JEWISH SENIORS ON THE MOVE PRESENTS A TOUR OF BUSCH STADIUM

Jewish Seniors on the MOVE is a new program where active St. Louis Jewish seniors will enjoy day trips, tours, food, and friends, while exploring St. Louis. This program is presented in partnership with Congregation Shaare Emeth, United Hebrew Congregation, and Congregation Temple Israel. On Monday, June 20, we are hosting our second of four fun events, where seniors will enjoy lunch at Cardinals Nation, followed by a tour of Busch Stadium. The tour includes the Champions Club, Red Bird, the press box, Cardinals Club House, the track, and dugout. Transportation to and from the event and the cost for lunch are included in the admission price. When: Monday, June 20, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Meeting Spot: Congregation Temple Israel at 9:45 am (#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr., St. Louis, 63141) Cost: $18 per person (payment preferred in advance) RSVP: to April Hickman by Monday, June 13 at 314-434-3404 The event is open to all Jewish seniors in the St. Louis Region. Space is limited, so RSVP is requested as early as possible. This program is made possible through a grant from the The Nathan Kahn-Ernestine Kahn-Charles Kahn Foundation of Congregation Temple Israel.   ###   Congregation Temple Israel is a caring, inclusive community committed to living Reform Judaism and participating in the sacred destiny of the Jewish people and Israel through education, worship, and repair of the world. We welcome and embrace individuals and families from all backgrounds. Wherever you may be along your Jewish journey, there is a place for you at Temple Israel. For more information, go to...

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St. Louis NORC receives inaugural Outstanding Community Partner Award

The Program in Occupational Therapy has chosen the St. Louis Nationally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC), a program of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, as the inaugural recipient of its Outstanding Community Partner Award. The award recognizes organizations that have developed and sustained a collaborative relationship with the Program, and share our vision, values and goals. St. Louis NORC is a non-sectarian program that supports the healthy aging of adults 65+ in their own homes by providing opportunities for meaningful community involvement and increased access to support services. The program is considered a national model for aging in place and helping older adults to remain living independently. “St. Louis NORC began in 2002 when the Jewish Federation and the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging of Washington University collaborated on the Administration on Aging – Aging in Place Initiative,” explains Karen Berry-Elbert, MSW, St. Louis NORC manager. “Instead of taking a prescriptive approach to addressing the initiative, the Jewish Federation chose to create a public/private partnership with the Center for Aging to learn firsthand what the needs, barriers and service gaps were of our population through surveys, assessments and observation. There was no more qualified partner than WashU to conduct the research with us. We used the results of the needs assessment to develop our program.” During the past 14 years, St. Louis NORC members have continued to be involved in research with Program faculty. “St. Louis NORC gives our Program unprecedented access to a group of well-characterized older adults who are engaged in the research process and willing to participate in community studies,” says Christine Berg, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, associate professor of occupational therapy and of neurology. “They share our commitment to developing and delivering innovative, evidence-based interventions and building strong community programs. The leadership and staff recognize the importance of education and always enthusiastically welcome our students.” Occupational therapy (OT) students are able to pilot new programs and hone their teaching skills at St. Louis NORC-sponsored events such as health fairs and community presentations. “Students gain real world experience and learn what the sensibilities and sensitivities are when working with older adults. And our members love working with the students and the clinical practitioners who come to their homes to conduct various assessments,” says Berry-Elbert. “The Program’s clinical service is our ‘go-to’ for providing safety assessments in resident’s homes. OT clinicians work with our contractors for them to install the necessary equipment – often at no charge as part of a grant or as a shared expense – and make the home environment as safe as possible. This is an enormous benefit to our members.” The partnership benefits have been equally as significant for the Program. “Agency partnerships that offer this level of access and commitment are rare. Because of that, St. Louis NORC has made a tremendous impact on our program. Their leadership, staff and residents support multiple faculty labs and classes, offer students customized experiences (outreach, teaching and research), generously share their resources, fund and implement programs developed within their agency, write countless letters of support, attend classes, and say ‘yes – what can we do’ when we call,” shares Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, assistant professor of occupational therapy, of neurology and of social work. “Those are just a few of the reasons Dr....

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Seeing the USA…Need Stop-overs.

