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11 Essentials for your Winter Survival Kit

138279078Winter is just around the corner, so it’s a good idea to have a winter survival kit on hand, both at home and in your vehicle. Here is a basic list of the necessities that you will need to be properly prepared.

5 essentials for your car

  • A warm blanket (or two), hats and gloves, socks and a pair of boots.
  • A shovel, sand or kitty litter (the non-clumping kind) or ice melt to get you out of that icy spot
  • Snacks, water and a working flashlight.
  • Flares, light sticks or other reflective tape – type items to put around your car or on your coat to make you visible to others drivers
  • Fully charged cell phone, turning it off in times of non-use

6 Must haves for your Home Survival Kit
Long power outages can result in the inability to heat your home so get to a safe place with power. If the power is only going to be out a short time, here are some things to have on hand.
Flashlights.

  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Food or snacks, a gallon of water for each family member for each day you might be without power
  • At least a 3-day supply of medicines in case you can’t leave the house to get more
  • Charged Cell phone, turn off when not in use
  • Consider installing a house generator, wood-burning fireplace or stove

Being stranded, whether at home or in your car, is never fun. Make sure you’re prepared will to “weather” any cold weather emergency!

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

LSS Salutes Veterans


They Did Their Share
On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.
Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;
In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.
Some came back; some didn’t.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.
No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.
Let every veteran be honored;
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.
We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say “thank you” to every wearer.
By Joanna Fuchs

Lutheran Senior Services gives thanks for all the men and women in our armed services, for their sacrifice, courage, and dedication.

Veteran’s shared their experiences on being a part of past Honor Flights at Laclede Groves.

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

4 talented musicians + 10 instruments + 1 great cause = 1 night to remember

An overwhelmingly enthusiastic crowd was treated to a fabulous concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall on November 5 for a critical cause—helping low-income, older adults stay healthy, stay active, and most importantly, stay home.

The 442s, comprised of four talented musicians (Adam Maness, composer, guitarist, and keyboard instrumentalist; Sydney Rodway, double-bass; Shawn Weil, violin; and Bjorn Ranheim, cello) are a genre-defying band, who treated the audience to a mix of jazz, classical, whimsy, and emotional-tugging music. They played to a standing ovation Wednesday night all in support of Affordable Housing for Lutheran Senior Services.

Susan Hutchison, Executive Director of Affordable Housing was overwhelmed by the support. “Words cannot truly express my appreciation for that support of a cause that is so near and dear to my heart,” she said. “My feelings about the concert boil down to this: I love what I do, I love who we serve, and I was uplifted by a concert that helped make it possible to continue to do both.”

Due to the support of sponsors, advertisers, and concert-goers, Lutheran Senior Services was able to raise approximately $6000 to help provide health and wellness services to the 800+ very low income seniors served annually through LSS Affordable Housing.

Our favorite songs? The Caves and the Cold, Hohner, and Chimes

To find out more about the 442s and a sample of their music (including our favorites), check out http://www.the442s.com/

To get involved with our Affordable Housing program through a donation or volunteering, contact Susan Hutchison at 314.446.2558

Affordable Housing Benefit Concert Featuring the 442's

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Older Adults: Stewards of the Church’s Future

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No matter your age, God has called you for such a time as this. For such a time as this. That phrase comes from the book of Esther in the Bible. Esther was a Jewish woman who risked her life to serve God and to save her people when they were under the rule of the Persian Empire and about to be annihilated.

When deciding whether to go before the king to plead for her people, Esther’s cousin gave these words: “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)

Think of your local church and its mission. It has been placed within the community and has a mission to seek the lost and strengthen the saved. And you play an integral part of that mission and the future of the church. Your knowledge, dedication and experience are needed. You have been placed specifically where you are because God is giving you the opportunity to make an everlasting difference. No matter your age, God has called you.

For such a time as this.

Read more on your purpose in the church with this downloadable pdf from Concordia University Seward, Nebraska.

SAIDO Learning visits Meridian Village

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Meridian Village played host to international guests on September 18. Four team members from SAIDO Learning in Japan made a special trip to Glen Carbon, Illinois to see the progress and integration of SAIDO Learning at Meridian Village.

