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Cardinal Ritter Senior Services has an open position for the Director of Nursing. Responsibilities include coordinating, directing, staffing, controlling, and evaluating a 24 hour program of Nursing Service to meet the needs of the residents. Directs all nursing activities to ensure quality care for all residents. Participates in the formulation of philosophy, objectives, policies and procedures that directly, or indirectly, influence nursing services based upon the philosophy of care at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. Graduate of a professional nursing program with a current Missouri state license. Formal preparation and experience in administration and supervision of nursing service. Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations governing extended care facilities including knowledge of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) process and Medicare regulations including Prospective Payment System (PPS). Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations governing employment regulations. Knowledge of the operation and organization of an extended care facility. Minimum five (5) years nursing experience in long term care.

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254, www.cardinalritterseniorservices


iTNStCharles is a non-profit dedicated to providing dignified rides for seniors and adults with disability living in St. Charles County. We need part-time paid drivers and volunteer drivers. We are extremely flexible and very friendly. Please consider helping your neighbor and community. Call Martha Klein or Debbie Brazill 636-329-0888 for more info. .

Susan Kallash-Bailey,, iTNStCharles, 636-329-0888,



Cardinal Ritter Senior Services has a job opening for an experienced part-time Grant Writer to research and write grants for all services, facilities and programs of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. Research and write funding opportunities applications. Identify funding possibilities and new opportunities to match institutional needs. Track grants received/not received. Ensure timely and accurate completion of grant evaluations and outcomes with appropriate input from program staff. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Experience writing successful grants. Knowledge of Microsoft Office. Raisers Edge database experience preferred. 

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254, www.cardinalritterseniorservices



Pyramid Home Health Services
Pyramid Home Health Services has immediate openings for Homemaker Aides and Personal Care Aides in Saint Louis City, Saint Louis county and Saint Charles county. Do you have a friend or family member needing assistance with household chores or personal care? Would you like a new career helping people age at home? Pyramid Home Health Services has the job for you. We will beat other provider’s hourly pay rates and you will receive up to 80 hours of bonus paid time off (PTO). Additionally, both full and part time employees earn PTO at Pyramid, up to 80 hours annually. You can take this 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. Start your career today, call 1-800-699-1746 or visit our website and apply online. Pyramid Home Health Services is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/AA 

Mary Tripp,, Pyramid Home Health Care, 573-339-1864,



Cardinal Ritter Senior Services has a job opening for a PRN Medical Records Clerk. The Medical Records Clerk assists the Medical Records Coordinator and the Case Manager in the efficient storage and use of resident medical records. The Clerk also assists the Admissions Coordinator in collection and distribution of resident information for new admissions and re-admissions. High school diploma with one year experience in a health care setting preferably a nursing home.

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254, www.cardinalritterseniorservices



St. Charles County seeks a full-time Service Coordinator.   The individual should be an organized, energetic professional who enjoys working with people and coordinating schedules for a fast-growing senior-related business.  Home instead provides a variety of non-medical services which allows seniors to remain in their home and meet the challenges of aging with dignity, care and compassion. Primary responsibilities include coordinating and managing client and caregiver schedules by interacting directly with both clients and caregiver. We are looking for a team player who is compassionate, confident and has the desire to exceed expectations. Qualifications include: Strong problem-solving, presentation, telephone, organizational and scheduling skills; competency and confidence in adapting to changing circumstances in a positive manner; ability to effectively organize and plan, as well as anticipate needs and priorities; ability to identify goals, develop plans, estimate time frames and monitor progress; strong computer skills.  Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and web-based scheduling programs a plus. Please apply at and attach your resume to the application. Contact Angie Adkisson, 636-477-6025.

Angie Adkisson,, Home Instead Senior Care, 636-477-6025,

Health & Wellness


5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Silver Lining
Do you ever feel like you're caught in a resentment/guilt loop? You give to the point of exhaustion and then feel resentful. So you scale back on giving and take time for yourself only to find yourself feeling guilty. It's a vicious cycle brought about by wanting to avoid conflict and get others' approval. It's important to learn to say no gently, easily and gracefully without fear of ruining your relationships. You may be surprised to learn that taking care of yourself first is not only good for you, but inspires others to be their best too. If you want to confidently and passionately live life on your terms without feeling guilty or selfish, join us Tuesday, October 18, from 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Silver Lining, 13418 Clayton Road, Town & Country, MO 63131, and lower level behind Straub's. Angie will reveal the number one reason that keeps professional women overworked, overwhelmed, and heading for burnout and how to get your life back. RSVP at Angie Monko,, Harmony Harbor Coaching, 314-422-6520,

Angie Monko,, Harmony Harbor Coaching, 314-422-6520,



Maryville Plastic Surgeon Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October 19th, 2016 may come and go as a normal Wednesday for most; but for the MidAmerica Plastic Surgery team and their patients, it’s BRA Day. BRA Day, or Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, is dedicated to raising awareness for and educating about breast reconstruction after breast cancer. Breast cancer is a very common illness among women today, affecting 1 in every 8 women. Often after having breast cancer, a mastectomy, or removal of the breast tissue, is necessary. To rebuild the breast after a mastectomy, the breast reconstruction process begins. To educate the public about breast reconstruction, MidAmerica Plastic Surgery will be hosting their first BRA Day on October 19th, including a bra drive, refreshments, games, and educational information. The bras that MidAmerica will be collecting are being donated to Bras for a Cause and monetary donations will be sent to The Pink Fund, both organizations supporting breast cancer patients. For more information, please call MidAmerica at 618-288-7855 or visit them online at

Kimberly Birched,, MidAmerica Plastic Surgery, 618-288-7855,




6:00 p.m. at Des Peres Hospital
if knee pain is keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, come learn more about non-surgical and surgical options for treatment on Tuesday, November 15, 6:00 p.m. with Dr. Scott Zahner, MD.  We will  also cover Makoplasty ® robot-assisted partial knee resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve knee pain and restore range of motion. This surgery preserves healthy bone and tissue, typically resulting in a shorter hospital stay with a faster recovery time. Learn more and join us at an upcoming seminar. RSVP by calling 1-877-217-4400. 

