Engaging Older Adults

Aging Ahead offers a number of program options to engage older adults. Please take a moment to review and let us know how we can engage with you!

Friendly Caller Program

Aging Ahead is excited to introduce our Friendly Caller Program*. This new program connects older adults with trained volunteers to receive weekly social telephone calls. The Friendly Caller Program provides friendly conversation, ongoing socialization, connection with others, and an opportunity to meet new people. Individuals interested in participating in the program and receiving the weekly calls will be paired with a volunteer and the calls will be made at an agreed upon time. Individuals may also be interested in providing Friendly Calls to others. If you are interested in signing up for this program or to become a volunteer please email Laura Conners or call 636-207-4204. *This program is not intended to be a clinical intervention

CHOICE Programs

Aging Ahead is offering Zoom classes thru our CHOICE program to keep everyone connected and engaged. The classes range from aging and health topics to chair yoga and barre balance. All individuals age 60 and over are welcome to participate. Choice programming is designed to meet older adults where they are by providing a variety of educational programming in a group setting. Participants may attend virtually through Zoom or by telephone. A list of classes is available on our website. If you are interested in attending by phone or need help with registration, please contact Jean Sotomayor by email or call 636-207-4227.

Center Activities

All individuals age 60 and over are welcome to participate in center activities. Center activities are currently being held virtually and include a combination of virtual and telephone activities in a group setting. To determine which center is closest please visit our web site under community locations or call 636-207-0847. For center activities, you may access monthly calendars for each location by selecting the appropriate location and then the Center Activity Calendar available for each location.


Additional Recommended Resources

Visiting Respite: LifeWise STL is the contracted provider for Aging Ahead clients. Visiting respite consists of general activities focused on supportive relationships provided by a trained volunteer to an older adult who is unable to leave the home and care for himself/herself or others in the home or when a designated caregiver is absent. Clients interested in the Visiting Respite service can call LifeWise directly at 314-627-1242.

Circle of Friends (SLU): Circle of Friends is an evidence-based program that occurs in a facilitated group setting. Circle of Friends meets once a week for 12 weeks, with the option for continued meeting after the first 12 weeks. Circle of Friends is currently meeting virtually and facilitated by two trained individuals. Interested clients should call 314-977-9759 to enroll in the program..