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Employment

VETERAN OF THE MARINE CORPS - LOOKING TO FIND A SKILLED NURSING OR ASSISTED LIVING ADMINISTRATOR POSITION
Jacqueline is a driven, dynamic, fun-loving healthcare leader with a proven track record of team empowerment seeking the opportunity to lead a team to successful results while providing superior customer service and exceeding financial expectations. She is currently licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator in Missouri and will soon be licensed in Illinois in April 2017. Her work experience includes assisting in the management of a unionized, state government skilled nursing facility where she was credited for leading a department in achieving a deficient free survey. Jacqueline is very proud to be a four-year active duty Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps where she reached the rank of Corporal. Jacqueline can be reached at 314-922-6798, or by email at jtaylor.lnha@gmail.com should you have, or know of, an open Skilled Nursing or Assisted Living Administrator position. 

Jacqueline Taylor, jtaylor.lnha@gmail.com, 314-922-6798, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacqueline-taylor-lnha

 

CAREGIVERS

A Mothers Touch In-Home Health
We are looking for new clients and Caregivers.  Services we provide include personal care, advanced personal care, homemaker chores, nurse visits, respice care and compassion services. We are licensed in the state of Missouri for Consumer Directed Services In-Home Health Services and Private Pay. Call us today for more information.

Doriann Morgan, amtinhomehealth@gmail.com, A Mother's Touch In-Home Health Care, LLC, 314-733-5100, www.amotherstouchinhomehealth.com

 

LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE

Mother of Perpetual Help Assisted Living Facility
Responsible for the well-being of residents through the delivery of high quality services in a manner that complies with applicable laws and regulations. Assists in the management of all resident care under the supervision of the Resident Care Coordinator. Oversees the provision of quality care given by the CMTs, ML1s and CNAs. Must be a licensed nurse in good standing. At least 2 years previous work experience in long term care. Be familiar with state and federal guidelines as it pertains to Assisted Living Facilities.

Allan Standberry, astandberry@crssstl.org, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254, www.cardinalrittereniorservices@crssstl.org

 

OPEN POSITIONS

Des Peres Hospital
Des Peres Hospital is an acute care hospital that has been serving our community since 1974. We're a small facility where colleagues get to know each other quickly and unit directors are hands on. You won't get lost and you won't be a number. But don't let our size fool you. We perform high-acuity work. We specialize in geriatrics, cardiology, bariatrics, orthopedics, urology and emergency care. Our surgical services include general surgery, knee and hip joint replacement, back and neck surgery, open-heart surgery and robot-assisted procedures. If you are dedicated to delivering a great hospital experience to patients and their families and looking for a place that can provide you with rewarding work in a friendly and collegial setting, check out our current openings.

Simone Valle, simone.valle@tenethealth.com, Des Peres Hospital (Tenet Healthcare), 314-966-9695, https://www.despereshospital.com/about-us/careers

 

PART TIME BUS DRIVER

City of Maryland Heights
City of Maryland Heights Department of Human Services is hiring a part time bus driver for 2 - 3 days per week to transport seniors and individuals with disabilities to medical appointments, shopping and errands. Driver must have a CDL with Passenger Endorsement and be comfortable driving a 16 passenger bus with wheelchair lift. The ideal candidate is someone who is retired and looking for a part time job to keep busy. Full job description is located here:  
http://www.marylandheights.com/Home/Components/JobPosts/Job/254/1151 Contact Megan Herman at 314-738-2552 or mherman@marylandheights.com with any questions.

Megan Herman, mherman@marylandheights.com, City of Maryland Heights, 314-738-2552, www.marylandheights.com

 

PART TIME DRIVER

ITNStCharles
ITNStCharles is looking for part-time paid drivers. Hours and days are flexible, but the majority of rides take place between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Interested persons must be highly dependable, energetic, courteous and enthusiastic. The job entails driving seniors and adults with disabilities to appointments, jobs, etc., and providing assistance, if needed. The number of rides per day will vary depending on need. Pay includes an hourly rate plus compensation for mileage. Possible use of company car depending on location of driver. General qualifications:  must live in St. Charles County, high school diploma or equivalent, valid MO driver's license and at least 22 years old, safe driving record and clean criminal history check, ability to read maps quickly & accurately and communicate effectively. Must have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills and be able to work without close supervision and meet timelines. Must have a clean and maintained car. To apply or ask questions, please contact Martha or Susan at 636-329-0888. ITNStCharles is a non-profit that provides 24/7 automobile transportation to people 65 and older and adults with disabilities in St. Charles County for any reason. 

Susan Kallash-Bailey, skb@itnstcharles.org, iTNStCharles, 636-329-0888, www.itnstcharles.org

 

REGISTERED NURSE

Mary, Queen and Mother Center
Registered Nurse need to function as the Assistant Director of Nursing for Mary, Queen and Mother Center. Assists the director of nursing in coordinating, directing, staffing, and evaluating the 24 hour operation of nursing services in order to meet the nursing needs of the residents. Schedules and chairs monthly charge nurse meetings. Provides in services to nursing staff as needed. Communicates with pharmacy and follow up on pharmacy consults. Supervises nursing activities to ensure quality care of residents. Current Missouri registered nursing license. At least five (5) years experience in long term care nursing. Must be able to cope with emergency needs of the staff and residents when required. Supervises Nursing Supervisors, Charge Nurses, CMT’s, and CNA’s. 

Allan Standberry, astandberry@crssstl.org, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254, www.cardinalrittereniorservices@crssstl.org


Health & Wellness

MLK HEALTH FAIR AND LUNCHEON RESCHEDULED

February 18 – 8:00 a.m.
The American Heart Association had to postpone their MLK Health fair and Luncheon to February 18th at Union Station, 1820 Market Street. It has been renamed Black History Month Health Fair and Luncheon. The health fair will start at 8:00 a.m. and the luncheon will be at 11:30a.m. Health screenings will be conducted as well as a number of organizations will be showcased. To register for this free health fair and luncheon please go to 
www.Heart.org/2017Stlmlk. Parking will be at a reduced rate of $3. For more information please call 314-692-5639. 

Linda Hiette, lhiette@stlouisco.com, St Louis County Department of Public Health, 314-715-0506, www.stlouiscounty.org

 

WOMENS WELLNESS WEEKEND

February 24-26

Trout Lodge
Getting back on track with your health & wellness begins at YMCA Trout Lodge, as they are holding their annual Women's Wellness Weekend on February 24-26. There are over 70 classes from which to choose; workout sessions, crafts, dutch-oven cooking, gardening, paintball, high adventure and the list goes on. There will also be fun group activities including a wine tasting and live music with dancing, as well as vendors on site for shopping. Rates include lodging, meals and the activities you choose. Visit
www.troutlodge.org/event/womens-wellness-weekend to view the registration page which lists all of the classes and activities. Perfect for women ages 18 to 118 of all abilities, spend the weekend increasing the health of your mind, body and spirit. Grab all of the females in your life and join the fun.