Simone Valle,, Des Peres Hospital (Tenet Healthcare), 314-966-9695,




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

Theresa Dickens,, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-205-6906,


MONDAYS from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 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 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 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, 314-822-4928,



THURSDAYS from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 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, 636-938-6442,



On November 8th, you can make a different in the lives of seniors in our community. By voting Yes on PROPOSITION S, we can address our growing senior population and the serious gaps in funding and services for seniors living at home. PROPOSITION S would enact a five-cent property tax to assist residents over the age of 60 to remain in their homes. That’s only $9.50 annually for a $100,000 home. Voters in 54 Missouri counties have passed a Senior Services Fund. Our Senior Services Fund could be dedicated to programs supporting: home delivered meals, home safety and maintenance, homemaker services, respite for family caregivers, and transportation for seniors. This is our only chance to make this happen. Your support and outreach is needed to achieve a simple majority vote for PROPOSITION S on November 8th.  For more information or to volunteer, call 314-513-9938. 

Suzanne Gundlach,, Seniors Count, 314-422-8705,

Lectures / Cont. Education



10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Silver & Gold Living is a free educational seminar, a part of the Aging with Grace Seminar series. Gain insight into what you need to do to right-size a living situation to support one's highest good. Designed for pre-retirees, boomers, seniors and their families. Get answers from subject matter experts to: where do I begin, what will I need to do to successfully age in place, how do I best move forward to have a safer home environment, who can I trust for later-in-life transitions, how do I coordinate all these details? Featured speakers and panelists include a certified senior housing professional, and ambassadors from Independent-Living, Assisted-Living, Memory Care and Other value-added communities in St. Louis. Don’t Miss a special presentation by an Elder Attorney & Estate Planning Expert. When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Gym, 1420 S. Sappington Rd, 63126. Join us and bring friends, family members, and parents. Seating is limited. All are welcome. Reserve your seat today. Sponsored by The Daughters of St. Paul, Pauline Books & Media, Crestwood, MO. RSVP by Mon., Oct. 10 at 314-337-1534 or email .

Dennis Daniels,, Platinum Realty, 314-337-1534



OCTOBER 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Gym

"Silver & Gold Living" is a free educational seminar, as part of the Aging with Grace Seminar series. Gain insight into what you need to do to right-size a living situation to support one's highest good. Designed for pre-retirees, boomers, seniors and their families. Get answers from subject matter experts to: where do I begin, what will I need to do to successfully age in place, how do I best move forward to have a safer home environment, who can I trust for later-in-life transitions, how do I coordinate all these details? Featured speakers and panelists include a certified senior housing professional, and ambassadors from Independent-Living, Assisted-Living, Memory Care and other Value-Added Communities in St. Louis. Don’t miss a special presentation by an Elder Law Attorney & Estate Planning Expert. When: Saturday, October 15, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Gym, 1420 S. Sappington Rd, 63126. Join us and bring friends, family members, and parents. All are welcome. Sponsored by The Daughters of St. Paul, Pauline Books & Media, Crestwood, MO. Dennis Daniels, 

Dennis Daniels,, Platinum Realty, 314-337-1534



October 18

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Gatesworth
Healthy Teams: Developing collaboration and communication in internal, external, and long distance health care teams, Presented by Kevin Stokes, Ed.D, Maryville University. Health care professionals are invited to join the St. Louis Unit of the Midwest Chapter of ALCA from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 18 for a free CEU event and happy hour held at The Gatesworth, #1 McKnight Place. RSVP by October 11.

Sharon Greenstein,, Aging Life Care Association (TM),



OCTOBER 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Family Arena
Are you or someone you know struggling with the death of a loved one? Join us for Dr. Wolfelt's grief seminar on Tuesday, October 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Family Arena. The seminar is free, open to the public, and will allow you to explore the need to grieve and mourn. Call 636-328-0874 or visit to register. 

Ally Walters,, Baue Funeral Homes, 636-328-0874,




6:00 p.m. at Washington University Hillman Hall
A Crash Course in Aging: Six Things to Know in 30 Minutes. Thursday, October 20, 6:00 p.m. at Washington University, Hillman Hall, Clark-Fox Forum. For the release of the printed version of the Washington University Common Reader aging issue, Agency of the Aged, we are hosting a fast-paced evening of speakers who will offer provocative insights on the aging of the world. Bring friends, family, and colleagues to hear six speakers talk for five minutes each to convince you what needs to be done. Event is free and open to all. Food and beverages will be provided.

Sarah Harty,, Washington University in St. Louis, 314-747-9192,




Victorian Gardens Senior Living Community
You are invited to participate in a dynamic continuing education opportunity worth 20 CEUs on October 25 to 27 at Victorian Gardens Senior Living Community, in Eureka MO. Best Practice Boot Camp is a comprehensive course for developing advanced marketing skills for Long Term Care Administrators and their staff. This course targets the skills necessary to strategically grow your business using the latest marketing principles. Participants of Best Practice Boot Camp are eligible for up to 20 Admin CEUs as required by the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators. Approval #: SO-3848. Advanced registration is required and is limited to the first 40 participants. Register at  For 1uestions contact Katheryn Hunt at 314-852-1025.

Katheryn Hunt,, Cornerstone Solutions, LLC, 314-852-1025,




9:00 a.m. TO 3:00 p.m. at Maryville University’s Catholic Newman Center
On Saturday, October 29, Maryville University's Catholic Newman Center will host a development opportunity for professional and family caregivers entitled, "In the Spirit of Caregiving: A Reflective Engagement." Participants will reflect on how spirituality and related practices can reduce stress, improve the quality of relationships and revitalize a caring spirit. They will explore concepts of care giving and receiving, the human spirit, mindfulness, contentment, and resiliency. They will also learn about ways to integrate positive practices that revitalize a caring spirit, choosing from breakout sessions on Tai Chi, Meditation, Yoga, Rekki and Contemplation. Keynote speakers include Dr. Jared Bryson, Vice President, Mission, with Mercy health system and Dennis Winschel, Principal Animator at D. Winschel Group, LLC. Jared holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctoral degree in Christian Spirituality. He has 20 years of experience in retreat presentation, Spiritual Direction, parish and seminary education, and health care ministries. Dennis has Master’s degrees in spirituality and counseling and is a pastor, teacher, coach, counselor, trainer, manager, and in performance and organizational development. 

Stephen DiSalvo,, Maryville University, 314-529-9521,




2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Gambrill Gardens Senior Living Chapel
Join us for a free workshop presented by Elder Care Advisors & Quinn Estate & Elder Law on Thursday November 3, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Gambrill Gardens Senior Living Chapel. Kicking off the workshop is Jeopardy Joe. Come and play America’s most popular game show and win prizes. Followed by the latest information about qualifying for Veteran's Benefits and how to pay for long term care costs. Bring a friend.  Reserve your seat today by calling 636-395-0877.

