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Aging-Focused Professional Associations

The St. Louis / Illinois associations listed below all include missions and members focused on helping our area's aging population. If you have questions about any of the those listed below please contact them directly. If you know of an association that is not listed please call us at 636-225-2442 and let us know. 

ACM Care's Senior Resource Teams

Year Started: 2001

Group Description: ACM Care's Senior Resource Teams are voluntary, multidisciplinary, geographically specific teams of community members and service providers who work together to address the problems of seniors and disabled adults. The goal of the SRT is to explore individual and relevant group issues and initiate solutions in ways that provide continuity, coordination, and effectiveness. Each team is independently managed by local leadership volunteer(s). ACM Care posts the monthly reminder and speaker schedule the first full week of each month on the Internet. Membership and attendance is open to anyone - no RSVP needed. If you are interested in presenting a related topic at the meetings, please contact the local leader at the next scheduled meeting.

Primary Contact: Julie Hess / Email address: jhess@acmcare.org / Phone: N/A 

Website: http://acmcare.org/category/srt/

Number of total members: 100 - 200

Number of active members: 20 - 60

Average number of attendees per meeting: 4 - 20 

Meeting schedule: Monthly

Meeting day: Varies by location. Most meetings on the 3rd or 4th week each month

Meeting time: 1 1/2 - 2 hours

Meeting location: Varies - See website for monthly schedule

Meeting format: Networking, lunch business meeting, presenter, more networking

Aging Life Care Association™, Midwest Chapter, St. Louis Unit

Year Started: 2000 (St. Louis Unit)

Group Description: We are an association of private practitioners whose purpose is the development, advancement and promotion of humane and dignified social, psychological, and health care for the elderly and their families. The association is committed to working toward the highest quality of care for the elderly and their families through education, advocacy, and high standards of practice.

Primary Contact: Judy Mange, PT, MBA, CMC / Email address: mangej@msn.com  / Phone: 314-962-9115

Website: http://www.caremanager.org/regional-chapters/midwest-chapter/

Number of total members: 28

Number of active members: 20

Average number of attendees per meeting: 16

Meeting schedule: Monthly

Meeting day: First Thursday of the month

Meeting time: 7:30am - 9:00am

Meeting location: Meetings are held at different facilities each month

Meeting format: 3 - 4 educational programs, case presentations, resource sharing, networking

Breakthrough Coalition

Year Started: 1991

Group Description: Breakthrough Coalition is a network of service providers and others  concerned with senior issues, committed to enhancing the quality of life for  older adults within the St. Louis metropolitan area through education, advocacy  and networking and resource sharing.

Primary Contact: John Rothbarth / Email address: john@stlouistimes.com / Phone: 636-225-2442

Website: www.breakthroughcoalition.org

Number of total members: 400

Number of active members: 175

Average number of attendees per meeting: 100 - 120

Meeting schedule: Bi-Monthly

Meeting day: Fourth Tuesday of even numbered months

Meeting time: 8:30am - 10:00am

Meeting location: JCC (Jewish Community Center), #2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146

Meeting format: Presenters - Networking

Case Management Society of St. Louis (The) - (local chapter of the Case Management Society of America) is an international, non-profit organization founded in 1990 dedicated to the support and development of the profession of case management through educational forums, networking opportunities and legislative involvement. Unique in its composition as a international organization, over 70 affiliated and prospective chapters [including Australia, Hong Kong, and London] in a tiered democratic structure, CMSA's success and strength is its structure as a member- driven society. For more information contact Colleen Cashner by email at cashner2739@att.net or visit their website at www.cmsastl.com or call 314-963-4634.

COCMA (Continuum of Care Marketing Association)

Year Started: 1998

Group Description: This organization is made up of the areas Healthcare Marketing Specialists. Our members range from those who directly provide Patient Care or provide a specific service that assist in the provision of patient care. COCMA joins together marketers across the region in an energetic, diverse environment. Each quarterly meeting focuses on different topics that help marketers plan, develop and execute winning strategies for marketing success.

Primary Contact: Tracey Swabby / Email address: Tracey.Swabby@emsc.net / Phone: 314-393-4101 

Website: www.cocma.org

Number of total members: 300+

Number of active members: 275

Average number of attendees per meeting: 100 

Meeting schedule: Quarterly

Meeting day: First Thursday of each quarter: February, May, August, November

Meeting time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Meeting location: Changes

Meeting format: Networking, lunch business meeting, presenter, more networking

Gateway Alliance for Compassionate Health Care at the End of Life - This is the St. Louis Chapter of the Missouri End of Life Coalition. Contact Information: Gary U. Behrman, PhD (Board Chair). Email: gb4546@yahoo.com. The Mission of the Gateway Alliance is to promote high quality care for persons who are dying in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan area by fostering cooperation, education, and advocacy. The purposes of the organization are to improve the care and quality of living for persons at the end of life in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan area; to educate the public, health care providers, students, and policy makers regarding optimal care, resources, and policy for the maximum benefit of dying persons in the greater St. Louis Metropolitan area; to promote collaboration between health care providers, community educators, and organizations; and to empower dying persons, loved ones, and caregivers to express their needs and expectations surrounding end-of-life issues.

