communities, Senior Centers, and at many other organizations. For further information please call or email Vicki Fieman, Owner and Operator at 314-591-9911, www.seniorsonthefly.com, Vickif@seniorsonthefly.com.

Vicki Fieman, vickf@seniorsonthefly.com, Seniors on the Fly, 314-591-9911, www.seniorsonthefly.com


Lectures / Cont. Education

AUGUST 4

8:30 a.m.
Steve Sewell presenting “Conquering Conflicts: Managing Crisis & Transition”. Upon completion of this training you will be able to: recognize the nature of conflict and its benefits, explore collaboration as an effective approach to conflict and change management, identify basic components of healthy relationships, and gain knowledge of the role of the mediator and techniques for reframing conflicts around interests. Presenter Steve Sewell graduated from Biola University and has completed training in theology, leadership development, pastoral care studies, and thanatology. His encouraging and empowering conflict reconciliation presentation has been welcomed in many settings, including healthcare, faith-based organizations, and corporations. Steve is a regular contributor to the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce and is the current Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association Chaplain Committee Team Leader where he leads an annual Chaplain Training series. His book, At a Loss: Learning How to Comfort Others, was published in 2015. Steve has made it his mission to encourage leadership and strengthen teams during times of change, adversity, and loss. Come hear Steve on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. Questions call Joan Bretthauer
gatewayalliance@swbell.net.

Joan Bretthauer, gatewayalliance@swbell.net, Gateway Alliance for Compassionate Care at End-of-Life, 314-402-9364, www.gatewayeol.com

 

AUGUST 8 TO 12

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A five day workshop for aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs is designed specifically for entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development. Fasttrac New Venture not only helps you uncover the answers, it also helps you determine the questions to ask. Save time and money by testing the feasibility of your business concept before you launch. More info at
www.fasttrac.org Fee: $795.00/ NO COST to dislocated Workers. If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with jobs.mo.gov, you could attend this workshop at no cost. Please call 314-657-3768 for details and pre-requisite requirements. Dates of workshop are August 8 to 12, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC, 314-657-3768, www.missouribusiness.net

 

AUGUST 11

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

CORP: Using Technology to Declutter & Sell Online. Thursday, August 11 at 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Chesterfield City Hall. Free to adults 50 and older. Call 314-615-4474 to register or visit our website at www.chesterfield.mo.us.  Learn how to declutter your home and turn unwanted items into spending money by using technology to reach potential buyers. The class will cover tips for starting the decluttering process, pros and cons of using EBay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc., and tips for selling online and how to use apps for easy posting. To register, contact Karen Bono, Age Smart Age Well Program Coordinator for the St. Louis County Older Resident Programs, at 314-615-4474 or kbono@stlouisco.com.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

AUGUST 21

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Crown Center
A Vote for the Ages on Sunday, August 21, from 2:00 p.m. to  4:00 p.m. at Crown Center, 8350 Delcrest Drive, 63124. This thought provoking program begins with the film “Selma: A Bridge to the Ballot.” The multigenerational audience will be captivated by the struggles of a courageous group of students, teachers and activists who, through nonviolent civil disobedience, achieved the right to vote for African Americans in the South. Afterwards, Jessica Z. Brown-Billhymer, Founder of Gateway Media Literacy Partners and adjunct professor at Webster University will moderate a discussion of the film and our voting rights. Eric Fey, Democratic Director of Elections at the St. Louis County Election Board will be on hand to answer questions about becoming a poll worker and registering to vote. Please RSVP to Crown Center at 314-991-2055.

Stacy Kress, skress@ncjwstl.org, National Council of Jewish Women, 314-993-5181, www.ncjwstl.org

 

AUGUST 26

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at CenterPointe Hospital
CenterPointe Hospital cordially invites you to attend a Behavioral Health Lecture on "How Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Can Help Your Practice".  Presented by Annie Farley, TMS Coordinator, CenterPointe Hospital, on Friday, August 26, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., with registration and continental breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. Presentation to be held at CenterPointe Hospital Gym, 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway, Weldon Spring, MO 63304. RSVP to Jackie Basler
jbasler@cphmo.net  or call 636-477-2157.

Sheila Hunt, sahunt@cphmo.net, CenterPointe Hospital, 636-345-6150, www.CenterPointeHospital.com

 

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Starting a Small Business in Missouri: Learn the first steps of starting your own small business. You will discover if you have what it takes to be an owner by assessing your strengths and weaknesses, learn how to assess the industry, market and competition as well as discuss legal and regulatory requirements. You will find successful writing techniques that appeal to lenders and investors and the importance of a business plan and how to identify sources of funding. There is no cost to dislocated workers.  If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost to receive a start-up manual is $99.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missourie.edu, SBTDC/Small Business Development, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

The Basics of Writing a Business Plan. Learn the key elements of a business plan including; writing style tips, required content, how to use a business plan as a management tool, and an understanding of what a business plan should look like, and how to get started. If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost of the workshop is $49.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC/Small Business Development, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net


Health & Wellness

AUGUST 11, OCTOBER 13 and DECEMBER 15

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital
Grandparent’s Class is for expectant grandparents and reviews current hospital care for mother and baby, infant safety information and tips on being helpful as grandparents. A tour of the birthing suites is included. Call 314-205-6906 or visit
www.stlukes-stl.com to register online. Fees: $20.00. Dates: Thursday, August 11, Thursday, October 13, Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital Conference Room on 3rd floor, across from the Medical Library, 232 S Woods Mill Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017.

Theresa Dickens, theresa.dickens@stlukes-stl.com, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-205-6906, www.stlukes-stl.com

 

AUGUST 24

7:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital
Knee Replacement: Is It Right for Me? Join an orthopedic physician for a straightforward discussion about minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and other treatment options for your arthritic knees. Get answers to your questions, and learn how to live the life you are accustomed to, free of pain.  Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. St. Luke's Hospital 3rd Floor Conference Room 232 South Woods Mill Road Chesterfield, MO 63017. For more information call 314-542-4848.

Carole McBride, carole.mcbride@stlukes-stl.com, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-542-4848, www.stlukes-stl.com

 

AUGUST 25

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Miss Aimee B’s Teahouse
We invite you to learn about the many benefits of funeral and cremation preplanning while enjoying a light snack. We will answer questions on the importance of preplanning services as well as cemetery planning. Have questions about cremation? What type of service is right for you? This education program will allow you to have all your questions answered. Join us at Miss Aimee B's Teahouse, 837 First Capitol Dr., St. Charles, MO 63301 on Thursday, August 25, 2016 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Stacy Jones, stacyjones@baue.com, Baue Funeral Home, 636-940-1000, www.baue.com

 

AUGUST 25

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Silver Lining
Do you ever feel like everyone else's needs come before yours? Are you afraid to speak up and cause potential conflict? Do you sacrifice self-care to get the job done? You may be surprised to learn that taking care of yourself first is not only good for you, but good for those you care about too. Join us Thursday, August 25, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Silver Lining, 13418 Clayton Road, Town & Country, MO 63131, lower level behind Straub's. Angie will reveal the #1 secret to serving others from a place of love and creating authentic, healthy relationships. Stop the stress cycle that is ruining your health and happiness so you can feel human again! It's OK to make yourself a priority this time. RSVP Now at
http://www.harmonyharbor.com.

