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     MARCH 15, 2018                                      A Love for Music


     Theon Heiserer’s grandfather came to the Unites States from Germany.  He is the sole survivor of 10 children, all born and raised in Oran, MO where his parents owned two farms. He and his brother worked the farms with his father. He had to quit high school in 1941 when his brother was drafted to serve in the war, then worked the farm for 1.5 years until he too was drafted. Theon recalls his 3 long months in basic training then found himself stationed in Hawaii.  A young man, never away from home, soon after found himself in the South Pacific. New Guinnea was a fearful place for a young soldier so far from his Missouri farm. He was discharged at the young age of 18. Theon’s brother came home soon after. There really was not enough farm work for both boys at home, so Theon moved on to work as a cook on a river boat for the Mississippi Corps of Engineers. The dredge boat of 80 men worked to keep the channel open.

     Theon, who will be turning 94 this year, lived this river boat life for six years until he met his bride at a dance. Theon says his fondest memory was his 1952 wedding day, regardless of the 110-degree temperature that day (without air conditioning). They remained happily married for fifty years, blessed with two children – a daughter, Debbie and a son, Jim. Theon soon found himself providing for a young family and took a job keeping him closer to home, working at Cupples Products aluminum factory in St. Louis. He recalls the company supplied metal for buildings all over the world, including the World Trade Center. The young family lived 63 years in a home they purchased in 1952. For 32 years, Theon provided for his young family by working two jobs, Cupples Products and Bettendorf-Rapp food chain, leaving early for work in the morning at 5:00 a.m. and not returning home again until at least 10:00 p.m. every night.

     Theon has had a love for music for as long as he can remember. His father played harmonica and accordion, and his mother had a player piano from which he believes he first found his affinity for music. He learned to play guitar when he was away in the military and after he came back home, enjoyed entertaining folks in local taverns on the weekends. Theon still enjoys entertaining with his music. I found him with his instruments the day we met. He lives and entertains his neighbors at the Affton Senior Center. Theon still plays music with a few buddies four or five days each week at surrounding senior centers.  Theon’s grandson has a recording studio and has produced a CD of Theon’s musical renditions. Theon says, “Music keeps the mind going. You have to think of every piece of every song”. And he has a musically talented family: his son and grandson both also play guitar. Although transportation is an issue at times, Theon has enjoyed playing with the Gateway Harmonica Club for ten years. The types of music he most enjoys playing are Waltz, Polka and Country. He still enjoys going dancing a few times each week, dancing both ballroom and swing. He even has a steel guitar he bought from a catalog when he was 18 years old. A year ago, he was given a 6-string banjo from his grandson. One of his most enjoyable memories was playing a small-town country festival in Illinois. He was amazed to see his picture appear in the newspaper a year later. Many residents and friends at the Affton Senior Center come to enjoy his music during lunch. Ruth Coleman is one of those residents. She told me, “Theon makes a lot of people happy. He is quite enjoyable”. 

     Edna Halbert, another resident of Affton Senior Center, just turned 93 years old on her most recent birthday in February. She has enjoyed living at the senior center for the past two years. She is from Steeleville, MO. She worked in retail and used to play piano for her local church. She has survived three strokes and speaks proudly of her five children - four boys and one girl.

Another friend is Otis Breshears, a proud owner of a 20-family St. Louis apartment building that sold in 2004. He is 91 years old. He too was raised on a farm. He once lived in Australia where he owned a TV repair factory. He feels he lived a full and interesting life. He enjoys his time at the Affton Senior Center and enjoys watching television.

Glenda Johnson is yet another friend that has lived at the Affton Senior Center for six years. She feels fortunate to be 91 years old and feels the most significant events in her life was the birth of her two sons. She was quite the seamstress and proudly made all her own clothes. She enjoys reading fiction and faith-based novels, one of which her niece recently published.  She was happily married for 60 years to a wonderful man and feels content she lived a good life. Glenda believes and wishes to pass along, “It would be nice if everyone loved their neighbor. We should all be kind to one another as we certainly cannot live alone in this world”.


By Janet Dalton / St. Louis Times



Home Instead Senior Care

Primary responsibilities include determining individual client's needs to provide solutions and create a tailored service plan; conduct Service Inquiries and Care Consultations; regularly evaluate the care plan through a series of ongoing communications and client visits to ensure high quality care, client satisfaction and retention; work closely with other office staff regarding client and caregiver schedules to ensure caregiver is the best match for client; and perform client/caregiver introductions and quality assurance visits with existing clients. Apply online and attach your resume to the application. Call Mark Adkisson at 636-477-6025 to learn more.

Laura McCoy,, Home Instead Senior Care,




Assistance Home Care

At Assistance Home Care, our caregivers, CNAs, HHAs, LPNs, RNs, and team members are appreciated, supported, and recognized. Assistance Home Care provides in home care services to our clients with the mission of honoring their wishes to stay at home and enriching their journey of aging with compassion, dignity, and respect. We are looking for loving team members that excel in having a high level of patience and understanding of special needs. We are looking for wonderful team members that have the ability to develop and implement various activities to help support your client in their day-to-day activities. We are looking for highly skilled team members that excel in utilizing assisted devices such as a Hoyer Lift, Gate Belt, Sit to Stand, etc. We are looking for you! We offer paid training, continuing education, and support teams to help your personal and professional development. If you are a compassionate, hard-working, and a dedicated individual seeking an opportunity to serve others as a caregiver in Saint Louis, Saint Charles, West County, South County, and Lincoln County call us today at 314-256-9185.

Jennifer Henningfeld,, Assistance Home Care,




Everlove Day Club

Adult Day Care located in Webster Groves is looking for a part time activities assistant for approximately 20 hrs. per week including some Saturdays. Qualifications: At least eighteen (18) years of age; previous work experience executing activities for senior citizens or developmentally disabled preferred. Candidate must have an out-going personality and work well with participants providing recreational activities. Job Description: Assist participants in activities; Assist participants with transferring, ambulation and personal care as needed; Responsible for participant safety and environmental sanitation. Job Type: Part-time Interested candidates please send resume and cover letter to

Kathy Nohl,, EverLove DayClub, 314-968-2222



Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is seeking to hire a full-time Development Director that will assist us working towards our mission. Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, the first choice for Love, hope, compassion, and integrity, Positive/professional work environment, Excellent quality of care, we work towards our mission daily, and Teamwork. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including Medical/Dental coverage, Life Insurance, Vacation, Sick, Holidays, Retirement Plan, Tuition Reimbursement and more. Cardinal Ritter is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services,




St. Elizabeth Hospital

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital initiates eight-week paid training for Patient Care Techs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health care occupations is projected to grow eighteen percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Health care occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups but the costs of getting trained for clinical care positions may be higher than some can afford. To help solve this issue, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital developed a new program to create a bridge into the industry. The Patient Care Tech (PCT) program is an eight-week paid training program that combines classroom education with hands-on clinical experience. The program consists of two classroom days every week for four weeks. Time is also spent working on a hospital unit for the first four weeks, followed by a four-week internship supported by preceptors. Upon successful completion of the program objectives, participants will have a position at the hospital. The second cohort will start in April 2019. Applications are currently being accepted and are available online at To learn more about the program email Gorka at or call 618-234-2120, ext. 12548.

Kelly Barbeau,, HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital, 619-234-2120,



Alzheimer’s Association

This position is responsible for developing, managing and implementing an education and outreach strategy. The position goal is to significantly expand the reach of Community Programs through partnership building and volunteer resources throughout a 96-county service area. - Plan and implement community education programs across the 96-county service area. - Manage and assure quality program delivery and growth of diverse attendances. - Engage, train and manage relationships with volunteer positions. - Conduct annual performance evaluations of volunteer positions. - Evaluates and reports effectiveness of volunteer program. - Develop chapter-wide recruitment plans and strategies. - Develop and/or maintain sustainable community partnerships and volunteer supporters. - Analyze service data to identify gaps in rural delivery and create opportunities to expand education and support programs. - Cultivate and recruit supporters for chapter fundraising events. - Provide day-of support at a minimum of three Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Longest Day Events. - Maintain monthly reports, service statistics and grant-related paperwork. For more information and to apply, please go here:

Regina Lowe,, Alzheimer's Association, 314-801-0448,



Mary Queen & Mother Center

Seeking to hire full-time, part-time and prn nurses for all shifts that will assist us working towards our mission. Mary Queen & Mother is the first choice for Love, hope, compassion, and integrity, Positive/professional work environment, Excellent quality of care, we work towards our mission daily, and Teamwork. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including Medical/Dental coverage, Life Insurance, Vacation, Sick, Holidays, Retirement Plan, Tuition Reimbursement and more. Mary Queen & Mother Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services,




All Family Care

All Family Care is looking for an RN to join our "family" as Medicaid Director. The position is PT (20-24 Hours/Week). We are a small family owned business in our 14th year located in Affton, MO. This position is ideal for someone looking for additional hours and experience, or for someone who wants to slow down but not hang it up. The job requires interaction with the State of Missouri, clients, and co-workers. It is roughly 80% office, 20% field. Ideal candidate will have a sense of humor, attention to detail, and get along with others. Please e-mail your resume to Gary Chippendale at

Gary Chippendale,, All Family Care, 314-544-1551,



Christian Community Homecare

Christian Community Homecare, a non-profit outreach program of St. Thomas/Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, is hiring caregivers.  Must have own vehicle.  Call for additional information.

