The Seniors’ Resource Guide is our signature publication which is published every December in both print and online editions. Both editions include our area’s largest database of detailed business listings of resources for older adults which cover 12 counties in the Missouri / Illinois metro area. Coverage includes the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Louis City, Franklin, Jefferson and St. Charles. Illinois counties include Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington.  Our guide is used extensively by older adults, families, caregivers and professionals.

          The Seniors’ Resource Guide has a press run of 32,500 complimentary copies which are distributed through a multi-tiered allocation channel to hundreds of aging-focused for-profit and non-profit organizations. Copies can also be picked up throughout the year for free (while supplies last) at most Schnucks, Dierbergs and Straubs grocery stores, as well as each of our three Area Agency on Aging offices in the metro area (St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, Aging Ahead, and AgeSmart Community Resources in Illinois). MORE 

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Employment

ASSISTANCE HOME CARE

At Assistance Home Care - we put our employees first and we care about you. We are a local, family-owned company that knows how hard you work. Our Care Professionals are treated with respect & we recognize they are the foundation of our company. Experience for yourself what makes Assistance Home Care different. Are you looking for a team that cares about you offering top benefits? Our Core Values define our Culture. At Assistance Home Care, our culture is focused on you. We know that if we take great care of you, then you will take great care of your clients. Why you should join our Team: You will be able to build a meaningful relationship with your client - You will provide One on One care in the client's home. We only hire the best caregivers - you deserve to work with the best of the best.  We offer benefits for Full-Time and Part-Time team members. Paid Training - Become A Certified Dementia Specialist. Local Support Available: 24/7/365

Jennifer Henningfeld, [email protected], Assistance Home Care, 636-735-7010, https://www.assistancehomecare.com/career-center/  

 

Health & Wellness

PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION GROUPS, ONLINE

University of Missouri – St. Louis

Tuesdays – 8:30 a.m.

The Community Psychological Service at the University of Missouri-St. Louis offers online weekly psychosocial rehabilitation groups for adults recovering from COVID-19. New members can join each week, along with a family member to help support their rehabilitation if the individual wants that. This evidence-based rehab approach uses best practices for survivors of serious COVID19, including focus on a range of health behaviors and reducing symptoms of “brain fog” (e.g., energy conservation and fatigue management, cognitive/brain health rehabilitation, sleep hygiene, managing anxiety and depression, reducing social isolation).

Ann Steffen, Ph.D, [email protected], University of Missouri-St. Louis,

314-516-5771, https://www.umsl.edu/services/cps/index.html  

 

ST LOUIS BONE BUILDERS VIRTUAL EVENT

St. Lukes Hospital

June 17 – 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

St. Luke's Bone Builders: Free Virtual Event Thursday, June 17, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Join us for a free virtual event to learn information about exercise, nutrition and medications for bone health and osteoporosis prevention from a physical therapist, pharmacist and registered dietitian. After registration, you will receive an email with a WebEx link to access the class and instructions on how to login and use WebEx. Registration is required: http://bit.ly/2MvmDOX

Community Outreach Community Outreach, [email protected], St. Luke's Hospital, 314-542-4848, www.stlukes-stl.com

 

ALEXA CUSTOMIZABLE DEVICE

Veterans Home Care

New Customized Alexa Device Replaces Push Button Medical Alerts Veterans Home Care (VHC) announces the launch of VetAssist® Companion, an Echo Alexa device specially preprogrammed with new voice technology for seniors to reduce isolation and loneliness and replace push-button medical alert systems. The Companion’s launch has been stepped up to meet the needs of seniors during the recent pandemic. Others who are not VetAssist clients can purchase this new service under the brand, SmartCompanion. Companion can provide security 24 hours a day, seven days per week, when caregivers or loved ones are unavailable. It gives seniors increased independence and peace of mind. It also promotes engagement with unlimited on-demand information and entertainment featuring music, news, and more. Veterans Home Care helps wartime veterans and their surviving spouses apply for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which pays for assistance with activities of daily living in their homes. More than 17,000 seniors have used Veterans Home Care to access VA benefits for the care they need. Veterans Home Care is not affiliated with the VA. For more info: https://www.veteranshomecare.com/companion   or 888-314-6075

Janet Jennewein, [email protected], Veterans Home Care,

314-520-0668, www.veteranshomecare.com

 

HEALTHY SENIORS / GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION EDUCATION

Be Smart

"For free briefs for your e-newsletters or for a free Virtual Training online (in-person events in the future) for older adults, caregivers, and/or staff, email Peggy Neufeld at [email protected]

Peggy Neufeld, [email protected]

 

BLOOD DONORS NEEDED

American Red Cross

Healthy Blood Donors Needed Now. The American Red Cross of Northwest Missouri is holding blood drives at our Kansas City and St. Joseph locations. We are encouraging all healthy people to donate blood during this critical time. Click on the links below to make your appointment today. https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?order=DATE&range=10&zipSponsor=kcarc

Carina Kagan, [email protected], American Red Cross, 314-356-5726

 

KEEPING YOURSELF HEALTHY DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING

AW Health Care

Are you isolated at home? Sheltering at home is important and necessary to stop the spread of the virus, but it may also cause new problems in daily living. • Muscle weakness, decreased balance, increased fall risk • Risk of depression and anxiety • Difficulty accessing medicines, food and supplies • Decreased access to medical professionals Our nurses and therapists are trained to serve isolated patients during this outbreak. All staff is well-instructed on how to comply with all CDC recommendations concerning sanitizing of self and equipment as well as the proper use of PPE in the home: • Individualized home exercise and balance retraining to promote muscle strength and prevent falls • Home/equipment modifications • Education and training on various health conditions to prevent hospitalizations • Medication administration, education and training • Assistance for people who need to utilize computers, phones and other devices to attend virtual medical appointments and order medicines, groceries and household items for home delivery. Contact Diane at AW Health Care 314-330-7992.

Rebecca Boerner, [email protected], AW Health Care, 314-305-4603,

 

PSYCHOTHERAPY

St. Louis University, Memory Care Center for Counseling and Family Therapy

The Medical Family Therapy program is offering low cost psychotherapy to older adults suffering from issues such as stress, depression, health issues, family communication problems, caregiver stress, and other related areas. Current appointments can be done either by phone or video. Master’s and doctoral students are still taking openings for appointments. If you are interested in making an appointment for you or a loved one, please call 314-977-2505 or [email protected].

Max Zubatsky, Ph.D, LMFT, 314-977-2496

 

MEDICARE PLAN TELEDOC OPTION

Heartland Insurance

Call us to make sure your Medicare Plan include the up and coming TeleDoc option. We are helping local Americans get the most out of their Health and Medicare dollars.

