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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Health & Wellness

SUN VALLEY ADULT DAY CARE CENTER

Very friendly and loving care center for all adults over the age of 18. This is a safe, beautiful, and fun facility with meals and transportation provided along with trained and qualified healthcare workers and volunteers. We are approved by the Department of Health and Senior Services. It is free for all who have Medicaid. We are well equipped to take care of your loved ones. Feel free to call us at our phone number 314-354-6121 or visit our website https://sunvalleyadultcarecenter.org/. This is our second new location.

Romana Aftab, [email protected], Sun Valley Adult Day Care Center - Chippewa St., 314-354-6121, www.sunvalleyadultcarecenter.org 

 

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

 

MEMBER BENEFITS TO IMPROVE COGNITIVE AND PHYSIOLOGICAL HEALTH

ST. LOUIS OASIS

St. Louis Oasis Teams Up with Humana to offer member benefits, a local nonprofit educational organization dedicated to enriching the lives of adults ages 50 and older, is teaming up with Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) to offer Humana members a health benefit designed to increase cognitive and physiological health in adults. Humana Medicare Advantage HMO and LPPO members on plans H0028-14 and H5216-033-002 in St. Louis will receive an $80 credit toward St. Louis Oasis in-person programs and Oasis Everywhere virtual programs. Humana members enrolling for plans H0028-14 and H5216-033-002 during the open enrollment period of now through December 7 will receive information about the Oasis programs benefit and can begin registering for classes beginning Jan. 1, 2022. Affordably priced classes are open for registration through the St. Louis Oasis at www.stloasis.org for in-person and hybrid classes. Registration for Oasis Everywhere online classes are available at www.oasiseverywhere.org. Courses cover a variety of topics ranging from art and history to science, theology, cooking, technology, current events, health and more.

Tina Duckett, [email protected], St. Louis Oasis, 314-862-4859,

www.stloasis.org

 

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

 

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

 

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 

 

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/

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  

 

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

 

FITNESS CONSULTATION

Womens’ Fitness and Designed Workouts

For women forty and older, please call to set up your free fitness consultation. Christine will sit down with you and listen to what you would like to do to feel and look better. Please don't let knee or back issues keep you from activity you enjoy as a part of your life. Please call Christine at 314-541-3556.  It will only take 30 minutes. Located in Fenton.

Christine Bond, [email protected], Womens’ Fitness and designed workouts,

314-541-3556

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

 

COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION WEBINAR

VOYCE

December 7 – 12:00 p.m.

Managing Survivor’s Guilt During COVID-19 Trying to come to terms with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will present an ongoing challenge for many years to come. We are observing global responses to the pandemic such as depression, anxiety, and COVID survivor’s guilt. As we continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic it is vital that we learn how to recognize and mitigate the emotional and psychological impact of this devastating experience. This education session will help you to identify symptoms of survivor’s guilt and provide insight into coping mechanisms and therapeutic approaches for managing survivor’s guilt. Presented by Joan Sievert. Joan Sievert holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Registered Yoga Teacher. Joan has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years and is currently the owner of Flourish Therapy Services, LLC. CEUs available for long-term care professionals. Free to access for long-term care residents and their families.

Jamie McGeechan, [email protected], VOYCE, 314-918-8222,

www.voycestl.org

 

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON OLDER ADULTS

St. Louis University

December 31

The Gateway Geriatric Education Center at Saint Louis University is pleased to offer "Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Older Adults", a 3-Hour Continuing Education Event that is available to view any time until December 31, 2020. Continuing Education is available for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists. More information is available on the registration link: https://tinyurl.com/SLUCOVID

Kathy Leonard, [email protected], Saint Louis University, 314-977-8454,

www.aging.slu.edu 

 

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

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  

 

ST. LOUIS BANJO CLUB

Evangeline’s

December 11- 12:00p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Banjos at Evangeline’s on Saturday, December 11, 2021, from Noon to 2:00 p.m., the St. Louis Banjo Club will provide live music played on "America's fun instrument - the four-string banjo". Evangeline’s is located at 512 N. Euclid in the CWE, St. Louis, MO 63108. For more information, call 314-952-0646 or visit our website: www.stlouisbanjoclub.org. Great Cajun food and drinks from their menu. Did we mention the music is free?

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

www.stlouisbanjoclub.org

 

ST. LOUIS BANJO CLUB

The Elk’s Club
December 2 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Banjos at the Elks Club On Thursday, December 2 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 Elk’s 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. Did we mention the music is free? And, there is room to dance.

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

www.stlouisbanjoclub.org

 

JEOPARDY JOE

December 31 – 2:00 p.m.