Christine Lewis,, Christian Community Homecare,

314- 843-9673,



Beck Estate Planning and Elder Law in St. Charles

We are growing again. Beck Estate Planning and Elder Law in St. Charles is seeking an experienced estate planning paralegal to join our team. Requirements include drafting of estate planning documents, including trusts, wills, powers of attorney and deeds. Position includes maintaining file organization, scanning, faxing and filing, as well as interaction with clients. Applicant should be proficient using Word, Excel and Outlook. This is a salaried position with paid vacation, paid holidays, health insurance benefits, 401(k) plan and lots of extra perks not offered at most companies. Serious candidates are invited to email your resume today to For more information about our company, please check us out at

Diane Distl,, Beck Estate Planning & Elder Law, 636-946-7899,



Pyramid Home Health Services

Join our elite team of healthcare professionals as a Certified Nursing Assistant or a Personal and Home Care Aide. We beat other provider's hourly pay rates. Receive up to 80 hours of paid time off or choose to take it as additional pay.  Full-time employees of Pyramid also receive 6-paid holidays annually and medical insurance for $30 per month. Starting your career with us is easy. or call

1-800-699-1746.  We are an equal opportunity employer. EOE/AA

Ada Gonzalez,, Pyramid Home Health Services,



Health & Wellness


The Paraquad and New Northside

May 15 thru June 21 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Better Balance Description: Improve your balance and reduce your fall risk through a multi-dimensional fitness approach that improves your muscle strength, flexibility, range of motion, and confidence. Programs at New Northside and the Paraquad are brought to you in part by the Senior Fund. Date: Wednesday/Friday, May 15 thru June 21 (Sixteen Sessions), 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. Event Location: The Paraquad, 5420 Oakland Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110 This event is free.  To register, please call 314-862-4859, ext. 24.

Tina Duckett,, St. Louis Oasis, 314-862-4859,



St. Paul AME Church

May 16 thru June 27 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Almost half of older adults worry about falling. Learn the factors that can lead to a fall and practical tips for staying on your feet. Stretches and light movements for improved flexibility and range of motion are introduced in the third class. This is a discussion-based program, and participants receive a workbook to keep. Dates: Thursday, May 16 thru June 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Event Location: St. Paul AME Church 1260 Hamilton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63122.  This event is free, to register please call 314-862-4859, ext. 24.

Tina Duckett,, St. Louis Oasis, 314-862-4859,



New Northside Family Life Center

May 16 thru August 29 – 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

ExerStart is a low-intensity exercise class for people who are looking to add more activity to their lives using resistance bands while standing or seated. This class encourages adults 50+ to be active so they can do the things they want and need to do. Date: Tuesday/Thursday, May 16 thru August 29, 34 sessions. (No class on July 4.) Time: 10:00 a.m. to 10:45a.m.  Event location: New Northside Family Life Center, 5939 Goodfellow Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63147. This event is free.  To register, call 314-862-4859 ext. 24.

Tina Duckett,, St. Louis Oasis, 314-862-4859,



Beauvais Manor Healthcare and Rehab

May 18 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Beauvais Manor Healthcare and Rehab presents Spring Bling Health and Wellness Fair, on Saturday, May 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., located at 3625 Magnolia Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110.  Partnered with STL Fire Department, Abbott Ambulance, and many more to provide health screenings and education, food, fun, music, and prizes.

Shanika Pruitt,, Beauvais Manor, 314-633-8110



Union Memorial Enrichment Center

May 20 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Explore the available information that consumers can use to determine whether or not prescription drugs, over-the-counter products, or supplements might interact with each other. Learn about the different types of complementary and alternative therapies, understand herbal remedies and supplements, and gain an awareness of potential interactions with other medications. Part of this course will explore the fact and fiction of "magic cures". Regulatory processes, manufacturers' claims, and credible resources will be explored. This program is brought to you in part by Senior Fund. Monday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Union Memorial Enrichment Center, 5436 Bartmer, St. Louis, MO 63112.  This event is free to attend.  Please register, 314-862-4859 ext. 24.

Tina Duckett,, St. Louis Oasis, 314-862-4859,



The Paraquad

May 20 thru July 1 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Almost half of older adults worry about falling. Learn the factors that can lead to a fall and practical tips for staying on your feet. Stretches and light movements for improved flexibility and range of motion are introduced in the third class. This is a discussion-based program, and participants receive a workbook to keep. The program held at The Paraquad is brought to you in part by the Senior Fund. Dates are Monday, May 20 thru July 1 (8 sessions)  No class on May 27. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Event Location: The Paraquad, 5240 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.  This is a free event.  To Register, please call 314 -862-4859 ext. 24.

Tina Duckett,, St. Louis Oasis,314-862-4859,



Caregivers Inn

May 23 – 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Caregivers Inn Blood Drive Thursday, May 23, 2019 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 1297 Feise Road, Dardenne Prairie, MO.  Please call 636-240-7979 to register.  Receive one raffle ticket entry (to win a $100 gift certificate) when you register to donate. Enjoy a complimentary hot dog, chips, and soda after your donation. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment or visit  and enter: caregivers.

Robyn Schaber, CAREGIVERS1@OUTLOOK.COM, Caregivers Inn, 636-240-7979,



St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

May 23 – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital hosts free public education event, Health Connections, on Diabetic Foot Care HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is hosting a free educational health presentation, Health Connections, on Thursday, May 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the hospital. Lunch and refreshments will be provided but seats are limited so RSVPs are required. The topic for this session is “Diabetic Foot Care: Prevention and Treatment” presented by Daniel Thouvenot, DPM, a specialist in podiatric medicine and surgery with Next Step Foot and Ankle Centers and who is on staff at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. The public is invited to learn about proper foot care to prevent or delay foot complications and understand current treatment options available. Those interested in attending the May 23 presentation may email or call 618-234-2120, ext. 41270 to register. The boardroom is located on the first floor of the hospital. Enter the building at the main entrance under the blue "Hospital" sign and continue down the hall to the boardroom.

Kelly Barbeau,, HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital, 618-234-2120,



The Villages of St. Peters

May 30 – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

We are hosting a blood drive on May30, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Our address is 5400 Executive Centre Pkwy., St. Peters, MO 63376. To schedule an appointment, call The Blood Center at 866-448-3253. All that donate will receive a $10 gift card.

Lori Guilliams,, The Villages of St. Peters, 636)-922-7600,



Chesterfield Parks and Recreation

June 3 thru August 19

Bike Rides first and third Mondays at 9:30 a.m. start time, June 3 at Meramec Greenway Trail, June 17 at Creve Coeur Park, July 1 at Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, July 15 at Forest Park, August 5 at Grant's Trail, August 19 at Al Foster Trail.

Chesterfield Bike Rides,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500,



Memorial Weekend 2019

Calling all Athletes (and volunteers). Senior Olympics signing up sportsmen and women, 50 or better. The St. Louis Senior Olympics, an Olympic-style sporting event for men and women age 50 and older, will soon embark on the 40th year.  The Games will be held over Memorial Day Weekend 2019.  This is a highly visible and organized event with more than 1,200 participants and 300 volunteers. These amazing people are “newbies” and veterans, competitive and fun-seekers, and they join us from nearly 150 neighborhoods across 12 states. We are known as one of the premier Senior Olympics events in the nation. Our long-time success is due to the incredible support we receive from corporate sponsors, community partners, long time participants and dedicated volunteers who share in the excitement and camaraderie that is felt during those days of competition. “We have serious competition, friendly games, and performances. We have volunteer opportunities for all ages. The Games are a chance for the entire community to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors”, said Phil Ruben, Director of the event. Visit for more information or call 314-442-3279.

Phil Ruben,, St. Louis Senior Olympics, 314-442-3279, 



Chesterfield City Hall

June 3 to 26

Mondays - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Wednesdays – 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Please join to exercise at Chesterfield City Hall, June 3 thru 26. This program incorporates a series of gentle, pain free movements and is evidence based as one of the most effective exercises to prevent falls, improve health and the quality of life.

Chesterfield City Hall,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500,



Queeny Park

June 15 – 8:00 a.m.

Join us on Saturday, June 15, for the 7th Annual Hospice 5K/1K Memorial Walk to honor and remember loved ones. This free community event, coordinated by Bethesda Hospice Care, includes a 5K option (partial pavement and partial gravel with a few hills), or a 1K option (entirely pavement). Other activities include a Memorial ceremony, veterans’ table, children’s activity table, music, refreshments, and much more. This event is free and open to anyone who has lost a loved one and who would like to participate in his/her memory. Please register online by June 1 to receive a free T-shirt. Location: Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Road, Ballwin, MO Parking: Enter Queeny Park from Weidman Rd and follow signs to Parking Lot B. Event Schedule, registration begins at 8:00 a.m. then participants must sign in at the registration table. If you registered before June 1, you may pick up your free t-shirt at this time. Opening Ceremony at 8:45 a.m., participants can have their loved one’s name read aloud during the opening ceremony. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like your loved one’s name read. Run/Walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

Julie Strassman,, Bethesda Hospice Care,




Creve Coeur Lake

June 22 – 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

2019 Gateway Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Creve Coeur Lake - Sailboat Cove area from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is free to participate in family festival activities and to watch dragon boat races. Team and sponsorships are available with information found on the website. Activities include live entertainment, kids’ zone, food vendors and race watching. Proceeds from teams and sponsorships go to Signature Foundation's Operation Family Help initiative which provides financial assistance for healthcare needs.

