Important phone numbers for senior services

AARP Work Search — Employment for St. Louis County residents 55 and older. Must meet Department of Labor poverty guidelines. Call (314) 830-3600 (county).

Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Center — Alzheimer's Association listing of St. Louis area resources and other information for caregivers. Call (314) 432-3422 or (800) 272-3900

Better Business Bureau — Helps resolve consumer complaints and offers information on complaints about businesses. Call (314) 645-3300.

Cardinal Ritter Adult Day Programs — Provides respite for caregivers of the elderly and care, supervision and socialization for adults who have mental or physical impairments. In Shrewsbury at Holy Infant Apartments on Cardinal Ritter campus. Call (314) 962-7501.

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services — Employment, volunteer services, homemaker, nutrition, transportation and housing programs for senior adults. Call (314) 961-8000, or for social services and referral or family caregiver support program case management (free to St. Louis City residents), call (314) 918-2258.

Catholic Family Services — Professional counseling for people experiencing stress related to family and other issues. Sliding scale fees. Call (314) 544-3800 for phone numbers of district offices.

CLAIM — Free statewide senior program that assists with Medicare, supplemental health and long-term care insurance questions, claims and other matters. Call toll-free (800) 390-3330.

Consumer Protection Hotline — Toll-free number operated by the Missouri attorney general. Call (800) 392-8222.

Contact 2/Call for Action — Volunteer organization sponsored by KTVI-TV (Channel 2) providing confidential referral and ombudsman services for consumers. Call (800) 782-2222.

Crider Health Center — Crisis services for residents of Franklin, Lincoln, St. Charles and Warren counties with fees based on ability to pay. Call (636) 332-6000, or after 4:30 p.m. the hotline at (800) 811-4760 or (314) 469-6644.

Elder Abuse and Neglect Hotline — Operated by Missouri Senior and Disability Services. Call (800) 392-0210.

Eldercare Locator — Connects with services for older adults and their families. Call (800) 677-1116 or visit www.eldercare.gov.

Housing Options Provided for the Elderly Inc. — Nonprofit group offering information and in-home consultations on housing options for adults 60 and older. Call (314) 776-0155.

Ignatian Volunteer Corps — Matches volunteers with opportunities while growing spiritually. Call (314) 361-7765, ext. 147.

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri — Legal services on civil matters for individuals who cannot afford an attorney. Call (314) 534-4200.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program of St. Louis — Provides advocacy for residents of nursing facilities and offers a comprehensive, free information center to family members on nursing home options. Call (314) 918-8222 or (866) 918-8222.

Meals on Wheels — Hot meals delivered at noontime to homes of residents; nominal fees. Call (314) 268-1523.

Mid-East Area Agency on Aging — Programs for residents age 60 and older of St. Louis County or St. Charles, Franklin or Jefferson counties. Call (636) 207-0847 in St. Louis County or (800) 243-6060 in St. Charles, Jefferson or Franklin counties.

Missouri Consumer Insurance Hotline — Operated by the State of Missouri. Call (800) 726-7390.

No Call Hotline — Helps reduce telemarketing calls. Federal Trade Commission, (888) 382-1222.

OATS Inc. — Group transportation for people 60 and older and the permanently disabled who live in St. Louis County or St. Charles, Franklin or Jefferson counties to hospitals, doctors, businesses and essential shopping. Call (314) 894-1701.

Pets for Seniors — Provides seniors 60 or older with pets over a year old at a reduced cost. Extra savings on Wednesdays. Help is provided in selecting a pet. See www.hsmo.org or call (314) 647-8800.

Senior Connections — Trains and matches volunteers with residents in nursing homes for meaningful visits. Call (314) 446-2526.

St. Elizabeth Adult Day Care — Conducted at eight sites by the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon. Call (314) 772-5107.

St. Louis (City) Area Agency on Aging — Services for older adults in the City of St. Louis. Call (314) 612-5918.

St. Louis Center for Hearing and Speech — Offers hearing evaluations and hearing aids; also speech evaluation and therapy. Call (314) 968-4710.

St. Louis County Older Resident Programs (CORP) — Transportation, home help and maintenance, forms assistance, in-home visiting, legal assistance and other programs for county residents 60 and older through the county's Department of Human Services. Volunteer opportunities available. Call (314) 615-4516.

Volunteer Center — Links people with short-term projects. Sponsored by United Way. Call (314) 539-4063. 

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