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Volunteer Profile: Ice Cream Parlor Scoop-masters

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Ice Cream: (n) a delicious treat that produces lots of smiles and connects people at Laclede Groves!

Thanks to the generosity of The Lutheran Convalescent Home Auxiliary, residents, visitors and employees can smile ear-to-ear while enjoying this cold treat three afternoons each week. The Auxiliary provides the dessert and supplies while more than two dozen volunteers provide the heart and muscles needed to scoop and keep up with demand. You might say the Ice Cream parlor, situated on the 1st floor of the Care Center, is a destination for many Care Center residents who pair up with employees and volunteers to make the visits to the parlor. The visit, to be sure, is about more than ice cream. It is a time to be social and get the “scoop” on happenings around Laclede and in the community.

So, the next time you are visiting Laclede, stop by the Ice Cream Parlor to say hi and thank our wonderful volunteers for serving up scoops and smiles. The team includes: Hugh Harrington, Manager, Marie Bergeman, Evelyn Detzel, Doris Harrington, Laura Healthcote, Bob Hubeli, Elaine Hilgemann, Michelle Jordan, Marian Kasten, Len Knobbe, Al & Maxine Mitchner, Ellen Ogier, Roy Pfund, Neil & Karen Rabe, Barbara Riley, Tamara Richards, Arleen Roettger, Ginnie Schmidt, Doris Schulte, Brenda & Herbert Seibert, and Lorraine Walsh Mooney.

Pictured: Karen Rabe, Ice Cream Parlor Volunteer

3 Things to Know This Week: October 5


Medicare Open Enrollment starts soon

And you might already be inundated with marketing materials via email from Medicare Advantage plans that want your business (or scammers who want your personal info). The Medicare Rights Center has compiled below a list of upcoming changes, expert advice and related issues of interest to people with Medicare. Read more.

FDA Approves New Treatment for Lung Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved an immunotherapy drug for the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) can be used to treat advanced non-small cell lung cancer in patients whose disease has progressed after previous treatments and who have tumors that express a protein called PD-L1, the agency said. Read more.

Work On Parasite Diseases Earns Nobel Prize For Medicine

The medicines they helped develop are credited with improving the lives of millions. And now three researchers working in the U.S., Japan, and China have won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Among the winners: William C. Campbell of Drew University in Madison N.J., for his work on the roundworm parasite. Read more.

Partner Profile: The United Way

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United Way of Greater St. Louis mobilizes the community with one goal in mind — helping people live their best possible lives. They do this through efficiently raising and allocating funds to support a strong network of quality agencies and services, providing information, management, and technical resources, identifying critical and unmet needs, and building collaboration with the public and private sectors to meet their needs. LSS is proud to work alongside the United Way in creating and managing programs that reach out to meet the needs of older adults. Thank you United Way for how you uplift and support the needs in our community, for the expertise that you bring, and the passion and commitment you inspire.

3 Things to Know This Week: September 28th


UN summit approves 15-year blueprint to eradicate extreme poverty and combat climate change

With the bang of a gavel, international leaders approved an ambitious 15-year plan Friday to tackle the world’s biggest problems, from eradicating poverty to preserving the planet to reducing inequality. Now comes the tough part: Drumming up support and money to achieve the goals and transform the world. Read More …


Bedtime Blood Pressure Meds May Help Prevent Diabetes

Sometimes it’s not just a matter of taking your medication, but also whenyou take it that’s paramount. That’s the surprising conclusion of a new study that found that taking your blood pressure pills at bedtime, rather than waiting until morning, can cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half. Read More …


The 9 Most Versatile Foods in Dietitians’ Kitchens

here are many foods in our kitchens that we tend to use only once. These foods may get lost in your cupboard or fridge, only to be rediscovered when they are no longer tasty or even safe to eat. On the other hand, there are foods that we seem to reach for all the time, perhaps because there are so many different ways to eat them. These are what I call “versatile foods.” Read More …

3 Things to Know this Week: September 21st


Why Ikea Causes So Much Relationship Tension

The stylish, idealized home in the store’s showroom “literally becomes a map of a relationship nightmare,” says one psychologist. But why, exactly, is assembling flat-packed furniture so contentious for couples? Why do conversations about sofas so often lead down such dark corridors? Read more…

Volkswagen Stock Plummets As CEO Apologizes For Emissions Cheat

The German automaker will have to recall about 482,000 Audi and Volkswagen cars with 4-cylinder turbo diesel engines. The issue affects 2009 through 2015 model years. The cars have devices that turn emissions controls on during tests and off during normal driving. The deception is a serious violation of the Clean Air Act, for which CEO Martin Winterkorn says he is personally deeply sorry, and he promises the company will do whatever is necessary to reverse the damage this has caused. The company faces potentially billions in fines and other costs. Read more…

Why Making Predictions About Your Day Will Improve Your Outlook

Here’s a challenge for you to try right now. Make a prediction about something—anything—that you can personally verify the outcome of sometime in the next twenty-four hours. Your day will instantly get better—whether your prediction proves right or wrong. Read more…

Coming Soon: The Lutheran Prayer Breakfast

Join us on October 14th at the Orlando Events & Conference Center in Maryland Heights MO for the Lutheran Prayer Breakfast. We are honored to welcome Rev. Greg Seltz, Speaker of “The Lutheran Hour”. Join us in discovering how the most radical prayer of all time is really an invitation for getting to know God better. Everyone attending will receive a FREE signed copy of “The Lord’s Prayer” by Rev. Seltz. Click to learn more.