Sharla McGinnis,, Signature Healthcare Foundation,




Chesterfield Family Center

Water Aerobics Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, June thru August Morning Sessions- Tuesday/Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Session 1: June 4 thru June 20 Session 2: June 25 thru July 11 Session 3: July 16 thru August 1 Saturday Sessions: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Session 4: June 1 thru July 13 Session 5: July 20 thru August 24. Fees: Resident - $30 Non-resident - $40

Chesterfield Family Center,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500,



Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex

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

Chesterfield Valley Complex,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500,



Grace Chapel Ministries

Help stop senseless killings. We must change minds and develop respect for life. Every $10 you donate will create a T Shirt that says, "I’m alive, let me survive". Send to Grace Chapel Ministries, P.O. Box 952, Florissant, Mo. or visit website  Phone: 314-995-5013

Rev. Larry Brown, GRACECHAPELDEVELOPMENT@GMAIL.COM, Grace Chapel Ministries, 314-995-5013,



Washington University School of Medicine

Brain Health Research Study seeks older adults, ages 60-85, do you have high blood pressure and memory concerns? Washington University’s Division of Geriatrics is seeking research participants for a dementia prevention study aimed at people with high blood pressure. You may qualify if you are 60 to 85 years old, have high blood pressure, and do not exercise vigorously. This 2-year study includes strategies such as aerobic exercise, medication management of blood pressure, or a combination. Call Adriana 314-273-1355.

Adriana Martin,, Washington University School of Medicine,




Lutheran Senior Services

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, on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 314-884-7909 for times and more information.

Selma Vereget,, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-884-7910,



BJC Hospice and Palliative Care

Free monthly caregiver class available to the community.  These classes are offered by Heather Bell, BJC Palliative Care Social Worker.  Classes cover a variety of topics meant to provide useful information and caregiver support.

Class meets on the second Tuesday of the month. From 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Auditorium 1, 3015 N. Ballas Rd, St. Louis, MO  63131.  For additional information, please contact Heather Bell, 314-575-9305.  These classes are free to attend.  To register, please call 314-996-5433.

September 10 - Practical Tips for day-to-day home care

Health care professionals will provide helpful advice in providing daily home caregiving, including a registered nurse and a rehab therapist.

October 8 - Home Care Choices & How to find assistance at home

Learn about the difference between insurance-approved skilled home care and other home care choices, including private duty, home medical equipment, supplies, and other resources to help in the care of your loved one.

November 12 - Legal Matters & Goals of Care

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

June 11 and December 10 - Alternate Therapies

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

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



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,, Womens’ Fitness and designed workouts,




Lutheran Senior Services – The Village at Mackenzie Place

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, 8520 Mackenzie Road, Affton, MO 63123 on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 314-884-7909 for times and more information.

Selma Vereget,, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-884-7910,



Lutheran Senior Services

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,, 314-830-0919

Leigh Anne Hoormann,, Lutheran Senior Services


Lectures & Continuing Education


Webster Groves Public Library

May 28 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Medicare for All, update by Ed Weisbart MD, Chair of PNHP-MO, will be giving an update on single payer Medicare. This event is free, and open to the public, no tickets or RSVPs required. Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Webster Groves Public Library, 301 E Lockwood Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63119.

Don Crozier,, Physicians for a National Health Program,




Old Hickory Golf Club

May 30 – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

2019 Spring Conference at CenterPointe Hospital, topic: Geriatric Neurocognitive and Behavioral Health Update, to be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Breakfast registration at 7:30 a.m., at Old Hickory Golf Club, #1 Dye

Club Road, St. Peters, MO 63304 Continuing Education Credits; 6.25 CE credits for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nursing home administrators, social workers, counselors, substance abuse counselors, CEAP counselors, Recreation Therapists, Educators and General Admission. RSVP: and direct questions to

Sheila Hunt,, CenterPointe Hospital, 636-345-6150,



St. Louis University Learning Resource Center

June 10 thru 13

The 30th Annual Saint Louis University Summer Geriatric Institute: Geriatric Pearls and the 3rd International Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) Conference are being held at Saint Louis University's Learning Resources Center on the SLU Medical School Campus June 10-13, 2019. Continuing Education Units are available for physicians, psychologists, nursing, Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Social Workers. Go to the website,,  for complete details and registration.

Kathy Leonard,, Saint Louis University Division of Geriatric Medicine, 314-977-8450,


Coping with Caregiver Stress

Chesterfield Hall

June 11

Join panel of experts as we discuss ways that stress can impact your life and ways to make your life less stressful and maybe even stress free! Join our panel of experts moderated by Ted Gottlieb. Ted is a real estate professional focused on assisting older adults who want to age in place, downsize and transition to independent and assisted living communities. He is a Certified Senior Advisor and a Certified Senior House Professional.

Chesterfield Hall,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500,



Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel

June 13 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Eighth annual long-term care conference, Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Trying to navigate long-term care, overwhelmed and looking for guidance or are you working in the long-term care community and wanting to learn more about all the changes while earning 7.00 CEUs in one day? VOYCE hosts the 8th annual Changing Landscape of Long-Term Care Conference on June 13, 2019 to answer these questions and bring together the long-term care community. An all-day, educational conference to bring together professional long-term caregivers and individuals from the community to learn dynamic strategies, innovative tools and available options. Conference scheduled for June 13, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, 9801 Natural Bridge Road St. Louis, MO 63134. Early Bird Registration (includes continental breakfast and lunch): Long Term Care Professionals: $75 (without CEUs and $125 (with CEUs) for early bird special through May 15. Administrators and Social Workers: opportunity to earn 7.00 CEUs in one day. Learn More: Meaghan Bailey,, VOYCE, 314-918-8222,

Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan,, VOYCE, 314-918-8222,



St. Louis Bridge Center

June 15 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Barbara Seagram, internationally recognized bridge teacher and author, is coming to the St. Louis Bridge Center to teach three bridge classes: Defensive Strategy and Teaching on Friday, June 14; and Stripping Can be Fun and Locating Opponent’s Honor Cards, on Saturday, June 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., respectively. Pricing and details are available at

Sharon Sweet,, St. Louis Bridge Center, 314-569-1430,



Chesterfield City Hall

June 25

Oasis presents: Strike the Right Balance. Did you know? The number three reason people see their doctor is for dizziness and imbalance? Join a vestibular physical therapist to learn about your body’s balance systems while discussing strategies to decrease your fall risk and improve your balance. This fun and interactive presentation will provide insight into creating confidence in your balance to maintain an active healthy lifestyle. Registration required at or call 314-862-4859, ex. 24. Oasis has partnered with the city of Chesterfield to bring learning opportunities to City Hall. Classes will be held in the Council Chambers or Conference Room 102/3. To register for these classes, visit or call 314-862-4869. To register for the Oasis programs, call 314-862-4859 x24 or visit for more information.

Chesterfield Hall,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500,



St. Louis Community College at Meramec

July 13 and 20

Are you thinking about starting and managing a small business in Missouri? Designed for individuals who are considering starting a business, have made the decision to start or who have been in business for less than two years. For registrations through St. Louis Community College at Meramec, please visit or call 314-984-7777 for details. Cost for the two-session class is $59.00 Start dates: July 13 and 20, 2019

Lynette Oliver,, MO Small Business Development Center,




Community Center

July 13 – 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Your Family Stories: What did they say? St Louis Genealogical Society presents master storyteller John Phillip Colletta, PhD, who will teach us to use genealogical skills to break through brick walls; turn biographical facts into real life events and use principles of good writing to weave a captivating family narrative. Includes lunch and free parking. Saturday; July 13, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Maryland Heights Community Center; 2300 McKelvey Road; Maryland Heights, MO 63043. Includes lunch and free parking. Register at:

Ann Hodges Center,, St Louis Genealogical Society, 314-647-8547,



Chesterfield Hall

July 23

On Tuesday, July 23, learn the facts about Medicare. Join us as we talk about the details of Medicare. To join or not to join? Bring your questions.

Chesterfield Hall,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500,



Chesterfield Hall

In this free course, learn about fluid intake, the importance of staying hydrated and ways to make nutritious beverage decisions. This interactive program also includes low-impact exercises and a healthy snack. Attendees will also receive a free health guide with recipes and tips for healthy living. This is an introductory class. Registration required at or call 314-862-4859 ex. 24

Chesterfield Hall,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500,



Chesterfield City Hall

Selling your home is a team sport. Learn the "tricks of the trade" from those who know best - Real Estate Agents, Designer/Stagers, Home Inspectors, photographers and more.

Chesterfield City Hall,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500,


Arts & Entertainment


Chesterfield Amphitheater

May 16 and July 18 – 6:30 p.m.

Free Orchestra Music Series. Come join and experience some of our Local Orchestras. At 6:30 p.m., the St. Louis Civic Orchestra performs May 16 and Gateway Festival Orchestra performs July 18.

Chesterfield Amphitheater,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500,



Chesterfield Amphitheater

May 17 and May 18 – 4:30 p.m.

An amazing two-day outdoor bluegrass festival featuring Trampled by Turtles, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stingdusters, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jeff Austin Band, Lindsay Lou, Pert Near Sandstone, and more.

Chesterfield Amphitheater,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500,



St. Louis Bridge Center

May 24 – 2:30 p.m.

