Anticipatory Grieving

BY GAIL SHAW— Home Services Care Coordinator - A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be devastating for both the client and their family caregiver. Suddenly life changes and there is a reason to explain why one can’t remember names, faces or important dates, why your loved one is not able to explain the new dents on [...]

By |2019-04-08T13:56:54-05:00April 3rd, 2019|Care Notes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Every Season Brings Change

BY DAVID PIEPLOW - Contributing Writer A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. One day the mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule “braying” or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with his mule but decided [...]

By |2018-10-05T09:07:13-05:00October 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Lost Art of Relaxation

BY DAVID PIEPLOW - contributing writer - A guy goes into the doctor’s office and says, “Doc, I keep having these alternating, recurring dreams.  First I’m a teepee; then I’m a wigwam; then I’m a teepee; then I’m a wigwam again.  It’s driving me crazy.  I can’t get any sleep and I’m a nervous wreck.  [...]

By |2018-08-17T12:50:53-05:00August 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When is it Time to Limit Driving or Give Up the Keys?

BY DAVID PIEPLOW - Contributing Writer As an adult child, there may come a time when you realize that your older loved one simply cannot safely or confidently drive an automobile. They may pose a serious danger to themselves and others when they get behind the wheel. What do you do? What should you say? First, [...]

By |2018-07-03T16:22:36-05:00April 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Corner Office – Milestones by Nancy Berry

Working with older people has many rewards, among which is enjoying their tales of significant events in their lives.  Some – like the depression or World War II – are universal for those who lived through those times.  Most are much more personal – first day of school; death of a sibling, parent, or spouse; [...]

By |2013-07-17T13:28:33-05:00July 17th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tablet designed for loved ones suffering from memory loss

Tablet designed for loved ones suffering from memory loss Here’s a product you don’t see every day—a tablet designed specifically for senior citizens.  The Memo Touch is designed as a reminder tool for those who struggle with short-term memory loss, and can be used to deliver gentle cues when its time to take a  medication, go [...]

By |2013-04-08T11:33:09-05:00April 8th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Aging in Place – Using programs and technology to promote safety, wellness and increase happiness in home bound loved ones

Aging in Place - Using Programs and Technology to Promote Safety, Wellness and Increase Happiness by Dana Klassen We are lucky to live in the time of smart technologies and virtual social networks that engage and protect our physically and mentally challenged loved ones.  Aging in place is a trend that we will see a [...]

By |2013-04-01T15:26:50-05:00April 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Retirement Research Foundation approves $40,000 grant for St. John’s!

Retirement Research Foundation approves $40,000 grant for St. John’s! From CEO Nancy Berry:  We are again blessed to receive financial support to help us expand our Adult Day Program to Edwardsville.  The Retirement Research Foundation was our primary funder when we began our Adult Day Program-Collinsville in 2001.  They also funded our feasibility study to evaluate demand [...]

By |2013-03-22T15:42:47-05:00March 22nd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Honoring Veterans After Veterans’ Day by Stacey Rhodes, Adult Day Director

Veteran Mr. B., a recent Adult Day Participant Honoring Veterans All Year Long! St. John’s welcomes and supports Veterans in being eligible to VA benefits for our Adult Day Programs and Home Services. St. John’s has been a VA provider for more than a year. The Department of Veterans Affairs offers various programs [...]

By |2013-02-27T17:46:06-05:00February 27th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments