Former St. Louis Cardinal, Albert Pujols Visits Ethan Schroeder at Brooking Park

Chesterfield, Missouri (October 30, 2012) – On the evening of Tuesday, October 30th, Ethan Schroeder, staff member at Brooking Park, was visited by former St. Louis Cardinals Player, Albert Pujols. He was kind enough to walk throughout the various neighborhoods within the community to visit with the residents. Pujols received smiles and well wishes as if he were still a part of the St. Louis Cardinals. Schroder is also a member of the Pujols Family Foundation, which is a national not-for-profit agency that not only supports children living with Down syndrome, but to help improve the quality of life through faith and family.

As one of the several outreach programs for St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors, Brooking Park supports the Special School District of St. Louis. Schroeder joined the team at Brooking Park several years ago through the co-op program managed by the Special School District of St. Louis; this particular program assists the special needs students to enable a smoother transition into the daily responsibilities of life. Due to his positive influence on the residents and staff, Schroeder happily accepted a position after graduation from the coop program in the Dining Services Department at Brooking Park.

Brooking Park Ranks Among Top Tier Nursing Homes In Missouri

Latest rankings released by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2012
(CHESTERFIELD, Missouri /February 10, 2012) – Brooking Park, a 37-bed Continuing-Care Retirement Community in Chesterfield, was recently rated one of the top tier Best nursing homes in Missouri by U.S. News and World Report‘s latest quarterly update of nursing home rankings.

The rankings are based on health inspection results, adequacy of nursing staffing, and quality of medical care.

“At Brooking Park, caring is a passion for the seniors and families we serve. Our dedicated staff and holistic approach to care contribute to a first-class atmosphere of comfort and well-being so that families can trust their loved one is in good hands,” said Linda Hagler-Reid, executive director of Brooking Park. “Brooking Park’s ranking on the list of 2012 Best Nursing Homes reflects our commitment to uniquely caring, high-quality care the St. Louis community can count on.”

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Brooking Park’s Music Therapy Program Enriches Lives Of Older Adults

Music Therapy Use Growing In Retirement Communities
(CHESTERFIELD, Missouri /February 6, 2012) – Brooking Park resident Patrick Elder, 83, sings songs – not just for fun, but because it’s good for his health. For older adults, music therapy enhances their quality of life, helping them maintain key functioning skills and stimulating their mind, according to Amy Roberts, Brooking Park’s Music Therapist.

For Elder, music therapy lifted his spirits after losing his wife last year. “When Amy does musical matching games and asks questions, that’s fun,” said Elder, who even meets with Roberts one-on-one to chat about Big Band music, his favorite genre. “When I first came to Brooking Park I was depressed. If it wasn’t for the people in the Activities Department, I would be in depression again.”

Roberts uses well-known classics such as “Blue Moon” and “What a Wonderful World” to bring smiles to more than 180 residents who call Brooking Park home. Roberts looks for facial expressions, physical reactions – if they’re joining in, engaging or clapping, learning the rhythm and singing along. Other cues, such as an improvement in alertness and mood, also showcase the benefits.

“We just have a lot of fun. Some things challenge our minds a bit, which is great,” said Dolores Scholl, 73, a resident for the past 3 years. “We do things as a group and I am very seldom in my apartment.”

Roberts has a bachelor’s of science in Music Therapy from Maryville. Music therapy at Brooking Park also includes activities that enhance memory, alleviate pain, and create an outlet for elders to express their feelings.

“Music Therapy is so crucial to our activity program. Music sparks such happy and sometimes bittersweet memories in a person’s life and takes them back to important events in their lives,” said Donna Mattingly, Director of Activities at Brooking Park. “Our current Music Therapy program led by our wonderfully talented Music Therapist is creative, interactive and educational and is so much more than just listening to music.”

There are many recent studies and facts on the benefits of music therapy for seniors, according to the American Music Therapy Association website,

  • Music therapy reduces depression among older adults.
  • Music experiences can be structured to enhance social/emotional skills, to assist in recall and language skills and to decrease problem behaviors.
  • Individuals in the late stages of dementia respond to and interact with music.

Join us for our weekly music therapy events and find out more on this growing trend for older adults.