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  FEBRUARY 15, 2018                Helping Good People Through Life's Valleys


     When Rabbi Harold Kushner’s preschool-age son was diagnosed with a fatal illness, he was devastated — until he learned how to deal with the pain. Afterwards, he began sharing his solution with first his congregation, then later the whole world through his books. Now he’s known around the globe for his teachings.

     It has now been 37 years since Kushner’s When Bad Things Happen to Good People was first published. Since then, that book has never been out of print and has been translated into 15 other languages, and he’s written a dozen books designed to help people understand and deal with life’s tragedies.

     “In 1966, when our son’s illness was diagnosed, it caused me a severe crisis of faith because it contradicted everything I had been taught about how the world works,” Rabbi Kushner declared in an interview with the St. Louis Times. “I faced the problem of not only losing faith in God but giving up my career as a rabbi because I just wouldn’t believe in what I was supposed to stand for. What saved me was the realization that not everything that happens in the world is God’s doing, and as soon as that dawned on me, everything else fell into place. Then, not only could I stop being angry at God, not only did I stop feeling that I had to give up my religion and my career, but I could understand where God came in — that God was not the one who causes the illness or the drunk-driving accident or the murder or any of these terrible things. They happen for other reasons — laws of nature and human meanness, and God’s role is to comfort and not to control. That made it possible for me to live with the 11 years that our son was coping with his illness, and it ultimately made it possible for me to accept his death. In those 11 years when I was a congregational rabbi, I was using this approach to comfort other people in hospitals, at funerals and on occasions like that.

     “I wrote When Bad Things Happen to Good People in 1979 — and it was published in 1981 — partly because I had this notion that what I had found so helpful and what members of my congregation had found so helpful might also be helpful to a lot of other people if I could share it with them. Also, I wrote the book partly to keep a promise to my son who was afraid — realizing that he would die so young — that he would be forgotten, and I told him I would tell his story as widely as I could. To my total astonishment, it became a bestseller and became a bestseller through the encouragement of Christian clergy, I should say. That’s when I realized there’s an audience out there who wants to hear the sort of thing I had been teaching my congregation for years — so I became a writer!”

     Rabbi Kushner still has trouble believing how universally his writings have been accepted, he said. “I still don’t believe it. Honestly, once or twice a week, I will just stop and pinch myself and say, ‘Has this really happened to me?’ How do I come to terms with the fact that I can go to a city where I don’t know anybody, and I can predict that half a dozen people will come up and tell me that I’ve changed their lives. No matter how often I hear it, I’m just overwhelmed by it. Unfortunately, every time I get a statement from my publisher, there is a twinge of sadness in me that so many people have needed it in the last six months.”

     Concerning his own celebrity status, which has come about over the past two decades, he noted: “When I have trouble dealing with it, there are people who remind me who I am. My wife knows that I’m not the big shot. When I think my name’s becoming a household word, I’ll check into a hotel where I’m giving a speech, and the clerk will ask, ‘Is that Kushner with a C or a K?’ I think people actually know my book titles more than they know me.”

     Kushner points out that many people tell him that they’ve been affected by his book Why Bad Things Happen to Good People, not realizing that they have gotten the first word in the title wrong. “The whole point of the book is that you don’t ask ‘why’ — because ‘why’ tries to make sense of something that doesn’t make sense. ‘Why’ focuses on the past. ‘Why’ too often becomes a search for somebody to blame. That’s pointless. What I’ve learned is that the person who cries out, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ is not [asking a question but issuing] a cry of pain. And the authentic religious response to that outcry is not to answer the question and tell why it’s happening but to ease the pain” of the sufferer.

