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


St. Louis County Library

December 5 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Free presentation: Transportation Resources for Older Adults. Presented on December 5, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the St. Louis County Library Lewis and Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63126. What can I do when my ride is canceled, and I cannot attend doctor appointments, shopping, church, and other social events? Learn about community resources and organizations specializing in transportation for older adults that help to address loneliness and isolation in our community. Registration is not required to attend this event, though registration will be made available at a later date. Mark your calendar and check back for registration at: https://www.voycestl.org/events/transportation-resources-for-older-adults-need-a-ride/

Shelby Collier, [email protected], VOYCE, 314-919-2410,




Virtual Sessions

Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Memory Keepers has current openings for weekly group classes for people with mild-moderate dementia. Memory Keepers evidence-based program creates better lives for people with memory loss through socially engaging, cognitively stimulating interactions designed to help memory, thinking and quality of life. Sessions are held virtually on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Contact [email protected] to inquire. For private individual sessions, or if you have a group who would like to participate in a Memory Keepers program, email us or visit our website to find providers at https://memorykeepers.org/caregiver-resources/

Brittany Lueken, [email protected], Memory Keepers, 314-749-8783,




Advantage Plans
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 credentialled 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, [email protected]




December 12 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Free community webinar: Aging in Place Part 1: What’s in it for me? Presented live on Zoom on December 12, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. According to the National Poll on Healthy Aging done by the University of Michigan, most adults aged 50-80 (88%) felt it is important to remain in their homes for as long as possible, a phenomenon widely known as aging in place. Why is this on the rise? Learn the potential benefits of aging in place, what’s necessary to plan for aging in place, and the challenges and risks associated with aging in place. Register now at: https://www.voycestl.org/events/community-education-aging-in-place-part-1-whats-in-it-for-me/

Shelby Collier, [email protected], VOYCE, 314-919-2410,




Grace Chapel Ministries

Help our program to reduce killings. Visit our website at www.gracechapelministries.org

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

314-995-5013, www.gracechapelministries.org



The Spa House

Enjoy a 30 or 60 minute massage with intermittent prayer (aloud or silently). You can advise what u want prayer for. No detailed info necessary.

Janet Gray, [email protected], The Spa House forxWomen, 314-578-1385,




St. Louis County Library – Lewis and Clark Branch

January 11 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Free presentation: Dietary Changes as We Age: Feed Your Soul. Presented live at the St. Louis County Library’s Lewis and Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63136 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Discover the essential elements to guarantee that you or your friends and relatives receive assistance with making healthy choices and access to resources for ongoing support. Enjoy a cooking demonstration, and learn about how nutritional needs, dietary deficiencies, and appetite levels change throughout life. Register now at: https://www.voycestl.org/events/nutrition-and-dietary-changes-as-you-age-feed-your-soul/

Shelby Collier, [email protected], VOYCE, 314-919-2410,




South County Mall – Tuesday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.

Mid Rivers Mall, St. Peters - Friday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.

New Walking Program to Help Seniors Stay Active

Free fitness option for the senior community - Most of the declines experienced with aging are not due to illness, injury, or simply getting older, but actually due to inactivity. This means that many aging declines are preventable, such as: weakness, loss of independence, stamina, and falls, by simply adding more movement into our daily lives.

This is why HouseFit has decided to launch their MallFit Walking Programs, one portion of their Stay Active STL initiative. It’s a great way for seniors to come together and exercise in a warm, dry, climate-controlled environment with accessible restrooms and places to sit, if needed. Each week we layer in a challenge to focus on strength, endurance, or balance. We track progress to help people stay motivated and reach their goals. One participant, Gen Eiler, age 82, has not only doubled her walking distance in a few short weeks, but reports increased confidence with her walking, relying less on her cane, and being able to walk faster. Her and many others tell us that what they appreciate most is that we organize it, and all they have to do is show up. “We love being able to get out into the community and create a support network of like-minded

aging adults, who want to stay healthy and independent”, says HouseFit owner, Dr. Beth Templin. “The best part has been seeing the added benefit of socialization when people walk and talk for the full hour.” At HouseFit, we help adults 55+ maximize their independence and fitness, so they can continue to enjoy living a full and active life.

