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  DECEMBER 15, 2017                              ... And What A Wizard He Is!

     

     It’s true that he is known as “the Wiz” partly because his name is Oz, but many of the things he accomplished on the baseball diamond can almost seem like magic to those of us who are mere mortals.

     Ozzie Smith, St. Louis’ own wizard of baseball — 13 times Gold Glove winner and 15 times Major League All-Star — retired from the game he loves in 1996 after 19 years in the Majors and was elected to the Hall of Fame the very first year he was eligible, in 2002.

     “Getting the phone call from the Hall of Fame was a very emotional moment in my life. I never would have guessed that I would be the only player elected that year,” Ozzie told the St. Louis Times. “Standing on the stage for my induction in Cooperstown, it was a surreal feeling to realize I was joining a fraternity with the likes of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, and Bob Gibson.

“It is such a feeling of professional accomplishment when surrounded by the legends of the game you love, the game to which you gave such a huge part of yourself. It also made me think of all the teammates I played with over the years because the Hall of Fame is a singular honor, but baseball is a team sport. I won as part of a team, so I couldn’t help but think of all the different players, managers, and coaches who had a part of my being there that day.”

     Since he was child, Ozzie says that he felt a tremendous affection for baseball, and it led him to attempt some very unusual things with that little leather-covered ball. “I grew up in South Central Los Angeles and spent most of my time at the local YMCA in my neighborhood playing basketball and baseball. Many nights I would fall asleep with my glove or my baseball in my hands because I would lay in bed at night, close my eyes, and throw the ball up in the air and try to catch it with my eyes closed. I would also play a game outside where I would throw the ball high up over the roof of our small house and see if I could run around the house quickly enough to catch it when it came down on the other side. I never accomplished this, but it kept me busy trying.”

     Though he was never able to catch that ball thrown to himself, Ozzie did develop some tremendous acrobatic skills far beyond those exhibited by the average baseball player. Typical of those were the backflips he used to perform before the start of certain Cardinals game. “When I was a young boy, I played in the back of an old lumber yard in our neighborhood where they had huge sawdust piles. I would jump off boards and do flips, landing in a pile of sawdust. That is where I honed my craft.”

     “When I was playing in San Diego I was messing around in spring training and did a back flip. Gene Tenace, one of my teammates had daughters who were gymnasts and told their dad they wanted to see me do my flip,” Ozzie says. “So the PR executive at the Padres decided to have me do my backflip for that year’s Fan Appreciation Day. I did, and after that it became my way of welcoming the beginning and ending of every baseball season, and if we were fortunate, during post season games.”

That backflip became an Ozzie Smith trademark, one that Cardinals fan came to love and to expect. Even once when he was hurt, Ozzie found a way to give his devoted followers what they hoped to see. “There was only one time with the Cardinals when I wasn’t able to do the flip because of an injury to my shoulder. That year, my son O.J. ran out on the field with me and performed his own backflip for the crowd. It was really cute, and the people in the stands got a kick out of it.

     “I did my backflips until the end of my career in 1996. The last time I did my flip was for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. It was the year of my induction, 2002. They called it ‘The Final Flip,’ and they captured me in midair with the museum right behind me. That photograph sells as a collector’s piece now.”

     Even with his athletic prowess, Ozzie wasn’t recruited to play baseball when he went to college. He attended California Poly Technical in San Luis Obispo on an academic scholarship, not an athletic scholarship. “I ‘walked on’ to the baseball team and worked hard to show them I had talent. I played on the junior varsity squad my freshman year and then, at the beginning of my sophomore season, I benefited from a varsity player’s injury and took his spot in the varsity lineup. From that point on, I was a starter and in my junior year scouts were coming to watch me.”

     In his long career in baseball — four years with San Diego and the remaining fifteen in St. Louis — Ozzie Smith became a legend in the game with many young players coming to admire his techniques. But before he was a legend or even a professional ballplayer, Ozzie had some baseball heroes of his own whose examples encouraged him to compete hard.

     “As a kid growing up in L.A., I would take the bus to watch the Dodgers and especially when the Pirates were in town because Roberto Clemente was my favorite player. I loved watching him play because of his unique style and his enthusiasm and zest for the game. I also really admired Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax who pitched for the Dodgers and when the Giants and Braves came to town I always loved watching Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.”

     And at the end of his career on the field, Ozzie walked away with some great memories of his own. “Winning the 1982 World Series my first year playing for the Cardinals would be number one. When Whitey Herzog came out to San Diego in 1981 to try and convince me to waive my no trade clause with the Padres and come to St. Louis and play for him in 1982, I was motivated by his enthusiasm and his conviction that I could help them win a World Series. Well, we did it that year, my first year with the Cardinals. It doesn’t get any better than that.