     “After I wrote the book and it became an unexpected bestseller, people kept asking me if I was a ‘process theologian,’ and I said: ‘I don’t know. What’s that?’... I had never heard of process theology when I wrote my book, but process theologians start out asking the question: ‘If God is all powerful, then he would leave no power for [humans] to exercise, and why would God want that?’ I start with the question: ‘If God is all-powerful, how could he be moral and permit the things that he permits?’ I come at it more like the psalmist with a cry of anguish and less like the philosopher who tries to draw a straight line through several thoughts. Shortly after our son’s illness was definitively diagnosed, I was reading everything I could about dying children and read a collection of essays on Job [which contained] an essay by Archibald which he spoke about God needing our forgiveness for not being perfect, and that helped me put everything into perspective.... I read that and everything fell into place, and I said: ‘Of course! Why would God want children to die? Why would God cause malignant tumors and heart attacks? Why would God permit drunk drivers — unless there are things that God does not control?’”

     The older of two brothers, Harold Kushner was born April 3, 1935, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of a businessman and a housewife who was active in the synagogue. And except for a year of study in Israel and two years as a chaplain in the army, Kushner spent the first half of his life in New York City. In 1960, he married, and he and his wife Susan had two children, their son Aaron who died at age 14 and a daughter Ariel. After serving in New York as a rabbi, in 1966, he moved with his family to the Boston area where he served a synagogue there.

     Kushner’s writing has been accepted “astonishingly well” by individuals of a variety of faiths, he said. “When I wrote When Bad Things Happen to Good People, I really thought I was writing a radical book — and it did upset a lot of traditional people, Orthodox Jews as well as fundamentalist Christians — but it was really the Christian clergy who made it a bestseller. All over the country, priests and ministers gave it out in hospitals and at funerals and created the word of mouth. I [just recently] met a young woman who told me she had been to a Catholic high school where my book was required reading for one of the courses. This is astonishing — it’s taught at seminaries! Beyond that, I think my books have found two audiences: They have made religion more palatable and more intellectually acceptable to skeptics, and they reinforced church- and synagogue-goers who wanted to see faith in a certain light, and I made it possible for them to do it.”

     Kushner’s newest book is titled The Lord is My Shepherd from the 23rd Psalm, one of the most beloved passages in the Bible. “My other books begin with a problem and try to find an answer in biblical and religious sources, but this book starts with an answer, the 23rd Psalm, and asks: ‘To what question is the 23rd Psalm the answer? Why is it we love this answer, this response?’ What I came up with is that the 23rd Psalm is the answer to the question ‘How can we live bravely in a dangerous and chaotic world?’ It’s a book that came out of 9-11.”

     About this new book, Kushner said that he wrote it with two audiences in mind. “One is the church- and synagogue-going population that know and love the psalm — as a way of helping them know more about it, in the same way you want to read a biography of a favorite ballplayer or your most-admired politician. I just thought that people want to know a little bit more about that psalm so when they read it, they’ll be alive to all the nuances. That was one of the goals. The other is for the person who finds himself or herself in ‘the valley of the shadow of death,’ [for whom] it’s a manual on how to pick yourself up and find your way out of the darkness into the daylight — and realize that it’s God who’s taking you by the hand and leading you through.

  “When I was a congregational rabbi, I would deal with so many people who would get stuck in the darkness — the widow whose husband had died, the parents who lost a child — and they never found their way out of ‘the valley of the shadow.’ That’s so sad. And they are the people I wrote the book for. The biggest reason they’re stuck there is they’re afraid if they ever got over grieving, they would lose the person permanently. That’s the only link they have with the one who died. They may have taken the person out of their lives physically, but the only way they could hold onto the person is to mourn and grieve. And I think they’re wrong.”

     Rabbi Kushner will speak at the 25th St. Louis Jewish Book Festival on Nov. 11. “I’ve always been very well-received in St. Louis,” he said. “They told me to chose the five best Jewish book fairs in the country, and St. Louis has to be one of them.”