Join our Facebook group, Stay Active STL or join us at one of our MallFit Walking events: - South County Mall, Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and – Mid Rivers Mall, Fridays at 10:00 a.m.  For more information, visit our website www.housefitstl.com or call our office at 314-939-1377.

Dr. Beth Templin, HouseFit Physical Therapy and Fitness, 314-939-1377, [email protected]



Grace Chapel Ministries

We must make our community better, now and for the future. There are too many killings. Support our program called " I'm Alive, Let Me Survive". Our website is www.gracechapelministries.org

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




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 



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 vets 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



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



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



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,




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 WWII widow since 1969, 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,




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 will 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,




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



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,




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,


Lectures & Continuing Education


Harris-Stowe University

December 2 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

At the MECCA Accelerator Bootcamp, we understand that not everyone can commit to a lengthy 10-week accelerator program. That's why we've designed this immersive bootcamp experience to provide you with the essential knowledge and tools to kickstart your entrepreneurial journey, all in just one day. This bootcamp is open to entrepreneurs from any industry, whether you're a seasoned professional looking to venture into entrepreneurship or a student with a big entrepreneurial dream. Our program is designed to accommodate your busy schedule while providing you with the same value as our 10-week accelerator. Join us at the MECCA Accelerator Bootcamp and equip yourself with the skills, knowledge, and connections to thrive in the world of entrepreneurship. Don't miss this opportunity to fast-track your business journey. Apply now because spots will fill up quickly. For any questions or further information, please contact us at [email protected]. Don't wait; seize the opportunity to turn your entrepreneurial vision into reality. We look forward to welcoming you at the MECCA Accelerator Bootcamp. Learn more and apply here: http://hssu-cie.startuptree.co/event/s/mJcGVAU4L5ys4ztD9G8Q2x/MECCA-Accelerator-Bootcamp-Application

Brandi Brooks, [email protected], Harris-Stowe State University, 314-340-5747,




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 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




Chesterfield Mall

From his location in Kirkwood, 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

Arts & Entertainment


Elks’ Club

December 7 – 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Banjos at the Elks Club - 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], VNP Corporation, 314-952-0646,




Welcome Club of St. Louis

Imagine you…being a member of this group. Did you say you just moved here? You are retired? Or do you just want to get out more? Well, we are filled with opportunity, variety and camaraderie with a foundation built for helping charities: actually, a new charity each year. This year the selected choice is “Food Outreach.”

Activities offer book clubs, bowling, golf, card games, movie days and other fun choices. And I must mention we love food. At our luncheons, meetings, and group activities you will feast on a variety of cuisines. Small group gatherings are held in members’ homes, and we share in preparing appetizers and snacks.

At each of our monthly luncheons, which we enjoy eight times a year, we offer presentations for our guests/members. Over the past few months, we’ve had a Tahitian Fire Dancer in Costume who taught us how to hula dance—A Yoga instructor who shared Yoga stretches— a presenter from the MO History Museum who shared the history of rich textiles, and two police officers and their K-nine who delivered many safety tips. Each experience was not only engaging but loaded with great learning opportunities.

We are a 501(c)4 Not- for- Profit organization with an elected Board of Directors who oversee the group. Our mission is quite simple; it is about Friendship and Charity.

Would you like to capture some fun in your life and have influence upon others? We welcome you and your friends to join us. Email us at:  [email protected]

Welcome Club of St. Louis, Jeanne Szarwinski, [email protected], 314-769-1456



Jeopardy Joe is Everybody's Favorite Senior Community Entertainment -not just the same old “question and answer” trivia game. There’s music, singing, videos and fun topics. The program holds attention and gets all your residents and guests involved. There are specialized programs for Assisted and Independent Living communities, as well as engaging programs for Memory Care residents. JEOPARDY JOE… It's Fun. It's Entertaining. It's Stimulating and Educational. What more could you ask for? [email protected] 314-399-2223.