Angie Monko, angie@harmonyharbor.com, Harmony Harbor Coaching, 314-422-6520, www.harmonyharbor.com

 

AUGUST 31

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bogey Hills Country Club
This educational program will allow you to have all your questions answered. We invite you to learn the many benefits of funeral & cremation preplanning while enjoying a craft beer tasting and brats. Reserve your spot today for this casual and informative seminar. Bogey Hills Country Club, 1120 Country Club Road, St. Charles, MO 63303 on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:30 a.m. to 1:30p.m.

Stacy Jones, stacyjones@baue.com, Baue Funeral Home, 636-940-1000, www.baue.com

 

AUGUST 31

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital
Join an orthopedic physician to find out the many causes of hip pain, from the less severe to more serious issues like osteoarthritis; where cartilage in the hip has been destroyed. Get answers to your questions, and learn how to live the life you are accustomed to, free of pain. Program is free, but class size is limited. Please register for Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Luke's Hospital, 3rd Floor Conference Room Main Level of Hospital, 232 S. Woods Mill Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017. For more information, 314-542-4848 or visit
www.stlukes-stl.com to register online.

Carole McBride, carole.mcbride@stlukes-stl.com, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-542-4848, www.stlukes-stl.com


SEPTEMBER 10

8:00 a.m. at Scottrade Center
The Alzheimer’s Association and financial services-firm Edward Jones recently entered into an historic partnership. Edward Jones supports the Alzheimer's Association and its mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. That’s why we’ve chosen to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association® as the National Presenting Sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. Mark your calendars for St. Louis local walk at Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue, St. Louis, Mo 63103 on Saturday, September 10, 2016.  Registration starts at 8:00 a.m., ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and walk at 10:00 a.m. Call Jeff at 314-469-1696 to learn more and join his team at
http://act.alz.org/goto/EdwardJones71Cares

Jeffrey Ponte, jeffrey.ponte@edwardjones.com, Edward Jones, 314-469-1696, www.edwardjones.com/alz


ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH STUDY
Are you living with Alzheimer's disease? You may be eligible for an important research study of an investigational medication that may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. The Steadfast study is a research study to evaluate a new investigational mediation, azeliragon that may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. It will be taken as an addition to many of the commonly prescribed medication regimens for patients with mild Alzheimer's disease. If you are 50 years of age or older and are already taking a medication such as memantine (Namenda or Ebixa), galantamine (Razadyne or Reminyl) Aricept or Exelon, you may qualify to participate. The study will last approximately 23 months and involves 9 visits to the doctor's office. Most visits will occur every 3 months. Please call Clinical Research Professionals at 636-220-1200 to see if you may qualify for this study.

Julie Zoll, jzoll@clinicalresearchprofessionals.net, Clinical Research Professionals, 636-220-1200, www.clinicalresearchprofessionals.net 

 

ALZHEIMER’S RESEACH TRIAL

Amazing Alzheimer's Research Trials available! Millennium Memory Center is seeking volunteers for new clinical trials. These trials are for person's diagnosed with Alzheimer's or people with a predisposition for the disease. Call Carrie today for more information on our trials and see if you or your loved one may qualify. There is no cost to participate. Keep your doctors. No insurance necessary, plus, you are paid for your time and travel! We provide hope to those who think hope is lost! Call us today, don't wait! 314-561-9959.

Carrie Craven, ccraven@millenniumpa.com, Millennium Memory Center, 314-561-9959, www.millenniumpa.com

SSM HEALTH AT HOME
Heal at home after an injury or illness with SSM Health at Home. Whether you need help managing a chronic health condition or you need rehabilitation after surgery, SSM Health at Home offers a variety of services to help you recover in the comfort of your own home. Our home care services include: skilled nursing care, home health aides and nurse assistants, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical social work, speech-language therapy, nutritional counseling, palliative care, chronic disease and symptom management. Talk to your physician about your home health options.

SSM Health, 800-265-0100, www.ssmhealthathome.com

 

VET-ASSIST PROGRAM
In-Home Care for Veterans and Spouses paid for by your service to our country. Our VetAssist® Program can help you apply for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Aid and Attendance benefit, and access the home care you need. In 1952 Congress passed Title 38 of the United States Code creating what we now call the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and authorizing benefits for veterans. One of these benefits is the Non-Service Connected Pension, with “Aid and Attendance.” Even though the pension has been around for more than 60 years, very few people know about it or understand how it works. Veterans Home Care and the VetAssist Program are not part of any government agency and are not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The unique VetAssist Program is an exclusive offering of the Veterans Home Care family of companies. Veterans Home Care has more than 13 years of experience successfully helping veteran families apply for and receive the pension. Let us help you, too. Call toll free: 877-390-6377.

Janet Jennewein, janetj@veteranshomecare.com, Veterans Home Care, 314-514-2444,     www.veteranshomecare.com


Support & Counseling

CAMP WYMAN
The journey through grief and loss can be difficult and lonely, especially for a child. Our Stepping Stones camp provides a safe place for campers to explore their grief emotions, balanced with plenty of fun. The bereavement camp, offered at no charge, is designed for children ages 6 to 12 who have experienced the death of a family member or close friend. The camp is held in Eureka, Missouri, and led by professional staff and volunteers. Campers gather at Camp Wyman for three days in August for therapeutic activities to help them reflect on their feelings of grief. Stepping Stone camp offers a place for children to remember and honor their loved one in an atmosphere of understanding and encouragement, among other kids their own age, who are going through the same thing. There's also plenty of swimming, games, crafts and a carnival. Stepping Stones camp is open to any child who has lost a loved one, not only those who were served by BJC Hospice. Call 314-953-1676, email
griefsupport@bjc.org  or visit www.bjchospice.org for more information.

Cara Lotspeich, cms0310@bjc.org, BJC HealthCare, 314-273-0759, www.bjchospice.org

In Search Of...

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS
Preferred Hospice of Northeast Missouri is seeking volunteers for hospice care patients or special events. What may seem to be a minor part of your routine may be the single event that touches the life of another. We have flexible times for volunteering and volunteers are provided with orientation and training, supervision and support on an on-going basis as well as mileage reimbursement. Volunteer opportunity areas include St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Montgomery & Franklin counties. If interested contact Tracy Sweazey at
tsweazey.stl@preferredhospice.com or call 636-527-9330 for more information.

