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   JANUARY 1, 2018                                     The Write Words 


     Many individuals’ lives have been changed because of advice that turned them around, and Marlo Thomas is happy to proclaim she’s one of those people.

     She loved growing up as the daughter of Danny Thomas. She loved it, that is, until she was 17 and was acting professionally herself, and critics began to compare Marlo to her father. That’s when her dad gave her some advice in an unusual way — advice that changed her whole perception of life and, decades later, led to her book, The Right Words at the Right Time.

     “When that book came out I got a letter from a man whose daughter was about to turn 16, and she was a great fan of my Free to Be [books]. He asked me if I would send his daughter, for her 16th birthday, a story from my life that might guide and advise her,” Marlo declared in an interview with the St. Louis Times. “When you get letters from people you don’t know, you learn how to read between the lines. In this case, I could tell that this poor man was having a hell of a time with his daughter and was desperately looking for some guidance from somebody. So I sent her a story from my life of when I was around 17 years old and was struggling as an actress.

     “I [had gotten] a big break with the lead role in Gigi in a summer stock production, and I was just devastated because all the reviews and all the interviews compared me to my famous father. I was used to people referring to me as Danny Thomas’ daughter — I mean, that goes without saying — but this was scarier because they were comparing me to him. They were saying things in the reviews like: ‘Will she be as good as Danny Thomas?’ ‘Will she last as long?’ ‘Is she as funny?’ So, I went to my father, whom I adored, and said, ‘Daddy, I love you, and I never thought I’d say this, but I don’t want to be a Thomas anymore.’ And my father said to me: ‘I raised you to be a thoroughbred, and thoroughbreds run their own races. They don’t look at any of the other horses. They just wear their blinders and they run, and that’s what you have to do. You just run your own race.’ A couple of nights later at the theater, this big white box arrived, and I opened it up, and inside it was a pair of old horse blinders with this little note that said: ‘Run your own race, Baby.’ And that became a real touchstone for me in my life. Whenever I’m at a crossroads, and I don’t know what to do...I always ask myself: ‘Is this my race I’m running or somebody else’s race?’”

     And it was out of sharing this story from her own life that The Right Words came about, she says. “I was jogging in the park one day after I’d [sent the story] to that girl for her 16th birthday, and I thought to myself: ‘I bet a lot of people have a story like that. I bet a lot of people had somebody who said just the right words at the right time.’ Because if my father had said, ‘Oh, don’t pay any attention to those people who are foolish,’ it wouldn’t have stuck with me. [But what he did] gave me a visual image of myself as this thoroughbred running down the track with my blinders on, and I’ve always thought about that. So, I started asking people that I knew, and everybody said, sure, they had something like that. Then I started asking some famous people, and I thought this would make a great book, and I could give the money to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which my father founded and to which my family and I devote our lives.

     “This book came from that. All these wonderful people — like Muhammad Ali, Diane Sawyer, Jack Nicholson, Shaq O’Neal, Bill Cosby, and dozens of great people — contributed their stories. After the book came out, a lot of people wrote to me and not only told me how much they liked the book, but wrote me their own ‘right words.’ They’d say, ‘I have some right words that happened to me, too.’ So, when the publishing company asked me to do a second book, I said, ‘Why don’t we do a book not about famous people this time, but about everyday people? So, in the back of this new paperback are the guidelines for the entry, or they can just write to me online at, and we’re going to chose 100 of them” for the next book.

     As the daughter of a famous motion picture and television celebrity and after decades as an entertainer herself, the 80-year-old Marlo has countless show business memories, but her pick of them all, she says, involves her father when she was still a small child.

     This four-time Emmy award winner has a good sense of recall. “My favorite memory is my earliest one. I used to go to work with my dad when I was around seven years old, and it was so much fun to ride with him in the car where I would cue him on his lines. One summer he made a movie with Margaret O’Brien, who was a couple of years older than me, but she was a big movie star, and she was a little girl! My father played her guardian or something like that in a movie. I would cue him on his lines, and he would tell me that I did it even better than she did. It was just so much fun and so collaborative and so encouraging. I would go to the studio with him...and I would fantasize that I was playing the little girl in the movie. It was great! It was like ‘Take Your Daughter to Work Day.’ He included me in this wonderful, magical world. And I remember going to the commissary and sitting next to people who were dressed like pirates and cowboys. It was just very, very exciting for a little girl.