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




December 9 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Banjo Brunch at Evangeline’s 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 at: www.stlouisbanjoclub.org. Great Cajun food and drinks from their menu. Did we mention the music is free? Call Evangeline's for reservations at: 314-367-3644.

Don Dempsey, [email protected], VNP Corporation, 314-952-0646,




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  



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,





Profero Counseling

Profero Counseling and Consulting LLC is pleased to announce they are now accepting Medicare. Profero Counseling specializes in clients experiencing acute or chronic illness, diabetes, grief, and older adult transitions. Services are provided to Missouri residents via secure video. Visit www.proferocounseling.com or call Jennifer Derner, LCSW, CDCES at 314-328-5701 for more information.

Jennifer Derner, [email protected], Profero Counseling and Consulting LLC, 314-328-5701, www.proferocounseling.com



BreakThrough Healthcare

A warm coat is like a hug from the inside! We are excited to announce our First Annual Senior Citizen coat drive. Help keep our senior citizens warm this winter by donating a coat. We are collecting gently used or new winter coats for senior citizens. Donations may be dropped off any time at Breakthrough Healthcare at 1265 Graham Road. Please feel free to contact our office at 314-649-5586 with any questions. Thank you in advance for your donations.

JonniSue Cudworth, [email protected], Breakthrough Healthcare L, 314-649-5586,




Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation

The Fall 2023/Winter 2024 edition of the Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is here. Check out all the programs for adults, kids, seniors and families coming up for October through March here: https://tinyurl.com/ShrewsburyActivitiesF23W24

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

314-647-1003, https://www.shrewsburymo.gov/departments/parks___recreation/index.php



Founded in St. Louis, by Zoe Cangas, Moving Medicine Partners is a pioneering organization specializing in real estate services tailored to physicians and medical professionals. Transforming the way healthcare professionals navigate the real estate market with a unique approach that brings together Realtors exclusively married to physicians, Moving Medicine Partners offers an unparalleled real estate experience designed to cater to the specific needs of the medical community. Physicians and their families face distinct challenges during relocations, home purchases, and real estate transactions. Moving Medicine Partners recognizes these challenges and aims to provide comprehensive support, expertise, and resources to simplify the process. Agents who are married to physicians bring an intrinsic understanding of the demands, schedules, and preferences of doctors, resulting in a tailored and efficient real estate experience. Moving Medicine Partners is committed to simplifying the real estate journey for physicians and offering support to the physician family as well, by connecting them with their new community. The organization's unique approach, expert Realtors, and robust support services make it a game-changer in the healthcare and real estate industries.

Zoe Cangas, [email protected], Moving Medicine Partners,

618-719-5921, www.movingmedicinepartners.com



Breakthrough Healthcare

Breakthrough Healthcare will be holding flu shot clinics in their offices. For additional information, please contact the office at 314-649-5586.

JonniSue Cudworth, [email protected], Breakthrough Healthcare LLC, 314-649-5586, https://breakthroughhealthcarestlouis.com/



Your Supportive Place

Your Supportive Place can now provide occupational therapy evaluations through The Missouri Department of Mental Health. The Division of Developmental Disabilities administers the Environmental Accessibility Adaptations - Home/Vehicle Modification waiver program with Missouri Medicaid. We are looking to connect with Department of Mental Health support coordinators to better serve eligible participants. Outside of this program, Your Supportive Place also provides OT services through Medicare Part B (outpatient) and private pay. We complete in-home services in the St. Louis/St. Charles areas or via telehealth in other parts of the state.

Jane Bufe, [email protected], Your Supportive Place, 314-200-2610,




Crown Center for Senior Living

Crown Center for Senior Living, an independent living retirement community in University City now has beautiful, fully equipped two-bedroom apartments available in the new Crown Center Phase 1 Building. Two-bedroom apartments start at $1,775 and utilities are included. Call today for more information.

