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January 2017
A Quarterly Publication
 stl village news

Community.  Connection.  Caring.

Message from Board Member
Nancy Morrow-Howell

Nancy Morrow-Howell
I had the honor of being the president of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) this year. GSA is a 5,500 member organization of researchers and educators dedicated to issues of aging and older adults. Just this last November, we had our annual meeting and the theme of the event was "New Lens on Aging: Changing Attitudes, Expanding Possibilities." As president, I got to pick the theme and make comments at the opening session of the meeting. It was very exciting to talk to so many colleagues about my scholarly interest on productive engagement in later life as well as my ongoing concern about ageism, age discrimination and outdated practices that limit the potential of later life.

I have always taken my lead from Dr. Robert Butler (a prominent geriatrician, 1927-2010), who coined the term "ageism" in the 1960's and the concept of "productive aging" in the 1980s. Dr. Butler asked us to adapt a different lens: to see older adults in more realistic lights and to recognize the potential, the experience and the strong desire for intergenerational engagement.

Yet ageism remains pervasive. The prejudices, discriminatory practices, and outdated policies perpetuate stereotypic beliefs about older adults and reduce opportunities. I was so proud and impressed when the co-founder of our STL Village, Gloria Gordon, gave a lecture to my class at Washington University on the topic of ageism. She reported on research that shows how older adults "internalize" ageist ideas and that this takes a toll on their physical and mental health. She brilliantly concluded that coping with the changes associated with later life is hard enough without the extra burden of ageism, and that if we could take off this extra burden, older adults will be able to do better.

Each of us, every day, can raise awareness about ageism by checking ourselves, colleagues, friends and family and pointing out ageism in our assumptions and behaviors. As a teacher, I will take every chance I get to educate young students about their own aging and to correct the stereotypes and myths about older adults and later life. We have made some progress in combating ageism and age discrimination, but so much needs to be done. All of us associated with STL Village have the chance to be part of this change!

Nancy Morrow-Howell
STL Village Board Member

Dates to Remember

STL Village Watch Party
Monday, February 13th
4:00 pm

Washington University
Medical School Campus
600 South Taylor, Room 2131
St. Louis, Missouri

Featuring Atul Gawande, MD, author of Being Mortal, who will discuss the value of community and opportunities as we grow older. Join villages across the country as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Beacon Hill Village. Washington University in St. Louis.
For more information
(314) 802-0275 or

STL Village Nosey Neighbor Tour
March 26th – 27th

Join us for a tour of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other sites of interest in Bentonville, Arkansas.
(314) 802-0275 or

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Spotlight on STL Village Member George Nikolajevich
    By Liz Backus
STL Village Member George Nikolajevich
George Nikolajevich
Photo courtesy of Cannon Design
The St. Louis Public Library transformation, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and the UMSL Recreation and Wellness Center are three of the most recent local works of architect George Nikolajevich. George is a principal at Cannon Design based in St. Louis and has earned numerous awards for his designs, including an AIA honor for the St. Louis Public Library. His buildings can be found throughout the country and internationally and include the National Cancer Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil scheduled for completion in 2017. Over the past two years, STL Village members and guests enjoyed special events that featured tours of the library and College of Pharmacy and George was on hand to share insights into his work.

George was born in Yugoslavia. After graduating from the University of Belgrade and working in Switzerland for two years, he earned a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis and has lived and worked here ever since. While at Washington University, he met his future wife Sally, a graphic designer who later co-owned a landscape design business. They have lived in the Central West End for 37 years in a World's Fair era townhome that they gutted and rehabbed together: George provided the drawings and Sally oversaw the details. The couple has two adult children who are following the creative family footsteps; son Alec works in design in New York and daughter Lida in the fashion industry in San Francisco.

Both George and Sally are active in STL Village. Sally was a founding member and has served as co-chair of the STL Village board since it began in 2014. They regularly attend Village souper suppers, lectures and happy hours. "I've really enjoyed some interesting conversations with other Village members about philosophy and politics," said George. The couple also enjoys riding bikes in the CWE, going out to hear live music and traveling as much as possible.

When asked how he views STL Village's impact on the community, George commented, "STL Village enriches the neighborhoods it serves by supporting older adults who stay in their homes and continue to be part of city life. They are interesting folks and make contributions on so many levels, helping to make our city vibrant."
“We create our buildings and then they create us. Likewise, we construct our circle of friends and our communities and then they construct us.”
- Frank Lloyd Wright

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Interview with Village Volunteer Lisa Hansen    By Jon Case and Bev Berner
STL Village Volunteer Lisa Hansen
Lisa Hansen

Lisa Hansen is a power-house of energy and ideas. Her volunteer involvement in STL Village has helped to make at least three of its best events great successes-the two Village Aglow fund raisers and the Chef Zettl Souper Sunday.

Lisa grew up in New Ulm, Minnesota, a town of about 13,000 inhabitants. Her mother encouraged her to always remember she could be and do anything she wished by applying hard work and determination. After high school, to spread her wings, Lisa attended Macalester College in St. Paul. She was intrigued by students from so many other parts of the world, becoming their friend and learning about their countries and customs-the first hint of what the future had in store for Lisa.
Following graduation from Macalester, she held a couple of jobs in Ohio but none of them were appealing to her. Then, in one of those life changing events, Lisa attended an air show with friends. She talked to an Air Force recruiter and decided a career in the Air Force may be what she was looking for. It was. It gave her the opportunity to experience many new places and meet interesting new people with divergent ideas.

The Air Force allowed her to obtain three Master's Degrees and travel the world as few people have. She's lived in all parts of the United States including Alaska as well as Turkey, Japan, Iraq, Germany, and other countries. Lisa relished the opportunity to satisfy her endless curiosity by exploring and experiencing so many diverse cultures and peoples. She also honed her organizational and hospitality skills through her duties and assignments in the Air Force. She says she's become a master at "herding cats." The most satisfying part of her career: seeing that her fellow airmen were well taken care of.

One of her last stints was at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. While there, she bought a house in the Central West End, but the Air Force sent her on the road again to Florida. It was there in 2014 that her retirement date arrived. She then returned to her house in St. Louis to see what life had in store for her next.

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
Gustave Flaubert

Lisa persuaded her mother, Sondra Bertz, to move from Springfield, MO to St. Louis so they could be near each other. Soon after moving, Sondra met Arthur Culbert and thus she became involved in the formation of STL Village-a move Lisa thoroughly encouraged. Lisa believes in the Village Movement. She sees in the changing demographics of our country the absolute need for community based support for people as they age rather than relegating them to "the system." She says community support offers reliable social and financial benefits that "the system" cannot.

The ease with which Lisa applies her twenty-five years of experience in the Air Force serves her and the Village well. Her soft-spoken, modest manner belies the fact that she's a dynamo at getting things done. We are very fortunate to have Lisa as an STL Village member and volunteer.
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place
   you occupy in the world.”
Gustave Flaubert

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Strategic Partners
We wish to acknowledge and thank our Strategic Partners for their generous support.

St. Andrew's Resources for Seniors
A faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving seniors in the St. Louis, Missouri area.

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A nationally known and certified woman-owned, multidisciplinary design firm located in St. Louis that creates fresh, intelligent, appropriate design solutions.

STL Village Leadership:
Madeline Franklin, Executive Director

Board of Directors:
Jennifer S. Kovar, JD,Co-Chair
Sally Nikolajevich, Co-Chair
Arthur J. Culbert, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Melody Walker, Secretary
Gail Brown, Treasurer
Edmund O. Acosta, Ph.D.
Robert 'Mac' Findeiss
Malaika Horne, Ph.D.
Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt
Tom Meuser, Ph. D.
Nancy Morrow-Howell, Ph.D.
Mary Alice Ryan
Anneliese Stoever
Gloria C. Gordon, Ph.D.,
    Board Member Emeritus
Natalie Galucia, Ex Officio