The St. Louis Bridge Center, in cooperation with the Jewish Community Center, is again hosting the bridge event of the Senior Olympics, open to all over the age of 50. The bridge competition will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24. Pre-registration is required. For more information, go to

Sharon Sweet,, St. Louis Bridge Center, 314-569-1430,



Missouri History Museum

June 5 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Silver Stages Series presents The St. Louis Strutters, Wednesday, June 5. Enjoy watching fast tapping precision skillful dance routines, fashioned from the early 1900’s, Jazz to Broadway.  This high-kicking chorus line performs rhythm tap dances with style and glamour at the Missouri History Museum, E. Desmond Lee Auditorium. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. with performance from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. (Handicapped Accessible)  For additional information, contact Lynn Hamilton 314-420-1444 or We are “Making St. Louis a great place to artfully age!”.

Lynn Hamilton,, Maturity and Its Muse, 314-420-1444,



Chesterfield Amphitheater

June 15

Chesterfield Wine and Jazz Festival at the Chesterfield Amphitheater Saturday, June 15 $5 at the door The Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival showcases the best in contemporary, straight-ahead and fusion jazz. Featuring Grammy award winning drummer and bandleader Dave Weckl returns home to St. Louis with his all-star band including keyboardist Jay Oliver, bassist Tom Kennedy and saxophonist, Gary Meek.

Chesterfield Amphitheater,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500, 



Chesterfield Amphitheater

June 8 thru August 25

Sounds of Summer Concert Series at Chesterfield Amphitheater beginning at 6:00 p.m. This event is free. The Traveling Salvation Show on June 8, Rattle and Hum KC on June 22, King of Pain on July 13, Billy the Kid on July 27, The Big Rigs on August 10, and Dogs of Society on August 25.

Chesterfield Amphitheater,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500,



Max and Louie

June 20 – 7:30 p.m.

June 21 thru June 22 – 8:00 p.m.

June 23 – 3:00 p.m.

June 27 - 7:30 p.m.

June 28 and June 29 – 8:00 p.m.

June 30 – 3:00 p.m.

Winner of numerous awards including an acclaimed Tony-Winning run on Broadway, “Indecent” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, is the true story of a groundbreaking scandalous play and the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. After a rapturous reception in Europe, Sholem Asch’s drama, “God of Vengeance” debuted on Broadway in 1923 at a time when waves of immigrants were changing the face of America. This revolutionary love story, that celebrated Yiddish language and unconventional passion, was forced from the stage by a fearful and reactionary public. Its fate, and that of the actors who cherished it even as they confronted the horrors of the Nazi onslaught, are the subject of “Indecent.” Seven Actors and three musicians play a myriad of roles across continents and decades. This collage of riveting theater, glorious music, exuberant dance and poetry is a heart-stirring affirmation of the transformative impact of love and art in an era of chaos that seems timelier than ever before. Preview Thursday, 06/20/19 7:30 p.m., 06/21/19 and 06/22/19 8:00 p.m., Sunday, 06/23/19 3:00 p.m., Thursday,06/27/19 7:30 PM Friday, 06/28/19 and 06/29/19 8:00 p.m., Sunday, 06/30/19 3:00 p.m.

“Indecent”,, Max and Louie, 314-925-5525,



St. Louis Bridge Center

June 21 – 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis Bridge Center, a nonprofit organization, will host a full day of bridge activities, open to all, to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association on June 21, 2019. The goal is to top the $70,000+ raised last year. Open and novice bridge games will be held at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Events also include an extensive silent auction.

Sharon Sweet,, St. Louis Bridge Center, 314-569-1430,



Insight Theater

June 27 thru June 29 – 8:00 p.m.

June 30 – 2:00 p.m.

July 3 at 8:00 p.m.

July 5 thru 6 – 8:00 p.m.

July 7 – 2:00 p.m.

July 11 thru 13 – 8:00 p.m.

July 14 – 2:00 p.m.

Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. It’s a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection…that ends in a song and scaffold. Jun 27 thru June 29 at 8:00 p.m., June 30 at 2:00 p.m., July 3 at 8:00 p.m., July 5 and 6 at 8:00 p.m., July 7 at 2:00 p.m., July 11 thru 13 at 8:00 p.m., and July 14 at 2:00 p.m.

“The Revolutionists”,, Insight Theatre,




Chesterfield Amphitheater

June 28 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, June 28 at 6:00pm Come celebrate the hits for one night only! Three Dog Night has hits such as 'Mama Told Me (Not to Come)', 'Joy to the World', 'Black and White,' and more.

Chesterfield Amphitheater,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500,



Glen Echo Country Club

September 23

Please join Mother of Good Counsel Home on Monday, September 23 for our annual golf tournament at Glen Echo Country Club. Sponsorships are available and we welcome golfers. Please contact Marsha Heine at 314-383-4765 or for more information.

Marsha Heine,,  Mother of Good Counsel Home,

314-383-4765, /  



Cinema St. Louis

Cost (if pre-registering) is $20 per person/$160 per table of 8. Admission at the door is $25 per person/$200 per table, if space is available. Pre-registration is highly recommended. The event will consist of 10 rounds of movie-related trivia and prize baskets and supreme bragging rights will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last places. There will be plenty of door prizes, a movie-themed silent auction, and 50/50 raffle. A sheet of 10 mulligans will be on sale for $25 before the start of Round 1. Guests are welcome to bring their own beverages, liquor, and food.

16th Annual I Love Movies Trivia Night,, Cinema St. Louis,




New Jewish Theater

Written by Tasha Gordon-Solmon. A play that mines disconnections. After Adam and Nicole’s wedding culminates in an awkwardly timed fatality, the reception spins into an increasingly strange evening that leaves the bride and groom questioning just what it is they’re celebrating. But there’s no stopping the festivities: the flower girls are running amuck, the bridal party members are preoccupied with their own flailing relationships, and everyone needs to stop ordering the blue drinks. Comedies end in marriage. Tragedies end in death. This play begins with both. Directed by Edward Coffield Cast: Alan Knoll*, Jessica Kadish, Graham Emmons, Delaney Piggins*, Ryan Lawson-Maeske, Gabrielle Greer*, Will Bonfiglio *member AEA.

“I Now Pronounce” “I Now Pronounce”,, New Jewish Theater, 314-442-3283,




Two outrageously funny teams duel it out for points and your laughs. You choose the winners… the teams provide the funny. This show is suitable for everybody. We are having shows every Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and on the third Friday of every month. It's 100 percent clean comedy and always a blast!!! Tickets are available at the door or online at

Mike Mcguire,, ComedySportz St. Louis, 314-707-4780,



Fairwinds River’s Edge

Fridays – 3:00 p.m.

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

Stacy Welker,, Fairwinds River's Edge, 636-754-2311,



Please join us for another US premiere from Upstream Theater, in co-production with Stages Repertory Theatre of Houston, and directed by Kenn McLaughlin. Tim Price's Salt, Root, and Roe is a poetic masterwork about the nature of change, the comfort of home, and the eternal bond of love, set against the mythical backdrop of the Pembrokeshire coast in western Wales. The play centers on identical twins Lola and Anest, who are very devoted to each other.  They are aging fast, and with the time they have together more fragile by the day, they arrive at a desperate decision. Word of this reaches Anest’s daughter, Menna, who rushes to her long-abandoned childhood home where her own ideas of love and compromise are tested to the limit. In spite of its somber themes, the play is light, textured and at times very funny—and in the words of one reviewer “like a pebble picked from a Pembrokeshire beach… something to take home and reflect over, something that evokes a smell of the sea..”

Salt, Root and Roe Salt, Root and Roe, UPSTREAMTHEATER@SBCGLOBAL.NET,

Upstream Theater, 314-863-4999,



Chesterfield Amphitheater

An amazing two-day outdoor bluegrass festival featuring Trampled by Turtles, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jeff Austin Band, Lindsay Lou, Pert Near Sandstone, and more.

Chesterfield Amphitheater,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-812-9500,



New Jewish Theater

Time Stands Still revolves around Sarah, a photojournalist who has returned from covering the Iraq war after being injured by a roadside bomb, and her reporter boyfriend James who is swamped by guilt after having left Sarah alone in Iraq. The two are trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. Can they stay together amidst unspoken betrayals and conflicting ideals? Playwright Margulies answers these questions, while leaving unanswered qualms regarding the way America deals with war and tragedy coverage. Directed by Doug Finlayson; Cast Wendy Greenwood, Ben Nordstrom*, Jerry Vogel*, Libby Jasper

Time Stands Still,, New Jewish Theater




Insight Theater

Insight Theatre Company opens its 12th season with “Daddy Long Legs.” Based on the classic novel which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire, Daddy Long Legs is a beloved “rags-to-riches” tale of newfound love in the spirit of Jane Austen, The Brontë Sisters and “Downton Abbey.” Featuring the music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer/lyricist, Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre) and Tony-winning librettist/director, John Caird (Les Misérables), it stars renowned singer Terry Barber and local favorite Jen Theby Quinn in leading roles. Ryan will direct this production with Scott Schoonover, Artistic Director of Union Ave Opera, as the Musical Director. Schoonover directs a small combo to accompany the beautiful songs that fill this production.

Daddy Long Legs,, Insight Theatre,




Chamber Music STL

No, we aren’t showing the Marx Brothers movie. We are performing some of the most treasured music from classical opera, arranged for wind octet.