Randi Schenberg, [email protected], Crown Center for Senior Living,

314-991-2055, https://crowncenterstl.org/



Aging Ahead and the Missouri Department of Agriculture have partnered to provide seniors the Missouri Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program which provides benefits to low-income seniors (60 years of age or older) residing in one of 47 Missouri counties. Eligible seniors receive $50 in benefits annually. Benefits can be exchanged for eligible foods at a farmers market or roadside stand with an authorized farmer. - Benefits issued to eligible participants: Now thru September 30 - Participants can redeem benefits: Now thru October 31. For more information call: St. Louis Area Jefferson, St. Louis and St. Charles Counties 636-207-0847 Franklin County and St. Louis City 1-888-515-0016.

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



Crown Center for Senior Living

A waiting list is now open for apartments at the most affordable retirement community in the central corridor of St. Louis County. • One-bedroom apartments - $1,280 • Two-bedroom apartments - $1,675 Crown Center for Senior Living announces that applications are now being accepted for 1 or 2-bedroom units in the Crown Center Phase I Building currently under construction at 8350 Delcrest Drive, University City, MO 63124. Apartments will be available beginning early 2023. The waiting list is for those 62 years of age or older. Application packets may be downloaded at www.crowncenterstl.org, requested via email at [email protected], or by calling 314.991.2055 or visiting the management office Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm. Crown Center is an equal housing opportunity community.

Randi Schenberg, [email protected], Crown Center for Senior Living

314-991-2055, https://crowncenterstl.org/



Start Your Recovery

www.StartYourRecovery.org is a resource for individuals who may be struggling with substance use disorder. For a little more background, Start Your Recovery was developed by bringing together experts in substance misuse treatment from leading nonprofit, academic, and government institutions. Through this important resource, older adults can hear stories from people with similar experiences, discover the answers they need for recognizing and dealing with substance misuse, and locate support.

Emma Brown, Outreach Specialist Start Your Recovery, [email protected]



Enhance Self-Care

Enhance Self-Care personal training service provides help to people of all ages. In-home personal training sessions. -Mobility and balance improvement -Strength training (all ages) -Weight loss training -Custom built running plans Email today to schedule your first free consultation and see if we can help you. [email protected]

Karolina Zavisiute, [email protected], Enhance Self-Care, 314-564-7232,




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,




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 and 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 and 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



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.seniorcareauthority.com/stl



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,




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



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,





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 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.  For information, please call 314-645-7900, ext. 203

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



University City Outpatient Clinic

Did you know, Medicaid Beneficiaries can now get outpatient physical therapy? 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,




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,





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



Everything. to know about nursing home abuse


Holly Brooks, Outreach Director, Levin & Perconti, [email protected],

Levin & Perconti, 325 N LaSalle Dr Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60654, www.levinperconti.com




St. Louis University

The School of Social Work at Saint Louis University offers a post-Bachelor 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

Honors & Recognition

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Support & Counseling


Michael Salinas, LPC
Michael Salinas is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with individuals and couples undergoing a range of mental and emotional struggles. It is his great privilege and passion to create an environment where his clients feel trust and openness to process their experiences, in the hopes of finding relief, clarity and peace of mind. He has worked for years with individuals who face major life disruptions, chronic illness, anxiety, depression and relationship issues. He offers a gentle, compassionate approach that meets you at any stage of your life.

Michael Salinas, [email protected], Michael Salinas, LPC,

314-279-7031, www.michaelsalinascounseling.com




Grace Chapel Ministries

We must restore respect for life and end this rash of killings. "I am alive. Let me survive." is an ongoing program designed to do that. Please visit our website www.gracechapelministries.org and learn more. Please participate.

Larry Brown, [email protected], Grace Chapel Ministries, 314-409-0965




St. Louis University
SLU's Center for Counseling and Family Therapy (CCFT) is starting a new group geared towards seniors in need of more social support and connection in their community. The group will be initially structured on a 12-week, once a week basis, facilitated online. You can withdraw from participation at any time. Criteria • Older Adults (Age 65+) • Experiencing Loneliness / Lack of Social Support • Has Video Capacity in Phone or Computer • Physically Able to do Light Chair Exercises Call 314-722-6797 or email
[email protected] for any questions or to sign up.