  For his St. Louis audience, he plans “to describe the 23rd Psalm — which is an astonishingly compact masterpiece: It’s only 57 words in Hebrew; it’s about 120 in English — as a drama in three acts. In act one, the author is living in a perfect world with nothing bad happening, having ‘green pastures and still waters.’ In act two, he’s suddenly thrown into ‘the valley of the shadow of death,’ whether it’s something that happened to him or it’s the loss of someone close to him [we don’t know], and it’s there where he discovers what God is really about. In act three, he is trying to tell the world what he has learned about God. It’s interesting that that line, ‘my cup runneth over’ — that expression of gratitude — comes only after he’s experienced ‘the valley of the shadow of death.’ When he had all those wonderful things, he took them for granted; once he discovered how vulnerable all his blessings were, that’s when he becomes grateful for them.”

     For the 68-year-old rabbi laureate, “Growing older has been mixed with growing more prosperous, growing more relaxed and having more free time,” he declared. “I think my values have changed and my priorities have changed. When I was younger, it was much more important to me to be well-known and successful; now that I’m older and I’ve got it, it doesn’t matter to me nearly as much. I have learned not to see life as something you use up but to see life as an accumulation of wisdom, so with every passing year, I have more life than I had a year ago.”

     And for baby boomers, a generation which has been in the forefront of society for many years and who are now facing aging issues and retirement, Rabbi Kushner has this advice: “When you look back on your life, you will feel better about the people you reached out to help than the people you outsmarted or defeated.”

     After his son’s death more than a quarter-century ago, Harold Kushner learned to cope and to deal with life’s heartbreak, and, through his books, he began to share droplets of what he had learned with a thirsty world. Today, there are countless individuals of varying faiths who are extremely pleased he took the time to share that wisdom.

 Reprinted from the St. Louis Times






We find jobs for people under 65, who receive SSI or SSDI monthly if they would also like to find employment. Please call 314-621-6300.

Larry Brown,, WORKNET, INC., 314-621-6300,



St. Louis Bridge Center

The St. Louis Bridge Center is pleased to announce that John Hagedorn was unanimously elected president of its Board of Directors on January 17, 2018. He succeeds Ann Lemp, who remains on the board. Hagedorn, an active board member since the fall of 2015, co-chaired the capital campaign to raise money for the St. Louis Bridge Center’s move to its expanded space on North Price Road a year ago. He was also responsible for the Bridge Center becoming part of the Common Game, in which daily results can be compared with players all over the country. He has also marshalled efforts to improve the Bridge Center’s use of technology, The St. Louis Bridge Center, which has grown to be the seventh largest bridge club in the country, was established as a non-profit in 2012. It is the premier place in St. Louis to enjoy the game of duplicate bridge, with 100 tables available for players of all skill levels in a well-lit setting. The bridge center holds regular classes, including the ACBL Bridge Series, Adult Beginner’s Bridge, and Learn Bridge in a Day. It also hosts nationally recognized teachers and authors, including Barbara Seagram, Audrey Grant, Jerry Helms, Larry Cohen, and Phillip Alder.

Sharon Sweet,, St. Louis Bridge Center,




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,




A Mother’s Touch in Home Health Care

We are excited to meet you. Drop by our North county office, 4137 N Highway 67 Ste C Florissant Mo 63034. Office hours Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CNA, PCT, RN, We would love to meet you. Join the Mother's Touch family now.

Barbara Jackson,, A Mother's Touch in Home Health Care




February 2018

Your heart works hard for you every day. This month, it’s time to return the favor. February is American Heart Month, which means this is a great time to focus on the engine that keeps your body running. Despite advancements in modern healthcare, heart disease remains the number one killer of men and women in the U.S. Sign up for 28 Days of Heart Smarts, and receive tips and info to maintain your healthy heart:    

Simone Valle,, Des Peres Hospital, 314-966-9100,  



St. Louis College of Pharmacy

February 12 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Scott Vouri, PharmD, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, will present Antimuscarinics Used to Treat Overactive Bladder and Cognitive Impairment as part of the Issues in Aging Seminar Series on February 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The seminar will take in the Farrell Learning & Teaching Center, Room 214 on the Medical Campus. The seminar is open to all; no RSVP necessary. Pizza and beverages will be available. Attendees are also invited to bring lunch. Free parking validation will be offered for the Clayton Garage, 4451 Clayton Avenue (#62 on map) and/or Metro Garage, 4500 Children’s Place. The Scott-McKinley building is also near the Central West End Metrolink Station. Metered handicap parking is available at the Taylor Avenue Building, 600 S. Taylor Avenue. We will provide a certificate of attendance after the event upon request.

