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

PART-TIME BUS DRIVER

Brentwood Parks and Recreation

Brentwood Parks and Recreation is currently hiring for a part-time bus driver for our MAGIC Bus. This service transports Brentwood seniors and person with disabilities to doctors’ appointments, grocery stores and other destinations around the area. Candidates must have a Class E (Chauffeur’s) License, or CDL. Prior experience in operating a 14+ passenger vehicle is preferred. Pay is $14 per hour. Candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID and must submit to pre-employment drug screening and random testing. Contact Allison Koger at 314-963-8684 or at [email protected] for more info.

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

314-963-8684, http://brentwoodmo.org/DocumentCenter/View/29858/Bus-Driver-Job-Description


 

Health & Wellness

DENTAL CARE WITH MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS

Parkway Family Dental Care

Dental Coverage with Medicare Advantage Plans Regular dental care is important for your teeth and overall health, but routine visits to the dentist for exams, cleanings and other basic and major dental services are Not covered by Original Medicare Part A or Part B. The good news is that many Medicare Advantage plans do include these benefits. Dental Benefits Provided by Medicare Advantage Plans Routine dental coverage is available with most Medicare Advantage plans, with a $0 copay for preventive services with in-network dentists. Many of the plans are available at no cost to you. Plans will offer different levels of dental care—from preventive and diagnostic services only, to more comprehensive dental coverage. In some areas, for an additional monthly premium, you can change your plan to get dental coverage through a Dental Rider. Check out these great options when going thru open enrollment. Here at Parkway Family Dental Care, we are credentialed as a PPO Provider, so you have the flexibility to pick us for your dental care! Please call 636 327 6880 to schedule a new patient appointment. Parkway Family Dental Care 1063 West Pearce Blvd. Wentzville, MO 63385.

Ryan WINSCHEL, [email protected], Parkway Family Dental Care

636-327-6880, Parkway Family Dental Care

 

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 

 

GATEWAY DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

June 18 – 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Free live entertainment, kids zone, food vendors and race watching. Proceeds from Dragon Boat sponsorships/teams go to Signature Foundation’s Operation Family Help program which provides financial assistance for healthcare needs. Please contact Beth for more information on sponsorships/teams.

Beth Schlueter, [email protected], Gateway Dragon Boat Festival,

618-578-9766, https://www.signaturefoundation.org/events/gateway-dragon-boat-festival/team-registration-sponsorship/

 

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

 

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

SPRYTE Communications

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/

 

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

SENIOR MONTHLY SEMINAR

Mature Move Solutions

June 22 - 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Free Monthly Seminar for Seniors - This month's topic is Homeownership in Retirement. What happens when home ownership no longer brings you joy - but you’re not ready to move into a “retirement community?" We will discuss alternative living options and their benefits in our area, recognizing when to downsize, home maintenance tips and the value of your home! Everyone welcome! Join us at the Spencer Road Branch Library 427 Spencer Rd St Peters MO 63376, Rm 112. Registration required, register by phone 636-336-6819 or online at www.maturemovesolutions.com

Stephanie Parson, [email protected], Mature Move Solutions, 314-614-9731, www.maturemovesolutions.com 

 

THE HISTORY WHISPERER

From his 14-windows exhibit in Chesterfield Mall, Ed Golterman travels 5 exhibits/documentaries stories for enjoyment and inspiration. St Louis Coliseum, Muny and the American Theater, The Nations Forum, The Voice of Irish Liberty in St Louis and the 2 lives of Kiel Opera House. 314-315-2548. [email protected]

Ed Golterman, [email protected], The History Whisperer, 314-315-2548

 

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

 

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

ST. LOUIS BANJO CLUB

Culver’s in Fenton

June 20 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Banjos at Culver’s Fenton Members of the St. Louis Banjo Club will be performing outside on the patio of the Fenton Culver’s from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20 and 27, weather permitting. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy some wonderful four-string banjo music. Culver’s is located at 1024 Bowles Avenue, 63026

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

www.stlouisbanjoclub.org

 

EXPLORER SERIES EVENT

National Blues Museum
June 23 - 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation is excited to host our next Explorer Series event with the National Blues Museum in Downtown St. Louis.  Admission is free. Our networking will take place in the state-of-the-art Legends Room which is the museum’s live music space and is available to rent for private events, complete with high-quality sound equipment and opportunities for amazing local live music! With windows facing downtown St. Louis, the space feels wide open and has a memorable, night-life vibe. While our event is from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., the space is also home to the museum’s Sittin’ on the Porch, where musicians of all skill levels (including you, for real) can get up and play so if you feel like keeping the party going, just stick around and enjoy the jam session.