Deirdre Cechin,, Elder Care Advisors, 636-395-0877,




1:00 p.m. at West County Family Y
Senior Sizzler: Frauds and Scams Program on Thursday, November 17 1:00 p.m. at West County Family Y.  You can call 636-532-3100 to register or go on line at  Get an in-depth look at frauds and scams that target older adults and how to avoid becoming a victim. The program is presented by the Chesterfield Police Department. Coffee and dessert will also be provided after the program. Free to attend. To reserve your seat, call 636-532-3100. 

Lisa Bobrzynski,, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727,

Arts & Entertainment



6:30 p.m. at Beyond Broadway

The St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired is having their annual Guess the Grape fundraising event on Saturday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Beyond Broadway.  This event celebrates the work of the Society and helps to support the services and programs for children and adults with vision loss.  This event, as Society’s signature fundraising event, Guess the Grape follows a fun blind tasting format.   Following a champagne reception, three flights of two different wines will be tasted with guests not knowing what wine they are tasting until after each flight. Each flight will be paired with a special chef’s selection to go with the specific wines being tasted. Guests are encouraged to actively participate in choosing both which wine is being tasted as well as which one they prefer.  The evening will be emceed by a local wine Sommeliers Mike Ward of Major Brands and Ward on Wine, and Dave Birkenmeier of Schnucks.  Tickets are on sale now.  Individual tickets $125, table of eight $1,000.  Contact Christy at 314-986-9000 or visit the website at for more information.

Karen Katsion,, 314-968-9000,   




7:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Missouri State Penitentiary
Join us for our next Senior Sizzler, a Missouri State Penitentiary Historic Tour on Tuesday, October 18. We will meet at the Central Park Pavilion, located at 16365 Lydia Hill Drive in Chesterfield, at 7:15 a.m. Once we arrive in Jefferson City, we will take a historic tour of the penitentiary. After the tour, we will have lunch at Oscar's Classic Diner. After lunch, we will tour the Governor’s Mansion and will also stop in at the Downtown Diner for a cup of coffee and a "slice of pie," which is made from Grandma's old recipes. We will return to Central Park Pavilion around 6:00 p.m. Cost is $50 per person.  For the tour, please wear comfortable shoes, no sandals. Call 636-532-3100 by Tuesday, October 11 to reserve your spot.

Lisa Bobrzynski,, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727,




2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Bauer Hall at Washington University
Bethesda Health Group Foundation is offering free computer classes on October 21 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Learn how to use your mobile device, computer, and the Internet to your liking. Classes are taught by students who will provide significant one-on-one time, answering your questions and tailoring your time together. You are encouraged to bring your iPad, tablet, laptop or smart phone to class. The classes will be held at Bauer Hall on the Washington University campus. Transportation is provided from a Bethesda independent living community. Departure times vary. Please call and leave your contact information on our 24-hour line at 314-800-1939 to reserve your spot as seats are limited.

Pam Moore,, Bethesda Health Group, 314-800-1916,




5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Riverchase
Harvest Jam, Friday, October 21st from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fee: $15.00 per person. Celebrate October with German cuisine, dancing and music. The Backstreet Cruisers are back for a night of Good Old Rock n' Roll from the 50's and 60's. This is feel good music guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Preregistration is required by calling RiverChase at 636-343-0067. 

Kate Buemi,, RiverChase, 636-343-0067,




Ballwin Golf Course Clubhouse
The Lafayette Older Adult Program (LOAP) is a partnership program with Manchester, Ballwin, Chesterfield, Ellisville, Wildwood, Winchester and the Parkway and Rockwood School Districts. LOAP have regular monthly meetings and activities. The fee is $2 per meeting to be paid at the meeting. Occasional special luncheons require a reservation and pre-payment and are a higher fee. Coffee, tea, soda and desserts are provided. Bring a sack lunch. All LOAP meetings will be held at the Ballwin Golf Course clubhouse on October 24, November 14: Thanksgiving Luncheon, November 28, and December 12: Holiday Brunch.  Special luncheons involve separate fees. Accessible parking will be available at the Golf Course. For a shorter walk and more convenient parking, please park in North Pointe’s parking lot. If you are registered for one of the special luncheons or trips, please note that there will be no refunds unless it is an emergency and you will not be allowed to carry it over until the next luncheon. Due to health and safety reasons, please do not bring Tupperware containers with you to the luncheons for leftovers. Call 636-537-4000 for more information.

Lisa Bobrzynski,, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727,




1:00 p.m. at West County Family Y
Join us for Halloween Bingo at the West County Family Y on Tuesday, October 25 at 1:00 p.m. Wear your best costume for the costume contest. To reserve your seat, call 636-532-3100. Sponsored by Delmar Gardens in Chesterfield & Chesterfield Villas.

Lisa Bobrzynski,, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727,



10:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m. at The Missouri History Museum, E. Desmond Lee Auditorium
Maturity and Its Muse In Partnership with The Missouri History Museum Proudly Presents The Silver Stages Series: Performances by Mature St. Louisans for Mature St. Louisans. Featuring St. Louis Irish Arts Wednesday, November 2. We promise you and your friends will love this program! The St. Louis Irish Arts’ troupe is instrumental in keeping Irish traditions alive and well here in St. Louis, You will be amazed at the joy the Irish music and dance can bring to our lives. Back again for an encore! The Missouri History Museum admission is free. Doors open: 10:00 a.m. Handicapped Accessible.
Lynn Hamilton,, Maturity and Its Muse, (314) 420-1444,



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

Amy Moore,, Sunnyhill Inc., 314-845-3900,




6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Family Arena
Exploring the Need to Grieve and Mourn; Healing Yourself, Your Family and Your Friends. Date: Tuesday, October 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles, MO 63303. Dr. Alan Wolfelt will talk about help for grieving families.  This seminar is open to the public. Register online at or call 636-328-0878. 

Stacy Jones,, Baue Funeral Home, 636-940-1000,




1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
CenterPointe Hospital cordially invites you to attend an Open House for our newly expanded Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Suite on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with Ribbon Cutting beginning at 1:30 p.m., at CenterPointe Hospital, 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway, St. Charles, MO 63304. TMS is FDA approved for the treatment of Depression and other treatment resistant disorders and is covered by most major insurances and Medicare. RSVP to Sheila Hunt at  or call 636-345-6150.

Sheila Hunt,, CenterPointe Hospital, 636-345-6150,


Our Doris is turning 100 years old. We are in independent living community in Ballwin Missouri. One of our residents will be turning 100. We will have entertainment, a huge cake and lots of her family and loved ones on hand to help her celebrate her birthday. We hope you can come and help us celebrate with her.  Contact Melissa Leady for more information.