Tracy Sweazey, tsweazey.stl@preferredhospice.com, Preferred Hospice of Northeast Missouri, (636)527-9330, www.preferredhospice.com

 

LUTHERAN SENIOR SERVICES
Paying bills, balancing a checkbook, or reading mail can become challenging for many reasons. Lutheran Senior Services Volunteer Money Management is looking for volunteers age 21 and older to help older adults living in St. Louis City and North County manage these financial tasks. Knowing that the bills are paid and the checkbook is balanced gives many people peace of mind. We receive many requests for Volunteer Money Management services and there is always a demand for additional, caring people to become involved. Two hours a month is needed to help an older adult in your community remain independent. For details, please call Laural at 314-446-2474 or visit our website at
www.lssmoneymanagement.org.

Laural Crues, Laural.Crues@LSSLiving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-446-2474, www.lssmoneymanagement.org

 

MEMORY STUDY
How is your memory? Dr. Eric Lenze at the Washington University School of Medicine is conducting a research study investigating whether mindfulness training, health education, or exercise improves memory and cognitive function. You might be eligible to volunteer if you: are between the ages 65 and 84, have noticed changes in your memory with aging, live in the community and meet medical inclusion criteria. Participation in this study lasts approximately 20 months. Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to receive courses in either mindfulness training (including meditation), health education, exercise, or a combination of these. Outside of these classes, you will also make visits to the Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital campus to complete computer tasks testing memory and attention, medical assessments and surveys. You will be compensated for your time and effort. For more information, contact the Healthy Mind Team 314-747-1134 or
healthymind@psychiatry.wustl.edu . You can view our website at: http://healthymind.wustl.edu/medex.

Michelle Voegtle, voegtlem@psychiatry.wustl.edu, Washington University School of Medicine, 314-362-6400, http://healthymind.wustl.edu/medex


LONGEVITY

Cognitive Improvement

Neuroscientists Speak Out Against Brain Game Hype

     Aging baby boomers and seniors would be better off going for a hike than sitting down in front of one of the many video games designed to aid the brain, a group of nearly 70 researchers asserted this week in a critique of some of the claims made by the brain-training industry.

     With yearly subscriptions running as much as $120, an expanding panoply of commercial brain games promises to improve memory, processing speed, and problem-solving, and even, in some cases, to stave off Alzheimer’s disease. Many companies, such as Lumosity and Cogmed, describe their games as backed by solid scientific evidence and prominently note that neuroscientists at top universities and research centers helped design the programs. But the cited research is often “only tangentially related to the scientific claims of the company, and to the games they sell,” according to the statement released Monday by the Stanford Center on Longevity in Palo Alto, California, and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

     Although the letter, whose signatories include many researchers outside those two organizations, doesn’t point to specific bad actors, it concludes that there is “little evidence that playing brain games improves underlying broad cognitive abilities, or that it enables one to better navigate a complex realm of everyday life.” A similar statement of concern was published in 2008 with a smaller number of signatories, says Ulman Lindenberger of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, who helped organize both letters. Although Lindenberger says there was no particular trigger for the current statement, he calls it the “expression of a growing collective concern among a large number of cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists who study human cognitive aging.”

     “A major problem” with almost all cognitive training studies is that researchers only measure improvement in skills such as memory based on an individual task, rather than a range of tasks that represent a broad ability, Lindenberger says. Although a handful of the researchers who signed the letter are involved in brain-training game research and development themselves, all signees “draw a clear line” between improvements on a particular task and improvements in general cognitive ability, he notes. In contrast, “brain gaming companies blur this distinction,” he says, leading consumers to believe that getting better at a specific game will positively impact their cognitive abilities and competence in everyday life. “The consensus is that this is not so,” he notes.

     Not all researchers agree, however. Lumping all brain game companies together and calling their claims dubious is “a classic case of throwing out the baby with the bathwater,” said Michael Merzenich, a professor emeritus of neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco, and chief scientific officer of the brain-training company Posit Science, to The Chronicle of Higher Education, describing the statement as “irresponsible.”

     Roberto Cabeza, a neuroscientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and another signatory on the statement, says that his view is that it’s fine to play such games for fun, but “if you’re doing it like a chore” to postpone cognitive aging and dementia there are other, better established methods of keeping the brain sharp, such as exercising. Cognitive improvements from exercise appear to be modest, but are still greater than any of the small, fleeting gains yet observed in studies of gaming, he says. There are also health benefits to exercise that cannot be achieved by sitting at a computer, he adds. In addition to showing that brain games have benefits that transfer to daily life, “you also have to compare it to what you could have done during those hours,” such as playing an instrument or spending time with family, he says.

     For those who choose to play brain games regardless, recent research suggests that playing some video games developed solely for fun may be as effective, or more, than those developed for cognitive self-improvement. Scientists at Florida State University randomly assigned 77 undergraduates to play either Lumosity or the popular video game Portal 2, in which players take on the roles of robots to solve interactive puzzles to face off against a “lethally inventive, power-mad A.I. named GLaDOS.” After 8 hours of play, Portal 2 players scored higher than Lumosity players on three standard cognitive tests of problem-solving and spatial skill, and Lumosity players “showed no gains on any measure,” the team reported online this summer in Computers & Education.

 

By Emily Underwood

Nutrition

Longevity Benefits Seen with Moderate Coffee Drinking

     That extra cup of coffee is not only safe for most people, but might actually reduce your risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and several other causes. Continuing the recent buzz of good news for coffee lovers, Harvard researchers reported in the journal Circulation an association between drinking three to five cups a day and lower mortality risk. The association was seen for cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes and even suicide, but not cancer. Drinkers of both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee saw benefits.

     Jeffrey B. Blumberg, PhD, director of Tufts' HNRCA Antioxidants Research Laboratory, says, "The overlap in this association between regular and decaffeinated coffee suggests that other bioactive components than caffeine may contribute importantly to some of these apparent benefits. Brewing whole or ground coffee beans effectively extracts chlorogenic acids, lignans, quinides and trigonelline, phytochemicals shown in other research studies to increase antioxidant defenses and reduce both insulin resistance and systematic inflammation."

     Drinkers of caffeinated and decaf coffee seemed to have similarly lower risks of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. For neurodegenerative diseases, depression and suicide, however, caffeine is most likely the source of any apparent benefit, researchers said.

 

BREWING EVIDENCE: Researchers analyzed health data gathered from participants in three large ongoing studies: 74,890 women in the Nurses' Health Study, 93,054 women in the Nurses' Health Study 2, and 40,557 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Coffee drinking was assessed using validated food questionnaires every four years over about 30 years. During the study period, 19,524 women and 12,432 men died from a range of causes.

