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Holiday Wreath-laying to Honor Veterans
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, December 9, 2018 - Wreaths Across America, Veterans service organizations and citizens are coordinating the event to honor Veterans of each branch of the military, the Merchant Marine as well as Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action (POW/MIA).

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation's Veterans.

The event will take place, Dec. 15, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at Old Flag Circle, located in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemeter, for members of the Wreaths Across America, representatives from the military services, Veterans and their families.

Humana Launches Program to Address High Fall Rate Among St. Louisan Older Adults
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, December 2, 2018 - Humana Inc. recently launched a Medicare Advantage plan in St. Louis with a fall prevention benefit. The benefit is administered by Washington University in conjunction with The Home Hazard Removal Program (HARP), a home hazard removal and fall risk intervention delivered in the home by occupational therapists (OTs) to assess home hazards and reduce physical and financial burden due to falls. The program and its outcomes have demonstrated a reduction in falls during studies conducted by researchers at Washington University.

The fall prevention benefit is tailored for Medicare beneficiaries who live in St. Louis to address the high frequency of falls among this population - a dangerous and costly problem that plagues Missouri with a high rate of injury by falling, 31 percent higher than the national average. The benefit is a part of the Humana Gold Plus (HMO) plan and is only available to members who are enrolled in the plan in St. Louis.

As part of the intervention program, Humana members whose diagnoses make them vulnerable to falling will work with a fully trained and certified OT up to three times a year. These diagnoses include members who've had a previous fall or fracture in the past twelve months or those who suffer from hip or knee joint pain. Members who qualify will have a comprehensive clinical in-home assessment to determine fall risks and home hazards, home hazard removal visits, a tailored hazard removal plan and a six-month follow-up to address new or recurring problems. The fall prevention benefit will be available to as many as 2,000 Humana members in the St Louis area beginning January 1, 2019.

"Humana is committed to improving the lives of those we serve, and a component of that means helping people live safely at home, especially those who are most vulnerable to falls," said Elizabeth Peterson, MD, Regional Vice President Health Services,, Humana Medicare, Central Region. "There are often easily addressable solutions to home hazards that could lead to injury, impact quality of life and result in expensive medical bills. Our goal through the HARP program is to help our members to live where they choose and to enable them to stay active by reducing their risk of falling."

"The HARP program was designed to promote successful aging-in-place by focusing on what can be done to mitigate fall risks in the home," said Susan Stark, PhD, Associate Professor, Program in Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, author of the HARP study. "Through tailored environmental interventions, this program has the potential to enhance performance of daily activities, which can ultimately result in safer living and reduced fall-related hospital visits."

It's Now Easier to Drop Off Unwanted Items at City Dump Sites
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, November 4, 2018 - Rresidents can now drop off unwanted items 12 times per year, without monthly restrictions.

City residents now have increased opportunities to drop off trash and other unwanted items at the City's two transfer stations, Mayor Lyda Krewson recently announced.

The city's transfer stations, also known as the two City dumps, at 201 North Humboldt Avenue and 4100 South First Street, are now operating seven days a week, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Additionally, residents can now drop off trash, yard waste, recycling, bulk items, car batteries, motor oil, appliances and car tires up to 12 times per year, regardless of the month, under a new policy Krewson initiated. Under the old policy, residents were restricted to dropping off unwanted items to once per month.

"The old rule limited drop off to once a month, which made it difficult for people cleaning out their garages or their basements who need to make more than one trip in the same month," Krewson said. "I'm in favor of anything we can do to make things a little easier on people."

Important tips:
If you're a homeowner, bring your driver's license or state ID, and a recent combined Water/Solid Waste Fee statement.

If you're a renter, bring your driver's license or state ID, and a recent utility bill showing you live in the City.

Identify items that can be recycled or reused:

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 Tackling Vacancy: St. Louis Land Bank Assessment
 City Secures $1 Million Federal Grant to Rapidly Re-house People Experiencing Homelessness
 Grand Opening Planned for Trojan Park
 City of St. Louis Launches Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
 Mayor Slay Launches St. Louis Riverfront Butterfly Byway at Bellerive Park
 "Adinkra Tower" Sculpture Dedicated on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

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