JEOPARDY JOE is ready to boost your Senior Community activity schedule. It's Fun. It's Entertaining. It's Stimulating and Educational. What more could you ask for? www.JeopardyJoe.com 314-399-2223

Joseph White, [email protected], Jeopardy Joe, 314-399-2223

 

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

HOLIDAY CHEER EVENT

VOYCE

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Yet, for many, the holiday season can be a time of loneliness for nursing home residents. This year, you can help make sure that everyone is included in the holiday cheer. Project Holiday Cheer is all about kindness and community and it couldn’t be easier to take part. With your help, we will make sure that every resident in long-term care in St. Louis receives a holiday card this December. Together we will celebrate kindness and community and show the residents that the community of St. Louis remembers and cares about them. As a Holiday Cheer project partner, you will be matched with a long-term care facility in the St. Louis area. Cards for each resident can be made or purchased by your group. Once all the cards have messages and are signed, you’ll deliver the cards, making a resident’s day. Join the holiday cheer and let's share some festive joy and kindness this holiday season. Contact Jamie McGeechan, Events Coordinator at VOYCE for more information. [email protected]  or call 314-919-2410 www.voycestl.org/ways-give/events/projectholidaycheer

Jamie McGeechan, [email protected], VOYCE, 314-919-2410,  www.voycestl.org

 

REDUCTION OF ENERGY BURDEN

Energy Care
EnergyCare is helping low-income seniors in the city reduce their energy burden with free home energy audits (HES) and low-cost energy efficiency techniques. Eligible seniors will receive the following services: • conduct a U.S. Department of Energy certified HES home energy audit, • weatherize windows and doors with clear 4 mil vinyl sheeting • install compact fluorescent or LED bulbs, • install a low-flow showerhead, • install Energy Star qualified programmable thermostats, where a non-rated thermostat exists, caulk around doors and windows, • install weather stripping and window coverings.

Tim O'Dea, [email protected], EnergyCare, 314-773-5900, www.energycare.org

 

BILINGUAL INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANT SERVICES

Bilingual International Assistant Services has been funded to enroll Missouri Residents into the new Medicaid Expansion and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Programs. We are seeking events and opportunities to provide literature and direct assistance to eligible individuals, particularly persons of color, 19–35-year-olds, singles, LGBTQIA+, and others who now qualify through new legislation. We also offer direct service assistance to individuals. For more information, please contact Linda Nguyen: 314-497-8680; [email protected]

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

 

I’M ALIVE, LET ME SURVIVE CAMPAIGN

Grace Chapel Ministries

Support the "I'M ALIVE, LET ME SURVIVE Campaign. Help stop the Killings. www.gracechapelministries.org  or call 314-995-5013

Rev Larry Brown, [email protected], Grace Chapel Ministries,

314-409-0965, www.gracechapelministries.org

 

ST. LOUIS PRESS CLUB CONTINUED SUPPORT

St. Louis Press Club

2021 has been a year of many successes and challenges for Press Club. However, the one constant has been your ongoing support which has been essential to raising awareness and vital funding for the sixteen journalism student scholarships we awarded this year, as well as enterprise grants for working journalists to spotlight marginalized issues in our region.  As we head towards the end of this year and look forward to 2022, I am happy to report that we have continued to provide meaningful Zoom programming through the "Our IN THE NOW" interview series with 40 media professionals from our region and nationally with CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent, Major Garrett -- each sharing their insights during these difficult times. It is available for viewing at www.stlpressclub.org I hope we can count on your ongoing commitment to our program of work to ensure the future of quality media. Together we can inspire young students to enter the field of journalism and support those independent journalists struggling to share under-reported stories that need to be told. Please help us continue with our plans by considering a year-end, tax-deductible contribution to Press Club. By making a donation by December 31, you can ensure your gift is counted for 2021. You can either mail your check to Press Club at P.O. Box 410522, St. Louis, MO 63141 or make an online tax-deductible at gift https://stlpressclub.org/donate_payment.html

Again, many thanks for your support.

St. Louis Press Club, Joan Lee Berkman, President, St. Louis President

 

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

 

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

 

DEMENTIA CAREGIVER ONLINE SURVEY ON HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

St. Louis University

This is an opportunity for family or professional caregivers to participate in a survey study. If participants agree to take part in the study (which takes approximately 12-15 minutes to complete), they will complete an online survey on background information and characteristics of their caregiving experience. Additional questions will address the caregiver’s mental health, medical issues, family relationships and attitudes around caregiving. A random drawing will be done for participants who complete the survey for a chance at winning one of two $25 Amazon gift cards. This study is completely voluntary, and participants can choose to withdraw participation at any time. If any participants want to take part in this study, please click on the link below to start the survey. If you or any participants have any questions, you can contact the PI (Max Zubatsky) and 314-977-2496 or [email protected]  Thank you. Survey: https://slu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4OvD1rZgZjwcpA9

Max Zubatsky, [email protected], Saint Louis University, 314-977-2496,

https://slu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4OvD1rZgZjwcpA9

 

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.

Video Chat - 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 

 

CRAFT ALLIANCE PARTNERS WITH ST. LOUIS LAMBERT INTERNATIONAL

Artists as Educators: Craft Alliance’s Teaching Artists

Now thru February 15

Craft Alliance, one of the premier craft organizations in the country, is proud to partner with Saint Louis Lambert International Airport to present Artists as Educators: Craft Alliance’s Teaching Artists. The exhibition highlights the talented Craft Alliance faculty who inspire and elevate creativity in its studios. The exhibition runs mow thru February 15, 2021 in the Saint Louis Lambert International Airport Gallery East.