Jim Williams, [email protected], Heartland Insurance, 314-324-4158,

www.HeartlandInsurance.net

 

HEALTHY SENIORS / GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION EDUCATION

Be Smart

With COVID-19 requiring families to shelter-in-place, concerns exist for the health and well-being of seniors and caregivers to store guns securely in homes and cars. All adults play key roles in families and communities to reduce risks of firearm-related homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings. Missouri has the fourth highest gun death rate nationwide as of 2018. Studies show 7.3 million grandparents live with grandchildren and 1/3 of Americans 65+ years own guns. Firearms are the second leading cause of death for children/adolescents in the US – and first for African American children. We know that 4.6 million kids live in homes where guns are loaded and unlocked. Be Smart teaches adults five ways to keep families safe: Secure guns and ammunition separately in homes and vehicles; Model safe behavior around guns; Ask if guns are present and how stored in homes and vehicles; Recognize the role of guns in suicide; Tell your peers to Be Smart. Learn more at www.besmartforkids.org  For free briefs for your e-newsletters or for a free Virtual Training online (in-person events in the future) for older adults, caregivers, and/or staff, email Peggy Neufeld at [email protected]

Peggy Neufeld, [email protected], Be SMART, 314-580-2271, www.besmartforkids.org

 

NEVER FORGET THE VET PROGRAM

My mother passed away not too long ago at the age of 93. She had been living happily in an assisted living facility for just over five years once she got over her desire to never leave her home of fifty plus years. She was a widow since 1969, of a World War II veteran, and spent 3 months in skilled care before returning to her assisted living facility. I share my mother’s story to illustrate that at Never Forget the Vet we realize seniors have many challenges unique to seniors, go thru many of the same stages and require assistance in numerous areas. The variables are significant but not insurmountable with the right guidance. Yet to the family they are often overwhelming and hard to put together. We don’t know what the future brings. We often don’t plan for things we don’t understand or want to face. Mom and/or Dad getting older is one of them. Do not put this off. Setup a free informational session before Mom needs someone to come into her home or she needs to be moved or you need to make some other rushed decision. Explore your options before you start losing options. Call Never Forget the Vet.

Bob Gergen, [email protected], NEVER Forget the Vet, 314-583-2807,

www.neverforgetthevet.us 

 

HOUSEFIT ONLINE EXERCISE

HouseFit

Stay Active at Home with HouseFit. We just launched our online exercise classes today and, so far, they are a hit. "Since our gym is closed, I thought I should be doing more than walking around the neighborhood. Thank you so much for this great service. My husband joined in, so it was a good way for us to spend the hour. I'm registered all week for 10:00 a.m. Definitely something to look forward to!" ~Mary Our goal during this time is to keep our community healthy and active while complying with the "Stay at Home" order issued. We are offering online classes daily Monday to Friday to keep you strong and independent. We just added additional options including Balance, Chair and Floor. You can find out more about the classes by checking out our current class schedule at https://housefit.punchpass.com/calendar  Your first two weeks are free. For more information or for help getting started with the registration process, please call the office at 314-939-1377. We are ready to help with any of the tech questions or problems that come up as you try to get started. We will have shortened office hours the next few weeks from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., but please leave a message and we will get back with you as soon as possible.

Beth Templin, [email protected], HouseFit, 314-939-1377, www.housefitstl.com

 

CROSSROADS HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS

A feel-good opportunity for your readers to give back to the community. Crossroads Hospice is seeking volunteers to help give hospice patients a gift of a perfect day. Hope you’ll consider running an item in The St. Louis Times Express. Please contact me at 215-545-4715, ext. 26.

Courtney Rice, [email protected], SPRYTE Communications, 215-545-4715,

https://www.crossroadshospice.com/

 

HOSPICE TALK

Hospice Talk is an organization dedicated to promoting the absolute best in all things related to end-of-life care in the health care community. At its core, it is a resource for maintaining the utmost quality, accuracy, and integrity of hospice organizations throughout the United States. The most up-to-date online presence of Hospice resources, Hospice Talk is an open source of information for both the community and the hospice workforce. This organization aims to illuminate the already-growing presence and viability of hospice care to those who may not yet have a grasp of the palliative nature it encompasses and to those whom are well-versed in hospice, Hospice Talk provides in-depth resources to stay informed, including hospice news, statistics, organization ratings, HIPAA compliance, and educating video broadcasts from the biggest names in the industry. As its name implies, Hospice Talk means keeping people informed.

Linda Boffa, [email protected], HospiceTalk, 877-265-0180, www.hospicetalk.com

 

PERSONAL CARE SERVICES FOR MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS

Superb Caregivers LLC

Superb Caregivers LLC is now officially providing Personal Care Services to Mental Health Patients. Come join our team as a patient or a patient worker.

Shelia Whitley, [email protected], Superb Caregivers LLC,

314-533-1558, www.SuperbCaregivers.com  

 

PICKLEBALL

Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex

The Pickleball courts are open every day from dawn to dusk at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex. Paddles and balls are available in the Park’s Office during regular hours of operation. All that is needed to use the equipment is a valid driver’s license.

Chesterfield Valley Complex, [email protected], Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500, https://www.chesterfield.mo.us/pickleball.html  

 

FREE HEALTH SCREENING WITH A FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE

Lutheran Senior Services

Mondays – 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Insurance information is not needed. Measure your blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels, and pulse. This free service is offered at Lutheran Senior Services, Dunn Road Manor. Located at 3399 Dunn Road- Florissant, MO 63033, Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call 314-830-0919 for times and more information. Leigh Anne Hoormann, [email protected], 314-830-0919

Leigh Anne Hoormann, [email protected], Lutheran Senior Services

314-830-0919, https://www.lssliving.org

 

FREE HEALTH SCREENING WITH A FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE

Lutheran Senior Services

Wednesdays – 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Insurance information is not needed. Measure your blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels, and pulse. This free service is offered at Lutheran Senior Services, The Village at Mackenzie Place. Located at 8520 Mackenzie Road, Affton, MO 63123, Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 314-884-7909 for times and more information.

Selma Vereget, [email protected], Lutheran Senior Services, 314-884-7910,

www.lssliving.org

Lectures & Continuing Education

CANVAS PAINTING

St. Louis Oasis

Oasis Presents Canvas Painting. Join us and create your own beautiful canvas painting using acrylic paint with easy step-by-step instructions. No prior experience is necessary. Learn different brush strokes, how to blend paints and how to create highlights and shadows. You will leave with your own personal masterpiece. A different image will be created at each session. All materials included.

Oasis Oasis, [email protected], 314-862-4859, www.stloasis.org   

 

WELLNESS IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK

City of Chesterfield City Hall

July 6 – 10:00 a.m.