Jeanie Bryant,, Friedman Center for Aging, Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis, 314-747-9189,     



American Red Cross

February 20 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Have you ever wondered what the Red Cross actually does? We want to share with you. Join us at our next informational session where you can experience our mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Hear and see first-hand from our volunteers how we help our community every day. See how you can join our team No need to RSVP, just show up. But, if you want to let us know you’re coming, we’d love to hear from you. Please email Lev Reynolds at Event to be held on February 20, 2018 from

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at American Red Cross, 10195 Corporate Square Drive, St. Louis, MO 63132

Kristin Pendleton,, American Red Cross, 314-281-7968,



St. Louis Senior Olympics

May 24 - 29

Calling all Athletes (and Volunteers)! Senior Olympics Signing Up Sportsmen – and Women – 50 or Better! The St. Louis Senior Olympics, the regional competition for athletes aged 50 and older, is actively seeking applications for athletes to participate in more than 90 individual and team events over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 – 29, 2018. From basketball to bocce; soccer, softball and shuffleboard; to tap dancing, tennis and track – the Senior Olympics engage more than 1,200 athletes and hundreds of volunteers at more than a dozen different venues across the St. Louis area. The events are open to everyone. Athletes must be at least 50 years old, but there is no maximum age! Registration packets for will be available February 28 and the registration deadline is May 2. You can take advantage of the “Early Bird Special” if you register by April 16. The packets include registration for athletes and volunteers. If you have any questions please contact Justin Bange at or 314-442-3216. We look forward to seeing you at the St. Louis Senior Olympics!

Justin Bange,, Jewish Community Center, 314-442-3216, 



A Mother’s Touch Home Health

If you need a companion or just someone to run an errand, please contact us at

314-733-5100. We service St. Louis County, St. Charles, St. Peters, North County, South County, West County.

Barbara Jackson,, A Mother's Touch Personal 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, nail care, 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

March 2 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Get ready for COCMA's 4th Fisk Memorial Marketing Conference Friday, March 2, 2018 Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel (8:00 a.m.- Registration) 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Conference (Includes Continental Breakfast, Buffet Lunch and Free Parking) 2.0 Social Work CEUs secured; 2.0 Administrator CEUs pending Presenters - Jill Farmer (formerly of Fox2News) and Patti Harty (Stark & Associates) Register at $65/$75 - COCMA/non-COCMA members $85 (after February 16) Contact Jeff Waldman - 314-800-1908, - for more information.

Jeff Waldman,, COCMA - Fisk Conference,




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. When: June 14, 2018 8:00am to 5:00pm Where: 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: $85 - $135 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,




Metro Theater Company and Jazz St. Louis

February 15 - 25

Metro Theater Company and Jazz St. Louis present “Bud, Not Buddy” on February 4 - 25 at The Grandel A Concert Play based on the Newbery Medal-winning novel by CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTIS Adapted by Obie award winning author KIRSTEN GREENIDGE Original Score by five-time Grammy winning Jazz artist TERENCE BLANCHARD Bud, Not Buddy follows ten-year-old Bud as he sets off on an epic adventure to find his father who he believes is leading a traveling jazz band. Set in 1930s America, Bud’s odyssey is filled with the joy of finding family and plenty of live jazz music. Based on the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel, this play combines actors with a 13-piece jazz band performing an original score composed by five-time, Grammy-winning jazz artist Terence Blanchard to tell the story of a boy who finds a home and a passion for music. Bud, Not Buddy is perfect for the whole family! For more information: Tickets are $14-20.

Sarah Thompson,  Metro Theater Company,




Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries

February 20 – 7:30 p.m.