     “My father was just a great father. He was a very good person, and he listened to his children. Some friends of mine aren’t as centered or as confident in their lives as my sister and brother and I are. As I get to know them more, they tell me stories of their childhoods, and they didn’t have parents who...really paid attention to the struggles they were going through. If your parents include you, then you become involved, and my father always included me in his work, so naturally [I] became interested [in show business].”

     Even though it has now been decades, Marlo is still widely known to many as That Girl, from her hit TV show of the same title, a role she originated when she was still in her twenties. The show ran for five years, from 1966 through 1971, but “we decided to stop. It was enough. We thought we’d done all the stories we could possibly do.

     “Right after that, I did my Free to Be... books [for young readers] and the records. I’d had enough of television. I’d been working 18-hour days for five years, and I just thought: ‘Oh, I can’t do that for a while.’ So, I started to think about wanting to change the world, and I did the children’s books.”

     However, over the years, Marlo Thomas has returned to her acting career many times. Like her father, she’s widely known for her comedy, but that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in this talented performer’s arsenal. “I love doing comedy, but for the past few years I’ve done a lot of dramas. I did a play called The Exonerated. It’s about these people who were on Death Row and were innocent — some of them spent 15 to 20 years there, then were found to be innocent. That was a very, very emotional piece. And I did another play called The Guys, which is about firemen and the tragedy at the Twin Towers.”

     “I think from going to work with my father when I was a little girl, I always wanted to be an actress. I was in school plays, and I won a Best Actress award at school. But I graduated from the University of Southern California as an English teacher. My father came from a very poor, Lebanese immigrant family in Toledo, Ohio, and he didn’t go to college — he didn’t even finish high school — so he really insisted that his children, all three of us, go to college and finish and come out with a degree in something that meant you were capable and marketable. And I really believe my studying to be a teacher had a lot to do with me writing Free to Be...You and Me.

     In an era when many celebrity marriages don’t last very long, Marlo has been married for 38 years to former talk show host Phil Donahue. So, what’s her secret to a healthy relationship for two successful, busy people? “Who knows? Marriage is a magical land. It’s a little bit chemistry. It’s a little bit hard work. It’s a little bit good luck. It’s about kindness and courtesy — courtesy is a big thing that makes you feel good and makes you feel special. It’s about romance and about liking each other and being attracted to each other and having respect for each other’s feelings. I try never, ever, ever to say anything to my husband that I will regret, anything that would be personally hurtful to him. Because if you really care about people, you don’t say things to them that will hurt their feelings. You can say, ‘I don’t like what you did’ or ‘stop doing that’ or ‘I’m mad at you’ — but you can’t say things that you will regret later, things that really cut to the bone. I know that friends of mine who have bad marriages or who wind up getting divorced just don’t have any boundaries — they just go crazy at each other. I just don’t think you can do that; it’s too destructive.”

     “The most important thing in my life other than my family and my work is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” she continues. “It’s the leading research center in the country and probably the world for children with catastrophic diseases. The building is in Memphis, Tennessee, but it serves the world. My father wanted it put in the South because he read of a young black boy who was hit by a car in Mississippi, and no hospital would take him, and he died. So, my father said, ‘When I build my hospital, it’s going to be in the South.’

     “Children come [to St. Jude] from everywhere. You must be referred by a doctor to be a patient at St. Jude, and doctors send us their toughest cases. Many of the children who come there come with a death sentence from another hospital. They come to us and say they have maybe four months to live, and we go about our business of saving them. We are a research hospital; we have a million square feet of laboratories. We have scientists who work all day long, all week long — twenty-four/seven. I’m really proud of the work we do.”

 Reprinted from the St. Louis Times





Pyramid Home Health Services

Now hiring. Join our elite team of healthcare professionals as a Certified Nursing Assistant or a Personal and Home Care Aide. We beat other provider's hourly pay rates. Receive up to 80 hours of paid time off or choose to take it as additional pay. Full-time employees of Pyramid also receive 6-paid holidays annually and medical insurance for $30 per month. Starting your career with us is easy!  

1-800-699-1746 An equal opportunity employer. EOE/AA

Michael Malone,, Pyramid Home Health Services,




Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is seeking to hire a Facilities Maintenance Manager for the properties owned and managed by the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. Provides functional, comfortable, safe facilities through efficient operation and use of equipment, appliances and supplies. Ensures facility equipment, journals and records are maintained to the highest quality at the Campus Complex. Serves as a supervisor and resource to the on-site maintenance and custodial staff.

