Lucy Hamm Turns 110 Years Old!

Surrounded by family, friends, and well-wishers, long-time resident Lucy Hamm celebrated her 110th birthday January 27th with cake, music, and a visit from Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation. 

Mrs. Hamm has lived in St. Louis since the 1930s and has spent the past 2 years at Brooking Park, a retirement community located across from Tower Grove Park in south St. Louis.

Mayor Nation, who has attended Mrs. Hamm’s birthday celebrations the past 2 years, renewed the official proclamation stating that January 27th is “Lucy Hamm Day” in the city of Chesterfield. 

In addition, Tom Schlafly, founder of Schlafly Beer, was on hand to read a new poem composed in Mrs. Hamm’s honor.  Schlafly brewery also donated 4 cases of beer for the residents and guests to enjoy.

Born in Cairo, Illinois

Mrs. Hamm was the first person in her family to attend high school but had to quit at age 15 to help raise her siblings following the untimely death of her mother.  After moving to St. Louis, she was employed in the shoe-making trade and kept working until well into her 70s.  Grand-daughter Debbie Meyer claims that one secret to her longevity is “a love for beer”, although these days Mrs. Hamm is more apt to say “an apple a day and daily exercise” are more helpful.

St. Andrew’s Charitable Event Raises $70k in Financial Assistance

This May, 2017, St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation & Brooking Park linked up to raise funds for Brooking Park residents who have outlived their savings account.

Thank you to all sponsors and donors for their contributions to the Loving Hope Event
Brooking Park & The St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation raise $70,000 in financial assistance for Brooking Park Residents

In its 6th year, the Loving Hope Golf Outing raised $71,644!

We are so grateful to all of the participants, sponsors, and donors for making this beautiful day such an impactful day to the residents, family members, loved ones, and staff at Brooking Park.

Please visit The Charitable Foundation to learn more

Intergenerational Interaction

Developing a bond with an elder or a child can be a transformative, life-changing experience. We have so much to learn from the children first exploring their environment, and the seniors who have seen so much.

The elderly reading to the young

The Mount St. Vincent Experiment

Earlier in the year, The Atlantic featured a Seattle-based living-care community known to locals as ‘The Mount,’ here’s why:

 Six times a week, teachers take their groups to the residential floors to visit the elders for anywhere from 20 minutes for the infants to 60 minutes for the older children. Residents are welcome to observe in the classrooms, and structured activities for the children and residents to participate in together are scheduled daily.

 

The philosophy is simple — before the development of professional care facilities (including pre-schools and eldercare communities), seniors and kids often shared the space together. This is just a new way to inter-mingle again in today’s world.

Research

The most touching part of the article came from Marie Hoover, the Intergenerational Learning Center Director, who observed the positive impact the pre-schoolers had on one resident in particular who suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s. The article points to many studies that prove this program’s worth to seniors, “social interaction with decreased loneliness, delayed mental decline, lower blood pressure, and reduced risk of disease and death.”

We, alongside author Tiffany R. Jansen, are intrigued by the reverse effects — what are the benefits children gain from being around the elderly?

Brooking Park Logo 2017
Brooking Park Logo, 2017

At Brooking Park

Needless to say, we are very excited about this write-up and learning model — especially as a community who works with families, offers support groups, encourages visitors (of all ages!), and who knows about the advantages of pets in eldercare (we are pet-friendly).

In the coming weeks, please stay tuned for updates from our new chaplain about our forthcoming intergenerational programs.