Wellness Is Easier Than You Think at City of Chesterfield - City Hall 690 Chesterfield Parkway W., Chesterfield. Health professionals and coaches sort through the hype and share what you can do now to feel better. You’ll leave with a plan for happier and healthier living. Free to public. Register: https://seniorlearninginstitute.com/event/wellness-is-easier-than-you-think-7-6-21

Julie Struble, [email protected], Senior Learning Institute, 317-979-9178

www.seniorlearninginstitute.com 

 

FRAUD SEMINAR FOR SENIORS

Brentwood Parks and Recreation

June 17

Each year, millions of Americans fall victim to some type of financial fraud or scam, including romance, lottery, impersonation, and sweepstakes, to name a few. Criminals will gain their targets’ trust, and once successful, scammers are likely to keep a scheme going because of the prospect of significant financial gain. Seniors are often targeted because they tend to be trusting and polite. They also usually have financial savings, own a home, and have good credit—all of which make them attractive to scammers. Presented by West Community Credit Union, Speaker: Director of Member Solutions, Rachael McCarthy. Time & Date: Thursday, June 17, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Location: Brentwood Community Center (2505 S. Brentwood Blvd) Ages: 50+ Cost: Free

Allison Koger, [email protected], Brentwood Parks and Recreation,

314-963-8689, http://www.brentwoodmo.org/1870/Senior-Programming

 

ESTATE PLANNING

The Villages of St. Peters

June 29 – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The Villages of St. Peters is hosting a free brunch and presentation. The speaker is attorney Jay Lenox and Jay will be talking about "The Important Estate Planning Essentials", and "Government Programs to pay for care" Tours will be offered after presentation! Space is limited; RSVP to Lori at 314-471-375

Lori Guilliams, [email protected], The Villages of St. Peters, 636-922-7600,

www.vofsp.com

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

American Red Cross

Are you wanting to volunteer but don’t know where to turn due to COVID? Yes, the world has changed and there are many ways you can help. Join the American Red Cross to learn how you can help your local community by volunteering. Whether you want to only volunteer from home or you want to get out into the community to help, we have both options available. You will be surprised by the many different volunteer opportunities to choose from. Join us for a 20-minute virtual presentation by Teams (by phone or online) to learn how little time it takes to have an enormous impact.

Kristin Pendleton, [email protected], American Red Cross, 796-281-7968,

www.redcross.org

 

ESTATE AND ELDER LAW BOOT CAMP FOR SOCIAL WORKERS

Tucker Allen

Tuesdays

It’s time for TuckerAllen’s Estate & Elder Law Boot Camp for Social Workers again. This live virtual presentation series covers the basics of estate planning and elder law and provides 7 hours of free Missouri CEU for licensed social workers. It meets over 4 Tuesdays beginning on March 2, 2021. Click here to learn more and to register: https://tuckerallen.com/swbootcamp/

Kim Van Camp, [email protected], Tucker Allen, 314-375-2306,

www.tuckerallen.com/swbootcamp

 

AMERICAN RED CROSS VOLUNTEER

American Red Cross

Volunteer from the Comfort and Safety of Your Own Home Join us by phone or online to learn the many ways you can help your community from home with the American Red Cross. Just send an email to [email protected] and we will send you all the information you need to join us. Learn how little time it takes to have an enormous impact on your local community, all without having to leave the comfort and safety of your own home

Kristin Pendleton, [email protected], American Red Cross, 314-281-7968

www.redcross.org

 

Arts & Entertainment

American Musical Theater Part 2: The Artists

St. Louis Community College

June 22, 29- 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A fast paced and entertaining look at American musical theater through the watching of over 80 video clips of songs and dance numbers from stage, concert, film and Tony Award show performances, plus live commentary by the instructor, Ken Ross. Similar in style and format to the "American Musical Theater: From Show Boat to Hamilton" class, but this time focusing on specific performers, choreographers, composers, and lyricists who created and performed in musical theater from 1900 to 2020. This is an online class of the St Louis Community College Continuing Education program. It takes place on four consecutive Tuesday nights - June 22 and 29. The last day to register is June 2. To register, on the Continuing Education website, search in the "Music" section. It's not necessary to have taken the first class to thoroughly follow and enjoy this "sequel" class. And as with the first class, some of the videos might be familiar, but mainly they will be unexpected surprises, even for people who already have significant knowledge of musical theater history. For more info, contact Ken Ross at [email protected]

Ken Ross, [email protected], Continuing Education St Louis Community College,

510-763-7087, Continuing Education St Louis Community College

 

ST. LOUIS BANJO CLUB

Elks Club

June 24 – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Banjos Are Back at the Elks Club on June 24, 2021 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the St. Louis Banjo Club will provide a free evening of live music played on "America's fun instrument- the four-string banjo". Sing along and listen to 15 banjo players playing the songs you know. The Elks Club is located at 6330 Heege Road (at Mackenzie), St. Louis, MO 63123. For more information, call 314-952-0646 or visit our website: www.stlouisbanjoclub.org. Table seating and cash bar. Hamburgers, Wings, Shrimp and Fries for purchase from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The music is free and, there is room to dance

Don Dempsey, [email protected], St. Louis Banjo Club, 314-952-0646,

www.stlouisbanjoclub.org

 

MUSICAL THEATER AUDITION WORKSHOP

The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation – The Kranzberg

July 26 thru 30 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Audition Intensive: A Musical Theatre Audition Workshop Are you prepared for your next big audition? Become a quadruple threat by learning how to audition like a Broadway pro! This five-day musical theatre audition intensive is for intermediate level performers ages 14 -19. The intensive will be led by Tony Parise Broadway performer and an original cast member of 42nd Street and the National Tour of A Chorus Line. Music direction will be led by Steve Neale award-winning composer, conductor, and pianist. Together they will give you the tools needed to nail your next audition. The week culminates with a Broadway-style audition conducted by St. Louis’ top theatre professionals. Cost: $250 Scholarships are available; space is limited. Visit www.foxpacf.org for more info and to register

Erica Rogers, [email protected], Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation,

314-367-1573, www.foxpacf.org

 

LADIES OF FAITH PAINTING SESSION

June 25 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Come join ladies of faith as we have fun painting a burning bush using watercolors. No art experience needed. All supplies furnished. We will meet in my home from 10:00 a.m. till noon. We will discuss our faith walk and our challenges and challenges in listening to the Lord. Come and enjoy fun, expression and revelation. If you have any questions, please call me at 314-578-1385 and also to save your spot. (7 spots available) Janet Gray * When you register you will be given my address

Janet Gray, [email protected], 314-578-1385

 

VIOLINIST ENTERTAINMENT

Winter Violin

Winter Violin is now performing socially distanced strolling violin concerts for senior communities. Hire Tom today and he will stroll, dance and sing outdoors. Tom is an experienced entertainer and works with budgets of all levels. Your residents have dreamed of adventure during quarantine. Give them the joy of music. Embark on the adventure with Winter Violin.

Tom Winter, [email protected], Winter Violin, 636-485-2494, www.Winterviolin.com  

 

OFF ROAD EXHIBITION

Gateway Outdoor Expo

October 2 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

October 3 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The premier consumer show and cultural gathering for the regional outdoor community. With 50,000 square feet of floor space, the expo will showcase the latest outdoor gear and services, interactive demos, and free sessions and seminars on a variety of active living topics — all in a festive, family-friendly environment. Browse more than 200 exhibit booths, get great deals on gear and related items, learn about events and adventures, and try your hand at interactive demo. Exhibitor Categories: Off-Road Road and Track Health and Wellness Water Adventure and Advocacy Tickets: $10 Children 12 and under free tickets available for purchase soon. Additional times for festival:

Brad Kovach, [email protected], Terrain Magazine, 636-633-1816,

https://gatewayoutdoorexpo.com/

 

ORIGAMI PAPER FOLDING

Craft Alliance

Learn the art of Origami paper folding with this how-to guide from Craft Alliance created by St. Louis artist Abigail Lowe. Download the guide for free and learn at your own pace. https://craftalliance.org/craft-at-home.

Mark Witzling, [email protected], Craft Alliance, 314-725-1177,

https://www.craftalliance.org

 

HAPPY HOUR WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Fairwinds River’s Edge

Fridays – 3:00 p.m.