     The analysis took into consideration potential confounding factors such as smoking, body mass index, physical activity, alcohol consumption, and other dietary factors. As an observational study, however, the research was not designed to prove cause and effect.

Drinking up to three cups of coffee a day was associated with a 6-8% lower risk of overall mortality; consumption of more than five cups a day was not associated with risk of mortality one way or another. Among people who had never smoked, the protective association of coffee was more evident. For never-smokers, drinking three to five cups a day was associated with a 15% lower risk, and even drinking more than five cups was linked to lower risk.

 

PART OF A HEALTHY DIET: "This study provides further evidence that moderate consumption of coffee may confer health benefits in terms of reducing premature death due to several diseases," says senior author Frank Hu, MD, PhD, professor of nutrition and epidemiology. "These data support the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Report that concluded that 'moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern.”

     The association between coffee consumption and reduced mortality was small, however, Dr. Hu cautions. For people who don’t already drink coffee or don’t like it, the evidence is not strong enough to recommend starting a java habit. But those who already drink a few cups of coffee every day can continue to enjoy it, Dr. Hu advises, and coffee would be a good alternative for people who drink a lot of sodas or other sugary beverages.

     Fancy coffee drinks, of course, can contain calories, sugar and saturated fat that more than outweigh any small health benefits from the coffee itself. A splash of low- or fat-free milk is fine, as is a little artificial sweetener. Caramel, "cinnamon roll," "cupcake" and "toffee mocha" concoctions should be considered an indulgence - like dessert - and not an every-morning habit.

 

From Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter


Exercise

Longer Amounts of Exercise Key to Longevity

     When it comes to exercise, we apparently can't have too much of a good thing.

     Within the last year, The New York Times published a story where the newspaper cited two separate studies that indicate the more you engage in physical activity, the less prone you are to suffering a premature death.

     Earlier this month, Daily Journal senior reporter Lee Provost wrote a few stories about local residents who run for its health benefits. Based on The Times' piece, others would be well served by doing the same, or at least starting a routine, which includes several long walks per week.

     The more comprehensive study of the two was done by researchers from the American Cancer Society, Harvard University and other institutions. Here are its key findings:

 

•       People who don't exercise at all are at the highest risk of early death.

 

•       Those who do a little but don't meet the recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week nonetheless cut their risk of premature death by 20 percent.

 

•       Those who meet the 150-minute-per-week recommendation decrease the risk by 31 percent.

 

•       Those who exercise three times more than the recommendation (450 minutes per week, or a little more than an hour per day), cut the risk by 39 percent. The study noted walking was the primary form of exercise for people in this category, and while the benefits plateaued at this level, they did not decrease with further exercise.

     The other study, done in Australia, mirrored the conclusions of the broader study. Here's the conclusion from this corner: The more you exercise, the longer you are likely to live.

     Many of you committed to a more vigorous exercise regimen as part of a New Year's resolution. Some of you have remained loyal to that vow, and others broke it at some point throughout the last three-plus months.

     Another new year is 262 days away. But a new day dawns each morning, and if you want some motivation to make the next one the day in which you resume exercising, just re-read the bullet points made above.

 

From The Daily Journal


Social Engagement

How Social Connections Keep Seniors Healthy

     Vonda is an energetic 73-year-old woman with a friendly smile and a sharp wit. For the last two decades she’s been living in an intentional farming community called “Potluck Farm” with other individuals and families on 170 acres in rural North Carolina.

     But recently, she realized something: She’s getting older. Though she loves the farm, living far apart on separate 6-acre parcels means that neighbors don’t see each other that often and can’t easily help each other in a pinch. Caring for the large piece of property is getting tougher, too.

     So she and some friends have begun building a new community—smaller and adjacent to the old—where houses will be built closer together, more activities will be shared, and neighbors will grow food and maintain their lifestyle, while caring for one another.

     “The most important thing in a community like this is having people around to support and engage you,” says Vonda. “Taking care of each other keeps you alive and healthy.”

It turns out that Vonda and her friends are on to something. Researchers have long known about the health benefits of “social capital”—the ties that build trust, connection, and participation. But this link may be particularly important for seniors, precisely because both our health and our social capital tend to decline as we age. We retire from jobs, lose friends and spouses to death and illness, and see family members move out of the area—all of which can sharply reduce daily social contacts and stimulation, which in turn has a direct impact on mental and physical health.

     Fortunately, there are solutions: More and more studies are discovering how senior communities can be designed to maximize sharing, friendship, health, and happiness in our later years.

 

Social capital for seniors

     Yvonne Michael, an epidemiologist from the Drexel University School of Public Health, studies the effects of social capital on seniors. To measure community social capital, thousands of individuals living in different neighborhood are asked to respond to questions like, “Are your neighbors willing to help each other with routine maintenance?” or, “Can you trust your neighbors?” From these answers, Michael can gauge the connections between health, behavior, and social capital.

     In one study, Michael analyzed data from a large health survey of nearly 14,000 adults in Southeastern Pennsylvania. After measuring the levels of mobility among the seniors living in those neighborhoods, Michael found that those living in areas with greater social capital had significantly higher physical mobility scores than those living in lower social capital neighborhoods.

     “These results are not too surprising,” says Michael. “Living in a place with greater social capital—where there is more trust and more helpful neighbors—you will feel more comfortable walking around to get to places you need to go, which helps you stay mobile.”

In another study, Michael looked at how social capital related to positive health-seeking behavior—specifically getting recommended cancer screenings. Although this study was not focused only on the elderly, she found that in neighborhoods with higher levels of social capital, adults were 10-22 percent more likely to get screened at the recommended ages, suggesting earlier diagnoses and treatment for serious diseases.

     “People who live in neighborhoods high in social capital have better health information diffusion and enforcement of norms,” says Michael. “When the norms are healthy—like getting health screenings, not smoking, or walking around the neighborhood—they will be enforced throughout the population.”

     A community with higher social capital may also be able to offer more assistance to seniors who need help with routine maintenance tasks, she says. For example, if you are elderly and you need to replace shingles on your roof or you need to shovel snow off your walk, it’s more likely you’ll find a helpful hand in a neighborhood high in social capital.

“In that kind of place, there’s a level of connection that allows older people to age in place,” she adds.

 

How social connections save lives

     Higher levels of social interaction—even peripheral interactions—can have a high payoff for elderly folks, says Bryan James, an epidemiologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago. Although he doesn’t study social capital the way Michael does—as an overall community trait—James does study the impact of greater social activity levels in individuals and its impact on health.

     In one study, James looked at how social activity affected cognitive decline. Over 1100 seniors without dementia at baseline were measured on their social activity levels and then tested periodically on their cognitive functioning over a 12-year period. The rate of cognitive decline was 70 percent less in people with frequent social contact than those with low social activity.