Explorer Series Event at National Blues Museum, [email protected]

314-882-3603, https://stlouismo.simpleviewcrm.com/webapi/rsvp/v2/?action=details&noredirect=1&eventId=68

 

ST. LOUIS BANJO CLUB

Elks Club

June 23 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Banjos at the Elks Club on Thursday, June 23 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.

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

 

El MONSTERO, U.S. PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE BAND

Maryland Heights

July 9 – 7:00 p.m.

El Monstero, the ultimate U.S. Pink Floyd tribute band, is pleased to announce their annual summer show will include none other than GRAMMY award-winning artists Living Colour! The band is excited to collaborate with Living Colour this summer. Bassist Kevin Gagnepain explains, “We started working on this lineup in 2020 before the pandemic hit. As we navigated the changing landscape of the last two years, this opportunity took a back seat. Thankfully in 2022, we are able to finally get it together, and we cannot wait to give our fans an epic night of music!”

Julie Lally, [email protected], Weber Chevrolet + KSHE-95 Presents El Monstero with Living Colour, 314-298-9944, https://concerts.livenation.com/weber-chevrolet-kshe95-presents-el-monstero-maryland-heights-missouri-07-09-2022/event/06005C7092A43A9C

 

FLAVORS OF SUMMER – SEVEN WINERIES

Hermann Wine Trail

July 30, 31 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Berries and Barbeque Wine Trail Celebrates the Flavors of Summer Seven wineries on the Hermann Wine Trail have assembled the ingredients for a memorable Wine Country getaway at the 2022 Berries and Barbeque Wine Trail, July 30-31. Luscious berries and savory Barbeque make for a memorable summer weekend in Missouri Wine Country. “Vintners are celebrating the flavors of summer by pairing their wines with juicy berries and savory barbeque,” says Patty Held, president of the Hermann Wine Trail. Berries and Barbeque Wine Trail is one of six annual events hosted by Hermann-area vintners. Participating wineries; Adam Puchta Winery, Bias Winery, Curling Vine Winery, Dielberg Star Lane Tasting Room, G. Husmann Wine Company, Hermannhof Winery and Robller Vineyards. The $35 per person ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass. Participants also may enter a drawing for a $30 gift certificate from each winery and a one-night stay at a Hermann B and B. The ticket price does not include transportation to wineries or additional wine tasting. Wine Trail tickets may be purchased online at HermannWineTrail.com or from the Hermann Chamber of Commerce, 573-486-2313. Advance purchase is required. A limited number of tickets are available. We will sell out.

Patty Held, [email protected], Hermann Wine Trail, 573-294-2228, www.hermannwinetrail.com

 

PAWS TO PARTY DINNER AND AUCTION

Open Door Animal Sanctuary

August 14 - 5:30 pm

Open Door Animal Sanctuary's Paws to Party Dinner and Auction includes a silent auction and a live auction. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the lovely Hilton St. Louis Frontenac. If you would like to receive an invitation, please email [email protected]. More details can be found at www.odas.org/pawstoparty. Open Door provides shelter, love and care to over 350 cats and dogs on a daily basis. ODAS the largest no kill animal shelter in Missouri and is funded by donations and fundraising events. ODAS mission is to provide homeless cats and dogs with the highest quality of life and a second chance to find a forever home.

Lynese Cargill, [email protected], Open Door Animal Sanctuary, 636-671-3654, www.odas.org

 

MO MUSIC CELEBRATION

Chesterfield Amphitheater
September 17 - 6:30 p.m.

Honoring the 50 anniversary of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils (OMD), Steve Litman Presents and KSHE Classics are bringing “The MO Music Celebration!” to the Chesterfield Amphitheater on Saturday, September 17 featuring OMD with special guests Shooting Star and Missouri. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Tickets for “The MO Music Celebration” can be purchased online at Ticketmaster or one hour before show time at the Chesterfield Amphitheater box office. For more information, visit
www.chesterfieldamphitheater.com or www.stevelitmanpresents.com.

Julie Lally, [email protected], 314-749-5915, https://www.chesterfieldamphitheater.com/event/ozark-mountain-daredevils

 

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  

 

JEOPARDY JOE!