Melissa Di Fiori, melissa.difiori@gwrymca.org, YMCA Trout Lodge, 888-386-9622, www.troutlodge.org

 

CONQUER YOUR KNEE PAIN SEMINAR

March 1, March 21, April 18 and May 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Des Peres Hospital
If knee pain and chronic stiffness is keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, you owe it to yourself to learn more about non-surgical and surgical options for treatment. Join us for an upcoming seminars on March 1 at 6:00 P.M. with Matthew Bradley, MD, March 21 at 6:00 P.M. with Matthew Bradley, MD, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. with Corey Solman, MD and May 3 at 6:00 p.m. with Scott Zehnder, MD.  Please RSVP to 877-228-3638.

Simone Valle, simone.valle@tenethealth.com, Des Peres Hospital (Tenet Healthcare), 314-966-9695,

www.despereshospital.com


FREE HEALTH SCREENING

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

The Village at Mackenzie Place
Free Health Screening with a Parish Nurse. Insurance information not needed. Measure your blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels, and pulse. This free service is offered at Lutheran Senior Services at The Village at Mackenzie Place, 8520 Mackenzie Road, Affton, MO 63123. Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 314-884-7909.

Melita Hodzic, melita.hodzic@lssliving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-884-7909


FREE WELLNESS SCREENINGS

Mondays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hylton Point
You are invited to participate in a weekly free wellness screening. Screenings for individuals over 55 include: blood pressure readings, weight check, blood sugar readings, as well as prayer and spiritual support by a Lutheran Senior Services Parish Nurse. Every reading is taken by a Wellness Kiosk with print outs available to take to your doctor. Don't miss this free resource today. Hylton Point Apartments, 933 Belt Ave, St. Louis, Mo 63112. Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call Savanna to make an appointment 314-367-7697.

Savanna Little, savanna.litali@lssliving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-367-7697, www.lssliving.org


FREE WELLNESS SCREENINGS

Tuesdays - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

LSS Rose Hill House
Take control of your health and take control of your life. Wellness Kiosks are specialized computers operated by our Parish Nurses. The kiosks measure blood pressure, weight and blood glucose levels. With our LSS Registered Parish Nurse on hand in the kiosk, you can stay on track with your health. This free service is now being offered at LSS Rose Hill House, Affordable Housing for seniors, every Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. located at 225 West Rose Hill Avenue in the beautiful heart of Kirkwood, MO. Call 314-822-4928 for your appointment today.

Vanessa Fakes, vanessa.fakes@lssliving.org, LSS Rose Hill House I & II, 314-822-4928, www.lssliving.org

 

FREE WELLNESS SCREENINGS

Thursdays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hilltop Manor
Hilltop Manor, a Lutheran Senior Services senior community is offering free wellness screenings with a Parish Nurse. Screenings include blood pressure readings, blood sugar screenings, and pulse and weight checks for all seniors 55+. A Parish Nurse is also available for prayer, spiritual support and resources. Many who are already taking advantage of this program are aware of the positive benefits it brings to their health. Please pass this on to any family or church members, friends or home health aides that may be interested. Call Michelle Herrick, Service Coordinator, for your appointment. Every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 636-938-6442, 11 Hilltop Village Center Drive Eureka, MO 63025.

Michelle Herrick, michelle.herrick@lssliving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, 636-938-6442, www.lssliving.org


Lectures / Cont. Education

HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC
February 16 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

JC Supper Club

"History of African American Music", facilitator Sharon Willis will introduce how music played and still plays a part in the lives of African-Americans from slavery to present. Location: J C Supper Club, 9053 Riverview Dr., St. Louis 63137

Jo Ann Brown, stlouiscelebrityseniors@gmail.com, St. Louis Celebrity Seniors, Inc., 314-496-6625, www.stlouiscelebrityseniors.org

 

ALZHEIMERS POETRY PROJECT

February 21 to 24

Various Locations
The Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter is proud to join the Missouri Arts Council and MC5 to present, “Alzheimer’s Poetry Project: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care” by Gary Glazner. This event will be held at four locations throughout Missouri from Feb. 21-24. The event is open to professionals, high school students, families and people with memory loss. Participants will learn how to use poetry and art to engage with people with memory loss. 

Lindy Noel, lnoel@alz.org, Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter, 800-272-3900, www.alz.org/stl

 

FRONTO-TEMPORAL DEMENTIA: THE BASICS, RESEARCH AND COPING

February 22

Alzheimer’s Association Office
The Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter is offering an education class, "Fronto-Temporal Dementia: The basics, research and coping" on Wednesday, February 22 at the Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter Office located at 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132. This is a free class discussing Fronto-Temporal Dementia (FTD), Pick’s Disease, Primary Progressive Aphasia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, or Corticobasal Syndrome. Participants will learn basic information about FTD and hear about the latest in research. FTD family caregivers will provide information and coping skills. RSVP by contacting Deb Bryer at 
dbryer@alz.org or call 800-272-3900.

Lindy Noel, lnoel@alz.org, Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter, 800-272-3900, www.alz.org/stl

 

FIRST STEPS TO STARTING A BUSINESS

February 22 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

SLATE American Job Center
In just 3 hours, you will learn key elements of a business plan including: writing style tips, required content and how to use a business plan as a management tool as well as greater understanding of what a business plan should look like and how to get started. Join us on February 23, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at SLATE American Job Center, 1520 Market Street, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63103. Cost is $49.00, however 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. Please call 314-657-3768 for details. 

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

 

FIRST STEPS TO STARTING A BUSINESS

February 23 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

SLATE American Job Center

In just 3 hours, 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. Discuss legal and regulatory requirements. Find successful writing techniques that appeal to lenders/investors, learn the importance of a business plan and identify sources of funding. Receive a start-up manual.    Join us on February 22, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at SLATE American Job Center, 1520 Market Street, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63103.  Cost is $99.00, however 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. Please call 314-657-3768 for details. 

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

 

STOP HEROIN LECTURE

February 24 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

CenterPointe Hospital Gym
CenterPointe Hospital cordially invites the general public to attend an educational lecture on the topic, STOP Heroin on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at CenterPointe Hospital Gym, 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway, St. Charles, MO 63304. Lisa Cassidy, Paramedic and Kyle Gaines, Director of Community Relations, both from the St. Charles County Ambulance District will be the speakers. No Cost. RSVP to 
jbasler@cphmo.net or call 636-477-2157.

