Heart of the Matter September 2021

At Aging Ahead, we work hard on identifying needs throughout our service area to create a long-lasting and positive impact within our community. Our programs and services are not only aimed at serving older adults, but also their families and caregivers, making our community stronger for it. The Aging Ahead Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) has become…

Heart of the Matter August 2021

Aging Ahead heavily relies on volunteers to help carry out our mission of supporting individuals through the journey of aging, and we feel lucky that our volunteers are extremely dedicated to doing just that. Jeanne is no exception. Jeanne connected with Laura Conners, Aging Ahead’s Volunteer Coordinator, after submitting her volunteer application. After Jeanne was…

Heart of The Matter July 2021

It is undeniable that Aging Ahead creates a ripple effect of support throughout its community. Living on the east coast, Lindsey and her husband Patrick felt helpless when their immobile mother and cognitively impaired sister and niece were suddenly without food assistance. A family member, living in the area, contracted COVID-19 and was unable to…

Heart of the Matter May 2021

More than a year has gone by since the lives we were accustomed to living changed dramatically. New phrases emerged like, social distancing and the new normal, and we were quickly pushed into a virtual world as a main way to stay connected!   We were left wondering about those who were unable to join this…

Heart of the Matter April 2021

No one likes the idea of losing control. According to the National Association for Incontinence, urinary incontinence is the second leading cause of institutionalization for senior living residents, and 53% of homebound individuals aged 65 and older suffer from incontinence. Financial burden on a fixed income and the loss of independence are major consequences of…

Heart of the Matter March 2021

The past year has been anything but business-as-usual here at Aging Ahead, but luckily, we have an amazing staff that continually rises above and beyond challenges, creating inventive solutions to stay connected to those we serve. Angela has been a Resource Center Assistant (RCA) at the Affton center for the past four years, and throughout…

Heart of the Matter February 2021

The year 2020 was a “ruff” year for everyone, but something that made the year a little easier for Joanne was choosing to enroll in Aging Ahead’s pilot program, Whiskers on Wheels! Aging Ahead partnered with local nonprofit, The Wet Nose Project, to provide older adults with pet food to help alleviate the cost burden…

Heart of the Matter December 2020

Mrs. R reached out to Aging Ahead for caregiver assistance for her husband whose health was in rapid decline. She was connected to Sue, a Community Options & Services Specialist (COS). “I felt desperate and didn’t know where to turn for help.” Mrs. R’s husband is suffering from congestive heart failure and diabetes. Due to…

Heart of the Matter November 2020

Sometimes we encounter special people in our lives that continue to stay with us even after they’re gone. David, a Community Options & Services Specialist, remembers Bob this way. Bob was legally blind, living alone, and had no familial support of any kind. He began receiving Meals on Wheels when he was 80, and the…

Heart of the Matter October

Ina sought the help of Aging Ahead in 2002 when she became the caretaker of her late husband, Hershel, who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease. Hershel was a lifelong artist, and Ina would often bring him to the West County Senior Center for art classes. “It was wonderful taking him to those classes. The teacher was…