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services,




Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is looking to hire a dependable, honest, hardworking Social Worker BSW to work in its Mary Queen & Mother Center Skilled Nursing Facility located at 7601 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119. E-mail a resume to, or complete an application on our website; or send us a fax 314-961-1934.

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services,



Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is looking to hire a dependable, hardworking Nursing Director for Mary Queen & Mother Center Skilled Nursing Facility located at 7601 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119. Competitive salary and benefits. Nice place to work. Complete an application on our website; or e-mail your resume to, or send us a fax 314-961-1934

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services,




Lutheran Senior Services

Free Health Screening with a Faith Community Nurse! Insurance information is not needed. Measure your blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels, and pulse. This free service is offered at Lutheran Senior Services – The Village at Mackenzie Place. 8520 Mackenzie Road - Affton, MO 63123 Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call

314-884-7909 for times and more information.

Selma Vereget,, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-884-7910,



Mobile Manicurist Today

We offer an intimate experience with indigenous treatments made on our premises from ingredients such as herbs, fruits, and botanical. You can create your own spa products as well using oils, herbs, mud, and masques mixed on site to suit your pampering needs. We also offer a variety of services including custom made manicures and pedicures. Please call or visit our website for more information​. 314-332-4410

Pamela Adams,, Mobile Manicurist Today,

314- 332-4410,



Deer Valley Home Health

Deer Valley Home Health has a new office in St. Charles to meet all of your Home Health needs. We offer Consumer Directed Service, Personal Care, Healthy Child and Youth, Veterans Aid and Attendance, and Dept. of Mental Health Services. Deer Valley Home Health is currently accepting applications for RN's, CNA's, and Home Health Assistants.

Kimberly Jones-Brenson,, Deer Valley Home Health Services, 636-493-6488,



Anodyne Podiatry

Anodyne Podiatry is prepared to provide specialized foot care in your home.  Our clinicians are health professionals, providing preventative care to improve comfort and mobility.  A medically trained clinician provides care assistance, assessments in areas of concern, and with your physician develops an individualized treatment plan.  Anodyne Podiatry home foot care provides in-home nail care, preventative care, and follow-up care of the feet.

Megan Hollandsworth, Anodyne Podiatry,




Montessori Moments in Time Program

Memory Care, what does this mean? We think it means; to enrich the lives of our community, residents, families and employees through extraordinary experiences. The Montessori Moments in Time Program is designed to capture our residents' special moments at any given time, validate them, and help them live fully in those moments. This is accomplished through the following five directional paths: Life Engagement, Dining Experience, Team Promise, Family Connections and Health & Wellness. We have based our program on Naomi Feil's Validation Theory: People who are in the late stages of life might have unresolved issues that drive behaviors and emotions. Reciprocated communication of respect which communicates that others' opinions are acknowledged, respected and heard and that they are being treated with genuine respect as legitimate expression of their feelings rather than marginalized or dismissed. This is our Memory Care.

Stephanie Renz,, Assisted Living at the Meadowlands,




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,  Lutheran Senior Services, 314-367-7697,   



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,  LSS Rose Hill House I & II,




Wednesdays - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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. Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call


Melita Hodzic,  Lutheran Senior Services, 314-884-7909



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,  Lutheran Senior Services,




First Thursday of the Month

Health Resource Center

Saint Louis University’s Health Resource Center and the Geriatric Education Center (GEC) are offering a free comprehensive geriatric assessment clinic for people 65 years of age or older, on the first Thursday of every month at the Health Resource Center located at 1408 N. Kingshighway Blvd #213, St. Louis, MO, 63113. A comprehensive assessment is more extensive than a screening appointment. The appointment is approximately two hours in length and includes assessments by medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and nutrition and social work professionals. To schedule an appointment please contact the SLU Geriatrics Division Office at 314-977-8462.