     “When you use your brain and body the way it was intended—as it evolved—you age better,” says James. “We just aren’t meant to be disengaged from one another.”

     In another study, James looked at a community-based cohort of older people free of dementia and measured social activity levels and their disability levels—in terms of their ability to care for themselves. Findings showed that those with more frequent social activity maintained lower levels of disability in several areas, suggesting that they would be able to live independently longer than their less social counterparts.

     “The predominant theory is use it or lose it, “ says James. “Social activity is related to motor function, just like physical exercise is related. We can’t determine which is most important—they each contribute a piece of the puzzle.”

     His results are truly dramatic. Even when he and his colleagues statistically control for risk factors like smoking or a history of disease, they still find that someone with high levels of social activity has 43 percent less disability than someone who has low levels of social activity, and about half the rate of cognitive decline.

     Communities high in social capital offer a lot to seniors, because they can augment opportunities for seniors to have those kinds of social connections. “If you are in a more cohesive neighborhood, you will more likely engage with others in your neighborhood,” says Michael, and that can bring great benefits socially and otherwise.

 

Designing neighborhoods for social capital

     But not all people benefit from social capital in the same way, says researcher Spencer Moore at Queen’s University in Ontario.

     According to Moore, some seniors don’t benefit as much from having high social capital in their communities, in part because they have strong social networks outside of their neighborhoods and ready access to them, which make neighborhood support less central. Also, low-income seniors tend to live in communities that are more homogenous and don’t provide as many opportunities for stimulation or for diverse social ties, which are both important for health.

“We really need to foster public policies that will support programs that create opportunities for low-income elderly to get outside of their neighborhoods, to have more diverse connections,” says Moore.

     Despite the proposed benefits of social capital, though, many communities lack those things that foster better connection, like public places to gather or opportunities to engage in meaningful work. Or worse, they suffer from high crime rates.  A senior who finds no welcoming place in the community may end up alone at home watching TV most days. And that can spell disaster for their physical and emotional health.

     So what can one do to increase social capital? Creating a community like Vonda’s is ideal; but many elderly can’t afford to move, nor would they necessarily want to.  Still, some are taking notice of the findings from social capital research to do what they can to make their communities cater more to seniors.

     For example, one organization, Vital Aging Network (VAN), located in Minnesota, is helping seniors to become social change agents in their communities. VAN trains seniors in community organizing, giving them the skills to assess what their neighborhood needs, gather resources, and start new programs. Projects initiated through VAN training have included things like creating walking paths for seniors, bringing a “balance exercise program” to a community to decrease falls among seniors, and initiating a program to befriend isolated seniors, among many others.

     “Often seniors are seen as people who need services instead of people who have a lot to offer,” says Julie Roles, a program director at VAN. “We focus on community-based development, where seniors have the freedom to determine what they need and how to get it.”

Helping seniors to stay engaged with their community and to continue to make positive contributions, according to James, is invaluable.  The health benefits of volunteerism are well documented, including its impact on increasing longevity, he says—but it’s even more powerful when your efforts give you a sense of purpose in life.

     “People who have the strongest sense of purpose are much less likely to become depressed, have neuroticism, or get Alzheimer’s,” says James.

     Vonda feels the same way. Her community has plans to keep themselves connected socially and actively involved with each other’s welfare, while still maintaining ties to their surrounding community. They will have a central community space open to other groups to use, and will be inviting seniors to teach each other new skills—like gardening or blacksmithing—that are useful to farm living.

     “We plan to have people doing real work, instead of being taken to the mall or asking them to engage in invented, frivolous time-occupiers,” says Vonda.

     She believes that physical exercise, coupled with deep social connections and a commitment to taking care of one another, will keep members of her community healthier and prevent their needing to move into some other, less interactive environment, like a nursing home.  She and her friends are adamant about doing all they can to age not just gracefully, but with vitality.

“I kind of refuse to grow old,” she says.

 

By Jill Suttie


Spirituality / Religion

How Prayer Leads To Better Health and Longer Life

     People often ask me if praying leads to better health and longer life. For the past 20 years, my colleague Dr. Leslie Martin and I have been studying the religious beliefs, the personalities, the social relationships, the habits and the careers of more than 1,500 Californians who were first studied as children in 1921. They have been followed continuously for their whole lives, and we have been examining the eight decades of data to see who thrives and lives long, and who falters and succumbs by middle age. We report the surprising findings in our book, The Longevity Project, where one focus is on religiosity.

     I used to wonder why people would turn to a scientist to ask a question about the supernatural — does praying extend life? There is of course an intellectual problem involved, and scholarly interest in such matters traces back several hundred years to the philosopher David Hume, who wrote about the reasoning and evidence needed to establish the existence of miracles. But these days, I think people ask about prayer because the “science” of modern medicine is often too quick to reduce health to simple mechanical cause-and-effect relations, and so many patients feel a dissatisfaction and frustration with sterile medical care that sidesteps the human spirit.

     Lots of studies show that religious people tend to live longer, but the studies usually have little idea why. (An obvious exception — where the reason is clear — involves those rare cases that examine non-smoking religious groups.) Because we cannot randomly assign individuals to an experiment in which some are religious and some are not, the best study would be one that follows people throughout their lives, measuring their religiosity and other characteristics. This is what we did; it is the first such study ever done. At various points in their lives, from childhood on, the participants reported on their religious instruction, their Bible reading, their worship, the extent to which they were religiously inclined, and much more.

     Our findings confirmed that individuals who were religious, especially women, were more likely to live longer lives. But why? The very religious women tended to be quite friendly and sociable, but were also inclined to be worriers. We found that we could explain their long lives by taking into account their outgoing-yet-worrying personalities, and their good, helpful social ties and behaviors. In other words, for these individuals, religion was a core and stable part of who they were and how they behaved — and it served them well in terms of long life. But there was more!

     It was the least religious women who were, on average, least likely to live a very long life. These women were not religious in young adulthood and stayed that way throughout their lives. They were generally bright and productive but they were less likely to be very extroverted and trusting, less likely to get and stay married, and less likely to have children or to be extensively involved in helping others. Herein lay the core of our striking finding: overall it was not religiosity per se that was so important to long life, although it helped many women. Rather it was the characteristics that tended to go along with being religious that explained why these women lived longer. Those who gradually left their religious involvement were at high risk if they also let their community involvement falter and diminish. We found that the social engagement that is so much a part of religious community is one key explanation for the health of many religious people. Yes, those who prayed together, stayed together, and helped each other stay healthy. Naturally, many people found deep social ties and a meaningful community outside religion, and they thrived as well.