Doris Jesberg,, Briarcrest Estates, 636-391-5300


Seniors Count of Greater St. Louis is a local initiative supported by a coalition of community organizations and eldercare agencies. The mission of Seniors Count is to address the growing gap between the needs of seniors and available resources. To help accommodate the growing needs, Proposition S has been placed on the November 2017 ballot in St. Charles County, St. Louis County, and St. Louis City to establish a Senior Service Fund. Proposition S will fund additional services to help senior citizens in your county stay in their homes and live independently longer. Proposition S will raise property taxes by $9.50 for every $100,000 of a home’s assessed value.  A $200,000 home will see an increase of only $19 in property tax annually. Revenue raised will be deposited into a Senior Service Fund, allocated by an independent board to agencies providing services for senior citizens in their homes. This is a proven, cost-effective way to provide for the needs of the senior population. Fifty one Missouri counties already adopted this measure, as allowed by Missouri law. If approved by voters in November, this initiative will improve the ability of our region’s three largest counties to better address needs of seniors. For more information, visit

Suzanne Gundlach,, Seniors Count, 314-422-8705,

The Sheridan at Laumeier Park in Sunset Hills, Mo. is an assisted living and memory care residence to open in early 2017 in Sunset Hills, MO.  Senior Lifestyle Corporation, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing communities, is targeting a grand opening in early 2017 of The Sheridan at Laumeier Park.  This is the first of several retirement communities it plans to develop in metro St. Louis. The Sheridan will feature 43 assisted-living apartments plus 41 memory care residences developed specifically to support those with dementia, including Alzheimer’s. The project, totaling nearly 69,000 square feet of finished space, is emerging from a 3.9-acre site at 12470 Rott Road adjacent to Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills, Mo. To learn more, email  or call 314-219-5232. Also, an informational Welcome Center is now open daily at 3802 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Suite 107 in Sunset Hills. All are welcome to stop in and learn more. 

Kenn Entringer,, Casey Communications, Inc., 314-721-2828

Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis recently appointed metro east native Jaye Mitchum as administrator. Mitchum began her career with Unity Hospice in 2003 serving various marketing positions. She was later promoted to serve as regional director of business development, where she was responsible for training the company’s sales & marketing teams about business development. In her new role as administrator, Mitchum will oversee the administrative and clinical operations at Unity Hospice’s Collinsville, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo. offices.

Jenna Matzer,, Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis, 888-394-1055,

Honors & Recognition


Do you know an exceptional caregiver working in long-term care? Make sure to nominate them by September 30 so they can be honored at the Caregiver Awards Luncheon on December 1. Imagine them being recognized in front of 600 people from the local long-term care community. What an incredible way to recognize your exceptional caregivers who are providing quality long-term care. Download the nomination form at

Kristin Pendleton,, VOYCE, 314-919-2410,


Mid-East Area Agency on Aging staff attended the 2016 M4A Show Me Summit on Aging and Health. Members of MEAAA’s Choice Team were recognized and honored to share information about the programs and its benefits with a packed room of professionals in aging from across the state titled, “Moving Beyond the Traditional Senior Center Model.” To learn more about our Choice Program or to register for a class, visit or call 636-207-0847.

Stephanie Patrick,, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging, 636-207-0847,



Memory Care Home Solutions Honored Debbie and Jack Thomas as the 2016 Alzheimer’s Community Service Award on October 13.   2016 Memories and Melodies Honorees Debbie and Jack Thomas were presented with the 2016 Alzheimer’s Community Service Award to honor their dedication to the MCHS mission. Debbie and Jack were presented with the award Oct. 13 at the 10th annual Memories and Melodies gala. Having cared for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease when there was little information about the disease, this couple has donated time and resources to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Their personal connection to MCHS’ cause made them an ideal honoree selection. “Debbie and Jack’s experience as caregivers, their passion for our community and their understanding of our mission make them the perfect honorees.” – Lisa Baron, Founder and Executive Director, Memory Care Home Solutions. 

Nick Clark,, Memory Care Home Solutions, 314-645-6247,


The Signature Healthcare Foundation has presented its 2016 Senator Paul Simon Award to Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) in recognition of the significant cost savings.  The saving were achieved through LSS’ participation in the federal Center For Medicare & Medicaid Services Model 3 Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Pilot Program (BPCI) and the changes implemented through the BPCI and LSS’ REACH (Rehabilitation through Achievement) program. These changes focused on care coordination along the continuum of care and resulted in reductions in length of stay, re-admission rates and costs, providing a model for effective and efficient patient care. Over the past 18 months, the average length of a REACH stay has been reduced by over seven days – from 25-27 days to 18-20 days, while the hospital re-admission rate has dropped from the 20-25% range to the low teens and even single digits. At the same time, the REACH guest satisfaction rate is in the 95+ percent range. 

Craig Workman,, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-640-9033,

Support & Counseling



2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free Family Caregiver Training Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This training opportunity provides tools to use when caring for a parent or loved one in multiple settings. Whether you are a seasoned caregiver or planning care for a family member, spouse or friend, this free class will teach you topics including: monitoring and handling medications, incontinence care, home safety, proper body mechanics to protect yourself against injury, Alzheimer's disease and dementia awareness, and handling caregiver stress. This class is taught by a Seniors Home Care registered nurse. Seating is limited for this free community service, so call 314-962-2666 today to reserve a spot.

Ted Ryan,, Seniors Home Care, 314-962-2666,

In Search Of...


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

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


Mid-East Area Agency on Aging is always looking for friendly and dependable volunteers to deliver meals for our Meals on Wheels program. Volunteers will deliver hot, nutritious, noontime meals to homebound seniors in the community while also providing a well-being check. Starting around 10:30 a.m., volunteers usually spend around one to one and half hours delivering meals on their route. If you are interested in filling out an application contact MEAAA Central Office at 636-207-0847. 

Stephanie Patrick,, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging, 636-207-0847,


Cognitive Improvement

Eight Habits that Improve Cognitive Function

     The New York Times published an article about the "brain fitness business" titled, “Do Brain Workouts Work? Science Isn’t Sure.” I believe the answer is no. Without a variety of other daily habits, these "brain-training games" cannot stave off mental decline or dramatically improve cognitive function.

     Most of these brain-training games will have some benefits—but it's impossible to optimize brain connectivity and maximize neurogenesis (growth of new neurons) sitting in a chair while playing a video game on a two-dimensional screen.

     In order to give your brain a full workout, you need to engage both hemispheres of the cerebrum, and both hemispheres of the cerebellum. You can only do this by practicing, exploring, and learning new things in the three-dimensions of the real world—not while being sedentary in front of a flat screen in a cyber reality.