Fridays at Fairwinds River's Edge, please join us for happy hour with live entertainment Fridays at 3:00 p.m. RSVP required: 636-754-2317.

Stacy Welker, [email protected], Fairwinds River's Edge, 636-754-2311,

www.FairwindsRiversEdge.com

 

Announcements

COLLEGE STUDENT POWER OF ATTORNEY SPECIAL OFFER

TuckerAllen

In the eyes of the law, once your child turns 18, they are considered adults. You no longer have the authority to make financial or healthcare decisions for them - even if you are the one paying their tuition, covering their health insurance or claiming them on your taxes. This takes many parents by surprise. With a healthcare power of attorney, you have permission to participate in your adult child’s healthcare matters, and a durable power of attorney lets you be a part of their financial affairs. TuckerAllen wants to help protect and support families because these documents are important considerations for parents of adult children - especially those who may be heading back to college in the fall. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you can still care for them should you need to. TuckerAllen makes the entire process easy—visit https://tuckerallen.com/poa/ and complete the online form. TuckerAllen’s legal team will prepare the documents and call you to schedule a time to sign them. PLUS, be sure to mention you saw this announcement in the St. Louis Times Magazine to receive the college student “Power of Attorney” special price of $100.

Randy Schorfheide, [email protected], TuckerAllen, 314-439-6912,

www.tuckerallen.com

 

COVID-19 IMMUNIZATION TRANSPORTATION

Now Through December 2021

NCOA is partnering with Lyft to provide access to reliable, affordable transportation to older adults to get their COVID-19 vaccines. Lyft has provided ride codes for $25 for a roundtrip ride for each dose of the COVID vaccine. Each code below covers $50 per round trip ($25 to the appointment, and $25 back home). There are no location restrictions, and codes are valid through December 31, 2021. Dose 1 Code (to and from their appointment): SENIORVAX1; Dose 2 Code (to and from their appointment): SENIORVAX2. Learn more about how to set up an account and request a ride: https://www.ncoa.org/article/ncoa-and-lyft-help-older-adults-get-rides-to-their-covid-19-vaccine. All older adults who use the Lyft codes will be required to follow Lyft’s Health Safety policies, which include staying home if sick, wearing a mask, keeping the car and their hands clean, sitting in the back seat, and keeping the car windows open when possible. NCOA is hosting a free informational webinar Monday, May 24 at 2 pm www.ncoa.org/article/how-to-help-older-adults-get-a-ride-to-the-covid-vaccine-through-the-lyftup-program

Helen Lach, [email protected], Saint Louis University, 314-276-6131

 

ODD COUPLES HOUSING

Odd Couples Housing is a solution for older adults with an extra room in their home, and young adults looking for an affordable place to live. We match compatible older and younger adults to live together and share expenses. This arrangement makes it possible for older adults to stay in their homes as they age, and for young adults to find a safe, affordable place they can call home. Visit www.oddcoupleshousing.com to learn more.

Julie Lally, [email protected], Odd Couples Housing, 314-925-2003, www.oddcoupleshousing.com

 

SENIOR COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM FOR LOW INCOME SENIORS

AARP

AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program is accepting applications from low-income seniors age 55 or older. To apply online www.scsep.org/OnlineApplication/onlineapplication or pick up an application 2838 Market Street, St. Louis MO 63103 For more information call 314-333-5688

Carol Foreman, [email protected], AARP Foundation SCSEP, 618-333-5642

 

NIH PROJECT GRANT

Saint Louis University

Dr. Cara Wallace, Social Work faculty at Saint Louis University, and her team were recently awarded an NIH grant for a project entitled, "The Impact of Live Discharge from Hospice on Patients & Caregivers." This study is currently recruiting participants who have experienced a live discharge from hospice due to decertification from care. This excludes those who choose to leave hospice for hospitalization or to seek additional treatment. You can see more information about the study on Gateway EOL Coalition's website, including a short video about the study, eligibility information, and a link for the online referral form. For each referral, the referring clinician will receive a $25 Amazon gift card by e-mail. Their company will also receive an entry into a drawing for one of four $500 donations, designated for emergency patient needs. Please feel free to share this information with anyone who might be interested in referring eligible patients and caregivers. Please reach out to Dr. Wallace ([email protected]) if you have any questions about the study or how to make a referral. https://gatewayeol.com/refer-your-patients-for-a-research-opportunity-the-impact-of-live-discharge-from-hospice-on-patients-caregivers

Cara Wallace, [email protected], Saint Louis University, 314-977-2746,

https://gatewayeol.com/refer-your-patients-for-a-research-opportunity-the-impact-of-live-discharge-from-hospice-on-patients-caregivers/

 

HOME CARE FOR COVID POSITIVE PATIENTS

BrightStar

Happy New Year Everyone. After much thought, planning and preparation, BrightStar is now able to provide Home Care to Covid positive patients. Our Caregivers have been trained in all the protocols related to robing and disrobing the necessary PPE equipment to keep everyone safe. We have stocked up on all of the PPE equipment and have distributed it to our Caregivers so that the families do not have to worry about providing it. If you have further questions or would like to inquire about Home Care for a loved one, please give our office a call at 314-984-8650. Thank you, Mike McMonigle

Mike McMonigle, [email protected], BrightStar Care, 314-984-8650

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR CHURCH WORKERS AND MISSIONS

Lutheran Senior Services

Lutheran Senior Services helps older adults live life to the fullest by responding to their physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual needs. Those who have dedicated their lives to church or mission work from all denominations may be eligible for financial assistance with senior related services through the Eliezer Fund. Award amounts vary depending on the types of services needed. If you or someone you know is a church or mission worker, both active or retired, please take a moment to learn more about the Eliezer Fund by calling Aging Answers at 314-446-2475

Gina Timme, [email protected], Lutheran Senior Services, 314-373-4094,

www.lssliving.org

 

ART PROGRAM FOR SENIORS

Artfully Aging

New Online Art Program for Senior Living Facilities which allows activity directors to easily lead life-enhancing art activities. Studies show that when seniors pick up a paintbrush, they enhance their quality of life and improve their overall mental health while creating something beautiful. With its new online art platform, Artfully Aging® ensures older adults in senior living facilities have access to meaningful art programs, whether in the comfort of their room or in a group class setting. Artfully Aging has provided therapeutic senior art programs in St. Louis since 2009, pivoted from in-person to online art sessions after COVID-19 forced nursing homes and senior communities to close their doors to outside visitors. Its new fully automated system, available at www.artfullyaging.com, offers a menu of step-by-step instructional videos that guide seniors through themed and seasonal watercolor projects. Once activity staff choose a project, Artfully Aging will ship prepared watercolor sheets to their nursing home or senior living facility, and if needed, provide paintbrushes and watercolor palettes as well. Artfully Aging offers “Train the Trainer” videos that highlight watercolor techniques and provide guidance on helping residents in different levels of care reignite their creativity. In addition, the flexibility of the new online model allows videos to be played on a big screen for socially distanced group sessions as well as broadcasted over a community’s in-house TV channel or downloaded to a tablet so residents can follow along in their rooms. Activity directors of senior living facilities, nursing homes and community centers are invited to learn more about Artfully Aging and explore its menu of projects at www.artfullyaging.com

 

ST. LOUIS COUNTY DEPARTMMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH FOCUS GROUP

Our community has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have the opportunity to share our personal experiences with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health through virtual focus groups and an online survey. The request for virtual focus group members is now out.  The focus group flyer can be found here:  www.COVID19Impact_FocusGroups_STLCounty.pdf 

If you are selected for a virtual focus group, you will receive a $50 VISA gift card for joining. To be considered, you must complete the focus group interest form by 12/15/20! Not interested in a focus group, you also will have a chance to complete an online survey (to be released next week). I will share more information on the survey once it is available. I hope you consider participating in this important activity. Please share the flyer with family and friends who may be interested in participating.