     What about spirituality? We did uncover various hints of the health importance of a deeper meaning in life. Of course, many people live a consequential, purposeful life outside of any religious context; but many others find such meaning through religious wisdom. In The Longevity Project, we profile a man, Douglas Kelly, for whom meaning was everything. Kelly worked for the U.S. Army in 1946 evaluating some of the highest-ranking Nazis in preparation for their war-crimes trials in Nuremberg. But evidently, this life-changing experience with horror shattered Kelly’s sense of agency and meaning, and he met a shocking early death. Those who developed catastrophizing, negative thought patterns were inclined to precipitous actions, injuries, accidents, suicides and related risks.

     While we cannot provide empirical confirmation about whether being pious is important to gaining eternal life, The Longevity Project did uncover good evidence that at least some aspects of congregational participation can be relevant to the length of one’s mortal life. It was the social involvement and service to others that went along with being religious that explained why these people, especially the religious women, lived longer. You may have heard the old saw that says, “The best of Men cannot suspend their Fate; The Good die early, and the Bad die late.” This turned out to be myth! Instead, we sum it all up by saying, “It is the Good ones who can actually help shape their fate; The Bad die early, and the Good do great!”

 

By Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D.


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A two part paper published recently in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of The British Geriatrics Society, reveals that pain profiling in older patients has the potential to improve quality of... View More...
Hot flash: Women who start menstruation and menopause later more likely to live to 90
7/28/2016 9:00:00 AM Aging Research
The number of women living to age 90 in the United States has increased significantly in the past century. Currently estimated at 1.3 million, this demographic is expected to quadruple by 2050. View More...
Regardless of age, health conditions, many seniors not retired from sex
7/28/2016 2:00:00 AM Aging Research
Despite societal perceptions that older adults' love lives are ancient history, many seniors are anything but retired from sex, a new study suggests. View More...
Among the oldest adults, poor balance may signal higher risk for dementia
7/27/2016 12:00:00 AM Aging Research
The number of people living well into their 90s is projected to quadruple by 2050. By mid-century, nearly 9 million people will be 90-years-old or older. View More...
Aging accelerated by menopause, insomnia
7/26/2016 7:00:00 AM Aging Research
Researchers claim to have answered the long-debated question about whether aging causes menopause or menopause causes aging; the latter appears to be true. View More...
New sunscreen compound protects against UVA-induced skin aging, cancer
7/21/2016 8:00:00 AM Aging Research
Researchers have created a compound that offers high protection against skin damage caused by UVA radiation, and they call for it to be added to sunscreen. View More...

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Patient Advocates Help Navigate Health Care
8/19/2016 8:31:01 AM By CONSTANCE GUSTKE NYTimes Aging - News
The nascent profession, just a few years old, handles everything from negotiating lower bills to finding the best doctor. View More...
Social Security Retreats From Cellphone-Based Online Security
8/18/2016 2:07:38 PM By ANN CARRNS NYTimes Aging - News
The change means users can log on to their online “mySocialSecurity” accounts as before, with just a username and password. View More...
More Older People Are Finding Work, but What Kind?
8/18/2016 1:30:13 AM By QUOCTRUNG BUI NYTimes Aging - News
To the extent that they succeed in finding work at all, older people are likely to find themselves in certain types of jobs. View More...
Hacks Can Ease the Trials of Aging
8/15/2016 4:00:05 AM By MARIE TAE MCDERMOTT NYTimes Aging - News
From the dollar store or the design studio, solutions to make daily tasks easier for the elderly. View More...
Don’t Throw Out Your Organ Donor Card After 65
8/12/2016 1:39:43 PM By PAULA SPAN NYTimes Aging - News
Older organ donors, living or dead, are desirable for older recipients, who represent a growing proportion of transplant patients. View More...
Learning to Swim at 75. Why Not?
8/11/2016 9:26:53 AM By LEWIS GROSSBERGER NYTimes Aging - News
“I’m thinking, if I expire in the pool, what the hell, I’m old. How much longer have I got, anyway?” View More...
New Medicare Law to Notify Patients of Loophole in Nursing Home Coverage
8/6/2016 1:18:45 PM By ROBERT PEAR NYTimes Aging - News
The law requires notification to Medicare beneficiaries that they may incur huge out-of-pocket costs if they seek care at nursing homes after not being formally admitted to hospitals as inpatients. View More...
My Father’s Hackberry Tree
8/6/2016 12:30:30 PM By A. HOPE JAHREN NYTimes Aging - News
We never really talked, but the seeds he collected for me one summer said it all. View More...
The Hottest Start-Up Market? Baby Boomers
8/3/2016 7:24:47 AM By CONSTANCE GUSTKE NYTimes Aging - News
The staggering size of the so-called longevity economy has been attracting more entrepreneurs, deep-pocketed financiers and events to pitch new ideas. View More...
In Case You Missed It: July's Top Real Estate Stories
8/2/2016 10:58:06 AM NYTimes Aging - News
Catch up on the most popular stories of the month. View More...
Senior Years May Truly Be Golden for Happiness
8/25/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Senior Years May Truly Be Golden for Happiness
Category: Health News
Created: 8/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 8/25/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Family Trumps Friends in Extending Seniors' Lives
8/22/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Family Trumps Friends in Extending Seniors' Lives
Category: Health News
Created: 8/21/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 8/22/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Too Few Female Urologists to Meet Aging Patients' Demand
8/22/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Too Few Female Urologists to Meet Aging Patients' Demand
Category: Health News
Created: 8/22/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 8/22/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Heat Waves Hit Seniors Hardest
8/16/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Heat Waves Hit Seniors Hardest
Category: Health News
Created: 8/15/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 8/16/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Most Sick, Aging Americans Live Far From In-Home Care
8/10/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Most Sick, Aging Americans Live Far From In-Home Care
Category: Health News
Created: 8/9/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
For Aging Blacks, 'Golden Years' Often Marred by Disability
8/10/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: For Aging Blacks, 'Golden Years' Often Marred by Disability
Category: Health News
Created: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Lack of Pharmacy Access May Send Some Seniors Back to Hospital
8/5/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Lack of Pharmacy Access May Send Some Seniors Back to Hospital
Category: Health News
Created: 8/4/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 8/5/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. Seniors Has Some Form of Disability
8/4/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. Seniors Has Some Form of Disability
Category: Health News
Created: 8/3/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 8/4/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Few Seniors Go Online for Health-Care Needs
8/3/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Few Seniors Go Online for Health-Care Needs
Category: Health News
Created: 8/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 8/3/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Rx for Seniors' Health: Upbeat View, Less Stress
8/3/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Rx for Seniors' Health: Upbeat View, Less Stress
Category: Health News
Created: 8/3/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 8/3/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Study: VA Hospitals Compare Favorably to Non-VA Centers
7/21/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Study: VA Hospitals Compare Favorably to Non-VA Centers
Category: Health News
Created: 7/20/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/21/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...