     Digital games are incapable of giving the entire brain a full workout. These digital programs can't really exercise the cerebellum (Latin: "Little Brain") and, therefore, are literally only training half your brain. These "brain-training workouts" are the equivalent of only ever doing upper body workouts, without ever working out your lower body.

     Although the cerebellum is only 10 percent of brain volume, it houses over 50 percent of the brain's total neurons. Neuroscientists are perplexed by this disproportionate ratio of neurons... Whatever the cerebellum is doing to optimize brain function and improve cognition, it recruits a lot of neurons to do it.


Brain-Training Games Increase Sedentary Screen Time

     In the recent New York Times article(link is external), Tara Parker-Pope concludes that, “While there is no real risk to participating in the many unproven brain-training games available online and through smartphones, experts say, consumers should know that the scientific jury is still out on whether they are really boosting brain health or just paying hundreds of dollars to get better at a game.” I slightly disagree.

     I believe these programs do have a risk because they add more sedentary screen time to a person's day. This additional time spent on a mobile device or computer takes away from time that people could spend: breaking a sweat, exploring the world, interacting with friends and family, making art, playing a musical instrument, writing, reading a novel, daydreaming, practicing mindfulness meditation, etc.

     I have written dozens of Psychology Today blog posts about lifestyle choices and daily habits that improve brain structure, connectivity, and cognitive function. For this post, I did a meta-analysis of the most recent neuroscience studies and compiled a list of habits that can improve cognitive function for people from every generation. These eight habits can improve cognitive function and protect against cognitive decline for a lifespan.


Eight Habits that Improve Cognitive Function

1. Physical Activity

2. Openness to Experience

3. Curiosity and Creativity

4. Social Connections

5. Mindfulness Meditation

6. Brain-Training Games

7. Get Enough Sleep

8. Reduce Chronic Stress


1. Physical Activity

     Last December, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) discovered more evidence that physical activity is beneficial for brain health and cognition. The study found that certain hormones, which are increased during exercise, may help improve memory. The researchers were able to correlate blood hormone levels from aerobic fitness, and identify positive effects on memory function linked to exercise.

     In October of 2013, researchers at Dana-Farber and Harvard Medical School released a study showing a specific molecule released during endurance exercise that improves cognition and protects the brain against degeneration. I wrote a post about this called "Scientists Discover Why Exercise Makes You Smarter."

     In their breakthrough discovery, scientists honed in on a specific molecule called irisin that is produced in the brain during endurance exercise through a chain reaction. Irisin is believed to have neuroprotective effects. Researchers were also able to artificially increase the levels of irisin in the blood which activated genes involved in learning and memory.

     A 2013 study from Finland with children investigated the link between cardiovascular fitness, motor skills, and academic test scores. The researchers found that first graders with poor motor skills also had poorer reading and arithmetic test scores. Across the board, children with better performance in fitness and motor skills had higher cognitive function and scored better in reading and arithmetic tests.


2. Openness to Experience

     A study from October 2013 titled, "The Impact of Sustained Engagement on Cognitive Function in Older Adults: The Synapse Project" found that learning new and demanding skills while maintaining an engaged social network are key to staying sharp as we age.

     The findings reveal that less demanding activities, such as listening to classical music or simply completing word puzzles, probably doesn’t provide noticeable benefits to an aging mind and brain. Older adults have long been encouraged to stay active and to flex their memory and learning like any muscle that you have to "use it or lose it." However, this new research indicates that not all mind-engaging activities improve cognitive function.

     Lead researcher Denise Park of the University of Texas at Dallas says, “It seems it is not enough just to get out and do something—it is important to get out and do something that is unfamiliar and mentally challenging, and that provides broad stimulation mentally and socially. When you are inside your comfort zone you may be outside of the enhancement zone."

     Another study, from January 2012, found that a training program designed to boost cognition in older adults also increased their openness to new experiences demonstrating for the first time that a non-drug intervention in older adults can change a personality trait once thought to be fixed throughout a person's lifespan.


3. Curiosity and Creativity

     In October of 2013, a study from Michigan State University found that childhood participation in arts and crafts leads to innovation, patents, and increases the odds of starting a business as an adult. The researchers found that people who own businesses or patents received up to eight times more exposure to the arts as children than the general public.

     “The most interesting finding was the importance of sustained participation in those activities,” said Rex LaMore, director of MSU’s Center for Community and Economic Development. “If you started as a young child and continued in your adult years, you’re more likely to be an inventor as measured by the number of patents generated, businesses formed, or articles published. And that was something we were surprised to discover.”

     Last year, neuroscientists discovered multiple ways that musical training improves the function and connectivity of different brain regions and improves cognitive function. Practicing a musical instrument increases brain volume and strengthens communication between brain areas.

     Playing an instrument changes how the brain interprets and integrates a wide range of sensory information, especially for those who start before age seven. The findings were presented at the Neuroscience 2013 conference in San Diego.

     In a press briefing Gottfried Schlaug, MD, PhD—who is an expert on music, neuroimaging and brain plasticity from Harvard Medical School—summarized the new research from three different presentations at the conference. He said, "These insights suggest potential new roles for musical training including fostering plasticity in the brain; have strong implications for using musical training as a tool in education; and for treating a range of learning disabilities."

     Another study published in July of 2013 found that reading books, writing, and participating in brain-stimulating activities at any age may preserve memory. Neuroscientists discovered that reading a novel can improve brain function on a variety of levels. This study on the brain benefits of reading fiction was conducted at Emory University. The study was titled, “Short- and Long-Term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain," and was published in the journal Brain Connectivity.

     The researchers found that becoming engrossed in a novel enhances connectivity in the brain and improves brain function. Interestingly, reading fiction was found to improve the reader's ability to put themselves in another person’s shoes and flex the imagination in a way that is similar to the visualization an athlete would do while mentally rehearsing a motion in sports.

     "Our study suggests that exercising your brain by taking part in activities such as these across a person's lifetime, from childhood through old age, is important for brain health in old age," concluded co-author Robert S. Wilson, PhD.


4. Social Connections

     In February 2014 Professor of Psychology, John Cacioppo, from University of Chicago, presented findings which identified that the health consequences of feeling lonely can trigger psychological and cognitive decline.

Cacioppo's researcher found that feeling isolated from others can: disrupt sleep, elevate blood pressure, increase morning rises in the stress hormone cortisol, alter gene expression in immune cells, increase depression, and lower overall subjective well-being...all of these factors conspire to disrupt optimal brain function, connectivity, and reduce cognitive function.


