ElderLink plans events on aging at local congregations

ElderLink St. Louis, a program providing coordinated resources for Jewish senior adults, is planning four upcoming workshops and discussion events, all focusing on issues facing senior adults and their families.

Marcia Mermelstein, a social worker and ElderLink St. Louis senior adult information and resource specialist, will lead a workshop, “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 at Temple Emanuel, and from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 at Temple Israel. Through discussion and guided exercises, workshop participants will consider the decision-making process revolving around the distribution of cherished family personal items. Mermelstein will offer a pie-baking demonstration, with samples following the program. The workshops are free and open to the public.

From 12:30 to 1:25 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at B’nai Amoona, Mermestein will present “Getting Over Getting Older” for the 60+ groups of B’nai Amoona, Shaare Zedek and BSK. The program will deal with the feelings that accompany growing older, focusing on the way in which Judaism’s emphasis on the holiness of time can help achieve the goals of being mindful, living consciously and “unhurrying” time.

Following Shabbat services on Friday, Dec. 17, at Kol Am, Mermelstein will offer a presentation on ElderLink St. Louis’ program of providing resources and referrals for facing the challenges of aging. This event is free and open to the community.

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ElderLink St. Louis is a project of the Senior Service Integration Commission of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and administered by Jewish Family & Children’s Service. The program is sponsored by the Lubin-Green Foundation and BJC Health Care.

Contact ElderLink St. Louis at 314-812-9300, [email protected], or visit www.elderlinkstlouis.com.