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Lola Akintobi, Consumer and Community Engagement Consultant, Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, [email protected]

 

ALS DISABILITY INSURANCE ACCESS ACT OF 2019

Charis Disability Advocates

The ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019 was signed into law on 12/22/2020, amending Title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the five-month waiting period of disability insurance benefits for individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This is a step in the right direction for those with disabilities

Karen Fick, [email protected], Charis Disability Advocates, 314-236-0119,

www.charisdisability.com

 

VETERANS WITH ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY AND COVID

St. Louis Veterans Administration

My name is Rebecca Kammer and I work as the Director of Communications at the Veterans Research and Education Foundation within the Research Department at the St. Louis VA. The Associate Chief of Staff of Research and Development at the St. Louis VA and Doctor of Nephrology, Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, along with other St. Louis VA Researchers, have published their paper in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). The paper focuses on the negative impacts COVID-19 has had on US Veterans with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI).  “AKI is common during hospitalization with COVID-19 and associated with higher risk of health care resource utilization and death. Nearly half of patients with AKI did not recover to baseline by discharge.”

Please see the link to the article below:

https://cjasn.asnjournals.org/content/clinjasn/early/2020/11/15/CJN.09610620.full.pdf?with-ds=yes   For specific information regarding the paper and research findings, please contact:  ACOS of Research and Education at VASTL: Ziyad Al-Aly, 314-814-3231,

Email: [email protected]

Ziyad Al-Aly, 314-814-3231, Email: [email protected]

 

GRAY MATTERS ALLIANCE IS NOW APPROVED MEDICAID WAIVER PROVIDER

Gray Matters Alliance is now an Approved Medicaid Waiver Provider in Illinois. If you are in Illinois and are interested in a live demo of the GMA System's Assistive Technology please contact: Robin Richard with Illinois Assistive Technology Program: 217-522-7985, [email protected]  www.iltech.org  to schedule an appointment. Webinars are also available. We look forward to working with our neighbors in Illinois. Please see PR Release for details: https://www.prlog.org/12835256.html

Vicki Spraul, [email protected], Gray Matters Alliance, 314-266-2678,

www.graymattersalliance.com  

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR CHURCH WORKERS AND MISSIONARIES     

Lutheran Senior Services

Financial Assistance for Church Workers and Missionaries Lutheran Senior Services helps older adults live life to the fullest by responding to their physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual needs. Those who have dedicated their lives to church or mission work from all denominations may be eligible for financial assistance with senior related services through the Eliezer Fund. Award amounts vary depending on the types of services needed. If you or someone you know is a church or mission worker, both active or retired, please take a moment to learn more about the Eliezer Fund by calling Aging Answers at 314-446-2475.

Gina Timme, [email protected], Lutheran Senior Services, 314-373-4094,

www.lssliving.org

 

REMINDER TO THANK YOUR ASSISTED LIVING WORKERS

The Villages of St. Peters

Even though families can only do window visits and some face to face visits outdoors with their loved ones, please take the time to thank your workers in assisted living that are doing their best to keep your family members safe and happy. The Villages of St. Peters will be celebrating with a list of happenings to show our appreciation to our dedicated employees. A kind note or a friendly thank you would be appreciated from our community and family members.

Lori Guilliams, [email protected], The Villages of St. Peters, 636-922-7600,

www.vofsp.com

 

RETIREMENT GOAL GUIDE

RetireGuide

RetireGuide is a free web resource dedicated to providing useful information to help older adults fulfill their retirement goals. We recently published what we believe to be the most easy-to-understand guide on the ins and outs of Medicare. This free resource highlights coverage, costs, eligibility and enrollment information, along with answers to some frequently asked questions. I am also sharing a link to our senior benefits and discounts guide, please take a look: www.retireguide.com

Juan Sousa, Outreach Coordinator, [email protected], www.retireguide.com

 

SMARTCOMPANION VOICE TECHNOLOGY

Veterans Home Care

Veterans Home Care® (VHC) announces the launch of SmartCompanion®, an Echo® Alexa® device specially preprogrammed with new voice technology for seniors to reduce isolation and loneliness and replaces push-button medical alert systems. The launch was stepped up to meet the needs of seniors during the pandemic. Veterans or their surviving spouses eligible for VA benefits can receive the service as part of their flagship VetAssist® Program. The SmartCompanion delivers security and peace of mind 24/7. Seniors can make and receive voice-activated phone calls, including emergency calls, by just asking Alexa for help. Seniors enjoy Alexa's news and entertainment. A military grade security network makes it private and secured. Veterans Home Care helps wartime veterans and their surviving spouses who qualify and apply for a non-service-related disability pension from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, which pays for help with activities of daily living. VHC utilizes a national network of 3,800+ home care providers. Veterans Home Care is not a government agency and is not affiliated with the VA. Alexa and Echo are trademarks of Amazon Inc. or its affiliates.

Janet Jennewein, [email protected], Veterans Home Care,

314-520-0668, www.veteranshomecare.com

 

BRIDGING THE GAP OF SENIOR COMMUNITY LIVING

Grey Matters Alliance

Introducing New Programs for Senior Communities and Home Health Agencies (Medical and Non-Medical) Gray Matters Alliance (GMA) is pleased to announce its latest programs, Assistive Living PLUS for Senior Communities and Assistive Living PLUS for Home Health Agencies. The new programs are designed to help communities and agencies with potential clients that inquired about their services but are “holding” off for whatever reason. The GMA System bridges that gap of “Not Now” to “I’m Ready”. The GMA System provides an intermediary solution (and beyond) that you can provide to your prospects or current clients, keeping your company connected and top of mind, at the same time demonstrating the value of your services or by adding more value to your existing services. While this program is valuable in normal circumstances, it is especially useful during the current crisis. Read More: file:///C:/Users/Owner/Desktop/Announcing%202%20New%20Programs.pdf

Vicki Spraul, [email protected], Gray Matters Alliance, 314-266-2678,

www.graymattersalliance.com

 

AROUND THE CLOCK MEDICAL ALARMS

Our mission is to provide a medical alarm service to the elderly and ill that will enable them to remain independent in their own homes.

https://www.aroundtheclockmedicalalarms.com/

Call Us Today 573-334-7233.