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

 

ONE-DAY GRIEF RETREAT

February 25
Daybreak is a one-day grief retreat, offered at no charge, for couples who have experienced the death of their son or daughter. The next Daybreak retreat is February 25, 2017. Grief counselors provide education about different styles of grieving, while allowing couples to explore their own grief processes. Daybreak is a one-day grief retreat, offered at no charge, for couples who have experienced the death of their son or daughter. Activities will: encourage communication and partnership, provide opportunities for sharing their child’s story, and foster a sense of hope.  This retreat will create a sense of community where couples who have experienced the death of a child can find strength and support from one another. For more information, call 314-953-1676, email 
griefsupport@bjc.org  or visit www.bjchospice.org.

Cara Lotspeich, cara.lotspeich@bjc.org, BJC Hospice, 314-273-0759, www.bjchospice.org

 

FAMILY CAREGIVER TRAINING

February 28 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Seniors Home Care
This training opportunity provides tools to use when caring for a parent or loved one in multiple settings. Whether you are a seasoned caregiver or planning care for a family member, spouse or friend, this free class will teach you topics including: monitoring and handling medications, incontinence care, home safety, proper body mechanics to protect yourself against injury, Alzheimer's disease / dementia awareness, and handling caregiver stress. This class is taught by a Seniors Home Care registered nurse. Seating is limited for this free community service, so call 314-962-2666 today to reserve a spot.

Ted Ryan, ted@seniorshomecare.com, Seniors Home Care, 314-962-2666, http://seniorshomecare.com/how-we-can-help/shc-university/

 

HEALTHY-STEPS WORKSHOP                 

March 25 and 26

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services
Healthy-Steps instructor training 2-day workshop will be held on March 25 and March 26 at the Lally Room, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. Contact Jean Krampe for details. Referral fee available.

Jean Krampe, jkrampe@slu.edu, Healthy-Steps Instructor Training, 314-517-3868

CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF LONG TERM CARE CONFERENCE

June 8 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel
Trying to navigate long-term care for you or your loved one? Overwhelmed and looking for guidance? Are you working in the long-term care community and wanting to learn more about all the changes while earning 7.25 CEUs in one day? VOYCE will host the 6th annual Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference on June 8 to answer these questions and bring together the long-term care community. An all-day, educational conference to bring together professional long-term caregivers and individuals from the community to learn dynamic strategies, innovative tools and available options. Join us on June 8, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, 9801 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63134. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch.  Cost for general public is $25, Long Term Care Professionals $65 to $125, administrators and social workers is an opportunity to earn 7.25 CEUs in one day. Learn more: 
www.voycestl.org/events/long-term-care-conference.

Kristin Pendleton, kpendleton@voycestl.org, VOYCE, 314-919-2410, www.voycestl.org


STROKE SUPPORT GROUP

1st Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. and 3rd Monday of the month at 3:00 p.m.
Miracles in Progress Stroke Support Group meets the 1st Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. and the 3rd Monday every month at 3 pm. Join us at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, 14561 North Outer 40, Chesterfield, Missouri. We also meet at Mercy Hospital Washington please call 636/394-0968 for days and times.

Cam Compton, jaacaa@aol.com, Miracles In Progress Stroke Support, 636-394-0968


Arts & Entertainment

ART EXHIBIT

February 1 to March 31 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Chesterfield City Hall
The city of Chesterfield will be hosting an Art Exhibit at City Hall, located at 690 Chesterfield Parkway West, beginning January 6, 2017 through March 31, 2017. The exhibit will be on display in the City Hall lobby, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays, and will feature two-dimensional artwork, including mixed media, paintings and photographs from established regional artists Ann Croghan, Dan Esarey, Lisa Crisman, Pratima Murali and sculptor, Adam Long. A guided tour of the Art Exhibit will be offered on Tuesday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m. The tour will cover general overviews to in-depth explorations of the current exhibit and will last between 45 to 60 minutes. Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts will host an Artist Reception on Friday, January 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at City Hall. The reception will offer an intimate setting for art enthusiasts to meet the artists and an opportunity to discuss the inspiration behind their artwork. The event is free to attend and light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served.

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

 

ST. LOUIS BANJO CLUB

February 23 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Concordia Turner Hall
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Concordia Turner Hall On., the St. Louis Banjo Club will provide a free evening of lively music played on "America's fun instrument- the four-string banjo". Sing along and listen to 15 banjo players playing the songs you know. February 23, 2017, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Concordia Turner, 6432 Gravois, St. Louis, MO 63116. For more information, call 314-842-3185 or visit our website: 
www.stlouisbanjoclub.org. Table seating and full cash bar with snacks will be available. Did we mention it was free? Don Dempsey, dldempsey@earthlink.net, St. Louis Banjo Club, 314-842-3185, www.stlouisbanjoclub.org.

Don Dempsey, dldempsey@earthlink.net, St. Louis Banjo Club, 314-842-3185, www.stlouisbanjoclub.org

 

SILVER STAGES SERIES       

March 1 - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Missouri History Museum
Maturity and Its Muse & The Missouri History Museum Present the Silver Stages Series: Performances by Mature St. Louisans for Mature St. Louisans on Wednesday, March 1st.   We know you will enjoy this performance highlighting the many talents of former Ms. Missouri Senior America Pageant contestants. All programs held in E. Desmond Lee Auditorium Missouri History Museum, Forest Park, and admission is free, doors open at 10:00 a.m. and performance is from 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

 

SENIOR SIZZLER

March 14 - 1:30 p.m.

West County Family Y
Parade of Costumes, a Senior Sizzler fashion show on Tuesday, March 14 at the West County Family Y.  Featuring handcrafted costumes from the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis this event will showcase close to 25 outstanding costumes and fashions worn in the Repertory Theatre productions and modeled by the Backers Board Member volunteers. Don’t miss this fun first-hand view of these works of "art," while learning about the "magic" of the theatre! The show begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by a dessert sampler. The event is free to attend, but you must register in advance. To reserve your seat, please call 636-532-3100. 