Walk This Way: Join LSS at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

See pictures from the St. Louis walk below and consider being a part of other upcoming Walks to End Alzheimer’s. Lutheran Senior Services will be at the following:

  • Springfield, Ill Walk – September 19
  • Jefferson City, Mo Walk – September 20
  • Edwardsville, Ill Walk – September 26
  • St. Charles, Mo Walk – September 26
  • Columbia, Mo Walk – October 4
  • Peoria, Ill Walk – October 4
  • Belleville, Ill Walk – October 10

Partner Profile: Animal Protection Agency of Missouri

The Animal Protection Agency of Missouri is dedicated to bringing people and pets together, advancing humane education, and creating programs beneficial to the human/animal bond. Recently LSS and the APA have partnered together to bring APA qualified pet visitors (and their human family members) to older adults who have few or no visitors within the St. Louis area. Thank you APA for your partnership within our community to touch the lives of many (human and pet!).


Senior Connections Partners with Animal Protective Association of Missouri!

dogvisitLSS’ Senior Connections program and the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) have a vision – increase the number of pets visiting senior living communities. In the week before Grandparent’s Day, Jennifer Blome of the APA and pet visitors took to the airwaves announcing a partnership between the two organizations and raise awareness about the needs and benefits of volunteering. They also hosted a “Yappy Hour” at a local senior community where the room was filled with furry friends to love!

Requests for pet visitors has grown and while Sandra Roeder Singer of Senior Connections and Jennifer were commiserating about the challenges of fulfilling requests, the lightbulb turned on – together we can be better! “Jennifer has been part of our program for years, Sandra shares, “and a champion for incorporating pet visitation in our program. She hosted gatherings between a volunteer trainer, volunteers and their pets. The group met with a resident audience at LSS’ Richmond Terrace community.”

Senior Connections has 104 volunteers, 15 visiting with a dog or cat. The APA serves a different audiences through their PetReach program. Eight volunteers and pets serve in group settings, several hosted by senior communities. “The partnership with the APA gives us both a group format and a one-on-one opportunity to share pets. We also benefit from the expertise of the APA employees who qualify pets for visits”, explains Sandra. The increased awareness about each program has translated to calls from new volunteers wanting to serve, communities who want pet visits, and others who want to visit without a pet.

So what does it take to for a pet to be qualified to visit? According to Scout, a pet visitor, it’s nothing to be nervous about! He and his parents recently received approval from the APA. With vaccination records in hand, they released Scout to APA employees who evaluated him for his ability to get along with other pets, sit politely for petting, walk well on a leash, and move politely through a crowd. Scout passed with flying colors and was ready to join in the fun of Yappy Hour. If they choose to participate in one-on-one visits with seniors, they will attend a Senior Connections volunteer training to prepare them.

Referring a senior or group for visits is just as easy! Call to Sandra at 314.446.2526 to start the process. To learn more about pet visitation, read over our flyer.

Senior Connections APA Pet Visitor Flyer

Volunteer Profile: Joan

Volunteer---JoanWhen Joan signed up two years ago to volunteer with hospice, she said it was because she wanted to give back to a program that helped her with a family member a few years ago. Now two years later, Joan admits that she believes she gets as much out of her visits as the hospice patients. She also told me that she likes one patient as much as the next; they all have their own unique personalities and needs … some visits are interesting, while other visits are down-right entertaining.

Joan makes her visits fun for her patients. She loves music so she will often sing for her patients or WITH them. She also brings musical instruments along with her on her visits or uses musical apps on her IPad to play music or musical games with her patients. She also has recently begun bringing puppets on her visits, as seen in the photo. It’s amazing how one story can lead to conversation about so many different things, all beginning with a little puppet. Joan is a true example of someone using their God-given talents to serve others.

Celebrating with the Celebration Belle

web-2383An excursion cruise featuring the sound of the waves, beautiful sunlight, good food, and an Elvis impersonator can’t equal anything but a fantastic trip. Lutheran Hillside Village residents boarded for a day trip through the Quad Cities on the Celebration Belle with a Classic Oldies theme

“It was just a wonderful day,” said Donna Norman, Lutheran Hillside Village resident. “My husband Bob and I decided it would be a fun trip. We like to do as much as we can and Lutheran Hillside Village makes it so easy.”

Twenty people joined Bob and Donna for an afternoon of the classics, complete with some nostalgic entertainment. “They have a band that plays the classics and a couple that were dancing in a poodle skirt,” said Connie Hillier, Activities Director at Lutheran Hillside Village.

Traveling through the Quad Cities – Devenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline in Illinois – dinner and dancing wasn’t the only thing the passengers got. “The Captain was able to give us some information on the surrounding area. It was nice to be outside and enjoy the slow movement of the boat. So relaxing.” Said Connie.

The destination of the cruise was another reason Donna and Bill signed up. “I had relatives who used to live in that area and I thought it would be fun to see the area where everyone lived,” said Donna.

As the boat wound its way back up to Peoria, there were sighs that the adventure was over, placated only by the thoughts of returning next year. “We do this every year and it’s a trip that many look forward to. It’s always requested. Everyone loves it,” said Connie.





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