     “Second would be my left-handed home run in game five of the 1985 National League Championship Series against the Dodgers. It is every player’s dream, since childhood, to be at the plate in a key game and get the hit or home run that wins a game. After that night, I did not feel like the one-dimensional player any longer. I proved to myself that I could help the team offensively as well as defensively. The other memorable thing about the 1985 home run is that it became one of Jack Buck’s most replayed calls of his Hall of Fame career: ‘Go Crazy, Folks; Go Crazy.’ It is special to be linked with Jack in Cardinals history in such a way.”

     Though some say that football is now the number one sport in America, Ozzie still sees a special tie that baseball has to our culture. “Baseball is to American culture what hockey is to Canada and soccer is to Europe,” he declares. “I think it is our national pastime because it is a little boy’s game. Every little kid grows up playing some baseball in...childhood. It is a sport that links fathers and sons, grandparents and grandchildren. Just watch the movie Field of Dreams, and it brings home the place baseball has in people’s hearts in America.”

     Ozzie has no specific plans to again become involved with baseball, but he would consider working in the area of player development, he says, but not on the field because he doesn’t want to return to commuting all across the country for half of every year, as he had to do as a Major League player. “But I think I could assist a team in recognizing talent and talking to young players about commitment to the game.”

And, although he has done some broadcast commentary, he says he doesn’t see himself doing that on a long-term basis. “I did some broadcasting for the Cardinals home games my first few years out of the game. I worked with Bob Carpenter, and he was very helpful to me, and I enjoyed it. I found it a bit difficult, though, commenting on the team that I played for, so I don’t think I was as open and free with my commentary as I could have been. A couple years ago I did a guest commentator appearance on the Atlanta Braves broadcast, and I enjoyed that a bit more. But I do not see myself pursuing that as a career.”

     Now 62, Ozzie has begun to enter another phase of his life, and he has some simple advice for others his age and older: “Just try and get some exercise as often as possible. Even if it means taking the steps instead of an escalator, you must force yourself to get your blood flowing. It is good for the mind as well as the body. The older we get, stretching is more and more important to help our muscles and joints remain as flexible as possible. I also try and watch my nutrition. I juice everyday when I am home, and I still take vitamins and supplements to add to what my diet doesn’t give me.”

     Even though he hasn’t played baseball in many years, to many of us, Ozzie Smith will always be that magical player we’ll continue to think of as “the Wizard.”


 Reprinted from the St. Louis Times



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     HEALTH & WELLNESS

TEACHING TABLET TECHNOLOGY TO OLDER ADULTS WITH LOW VISION

January 8 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The January 8, 2018, Issues in Aging seminar will focus on Teaching Tablet Technology to Older Adults with Low Vision. Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science, School of Medicine, Washington University, will present. The event is free and open to all with no RSVP necessary. Pizza and beverages will be available. Attendees are also invited to bring lunch. The seminar will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Farrell Learning & Teaching Center, 520 S Euclid Ave, Room 214, St. Louis, MO 63110. Free parking validation will be offered at the Clayton Garage, 4451 Clayton Avenue and/or Metro Garage, 4500 Children’s Place. The seminar is sponsored by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging and the Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science at the School of Medicine.

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

https://publichealth.wustl.edu/centers/aging/

 

FREE WELLNESS SCREENINGS

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

Hylton Point

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

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

 

FREE WELLNESS SCREENINGS

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

LSS Rose Hill House

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

Vanessa Fakes, vanessa.fakes@lssliving.org  LSS Rose Hill House I & II,

314-822-4928, www.lssliving.org   

 

FREE HEALTH SCREENING

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

314-884-7909.

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

 

FREE WELLNESS SCREENINGS

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

Hilltop Manor

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

Michelle Herrick, michelle.herrick@lssliving.org  Lutheran Senior Services,

636-938-6442, www.lssliving.org  

 

GERIATRIC ASSESSMENT CLINIC

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, leona12@slu.edu  Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, 314-977-8848, www.aging.slu.edu   

 

HOME HEALTH CARE – NEW ST. CHARLES LOCATION

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, kjonesbrenson@deervalleyhomehealth.com, Deer Valley Home Health Services, 636-493-6488, www.deervalleyhomehealth.com

 

MEMORY CARE

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, mdow.mkt@meridiansenior.com, Assisted Living at the Meadowlands,

636-978-3600, http://www.meridiansenior.com/community/the-meadowlands

 

PARTNERING WITH PETS

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, media@schumachercreative.com  Stonecrest at Clayton View

314-475-5616, http://www.stonecrestatclaytonview.com  

 

IN-HOME AND CDS SERVICES

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, l.moore@myhlhc.com   Healthline In-home and CDS, 636-386-8323

 

ARE HIP OR KNEE PAIN AND CHRONIC STIFFNESS HOLDING YOU BACK?