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

 

SILVER STAGES SERIES

April 5 - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Missouri History Museum
We know you will enjoy this performance highlighting the many talents of former Ms. Missouri Senior America Pageant contestants. The Saint Louis Sirens will perform on Wednesday, April 5. 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 day. All programs held in E. Desmond Lee Auditorium Missouri History Museum, Forest Park, admission is free, doors open at 10:00 a.m. and performance is from 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

 

WARM SPRINGS RANCH TOUR, LUNCH AND WINE TASTING

April 18 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join us for a great day in Boonville! We will tour the Warm Springs Ranch, home to approximately 70 of Anheuser Busch’s Clydesdales. During the tour, we will meet the handlers, as well as see foals, mares and stallions up close. The tour will conclude with samples of beer. The tour is paved and flat, but does involve walking. We will then travel to the quaint town of Boonville and have a delicious sit down lunch at Settler’s Inn, which will include two salads, rolls, smoked pork chop, green beans and au gratin potatoes with cobbler for dessert. Tea, lemonade and coffee will also be included. After lunch, we will go to Les Bourgeois Winery where we will have a wine tasting. This winery is renowned for its spectacular bluff top view of the Missouri River Valley.

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

 

ST. LOUIS CIVIC ORCHESTRA SUMMER MUSIC SERIES

May 18, June 22 and July 20

6:30 p.m. at Chesterfield Amphitheater
Don’t miss our wonderful Orchestra Music Series this summer! All performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free of charge. Fixed seats are available, but feel free to bring a blanket or a chair for lawn seating. Concessions will be available all night long. We are also a tobacco-free facility. No glass is allowed.   Performing May 18th is the St. Louis Civic Orchestra, based in Chesterfield, and comprised of 75 professional and amateur musicians devoted to their music. For more details, visit
www.stlco.org. Performing June 22nd is the Gateway City Big Band, a non-profit performing organization that brings quality symphonic and chamber music to the St. Louis community. For more details, visit www.gatewayfestivalorchestra.org.  Performing July 20th is Washington University's Orchestra which includes 75 musicians performing repertoire from the Baroque to modern period. For more details, visit www.music.wustl.edu/ensembles/symphony-orchestra

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


Announcements

MID-EAST AREA AGENCY ON AGING BUDGET HEARINGS

February 17, February 22, March 8

Various Locations
The public is invited to learn about Mid-East Area Agency on Aging’s (MEAAA) services plan and budget for the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1. All hearings are open to the public.  Hearings are:  February 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Arnold Senior Center, February 22 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Senior Center, March 8 at 9:00 a.m. at Ferguson Senior Resource.  MEAAA provides services for seniors and/or their caregivers in Jefferson, Franklin, St. Charles and St. Louis counties and provides 2,500 meals per day Monday through Friday for homebound seniors, 800 meals at senior centers per day, transportation, exercise opportunities and much
[m1]  more.  Contact MEAAA at 636-207-0847 or info@agingmissouri.org  for more information. 

Joan Berkman, facewatchers@swbell.net, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging, 636-207-0847, http://www.agingmatters.org

 

MID-EAST AREA AGENCY ON AGING

Receives $5,000 donation from AT&T
The Mid-East Area Agency on Aging, whose Meals on Wheels program provides 2,700 nutritious daily meals each week to homebound area seniors throughout the region, announced it has received a $5,000 donation from AT&T to support its annual Big Wheels for Meals Campaign. The month-long campaign is scheduled for March 2017 and is led by local business and political officials, including AT&T-Missouri President John Sondag. Sondag is serving as an honorary chair of the campaign along with John Beck, General Manager of Emmis Communications, and John Sheehan, General Manager of CBS Radio. Those interested in providing support or volunteering should contact MEAAA at 636-207-1323 or 
www.agingmissouri.org

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

 

ST. LOUIS CELEBRITY SENIORS

April 29

Double Tree Hotel in Westport
St. Louis Celebrity Seniors, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to function as ambassadors of goodwill. We are a group of volunteers formed exclusively to raise funds and provide volunteer manpower for selected nonprofit community organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Programs are designed for individuals 50 years and older who want to stay informed, involved, and in action. Each year St. Louis Celebrity Seniors, Inc. applauds the efforts of three individuals, organizations and/or initiatives that have made significant humanitarian contributions to our community. The 2017 Humanitarian Service awards will be Saturday, April 29 at Double Tree Hotel in Westport. This celebration will highlight outstanding success stories from our community. Thank you for your help to identify candidates for this coveted award.  You may submit your nominations by mail to: St. Louis Celebrity Seniors, Inc. Healthy Life Choices, 9810 Halls Ferry Rd., PO Box 4113, St. Louis, MO 63136 or email to
wilzetta8@gmail.com. Please visit our website for details on how to make a nomination.  Nomination deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  Contact Wilzetta Bell 314-517-8973 with any questions.

Jo Ann Brown, stlouiscelebrityseniors@gmail.com, St. Louis Celebrity Seniors, Inc., 314-496-6625, www.stlouiscelebrityseniors.org

 

BALLAS HEARING AND AUDIOLOGY WELCOMES MICHELLE SMITH
Ballas Hearing & Audiology would like to welcome Michelle Smith, M.S., CCC-A. MIchelle will be sharing the office with Susan Lew, Au.D and seeing patients on Fridays from 9:00 am until 3:00 p.m. Ballas Hearing & Audiology recently joined the family of Sound Health Services. Audiologist, Michelle Smith, graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1994 and her Master of Science in 1998 at the University of Central Missouri. As her graduate school project she developed an award winning website called Audiologynet, used by students and patients looking for information in the different areas of audiology. Ballas Hearing & Audiology is a boutique, concierge audiology practice with a focus on individualized hearing health care and exceptional customer service. The office is located at 648 North New Ballas Road in Creve Coeur. We are a ground floor location with convenient access and easy parking. Please call us at 314-569-4040 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

BJC HOSPICE HOUSE – EVELYN’S

Scheduled to open May 2017
Evelyn’s House, providing care in peaceful and comfortable surroundings provides a holistic approach to the emotional, spiritual and physical care of terminally ill patients of all ages.  Offering therapies for complex symptoms or respite in a home-like setting. Located adjacent to Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Evelyn’s House, scheduled to open May 2017, is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to the community. Features include: 16 private suites for adults, teens and children with walkout patio off every suite, family gathering spaces with overnight accommodations, kids and teen activity room and natural, comfortable surroundings with dedicated music and expressive therapy rooms, family kitchen and café, meditation room and garden.  In addition, there is an ability playhouse for special needs children.  Visiting hours are 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Leading edge communication and safety are a priority. We offer specialized on-site staff; hospice specialized care team, medical director, nurse practitioner, registered nurses, aides, a social worker, spiritual counselor, music therapist, expressive therapist and many volunteers. 