Marla Berg-Weger, [email protected], Gateway Geriatric Education Center, Saint Louis University, 314-722-6796, https://www.slu.edu/medicine/internal-medicine/geriatric-medicine/aging-successfully/index.php



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 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 



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 ...


Shepherd’s Center

Shepherd’s Center has immediate need for volunteer drivers. What is it? Free rides to medical appointments. Round-trip, door-through-door service (walk rider from parking lot to appointment, wait in waiting room, drive client home) Who do we serve? Ambulatory (no wheelchairs) older adults aged 55+ who live within the Shepherd’s Center service boundaries. When is it? Volunteers drive on Tuesdays-Thursdays. Pick and choose the days and times that work for you. Drive once a month, once a week, or as often as you are able. Volunteer today and make a difference! Interested in volunteering or have more questions? Call the office at 314-395-0988.

Karen Zelle, [email protected], Shepherd's Center, 314-395-0988,





Project Holiday Cheer is an opportunity for individuals of all ages to impact long-term care residents’ lives positively. Getting involved is as simple as signing, creating, or delivering holiday cards. A simple act of kindness is an immeasurable value. VOYCE is seeking support from our community members and partnering organizations to provide 40,000 greeting cards throughout the Greater St. Louis, Northeastern Missouri, and Illinois regions. Your thoughtfulness is a great way to give back, pay it forward, and share in the spirit of the holiday season. Join Project Holiday Cheer and help ensure the act of giving is present throughout our great community. VOYCE is accepting holiday card donations now and throughout the year. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please call our office and learn how to get involved. Visit https://www.voycestl.org/ways-give/projectholidaycheer/, call 314-919-2410, or email Shelby Collier, [email protected]

Shelby Collier, [email protected], VOYCE, 314-919-2410,





Help change lives by becoming a shuttle driver for HavenHouse St. Louis! HavenHouse St. Louis is a hospital guest house that provides lodging, support, and transportation to patients and families who travel to St. Louis for medical care. Shuttle Volunteers drive HavenHouse vehicles from our location to various medical facilities in and around St. Louis. Our Volunteers can choose to drive a single route once a week or as many routes multiple days a week as they are comfortable. Your help will alleviate the stress and worry our guests may encounter on their medical journey. You can be their navigator in an unfamiliar place. If you're looking for an interactive experience where you get to meet and chat with wonderful people, this is a great opportunity for you! For more information: Visit https://bit.ly/3NIaPnX, call 314-434-5858, or email [email protected]

Heather Libhart, [email protected], HavenHouse St. Louis, 314-434-5858,





Amazing results for seniors through exercise and social connection - exercise classes taught by Physical Therapists make a positive impact on the aging community.

After being awarded $10k to help the community, and enjoying positive results, respected St. Louis Physical Therapist Dr. Beth Templin is now looking to support the local residents even further. Dr Beth, owner of HouseFit Physical Therapy & Fitness, was delighted to receive the 2022 BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program to pilot their ExerMoves® Fitness Programs in the community. And such has been the success, she is now looking for sponsors to offer more classes throughout 2024. Many seniors are

living on a fixed budget, especially those with a lower socioeconomic status. These are the same people who benefit most from our fitness programs, as they disproportionately are living with more health and mobility issues. The hope is to continue expanding our offerings and help seniors successfully age in place by tackling inactivity, illness, and injury, the biggest challenges facing the aging community. To improve health and fitness in the area, Dr Beth is looking for 5-6 businesses to raise $100k to

sponsor 10 classes a week in 2024. Interested parties can reach out to Operations Manager, Heather, for more details Email [email protected] or call 314-939-1377.

Media Contact: Dr. Beth Templin, 314-939-1377, [email protected]


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