Get Your Memory Care Residents Trippin’ Down Memory Lane.  Give your Senior Community an exciting entertainment boost. JEOPARDY JOE is not just the same old “question and answer” trivia game. There’s music, singing, videos and fun topics. The game holds attention and gets all your residents and guests involved. JEOPARDY JOE - It's Fun. It's Entertaining. It's Stimulating and Educational. What more could you ask for? [email protected], www.JeopardyJoe.com 314-399-2223

Joseph White, [email protected], Jeopardy Joe, 314-399-2223, www.JeopardyJoe.com

 

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

VOLUNTEER FAIR

American Red Cross

June 21 - 5:00 p.m.

Join the American Red Cross for 20 minutes via Teams online or by phone for a Volunteer Fair all from the comfort and safety of your home. This is a great opportunity to learn: • The many different volunteer opportunities that exist for nearly anyone’s schedule and desire to help the local community • How you can help people…in-person or even from the comfort and safety of your own home • How families continue to depend on the Red Cross volunteers every day for emergency support, including disaster response, support for our military and veterans, supplying life-saving blood to people in need • How you can be part of the largest humanitarian agency in the world • The answers to questions you may have, register to attend: www.redcross.org/ARCVolunteerFair (You will then receive an email with the online link and/or call-in information to join)

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

https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=vms_public_form&form_id=8042

 

UNITED ACCESS WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE VAN RENTALS
Include Grandma or Grandpa in their grandchild’s wedding, school play, or recital—a wheelchair should not stop your family member from having fun. It’s so easy in a United Access wheelchair accessible minivan. It only takes a moment to make a memory that lasts a lifetime. Call Misty, our Mobility Specialist at 314-989-1010 for information and reservations.

Mike Flotken, [email protected], United Access Wheelchair Accessible Van Rentals, 314-989-1010, www.unitedaccess.com

 

POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATION IN GERONTOLOGY

St. Louis University

The School of Social Work at Saint Louis University offers a post-Bachelor's certificate in Gerontology for 15 credit hours. Students pursuing the gerontology will learn to work as part of an interdisciplinary or care coordination team. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, these teams have been identified as important to improving health outcomes, preventing hospitalizations, reducing the cost of care for older adults. Older adults will comprise 27 percent of the U.S. population by 2050 and as the population of older adults increases, so does their projected rates of poverty, potential for being childless or single, and chronic illnesses. Contact [email protected]  for more information.

Katie MacLean, MSW, LCSW, [email protected], Saint Louis University-School of Social Work, 314-977-2752, https://www.slu.edu/public-health-social-justice/education/graduate/gerontology-certificate.php#text

 

US CITIZENSHIP PREPARATION

Bilingual International Assistant 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. Services include: 1:1 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 and 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. 314-645-7900, ext. 203.

Dianne Carty, [email protected], Bilingual International Assistant Services,

314-645-7800, www.bilingualstl.org

 

TRAINING LABS

Assistance Home Care

One of our Core Values, ‘Committed to Education to Better Serve Others and Ourselves’ inspires our leadership team to seek new and innovative solutions to support the needs of our clients, employees, and community. We were delighted to recently learn about, apply for and receive a safety grant which enabled our company to acquire not one, but two TERi™ Geriatric Patient Care Trainer manikins. A sticker price of over $10,000 may widen the eyes of some, but our team sees this investment's impact on our longstanding dedication to safety and education to ensure our geriatric clients are cared for by highly trained & skilled Care Professionals. These state-of-the-art tools excite our team to offer training to any family caregiver in the Greater St. Louis or Chicagoland community. Our local training labs will be open to those wishing to learn with the industry’s most realistic tool for hands-on skills for Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) like bathing, dressing, transfers, and incontinence care with the TERi™ manikins among other assistive device equipment. The tools will be housed at two of our agency’s central training labs in Missouri & Illinois. To learn more about our caregiver training program, contact our local team via our website. https://www.assistancehomecare.com/about-us/request-a-consultation/ 

Allen Serfas, [email protected], Assistance Home Care, 314-466-3227

 

UNITED ACCESS RENTS WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE VANS-50 RAMPS/50 DAYS

Visit our website, www.Unitedaccess.com for the complete story about how we can assist with a special needs family member. Please call our Mobility Specialist at 314-989-1010 for more information and reservations. United Access also sells and services new and used accessible vans, as well as an assortment of scooters. Call today.