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

 

SWING INTO SPRING EVENT

Memory Care Home Solutions

May 18 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
MCHS Takes Trip Down Memory Lane for “Swing into Spring”.  Memory Care Home Solutions is preparing for its 6th annual “Swing into Spring” event Thursday, May 18th. This year MCHS is excited to see how their venue change is received. The MCHS advancement team has decided to shake things up by hosting this year’s event at the Hall of Fame Club & Museum at Cardinals Nation Restaurant. Even though MCHS is staying faithful to the Cardinals this will be a big scenery change for the non-profit. “After five years the event has grown a great deal. I think this subtle change will continue the growth of this event,” said Erin Kelly MCHS Director of Advancement. The event will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $35 until April 21, and will be $45 after. Tickets for guests under 21 are $25. Tickets can be purchased via phone at 314-645-6247, via web at 
www.memorycarehs.org under the “News and Events” tab, or at the door. All proceeds go to program operations. 

Nick Clark, nclark@memorycarehs.org, Memory Care Home Solutions, 314-645-6247, http://memorycarehs.org/news-events/2016-events/

 

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY AMERICA

Home Instead Senior Care
The Alzheimer’s Friendly Business program is thriving and we thank you for your participation.  Home Instead wants to let you know about our newest initiative. Dementia Friendly America (DFA), announced the U.S. launch of the Dementia Friends campaign, a global initiative that aims to empower and educate individuals about dementia. Dementia Friends is designed to raise awareness about dementia and help communities understand how they can best support and interact with people living with dementia, according to Olivia Mastry, who helped found DFA. The program accomplishes this via an online training that involves watching a series of short videos and committing to take action. As part of the program, Dementia Friends provides suggestions for even little things individuals can do to help those with dementia disorders live well in their communities. Take a moment to click on the link below for your free online training to become a Dementia Friend. 
http://www.dementiafriendsusa.org/become-a-dementia-friend. If you have any questions you can contact Laura McCoy at 636-477-6025 or laura.mccoy@homeinstead.com.

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


Honors & Recognition

There were no submissions for this category for this edition.


Support & Counseling

ALZHEIMER'S RESOURCE

February 24 or February 27 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Jewish Community Center
The Alzheimer's Association offers free consultations to discuss dementia and Alzheimer's related issues. This can include things like caregivers stress, diagnosis questions, resources and services, coping with behaviors and learning how to communicate with someone with dementia. Consultations are conducted by a social worker for an hour to answer your questions and address concerns. Have a consultation at our office or attend an upcoming Care Consultation Day either Friday, February 24, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, The Adult Day Center Staenberg Family Complex located at 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146 or Monday, February 27, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Jewish Community Center, Marilyn Fox Building, Conference Meeting Room A located at 16801 Baxter Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005. Appointments are required. Cal 314-801-0399 to schedule your time now.

Lindy Noel, lnoel@alz.org, Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter, 800-272-3900, www.alz.org/stl

 

GRIEF SUPPORT

February 25

Pallottine Renewal Center

Daybreak, a retreat, for grieving couples finding strength and support from one another. Daybreak, available at no cost to the participants, is open to couples who have experienced the death of a child at any age, not only those who were served by BJC Hospice. Saturday, February 25 at the Pallottine Renewal Center in Florissant, MO.  Daybreak encourages communication and partnership while helping grieving couples find strength and support from one another. This retreat provides couples with an atmosphere of understanding from other couples who have experienced a similar loss. Daybreak is a safe space for couples to share their feelings and experiences while honoring and remembering their child. For more information or to register, call 314-953-1676 or email griefsupport@bjc.org.

Cara Lotspeich, cms0310@bjc.org, BJC Hospice, 314-872-5050, www.bjchospice.org

 

FRONTO-TEMPORAL DEMENTIA: THE BASICS, RESEARCH AND COPING

Fourth Wednesday of the Month

Alzheimer’s Association Office
The Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter is now offering a Fronto-Temporal Dementia Support Group on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. beginning March 2017. The support group will meet at the Alzheimer’s Association office located at 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132. This is a free group for caregivers of someone who has Fronto-Temporal Dementia, Pick’s Disease, Primary Progressive Aphasia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, or Corticobasal Syndrome. A caregiver support group is a safe place to learn, offer and receive helpful tips, and meet others coping with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. Before attending, please call the facilitator to confirm the group is meeting at its usual date and time, and to check for specific directions to the meeting location. Group Facilitators: Ashley Blattel, 636-262-0163.

Lindy Noel, lnoel@alz.org, Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter, 800-272-3900, www.alz.org/stl


In Search Of...

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS

BJC Hospice
A small gift of your time can make a big impression on someone’s heart. BJC Hospice is always in need of adults and teens to donate their time and volunteer. Apply online or call: St. Louis area call 314-872-5050, Farmington, Missouri call 573-760-8550, Sullivan, Missouri call 573-468-3630, Alton, Illinois call 618-463-7100.   Hospice patients can be adults or children, and volunteers provide valuable support to patients and their families. Volunteers can help in numerous ways by supporting patients and families so they can continue to live life to the fullest or helping within the office to support the staff. The amount of time you volunteer is your choice, and you are guided each step of the way with on-going training and support from our volunteer coordinator. 

Cara Lotspeich, cms0310@bjc.org, BJC Hospice, 314-872-5050, www.bjchospice.org

 

MONEY MANAGEMENT VOLUNTEERS

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

 

PATIENT VOLUNTEER

Preferred Hospice
Preferred Hospice is seeking caring individuals to serve as direct patient volunteers. We invite you to make a difference in the community. You decide how often and in what capacity you want to volunteer. Training is provided, and mileage reimbursement is also available. Volunteer activities may include: friendly visits to patients and families, provide grief support & participate in activities and/or crafts with patients and families. We hope you will consider helping us provide the support our patients and families deserve. To start your volunteer career please contact Tracy Sweazey at 636-527-9330 or email 
tsweazey.stl@preferredhospice.com.

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

 

VARIOUS VOLUNTEERS

Lutheran Senior Services
Have a love for seniors? Are you a senior yourself that wants to stay active by serving? Lutheran Senior Services is looking for volunteers to serve in a variety of roles. From helping with a weekly art class, being a guest speaker, calling bingo, or helping customers at our resale shop, LSS needs you. Just a couple of hours a month can really make a difference in your community. Contact Kristy Bull, Director of Volunteers and Community Engagement, at 
Kristy.Bull@LSSLiving.org or 314-262-8206 for more information or visit our website at www.LSSLiving.org/volunteering.

Kristy Bull, Kristy.Bull@LSSLiving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-262-8206, www.LSSLiving.org


LONGEVITY

Cognitive Improvement

What Works to Protect Cognition

     As many as 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the National Institutes of Health. The disorder is now the seventh-leading cause of death across all ages in the United States and the fifth-leading cause of death in Americans age 65 and older. Meanwhile, the prevalence of mild cognitive impairment — problems with memory, language or other mental functions that do not yet interfere with daily living — is thought to be even higher.