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: https://www.despereshospital.com/conquer-joint-pain-seminar

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

314-966-9695, www.despereshospital.com  

 

WE CARE MOBILE DENTAL

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 www.wecaremobiledental.com 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, wecaremobiledental@gmail.com  We Care Mobile Dental,

314-276-8090, www.wecaremobiledental.com  

 


     LECTURES & CONT. EDUCATION

DIVERSITY AND TOLERANCE CLASSROOM TEACHING MATERIAL

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, rahandler@earthlink.net, Ravencrest Publishing, 4 Diverse Books,

314-287-6175, www.ravencrestPublishing.com

 

FREE CEUs

Home Instead Senior Care

Free online CEUs. Visit http://www.caregiverstress.com/geriatric-professional-resources/webinars/upcoming-caregiver-webinars/.  If your board is not listed below, please verify with your board or association regarding acceptance of one of the providers listed below before applying for CEUs. American Occupation Therapy Association (Please note: AoTA does not offer CEUs for every webinar. Please check the individual webpage of each event to confirm that AoTA CEUs will be offered for a particular webinar). Association of Social Work Boards, California Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors, California Board of Registered Nursing, California Board of Behavioral Sciences, National Academy of Certified Care Managers, National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards, National Board of Certified Counselors, National Commission for Health Education, Society of Certified Senior Advisors.

Laura McCoy, laura.mccoy@homeinstead.com, Home Instead Senior Care,

636-477-6025, www.homeinstead.com/782


     ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

 

ESTATE PLANNING AND ELDER LAW PRESENTATION

December 18 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Santa's checking his list...are you? Join us for a 30 minute presentation by Attorney, Brian G. Quinn on Estate Planning and Elder Law in the New Year. Afterward, enjoy desserts and have your free holiday photo taken in our professional photo booth This event is hosted by Gambrill Gardens Senior Living, 1 Strecker Road Ellisville, MO 63011.  The presentation is scheduled for Monday, December 18, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Photo booth is hosted by Personal Touch portraits.  Please RSVP by call or email to Deirdre, 636-395-0877 or Deirdre@eldercareadvisors.org

Deirdre Cechin, deirdre@eldercareadvisors.org, Quinn Estate & Elder Law, 36-395-0877, www.quinnestatelaw.com

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     ANNOUNCEMENTS

JAYSEN B. LENOX JOINS BECK ESTATE PLANNING AND ELDER LAW, LLC

Beck Estate Planning and Elder Law, LLC

Rudy D. Beck, Attorney and founder of Beck Estate Planning & Elder Law, LLC is pleased to announce Jayson B. Lenox, Attorney has joined his firm located at 2777 West Clay in St. Charles, Missouri.   Over the years Mr. Lenox has written thousands of wills and trusts for clients throughout the state.  Mr. Lenox is an accredited agent of the Veterans Administration and works with veterans and families in obtaining Veteran’s Aid and Attendance benefits.  Throughout his career, he has tried more than 80 jury trials to conclusion and handled hundreds of mediations representing both plaintiffs and defendants.  Additionally, Lenox has served as mediator himself.  After graduation from the University of Missouri law school with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1991, Lenox became a member of the Missouri Bar and then passed the Illinois Bar as well.  In 2014, he became the Judge for the city of New Melle.  Lenox previously served as assistant prosecutor for the city of St. Peters and city attorney for the city of Foristell. 

Mr. Lenox is a member of the Missouri Bar, the St. Charles County Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the American Bar Association.  He is also a member of the Senior Service Resources of Greater St. Louis, a group of professionals assisting seniors and their families with professional services.   He is a native of St. Charles, a graduate of St. Charles West High School and currently lives with his wife, Kelly and 19-year-old son John, who is a freshman at Fontbonne University; 17-year-old daughter Katie, a high school senior at Visitation Academy; and 10-year-old daughter K.C., a fifth-grader in the Francis Howell School district.  Mr. Lenox says he is very excited and also looks forward to working with Mr. Beck and the staff. 

Mr. Beck stated; “With Jay coming on board, we will collectively have almost 70 years of experience”.

