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Stay Active: McKnight Place Assisted Living & Memory Care

McKnight Place Assisted Living & Memory Care understands that getting older doesn’t have to mean slowing down. For more than 30 years, the senior living community has been known for expert care, high-quality amenities and personalized service. Residents can choose from a wide variety of activities each month—whether exercising their minds and bodies or socializing with others and enjoying entertainment, such as movies, live music and happy hours. There is something to spark every interest and keep residents happy, healthy and engaged.

Even before residents move in, McKnight Place takes the time to learn about their lives and interests. Learning about each community member as an individual ensures that everyone feels welcomed and comfortable from the very start. It also allows staff to have a better understanding of what activities and programs will be of most interest. “We take the time to get to know our residents so that we can personalize their experience,” activity director Samantha Korte, MT-BC, says. “Our residents have a variety of interests and hobbies, so we want to cater to them and what they want to do.”

The community offers a variety of ways to engage creatively, mentally and physically. For creative expression, there are art and music programs, such as painting, drawing and choir. To encourage an active lifestyle, there are daily exercise courses with personal trainers, and there are even classes with the local ballet company Vitality in Motion. Korte notes that these are a favorite of many residents, but McKnight Place’s programming goes well beyond art and fitness. “We host a variety of weekly entertainers and bands, happy hours, a lecture series and more,” she says. The community has presented guest speakers from local institutions, including the Missouri Botanical Garden, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Missouri History Museum and Saint Louis Zoo.

While participation is not required, Korte says residents are encouraged to take part in the activities and events offered. In addition, there are independent entertainment options, such as reading, jigsaw puzzles and word games. McKnight Place staff also regularly visits residents in their room to ensure they are mentally, socially and creatively nourished, even if they opt out of programs. To ensure the entire community is engaged, the monthly programming also includes activities recommended by the residents themselves. “We always listen to people’s suggestions,” Korte explains. “Activities we’ve added because the community wanted them include bridge, Rummikub and poetry readings and discussions.”

The last two years have demonstrated just how damaging isolation can be, especially for older adults. The activities offered at McKnight Place are just one facet of how the community ensures its residents are able to connect with others. “Socialization is important to people of all ages because conversation and interactions with others stimulate the mind and foster personal relationships,” Korte says. “Our residents enjoy meeting, having dinner, attending events and socializing with others throughout the day. Many forge lifelong friendships here at McKnight Place.”

McKnight Place Assisted Living & Memory Care offers opportunities for active seniors and comprehensive, compassionate residential services. Pictured on the cover: Resident Orvin Neumeier and music therapist Katie Kottemann, MT-BC. For more information, call 314.993.3333 or visit mcknightplace.com.

Cover courtesy of McKnight Place Assisted Living & Memory Care
Cover photo by Westrich Photography

Pictured at top: Activity director Samantha Korte, MT-BC, and resident Joan Hawkes
Photo: Westrich Photography

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