Linda Bass, [email protected]  

 

TITLE I, AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)

Charis Disability Advocates

American Disabilities Act for those with health challenges address reasonable accommodations for continued employment, such as: installing a ramp; modifying a rest room; modifying the layout of a workspace; accessible and assistive technologies such as screen reader software, videophones; making materials available in large print; closed captioning at meeting and events; allowing a service animal in a business meeting; adjusting work schedules for those with chronic conditions to allow for medical

appointments or complete work at alternate times or locations. For more information, contact the Job Accommodations Network (JAN), an ODEP-funding technical assistance center that provides free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations. Consultants also provide information on home-based business and self-employment options with ongoing support. 1-800-526-7234 or visit the web: www.askJan.org  

Karen Fick, [email protected], Charis Disability Advocates, 314-236-0119,

www.charisdisability.com

 

TOOLS FOR SENIORS AT NO COST

Generations On-Line

Generations on-Line now offers no-cost tools for seniors to help develop technology skills. As the COVID pandemic has increased isolation and reliance on online communication, a national nonprofit devoted to digital literacy for seniors announces a series of easy, fast, and free tools to help more than a quarter of America’s 54 million older adults who struggle with the Internet. After training 116,000 seniors to overcome their fear of the Internet, Generations on-Line (GoL) has created, tested and now launches the following remote-use COVID support tools:

2020 Census:www.EasyCensusHelp.org provides a safe preview and practice to give seniors the skills they will need to enter their information with confidence, said founder and CEO Tobey Dichter. The interactive website, developed with help from the regional Census office, includes quick training on filling in forms, previews of actual questions, and tips for Internet safety – all in a cheerful, age-respectful website, that adapts to smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktop computers.

Internet and More - “Easy Tablet Help for Seniors” is an app suited to Apple, Android or Amazon Fire devices to guide a novice through the basics with friendly, simple, large type, onscreen directions for using these portable devices, email and texting, searching, photos, apps, and online safety. GoL has just launched it for smartphones, as well as any tablet computer. “Many low and moderate income elders won’t have Wi-Fi and now can’t have anyone coming into their home to help them set it up, so we optimized our training and added information about data plans,” Ms. Dichter said.  There is also a web version for those less comfortable with or unable to download an app www.generationsonline.org/apps. Family Help - www.generationsonline.org/family will help families and caregivers support their older friends and relatives, with simple instructions, in short forms for printing, for everything from what to consider in choosing a device to coaching them through using the self-paced training. Generations on-Line has also added ZOOM to its suite of video chat training, as that has become popular for family gatherings. GoL is developing additional tools to help seniors join the virtual world during, and likely after, the pandemic of 2020. All programs are free. The organization is supported solely by charitable contributions. Pew Research 2019, www.generationsonline.org,Tobey Dichter, [email protected], 215-922-3244 

 

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE BENEFITS ASSISTANCE

Charis Disability Advocates

If you or a loved one are not yet of retirement age, but have health problems that would put you at high risk for return to work (considering the potential exposure to COVID-19), you or the loved one may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits or Supplemental Security Income. Some examples of medical impairments that would place a person at higher risk include chronic kidney or liver disease, pulmonary disease (emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, severe asthma, etc.), heart conditions, compromised immune system, HIV+ or AIDS, sickle cell disease, or diabetes mellitus.

Karen Fick, [email protected], Charis Disability Advocates, 314-236-0119,

www.charisdisability.com

 

VETERANS RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Research Department at the St. Louis Veterans Administration

The St. Louis VA has received full approval to begin enrolling and treating patients in the study “Expanded Access to Convalescent Plasma for the Treatment of Patients with COVID-19”. Dr. Jay McDonald will be the St. Louis VA’s Principal Investigator for this study. This study will be using Plasma transfusions from recovered COVID-19 patients to current COVID-19 patients. This study is headquartered at the Mayo Clinic and provides our patients with access to convalescent plasma as a therapeutic for COVID-19. We are the first VA in the nation to bring this Plasma treatment to our Veterans! This cutting-edge research is going to help save the lives of many.

For specific information regarding the study please contact the

Principal Investigator, Dr. Jay McDonald, Phone: 314-652-4100, ext. 54862 or email: [email protected], or The Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) of Research and Development at the St. Louis VA: Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly Phone: 314-814-3231 or email: [email protected].

Rebecca Kammer, [email protected]

 

FOOD ASSISTANCE

St. Louis Area Foodbank

If you are someone you know is in need of food during this difficult time, please contact the St. Louis Area Foodbank for help.  The Outreach Coordinators at the St. Louis Area Foodbank are available to help those in our community who are in need of food.  Please contact the St. Louis Area Foodbank at 314-528-8622.

St. Louis Area Foodbank, Melissa Melton, Outreach Coordinator, 314-528-8622

 

ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA SUPPORT ONLINE

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer's and dementia support, education, resources and guidance are available virtually, on the web or by phone through the Alzheimer's Association. Find more by going to www.alz.org/mohelp. For help at any time, any day, call our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Cheryl Kinney, [email protected], Alzheimer's Association, Greater Missouri Chapter

314-801-0442, www.alz.org/greatermissouri 

 

NO-COST PHONE PROVIDED FOR HEARING IMPAIRED

Caption Call

Safe at Home with CaptionCall. providing a no-cost phone for hearing impaired individuals. Many seniors, veterans, and others experience difficulty hearing on the phone, and CaptionCall provides a no-cost solution for that challenge. With everything happening right now with the COVID-19 virus and the “safe at home” order, we realize how important it is for anyone with hearing loss to stay in contact with family and friends and have reliable access to emergency services. There is no cost for the installation of the phone or the ongoing captioning service. The program is made possible by the American with Disabilities Act and is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The minimal taxes Americans pay on phone bills goes towards this fund that helps provide the captioning service. To learn more about CaptionCall or to request your no-cost captioning phone, go to www.captioncall.com or call your local CaptionCall account manager, Cheryl Green at 314-332-0661.

Cheryl Green, [email protected], CaptionCall, 314-332-0661, www.captioncall.com

 

NAVIGATE THROUGH DRIVING CONCERNS

Gray Matters Alliance

Gray Matters Alliance adds two OTs to help families navigate through driving concerns with older loved ones. Gray Matters Alliance is happy to announce that Aaron Milligan, COTA/L and Lyndsey Boyer, MOT OTR/L have completed certification in the Beyond Driving with Dignity program through Keeping Us Safe. They are now available to help families determine whether it’s time for their older loved one to retire from driving. This is a very contentious and emotional topic for families, we are here to help take that burden off of them. Please read the press release for more information: file:///C:/Users/Owner/Desktop/Mediarelease.AMLBBDD.pdf

Vicki Spraul, [email protected], Gray Matters Alliance, 314-266-2678,

www.graymattersalliance.com

 

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Lighthouse for the Blind Industries

Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis (LHB), a not-for-profit manufacturing and packaging organization with a dedicated social service mission (http://www.lhbindustries.com), achieved its best financial results in 2019 since 2012. The charitable business, also known as LHB Industries, Inc., ended 2019 with total revenue of approximately $27 million, an increase of 8.7% percent over 2018 year-end results. LHB also secured 20 new products for its liquid filling business and hired four new employees in 2019. LHB currently employs 53 people who are legally blind and expects to hire additional blind and legally blind personnel to help support the new business. LHB acquired SKILCRAFT® Pine Oil Disinfectant products and co-branded SKILCRAFT Diversey® floor care products through an award process with National Industries for the Blind, a government agency that employs people who are blind or have significant disabilities. The disinfectant and floor products are “sister products” that are produced on a new fill line located at the Lighthouse’s Berkeley facility in St. Louis County.