The SAIDO Learning method involves a caregiver (called a “Supporter”) trained to work with older adults (called “Learners”) by engaging them in simple arithmetic, writing, and reading exercises. This non-pharmacological treatment helps to reverse and reduce the signs and symptoms of dementia through its focus in stimulating the frontal cortex of the brain. Chosen for it’s strong implementation of the program, Meridian Village is one of only two communities in the United States the Japanese Team will visit.

“We are impressed with the level of excellence and the stories of the residence,” said Christopher Muller, interpreter and member of the SAIDO Training Development Team. “It is very genki”

“Genki” is Japanese for “on top of the world” and encapsulates the success of the program and the Meridian Village Team that has been behind it all. They have already trained 22 team members with plans to train 6 additional team members every month.

DSC_5017_blog“It fits so well into our person-centered care philosophy that we already have in place,” said Colleen Bottens, Executive Director at Meridian Village. “From those in our Dining Service to Housekeeping, we plan on training the entire staff.”

Meridian Village is the first of the LSS communities to feature SAIDO Learning. With such positive results already being seen in residents, Colleen Bottens is very excited for what this might mean for those with dementia.

“Seeing the improvements in our residents has us all hopeful,” she said.

And that is very genki.

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We'd love to hear from you! Located in Glen Carbon, IL 62034, Meridian Village senior living offers independent living, REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation, assisted living, memory care assisted living, and skilled nursing. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Thousands attended the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in St. Louis on September 6 to support the more than 5 million Americans that have Alzheimer’s.

Dava Elias-Dotzenrod, Executive Director at Richmond Terrace walked with her family and co-workers. “I have participated in the walk for years in support of my residents. However, since my first walk I have lost four aunts to this disease. Currently my mother is in a care center in Kentucky battling this disease.”

The 1.5 mile march down Market Street began at Scottrade Center with a rally hosted by News Channel 5 anchor, Art Holiday and Blues forward T. J. Oshie. Both have been personally impacted by Alzheimer’s and encouraged walkers to continue to spread the message and support those who are diagnosed.

There currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s. This debilitating disease is the most common type of dementia and can cause problems associated with thinking, behavior and memory.

“This is a horrible disease that strips you of dignity, steals your family and memories,” said Elias-Dotzenrod. “I hope I live to see this cure and I will continue to participate as long as I am able!”

This year’s walk raised over $565,000.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Slater Place Memory Care Assisted Living opens!

The extensive makeover and expansion of Lenoir Woods hit another milestone in the five-year project with the dedication and opening of Slater Place Memory Care Assisted Living on August 26.

The result of a naming contest hosted by the residents, Slater Place comes straight from the history of Lenoir Woods. In 1864, Margaret Ann Bradford married Slater Ensor Lenoir. Together they built their now historic home in 1877 in Columbia, Missouri. It was a portion of that land that would eventually become Lenoir Woods.

Now, fittingly, 150 years after Margaret and Slater married, Slater Place opens attached to Bradford Manor—assisted living apartments, aptly named in Margaret’s honor in 2012.

The rich tradition of Lenoir Woods is a natural blend for the history of Lutheran Senior Services, John Kotovsky, president, told more than 250 residents, families and staff gathered for the dedication ceremony.

“In 1858, Reverend Johann Friedrich Buenger founded the first Protestant hospital west of the Mississippi,” he said on the roots of Lutheran Senior Services. “He had a great servant heart, and he would be proud of Slater Place.”

The two-story, 40-bed residence will serve those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Enjoy this gallery of images from the dedication of Slater Place:

Slater Place Dedication

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We'd love to hear from you! Located in Columbia, MO 65201, Lenoir Woods senior living offers independent living, REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation, assisted living, and skilled nursing. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Stay Cool. Stay Healthy.

The intense summer heat that has cooked the nation to a crisp, clogged televisions with “Excessive Heat Warnings” and “Heat Advisories”, also poses serious health risks for seniors.