A Night at the Opera,, Chamber Music STL, 314-941-6309,



Cinema St. Louis

Presented by TV5MONDE and produced by Cinema St. Louis, this film celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1930s through the 1990s, offering a revealing overview of French cinema. The fest annually includes significant restorations, and this year features seven such works: Pierre Schoendoerffer “The 317th Platoon,” Marcel Pagnol’s “The Baker’s Wife,” Olivier Assayas’ “Cold Water,” Jacques Becker’s “The Hole,” Jacques Rivette’s “The Nun,” Agnés Varda’s “One Sings, the Other Doesn’t,” and Diane Kurys’ “Peppermint Soda.” The schedule is rounded out by Robert Bresson’s final film, “L’argent,” and two 1969 films celebrating their 50th anniversaries: Luis Buñuel’s “The Milky Way” and Eric Rohmer’s “My Night at Maud’s.” Every program features introductions and discussions by film or French scholars and critics. The discussions will place the works in the contexts of both film and French history and provide close analyses. All films are in French with English subtitles. Tickets for all shows are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

11th Robert Classic French film Festival 11th Robert Classic French film Festival,, Cinema St. louis, 314-289-4150,



Chamber Project STL

Demanding Change Music for piano and strings + World Premiere. It’s time for our art form to reflect our community, which means just as much music by women as men and by people with diverse backgrounds and stories. No longer should a program of music by women be unusual, and this program features some of the best music you’ve never heard. Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s commanding and feisty Piano Quintet and Florence Price’s soulful and elegant Quartet in G will leave you wanting more from these two extraordinary women. We are thrilled commission Stephanie Berg again to add to the canon of great contemporary music.

Chamber Project STL #TIMESUP,, Chamber Project STL




Chamber Music STL

Robert and Clara Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms comprised one of the most extraordinary circles in music history. Enjoy this collective brilliance, featuring violin, horn and piano. Brahms- Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, Op. 40 Mendelssohn- On Wings of Song, Op. 34, #2 (arr. Achron) Robert Schumann- (Gesänge, bk. 5) Op. 62, No. 6 in A Major Robert Schumann- Piano Quintet in Eb Major, Op. 44 Clara Schumann- Impromptu in E Major (Allegro ma non troppo)

Chamber Music STL Brilliance,, Chamber Music STL,




Jewish Community Relations Council and ADL Heartland

Celebrate with your neighbors Mr. Rogers’ incredible legacy as we create a space for conversation and reflection around the tragic shooting at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill, Mr. Rogers’ real-life neighborhood. Panel discussion follows film, in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council and ADL Heartland.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,, The J, 314-442-3152,



The J

From the #1 International bestselling author of The Lost Wife and The Velvet Hours comes an emotionally charged story about a mother’s love, a teacher’s promise and a child’s heart. Katya, a rising ballerina, and Sasha, a graduate student, are young and in love when an unexpected tragedy befalls their native Kiev. Years later, the consequences of this incident cause their son, Yuri, to be born with a rare health condition that isolates him from other children. Maggie, a passionate and dedicated teacher agrees to tutor Yuri at his home. As the two forge a deep and soulful connection, Yuri’s boundless curiosity and unique wisdom inspires Maggie to make difficult changes in her own life.

Alyson Richman, The Secret of the Clouds Alyson Richman, The Secret of the Clouds,, The J, 314-442-3152,



Siteman Cancer Center

Enjoy selections from popular music, Broadway, and opera, a night of amazing performances to benefit leading-edge cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center. Our tenth Anniversary Event will feature special guest host Christine Brewer. The Grammy Award-winner has been named one of the top 20 sopranos of all time (BBC Music).

Kimberly Singer,, Kimberly Singer Creative,




Happy Hooves Events

In this hands-on, intimate event, you are paired 1-on-1 with a horse to feed, groom, and watch the herd canter to the pasture at twilight. Bonfire, hot chocolate, smores. Only $100 for a group up to five. For an additional $10 JB Photography will be offering a keepsake photo. This will be delivered by email within 48 hours after the event. Great for animal lovers of all kinds.

Pam Meister,, Happy Hooves Equine Rescue,

618- 977-5127,




April 17

Debra K. Schuster & Associates
Debra K. Schuster & Associates will be providing free assistance and notary services on Monday, April 17th for any senior service organization interested in participating in National Health Care Decisions Day so attendees can complete a Health Care Directive. We will provide free forms for completion and gladly provide guidance to complete the document, so attendees will leave with a completed Health Care Directive. Please contact Jennifer at 314-991-2602 if you would like us to come to your gathering.

Debra Schuster,, Debra K. Schuster & Associates, 314-991-2602,



April 19 – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Bethesda Hawthorne Place
Please plan to join us at the Grand Opening of Bethesda Hawthorne Place, Bethesda's newest Assisted Living and Memory Support community, located at 1111 South Berry Road. The celebration is taking place 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Guided tours of the Bethesda Hawthorne Place will be available, and refreshments will be served. Parking is limited; valet is available, as is shuttle service from the front entrance of the Bethesda Dilworth skilled nursing community, 9645 Big Bend Blvd. Please RSVP online at: Looking forward to seeing you at the Grand Opening of Bethesda Hawthorne Place.

Lea Ann Coates,, Bethesda Hawthorne Place, 314-853-2551,



April 22, - 5:30 p.m.

JFK Community Center
The Mother of Good Counsel Home Auxiliary is hosting their Hawaiian trivia night on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the JFK Community Center, 315 Howdershell Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. Tables of 8 are $200.00. We are accepting less than a full table but we reserve the right to place others at your table. Please contact Dave Barnhart at for more information. 

Marsha Heine,, Mother of Good Counsel Home, 314-383-4765,



April 29

Double Tree Hotel in Westport
St. Louis Celebrity Seniors, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to function as ambassadors of goodwill. We are a group of volunteers formed exclusively to raise funds and provide volunteer manpower for selected nonprofit community organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Programs are designed for individuals 50 years and older who want to stay informed, involved, and in action. Each year St. Louis Celebrity Seniors, Inc. applauds the efforts of three individuals, organizations and/or initiatives that have made significant humanitarian contributions to our community. The 2017 Humanitarian Service awards will be Saturday, April 29 at Double Tree Hotel in Westport. This celebration will highlight outstanding success stories from our community. Thank you for your help to identify candidates for this coveted award.  You may submit your nominations by mail to: St. Louis Celebrity Seniors, Inc. Healthy Life Choices, 9810 Halls Ferry Rd., PO Box 4113, St. Louis, MO 63136 or email to Please visit our website for details on how to make a nomination.  Nomination deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  Contact Wilzetta Bell 314-517-8973 with any questions.

Jo Ann Brown,, St. Louis Celebrity Seniors, Inc., 314-496-6625,



May 3 – 5:30 p.m.

631 Veterans Place Drive
The City of Chesterfield is pleased to announce the Veterans Honor Park Dedication Ceremony will be on Wednesday, May 3. The ceremony begins with a social at 5:30 p.m., commenced by the flag raising at 6:00 p.m., followed by a reception. Mayor Bob Nation and City Administrator Mike Geisel will deliver the opening statements for the keynote speaker, Admiral Phil Davidson, the commanding officer of the United States Fleet Forces Command. The park is located adjacent to the Chesterfield Amphitheater at 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield, MO 63017. The Veterans Honor Park offers a variety of donation opportunities including title sponsors, benches, and donor strips, as well as engraved pressed-concrete pavers. Details on all of the donation opportunities are available on the website, Renderings of the park are also available on or on the Veterans Honor Park Facebook page. For more details, please contact Lisa Bobrzynski at  

Lisa Bobrzynski,, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation and Arts, 636-537-4727,



Memory Care Home Solutions

May 18 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
MCHS takes trip down memory lane for “Swing into Spring”.  Memory Care Home Solutions is preparing for its 6th annual “Swing into Spring” event Thursday, May 18th. This year MCHS is excited to see how their venue change is received. The MCHS advancement team has decided to shake things up by hosting this year’s event at the Hall of Fame Club & Museum at Cardinals Nation Restaurant. Even though MCHS is staying faithful to the Cardinals this will be a big scenery change for the non-profit. “After five years the event has grown a great deal. I think this subtle change will continue the growth of this event,” said Erin Kelly MCHS Director of Advancement. The event will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $35 until April 21, and will be $45 after. Tickets for guests under 21 are $25. Tickets can be purchased via phone at 314-645-6247, via web at under the “News and Events” tab, or at the door. All proceeds go to program operations. 

Nick Clark,, Memory Care Home Solutions, 314-645-6247,


Trout Lodge is located only 90 minutes south of St. Louis, YMCA Trout Lodge is a country-style resort and conference center located on 5200 acres with a 360-acre lake. Trout Lodge has many fun & educational adults-only programs for those who like to travel and meet other lifelong learners, with something for every activity level. Whether in a group, as a couple or yourself, you will have an amazing time exploring new adventures and making new friends. April's programs include a trip to Elephant Rocks State park, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, zip line and much more. There will also be plenty of time to kick back and relax along the banks of the lake. Rates include lodging, meals and all scheduled activities. To receive a complete list of 2017 activities, go to, click on "Stay", click on "Adult Programs" and click on the 2017 Adult Program Guide. Or you can simply call 888-FUN-YMCA and ask for a booklet be mailed to you. Happy exploring.