“Cognitive decline in late adulthood is becoming the No. 1 public health problem we face as a country, particularly as the baby boomers age,” says psychologist Denise C. Park, PhD, director of the Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas at Dallas.

     With their expertise in neuroscience, learning and memory, psychologists have an important role to play in sustaining — and perhaps even improving — brain function among older adults, say experts in the field.

     “We bridge quite a broad range as a discipline, and all of the specialties within psychology have a critical piece of the puzzle in trying to understand how best to intervene to help older adults,” says Neil Charness, PhD, a member of the APA Committee on Aging and a principal investigator of the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE), a National Institute on Aging-sponsored program with the University of Miami, Georgia Institute of Technology and Florida State University.

     Over the past 20 years, psychologists have identified several modifiable lifestyle interventions to prevent dementia. Those that show the most promise in keeping the mind sharp include physical exercise, mental stimulation, stress reduction and real-life skills training, says clinical neuropsychologist Paul David Nussbaum, PhD, professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Nussbaum points to several suggestive studies examining these lifestyle effects on the brain:

     Exercise: A study in the January Archives of Neurology (Vol. 67, No. 1), led by Laura Baker, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist at the University of Washington, found that older adults with mild cognitive impairment showed significant improvements on tests of executive function after six months of four-day-a-week aerobic exercise.

     Stress reduction: In a 2007 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Vol. 104, No. 25), researchers led by neurologist David Holtzman, MD, at Washington University in St. Louis reported that short-term stress leads to an increase in the amount of beta-amyloid protein — a key component in the development of Alzheimer’s — in the brains of mice.

     Mental stimulation: A 2006 meta-analysis conducted by a group of Spanish scientists and published in Neuroepidemiology (Vol. 26, No. 4), links fewer years of education to a greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease. “It seems that the more complex and novel the environment, the more likely the benefit to the brain,” Nussbaum says.

     Yet some researchers say there’s still a lack of controlled research offering clear cause-and-effect conclusions that these interventions improve brain function. In April, the National Institutes of Health convened a “State-of-the-Science Conference: Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline,” in which an independent panel of experts concluded that there is not enough evidence to support that any particular modifiable factor reduces the risk of dementia.

     “These and many other lines of research may show promise, but at the moment, we can’t say with any confidence that they work to reduce Alzheimer’s or prevent cognitive decline,” says panel member Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacobs, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh.

The panel’s assessment revealed that progress in understanding factors that may delay or prevent the onset of dementia is limited by inconsistent definitions of what constitutes Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. To address this, Dunbar-Jacobs says, the research community and clinicians must collaborate to develop, test and uniformly adopt objective measures of baseline cognitive function and changes over time. The panel is also advocating long-term, longitudinal studies that would better characterize the natural history and progression of these diseases. The panel recommends the creation of a large, multicenter registry for Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, modeled on existing registries for cancer.

     Dunbar-Jacobs points out, however, that while no lifestyle changes have yet been proven to fend off cognitive decline, that does not necessarily mean efforts to keep the brain healthy don’t work. “There’s just not sufficient high-quality research to make recommendations to the public,” she says.

     How might a healthy lifestyle work to protect brain health? A 2009 neuroimaging study led by Park, at the Center for Vital Longevity, offers some clues: As we age, when we are given a demanding task, there is increased activity in our brains’ frontal regions, which requires our brains to develop new neural circuits, or “scaffolds,” as Park calls them. This scaffolding may also protect our cognitive function and may be strengthened by cognitive and social engagement and physical exercise (Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 60).

To test this scaffolding theory and perhaps shed light on how to enhance brain health and longevity, Park and colleagues are looking at whether acquiring new, real-life skills can preserve cognitive function among older adults. In her Synapse Study, funded by the National Institute on Aging, researchers are randomly assigning participants to one of several activity groups in which they learn, for example, digital photography or how to quilt. Two years ago, the team also received a grant to incorporate an exercise component into each group.

     Participants spend a minimum of 16 hours a week for three months working in groups on their assigned projects, and they must undergo fMRI scans and written tests to measure their brain function before and after the 12-week sessions, and again one year after the intervention ends, Park says.

     “What’s different about Synapse is that rather than just engaging in training, it really teaches people how to learn new things, so that even after they leave the Synapse setting, they can continue to develop new skills,” she says.

     To date, more than 250 older adults have participated. Although the study results are not yet published, a pilot study Park conducted while at the University of Illinois showed that a similar program significantly increased older adults’ working memories.

     Research by geropsychologist Leon Hyer, PhD, of the Georgia Neurosurgical Institute is also using Park’s scaffolding theory to develop interventions for older adults with age-associated memory impairment or mild cognitive impairment. In an ongoing study with 60 older adults, Hyer is training participants and their caregivers on how to use memory acronyms, mnemonics and association techniques to improve working memory and attention. Participants also commit to an exercise program, follow a heart-healthy diet, and receive training in meditation and relaxation to help with stress management.

     Initial results point to the program’s success: When participants begin the program, most can recall two or three words after they’re shown a list of 15. After the course’s six weekly sessions are complete, Hyer says, most can recall all 15.

     While encouraged by this pilot intervention, like many others who are somewhat skeptical of current interventions to fend off cognitive decline, Hyer admits the program merits more expansive study, interpretation and application before being pronounced a durable strategy for promoting brain health.

     “Science is arrogant as it assumes that nature is predictable, has a rhyme and reason, and that we can discover it,” he says. “The brain is resisting this. There will be fits and starts for many years until we have a good theory of the aging brain and we can validate it.”

 

By Amy Novotney


Nutrition

8 Incredible Foods to Eat to Enhance Your Longevity

     We all know we can’t live forever. Not to be morbid or anything, but that’s just kind of how things work. However, what we all can do is be sure to take care of the bodies we’ve been so gracefully given by nourishing them the best ways possible, which will naturally extend our chances of a longer life. Though genetics can predispose us to many forms of disease, we should also give ourselves a little more credit when it comes to controlling our health. Dietary choices are among the most influential factors that change how we age, how long we live, and the quality of our life throughout the years. One of the best choices we can make is to work more plant-based foods into our meals however we can.

 

Why Plants Help Extend Longevity

     A plant-based diet is one of the most well-studied diets in terms of extending longevity and reducing the risk of disease. Though people of all walks of life have different health needs and not one food can completely cure any form of disease, overall, plant-based eating is the way to go for the long-haul. Some of the most aging foods a person can eat are highly acidic foods (sugar, alcohol, refined grains), processed foods, and red meat. These foods have been linked to heart disease, obesity, diabetes and/or inflammation, among a host of other illnesses that only dampen our quality of life.