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Lynching of 2 Women in DRC Fuels Worries Over Rising Ethnic Tensions
8/27/2016 2:07:14 PM Big News Network
Two women traveling in a minibus were dragged out and burned by a mob this week in the town of Butembo in eastern Congo where other travelers have narrowly escaped lynching in the past week. Some obse View More...
Scientists find new way to identify and target malignant aging in leukemia
8/27/2016 4:30:11 AM Big News Network
WashingtonD.C. [USA], Aug. 27 (ANI): A recent study has identified RNA-based biomarkers that distinguish between normal, aging hematopoietic stem cells and leukemia stem cells associated with secondar View More...
Outrage as Indian workers crush elderly womans body
8/27/2016 1:07:20 AM Big News Network
New Delhi - A video of hospital workers crushing the dead body of an elderly woman and hoisting it from a pole because of a shortage of ambulances, has become the second incident in a week to spark ou View More...
How can I banish the red thread veins on my legs?
8/28/2016 5:06:30 PM Big News Network
One reader, aged 62, wants to cover the veins before she goes on holiday. Dr Mountford advises treatment with radiofrequency orsclerotherapy. View More...
Philip Green says he'll make 'voluntary' contribution to BHS pension pot
8/28/2016 10:03:07 AM Big News Network
Experts believe that the retail tycoon has offered to pay off Pound 300million during his discussions with regulators as they investigate his conduct while in charge of BHS. View More...
Bank of England boss Andy Haldane says you're better off putting money into PROPERTY
8/28/2016 7:02:48 AM Big News Network
Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane has been accused of being 'divorced from reality' after saying investing in property rather than pensions was the best option for retirement. View More...
Bank of England chief who said he didn't understand pensions says you're better off putting your money into PROPERTY (even though his own pension will give him Pound 84,000 a year)
8/28/2016 3:02:17 AM Big News Network
Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane has been accused of being 'divorced from reality' after saying investing in property rather than pensions was the best option for retirement. View More...
Sydney underground Metro to demolish heritage listed apartments
8/28/2016 12:06:21 AM Big News Network
A 1930s heritage listed building in the Sydney will be demolished to make way for the city's underground Metro. The building next to it, owned by Macquarie Bank, will not be demolished. View More...
Men on the run after carjacking and threatening elderly owner with a rifle on Gold Coast
8/27/2016 11:05:36 PM Big News Network
A search is under way for two men who carjacked two cars on the Gold Coast on Saturday night by threatening the owners at gunpoint with a rifle. Police named one of the suspects as Ben Goreng (picture View More...
Grey-haired ISIS fanatics execute prisoners days after terror group turns boys into killers
8/27/2016 7:27:17 PM Big News Network
Pictures show four elderly fanatics dressed in black and aiming handguns at their kneeling victims near the terror group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. View More...
First it was Cubs of the Caliphate, now it's the Daesh Dad's Army: Grey-haired ISIS fanatics execute prisoners days after terror group turns boys into killers
8/27/2016 6:26:56 PM Big News Network
Pictures show four elderly fanatics dressed in black and aiming handguns at their kneeling victims near the terror group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. View More...
Mo Farah's brother faces being kicked out of Britain and deported to war-torn Somalia
8/27/2016 6:03:42 PM Big News Network
Mo Farah's brother Ahmed faces deportation to Somalia after being released early from prison. Ahmed, 27, came to Britain with his older brother in 1991 but was jailed for false imprisonment. View More...
Mo Farah's brother faces being kicked out of Britain and deported to war-torn Somalia - but fears he'll be killed if he is
8/27/2016 5:04:14 PM Big News Network
Mo Farah's brother Ahmed faces deportation to Somalia after being released early from prison. Ahmed, 27, came to Britain with his older brother in 1991 but was jailed for false imprisonment. View More...
Young man drowns after jumping in one of the lakes at Virginia Wate
8/27/2016 4:26:08 PM Big News Network
A young man aged in his 20s drowned after jumping into one of the lakes at Virginia Water, near Egham, Surrey, in front of friends as he tried to cool off in the hot weather. View More...
Young man in his 20s drowns after jumping in a lake in front of his friends to cool off
8/27/2016 2:04:38 PM Big News Network
A young man aged in his 20s drowned after jumping into one of the lakes at Virginia Water, near Egham, Surrey, in front of friends as he tried to cool off in the hot weather. View More...
QA: How to get an SBIR grant from NIH
8/28/2016 12:09:54 PM Big News Network
Sonoran Biosciences, an early stage pharmaceutical company spun out of Arizona State University, received a $1.48 million research grant for its antibiotic gel to treat prosthetic joint infections.

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Puget Sound Energy takes workplace wellness to another level
8/26/2016 3:54:46 PM Big News Network
Moving beyond traditional stretch and flex classes to limber up workers who spend their days out in the field, Puget Sound Energy has brought on a Seattle-based wellness company to help workers remain View More...
Puget Sound Energy is taking workplace wellness to another level
8/26/2016 2:41:07 PM Big News Network
Moving beyond traditional stretch and flex classes to limber up workers who spend their days out in the field, Puget Sound Energy has brought on a Seattle-based wellness company to help workers remain View More...
Charlotte 49ers feeling more like favorites off the field
8/26/2016 1:38:34 PM Big News Network
Next week, the Charlotte 49ers start their fourth football season by taking on a Top 25-ranked Atlantic Coast Conference opponent. The Niners are 40-point underdogs against Louisville.

That's not so  View More...

Heart failure among the aged may triple by 2060
8/28/2016 6:25:02 AM Big News Network
London, Aug 28 (IANS) Heart failure among people who are aged above 60 is set to triple by 2060, a new study has found.

"Heart failure is a common condition worldwide and increases with age. Various  View More...

Girls in skimpy clothes to be denied entry in MP temple
8/28/2016 4:45:01 AM Big News Network
Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh), Aug 28 (IANS) The management of a Jain temple here has asked visitors to ensure that girls aged above eight years are not dressed in skimpy clothing or in jeans, capri pants,  View More...
Walking can cut cardiovascular death in early by half
8/28/2016 12:23:01 AM Big News Network
London, Aug 28 (IANS) Moderate physical activities such as walking and cycling are associated with a greater than 50 per cent reduction in cardiovascular death in people over the age of 65, says a stu View More...
'Raabta' really close to my heart: Kriti Sanon
8/28/2016 12:11:01 AM Big News Network
Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) Actress Kriti Sanon says "Raabta" is really close to her heart and she hopes the film gets is appreciated by the audience.

"We have two really great long schedules. And whatever View More...

