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 ( Additional certification trainings will be available in early 2015.

Brooking Park Participates in Study for Washington University

Chesterfield, Missouri (May 6, 2013) – Residents of Brooking Park participated in a study at Washington University’s Kemper Art Reaches Everyone {KARE} designed for adults with Alzheimer’s and their care partners. The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University offers the KARE program for adults with early to moderate Alzheimer’s and their care partners. The residents engaged with three to five pieces of art in the Museum’s galleries and then created a hands-on project inspired by the encounter. This program was developed in collaboration with Lynn Hamilton, president of Maturity and Its Muse, a not-for-profit with a mission to promote positive productive aging through the arts.

“It truly was an amazing experience for our residents to enjoy and participate in a program that is rather unique and held the attention for many individuals facing the challenge of Alzheimer’s every day. Our residents loved participating in this study and we look forward to next time” said Tatjana Pilakovic, Director of Activities at Brooking Park. “I watched their faces light up throughout the study and that brought a smile to my face” added Pilakovic.

The KARE program is free and available on select Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Kemper Museum. For more information please contact Allison Taylor, manager of education programs, at or 314-935-7918.

Memory Care Household Receives Recognition in Healthcare Design Magazine

Chesterfield, Missouri (April 3, 2013) – Congratulations to the Memory Care Household at Brooking Park that received an outstanding, honorable mention in the March issue, Healthcare Design Magazine. St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors Brooking Park in St. Louis was one of four communities that were described on the New Faces of Senior Care page written by Anne Dinardo. Earlier this year, Brooking Park once again was rated one of the Top Tier Best nursing homes in by U.S. News and World’s Report latest nursing home rankings.

“An upscale senior living community in St. Louis provides short-term rehabilitation, assisted living, and long term skilled nursing. Working with the Alzheimer’s’ Association, Design Extra and The Lawrence Group incorporated a sensory room that includes tactile objects and mobiles within a calming space that features a soothing palette. The room was inspired by Snoezelen therapy, which provides controlled multisensory environments for people with dementia, autism, disabilities, or brain injuries.” – Healthcare Design Magazine

You can see the article at their website by clicking here.