Kathy Leonard,  Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, 314-977-8848,   



Stonecrest at Clayton View Partners with the APA

It's Doggone Adorable! Stonecrest at Clayton View teams with the APA to bring its residents some cuddly medicine through anecdotes and research.  It's well-known that pets can help people of all ages reduce stress, loneliness, depression, lower blood pressure and more. However, as a person ages, they often can no longer sufficiently care for a pet on a daily basis. As part of its “Vibrant Life” program, Stonecrest at Clayton View has recently teamed with the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) to find a way that animals, specifically puppies and kittens, can be a part of the extended family at Stonecrest and enrich the lives of their residents. This past February, Uber partnered with the APA and brought a few puppies for 15 minutes of cuddles to Stonecrest at Clayton View, the newly opened residential care community located in Richmond Heights, through its #UberPuppies project. This sparked an idea with the staff at Stonecrest, as some of their employees had occasionally brought their own dogs in for a day here and there, but nothing on a regular basis.  To learn more of this story, please contact us.

Annemarie Schumacher,  Stonecrest at Clayton View




Healthline In-Home and CDS

Do you are someone you know have Medicaid that would like to remain in the comfort of their home but need help with daily living activities? If you answered yes, then contact us now for a free consultation Healthline In-Home and CDS, 636-386-8323. This is an alternative to going to a nursing home and allows for you to stay in your home where your heart and love is.

Lacey Moore,   Healthline In-home and CDS, 636-386-8323



Des Peres Hospital

Orthopedic Seminars at Des Peres Hospital If hip or knee pain and chronic stiffness are keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, you owe it to yourself to learn more about your surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Board-certified surgeons, nurses and therapists who specialize in orthopedic care. Join us at an upcoming seminar with an orthopedic specialist:

Simone Valle,  Des Peres Hospital (Tenet Healthcare),




Dr. Michael Travis, Pine Lawn Dental

While practicing general dentistry for many years, Dr. Michael Travis of Pine Lawn Dental has noticed an unfortunate trend with his clientele. Many people struggle to find transportation to and from the office, and instead choose to only call for an appointment when they have an emergency dental need. Treating these emergency situations is very costly, and could easily be avoided with annual preventative care. Recognizing a great need for this care, We Care Mobile Dental was created by Dr. Travis and is currently serving over 40 independent, assisted and skilled living facilities. We accept most major dental insurances as well as Medicaid. Please contact us at 314-246-8090 to schedule an appointment, or visit our website at and let us bring our services and teledentistry technology to your facility to provide prevention education and preventative procedures to you or your loved ones.

Meghan Travis,  We Care Mobile Dental,




Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel

June 14 - 15

Trying to navigate long-term care for you or your loved one? Overwhelmed and looking for guidance? Or are you working in the long-term care community and wanting to learn more about all the changes while earning 7.00 CEUs in one day? VOYCE hosts the 7th annual Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference on June 14-15, 2018 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. Post-intensive session June 15 with location to be determined. Conference scheduled for June 14, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, 9801 Natural Bridge Road St. Louis, MO 63134. Early Bird Registration (includes continental breakfast and lunch): General Public: $25 Long Term Care Professionals: $75 - $125 Administrators and Social Workers: opportunity to earn 7.00 CEUs in one day.

Learn More:

Chelsea Nollau,, VOYCE, 314-918-8222,



Randa Handler’s Classroom PDF Books

Are you a school teacher looking for a mainstream way to talk diversity and tolerance? Free PDF files of Randa Handler's books are available for your classroom. Teachers have shared online how they've found her books helpful, through reviews and 'lesson plans'. Even though picture books, their high word count (about 2500) targets early readers. Handler is an international journalist, publicist and publisher. In 2003, her publishing efforts launched an educational series of children’s books with Miss America 2000, Claire’s Adventures, that are still being used as ‘lesson plans’ by elementary school teachers. She has released five children’s books to instill in kids an appreciation of differences. Cubbie Blue and His Dog Dot (Book One), and What’s Up with Mike? (Book Two), a fantastical series populated with multi-ethnic characters. The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter, a fun book that explains why Thanksgiving is more than Turkey Day and introduces a similar celebration in Japan; If I Were King, is a fun animal tale about a feisty zebra trying to find her turf. One of her most popular children’s books, Boy Who Spoke to God, attempts to open dialogue about different religions with early readers using a fairy tale setting and multicultural characters.

