Now in its ninth year, the St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award honors local women who not only embody a healthy lifestyle, but also inspire others in the community to follow their lead. This year’s four honorees, who were feted at the recent St. Luke’s Hospital Spirit Girls’ Night Out, include: Mary Pat Henehan of Olivette, Jan Paul of Webster Groves, Susan Richmond of Eureka, and Jennifer Riegel of O’Fallon, Missouri.
Whether a husband and wife can spend their golden years living independently, or one spouse requires occasional or full-time assisted living or skilled nursing, the multiple levels of care across The Gatesworth campus keeps families together.
Wind chimes hum and giggle in the wind, and neighbors sit peacefully on their decks enjoying the unusually comfortable summer day as Bea Feldewerth walks up and down the length of her garden, inspecting plants.
Carlo and Betty Bruno have played golf from St. Andrews in Scotland to courses in Ireland, Italy and Australia. A love for the game brought the pair together at a St. Louis driving range in 1959—and they have been traveling the world together ever since.
Imagine a world with no cancer. St. Luke’s Hospital is similarly thinking big with its Imagine Gala, which will take place Sept. 20 at The Chase Park Plaza to benefit the St. Luke’s Center for Cancer Care.
People are living longer, often creating more time to enjoy retirement. But with these additional golden years also comes the need to finance them. That’s why local financial advisers remind older adults that it’s never too late to plan for retirement.
Aging doesn't have to mean giving up the daily activities you love: According to local experts, exercise can be the key for seniors who want to remain independent throughout their golden years.
For almost 50 years, the family-owned Delmar Gardens retirement communities have served the St. Louis area with their dedicated staff and personalized attention to each resident. This year, the company will add a new dimension to that care with the launch of licensed assisted-living, says Kathy Gilmore, VP of Delmar Gardens Enterprises.
After decades of challenging themselves through workouts and sports, these local seniors are still going strong. Here, they share stories of endurance that led them to health and happiness in their golden years.
Seniors looking for a new home in the new year are invited to discover it at Mari de Villa. Two villas recently have become available at the 27-acre senior living campus, which offers all levels of care, from independent to assisted living, 24-hour skilled nursing and memory care.
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You’ve been working hard to achieve your financial goals, dreaming of the days when you will be able to enjoy retirement. But are you doing enough now to ensure you can maintain your accustomed lifestyle into the future? Here, local financial advisers share the most important factors when it comes to setting aside money today for a brighter tomorrow.
In this issue, you’ll find our quarterly Retirement Lifestyle section, which features five colorful profiles of St. Louisans who continue to make their mark well into their golden years. In the following pages, you’ll get to know more about a passionate advocate for seniors, a longtime university president, an 80-something acrobat, a patriarch of the local Greek community and a former cartoonist.
If you flip through the funnies or skim the editorials, you might miss what Bill Wilson calls a “fine art” often overlooked by its audience. This resident of Aberdeen Heights in Kirkwood is not only a former cartoonist—he’s an avid collector of editorial cartoons, illustrations and comic strips.
Elizabeth ‘Bunny’ Wight Herring, who swung from a trapeze to celebrate her 80th birthday, has never been particularly interested in contemplating what she can’t—or shouldn’t—do.
Dennis Golden probably is the only sitting university president to have twice turned down a draft offer by the NFL. The Fontbonne University president, who plans to retire in 2014 after 19 years at the institution, turned down his contract with the Dallas Cowboys in order to serve in the Marine Corps. After his service, he declined another offer from the New York Giants, to take an assistant dean’s job at his alma mater, Holy Cross College.
The concept of the American dream was popularized by historian James Tuslow Adams, who described it as the dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.
Marylen Mann grew up admiring history’s greatest philosophers, from Aristotle to John Locke—and she aimed to follow in their footsteps. “But my dad told me there were no employment ads in the paper for philosophers,” Mann recalls, chuckling. “He said, Do education, you can always fall back on that.”
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.
Some of life’s biggest moments—marriage, the birth of a child and retirement—are a time to celebrate. But local legal professionals say families should also remember that life-changing events mean changes in your life insurance coverage.
At Mari de Villa, guests are always excitedly asking, What’s next?, says president Fred Wiesehan. The senior living community is in the midst of a five-year construction project, to be completed in 2014, that is geared toward amenities for the ever-changing senior lifestyle. “Guests have embraced the changes, and they get excited every time there is new construction.”
Almost everyone who lives beyond middle age can anticipate developing osteoarthritis at some point. It is one of the most common age-related diseases, caused by the breakdown of cartilage in the joints due to wear and tear over time.
The St. Louis community provides a variety of practical, educational and social resources for seniors, but many older adults may not be aware of the opportunities. Learn how what these local organizations have to offer.
Donna Haerr spent more than a year looking for the right senior living community. Moving from Peoria to St. Louis to be closer to her family, Haerr wanted to make sure her new home met all her needs. She found that home at The Gatesworth. “It felt like the best fit for me, and my family and I have been very happy with the decision,” she says.
When Ken Heise sat down with his parents several years ago to look over their retirement plan, he discovered how much work needed to be done. “I saw their lack of a solid plan, and realized that I wanted to help provide people a secure retirement that they can enjoy with confidence.”