     As you attempt to eat healthier to extend (and improve) your life, remember to focus on some of the most important foods and add them to your day however you can. This will help prevent you from thinking about what you aren’t eating, instead of what you can eat. Here are eight terrific foods to start with:

 

1. Leafy Greens and Green Vegetables

     Green foods are a foundation food, if you will, the cornerstone of any healthy living plan. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and are nature’s most alkaline-foods that we have available to us year round. Collards, kale, Swiss chard, broccoli, arugula, herbs, and spinach are some of the best to choose since they’re rich in calcium, protein, iron, chlorophyll and magnesium, along with B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamins A and E. They’re also some of the best anti-cancer foods you can eat, have been shown to prevent disease and even reverse some major health issues.

 

2. Berries and Pomegranates

     Berries and pomegranates are incredible anti-aging foods. They help keep the brain healthy by boosting mental health, protect the heart, prevent cellular deterioration that can lead to Alzheimer’s, and best of all, they’re low-glycemic so they will help keep you focused and ensure your insulin levels are balanced. Berries are also packed with fiber, which regulates your digestion, keeps your cholesterol in check, and they promote a healthy weight needed for optimal longevity. The dark hues in berries indicate their high antioxidant content, which ward off free radicals that cause aging and prevent the growth of new cells you need to stay healthy. Along with berries, pomegranates are also packed with antioxidants that promote a healthy heart and good circulation. They’re also an excellent anti-cancer food, and contain brain-boosting nutrients that can prevent memory loss and brain deterioration.

 

3. Cacao

     Cacao (raw chocolate) is not just any old superfood; it’s in fact one of the best foods to promote a healthy heart and brain for life. Cacao is rich in properties that lower your blood pressure, blood sugar, and its healthy fats are actually good for your body, unlike animal-based saturated fats. If you’re watching your fat intake, opt for raw cacao powder or even organic cocoa powder. Both cocoa (heated chocolate) and raw cacao are excellent heart-healthy foods that improve circulation, hormones, and even your digestion thanks to their benefits on boosting good gut-bacteria - another key health concern to focus on for longevity.

 

4. Orange Root Vegetables

     Sweet potatoes, winter squash, pumpkin, and carrots are rich in beta-carotene (the plant-based form of vitamin A) that your body needs for optimal immunity. Orange vegetables are also some of the best anti-cancer and heart-healthy foods you can eat, along with a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates that are metabolized slower in the body than most grains and refined carbs. This benefits your insulin levels and reduces inflammation that leads to life-threatening forms of disease such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Orange vegetables are also incredible anti-aging foods since they promote good skin health due to their high antioxidant content. Aim to eat at least one of these foods per day in some form or another.

 

5. Avocados

     Said to be “the new apple,“ avocados are now adored not just for their taste, but also for their incredible heart health benefits. They’re one of the most nutrient-dense foods, containing vitamin E, protein, magnesium, B vitamins, little to no carbohydrates, and are a great source of anti-inflammatory fats that reduce aging in the body. Avocados are also a water-packed source of fat, which means they’re very easy to digest and absorb, which makes them easier on your body than processed or some animal-based fats. Be sure to consume them ripe, which is when their nutrients have fully developed and they’re best tolerated. Try using them to replace some of your favorite dairy dishes; they’re a great way to conquer cravings and are a fantastic multi-purpose food to use in the kitchen.

 

6. Coconut

     This healthy source of fat, fiber and protein is one that we all need to be enjoying however we can. Not just another source of calories, coconut is one powerful food for your immune system and brain, which both need to be cared for in order to prolong lifespan. Coconut helps the body produce adequate levels of cholesterol needed for the production of certain hormones that promote a youthful body, even though it’s free of added dietary cholesterol. This makes coconut and other plant-based fats a great option to consume in place of added dietary cholesterol from animal-based foods. Coconut is also anti-inflammatory, promotes healthy insulin levels, and is richer in fiber than any grain out there per serving. It’s also a terrific food to boost your gut bacteria, which keeps harmful microbes away that can lead to sickness and disease. Choose raw and organic forms of coconut however possible, and check out these other benefits coconut has to offer for more inspiration!

 

7. Walnuts (and other Nuts and Seeds)

     Nuts and seeds are some of the best foods to add to your longevity diet plan because they reduce inflammation in all parts of the body, especially the heart and blood. Walnuts are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which improve brain health, heart health, and even your weight. Hemp seeds, flax, chia, and pumpkin seeds are other great sources of omega-3 fats. Almonds and cashews are also wonderful sources of magnesium and iron that promote a healthy metabolism and ward off fatigue and high insulin levels. Though high in fat, nuts and seeds can actually help regulate your metabolism, prevent cravings for unhealthy foods and are a good source of dietary fiber you need to stay healthy for life. Consume 1-3 ounces per day either in whole form or in the form of nut and seed butters.

 

8. Apples

     Last, but certainly not least, apples are most definitely a food to add to your longevity plan. Whether they’ll keep the doctor away is hard to say for sure, but considering they’re one of the top anti-cancer and heart-healthy foods out there, we have no excuse not to give these incredible fruits a chance. Green apples are lower in sugar than red apples, boost gut health, and have also been shown to prevent cancer, though red apples are higher in some antioxidants. This means you should eat a variety of all types of apples to get the full benefits. This is easy to do since different varieties are available all year round. Whether you go for a Granny Smith, an Opal apple, or just a simple Fuji or Golden Delicious, apples make a great everyday superfood to add to your grocery list.

Other great choices to extend your longevity include beans and legumes (if you tolerate them), mushrooms, cabbage, olives, and cauliflower. You should also aim to get in some heart-healthy exercise daily, even if that’s just a brisk 30 minute walk, some mild yoga, or walking around the park on your lunch break. Adequate sleep levels and stress management will also reduce inflammatory markers that promote aging and shorten our lifespan.

     When it comes to your food choices and meals, be sure you explore all our recipes for plenty of ideas. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you when you find yourself needing more candles on the birthday cake with every healthy, passing year!

 

From OneGreenPlanet.org


Exercise

Even Just A Little Bit of Physical Activity Helps People Live Longer

     Staying active, even only slightly, confers major longevity benefits, researchers say.

During many years of follow-up, people who did less than the minimum recommended amount of physical activity still had a considerable decrease in risk of death compared to people who did no activity at all, in a new analysis of six studies.

     “Our findings support the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which recommend a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week for “substantial” health benefit, and suggest “additional” benefit with more than double the exercise minimum,” said lead author Hannah Arem of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

     Researchers pooled data on more than 660,000 men and women in the U.S. and Europe from previous studies. Half the studies had tracked participants for more than 14 years. Overall, 116,686 deaths were recorded.

