Aging Well Journal Newsletter – March 2014 – AW Health Care


AW Health Care Says, “Top O’ the Morning” to you!


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March is Social Workers Month. AW Health Care Salutes Social Workers!

What is a Social Worker?

A social worker is a professional skilled in helping people with a wide range of issues… psychological, financial, health, relationship and substance abuse problems. Some social workers may specialize in working with seniors. They act as an advocate for their senior clients and look out for their best interests. They help them connect to valuable needed resources in the community. Below are some social service agencies that employ social workers to provide information important to seniors.



County Older Resident Program (314) 615-4516

Transportation, home repair/maintenance, computer classes, legal assistance, tax preparation, and case management for most any aging problem.

ElderLink St. Louis (314) 812-9300

Help with aging in place, caregiver resources, employment, end-of-life services, financial resources, housing, legal issues and more!

Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (636) 207-1323

Aging Resource Center, online discussion groups, senior centers, meals-on-wheels, and help on all aging issues

St. Louis Area Agency on Aging (314) 612-5918

Community-based services for seniors who reside in St. Louis City, help applying for health insurance, home-delivered meals, legal assistance, senior centers, transportation and more

United Way 2-1-1 Missouri/SW Illinois

Dial 211 anytime…24/7…and connect with a resource specialist on physical/mental health resources, Medicaid and Medicare questions, support for disabled, financial and transportation assistance.

Alzheimer’s Association (800) 272-3900 (24-hour Service)

Caregiver resources, support groups, education, referrals

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services (314) 961-8000

Continuum of care for senior adults including social, health and housing services

Urban League (314) 615-3600

Help with basic needs…food/clothing, GED, HUD housing counseling, LIHEAP home energy assistance, utility and rent assistance

Paraquad (314) 289-4200

Attendant services, housing, employment, education, wheelchairs and equipment, support groups

HOPE (Housing Options for the Elderly) (314) 776-0155

Help with issues related to housing, finances, reverse mortgage and other public benefits



Lawyers sometimes specialize in areas of the law that affect seniors and their families. You might consider talking to a lawyer if you need help with Medicaid or long term care planning, estate planning, life care planning, powers of attorney, fiduciary/advocacy litigation,  guardianship, probate/trust administration, or veterans benefits.

Do you need a lawyer specializing in elderlaw? Call MO Seniors’ Legal Helpline 1 – 800-235-5503, or

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (314) 534-4200

Serves low income seniors and families with free civil legal help


Questions about Medicaid, Medicare, Health Insurance, Veterans Benefits?

Ask AW!

If you have questions about Medicare, Medicaid, or veterans benefits, that can help you stay healthy and independent at home, call AW Health Care. Our social workers can help connect you to needed resources in the community…(314) 726-5600.



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