Countless hours went into the conception and planning of ElderLink St. Louis. With the growing Jewish senior adult population, it became apparent that there was a mounting need for a centralized source of information for the many issues facing this important segment. Older adults themselves, as well as their children and caregivers, frequently did not know where to turn when faced with questions as simple as replacing a lost Medicare card to more intensive concerns such as exploring living options or arranging an Alzheimer’s screening.
That’s where the Jewish Federation of St. Louis stepped in. The lay Commission on Senior Service Integration, a result of the Federation’s 2005 strategic planning process, was charged with creating a more effective and cohesive delivery system for the area’s Jewish older adult population and their families. With consultants from United Jewish Communities, the Commission recommended the formation of a coordinated approach to information and referral, as well as a comprehensive marketing strategy to inform, educate and engage the community.
The result is ElderLink St. Louis: Resources for Jewish Seniors, a vital program offering free, confidential referrals and information for Jewish older adults and their caregivers. Administered by Jewish Family & Children’s Service, the program provides masters-level social workers specializing in gerontology who give personalized advice to those who call or e-mail.
The project would not have been possible without the generous funding of our major sponsors: the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation, and BJC Healthcare, as well as other Jewish Federation endowments.
ElderLink St. Louis also appreciates the time and input of the members of the Professional Advisory Group.
Please note: Our community directory includes only Jewish community organizations that serve older adults as well as organizations (both for-profit and nonprofit) that offer specialized services to the Jewish older adult population. Organizations offering services to the general older adult population may not be included.