senior living

Retiring head of senior agency continues to advocate for elderly

Sister Suzanne Wesley, CSJ, is retiring as the executive director at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. She has served for 15 years in that position. She talked with Ann Jones and Rick Hrach during a staff Christmas party.

As an outspoken advocate for the health and well-being of elderly people, Sister Suzanne Wesley's leadership — which has helped improve the quality of life for thousands of seniors the last 20 years — will be missed as she heads into retirement.

Editorial | Reach out to older adults

In "The Joy of the Gospel," Pope Francis urges people to reach out to the peripheries. Reflecting on his writings, Sister Constance Veit, director of communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor, stated that the elderly can hardly be a periphery in the Church since they often disproportionately fill the pews of our Catholic churches and serve in large numbers in its ministries.

Aging really matters, discussion group concludes

"Aging Matters," which is the title of a book by a Methodist minister, also is a conclusion reached by senior citizens gathering to discuss the book.

A reliance on God leads to spiritual agelessness

Spiritual agelessness, according to gerontologist Richard P. Johnson, is a faith-formed state of mind, heart and soul that renders people free from the more common psychological constraints of physical aging. "The primary driver of spiritual agelessness is the individual's deepening reliance on God, their advancing journey with Jesus, and their dependence on the mystery of the work of the Holy Spirit," he wrote.

Johnson will lead "Christ-Centered Outlook on Retirement: Discover the New You," a retreat Monday-Thursday, Nov. 6-9, at La Salle Retreat Center in Wildwood.

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.

Satisfaction of helping others drives attorney in volunteer work with CLAM

All it took was an offer of free parking on the campus of St. Louis University for Donald Beimdiek to take on a volunteer job as a lawyer.

Nearly retired from his work as an attorney with Armstrong Teasdale, Beimdiek several years ago ran into Marie Kenyon, then-head of the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, an agency of St. Francis Community Services that provides pro bono legal representation to the poor and marginalized.

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