“Craft Alliance has a rich history of artists teaching in our studios,” says Stefanie Kirkland, Director of Galleries + Artists-in-Residence at Craft Alliance. “Our faculty is made up of exceptionally skilled practicing artists who teach classes for adults, as well as for children. Our teachers are hardworking artists and the driving force of leadership and passion that is present in our studio classrooms and in the community. We are excited to partner with Saint Louis Lambert International Airport to bring their inspiring work to a broader audience.”

Jessica Goodhart, [email protected]

 

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]

 

MEDICAL MARAJUANA

MMJ Concierge

By the end of 2020, medical cannabis will be available to residents of the state of Missouri. Interested? What can medical marijuana do for my chronic pain? How do I get it? How do I get a license? Do I need a doctor referral? What are Missouri’s Qualifying Conditions? How much does it cost? Can I quit other pharmaceuticals? Do I smoke it? How do I know what to buy? As a previous investor in the industry, Ruthie Jayne, the MMJ Concierge, will lead seminars at your location with a lively power point or will provide private home visits, sharing with you the facts of MMJ. Ruthie Jayne-[LIFE] Moves with Care by Ruthie 314-277-7284 [email protected]  Find me on Google: https://www.mmjconcierge.net/ Facebook-stl mmj concierege

Ruthie Jayne, [email protected], MMJ Concierge, 314-277-7284,

www.mmjconcierge.net

 

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 and 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

 

2020 MONTHLY CAREGIVER CLASSES

Barnes Jewish West County Hospital

Second Tuesday of the month – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

All classes will be held in the East conference room off the main lobby. To register, call: 314-542-9378

November 10 Legal Matters and Goals of Care

An attorney will present information on important legal matters to address with your loved ones.  A palliative social worker will share ways to discuss goals of care and long-term planning.  Advance Directives will be discussed.

December 8 Alternate Therapies

There are many ways to cope with stress and different therapies will be discussed, such as music therapy, massage therapy, pet therapy, and more.  This will be an experiential class, with enough room for personal questions and needs.

Heather Bell, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW, Social Worker, BJC Hospice and Palliative Home Care, 1935 Belt Way Dr., St. Louis, MO  63114, 314-872-5050.

 

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

 

DIMENTIA 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 

 

Honors & Recognition

CEO APPOINTMENT

Veterans Home Care
David Laiderman, a nephew of Bonnie Laiderman, has succeeded her as Chief Executive Officer of Veterans Home Care (VHC). David Laiderman has served as an executive consultant with VHC for the past several years and assumes the role of CEO as Founder Bonnie Laiderman transitions into retirement. Bonnie Laiderman founded Veterans Home Care in 2003 to help veterans and their surviving spouses access VA benefits for assistance with activities of daily living in their homes. Today VHC serves veteran families in 48 states with a network of 4,500+ contracted home care providers. Overall, 19,000 veterans and spouses have successfully gained VA benefits since the company began and 96% receive the maximum benefit amount. David Laiderman brings more than 18 years of experience operating technology-related companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management and international business from Pennsylvania State University with a minor in engineering from Imperial College in London.

David Laiderman, [email protected], Veterans Home Care,

314-514-2444, www.veteranshomecare.com

 

Support & Counseling

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

 

In Search Of ...

VOLUNTEERS FOR SENIOR TRANSPORTATION

County Older Resident Programs

Seeking volunteers to provide transportation to medical appointments and other essential appointments for older adults who live in St. Louis County. Give just a few hours, Monday – Friday, to a senior who lives near you. You will making a huge difference for the senior while contributing a worthwhile service for your community. Hours are flexible and mileage reimbursement is available. Call 314-615-4435 today to help someone in your community stay independent.

Robin B Gillespie, [email protected], County Older Resident Programs

 

TAX PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS

County Older Resident Programs

Please contact Robin B Gillespie, [email protected], County Older Resident Programs.

Robin B. Gillespie, [email protected], County Older Resident Programs,

314-655-4435

 

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]h.com, 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

 

DONATIONS – ST. LOUIS PRESS CLUB

St. Louis Press Club

In these uncertain times, many organizations are struggling. Please consider supporting your local St. Louis Press Club. We need your help to continue supporting the numerous scholarships for media students awarded every year, funding grants for Enterprise investigative journalism and continuing to offer our communication workshops and forums (dates TBD) on major issues that are open to the community.

Founded in 1956, St. Louis Press Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of people who make, cover, influence and consume the news. Our mission is to serve as a primary resource for the journalism and communications industry. Our goals are to advance understanding of the mass communications discipline, promote scholarship and professional excellence, facilitate communication between mass communicators and their respective publics and promote awareness of significant issues facing the mass communication field throughout the community. We are affiliated with other cities’ Press Clubs throughout the United States and abroad. We research and publish a St. Louis Region Media Guide and hold an annual Media Persons of the Year Award Gala that honors national and local media professionals for their exemplary communication careers.

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