We will build 50 ramps in 50 days. See if you or someone you know could benefit from a free Wheelchair Accessible Ramp. To celebrate BraunAbility’s 50th Anniversary, BraunAbility and United Access are partnering with Servants at Work, Inc. to build 50, custom built, ADA Compliant Wheelchair Accessible Ramps in 50 days. This ramp will be constructed at the home of the qualified applicant at no charge. You can help by referring friends, family members or neighbors who need a ramp like this to allow them greater access and a higher quality of life. If you or someone you know would benefit from the receipt of a ramp, complete the application form at: http://www.sawsramps.org/50-in-50campaign/

Contact Mike Flotken at 314-619-9446, for complete details.

Mike Flotken, [email protected], United Access Wheelchair Accessible Van Rentals

314-989-1010, www.unitedaccess.com

 

NEW TOURING SPECIALIST / PROVIDER LIASON

CarePatrol

We are proud to announce that we have hired a new employee, Andrea Kincade. Andrea will be our Touring Specialist / Provider Liaison. She has been working as an Occupational Therapist in Georgia. She moved to the area last year and is looking forward to helping our clients. Some of you may have already spoken to Sue Menius, who we hired for special projects last year. She has agreed to stay on as an administrative assistant. Her primary assignment will be to contact communities to gather information and update our database with the latest contact information and pricing. Welcome Andrea and Sue.

Nancy McClure, [email protected], CarePatrol, 314-471-0042, www.carepatrol.com

 

HOSPICE PERCEPTIONS STUDY PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY

Saint Louis University

This study seeks survey respondents to complete questions about their views and perceptions of hospice care. The purpose of this study is to develop a survey that can capture someone’s beliefs and perceptions of hospice care. Completion of the survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes. Participants will have the option to provide a valid email address for receipt of a $10 gift card following their participation in the survey. The survey can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/YCFJVG9G If you have questions or would like more information, you can contact Dr. Cara Wallace at 314-977-2846 or [email protected].

Cara Wallace, [email protected], Saint Louis University, 314-977-2846

 

A RECENT DISCHARGE FROM HOSPICE CARE?

St. Louis University

This NIH-funded study is recruiting patients and/or caregivers who have been discharged alive from hospice care within the past year. If a patient is unable to participate the caregiver is still eligible. We are interested in learning about your experiences during and following the hospice discharge. Participation is voluntary and you can choose not to participate at any time during the process. Following each study call (1 to 5 calls total), all participants receive a $25 - $50 gift card. If you have questions or would like more information, you can contact Dr. Cara Wallace at 314-977-2846 or [email protected]. To participate, complete the following form and someone from our research team will contact you: https://redcapsurvey.slu.edu/surveys/?s=REPMXH3LJP

Cara Wallace, [email protected], Saint Louis University, 314-977-2746, https://redcapsurvey.slu.edu/surveys/?s=REPMXH3LJP

 

ANNUAL GIFT TAX EXCLUSION ANNOUNCEMENT

Mitchell, Brown and Associates, LLC

Annual Contribution to ABLE Accounts Increased for 2022 The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the annual gift tax exclusion is increasing in 2022 due to inflation. After four years of being at $15,000, the exclusion will be $16,000 per recipient—the highest exclusion amount ever. That means you can contribute up to $16,000 to an ABLE account this year as well. The contributions can come from multiple people, but the total amount cannot exceed the $16,000 limit. Have questions about ABLE accounts? Call us at Mitchell, Brown & Associates at 314-962-0186

Colleen Brown, [email protected], Mitchell, Brown & Associates, LLC

314-962-0186, www.elderlawstlouis.com

 

WHEELCHAIR VAN RENTAL

Mobility For U

Mobility for U wheelchair accessible van rental company is now part of United Access. Mike Flotken, proprietor of Mobility for U, is now working with United Access as their General Manager of Wheelchair Accessible Van Rentals. This exciting move provides Mobility for U customers a larger fleet of vehicles and expanded services. Please call 314-909-1010--ask for our Mobility Specialist, Misty, who will be happy to reserve a wheelchair accessible van for you or give you information about our services. Please mention this ad. By the way, United Access also sells and services new and used vans. CALL TODAY to reserve your van. United Access 314-909-1010 www.unitedaccess.com

Mike Flotken, [email protected], United Access Wheelchair Accessible Van Rentals, 314-909-1010, www.unitedaccess.com

 

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

 

ALZHEIMER’S STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED

Advance II Study

A study researching a different approach for mild Alzheimer’s is seeking participants: 65+, Good general health, Caregiver/family member to attend visits. Study-related care and tests provided at no cost, surgery and devices approved for Medicare coverage and subjects receive a stipend for expenses associated with study visits. Visit: www.MildAlzheimersStudy.com to learn more.