Dillon Charleville,, YMCA Trout Lodge, 314-241-9622,



Scheduled to open May 2017
Evelyn’s House, providing care in peaceful and comfortable surroundings provides a holistic approach to the emotional, spiritual and physical care of terminally ill patients of all ages.  Offering therapies for complex symptoms or respite in a home-like setting. Located adjacent to Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Evelyn’s House, scheduled to open May 2017, is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to the community. Features include: 16 private suites for adults, teens and children with walkout patio off every suite, family gathering spaces with overnight accommodations, kids and teen activity room and natural, comfortable surroundings with dedicated music and expressive therapy rooms, family kitchen and café, meditation room and garden.  In addition, there is an ability playhouse for special needs children.  Visiting hours are 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Leading edge communication and safety are a priority. We offer specialized on-site staff; hospice specialized care team, medical director, nurse practitioner, registered nurses, aides, a social worker, spiritual counselor, music therapist, expressive therapist and many volunteers. 

Cara Lotspeich,, BJC Hospice, 314-273-0759,



MERS Goodwill
Spring is right around the corner, which means it is time to declutter and donate! According to an American Cleaning Institute (ACI) survey, 72% of households spring clean every year. MERS Goodwill is encouraging everyone to follow these four fun, simple tricks to help your spring cleaning get underway: 1. only holding on to items for sentimental reasons? Take a photo then donate it. 2. Turn all hanging clothes backwards. Reverse an item to the correct direction once it is worn. After six months, donate any clothing still backwards; if you haven’t worn it by then, you probably never will. 3. Create a one-month calendar with different areas of your house that need to be decluttered. One day at a time, you will collect items that you no longer need. 4. Host a spring cleaning party! Invite friends over to swap unwanted items and donate any extras to MERS Goodwill. Someone in your community will benefit and bring new life to your donation, and MERS Goodwill is always looking for stuff.

Nikki Abernathy,, Black Twig Communications, 314-536-8905


The Pull-Out Shelf Co offers made-to-fit pullout shelving expertly installed in your "existing" cabinets. These shelves are easy to fully extend outward with a simple finger pull, so there is no more getting on your hands and knees to find that pot or pan. Perfect for mobility challenged folks who want to simplify their lives. Call 314-403-2282 for your free in-home estimate today.

Tim Cechin,, The Pull-Out Shelf Co, 314-403-2282,
Honors & Recognition

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Support & Counseling


Missouri Baptist Medical Center

June 11 thru December 10

BJC Home Care Services provides a caregiver class on a variety of topics that are meant to provide useful information and support for caregivers, patients and families. Dates: Second Tuesday of the month, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Auditorium 1 on June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, and December 10.

Heather Bell,, BJC Home Care, 314-575-9305


In Search Of ...


Independent Transportation Network

ITN, Gateway is a rapidly growing expansion of the Independent Transportation Network (ITN), a non-profit organization providing affordable, safe and dignified transportation services to senior citizens (60+) and individuals with vision impairments (21+) in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. We are looking for volunteers to join our team of dedicated drivers, who provide rides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for any reason. If you have just a couple hours (or more) per month to share and have a driving desire to help, please contact Debbie Brazill at 636-329-0888 or email us at

Pat McNeil,, ITNGateway, 636-329-0888,



Worknet, Inc.

Help improve Lives.  Seeking volunteers to help us call persons with disabilities who have been determined by Social Security as "eligible to try regular employment. " Call Mr. Brown at 314-621-6300.

Larry Brown,, WORKNET, INC., 314-621-6300



Bilingual International Assistant Services, St Louis

Help older adults pass the US citizenship exam. Training and study materials provided. Commitment of approximately 60 minutes each week; flexible hours and days. 1:1 tutoring in the senior's home. St. Louis City and County locations. Need not speak foreign language but background in education, ESL, elder services desirable. Please contact Ellen Sherman: (314)645-7800;

Ellen Sherman,, Bilingual International Assistant Services, 314-645-7800,



Lutheran Senior Services Crestwood Shop

Charitable Resale Shop Needs Your Help. Be part of the behind the scenes volunteer team that will accept and price donations for Hidden Gems Resale store in Crestwood, MO. Volunteers are needed help receive and sort merchandise destined for the store and to provide customer service and serve as cashiers. This opportunity is suitable for individuals over 18. All proceeds from the store will help residents, clients and patients who need financial assistance toward their care or services received from Lutheran Senior Services.

Diane Sinclair,, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-373-4071,



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,, Missouri Poison Center, 314-612-5719,

Amanda Ruback,, Missouri Poison Center,




Eastern Missouri Regional Arthritis Center

The Eastern Missouri Regional Arthritis Center is looking for volunteers to help lead a new physical activity initiative called the Walk With Ease (WWE) program. The purpose of the program is to help increase physical activity and overall physical and mental health for adults with chronic health conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and emphysema/COPD. Volunteer leaders will also experience these benefits! Leaders will be trained on how to lead this program for groups of adult participants. Each group meets 3x/week for 6 weeks.  Interested in getting some exercise while helping others? Visit for more information on Walk With Ease, and contact Dr. Duana Russell-Thomas at if you are interested in volunteering as a group leader.

Duana Russell-Thomas,, Eastern Missouri Regional Arthritis Center, 314-286-1625,



Lutheran Senior Services

Some of our senior residents need a little assistance getting from here to there within their Lutheran Senior Service community. Assisting with pushing a wheelchair or lending a steady arm can mean so much to someone and allow them to join in on daily activities. Consider volunteering as a transporter. (No driving required).

Gina Timme,, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-373-4094,



Aging Ahead

Aging Ahead is looking for dependable drivers to deliver Meals on Wheels to home-bound seniors in St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson County. We serve over 2700 meals a day to seniors who depend on our services. This volunteer position commit is as little as one day a month or once a week. You will be delivering a noontime meal to a specific route of your choice in one of our four counties. Time and days are flexible. Contact to get more information.

Stephanie Patrick,, Aging Ahead, 636-207-0847,



Preferred Hospice

Are you looking for an opportunity to touch the lives of others? We are looking for people interested in community service to promote quality of life in our hospice patients. Touch a heart, listen to cherished memories, provide comfort, compassion or a needed hug. For more information about our program and where there is a need please contact Terri Bapst or Tracy Kennison at 636-527-9330 or or  "The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention", Oscar Wilde. 

Tracy Kennison,, Preferred Hospice,




Washington University School of Medicine

Ages 60-85, do you have high blood pressure and memory concerns? Washington University’s Division of Geriatrics is seeking research participants for a dementia prevention study aimed at people with high blood pressure. You may qualify if you are 60 to 85 years old, have high blood pressure, and do not exercise vigorously. This

2-year study includes strategies such as aerobic exercise, medication management of blood pressure, or a combination. Call Adriana 314-273-1355

Adriana Martin,, Washington University School of Medicine,




Connect Room & Board

We are Connect Room & Board, created by two moms wanting to make college more affordable. Connect R&B is a network of hosts and students who, once they pass a background check, register on our site to communicate details such as house rules prior to forming a match. Once the match is made the student pays $1,500 for one semester of housing. We are currently looking for hosts and have found that seniors benefit greatly from this program as guests can exchange help around the house, rides to appointments and companionship for reduced rental of a spare room. Our goal is to aid as many students as possible achieve the dream of a higher education.

Jill McCoy,, Connect Room & Board, 636-346-8208, 



Washington University School of Medicine

A research study is underway to see if exercise and testosterone gel for six months improves physical function after a hip fracture. You may qualify if you are a female age 65 or older and have had surgical repair of a hip fracture in the last 14 weeks. All transportation is provided. Contact 314-273-0337 or for more information.

Mary Banach,, Washington University, Div. of Geriatrics,




Anodyne Podiatry

Anodyne Podiatry is prepared to provide specialized foot care in your home.  Our clinicians are health professionals, providing preventative care to improve comfort and mobility.  A medically trained clinician provides care assistance, nail care, assessments in areas of concern, and with your physician develops an individualized treatment plan.  Anodyne Podiatry home foot care provides in-home nail care, preventative care, and follow-up care of the feet.

Megan Hollandsworth,, Anodyne Podiatry,




American Red Cross

Join us and learn how easy and little time it takes to have such an enormous impact on your local community. Learn the impact the American Red Cross volunteers have on the local community and how you can help: save lives by installing smoke detectors, provide support at local blood drives, and more.  Learn about the menu of volunteer opportunities and ways you can give back to your community Speak directly to the volunteers and staff from each line of service, ask questions, and learn why they are so passionate about what they do. Come experience the mission and find out if the American Red Cross is the right fit for you to volunteer.

Kristin Pendleton,, American Red Cross, 314-281-7968,



Hope Hospice

Hope Hospice is looking for veterans willing and able to volunteer their time to salute our Veteran hospice clients around the St. Louis area. Volunteers can participate in honor ceremonies, and/or provide ongoing companionship. Contact Mary Sanders, Volunteer Coordinator for more information at 314-399-5621

Mary Sanders,, Hope Hospice, 314-399-5621, 



Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care

November is a traditional time for recognizing the service and commitment of those who have served their country as a member of the Armed Services.

Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care wants to enlist former military personnel from across the Greater St. Louis region to serve as volunteers to assist in providing care and comfort for hospice patients who are themselves Veterans. (Patients who are Veterans often find it easier to communicate with a fellow Veteran.)