I’m a 59-year-old woman who is driving across the USA for my “Bucket List”. While I have some money to use for lodging, food, etc.. it would be such a blessing to find folks who would be willing to share their home with me for a week or two as I travel! I’m a non-smoking, easy-going Gal (Originally from NYC) with a sense of humor. I love animals, am honest, clean and respectful of others & their property. Not into drugs, wild parties or criminal activities of any kind. I have many hobbies and stories to...

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Help Wanted – Crown Center Circle@Crown Cafe

A few good people needed as volunteers in an exciting and delicious Jewish community project: Circle@Crown Cafe. Unlock your inner barista or chef. Great environment; on the job training. Interested applicants contact Laura Greenberg at 314-991-2055. Come and join our volunteer team! Circle@Crown is a program of Crown Center.

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St. Louis NORC Celebrates a Decade of Success

The St. Louis Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) is commemorating its 10th anniversary of successfully supporting the healthy aging of seniors in their homes with a special celebration on August 7. The event will include live music, the St. Louis NORC Star Awards Ceremony, a video presentation, refreshments and more. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Nancy Morrow-Howell, Ph.D., one of the research team members who conducted the original research in 2002 on which the St. Louis NORC programming is based. A non-sectarian membership-based program of Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the St. Louis NORC operates within a 3-mile service neighborhood in the Creve Coeur area. The St. Louis NORC offers a range of support services that are designed to maximize the health and well-being of resident seniors so they can maintain their independence and comfortably remain in their homes as they age. Services include home repair, social activities, volunteer support and discounts at local merchants. The program charges modest dues, getting most of its funding from the State of Missouri, grants, generous contributions, and relying on volunteers. While services are provided only for residents in the three-mile neighborhood, activities are open to all adults aged 65 and over. Since 2004, at least 1,714 individuals have participated in at least one activity or service. For more information on the St. Louis NORC, go to...

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Well-known Jewish Communal Professional Ken Schwartz Joins ElderLink St. Louis

Well-known Jewish communal professional Ken Schwartz, MSW, has joined ElderLink St. Louis, the free, centralized referral program for Jewish older adults, their children and caregivers, as a social worker. In his new position, Schwartz will be key to ElderLink’s expanded program, which will focus on reaching out to and training nontraditional sources of referrals or “gatekeepers” such as employees of selected apartment complexes, pharmacies and supermarkets, as well as staff and professionals within the Jewish community who come into contact with senior adults on a regular basis and recognize signs that help may be necessary. In turn, ElderLink can refer these senior adults to services that will assist them with their needs. In addition, Schwartz will be available to meet directly with senior adults and their caregivers, and help them with tasks such as filling out paperwork or applications for various available programs. All of ElderLink’s services are complimentary and confidential. Schwartz comes to ElderLink St. Louis with a depth of experience in working with older adults in the Jewish community. The majority of his career has been spent as a Jewish communal professional, including managerial positions at United Hebrew Congregation and the JCC. Most recently, he was employed as a sales and marketing executive for a leading home health care provider, where he developed extensive customized plans to meet senior adult clients’ individual physical and psychosocial needs. A resident of Creve Coeur, Schwartz earned his B.A. degree in sociology from Macalester College in St . Paul, MN, and his MSW degree from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. In addition, Schwartz has been active in the community, serving as Vice President of the Board of JPro, the organization of Jewish communal professionals, and President of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work Alumni Board. A frequent speaker on issues facing older adults, Schwartz was named a Sherman Fellow at Brandeis University, a national program recognizing excellence in Jewish communal service. According to Lori Goldberg, MSW, LCSW, Jewish Family & Children’s Service Coordinator of Senior Services, “Ken Schwartz comes to ElderLink with a wealth of experience in both social services and Jewish community organizations. He has a vast knowledge of resources that are available in our area, and has long-established relationships with area rabbis, professionals in the Jewish community and older adult service providers. His expertise and knowledge will be a tremendous asset to the ElderLink St. Louis team.” The expanded ElderLink St. Louis program is available thanks to generous funding through a targeted allocation from the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. ElderLink St. Louis is a program of Jewish Family & Children’s Service. For information, call 314-812-9300 or visit...

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