Jeff Dunap, [email protected], Lighthouse for the Blind–Saint Louis,

314-423-4333, https://lhbindustries.com

 

TUTORING SERVICES

BILINGUAL INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES

Bilingual International Assistant Services' customized US Citizenship Program for Elderly Legal Permanent Resident is actively enrolling clients.  Eligible individuals must be 60 or older and a legal permanent Missouri resident for at least 5 years. Our services include: One -on-one tutoring in clients’ home  Preparation in the native language (if eligible)  Language support for document translation & in-person interview (if eligible)  Study materials and practice USCIS interviews  Basic case management & client advocacy: education about voter registration; Medicare counseling and enrollment; government records status updates  Representation at USCIS interview Assistance with exemptions and medical waivers.  Our Department of Justice Accredited Representatives are very knowledgeable and experienced in the naturalization process.  For information, please call 314-645-7900, ext. 203

Ellen Sherman, [email protected], Bilingual International Assistance Services, 314-645-7800, www.bilingualstl.org

 

OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY

University City Outpatient Clinic

Did You Know? Medicaid Beneficiaries Can Now Get Outpatient Physical Therapy. That’s right! Missouri Medicaid (MO HealthNet) now pays for outpatient physical therapy, called Medicaid Alternative Pain Management Physical Therapy. To qualify, you must not be homebound and: Be 21 years of age or older Be MO HealthNet eligible Have a chronic neck or back pain diagnosis Have a chronic pain post traumatic injury diagnosis AW Health Care Outpatient Physical Therapy Services Therapy services can help patients get pain relief without the use of addictive medicines. We are now seeing patients at our University City Outpatient Clinic located at: AW Health Care 7308 Balson Avenue University City, MO 63130 If you would like to find out more about if Medicaid Alternative Pain Management Physical Therapy can help you, contact: AW Health Care 314-726-5600 extension 470 or 471.

Rebecca Boerner, [email protected], AW Health Care, 314-726-5600,

www.awhealthcare.com

 

DEMENTIA COMMUNITY AWARENESS

Aging Ahead

Aging Ahead, along with other AAA's in Missouri have partnered with Dementia Friendly America and the Dementia Friends USA initiative by joining the global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Our Community Options Specialists and Senior Center Administrators finished their training course and are now certified Dementia Friends Champion volunteers. They will have the opportunity to be in the community increasing awareness about dementia, how it affects people and the ways we all can help. We want to recognize our staff and their passion for making Aging Ahead apart of this great program. For more information you can visit www.dementiafriendsusa.org.

Stephanie Patrick, [email protected], Aging Ahead, 636-207-0847,

https://www.agingahead.org/who-we-are/careers/

 

DRIVING WITH DIGNITY PROGRAM

Keeping Us Safe, LLC

Erin Dwyer, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), is now a Beyond Driving with Dignity professional through Keeping Us Safe, LLC. She helps families determine if their loved one should retire from driving in the privacy of their own car and home. The program involves cognitive assessments, learning conversations, and a driving exercise. Workbooks are also available to families who wish to do this on their own. Please call or email for more information, Erin Dwyer, [email protected], 314-451-2255.

Erin Dwyer, Senior Care Authority, 314-451-2255, www.seniorcare-stlouis.com 

 

 

AGING ANSWERS RADIO SHOW

KWRH-LP 92.9 FM

Mondays, 1:00 p.m. and Fridays, 1:30 p.m.

“The Aging Answers Show” Addresses 65+ questions.  Topics include the Medicare Maze, Importance of POAs, Choosing Your Next Move, New Devices to Keep You in Your Home and much more. The 30-minute show airs Mondays at 1:00 p.m. and repeats on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. There is also a link to hear all shows on www.maryculverhome.org/about-us. For topic suggestions contact Gina March at 314-966-6034. Founded in 1866, the Mary Culver Home provides highly personalized nursing care for women with vision impairments. It is located at 221 West Washington Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122. For more information, contact 314-966-6034 or visit www.maryculverhome.org.

Gina March, [email protected], The Mary Culver Home for Visually Impaired Women, 314-966-6034, www.MaryCulverHome.org

 

FREE LOANS FOR HOME HEALTH EQUIPMENT

St. Louis HELP Website

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

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

Jeff Dunlap, [email protected], St. Louis HELP Warehouse, 314-567-4700, www.stlhelp.org/equipmentloans

 

Honors & Recognition

2021 WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT

Women of Achievement announces the 2021 Women of Achievement – a selection of 10 extraordinary volunteers from the St. Louis metropolitan region. The St. Louis Women of Achievement Award, which was founded in 1955, is the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and volunteer leadership of women. The 2021 Women of Achievement: Lourdes Trevino Bailon — Community Welfare Rebeccah L. Bennett — Equitable Leadership Susan Colangelo — Social Justice Artist Judge (Ret.) Annette A. Eckert — Teen Advocate Lannis E. Hall, M.D. — Health Advocacy Rachel Goldman Miller — Lifetime Service Carole Splater — Community Betterment Grace Elizabeth Strobel — Youth Outreach Cassie A. Strom — Veterans Advocacy Cheryl D. S. Walker — Impactful Leadership The 10 honorees will be recognized at the 66th Women of Achievement Awards Celebration—a hour-long broadcast on Nine PBS in September. A recording of the program will also go online on Women of Achievement’s website (https://woastl.org). Women of Achievement honorees are selected from nominations from the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Metro East Illinois, who have outstanding voluntary contributions and breadth of a volunteer career.

Sarah Thompson, [email protected], Women of Achievement, 314-896-4962, https://woastl.org


Support & Counseling

FOOD 4 VETS

Arnold Food Pantry

June 19 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In an effort to assist veterans and their families dealing with food insecurity, The Kaufman Fund in conjunction with the Arnold Food Pantry with the support of the Presenting Sponsor Humana is having our second “Food 4 Vets” event. On Saturday, June 19, needed food and grocery items will be made available to Veterans at the Arnold Food Pantry, one of the largest food pantries in the St. Louis region, located at 2024 Key West Drive, in Arnold. The drive-by distribution will occur between 9:00 a.m.  through noon. Veterans can register for the food pickup by going to The Kaufman Fund website at https://www.thekaufmanfund.org  Or Veterans can call Ken Weintraub at 314-680-2905 who can help complete the registration form if needed. A surrogate can also assist the veteran to complete his/her registration. This event is limited to the first 90 who register. There will be a week’s worth of food provided for each Veteran. For more information call the Arnold Food Pantry at 636-287-3663 and ask for Ed or email [email protected]

Alan Epstein, [email protected], The Kaufman Fund, 314-378-2107,

https://www.thekaufmanfund.org/

 

VISIT-A-BIT PROGRAM

St. Charles, St. Louis, Jefferson Counties

Visit-A-Bit Program is a weekly volunteer program and offers visit tasks, by which volunteers can connect with homebound seniors in their communities - at home or living in facilities that is designed to directly address senior loneliness in St. Louis City and County, St. Charles and Jefferson Counties. We’re seeking volunteers that would like to be part of bringing happiness, joy, and purpose back to our aging community. Also, welcoming senior adults that would benefit from a weekly volunteer and offering weekly Tele-Bingo games. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Lisa, the Visit-A-Bit Coordinator at 314-918-7171 ext. 1255 or email [email protected].