FYI, Medicare guidelines require all hospices to have a team of volunteers providing day-to-day administrative and/or direct patient care services in an amount that equals at least 5% of total patient care hours of all paid hospice employees and contract staff.

Thank you in advance for helping us spread the word.

Thomas Derr,, 215-620-7723



St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program

Non-profit St. Louis HELP loans reconditioned wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, crutches, scooters, shower chairs, tub benches, grab bars, pediatric equipment and other medical equipment to anyone absolutely free. Call St. Louis HELP at

314-567-4700, or see the website The Overland Farmers Market is at 2512 Woodson Road. See website

Jeff Dunlap,, St. Louis HELP Warehouse, 314-409-5203,


Cognitive Improvement

Reading for Life: How What You Read Impacts Longevity

     Using longitudinal survey data that asked about book and newspaper/magazine reading separately, researchers recently looked at the association of reading with participants’ longevity, as well as which type of reading material had the strongest association with longevity.

     The researchers found that those participants who read books had a 23-month survival advantage over those who did not read books. The impact of book reading was actually the strongest among participants who had reported four or more comorbidities. Other demographic differences including income and education level showed little to no differences on the strength of book reading’s association with longevity. Magazine and newspaper reading showed a survival advantage as well, but the effect was not as strong and was only significant for periodical readers who read more than seven hours per week.

     The authors suggest two potential ways that reading books might bring about greater health benefits. The first is that books promote “deep reading”, which is more cognitively engaging and demanding. Analysis of the cognitive testing of survey participants did prove enlightening here. Statistically controlling for cognitive scores at baseline showed that the subsequent protective effect of book reading persisted regardless of initial cognitive differences. However, in addition to longevity, book reading had a positive impact on cognitive scores in later surveys. This impact on cognition appears to be responsible for the majority of the improvement in lifespan. The second way the authors suggested that books might provide benefit is by promoting empathy, social perception, and emotional intelligence, but this hypothesis remains untested.

     The authors conclude that “reading books provides a survival advantage due to the immersive nature that helps maintain cognitive status” and that “older individuals, regardless of gender, health, wealth or education, showed the survival advantage of reading books.” So regardless of the population of older adults being served, greater book reading should be encouraged. The authors note that individuals 65 and better spend an average of 4.4 hours per day watching television, and that study participants spent significantly more time reading periodicals than books. So one fruitful strategy would be to replace some TV and magazine/newspaper time with a good book.


By Avni Bavishi, Martin D. Slade, Becca R. Levy

6 Foods to Eat (and Avoid) for Longevity

     The foods you choose - fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish - can help you fend off life-shortening diseases and conditions.

     We aim to eat right for optimal health and to ward off debilitating, chronic diseases that can shorten our lifespan. Indeed, heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes are among the leading causes of death in the U.S., and diet can play a central role in promoting or preventing these diseases.


Eat your fruits and vegetables

     Given the recent press highlighting the science-based benefits of vegetarian and Mediterranean diets, including decreased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers, it should come as no surprise that eating patterns abundant in plant foods, like fruits and vegetables, offer the best dietary defense against chronic disease and premature death. This is not to say that animal foods need to be excluded; rather they ought to take up less space on our plates and be chosen wisely.


Beyond produce: other dietary disease fighters

     While there's little doubt fruits and vegetables promote health, there are other dietary disease fighters to put on the longevity plate as well: Whole grains, nuts, legumes and fatty fish have earned their place at the table, and here's why.

     Whole grains: "Eating more whole grains has been associated with a reduced risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and some types of cancer," says Kate Marsh, Adv.A.P.D., C.D.E., Ph.D., nutrition expert at Northside Nutrition and Dietetics in Sydney, Australia, and author of a 2012 review on the health implications of vegetarian diets, published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

     How much to eat? The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans call for making at least half of your grain foods whole grains. Six ounces of grain foods are recommended for a 2,000 calorie diet (the average calorie requirement for adults), thus at least three servings should come from whole grains.

     Nuts: "Regular nut consumption is linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, CVD and metabolic syndrome (a clustering of risk factors that raise the risk of CVD and diabetes)," Marsh tells EN. How much to eat? A 2005 review in the Journal of Nutrition concluded 50 - 100 grams (about 2 - 3.5 ounces) of nuts eaten most days of the week significantly reduced total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol, which can help fend off life-shortening heart disease.

     Legumes: Marsh points to studies showing that bean eaters have a lower risk of developing CVD, diabetes and cancer. A 2004 analysis in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that bean consumption was a strong predictor of longevity in the elderly, and a 2013 review in the Journal of Medicinal Food supported a role for legumes in the prevention of cardiometabolic risk. How much to eat? A cup-and-a-half of cooked legumes (beans, lentils, and peas) per week is suggested for a 2,000 calorie diet by the USDA.


     Fatty fish: A wealth of research has found that regularly consuming fish, particularly fatty fish like salmon and trout high in omega-3 fatty acids, decreases the risk of heart disease death. Even better news, a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine this year reported that higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids were associated with lower risk of death from all causes. How much to eat? The American Heart Association recommends eating two 3.5-ounce servings of fish per week.


Foods that inhibit longevity

     While a plant-based diet has been shown to be protective, following a Western style diet can up your chances of chronic disease and premature death. The American Journal of Medicine revealed such findings in May, demonstrating that a steady intake of fried foods, sweets, processed and red meat, refined grains, and high-fat dairy does not bode well for longevity and quality of life in advanced age. With this in mind, EN takes a closer look at two aspects of the Western diet that have grabbed headlines recently due to their link to increased mortality.

     Red and processed meat: Both are linked to total cause mortality, but processed meats, such as salami, sausages, bacon, packaged lunch meats, and hotdogs - even in small amounts - carry a higher risk. Research published in the journal BMC Medicine in March 2013 found the risk started to be significantly increased among those who consumed more than 40 grams (about an ounce-and-a-half) a day, according to study author Sabine Rohrmann, Ph.D., M.P.H., head of the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Zurich. "Processed meats are higher in sodium than fresh meats and high sodium intake is a factor related to CVD," explains Rohrmann. Furthermore, the heme iron and nitrites in red and processed meats may form compounds that promote cancer.

     Sodium: This mineral stands out because of its connection to high blood pressure (hypertension), which elevates the risk for stroke and heart attack.

     Excessive salt intake is also linked to stomach and esophageal cancer. The average American consumes 3,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day, much of it from processed foods. This is well above the Dietary Guidelines recommendation of no more than 2,300 mg (about 1 teaspoon of salt) for healthy adults 50 and under. Earlier this year, a report in the journal Hypertension estimated that a gradual sodium reduction over a 10-year period down to an average of 2,200 milligrams a day in the American diet would prevent up to half a million deaths.

     What's the bottom line on how to eat for a long, full life? Fill your plate with whole plant foods, eat fish at least twice a week, cut down on sodium, minimize red meat and avoid processed meats as much as possible.


By Andrea N. Giancoli

Regular Exercise—Along With Standing—Is the Key to Longevity

     Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Last year, 611,105 American men and women died from cardiovascular diseases. The annual financial price tag of coronary heart disease in the U.S. is $108.9 billion. Obviously, the emotional and psychological toll of cardiovascular disease cannot be measured in dollars and cents. 

     In recent decades, a wide range of studies have found that regular physical activity dramatically reduces a person's risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, only about half of U.S. adults meet the federally recommended guidelines of 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous, high-intensity exercise. If you are someone who doesn't meet these guidelines, hopefully this blog post will inspire you to exercise more, sit less, and help you stay alive longer.


Regular Exercise Is Critical for Heart Health and Longevity

     A new report by the American College of Cardiology Sports and Exercise Cardiology Council (ECC) analyzed recent research and concluded that physical activity is an effective method of preventing heart disease. The January 2016 analysis was published in the The Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

     According to the council, small amounts of physical activity—including standing—are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. The ECC also found that larger doses of exercise can lead to an even greater reduction in risk of death from cardiovascular disease in a dose-dependent manner, up to a certain point.

     For this report, the researchers analyzed the volume and intensity of aerobic exercise required for favorable cardiovascular health. They also addressed the question of whether or not there is an amount of endurance aerobic exercise that might backfire and actually increase someone's risk of cardiovascular disease.

     The council concluded that moderate and vigorous intensity exercise in amounts lower than the 2008 Physical Activity Guideline recommendations can lower mortality risk in the broad population. In a press release, JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, M.D., Ph.D., said,

     "The evidence with regard to exercise continues to unfold and educate the cardiovascular clinical community. The greatest benefit is to simply exercise, regardless of the intensity, while the danger is twofold: to not exercise at all or to exercise intensely, without due preparation."


When It Comes to Exercise, More Is Not Necessarily Better

     The researchers found that increasing your amount of moderate intensity exercise reduces the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. However, the cardiovascular mortality benefits from vigorous intensity exercise level off at a certain point. 

     The council concluded, “There is no evidence for an upper limit to exercise-induced health benefits and all amounts of both moderate and vigorous intensity exercise result in a reduction of both all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality compared to physical inactivity.”

     Based on my personal experience as a former ultra-endurance athlete, I can attest to the fact that more isn’t always better when it comes to endurance training or competitions. Although I managed to break a Guinness World Record by running 153.76 miles non-stop on a treadmill when I was 38, I retired after that event because it almost killed me. Exercising for 30-60 minutes, most days of the week, is great for your psychological and physical well-being, running non-stop for 24 hours is not.