Vicki Durney, Beck Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm, LLC, vdurney@beckelderlaw.com, 636-946-7899, fax:636-946-2118

 

OUTPATIENT OSTOMY CLINIC

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, lisa.hezel@mercy.net, Mercy Hyperbarics and Wound Care St. Louis,

314-989-1181, https://www.mercy.net/practice/mercy-hyperbaric-and-wound-care-studt-avenue

 

EVELYN’S HOUSE HELPS MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT AT END OF LIFE

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 bjchospice.org/evelynshouse.

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

 

OFFICIAL INSTALLER FOR VETERAN’S ADMINISTRATION RAMPS

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, lynn@promisehomeworks.com,  Promise Home Works, 314-494-4940, www.promisehomeworks.com

 

ADULT PROGRAMS OFFERED AT TROUT LODGE

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 www.troutlodge.org, 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, dillon.charleville@gwrymca.org, YMCA Trout Lodge, 314-241-9622, www.troutlodge.org


     HONORS & RECOGNITION

MEDIA PERSONS OF THE YEAR GALA

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 stlpressclub.org or by calling 314-449-8029.

Laura Schnarr, lauraschnarr@stlpressclub.org, St. Louis Press Club, 314-449-8029, http://www.stlpressclub.org/


     SUPPORT & COUNSELING

FAMILY CAREGIVER TRAINING

December 19 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Family Caregiver Training is presented on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, from

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This opportunity provides tools to use when caring for a loved one. Topics include: monitoring and handling medications, incontinence care, home safety, proper body mechanics to protect yourself from injury, Alzheimer's/dementia awareness and handling caregiver stress. The class is taught by a Seniors Home Care registered nurse. Seating is limited, so call 314-962-2666 today to reserve a spot!

Ted Ryan, ted@seniorshomecare.com, Seniors Home Care, 314-962-2666,

http://www.seniorshomecare.com/how-we-can-help/shc-university/

 

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP

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, jaacaa@aol.com,  Miracles in Progress Stroke Support, 636-394-0968

 

DO YOU HAVE A LOVED ONE WITH DEMINTIA?

Second Wednesday each Month

Brentmoor Retirement Community

Do you have a loved one with dementia? Are you looking for some activities or outings for them? Do you need a break yourself? Do you need questions answered concerning what is happening with your loved one? How about a memory cafe activity and discussion? Come Join ComForcare Home Care St. Louis and VITAS Healthcare for an engaging and relaxing activity, game, craft and music (Name that Tune and Karaoke). Sing those old songs with your loved ones or paint a picture. Each month has a different theme and activity, All the activities are customized for those with Dementia such as Alzheimer’s, Frontal Temporal etc., ranging from the early stages to late stage. Feel free to bring them along. We will also discuss any concerns with Dementia care and how to overcome them. Events held the second Wednesday each month at 2:00 p.m. at Brentmoor Retirement Community, 8600 Delmar Blvd # 1200, St. Louis, MO 63124. Free to attend, RSVP is required 314-965-6900

Angela Haas, Stllady2015@gmail.com, ComForCare St. Louis, 314-277-0851

 

CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

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 LLSchaeffer@bethesdahealth.org or KLHaner@bethesdahealth.org. 

Kelly Haner, klhaner@bethesdahealthgroup.org, Bethesda Hospice Care,

314-373-7025, https://www.bethesdahealth.org/

 

FRONTO-TEMPORAL DEMENTIA: THE BASICS, RESEARCH AND COPING

Fourth Wednesday of the Month

Alzheimer’s Association Office

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

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

 

HELP ELIMINATE KILLINGS IN OUR COMMUNITY

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, gracechapeldevelopment@gmail.com, Grace Chapel Ministries,

314-995-5013, www.gracechapelministries.org 

 

DEMENTIA / ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT AND Q&A GROUP

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 dementiastl@gmail.com. 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, dementiastl@gmail.com, 314-277-0851

 

TIPS FOR SENIORS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FINANCIALLY

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, gseverin@lentsandassoc.com, Lents and Associates, 314-968-3060

 

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITH MEMORY PROBLEMS?

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 zubatskyjm@slu.edu

Max Zubatsky, zubatskyjm@slu.edu, Saint Louis University, 314-977-2496,

https://sites.google.com/a/slu.edu/medical-family-therapy-program/the-memory-clinic

 

SOCIAL GROUPS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH MILD TO MODERATE DEMENTIA

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 zubatskyjm@slu.edu..

