senior living

Rewards add up for volunteer at Good Shepherd

Karen Dille is a volunteer tutor at Good Shepherd Children and Family Services. She helped one of the girls in the maternal ward with geometry.

Karen Dille fell into her volunteer role as a math tutor for girls and young women at Good Shepherd Children and Family Services' maternity shelter, and she's glad she did.

Dille is certainly qualified — she taught at St. Joseph's Academy and Ritenour High School, was a tutor and helped open Grand Center Arts Academy — and she's full of enthusiasm.

102-year-old sees importance of faith, connection to parish

Lucille Seper is 102 years old and volunteers at the reception desk at Garden Villas South once a week on Tuesday afternoons. Here, she recieved a visit from Marilyn Muegge, minister to senior parishioners at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in south St. Louis. Seper is a parishioner at St. Mary Magdalen and a resident at Garden Villas.

Every morning when she rises, Lucille Seper does her exercises. But it's not the push-up or jumping-jacks variety. Instead, Seper is going for spiritual exercises — armed with a rosary, her list of prayer intentions in hand.

"That's the first order of business is to say my Rosary," she said. "Before I ever have my breakfast."

Habitat for Humanity volunteer enjoys helping people

James Kennedy, left, is being honored as a 2016 Ageless Remarkable St. Louisan by the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System. He and fellow volunteer Kathy Brasser served a meal to homeless and needy people at St. Vincent de Paul Parish Oct. 1.

When James Kennedy retired in 1994, he envisioned an opportunity to complete projects around his house.

Kennedy, 77, retired at age 55 as chief information officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

St. Wenceslaus ‘treasure’ continues to make a difference

Ellspermann visited with Father Jim Wuerth, MSF, pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish, and fellow parishioner Jody James after a Mass in January marking Ellspermann’s 100th birthday.

The historic home in which Esther Ellspermann lives — built 149 years ago — was less than 50 years old when she was born there on Jan. 13, 1915.

One of her secrets to living to 100, almost 101 now, is simple.

"I entertain a lot," she said. "I like parties."

In September, she hosted a dozen people for an indoor picnic at her home. Over the years, guests have included the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood from St. Agatha Parish, and she likes to get together with a group with which she made frequent retreats at White House Jesuit Retreat.

Cardinal Ritter keeps older adults active in mind, spirit

Joe Kuszaj, who will be 97 on Nov. 14, plans to continue his morning ritual of exercising on each “vehicle” in the Our Lady of Life physical therapy room. For 38 years after he retired, Kuszaj volunteered at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. “I was working with the kids playing soccer, baseball, you name it,” he said. “Those children were my lifeline.” In the background, Doris Chouner worked with physical therapist Andrea Holliday.

Joe Kuszaj hopped on the exercise bike, and off he went, later putting the other exercise machines at Our Lady of Life Apartments to use as well.

It's a daily routine, and he pointed to Andrea Holliday, a physical therapist with Premiere Home Heath for keeping him motivated. "She makes sure I do it," Kuszaj said.

Pope: Greed, throwaway culture fuel 'hidden euthanasia' of elderly

Pope Francis greeted people during an encounter with the elderly in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Sept. 28.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis warned against the abandonment and neglect of the elderly, calling it a "hidden euthanasia" rooted in today's "poisonous" culture of disposal and an economic system of greed.

In the presence of his predecessor, Pope Francis also thanked Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for staying to live at the Vatican and being like "a wise grandfather at home."

"A people who don't take care of their grandparents and don't treat them well is a people with no future. Why no future? Because they lose the memory (of the past) and they sever their own roots," he said.

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