     My personal experience of the potential backlash of too much intense exercise was corroborated by a recent New York Times article, “His Strength Sapped, Top Marathoner Ryan Hall Decides to Stop.” The author of this article, Lindsay Crouse, wrote:

     “Hall, 33, who was one of the last remaining hopes for an American front-runner in this summer’s Olympic marathon, is succumbing to chronically low testosterone levels and fatigue so extreme, he says, that he can barely log 12 easy miles a week.

     “Up to this point, I always believed my best races were still ahead of me,” said Hall, who has faced a series of physical setbacks since the 2012 London Olympics. “I’ve explored every issue to get back to the level I’ve been at, and my body is not responding. I realized that it was time to stop striving, to finally be satisfied and decide, ‘Mission accomplished.’”

     That said, the researchers still say that high volumes of aerobic exercise aren't nearly as bad for cardiovascular outcomes as no exercise at all. According to the council, "the possibility that too much exercise training could be harmful is worthy of investigation, but research results show that even for the very active, lifelong endurance athletes, the benefits of exercise training outweigh the risks."

     In a press release, Michael Scott Emery, M.D., co-chair of the ACC Sports and Exercise Cardiology Council, said, "The public media has embraced the idea that exercise may harm the heart and disseminated this message, thereby diverting attention away from the benefits of exercise as a potent intervention for the primary and secondary prevention of heart disease."


Standing Improves Your Heart Health

     One of the most interesting findings of the new report is that standing can also help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. How many hours a day would you estimate that you spend sitting? If you spend the majority of your day sitting, you are not alone.

     Sedentary behavior and a chronic lack of physical activity—also known as "sedentarism"—have become a national epidemic. The statistics on sedentarism are alarming. The average American sits for 11 hours a day. Sedentary lifestyles are related to $24 billion in direct medical spending. 20% of all deaths for people over age 35 are linked to physical inactivity and sedentarism.

     "Sitting is the new smoking," according to Dr. James Levine, of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative. Levine is the author of, Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It, and the inventor of the treadmill desk. Levine believes that excessive sitting is a more serious public health problem than cigarette smoking. Luckily, the detriments of sedentarism can easily be remedied by standing up and becoming more active.


Conclusion: Sitting Less and Exercising More Reduces Heart Disease Risk

     I’ve dedicated my life to trying to find ways to motivate people from all walks of life to be more physically active. If you are currently sedentary or inactive, hopefully these findings will inspire you to be more active. My father died prematurely of a heart attack. Like the majority of Americans, my dad didn’t make exercise a priority and was sedentary during the final years of his life. I believe that too much sitting and not enough exercise was the leading cause of his death.

     I'm a 50-year-old parent of an 8-year-old daughter. My prime driving force and source of motivation to exercise regularly, and to sit less, is my daughter. I don't want to die young and leave her fatherless . . . like my father inadvertently abandoned me and my sisters. Regardless of whether or not you're a parent, staying alive for your family and loved ones can be a strong source of motivation to sit less and exercise more for anybody.

     From a healthcare provider standpoint, Emery concluded, "The available evidence should prompt clinicians to recommend strongly low and moderate exercise training for the majority of our patients. Equally important are initiatives to promote population health at large through physical activity across the lifespan, as it modulates behavior from childhood into adult life."


By Christopher Bergland
Social Engagement

Work Colleagues Drive Your Longevity

     One of my executive clients once told me that “if it wasn’t for the people, work would be easy”. He may be right, but it would also rob him of great rewards. In fact, it might even stunt his longevity!

     Several observations from the social and biological sciences inform our understanding of longevity. First, we know that a sense of purpose both prolongs life, and increases health and happiness. Next, we know that marriage, and social engagement with friends and family drive health and happiness, and increase longevity. But what about work? Do the many hours we spend slaving away help us to live longer?

     For the most part, people with a job, or who work for themselves, have a purpose, even a mission. This is good. But there is more to this answer. In 2011, researchers published the results of a study that followed the lives of almost 1000 workers over 20 years. They evaluated several work-related psycho-social factors for their impact on longevity. Of all the possible influences they explored, only peer social support had a positive impact. Those workers who reported greater peer support had significantly lower mortality rates. They lived longer.

     Based on this, and other science, my own choice is clear.

          1. I will work for as long as I can.

          2. I will give as much kindness and support as I am able to those around me at work. Not

              only is this good for me, but this research proves its good for them too.

          3. I will (try very hard to) be open to the kindness and support of my peers and

              colleagues. For many of us, particularly for givers, this one is difficult. We’re raised to

              prize independence, and often view reliance on others as a weakness. Not so, says the

              science! On the contrary. Mother Nature has designed us to benefit from their support.

              I will try harder!

     I hope that these insights help you to unlock a long, healthy, happy and productive future!


By Roddy Carter
Spirituality / Religion
Religion, Spirituality and Health
     Some of my most satisfying moments with patients have been our conversations about religion and spirituality, often beginning with questions like- How important would you say religion is in your life- very important, fairly important or not very important?
     This question was part of a 2012 Gallup poll which showed approximately 70% of Americans consider themselves moderately or very religious. An increasing number also describe themselves as believers unaffiliated with a particular denomination or religion (often described as “spiritual but not religious”).
     The religious and spiritual beliefs of doctors and patients can affect medical care and healthcare decision-making. Spiritual sensitivity is an important component of cultural sensitivity, which is an increasingly appreciated attribute of compassionate patient-centered care. Doctors are advised to include spiritual assessments in their history-taking and patient management. But when doctors and patients differ widely on religion and spirituality there can be undesirable consequences. Recent research shows that, compared to doctors who consider themselves deeply religious, atheist or agnostic doctors are almost twice as willing to make decisions they believe will hasten the end of a very sick patient’s life. Women seeking certain birth control or abortion options may find their views at odds with the religious beliefs of their physicians.
     Some studies show that religiosity and spirituality (R/S) have no impact on health, while others even show a negative impact. Yet the vast majority of research on R/S shows a beneficial impact on health. This inconsistency has been the source of considerable debate. Over time, the quality of research has improved and the importance of the topic has been widely acknowledged by patients, their physicians, the broader healthcare system and health professional education.
     Harold Koenig MD directs the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center. The Center is devoted to a rigorous examination of religion and spirituality as factors in health. Koenig and the Center reviewed the published literature on R/S through 2010. Their findings provide an important and impartial assessment of the state of the science on a subject that is both vital to the lives of many patients and doctors and fraught with conflicting personal views and beliefs.
     The majority of studies on the “positive” aspects of mental health showed a benefit for those who considered themselves at least moderately R/S. Hope, optimism, sense of well-being, meaning, purpose, self-esteem and sense of personal control all tended to be greater in those who self-described as moderately or highly R/S. The majority of studies on the ‘negative’ aspects of mental health found moderate or high levels of R/S were related to lower levels of depression, attempted or completed suicide and less alcohol and drug use or abuse.
     The majority of the research on social health found that greater R/S predicted less anti-social behavior, crime, delinquency, divorce, marital separation and spousal abuse. They also showed greater R/S was associated with more altruism (volunteering, donating to the needy), gratefulness, marital satisfaction, commitment, relationship cohesion, sexual fidelity, couples’ problem solving, forgiveness, community involvement, trust, membership in civic, political and social justice groups and school performance (GPA, graduation rates).
     Research on physical health tended to show that moderate to high levels of R/S were associated with healthier diet and exercise patterns, less smoking and coronary heart disease, lower blood pressure, less risky sexual behavior and lower levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine. Nevertheless, some studies showed higher blood pressure, including clinical hypertension.  Some studies showed healthier weights and some showed unhealthier weights. There were conflicting results from a small number of studies regarding the impact of R/S on strokes, carotid artery disease, dementia and cognitive impairment.
     Cancer and overall longevity are two topics of increasing concern to our aging population. Moderate to high R/S tends to be associated with greater longevity and a reduced incidence of cancer, its progression over time and long-term cancer survival. However, some studies show reduced longevity and a higher rate of cancer in the moderately to highly R/S.
     One of the most interesting areas of research involves the use of spirituality interventions (such as prayer, meditation, yoga and mindfulness) as non-drug complements to conventional treatment. There is some evidence that such interventions can lead to better cardiac surgery outcomes, better blood pressure control, healthier cardiovascular stress-related reactivity, better immune function and lower levels of stress hormones. There is also evidence that regular practice of techniques that evoke empathy and compassion can actually increase the size of brain areas involved in these activities.
     The Duke Center and Koenig’s review of several thousand studies performed through 2010 shows a definite tendency for a positive association between religion, spirituality and health. Some of the best of these studies have followed patients for up to 50 years. Hundreds of studies have studied large numbers of people from different population groups, giving these findings more scientific legitimacy. Studies including people from many religious backgrounds from most of the world’s countries have shown mostly positive associations. Critics of these studies point to poor study design, many studies with small numbers of patients and claims often made by researchers that are not supported by the data.
     It seems clear that religion and spirituality will receive increasing attention as we seek to create a health care system that is more humane and compassionate for patients, their families and health care providers.
     Let your doctor know if religion and spirituality are important to you or your family. It might make a tremendous difference in your relationship with your physician and in your experience of health and illness.

By John A. Patterson MD MSPH FAAFP

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