Will Soll, Remembering America, on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. located at Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Blvd, St. Louis 63108. Will Soll’s solo program is a cavalcade of the U.S. musical heritage before 1953: show tunes, blues, Stephen Foster, cowboy songs, jazz standards, sea shanties, Yiddish song, R&B, John Philip Sousa, sweatshop laments, Civil War songs, Billie Holiday, spirituals, Scott Joplin and more. The songs are by turns upbeat, quaint, wistful, funny, sad, noble; they embody American dreams and realities, joys and sorrows, flaws and ideals. Soll is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo) and vocalist. He is best known as one of St. Louis' most passionate and prolific advocates of Klezmer and Yiddish music, both as a solo act and ensemble player.

William Soll,, 314-395-0316,



Shlafly’s Bottleworks

February 22 – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

On February 22, 2018, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., 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. Schlafly's is located at 7260 Southwest (at Manchester), St. Louis, MO 63143. For more information, call 314-842-3185 or visit our website: Table seating and full cash bar. Full menu for food purchase. This is a free music event.

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



Maturity and its Muse

April 19 - 29

A Showcase of Art Across St. Louis this April Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement festival will once again feature art in every nook and cranny of St. Louis April 19-29. Presented by Maturity and its Muse, the local nonprofit that’s dedicated to improving the lives of seniors through the arts, Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement, or CASEfest, will take place in dozens of venues across the St. Louis region with events and shows, highlighting the power and importance that art has in improving the aging experience. Find out more about CASEfest at The majority of events will be free however, a few may cost or ask for advanced registration. Now in its third year, CASEfest has become an anticipated event with arts venues and organizations around the region. Approximately 60 venues have participated each of the past two years with at least 80 art programs each year spread throughout the region. If you’re an artist or have a venue and want to learn more, contact Lynn at Maturity and Its Muse at Sponsors include: The Kahn Foundation of Congregation Temple Israel, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, Washington University After Center for Aging, and St. Louis Oasis

Carrie Zukoski,, Maturity and Its Muse, 314-420-1444,



Autumn View Gardens Assisted Living of Creve Coeur

February 16 – 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

HAVE YOR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO! Please join us for a delectable Meet and Greet Desserts with Directors Event Autumn View Gardens Assisted Living of Creve Coeur Friday, February 16 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at 11210 Schuetz Rd, Creve Coeur, MO 63146.  Please RSVP to We look forward to seeing you.

Susan Press,  Autumn View Gardens Assisted Living of Creve Coeur, 314-993-9888



Kahn Foundation of Congregation Temple Israel

April 19 - 29

The Nathan Kahn-Ernestine Kahn-Charles Kahn Foundation of Congregation Temple Israel recently awarded Maturity and Its Muse $7,250 to aid in the continuation of its third annual Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement festival. This year’s CASEfest will take place April 19-29, 2018 across the St. Louis region. With the multi-venue event that showcases the power and importance that art has in enhancing the aging experience, Maturity and Its Muse continues to improve the quality of life among seniors through the arts. The funding from the Kahn Foundation will allow Maturity and Its Muse to reach an even wider audience than it has in the past. “The funding from the Kahn Foundation came at the precise moment we needed it,” said Lynn Friedman Hamilton, founder of Maturity and Its Muse. “This funding will allow us to expand CASEfest by reaching a wider audience in 2018 than we have before. We’re extremely grateful to the Kahn Foundation for their understanding of just how important a role the arts plays in our lives.”

Carrie Zukoski,,Maturity and Its Muse, 314-367-4419



St. Louis HELP Website

Wednesday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

St. Louis HELP has New Website For free loans of home health equipment – from manual and electric wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, crutches, canes, hospital beds, lift chairs and more – visit the new website of The St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) at The new website explains how the nonprofit organization provides free loans of home health devices to anyone recovering from accidents, illness and surgery, including children, senior citizens and people who are disabled. The not-for-profit organization founded in 2008 serves more than 6,000 people a year in metro St. Louis with free loans of home medical equipment. Our free lending warehouse is open Wednesday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the St. Louis suburb of Olivette, To learn more about St. Louis HELP see or call 314-567-4700 to discuss any needs for home medical