5. Mindfulness Meditation

     A 2013 pilot study by researchers at Harvard's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center identifed that the brain changes associated with meditation and subsequent stress reduction may play an important role in slowing the progression of age-related cognitive disorders like Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

     First author Rebecca Erwin Wells, MD, MPH, explained, "We were particularly interested in looking at the default mode network (DMN)—the brain system that is engaged when people remember past events or envision the future, for example—and the hippocampus—the part of the brain responsible for emotions, learning and memory—because the hippocampus is known to atrophy as people progress toward mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. We also know that as people age, there's a high correlation between perceived stress and Alzheimer's disease, so we wanted to know if stress reduction through meditation might improve cognitive reserve."


6. Brain-Training Games

     Scientists are beginning to better understand the specific mechanisms of how patterns of electrical pulses (called “spikes”) trigger a cascade of changes in neural circuits linked to learning and memory. In a report published in April of 2013, researchers from Tel Aviv University found that "stimulant-rich" environments and problem solving puzzles could be a contributing factor in preventing or delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in some people.

     Researchers at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have created a specialized video game that may help older people boost mental skills like handling multiple tasks at once. Dr. Adam Gazzaley of UCSF and colleagues published their findings in the September 2013 journal Nature.

     In January of  2014, researchers at Johns Hopkins University reported that as few as 10 sessions of cognitive training improved an older person’s reasoning ability and speed-of-processing for up to a decade after the intervention. If someone received additional "booster" sessions over the next three years, the improvements were even more dramatic.


7. Get Enough Sleep

     Scientists have known for decades that the brain requires sleep to consolidate learning and memory. At the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego in November of 2013, sleep researchers from Brown University presented groundbreaking new research that helps explain the specifics of how the sleeping brain masters a new task.

     “It's an intensive activity for the brain to consolidate learning and so the brain may benefit from sleep perhaps because more energy is available, or because distractions and new inputs are fewer,” said study corresponding author Yuka Sasaki, a research associate professor in Brown University’s Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences.

     "Sleep is not just a waste of time," Yuka Sasaki concludes. The extent of reorganization that the brain accomplishes during sleep is suggested by the distinct roles the two brainwave oscillations appear to play. The authors conclude “that the delta oscillations appeared to govern the changes in the SMA's connectivity with other areas of the cortex, while the fast-sigma oscillations appeared to pertain to changes within the SMA itself.”

     A February 2014 study from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) found an association between poor sleep quality and reduced gray matter volume in the brain's frontal lobe, which helps control important processes such as working memory and executive function.

     "Previous imaging studies have suggested that sleep disturbances may be associated with structural brain changes in certain regions of the frontal lobe," said lead author Linda Chao, associate adjunct professor in the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and Psychiatry at UCSF. "The surprising thing about this study is that it suggests poor sleep quality is associated with reduced gray matter volume throughout the entire frontal lobe and also globally in the brain."


8. Reduce Chronic Stress

     Neuroscientists have discovered that chronic stress and high levels of cortisol can damage the brain. A wide range of recent studies have affirmed the importance of maintaining healthy brain structure and connectivity by reducing chronic stress, which lowers cortisol.

     Neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley,  found that chronic stress triggers long-term changes in brain structure and function which can lead to cognitive decline. Their findings might explain why young people who are exposed to chronic stress early in life are prone to mental problems such as anxiety and mood disorders later in life, as well as learning difficulties.

     The "stress hormone" cortisol is believed to create a domino effect that hard-wires pathways between the hippocampus and amygdala in a way that might create a vicious cycle by creating a brain that becomes predisposed to be in a constant state of fight-or-flight.  

     The researchers found that hardening wires, may be at the heart of the hyper-connected circuits associated with prolonged stress. This results in an excess of myelin—and too much white matter—in some areas of the brain. Ideally, the brain likes to trim the fat of excess wiring through neural pruning in order to maintain efficiency and streamlined communication within the brain.

     Chronic stress has the ability to flip a switch in stem cells that turns them into a type of cell that inhibits connections to the prefrontal cortex, which would improve learning and memory, but lays down durable scaffolding linked to anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

     Yoga has been proven to lower cortisol levels and reduce chronic stress. I wrote a Psychology Today post about this titled, "Yoga Has Potent Health Benefits."


Conclusion: Brain Fitness Programs Should Flex Every Brain Hemisphere

     The secret to optimizing cognitive function can be found in daily habits and exercises that flex both hemispheres of the cerebrum, and both hemispheres of the cerebellum. The eight habits I recommend here exercise all four brain hemispheres. If performed consistently, these habits can improve cognitive function and protect against cognitive decline.


By Christopher Bergland, The Athlete’s Way


Diet Offers Secret to Longevity

     A well-known doctor believes the secrets of longevity can be found by looking at the diets of people who have lived for more than 100 years.

     Dr. Mao Shing Ni explores this philosophy in his new cookbook, “Secrets of Longevity.”  Dr. Mao believes in eating five smaller meals a day, consuming more plants, letting food be your medicine.

     “The philosophy behind this cookbook is that by following the dietary wisdom of the centenarians from around the world, we can initiate self-healing within ourselves, enjoy life more in the present, and achieve longevity in the future,” he said. “These longevity recipes come from a world of the past - a simpler world in which food was usually sourced locally, fresh, in season, and free from pesticides.”

     He stressed the importance of taking time to cook a healthy meal and to eat together. Too often, he said, people eat in a thoughtless, disconnected way in which the priority is convenience and speed.

     Monica Rojas, a registered dietician and certified diabetes educator for Franciscan Medical Specialists in Munster, said Dr. Mao’s diet is based on sound principles.

     “I don’t think many other nutrition experts would disagree with the core principles of his diet: a balanced diet, less stress, exercise, meditation, 5 smaller meals with more antioxidant rich foods,” Rojas said. “I think the drawback it getting the average American to comply with those guidelines.   In this day and age, or economy, just getting family to cook at home and eat together is a challenge.” 

     Dr. Mao said the diet takes it’s inspiration from longevity capitols of the world, including Okinawa, Vilcabama and Hunza Valley.

     “The key players in these recipes are nutritious, plant-based foods with extraordinary healing powers,” he said. “(Including) vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, legumes, seaweeds, nuts and seeds, with fish and/or poultry playing a supporting role.”

     Almost all of the recipes in the cookbook are low-sodium, sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy free. He also recommends eating smaller portions five times a day.

     “Perhaps what most sets this plan apart from others is that it is not only about what food to eat for longevity, but also how best to prepare them, when to eat, how much to eat, and where to eat,” he said. “Part of (centenarians’) health success is due to making the dining table the focus of vitality and aliveness, a time for gathering with loved ones and enjoying a meal together.”

