Posts by Pam Stone , BSW, Certified Case Manager (CCM)
THE R.E.A.D.Y. PROGRAM MAY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN AN EMERGENCY
It seems to be human nature to avoid planning or even thinking about unwanted events but on some level we all know that planning upfront can prevent the unthinkable or at least make things easier. A program has been brought to my attention that, with a little planning, can help in what may be a…Read More
ENGAGING SENIORS IN HOLIDAY GATHERINGS
As we age, holidays can be bittersweet – bringing up memories of past holiday traditions and family and friends that are no longer here. While a family gathering can be fun for all, an older member may tire more quickly. If so, be sensitive to their need to rest. Large gatherings may be overwhelming, especially…Read More
DOES THE CHANGE IN SEASON SEEM TO AFFECT YOUR MOOD?
Often physical and personal problems increase with age and may lead to depression. HOWEVER, depression can often be caused by the change of seasons when shorter amounts of daylight hours can signal an increase in the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin. If you find that some of these feelings tend to begin as the seasons change, you…Read More
SIX (6) ST. LOUIS DESTINATIONS THAT SENIORS MIGHT ENJOY THIS UPCOMING SPRING & SUMMER!
Spring weather and the end of mandatory masking has made many in our area eager to get outside and resume favorite activities that COVID brought to a halt for so long. There are so many destinations in St. Louis that offer opportunities for seniors to enjoy our area. The following are just a few venues,…Read More
PRACTICAL RESOURCES FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS
As we or a loved one ages, no one looks forward to needing a caregiver. However, the reality is that many of us will need some amount of help as we age or that we will be the one to provide such help. Caregiving can be overwhelming even for those who are dedicated to providing…Read More
Meet Erika-14 Years of Service!
Erika B. recently celebrated her 14th year as a caregiver for StaffLink. She has been in this field for over 35 years, beginning as a Candy Striper at Barnes Hospital. Erika most enjoys interacting with clients and their families. She has particularly fond memories of one of her past clients. She worked for “Mary” for…Read More
Adjusting the Holidays as Your Parents Age
Caught between generations and wondering how to prepare for the upcoming holidays? Often our own parents and our own children age and need special attention at the same time, resulting in a very hectic life. I experienced this myself and often felt that I was letting someone down. During the holidays we often put a…Read More
Terms and Resources to Help Family Caregivers of the Aging in Missouri
As we or a loved one ages, we are faced with decisions that need to be made. Often, we are confronted with terms that are new to us and don’t know where to begin. Hopefully this brief overview can help clarify some of the terminology and offer practical resources that will link you to needed…Read More
Four (4) Reasons Why You May Need a Geriatric Care Manager
There are many times in life that most of us look forward to, and even embrace full steam ahead – our careers; falling in love; perhaps having a family; planning trips; our hobbies and interests etc. On the other hand, there are certain things most of us tend to avoid addressing until we are forced…Read More