Jeff Dunlap,, St. Louis HELP Warfehouse, 314-567-4700,   


Missouri Budget Project

The Missouri Budget Project has created a new resource to help you more easily navigate the state budget process and advocate for services that support older Missourians. "Budget Basics: Community Services for Seniors & People with Disabilities" can be found at For more information or to request a presentation please contact Lindsey Baker at

Lindsey Baker,, Missouri Budget Project, 816-349-0370,



Americo Financial Life and Annuity Insurance Company

Americo Financial Life and Annuity Insurance Company has introduced an unusual product: a single-premium long-term care insurance (LTCI) policy aimed at people who already need long-term care (LTC) services. Americo has designed the new Reliable Living Plan policy to provide a monthly cash indemnity benefit as long as an eligible insured needs qualified LTC services. Contact Family Care Solutions for more information.

Kevin Poe,, Family Care Solutions, 314-477-4587,



SSM Behavioral Health

SSM Health, Behavioral Health, has expanded Senior inpatient beds at SSM Health, St. Mary's Hospital to 24. We continue to have 22 senior beds available at our SSM Health, St. Joseph Hospital location, in St. Charles, as well as 20 senior beds at SSM Health, St. Mary's Hospital, Audrain, in Mexico, MO. SSM Health at St. Louis University Hospital, DePaul Hospital, and St. Joseph Hospital in Wentzville continue to provide services to adults. For admission please call Central Intake at 800-426-2083.

Diana Jenkins,, SSM Health Behavioral Health,




Center for Value Based Medicine

The Retina Center of St. Louis

February is National Macular Degeneration Month.  Results of a 24-month, randomized clinical trial published November 23, 2017, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, gives further hope to patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). R. Joseph Olk, MD and associates found dietary supplementation (carotenoid zeaxanthin) added to triple therapy combination resulted in 27% sight improvement of Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study vision, versus 9% of those undergoing triple therapy alone. These results affirm vision benefits presented in a non-randomized interventional comparative study of 543 consecutive neovascular AMD patient eyes.  Additionally, Zeaxanthin oral supplementation daily in the randomized clinical trial was remarkably cost-effective, giving considerable patient benefit for minimal cost.

Additional details concerning study results may be obtained by contacting The Center for Value-Based Medicine 888-399-3682, Melissa Brown, MD, or Kim Thompson,

Kim Thompson,



Dementia Care Consulting LLC

Announcing a new kind of Consulting in St. Louis for Dementia: Dementia Care Consulting LLC will be opening February 1, 2018. From helping with understanding the different stages and transitions with the disease to helping make sure your caregivers are trained and well prepared to keep your loved one at home. Services will include: Education, training, support, finding the right resources when needed and more. Dementia Care Consulting is a hands-on work with your family and support circle to make every moment meaningful! For more information please call 314-277-0851, email

Angela Haas,, Dementia Care Consulting LLC, 314-277-0851,  



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,



Everlove Dayclub

Kathy Nohl has been promoted to Executive Director of EverLove DayClub, an adult day care center located at 524 S. Elm, Webster Groves, MO 63119. Overlooks highway 44, on Elm.

Steve Benz,, EverLove DayClub, 314-968-2222,




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, 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,



St. John’s Community Care, Ruth’s House

February 15 and 22 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

March 1, 8, 15, 22 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

St. John's Community Care will offer Savvy Caregiver Training sessions several times through 2018 using curriculum developed by the University of Minnesota. This training provides tools to family members who are caring for an individual with dementia / memory loss who is living at home, either alone or with family. Each session will be comprised of six, two-hour sessions. The series of 6 classes will be held on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., February 15 and 22, also March 1, 8, 15, 22 at Ruth's House, 7325 Marine Road, Edwardsville, IL 62025 For more information or to register, call 618-344-5008.