Lucknow's 'shining star' and model of a shayar
8/27/2016 9:43:01 PM Big News Network
Do you have to be born in a place renowned as a cradle of poetry to be considered a part of its tradition, or is its ethos so strong and pervasive that it can encompass even those who settle there? Th View More...
Emirati women's labour participation rate grows by 30% in three decades: SCAD
8/27/2016 11:12:18 AM Big News Network
ABU DHABI, 27th August, 2016 (WAM) -- Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD) issued the second edition of a book entitled "Emirati Women, Past and Present," marking the Emirati Women's Day, which falls  View More...
Wish Surj well for his future career: Manj Musik
8/27/2016 4:15:01 AM Big News Network
New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) Singer and music composer Manjeet Ral, who is popularly known by his stage name Manj Musik, says he wishes his brother Surjeet Ral well, even though they are not making music  View More...
China's Olympic medallists land in Hong Kong for three-day visit
8/27/2016 4:01:05 AM Big News Network
Hong Kong, Aug 27 (IANS) China's Olympic medallists along with a 64-member delegation led by Minister of the General Administration of Sports Liu Peng landed in Hong Kong on Saturday for a three-day t View More...
Jacqueline Fernandez turns elegant showstopper for Rajesh Pratap Singh
8/26/2016 8:59:02 PM Big News Network
Mumbai, Aug 27 (IANS) Day Three at the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2016, ended with a collection presented by Reliance Trends from Delhi's popular designer, Rajesh Pratap Singh with the be View More...
A look at the numbers from the state's retirement and assisted living facilities
8/26/2016 5:10:22 PM Big News Network
The assisted living facilities and retirement communities on The Lists this week look to be in the prime of their business cycle. Ninety-six percent of them reported that their facilities were at leas View More...
Vulcan snaps up old Seattle building that houses life science company
8/26/2016 3:54:43 PM Big News Network
Paul Allen's Vulcan Real Estate expanded its South Lake Union portfolio slightly on Thursday, paying $9 million for a property at 312 Dexter Ave. N.

Vulcan executive Lori Mason Curran said that the c View More...

Veteran Israeli politician Ben Eliezer dies aged 80
8/28/2016 9:38:25 AM Big News Network
Veteran Israeli politician Binyamin Ben Eliezer, who held a series of top governmental posts, including defense minister and helped connect Israel and the Arab world has died... View More...
Seven ways to encourage older children to read
8/28/2016 9:36:20 AM Big News Network
As children grow older and their schedules increasingly fill with activities associated with school, sports and social endeavours, finding the time and opportunity to read can become a challenge.... View More...
How to know when downsizing your home in retirement makes sense
8/28/2016 9:22:05 AM Big News Network
<br> Brad Kingsley downsized his $1 million-plus waterfront home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, using most of the $350,000 he had in equity to pay cash for a townhouse 3 miles away. <br&g View More...
Charles Osgood announces retirement as anchor of CBS' "Sunday Morning" after 22 years
8/28/2016 9:21:19 AM Big News Network
Charles Osgood today announced his retirement as anchor of <br>CBS’ "Sunday Morning," ending a 22-year run at the broadcast. <br>Osgood’s award-winning 45-year career View More...
CEO of Denmark’s $120 billion ATP Pension Fund steps down
8/28/2016 9:12:50 AM Big News Network
<br>COPENHAGEN: Carsten Stendevad is resigning as chief executive officer of ATP, Denmark's biggest pension fund, in order to move back to the US. <br>The $120 billion fund has starte View More...
Plans to further lift pension age 'terrifying' for some older unemployed people
8/28/2016 12:35:05 AM Big News Network
Proposals to further lift the pension age are "terrifying" for some mature-aged jobseekers, who are already struggling to compete for work with candidates decades their junior.... View More...
Sydney Schanberg, New York Times journalist who inspired Killing Fields film, dies aged 82
8/28/2016 12:35:04 AM Big News Network
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sydney Schanberg, whose writings inspired the 1984 film The Killing Fields, dies in New York of a heart attack aged 82.... View More...
Medical Phenomenon?? This Lady Stopped Aging At Thirty, Mostly Thanks To This Ingredient!!
8/28/2016 12:15:52 AM Big News Network
to look the way she does. Aside from eating healthy and exercising regularly, she swears by one ingredient that helps her maintain her youthful appearance - coconut oil.... View More...
Have you seen the viral photos of young black man and his elderly white lover
8/28/2016 12:14:28 AM Big News Network
<br> <br>This young man is so in love he wants the world to meet his woman. Photos were shared on social media and the woman is said to be about 70 years old. <br>... View More...
Japan pension fund loses $52 billion in stock rout
8/28/2016 12:11:40 AM Big News Network
TOKYO: The world’s biggest pension fund posted a $52 billion loss last quarter as stocks tumbled and the yen surged, wiping out all investment gains since it overhauled its strategy by boosting  View More...
Shopper Sees Elderly Man Being Beaten In Parking Lot, Takes Matters Into Own Hands
8/28/2016 12:08:36 AM Big News Network
When a 24-year-old shopper in Little Rock, Arkansas witnessed an elderly man being beaten up by a group of seven people in the parking lot of a grocery store, he pulled out a gun and took matters into View More...
Finally, a California government pension safety valve
8/27/2016 9:40:39 AM Big News Network
<br>CalPERS is expected to need much more to cover pension costs from member agencies in coming years, reducing their ability to pay for basic services like maintaining roads and parks and and k View More...
Accused of rape, elderly man commits suicide
8/27/2016 9:40:02 AM Big News Network
<br>Accused of raping a minor girl aged five years, an elderly person committed suicide by consuming poison at Sutagatti village in Kalaghatagi taluk, Dharwad district. <br> <br>... View More...
Centre extends retirement benefits to all Central staff
8/27/2016 9:39:25 AM Big News Network
<br>In a measure that would benefit thousands of Central government employees, the Modi government on Friday extended the benefit of retirement and death gratuity to all, irrespective of the dat View More...
Northumberland pioneer who helped create the world's first laptop computer dies aged 75
8/27/2016 9:23:58 AM Big News Network
Northumbrian computer engineer who helped create the laptop has died aged 75. John Ellenby founded Grid Systems in the late 1970s and was part of a team which made the Compass - a clamshell style comp View More...
Photograph of separated elderly Canada couple gets int'l attention
8/27/2016 9:23:53 AM Big News Network
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- A photograph of a crying elderly Canadian couple in wheelchairs, separated into two different care homes after 62 years of marriage because no beds were available togeth View More...
Key architect of Anglo-Irish treaty Barry dies aged 88
8/27/2016 9:21:55 AM Big News Network
<br> <br> Mr Barry, a businessman from Cork behind the Barry's Tea brand, also served as Foreign Affairs Minister and deputy leader of the Fine Gael party. <br>... View More...
U S Bancorp : Canada Pension Plan Investment Board buys $115,470,134 stake in U.S. Bancorp
8/27/2016 9:21:25 AM Big News Network
makes up approx 0.20% of Choate Investment Advisorss portfolio.Barrett Asset Management reduced its stake in USB by selling 740 shares or 0.2% in the most recent quarter.... View More...


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