Lisa, Visit-a-Bit, 314-918-7171, ext 1255

 

ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA SUPPORT ONLINE

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer's and dementia support, education, resources and guidance are available virtually, on the web or by phone through the Alzheimer's Association. Find more by going to www.alz.org/mohelp. For help at any time, any day, call our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. Ben Molina, [email protected], Alzheimer's Association, Greater Missouri Chapter, www.alz.org/greatermissouri

Ben Molina, [email protected], Alzheimer's Association, 314-801-0425,

www.alz.org/greatermissouri

In Search Of ...

LOOKING FOR HOST FAMILIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International Cultural Exchange Students (ICES)

Consider sharing your home with an exchange student.  Learn another culture. Be a companion. Share your experiences. Build a friendship to last a lifetime.

To learn more, about this rewarding experience, contact your local area ICES Student Field Staff Associate, 314-412-7518.

International Cultural Exchange, [email protected], 314-412-7518

 

REMOTE NOTARIZATIONS

Seniors on the Fly

Thru August 31

Remote Notarizations extended through August 31, 2021: Per Governor Parson this notarial service has been extended by Executive Order 20-14 through to and including August 31, 2021. For further information as to how to implement this on one or more legal documents you may call or email Vicki Fieman at 3145919911 or [email protected]

Vicki Fieman, [email protected], Seniors on the Fly, 314-591-9911,

www.seniorsonthefly.com

 

DEPENDABLE DRIVERS NEEDED

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

If you enjoy driving, MVRBC has an ongoing need for dependable Volunteer Drivers to support our lifesaving mission by helping transport blood and blood products to & from our Earth City Hub. There are multiple days and times available in addition to varying distances. Make a positive impact in your community by volunteering with our Not-for-profit Organization! You can find additional info on our website or please feel free to call or email me for more details! If you have a positive attitude, great customer service, are able to pass a driving background check, are willing to do limited computer-related tasks, & are willing to commit for at least 6 months, I would love to discuss how you can become part of our Volunteer Team.

Laura Bewley, [email protected], Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center,

563-823-8924, www.bloodcenter.org

 

EXTRA OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE

Synergy Home Care

Synergy Home Care has and extra office space available (window, approximately 12' X 11") and is looking for an entity or individual working with seniors (ex elder attorney, counseling, case mgmt, etc) that would be interested in the connecting office space ($550/mo) including kitchen are, conference rooms, and internet.

Matthew Kraus, [email protected], SYNERGY Home Care, 314-835-1100

 

GIFT OF A DAY VOLUNTEERS

Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care

Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care in St. Louis seeks volunteers to help support its signature Gift of a Day program. This Crossroads Hospice volunteer opportunity is based on the question: “If you had one perfect day, what would it look like?” The answer has led to a flight in a vintage Air Force biplane for a World War II Veteran or a Blues legend’s return trip to Beale Street in Memphis for a special performance. “We call our volunteers ‘Ultimate Givers’ because they selflessly give extra comfort and compassion to terminally-ill patients and their families,” says Volunteer Coordinator Taishai Starks. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Taishai Starks at 636-735-2000 or [email protected], or www.CrossroadsHospice.com/Volunteering. Before becoming a Crossroads Hospice “Ultimate Giver,” participants must complete an application, TB skin test, and training session led by members of the Crossroads team. Potential volunteers must wait a minimum of one year after the death of an immediate family member or loved one before applying. Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care is committed to being at the forefront of the hospice care industry to continually shape the way end-of-life care is viewed and administered.

Courtney Rice, [email protected], Crossroads Hospice, 215-545-4715,

https://www.crossroadshospice.com/

 

DISABLED CITIZENS AVAILABLE TO WORK

Worknet

4:30 to 8:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Volunteers needed to contact disabled citizens who might wish to work.

Larry Brown, [email protected], WORKNET, INC., 314-621-6300,

www.worknetnow.com

 

SENIOR POISON CONTROL PROGRAM AUDIENCE

The Missouri Poison Center

The Missouri Poison Center would like your help in finding audiences for a new program targeted at seniors ages 65 years and older who are independent in taking their medications. We are looking to speak to groups up to about 15 adults in a conversational/interactive program to teach about avoiding medication mishaps. We will address such topics as: being an active assertive participant in your own health care, keeping an up-to-date medication list, and safe storage and administration of medications. This program will take approximately 60 minutes. If we can provide this program to your senior group or you have interest in medication safety please contact Amanda Ruback, at the Missouri Poison Center.

Amanda Ruback, [email protected], Missouri Poison Center,

314-612-5719, www.missouripoisoncenter.org

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Aging Ahead Star Program

The Aging Ahead STAR Program utilizes volunteers to take eligible riders to many of their medical appointments. Rides are available to appointments in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties, but eligible riders must reside within St. Charles County. All rides are based on the availability of a volunteer and due to scheduling and demand, we do ask for two-week notice, if at all possible. Volunteers are offered mileage reimbursed to cover gas and wear & tear on their vehicle, but they are volunteering their time. This is a flexible volunteer opportunity, perfect for those who are retired or someone with non-traditional work hours. To reach the STAR Coordinator to learn more about becoming a volunteer with STAR, please call 636-978-3306.

Stephanie Patrick, [email protected], Aging Ahead,636-207-0847,

www.agingahead.org

 

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS

Preferred Hospice

Are you looking for an opportunity to help in your community? Preferred Hospice is seeking caring individuals to provide friendly visits and companionship to hospice patients. Training is provided. Please contact Terri or Tracy at 636-527-9330 or www.[email protected].

Terri Bapst, www.[email protected], Preferred Hospice of MO NE,

636-527-9330

 

SENIOR COMPANION VOLUNTEERS

LifeWise STL

The Senior Companion Program is seeking new volunteers. Volunteers receive hourly tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement, annual recognition party and gift, and the opportunity to make a difference. Call Today, 314-627-1243, Samantha Knight.

Samantha Knight, [email protected], LifeWise StL (formerly Kingdom House), 314-627-1243, www.lifewisestl.org

 

MEDICARE BENEFIT VOLUNTEERS

Aging Ahead – Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol

Volunteers Needed - The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) is looking for volunteers in our area to help seniors protect their Medicare benefits. Key to the program’s success is a network of volunteers, who staff outreach events and conduct presentations in senior centers and other venues. The SMP needs more volunteers for its team. The primary focus of a Senior Medicare Patrol team member is to educate Medicare beneficiaries through one-on-one discussions, distributing literature, attending senior fairs, or by making presentations at appropriate locations. Volunteers undergo a comprehensive training course and receive extensive support from SMP. Call the SMP

888-515-6565 as soon as possible to fill out an application.

Stephanie Patrick, [email protected], Aging Ahead, 636-207-0847,

www.agingahead.org

 

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, [email protected], St. Louis HELP Warehouse, 314-409-5203,

http://www.stlhelp.org   

 

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