Randa Handler,, Ravencrest Publishing, 4 Diverse Books,




Schlafly’s Bottleworks

Banjos and Beer at Schlaflys Bottleworks. Two hours of free music with a dozen four-string banjo players belting out those favorite Tin Pan Alley tunes from the early 1900s. Relive those days from Shakey's Pizza Parlor and Your Father's *Mustache*. Enjoy great food, cold beer and outstanding music. Lyrics to the songs are projected so you can sing along. Call 314-842-3185 for more information or visit our website at:

Don Dempsey,, St. Louis Banjo Club, 314-842-3185,



National Council for Aging

National Council for Aging Care's guide concerning Military Veteran Benefit Options can be found at

Carolina Gerard, Outreach Intern,, National Council for Aging Care, 1530 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209



106.5 The Arch and Spencer’s Neighborhood

Monday, December 18th was a special day for patients and families at St. Louis VA hospitals.  Spencer, Cassiday and Brando of 106.5 The Arch's "Spencer’s Neighborhood" delivered more than 21,000 holiday cards - 21,135 to be exact - to the troops at the three St. Louis VA hospitals. The station hosted their second annual "10,000 Cards for the Troops" campaign, with the aim of collecting holiday cards for veterans - and the St. Louis listeners responded by more than doubling the amount requested for the campaign.

For more information about the “10,000 Cards for the Troops!” holiday initiative, please contact 106.5 The Arch Program Director Scott Roddy at 314-983-6000 or via email at

Mary Hediger,106.5 The Arch and Spencer's Neighborhood, 314-910-7895,



Mercy Outpatient Ostomy Clinic

Mercy Hyberbarics and Wound Care has started an Outpatient Ostomy Clinic at the Studt Avenue location. The clinic offers education and support services aimed at improving the quality of life for patients who have had or are going to have ostomy surgery. The goal is to help prepare patients to adapt to life with their ostomy and return to their normal activities as soon as possible. Mercy Outpatient Ostomy Clinic is staffed by certified ostomy care nurses and nurses specially trained in the care and management of an ostomy. We provide a full range of services for patients with an ostomy, as well as fistula wound management. The clinic is located at 11700 Studt Avenue, Creve Couer, MO 63141 and is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call 314-989-1181 to set up your appointment today.

Lisa Hezel,, Mercy Hyperbarics and Wound Care St. Louis,




Barnes-Jewish County Hospital Hospice House

Evelyn’s House helps ‘make every moment count’ at end of life. New BJC hospice house in Creve Coeur offers compassionate care for adults, teens, children and families.  Evelyn’s House, the new BJC hospice house, located on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur, MO, is open and accepting patients. With 16 beds, the spacious 18,000-square-foot ranch style house, offers a full array of services and support for adults, children and their families. Features include:  16 private guest suites for adults, teens and children, walkout patio from every suite, Hospice-specialized care team, family gathering spaces with overnight accommodations, dedicated music and expressive therapy rooms, family kitchen and café, meditation room and gardens, kids and teen activity room, with a salon and spa. For more information call 314-996-8100 or visit 

Cara Lotspeich,, BJC Hospice, 314-273-0759,



Promise Home Works

Promise Home Works, a veteran-owned and VA Certified Contractor, has achieved accreditation status by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and was awarded the contract as the official installer for VA ramps in the St. Louis and surrounding area.

Lynn Potts,,  Promise Home Works, 314-494-4940,



YMCA Trout Lodge

Trout Lodge is located only 90 minutes south of St. Louis, YMCA Trout Lodge is a country-style resort and conference center located on 5200 acres with a 360-acre lake. Trout Lodge has many fun & educational adults-only programs for those who like to travel and meet other lifelong learners, with something for every activity level. Whether in a group, as a couple or yourself, you will have an amazing time exploring new adventures and making new friends. Recent programs include a trip to Elephant Rocks State park, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, zip line and much more. There will also be plenty of time to kick back and relax along the banks of the lake. Rates include lodging, meals and all scheduled activities. To receive a complete list of 2017 activities, go to, click on "Stay", click on "Adult Programs" and click on the 2017 Adult Program Guide. Or you can simply call 888-fun-ymca and ask for a booklet be mailed to you. Happy exploring.

Dillon Charleville,, YMCA Trout Lodge, 314-241-9622,



February 21 – 5:30 p.m.

Save the date.  St. Louis Press Club's 2018 Media Persons of the Year Gala on February 21, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Reception follows at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Program hosted at  Edward Jones Corp. North Campus, 130 Edward Jones Blvd., Maryland Heights, MO 63043.  (Lifetime Achievement, Jim Lehrer, Media Persons of the Year with television personalities Frank Cusumano and Betsey Bruce, print journalist Eric Mink, and KSHE radio personality posthumously John Auble.)  Reservations can be made at or by calling 314-449-8029.