If your diet needs a radical overhaul, Dr. Mao suggests starting by making small changes. 

     “Start the first week by choosing just two recipes to make. By week two, they could work their way to making four recipes from the week, and gradually work their way to following one of the menus for healing as best as they are able,” he said. He recommends keeping an eating journal, eating one less fast food meal every week, and slowly reducing your intake of salt and replacing salt with herbs and spices.

     “The real takeaway is to make all changes gradually, because then you will be more likely to create new healthy habits without feelings of deprivation,” he said. 

     If some of the ingredients seem hard to find, Dr. Mao suggests replacing them with less expensive, or easier to find varieties.

     “Some of the mushrooms in the recipes could be a challenge to find, (but) the reader can replace with easier-to-find Portobello or button mushrooms. Perhaps, someday in the near future, they will be motivated to seek out a gourmet food store or a reputable online distributor,” he said. “For ingredients that are more expensive, you can leave them out. You will be leaving out some of the healing properties, but any move toward cooking healthy food is positive, even if you cannot match the recipes perfectly.”

     Most importantly, Dr. Mao said if you commit to a gradual, lasting change, you can heal your body, eat well and enjoy life more.

     “It’s never too late to change your habits,” he said. “Never lose hope that it is too late to get healthy, and also, never lose hope that it can be fun to adopt healthier habits.”


By Carrie Rodovich, Times Correspondent


30 Minutes of Exercise Can Increase Longevity Even If You’re 60 or 70

     Even senior citizens may see a longevity benefit from exercising: Older men who exercise 30 minutes a day tend to live longer than their couch-potato counterparts, a new study finds.

     In the study of men in their 60s and 70s, those who routinely did 30 minutes of exercise six days a week had a 40 percent lower risk of dying over a 12-year period, compared with men who were sedentary.

     “Even at the age of 73 years, physical activity is associated highly with [life span] between groups of sedentary and active persons,” the researchers said in the study.


Like quitting smoking

     In fact, exercise was so beneficial that its effects were on par with those of quitting smoking, the researchers said.

     The new findings are based on results from the Oslo Study, which investigated 15,000 men who were born in Norway between 1923 and 1932. The study began with a checkup in 1973 that included an assessment of the men’s height, weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and smoking history, as well as how much they exercised on a weekly basis.

     An analysis that began in 2000 looked at about 6,000 of the surviving men and resulted in the new findings. Researchers repeated the checkup and questionnaire, and monitored the men for the next 12 years. Each participant was characterized as a sedentary person (who mainly watched TV or read), a light exerciser (who walked or cycled for at least four hours weekly), a moderate exerciser (who did formal exercise or heavy gardening for at least four hours weekly) or a vigorous exerciser (who did hard training or competitive sports multiple times weekly).

     During the 12-year monitoring period, 2,154 of the 5,738 men who had participated in both checkups died.

     The researchers found that a small amount of exercise — less than an hour per week of light physical activity — was not associated with increased life span. But compared with sedentary men, those who exercised more than an hour per week had a lower risk of dying during the study. Depending on other factors, this reduction ranged from 32 percent to 56 percent.

     The researchers also found that men who exercised vigorously — even for less than an hour weekly — were 23 percent to 37 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease or of any other medical cause during the study. Vigorous exercise is key, the researchers said. The more time men spent exercising vigorously, the greater the reduction in their risk of dying.

     Men who made a habit of daily exercise at moderate to vigorous intensity lived, on average, five years longer than the men who were sedentary, even when the researchers controlled for the risk of diseases that increase with age, including heart disease and stroke.


Even light exercise helped

     In all, men who exercised 30 minutes daily for six day a week tended to live longer, irrespective of whether the exercise was light or vigorous, the researchers said.

     Still, the researchers cautioned that this was an observational study, and it’s unclear whether increased life span is linked to time spent exercising or to other factors. For instance, many of the participants who completed the second wave of the study were healthier than those who didn’t, which may have lowered their risks of dying during the study.

     But given that the longevity results are so striking when comparing men who exercised to those who didn’t, it’s likely that exercise does increase life span, the researchers said.


By Laura Geggel, The Washington Post

Social Engagement

Social Connections Promote Longevity

     Previous studies have linked the quality and quantity of a person’s social relationships to mental, as well as, physical health. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, from Brigham Young University (Utah, USA), and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of 148 studies that included data from 308,849 men and women who were followed for more than 7 years.  The team’s analysis determined that individuals with adequate social connections have a 50% greater likelihood of longevity, as compared to those with poor or insufficient social relationships. The researchers note that the overall effect remained consistent across age demographics and health status, suggesting that positive social engagement across the population may be a key to society-wide longevity.


By Holt-Lunstad J, Smith TB, Layton JB,

Spirituality / Religion

Is Spirituality Good for Your Health?
     Religion and spirituality have often been viewed in medicine as largely irrelevant, even conflicting with care. That impression is changing according to Dr. Harold Koenig, Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University.  He has studied the links between health and spirituality for nearly 30 years.
     Faith and healing went hand-in-hand until the Freud era in the mid-20th century says Koenig who addressed health professionals and students over a two day period at the Cleveland Clinic last week.  Freud's negative take on religion has had a major impact on the health profession ever since.
     In his introductory remarks, Dennis Kenny, Director of Spiritual Care at the clinic commented that Koenig has "blown off the doors" in this field of study and has initiated a dialog among health experts about the influence of spirituality on patient outcomes.
     There is resurgence in the interest of the health/spirituality connection.  Of the 3000+ quantitative original data-based studies ever done in this area, two-thirds have occurred in the last ten years. A majority of the research points to a positive relationship between spirituality and health according to Koenig.