Robyn Moxon, [email protected], ADvance II Study, 651-246-6941,

www.MildAlzheimersStudy.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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 

 

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW BUSINESS VENTURE

RMS Patient Advocacy and Consulting, LLC

Congratulations to Randy Sigel on starting a new business venture: RMS Patient Advocacy and Consulting, LLC. As a Board Certified Patient Advocate, Randy aims to help others know their rights and options afforded to them by healthcare providers. The RMS is a tribute to his late father, Robert Marshall Sigel. Randy provides initial consultations at no charge. Call or text 314-327-6060 for more information.

Randall Sigel, [email protected], RMS Patient Advocacy and Consulting, 314-327-6060, www.RMSpac.com

Honors & Recognition

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Support & Counseling

IN-PERSON PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSIONS RETURN

Anita D. Cohn MSW, LCSW

After offering video and phone psychotherapy sessions for 2.5 years I'm adding in person sessions back on Friday's. Proof of vaccinations are required. Video and phone sessions remain available Monday through Thursday.

Anita Cohn, [email protected], Anita D. Cohn MSW, LCSW, 314-920-0803, www.anitadcohntherapy.com

 

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

 

THE LISTENING PLACE COMPANIONS

Webster Hills United Methodist Church

Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Listening Place press release Isolation has been a common theme for many people during the 2020 to 2022 covid pandemic. That isolation has included an inability to mourn and celebrate in traditional ways the lives of loved ones who passed during that time. The Listening Place has open walk-in hours from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at the Christian Life Center, 1333 W. Lockwood Ave. at Berry Road. Weekend meetings are available by appointment. The Listening Place also hosts grief support groups led by trained professionals. “I meet so many people who could benefit from the opportunity to talk openly about their loss, whatever it might be, to a compassionate person,” said Julie Strassman, M.Div., who leads the group. “By partnering with professional support organizations, such as Bethesda Hospice Care, The Listening Place Companions can also refer and provide resources for people who might need a deeper level of support.” Two Listening Place Companions will be present during open walk-in hours and appointments. Listening Place Companions are volunteers whose role is to be supportive listeners. Confidentiality will be emphasized. For more information, visit thelisteningplacestl.org or phone 314-252-8615.

DWIGHT BITIKOFER, [email protected], The Listening Place/ Webster Hills United Methodist Church, 314-229-9537, www.thelisteningplacestl.org 

 

In Search Of ...

WELCOME FAMILIES

International Cultural Exchange Services

ICES is in search of families to welcome international students arriving for the opportunity to learn for one school semester or two.  If you are willing to welcome host a high school student for a few weeks until a more permanent placement can be arranged, please reach out.  This is a rewarding experience for all involved.  The student is given the opportunity to learn about the American culture and you have the opportunity to learn the culture of the student.  If you are interested or may know a family who is, please reach out today 314-412-7518.

ICES, 314-412-7518

 

DICHARGE FROM HOSPICE RESEARCH STUDY PARTICIPANTS

St. Louis University

Dr. Cara Wallace and a team of researchers at St. Louis University are looking for individuals to participate in a NIH funded research study titled “The Impact of Live Discharge from Hospice on Patients and Caregivers.” The purpose of this study is to gather information about what happens to patients and caregivers when the patient is no longer eligible for hospice and services are removed. Participation in this study will involve completing three surveys: with the first occurring in the first weeks following hospice discharge, and follow-up surveys occurring and 3- and 6-months post-discharge. Following the first call, participants will receive a $25 gift card and then they will receive a $50 gift card at the 3-month and 6-month time points. If you are interested in participating, please go to https://redcapsurvey.slu.edu/surveys/?s=REPMXH3LJP to fill out the short form and someone from our team will contact you.

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

 

DONATE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

St. Louis HELP

Here's How to Donate Equipment to HELP Do you have home medical equipment that is not being used? Want to make a tax-deductible donation to improve the lives of needy people? That’s what the nonprofit St. Louis HELP organization does every day. To contribute new or used equipment please call us at 314-240-0796. We accept donations of manual wheelchairs, canes, crutches, walkers, shower chairs, tub transfer benches, shower stools, grab bars, elevated toilet seats, portable commodes, lift chairs, seating cushions, back supports, hospital beds, ramps, and stair lifts. St. Louis HELP accepts donations of nearly every type of home medical device except oxygen and medications.

Jeff Dunlap, [email protected], St. Louis HELP, 314-240-0796, https://www.stlhelp.org/

 

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], 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

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