Laura Schnarr,, St. Louis Press Club, 314-449-8029,




Teresa Brosch, CNA and Rose Grey, LPN have received the 2017 Caregiver of the Year Award from VOYCE in honor of their strong commitment and compassion for person-centered care. They are both employees at Meramec Bluffs, a life plan community in Ballwin operated by Lutheran Senior Services, and were selected from hundreds of nominees from long-term care communities as well as home care providers, hospice agencies and adult day programs in a 21-county service area. VOYCE (formerly the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program) honored the pair for their outstanding job caring for and respecting the rights of those receiving long term care. “Teresa and Rose stand up for each and every resident and greet them all with a smile,” said Maryann Eissler, Care Center Administrator at Meramec Bluffs. “They touch souls of our residents with their caring and compassion, in doing so, caress the hearts of families with their empathy. They both give the best care possible to our residents, and we are all very proud of them for receiving this honor.” “It is inspiring to honor these people who give of themselves and make a difference in the lives of those they care for in long-term care,” said Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, Executive Director of VOYCE.

Craig Workman,, Lutheran Senior Services,




February 2018

In February 2018 Jeff Ponte will be featured in SBM - Small Business Monthly, as one of the area’s Best in Business. Jeff Ponte will be featured as one of St. Louis area Wealth Managers helping businesses and their employees with financial planning. Jeff has been nominated by SBM readers for being the best advisors for business owners in St. Louis MO.

Jeff Ponte,, Edward Jones, 314-469-1696,   



Bethesda Hospice Care

Caregiver Support Groups: Bethesda Hospice Care offers information and support to friends and family members who are caring for loved ones. Each group meeting begins with an educational presentation, after which caregivers can share their experiences and receive support and resources in a safe and confidential environment. All groups are open to the community and free of charge. 2018 Topics Coming up... January: Self-Care While Caring for Others, February: Communicating Effectively with Loved Ones with Dementia, March: Benefits of Hospice Care & the “We Honor Veterans” Program. Each Topic is Offered Monthly at the Following Locations: Bethesda Meadow—322 Old State Rd., 63021 / 6:30 p.m., third Tuesday of the month; Bethesda Southgate—5943 Telegraph Rd., 63129/ 1:30 p.m., first Wednesday of the month; Bethesda Dilworth—9645 Big Bend Blvd., 63122 / 3:00 p.m., second Thursday of month; Village North—11160 Village North Dr., 63136/ 10:00 a.m. first Wednesday of month. For more information contact Leslie at 314-373-7025.

Leslie Schaeffer,, Bethesda Hospice Care,




Grace Chapel Ministries

Help restore respect for life by making a tax deductible donation of $10 for a shirt that has a slogan " I'm Alive. Let Me Survive " These T-shirts will be distributed to seniors, children, and adults who live in " high crime " areas We believe that " As a man thinks, is the way he acts". We must change attitudes. More policemen, more laws, more jails, stronger sentences won't do it. Minds have to change. The more people are seen wearing this T-shirt, the more the slogan will become a mindset. Contact Grace Chapel Ministries at 314-995-5013.

larry brown,, Grace Chapel Ministries,




Contact for Upcoming Dates

A new kind of support group is being offered that brings one component to the table some of the others don’t; an expert in Dementia who will also help you troubleshoot challenges you are having with care and management of a loved one with the disease. For the complete list of days and times please email Have someone on your side every step of the way so your loved one can stay at home. Sponsored by Angela Haas BA, CSA, CDS, CDP Dementia Expert and Dementia Survivor

Angela Haas,, 314-277-0851



First Saturday of the Month - 10:30 a.m.

Third Monday of the month - 3:00 p.m.

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,,  Miracles in Progress Stroke Support, 636-394-0968



First Bank

First Bank offers tips for seniors to protect themselves from elder financial abuse.  Experts call elder financial abuse the “crime of the 21st century”.  Seniors need to protect themselves from financial exploitation and abuse. To help seniors protect themselves, First Bank offers these tips:  Don’t be threatened or intimidated. Never let yourself get rushed into a deal.  Plan ahead to protect your assets and to ensure that your wishes are followed.  Check references and credentials of anyone who wants to work in your home.  Do not allow people working for you to have access to or information about your finances.  Never give personal information to anyone who phones you.  Consult with a financial advisor or attorney before signing any document you do not understand.  Never pay a fee or taxes to collect “winnings”.  Feel free to say “no”, after all, it is your money.

