By my proclamation, May is Older Americans Month in the City of St. Louis.
My own parents are 73 and 78. They are reasonably healthy. My dad goes to work every day. I still worry about them.
The City has approximately 59,000 residents 65 years or older. More than 7,000 of our residents are 85 years or older. We want them all to be healthy and safe. And we want to take advantage of their experience and wisdom.
The St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, a divison of the Department of Human Services, coordinates a seamless system of community-based programs to help our parents and grandparents maintain their independence and stay active in their City.
Here are some of the programs they administer:
In Home Services:Home Delivered Meals (sometimes called "Meals on Wheels")
Homemaker Chore Services
Community Services: Senior Centers (recreation and meals)
Information & Assistance Services
Health & Wellness Education
Senior Community Employment Program (Title V)
In addition, the Agency runs a Long Term Care Ombudsman Program to investigate and resolve complaints made by (or on behalf of) St. Louisans who live in long term care facilities.
The Agency is working hard to improve its efficiency, including an improved information and assistance system. Questions or requests for service can be directed to (314) 612-5918.