Max Zubatsky, zubatskyjm@slu.edu, Saint Louis University, 314-977-2496, https://sites.google.com/a/slu.edu/medical-family-therapy-program/the-memory-clinic

 

MEDICARE BENEFICIARY INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol

Can you spot a Medicare scam? Do you know how to read your Medicare Summary Notices? Are you keeping good records of your medical visits? The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) team members can help you answer these questions in free presentations offered in retirement centers, libraries, and meetings of civic groups, military organizations and church groups. The Missouri SMP is part of a national organization whose mission is empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education. In doing so, the SMP helps promote integrity in the Medicare program. SMP team members conduct outreach to Medicare beneficiaries in their communities through group presentations, exhibit at community events, answer calls to the SMP hotline, and meet with clients. The Missouri SMP partners with Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA) in the Saint Louis metropolitan area. If your organization would like a presentation on any of the above topics, please call Sarah Levinson at 636-207-0847 or Missouri SMP Director Rona McNally at 888-515-6565.

Sarah Levinson, slevinson@mid-eastaaa.org, Missouri SMP and MEAAA,

636-207-0847, http://missourismp.org/


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VETERAN VOLUNTEERS

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, bereavement@hopehospicstl.com, Hope Hospice, 314-399-5621, www.hopehospicestl.com 

 

IN HOME HEALTH CARE COMPANIONS

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

 

FORMER MILITARY AS VOLUNTEERS

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, tderr@sprytecom.com, 215-620-7723

 

CAREGIVERS

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. Ldetring@sbcglobal.net, Detring Home Healthcare, 314-435-1009,

Www.detringhomehealth.com

 

COMPANION PATRONS

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

 

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS

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. tsweazey.stl@preferredhospice.com, 301 Sovereign Blvd Ste 206 Ballwin, Mo. 63011 636-527-9330

Tracy Sweazey, tsweazey.stl@preferredhospice.com, Preferred Hospice Northeast,

636-527-9330, www.preferredhospice.com 

 

ART VOLUNTEERS

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 jonesdennis818@yahoo.com or 314-368-4551.

Dennis Jones, jonesdennis818@yahoo.com, Ah! Moments Imagination Studios,

314-368-4551, ahmomentsstudios.org

 

SEEKING DIABETIC FOOT PATIENTS

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, megan.hollandsworth11@gmail.com  Anodyne Podiatry,

314-412-7518

 

STUDY VOLUNTEERS

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, azmartin@wustl.edu, Washington University School of Medicine,

314-273-1355, www.rrADtrial.org

 

COMPANION VOLUNTEER

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 lgsimon@bethesdahealth.org at Bethesda Meadow www.BethesdaHealth.org, Darla Neely dfneely@bethesdahealth.org at Bethesda Dilworth, or Jan Keale jmkeale@bethesdahealth.org, at Bethesda Southgate.

Jeff Waldman, jrwaldman@bethesdahealth.org, Bethesda Health Group, 314-800-1908,

www.BethesdaHealth.org

 

HOSPICE CARE COMPANION VOLUNTEERS

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.com

Karen Riley, karen.riley@compassus.com, Compassus Hospice, 314-731-4700,

www.compassus.com

 

FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS

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 cbanaskavich@jfcs-stl.org

Chelsey Banaskavich, cbanaskavich@jfcs-stl.org, Jewish Family & Children's Service,

314-513-1674

 

SENIOR MEAL ASSISTANT

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 sue@hcstl.com. 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, sue@hcstl.com, 314-550-7475

 

ANYONE NEEDING HOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

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 http://www.stlhelp.org. The Overland Farmers Market is at 2512 Woodson Road. See website http://overlandfarmersmarket.com.

Jeff Dunlap, jmdpr2@gmail.com, St. Louis HELP Warehouse, 314-409-5203,

http://www.stlhelp.org

 

MONEY MANAGEMENT VOLUNTEERS

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 www.lssmoneymanagement.org.

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

www.lssmoneymanagement.org

 

MANICURE PATRONS

Mobile Manicurist Today

Mobile Manicurist Today travel delivering care-filled nail services to homes, hospitals, seniors assistance living, nursing homes, offices and special events. Along with our disposable manicure and pedicure kits (which include disposable gloves, nail files, cuticle pusher, nail buffer, pumice pad & foot bath liner for worry free nail care service), our travel nail technicians provide the towels, folding footrests, petite folding tables, lap mats, floor mats, pedicure basin. Let’s discuss your individual or group mobile nail care needs. We’d love to answer your questions & explain in greater detail how our mobile nail service works, based on your individualized needs. Once we know what you need, in most cases all we’ll need you to provide, is access to water & we bring everything else.

Pamela Adams, mobilemanicuristtoday@gmail.com  Mobile Manicurist Today,

314-332-4410, www.mobilemanicuristtoday.com

 

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