Greg Severin,, Lents and Associates, 314-968-3060



The Medical Family Therapy Program at St. Louis University

The Medical Family Therapy Program at Saint Louis University is conducting a study to see if an interactive group can help individuals improve memory and mood. Participants take part in a variety of fun activities such as music recall, art projects, historical events, life storybooks and more! The group is facilitated by a faculty member and graduate students. The participant must have a confirmed diagnosis of dementia. Participants (both the individual and caregiver) have a chance to receive up to $30 in Target gift cards throughout the study. The study runs once a week for 14 weeks at The Center for Counseling and Family Therapy (3700 Lindell Blvd. Ste 1100). To participate or simply for additional information, please contact the Primary Investigator, Max Zubatsky, at 314-977-2496 or

Max Zubatsky,, Saint Louis University, 314-977-2496,



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. 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,, Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter, 800-272-3900,



Morrissey Hall at Saint Louis University

Are you a caregiver of a loved one with dementia and looking for a group or activity for them to engage in? The Medical Family Therapy Program at Saint Louis University is now running social groups for those with mild to moderate dementia. The purpose of the group is to help improve cognition and memory in those with dementia, while helping them engage with others in a group format. The first group will look to start in mid-May. Groups are usually 75 minutes long and are twice per week over seven weeks. They take place in Morrissey Hall at the Center for Counseling and Family Therapy. For further details or to sign up, please contact Max Zubatsky at 314-977-2496 or email at

Max Zubatsky,, Saint Louis University, 314-977-2496,

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Preferred Hospice Northeast Missouri

Searching for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others? Preferred Hospice Northeast Missouri is looking for volunteers for their hospice. We offer a volunteer menu to fit your time availability. Become a friendly visitor to a hospice care patient. Learn why our volunteers are truly the heart of all we do! Volunteers are provided with orientation/training and supervision/support on an on-going basis. Contact Tracy Kennison at or call 636-527-9330. "Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others," Martin Luther King Jr.

Tracy Kennison,, Preferred Hospice,




Hope Hospice

Hope Hospice is looking for veterans willing and able to volunteer their time to salute our Veteran hospice clients around the St. Louis area. Volunteers can participate in honor ceremonies, and/or provide ongoing companionship. Contact Mary Sanders, Volunteer Coordinator for more information at 314-399-5621

Mary Sanders,, Hope Hospice, 314-399-5621, 



A Mother’s Touch in Home Health

"Taking Care of Your Loved Ones with A Mother's Touch" Services Provided In-Home Health Care, Consumer Directed Services(CDS), Care Companions, Medicaid, and private pay accepted.

Barbara Jackson,, A Mother's Touch In-Home Health Care, LLC, 314-733-5100,



Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care

November is a traditional time for recognizing the service and commitment of those who have served their country as a member of the Armed Services.

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care wants to enlist former military personnel from across the Greater St. Louis region to serve as volunteers to assist in providing care and comfort for hospice patients who are themselves Veterans. (Patients who are Veterans often find it easier to communicate with a fellow Veteran.)

FYI, Medicare guidelines require all hospices to have a team of volunteers providing day-to-day administrative and/or direct patient care services in an amount that equals at least 5% of total patient care hours of all paid hospice employees and contract staff.

Thank you in advance for helping us spread the word.

Thomas Derr,, 215-620-7723



Detering Home Healthcare

We are in search of caregivers on a continual basis. We are looking for caregivers who have a minimum of one year experience who can pass a background check and be willing to work 1-3 hours up to 24 hours depending on the job. 1-3 hour jobs pay $12 per hour, 4 hours or more pays $10 per hour, 24 hour jobs pay $175 to start. We highly favor those caregivers who are dependable and reliable and who are consistent to do the job. We work best with those caregivers who show us that they are committed to their job performance, and open communication is high on the list. We like caregivers to accept positions 15-20 minutes from jobs and are willing to submit photos of driver licenses and social security card by email so that we can run background checks before actually going through the hiring process. We are committed to our caregivers and work so that they may thrive. Benefits are something we value offering within the year. Please call 314-534-8434 if you are interested in filling out an application.

Lynne Detring., Detring Home Healthcare, 314-435-1009,



A Mother’s Touch In-Home Health

If you need a companion for a couple of hours a week or even everyday, I have the perfect companion for you. If you need some to run errands, clean house and cook meals for special diet, we have someone just for you.  No need to look any further.