According to the NIA (National Institute on Aging), the summer warmth has put seniors at risk for developing hyperthermia (a condition where the body temperature becomes dangerously high). After exposure to the heat, the body becomes unable to regulate the body temperature making seniors more vulnerable to health problems such as heat exhaustion, dizziness, heat cramps, and heat stroke.

To keep cool, the NIA has the following suggestions:

● Stay inside on very hot and humid days

● If you do not have air conditioning, go somewhere where there is (i.e., churches, movie theatres, libraries)

● Drink plenty of fluids

● Avoid alcohol and caffeine

● Dress appropriately (i.e., lightly colored, loose fitting clothing)


For ways to help those suffering from a heat-related condition and for the full article, click here.

Live Longer — Write Now! How Creative Writing Can Help Seniors Stay Healthy

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There’s a long tradition of writers gathering to swap stories and feed on each other’s creative energy. At Lutheran Hillside Village, a senior living community in Peoria, Illinois, that tradition has taken the form of the Pen Souls.

The members write in a wide range of styles on a wide range of topics. As a creative exercise, stories started by one member can be passed around and finished by another. These games help keep the creative “pumps primed”, which makes tackling larger, more personal projects easier.

“It’s good for mental dexterity — not to mention manual dexterity,” says Ken Jones, one of the founders of the group. “Just the act of writing keeps the joints strong.” And Ken knows his stuff — writing offers a wide range of benefits for older adults, from the intellectual to the physical to the spiritual.

For example, one psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin reports findings that indicate the act of journaling strengthens our immune system. Other researchers tell us that writing takes the edge off asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

It all comes down to stress. Writing down thoughts about stressful or unpleasant events can help the writer sort through his or her feelings about those events, which lowers stress levels. People utilize the logically-oriented language centers of the left brain when they write. In writing about bad times, we rationally “unpack” our emotions.

This works on a daily basis for journal-writers, but it can also work on a larger scale. Combat veterans are encouraged to keep a journal to help “unpack” traumatic events they experienced on active duty. That’s one reason that many groups have started interviewing World War II vets.

But another reason for this initiative is one that resonates with millions of seniors — the desire to preserve a piece of living history. “I wanted my children and grandchildren to have a better feeling for who I am,” says Jerry Carlson, a resident at Concordia Village in Springfield, Illinois. In his 70s, Jerry has spent months writing his life story for the benefit of his family. “I didn’t know much about my grandparents. I wish I’d asked more questions. I didn’t want my grandkids to say, ‘I wonder what he was like.’”

The Pen Souls’ work is collected in a series of large binders, which are available in the Village library. But over and above the creation of a sizeable body of resident-produced work, and the health benefits for everyone involved, perhaps the greatest result of the group’s formation has been the friendships formed. After all, writing can be a terrific social activity as well.

As longtime member Diana Carlson puts it, “It’s a wonderful way to get to know people in a different way. In fact, it’s the place where I get to know people the best.”

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Life in the Future: What’s the Big Deal about 3D Printing?

Explorer_April2014_4thStory_BlogPhotoDo you have a printer for your home computer? Then you’re familiar with how it can take the two-dimensional words and pictures on your screen and turn them into a two-dimensional copy on paper. In the not-too-distant future, though, you might have to make room on your computer desk for a second printer — one that prints in three dimensions!

Additive manufacturing (better known as 3D Printing), is a hot, hot topic in technological circles nowadays. Similar to how 2D printers lay down a layer of ink on a piece of paper, 3D printers lay down layer after layer of plastic or metal, one on top of the other, to create a three-dimensional product.

Already, people can go online and purchase “blueprints” that allow them to print their own consumer goods right at home. All you need is a printer (simple ones start at around $200) and the material you need to print with.

For families, this new technology might mean printing new toys for children. For businesses, it might mean printing machine parts faster, cheaper, and smaller than ever before. For doctors, it could mean crafting custom-made replacement joints identical to the bones they’re replacing.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Bigger printers can fabricate the frames of houses or vehicles out of fiberglass or steel. And research is currently going on to use 3D printing to build organs for transplants.

To learn more . . . click here to visit Wikipedia.org and search for “3D Printing”.

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.