Brooking Park Executive Director Honored for Memory Care Household Excellence

(JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri /September 1, 2015) -– Susan McClenahan, Executive Director at Brooking Park, a senior community in the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors family, received the 2015 Excellence in Service Award from LeadingAge Missouri. The award was presented during the organization’s annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

This award is presented to a LeadingAge Missouri member in recognition of innovative and exceptional programs and services for residents and families, management operations, and community members.

McClenahan was instrumental in the creation of the Memory Care Household in 2012 and has worked hard to ensure its continued success. Her staff has been hand-selected based on their level of Alzheimer’s Association credentials, and they have been specially trained in the care and services required for memory impaired residents.

“Our focus on individualized care helps residents retain a sense of independence and dignity,” McClenahan said. “We also make sure that family members are provided with emotional and educational support.”

She continually keeps up on best practices in the field and implements the latest evidence-based therapies, including a Snoezelen room and a Music and Memory program. Her efforts have earned Brooking Park a reputation for top-quality Memory Care in the St. Louis region, and the community has consistently garnered a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services under her successful leadership.


LeadingAge Missouri is a voluntary statewide trade association representing the interest of mission-driven providers of healthcare and housing for Missouri’s elderly. Its headquarters is located in Jefferson City.

Brooking Park Employee Receives LeadingAge Employee of the Year

(JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri /September 1, 2015) – Dorothy Henke, Director of Environmental Services at Brooking Park, a senior community in the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System family, received the 2015 Employee of the Year Award from LeadingAge Missouri. The award was presented during the organization’s annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

This award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the mission and philosophy of a LeadingAge Missouri member and has demonstrated unusual commitment to preserve the dignity, well-being, and independence of older Missourians.

Since joining Brooking Park in 1997, Henke has implemented a variety of programs such as pet therapy, concierge services, and community safety fairs involving the local fire department.

She has also been instrumental in developing departmental protocols to help with Brooking Park’s growth, which has doubled in size since she first started. She implemented the universal worker concept in the Memory Care household, and she established a tiered schedule to accommodate individualized services.

“We are so grateful to have Dorothy as part of our team,” said Susan McClenahan, Executive Director of Brooking Park. “Our residents and administrators trust, rely, and appreciate the hard work, commitment, and dedication Dorothy gives to us.”

Henke looks forward to meeting future challenges as the community prepares for their upcoming expansion.


LeadingAge Missouri is a voluntary statewide trade association representing the interest of mission-driven providers of healthcare and housing for Missouri’s elderly. Its headquarters is located in Jefferson City.

Brooking Park Employee Earns Missouri Senior Information Consultant Certification

Amy McFarlin from Brooking Park has been certified as a Missouri Senior Information Consultant by LeadingAge Missouri. This prominent designation recognizes their knowledge and field experience in the senior care profession.

LeadingAge Missouri offers this independent training and certification to experienced senior care professionals. By providing statewide training on topics significant to seniors and their caregivers, the program trains senior care professionals on how to assess needs and clearly disseminate senior care and service information.

Denise Clemonds, CEO of LeadingAge Missouri, said “Our goal, as a statewide advocacy group, is to develop the training to build an army of certified consultants to link seniors and caregivers to available resources.”

“Once certified, the consultant not only provides free information on topics relevant to seniors and their caregivers, but also helps them navigate the complex system and locate federal, state, and local resources,” Clemonds said.

Missouri’s senior population, defined as those age 65 and older, is expected to increase dramatically over the next several years, from less than 15% of the state population in 2000 to over 20% by 2030. This means that approximately one in five neighbors, friends, and family members will be senior citizens.

The needs of seniors vary greatly and as seniors age, their concerns often change. The youngest of the baby boomers, just turning 65, are concerned about quality of life, encore careers, and physical activity. The oldest of seniors’ concerns are often related to healthcare, social isolation, and assistance with daily living tasks.

The senior population of St. Louis County is expected to increase from 15.2% in 2011 to 21.8% in 2030, according to the 2013 Missouri Senior Report. Identifying and locating services will allow the Missouri Senior Information ConsultantTM to help meet the increased demand for information and assistance with senior services.

The program is funded in part by a grant from the Herbert and Adrain Woods Foundation, Bank of America Trustee.

As a Missouri Senior Information Consultant, Amy McFarlin has demonstrated knowledge and experience in such fields as: healthcare and government benefits; social security resources; assessing need; and consulting services to provide assistance on resources.

Seniors and caregivers can now easily locate a Missouri Senior Information ConsultantTM in their area at the LeadingAge Missouri website (www.leadingagemissouri.org). Additional certification trainings will be available in early 2015.