Barbara Jackson,, A Mother's Touch In-Home Health, Care, LLC, 314-733-5100, 



Preferred Hospice

Preferred Hospice is seeking volunteers who want to make a difference in someone’s life by providing a hospice patient with a one on one friendly visit. Volunteering is a rewarding experience and gives you an opportunity to give back to someone what you may have received at some time in your own life. If this is of interest to you please contact Tracy Sweazy and I can answer any questions you have., 301 Sovereign Blvd Ste 206 Ballwin, Mo. 63011 636-527-9330

Tracy Sweazey,, Preferred Hospice Northeast,




Ah! Moments Imagination Studios

If you are interested in bringing the arts and community together, please contact us. Our nonprofit art outreach program is seeking not only volunteers to help in our art sessions, no art experience needed, but also individuals wishing to play a more active role in helping the program plan its activities. See our website for more information about us or call Dennis Jones anytime at or 314-368-4551.

Dennis Jones,, Ah! Moments Imagination Studios,




Risk Reduction for Alzheimer’s Disease Study

Washington University School of Medicine

Volunteers needed for the rrAD (Risk Reduction for Alzheimer's Disease) study. We are testing to see if what's good for the heart is good for the brain. If you are between the ages of 60-85 years old, have high blood pressure, and are concerned about your memory, you may be eligible. We are testing several strategies that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease in individuals at risk for the disease when compared to usual care. There are other criteria to be eligible. Please call Adriana Martin for more information at 314-273-1355.

Adriana Martin,, Washington University School of Medicine,




Bethesda Health Group

Can you spend an hour or two each month taking a resident or two, pushing them in a wheel chair outside to a lovely patio area to enjoy the fall weather? Can you imagine the feel of a gentle breeze, watching the leaves rustle and then fall to the ground… and the enjoyment that would bring to someone who is not able to get outside on most days? Can you reminisce about raking leaves and enjoying bonfires? If you answered yes to any of those, contact one of the Volunteer Coordinators at a Bethesda community and schedule a visit today to explore being a volunteer! Please contact Leslie Simon at Bethesda Meadow, Darla Neely at Bethesda Dilworth, or Jan Keale, at Bethesda Southgate.

Jeff Waldman,, Bethesda Health Group, 314-800-1908,



Compassus Hospice Care

The Heart of Hospice is Volunteers. We need you. Share your passion, time and talent. At Compassus Hospice Care we are dedicated to compassionate care at the end of life when families need it most. As a valuable part of the Compassus team, volunteers provide companionship, caregiver support, administrative assistance, bereavement support and more. Interviews are now being scheduled. Contact Karen Riley, Volunteer Coordinator at 314-731-4700 or email:

Karen Riley,, Compassus Hospice, 314-731-4700,



Jewish Family & Children’s Services Olivette Food Pantry

The food pantry plans to feed 6,500 people this month. The food pantry, located in Olivette, needs adult volunteers (18 and older), to help Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. To inquire, please contact Chelsey at 314-513-1674 or

Chelsey Banaskavich,, Jewish Family & Children's Service,




Wentzville Assisted Living Community

Wentzville area - looking for part-time work? I am searching for someone to sit with an elderly resident at an assisted living community during lunch and/or dinner to encourage and assist with meals. Resident has Parkinson's and Dementia and needs assistance with meals. If interested, please contact Sue by email at Please let me know what days and meal times you would be available, experience working with the elderly and pay requirements. Might be perfect for a retiree or student as supplemental income.

Sue Richardson,, 314-550-7475



St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program

Non-profit St. Louis HELP loans reconditioned wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, crutches, scooters, shower chairs, tub benches, grab bars, pediatric equipment and other medical equipment to anyone absolutely free. Call St. Louis HELP at

314-567-4700, or see the website The Overland Farmers Market is at 2512 Woodson Road. See website

Jeff Dunlap,, St. Louis HELP Warehouse, 314-409-5203,



Lutheran Senior Services

Are you organized and good with numbers? 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 manage these financial tasks. Volunteer Money Management is currently available in the greater St. Louis area, St. Charles County, and Jefferson County, as well as the Illinois counties of St. Clair, Madison, and Monroe. 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. This free program is an interfaith partnership between Lutheran Senior Services, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, and AgeSmart Community Resources. For details, please call Laural at

314-446-2474 or visit our website at

Laural Crues,, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-446-2474,


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