Missy Athmer,, St. John's Community Care,




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 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,



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



Third Wednesday of the Month

Bethesda Health Group

Join us to discuss the challenges that come with caregiving and find solutions in a supportive group setting. The third Wednesday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Bethesda Health Group, Inc., 1630 Des Peres Road Ste. 200, St. Louis, MO 63131.  This is open to all caregivers. Caregiving can be immediate physical care or long-distance care provided to family, friend, or loved one. All caregivers have concerns and insights to share; we welcome all types.  The group is presented as a free service of Bethesda Hospice Care. For more information or questions, please feel free to contact the Bethesda Bereavement Team at 314-373-7025. Leslie Schaffer, LMSW, Kelly Haner, LMSW, Bereavement Coordinator Bereavement Assistant or   

Kelly Haner,, Bethesda Hospice Care,




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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VOYCE Long Term Care Conference

Request for Speaker Proposals for the 2018 Long Term Care Conference VOYCE invites you to share your expertise in the field of long-term care and aging services by submitting a proposal to be a speaker at our Annual Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference taking place on June 14 – 15, 2018. This annual conference is has two educational tracks; one for professionals working in long-term care and one for the general public who are looking for answers to the complexity of long-term care. Proposals must highlight a relevant topic, explore trends and developments in our field, and share best practices as well as innovative solutions for issues related to long-term care. Proposals will offer learning outcomes/goals, a clear plan to engage the audience, and will denote a particular presentation format. Keynote and standard breakout sessions are 60 minute sessions including 15 minute Q&A. Proposals will require approval for continuing education credits by the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators (either administrative or patient care hours) and the NASW-Missouri Chapter for Social Workers for social work clock hours. For Full Proposal Information:   Chelsea Nollau,, VOYCE, 314-918-8222, 



Clinical Research Professionals

At Clinical Research Professionals, we help to improve lives through the advancement of new drug therapies. We believe that volunteers are true champions of public health for the future. Clinical trials are managed by working closely with physicians. Our expert team ensures professionalism and integrity through every phase of every trial. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease with memory loss, Ulcerative colitis or traumatic brain injury, call us for more information in these current trials. 636.220.1200. Participants may be compensated for time and travel.

Carrie Craven,, Clinical Research Professionals, 636-220-1200,



Seasons Hospice

It Takes a Special Person to volunteer with Seasons Hospice.  At Seasons Hospice, we care for individuals that are nearing the end of life. If you are interested in helping people during their end of life journey, volunteers are at the heart of what we do. We treasure our volunteers, and love for you to spend time with our patients and their families. Our goal is to make any remaining time someone has be comfortable and peaceful. You can choose to volunteer close to where you live or work. We serve clients in the greater St. Louis region and beyond. The Sunset Hills address is simply our office location. Direct Care Volunteer roles include: visiting patients and their family members, providing companionship and supportive presence, reading aloud, listening to music together, going on walks with the patient, and sitting with the patient to provide caregivers respite, etc. Indirect Care Volunteer roles include: Answering phones, typing letters, filing and data entry, community outreach and volunteer recruitment, sending sympathy cards, Circle of Care and bereavement calls, etc. Contact our volunteer services coordinator, Yolanda, for more information and find out if hospice volunteering is right for you:

Yolanda Riley,, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care Missouri,




Bethesda Hospice Care

February and March

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... 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 at 6:30 p.m., third Tuesday of the month; Bethesda Southgate, 5943 Telegraph Rd., 63129 at 1:00 p.m., first Wednesday of the month; Bethesda Dilworth, 9645 Big Bend Blvd., 63122 at 3:00 p.m., second Thursday of month; Village North, 11160 Village North Dr., 63136 at 10:00 a.m. first Wednesday of month. For more information contact Leslie at 314-373-7025. Leslie Schaeffer, Bethesda Hospice Care, 314-373-7025,

Leslie Schaeffer,, Bethesda Hospice Care,




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 include in-home health care, consumer directed services(CDS), and care companions.  Medicaid and private pay are 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 and 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



Detring 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 every day, 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, then 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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