Here are a few of the findings:
    Well-Being: Of the 326 quantitative studies examining the relationships between religion/spirituality and well-being, 256 (79 percent) found greater happiness and satisfaction with life in those individuals who were more spiritual.
    Mental health:  In the 444 studies investigating the relationships between spirituality and depression (the leading cause of disability in the world since the 1990s), 272 (61 percent) found less depression, faster remission, or a reduction in depression severity in response to an inclusion of a religious/spirituality component.
    Heart disease: Of the 19 studies exploring the association between spirituality and coronary artery disease, 12 (63 percent) reported significant inverse relationships.
    Longevity:  Among studies with more rigorous methodology, 13 of 17 (76 percent) found that religion/spirituality predicted greater longevity.
     Dr. Koenig went on to share many other findings covering a plethora of ills, both physical and mental.  The outcomes were similar: there is a positive link between religion/spirituality and better health.
     Why is this important? For me it corroborates my own experiences.  Over the years I have found for myself that a deeper spiritual approach to life's events enhances my well-being and has restored me to both physical and emotional health. I have also seen the same evidence for those I have helped to overcome their own health concerns.
     In his work Koenig admits that not all studies indicate a positive relationship between spirituality and health.  Some show no association.  But he continues his work with the desire to enhance the healing arts.
     When I asked Koenig about his career and what his research means to the medical community he responded that his hope is for this research to benefit health professionals in their ability to heal.   He said he wants there to be a realization of the power of the patient's spirituality to influence their health.
     In his book, Spirituality & Health Research, Koenig writes, "There are practical reasons that research in this area is so important, is likely to have a high payoff in the years ahead, and is worth the investment by government and private funding agencies."
     He goes on to say, "Given the role that religion/spirituality could play in preventing illness, speeding recovery, and motivating individuals to care for one another in the community (thereby reducing the need for expensive health services), research in this area will be of critical importance in addressing the escalating health-care costs in the United States and countries around the world."
     Koenig's research reveals some provocative findings.  Does it answer the question as to a connection between spirituality and health?  Each of us has to answer that for ourselves.  

By Steven Salt

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A recent review and analysis of published studies since 2005 found low-to-moderate evidence that dietary and exercise interventions can improve physical function and quality of life in older adults... View More...
Laughter may boost physical activity, mental health for seniors
9/19/2016 9:00:00 AM Aging Research
A program that combines exercise and laughter may motivate older adults to get active, improving their physical and mental health. View More...
More than 1 in 4 US adults over 50 do not engage in regular physical activity
9/16/2016 7:00:00 AM Aging Research
Inactivity puts 31 million at risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer.Despite the many benefits of moderate physical activity, 31 million Americans (28 percent) age 50 years and older are... View More...

A Brownstone and the Bitter Fight to Inherit It
10/23/2016 6:40:44 PM By SARAH MASLIN NIR NYTimes Aging - News
Before he died, Bill Cornwell bequeathed his West Village brownstone to his longtime partner Tom Doyle. But the will was invalid, and now Mr. Doyle is fighting with Mr. Cornwell’s nieces and nephews over who should inherit the multimillion dollar property. View More...
In a Promise to Lift a Curse, a Scheme to Steal Chinese Immigrants’ Savings
10/20/2016 2:52:58 PM By LIZ ROBBINS NYTimes Aging - News
On Thursday, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office charged a woman in a so-called “blessing scam,” a scheme targeting Chinese immigrants. View More...
‘Lions Hunting Zebras’: Ex-Wells Fargo Bankers Describe Abuses
10/20/2016 9:56:02 AM By STACY COWLEY NYTimes Aging - News
In legal filings and statements, former employees of the bank said immigrants, older adults, college students and Native Americans were targeted for fake accounts. View More...
The Future of Retirement Communities: Walkable and Urban
10/14/2016 8:13:23 AM By JOHN F. WASIK NYTimes Aging - News
In the age of the Fitbit and more active retirees, there is a growing demand for neighborhoods that don’t require a car and offer a mix of services. View More...
Dutch Law Would Allow Assisted Suicide for Healthy Older People
10/13/2016 1:35:23 PM By DAN BILEFSKY and CHRISTOPHER F. SCHUETZE NYTimes Aging - News
Proponents say there are valid reasons besides terminal illness to choose to die, among them loss of independence, deterioration and loneliness. View More...
A Holokauszt túlélők szükségletei egyre nőnek, a segítség azonban kevés
10/11/2016 10:00:31 PM MELISSA EDDY NYTimes Aging - News
Világszerte félmillióra becsült Holokauszt túlélők száma. Ahogy idősödnek, úgy nőnek a szükségleteik, miközben a források, amikből az utóbbi két évtizedben támogatást kaptak, lassan elapadnak. View More...
Yes, Even Fresh-Faced Fans Cheered the Rock Stalwarts of ‘Oldchella’
10/9/2016 4:06:38 PM By JOE COSCARELLI NYTimes Aging - News
Michael Cervony Jr., 19, and Travis Kray, 18, both college students, were as pleased to be at the Desert Trip festival as fans from an older generation. View More...
Making Financial Management Both Spouses’ Job
10/7/2016 9:13:34 AM By PAUL SULLIVAN NYTimes Aging - News
Many couples share financial information sparingly, but death, disability or divorce could make such a decision catastrophic. View More...
The Gray Gender Gap: Older Women Are Likelier to Go It Alone
10/7/2016 4:00:05 AM By PAULA SPAN NYTimes Aging - News
Older men are far more likely to be married than their female counterparts, and singlehood can take a toll on health and finances. View More...
Dealing With Ma’s Dementia, and That Trip Out West
10/6/2016 2:37:35 PM By JOYCE WADLER NYTimes Aging - News
A salami sandwich was heavy with expectations. View More...
Clots May Be the Cause of Fainting in Some Elderly
10/20/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Clots May Be the Cause of Fainting in Some Elderly
Category: Health News
Created: 10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/20/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Better Way to Treat Seniors' Ankle Fractures?
10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Better Way to Treat Seniors' Ankle Fractures?
Category: Health News
Created: 10/18/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Seniors With Hip Fractures Fare Better in Large Teaching Hospitals: Study
10/18/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Seniors With Hip Fractures Fare Better in Large Teaching Hospitals: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 10/17/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/18/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
When Complications Arise, Some Hospitals Get Paid a Lot More
10/13/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: When Complications Arise, Some Hospitals Get Paid a Lot More
Category: Health News
Created: 10/12/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/13/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Healthy Living May Mean More Healthy Years for Seniors
10/10/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Healthy Living May Mean More Healthy Years for Seniors
Category: Health News
Created: 10/7/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/10/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Older Surgery Patients Should Be Screened for Frailty: Study
10/7/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Older Surgery Patients Should Be Screened for Frailty: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 10/6/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/7/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other Wealthy Nations
10/7/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other Wealthy Nations
Category: Health News
Created: 10/6/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/7/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Have Humans Hit Their Longevity Limit?
10/6/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Have Humans Hit Their Longevity Limit?
Category: Health News
Created: 10/5/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/6/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Your Biological Clock: Why Some Age Faster Than Others
9/28/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Your Biological Clock: Why Some Age Faster Than Others
Category: Health News
Created: 9/28/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/28/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Exercise Speeds Seniors' Recovery From Disability
9/27/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Exercise Speeds Seniors' Recovery From Disability
Category: Health News
Created: 9/26/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/27/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
How Older People Can Head Off Dangerous Drug Interactions
9/26/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: How Older People Can Head Off Dangerous Drug Interactions
Category: Health News
Created: 9/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/26/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...


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