     Based on self-reports of physical activity, people who did less than the recommended minimum of activity were still 20 percent less likely to die during the studies than people who were not active at all.

     Mortality risk was 31 percent lower for people who did one to two times the recommended minimum, and 37 percent lower for those who did two to three times the recommended minimum activity.

     Mortality risk seemed to level off at three to five times the recommended minimum amount of exercise, which is equivalent to a weekly minimum of walking 7 hours or running 2 hours 15 minutes, Arem told Reuters Health by email.

     But there was no evidence that doing even 10 times the minimum recommended amount would do any harm, the authors write in JAMA Internal Medicine. The results were similar whether the research team analyzed deaths from any cause, or deaths specifically from cardiovascular disease or cancer.

     “While we adjusted for known mortality risk factors like body mass index and smoking, we were not able to adjust for diet in this study as we did not have information available in all cohorts,” she said. “However, in previous analyzes in these cohorts where information on diet was available, the associations between physical activity and mortality persisted even after they were adjusted for diet.”

     The new results largely reinforce existing guidelines, which already state that some activity is better than no activity, according to Todd M. Manini of the University of Florida in Gainesville.

     Manini wrote an editorial accompanying the new findings.

“Getting just a little bit above doing nothing, there was a 20 percent reduction in mortality,” he told Reuters Health by phone. “That was the biggest shift going from one category to another.”

     Just one hour of brisk walking or 30 minutes of jogging or biking per week is enough to move into that first category and out of the “inactive” group, he noted. Doing more than the recommended amount didn’t seem to decrease mortality risk much further, but may have many other health benefits beyond just decreasing the risk of death, Manini said.

     Volume of activity, rather than intensity, drove longevity benefit in the new findings, Arem said.

     A study of middle-aged and older Australians published in the same issue of JAMA Internal Medicine found that vigorous activity was more strongly linked to a decreased risk of death than moderate intensity activity.

     “Future research is needed to determine whether associations between physical activity and mortality differ by specific activities,” Arem said.

 

By Kathryn Doyle / Reuters Health


Social Engagement

A Healthy Social Life in Your 20s May Be a Key to Longevity

     How busy your social life is at age 20 — and how solid the relationships are that you make when you’re 30 — are factors in your well-being later in life, according to research from the University of Rochester.

     People with poor social connections are at an increased risk for early death, said Cheryl Carmichael, who conducted the research. “Having few social connections is equivalent to tobacco use, and it’s higher than for those who drink excessive amounts of alcohol, or who suffer from obesity,” she noted in a press release.

     The new 30-year study shows that frequent social interactions in our 20s help us build a tool set to be drawn on later; they help us to figure out who we are, the researchers said. “It’s often around this age that we meet people from diverse backgrounds, with opinions and values that are different from our own, and we learn how to best manage those differences,” said Carmichael in a press release.

     By the time you hit 30, having a high number of social interactions has no psychosocial benefits later on. But, 30-year-olds who reported having quality relationships — defined as intimate and satisfying — also reported high levels of well-being at midlife.

       The study also found that socially active 20-year-olds didn’t always find quality relationships at age 30, when quality social engagement appears to start having the greatest impact later in life. In other words, you might need to part with those partying ways by the time you are 30.

     For the study, Carmichael contacted individuals who, as 20-year old college students in the 1970s, and again ten years later, participated in the Rochester-Interaction Record (RIR) study. Of the 222 original participants, Carmichael was able to follow up with 133, according to the release.

     Strong friendships have been well-documented as a contributor to a happier life. Interacting with more people—even casual acquaintances—gives people a sense of belonging and makes them feel happier, a 2014 study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found.

     Of course, not all friends may be good for your health. People who notice a friend packing some extra pounds might want to steer clear: A study found that when one person reaches “obese” on the scale, the odds that their friends will do the same increase by more than 50 percent. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that obesity is “socially contagious,” as it can spread among individuals in close social circles. The likely explanation: A person’s idea of what is an appropriate body size is affected by the size of his or her friends.

     And here we thought peer pressure ended in high school.

 

By Ann Brenoff / The Huffington Post

Spirituality / Religion

Research Shows Religion Plays a Major Role in Health, Longevity

     Research conducted partly at the University of Colorado at Boulder has found that regular churchgoers live longer than people who seldom or never attend worship services.

     For the first time, that extra lifespan has been quantified. While there are differences between genders and races, in general those who go to church once or more each week can look forward to about seven more years than those who never attend.

Life expectancy beyond age 20 averages another 55.3 years, to age 75, for those who never attend church compared to another 62.9 years, age 83, for those who go more than once a week.

     The research showed that people who never attended services had an 87 percent higher risk of dying during the follow-up period than those who attended more than once a week.

     The research also revealed that women and blacks can enjoy especially longer lives if they are religiously active.

The findings are contained in a study conducted jointly by Rick Rogers, of CU-Boulder, Robert Hummer and Christopher Ellison, of the University of Texas at Austin, and Charles Nam, from Florida State University.

     Rogers is a professor of sociology and a professional research associate with the population program at the university's Institute of Behavioral Science. The study drew on a 1987 National Health Interview Survey of more than 28,000 people and focused on more than 2,000 who died between 1987 and 1995.

     Rogers said previous studies had examined and established links between religion, health outcomes and lower risks of mortality but this research broke new ground by testing those relationships against a number of variables.

The research team factored in such elements as education and income, social ties (including marital status and having friends and relatives to count on), and health status and behavior, including such things as smoking and alcohol use.

     For example, educated and better off people, who have lower mortality, were more likely to attend church, while churchgoers generally were less likely to engage in such high risk health behaviors as smoking and excessive drinking.

Frequent churchgoers were also more likely to take part in social activities and enjoy a good supporting network of family and friends, which could help them avoid, or at least cope better with, times of stress or personal difficulty.

     However, even after taking into account all these external factors and controlling the independent variables, the researchers found a "strong association" still persisted between infrequent or no religious attendance and higher mortality risk.

Researchers also found distinct and related patterns when looking at causes of death. For example, those who never attend services are about twice as likely to die from respiratory disease, diabetes or infectious diseases.

     Rogers said this research established the importance of religious involvement as a fundamental cause of mortality. It also opened the door to further research perhaps examining religious attendance by denomination and looking at the less tangible spiritual issues.

 

From University of Colorado at Boulder


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2/17/2017 11:39:34 PM Big News Network
A group of Russian and Swedish scientists have just published a breakthrough paper, explaining how they successfully slowed down the aging process in a group of mice. The major goal of the s View More...


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