PRCL (Professionals in Retirement Community Living)

Year Started: 1989

Group Description: The PRCL (Professionals in Retirement Community Living) was formed over 24 years ago by professionals who work in the senior retirement community and assisted living for seniors health field. They found that professionals in these fields needed to find a way to meet, network and communicate with each other and share resources to help their own residents and business success. In the past few years, the PRCL group has developed a new leadership structure which continues to grow the group through supporting the mission. Members of this group work in the senior retirement community living/assisted living and healthcare to seniors industry. The meetings each month are free of charge, RSVP's are required. Location of meetings vary each month.

Primary Contact: Lee Williams / Email address: klwilliams@bethesdahealth.org / Phone: 314-681-6123 

Website: N/A (Try Facebook or LinkedIn)

Number of total members: 326

Number of active members: 250

Average number of attendees per meeting: 40 - 150 depending on the hosting facility

Meeting schedule: Monthly

Meeting day: Second Thursday of the month

Meeting time: 8:30am - 10:00am

Meeting location: Meeting sites vary from north, south, east and west areas, including St. Louis and St. Charles locations. When an independent retirement community living or assisted living community hosts a PRCL meeting, they have the advantage of showcasing their community trough volume discussion and tours. We are grateful to the host sites because they provide us meeting space as well as delicious breakfast for free.

Meeting format: Guest speakers and interesting resourceful topics per each monthly meeting. Also, time to network with other professionals and tour new host site communities all at the same time.

Senior Services Task Force of St. Charles County

Year Started: 2003

Group Description: The Senior Services Task Force is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for St. Charles County Seniors. The group, made up of a variety of companies and organizations serving seniors, distributes a variety of beneficial information to seniors, caregivers, and professionals through educational speakers and sharing of information.

Primary Contact: Jen Ryan Galantowicz  / Email address: Jgalantowicz@seasons.org/ Phone: 314.520.5042

Secondary contact: Cathryn Azinger / Email address:  cathrynazinger@medericaretenders.com / Phone: 636.332.1813

Website: N/A

Number of total members: 120 - 130

Number of active members: 50 - 60

Average number of attendees per meeting:30 - 40

Meeting schedule: Monthly

Meeting day:  Tuesday of the month

Meeting time: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Meeting location: Spencer Road Branch, St. Charles City-County Library District, 427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376 -

   (Community Council Meeting Rooms)

Meeting format: Networking - Presenters

Social Work Leaders in Health Care of Metro St. Louis, Inc.

Year Started: 1967

Group Description: We are a group of social work leaders from all levels of the healthcare field. Whether in private practice or employed by corporations, non-profits, or small businesses, we all have a common cause. Every other month we come together to share our experiences, learn from each other, teach when given the opportunity, and enhance the quality of leadership available in our field. We welcome students and those who are retired in our field as well to broaden our perspectives. As an organization of leaders, we embrace the opportunity to mentor others and continue to learn ourselves, and we offer contact hours for our presentations.

Primary Contact: Heather Bell, MSW, LCSW / Email address: socialworkleaders@yahoo.com / Phone: 314-365-2505 

Website: www.socialworkleaders.org

Number of total members: 58

Number of active members: 58

Average number of attendees per meeting: 35 

Meeting schedule: Bi-monthly

Meeting day: Second Tuesday of the month

Meeting time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Meeting location: 8770 Manchester, St. Louis, MO 63144

Meeting format: Presenters, contact hours, networking

Social Workers in Long Term Care

Year Started: 1985

Group Description: This organization began in the mid 1980's as an informal social work group to share ideas and concerns related to long term care nursing homes. The organization evolved into a professional group and in 1995 organized formerly to be a member of the Social Services Association of Missouri (SSAM). Purpose: Meetings provide an opportunity for social workers in retirement communities/nursing homes to focus on issues and concerns of elderly and disabled long term care residents. Each month there is an educational presentation offering one contact hour for LCSW social workers. The organization also has an associate membership for those members who demonstrate an interest in long term care social services such as vendors and marketing professionals. Social Work students are offered free membership.

Primary Contact: Susan Signorino / Email address: susansig@sbcglobal.net  / Phone: 314-220-2776

Website: N/A

Number of total members: 75

Number of active members: 75

Average number of attendees per meeting: 50 - 60 

Meeting schedule: Monthly

Meeting day: Second Tuesday of the month

Meeting time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Meeting location: Changes month to month. A different LTC community hosts each month

Meeting format: Lunch and speaker / 1 hour CEU each month

St. Louis Advisory Board of the Missouri Care Planning Council - The St. Louis Advisory Board of the Missouri Care Planning Council (MoCPC) is a consortium of companies and individual providers who have come together to help families deal with the crisis and burden of long term care. Our website at http://www.caremissouri.org/mo-st-louis-board.htm educates the public on the need for care planning before a crisis occurs. A second purpose is to provide, in one place, information about all of the available government and private services for eldercare. Finally, our ultimate mission is to offer a trusted listing service that the public will recognize and turn to for expert help in dealing with the challenges of long term care.

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