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Eleven Eleven Mississippi is celebrating its 10th anniversary next month, and during the first 11 days of November, the restaurant has a variety of activities and giveaways planned, including $10 weekday lunch specials. Also, couples celebrating their 10-year anniversaries will receive a $10 gift certificate, special prizes will be handed out randomly during service, and guests in the restaurant at 11:11 a.m. or 11:11 p.m. will receive a free gooey butter dessert. Owners PAUL and WENDY HAMILTON have chosen Operation Food Search, St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Stray Rescue of St. Louis and the local Alzheimer's Association to receive a portion of the proceeds from the celebration.
All diagnosed cases of Alzheimer’s disease are marked by dementia, but not all dementia is caused by Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, there are more than 100 known causes of dementia, defined as “chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes and impaired reasoning.”
For more than 20 years, fitness trainer Charlie Foxman has inspired seniors at The Gatesworth to stay active. But the 71-year-old exercise expert will be the first to tell you that they have inspired him.
The 20-plus acre Mari de Villa campus is bustling with change. Currently three years into a four-year renovation plan, a new batch of upgrades at the retirement community will be finished soon—and just in time for more expansion to begin.
Fall is prime time for apple-picking and enjoying the crisp, juicy fruit, whether on its own fresh from the tree or prepared in the form of a sweet treat. Recently, LN called on its readers for their favorite apple dessert recipes. And after careful consideration, we have a winner!
Mari de Villa guests always are on-the-go. With so many on-site amenities and transportation to some of the city’s best entertainment and recreational destinations, the retirement community allows its seniors to stay as active as they like. “Even after 53 years of offering all levels of care at this location in Town & Country, we are continually trying to evolve and enhance our offerings to meet guests’ needs,” president Fred Wiesehan says.
A Mari de Villa resident recently celebrated her 90th birthday with a large group of family and friends in the new Waterford Room private party suite, overlooking the same sparkling lake her mother did 30 years ago.
If the good Lord were to give me one perfect day, it would be to have my father back, and the two of us would head to Busch Stadium for Opening Day. Alzheimers took him from us six years ago. The disease may destroy memories, but it won't erase a single second of the time the two of us spent at the ballpark together.
For 2013, Circle Of Concern elected new directors, officers and executive directors: president NANCY PARKER, VP DOUG SCHAEFFLER, treasurer ROD BISHOP, secretary CALVIN HOLDERBY. New directors are SUE HOFFMAN, HARRY LEMAY, JUNE SCHROEDER and GREG SHOEMAKER. CHRIS PALLOZOLA was promoted to executive director.
Helping older adults transition from drivers to passengers can be a sensitive topic. “The loss of independence is what they fear most,” notes Mark Blum of BrightStar Care.
Clue to Alzheimer’s Found in Brain Samples
Alzheimer’s disease is a slow decline. Most people who develop it survive for years after diagnosis, gradually losing memory and the ability to care for themselves. Families and caregivers can become overwhelmed. Fortunately, help is available.
Among the concerns of older Americans, Alzheimer’s disease tops the list. And that’s understandable. Researchers are making strides in understanding Alzheimer’s, but a cure remains elusive for the progressive, memory-robbing disease.
Aberdeen Heights resident Alvina Warner swims during the Water Walk to End Alzheimer’s during Active Aging Week at the senior center.
Peggy Ross moved into The Gatesworth more than two years ago because she needed help caring for her husband, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “I came because I needed help, but I stayed because it’s such a wonderful place to live,” she says. And the change of setting didn’t mean the 20-year supporter of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis was going to give up on her passion of making education accessible. “I’ve been doing it for a long time, and I’ll keep going as long as I can,” she says.
Watching a loved one slip into oblivion can be painful to the point of despair. Yet Jolene Brackey, author of Creating Moments of Joy, says there’s another way to experience time with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Brackey’s work is based on her experiences as activity director for an Alzheimer’s special care unit, and she recently spoke at Garden View Care Centers in St. Louis to share her message that “it’s impossible to create a perfectly wonderful day, but you sure can create perfectly wonderful moments.”
It’s not easy to watch a loved one grow old, and for the families of people with dementia, it’s heartbreaking. It’s hard to know what to say and do as a relative becomes increasingly forgetful and unable to perform daily tasks without help. Fortunately, caregivers and loved ones are not alone: In 2008, there were an estimated 9.9 million caregivers providing 8.5 billion hours of care to Alzheimer’s patients, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
RESEARCHERS TO STUDY TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR HIGH-RISK LUNG CANCER PATIENTS
Maryville Talks Books, the signature author series from MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY, kicks off this month with actress/ singer VANESSA WILLIAMS and her mother, HELEN WILLIAMS. The pair will appear on May 10 at Christ Church Cathedral for a discussion and signing of their book, You Have No Idea. The rest of the lineup includes former Democratic presidential candidate BILL BRADLEY (May 11), sportswriter FRANK DEFORD (May 30), author and historian DOUGLAS BRINKLEY (June 4) and Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August author BUZZ BISSINGER (June 11). Except for the Williams event, all other appearances take place at Maryville University Auditorium and are free and open to the public. Ticket packages for the Williams event are $30, and include seating for two, as well as a copy of the book (brownpapertickets.com).
Your teeth are nothing without your gums. Healthy gums support teeth that tend to stay firmly fixed in place. But that’s not the only reason to ensure your gums stay healthy.
Just like so many, when Jane Snyder’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she and her family lived through years of denial before accepting the diagnosis. And when the realization finally happened, the Ladue native became proactive in her relationship with her mother, searching for ways to hold onto the connection.