Mary Ryder Home is dedicated to serving the fastest
growing segment of the elderly population: Seniors, struggling
in poverty, who can no longer live independently. Many
of our Residents have spent their lives struggling in poverty
and have not benefited from preventive healthcare. They tend to
be more frail, suffer a higher incidence of chronic health conditions
and psychological/social behavior disorders. We know that social
support—especially for Seniors—is a human necessity;
people who are socially isolated, without meaningful relationships
and activities, are at an increased risk for physical deterioration,
mental illness, and even death.
Our programs focus on the “whole” person, providing
opportunities that promote healthy aging, are positive, enriching
and improve their overall physical and mental health-related quality
of life. Older adults often face a multitude of changes and stresses
in relation to the aging process. At Mary Ryder Home, our programs
and services all focus on helping our Residents deal with these
Elder Arts Initiative—an Art
Educator helps our Residents experience the therapeutic benefits
and the power the creative
process has to transform experiences and open new doors.
Capacitar—a trained instructor
teaches simple wellness practices that lead to healing, wholeness
and peace in our Residents.
This program focuses on the healing powers of body, mind and spirit
(Tai Chi, Pal Dan Gum, body movement and much more).
Occupational Therapy Related Activities—our Residents
participate in activities focused on healthy aging— storytelling,
baking, creative writing, craft projects, exercise, bowling and much
In-House Recreational Activities—our
Residents enjoy in-house activities that foster a sense of
community and socialization.
Our full-time Activities Director plans activities that include
playing a variety of games, including bingo, bunko, card games,
movies and popcorn, carnivals and so much more.
Educational and Recreational Outings—each month,
our full-time Activities Director plans two recreational outings that our Residents
have the opportunity to enjoy. These outings include both educational and recreational
venues such as bowling, fishing excursions, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Saint
Louis Zoo, Missouri Botanical Garden, eagle watching at Pere Marquette, seasonal
orchard picking at Eckert’s Orchard and so much more.