Our Insights, Opinions and Observations on Timely Topics in the Senior Living Space

September 14, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: Sue Jacobsmeyer, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: You’ve done a lot of work as a volunteer. How has volunteering over the years enriched your life? Answer: I’m a people lover, and that brought me into becoming a guru volunteer. I love everything about volunteering, especially at church. It has taken me into all kinds of wonderful aspects of meeting and enjoying different people. I’ve even gone so far as to volunteer our home to give fundraisers for different organizations in the past. But probably the biggest volunteer job I ever did was at the Good Shepherd […]
September 14, 2021
Senior couple reviews their finances at home.

What Is the Cost of Independent Living and Is It Worth It?

When you’re entering the next phase of your life, you might start to consider your options. Whether it’s downsizing, relocating, or exploring the cost of independent living, it’s all going to come down to what makes the most sense for your finances and lifestyle now and well into the future.  Independent living communities offer various benefits to older adults like yourself that make them an appealing option for retirement. The idea of relinquishing the responsibilities of homeownership and daily chores is hugely attractive and can relieve some of the financial […]
September 7, 2021
Group of seniors taking an exercise class in a senior living facility.

Here’s How Living at Friendship Village Can Help You with These 10 Healthy Aging Tips

It’s always the right time to start making your health a priority and exploring tips for healthy aging. At Friendship Village, we believe aging gracefully is possible for every resident with our dynamic programming and nationally recognized health services. By investing in the future of preventive care technology, we can help residents stay active and independent for as long as possible. Ready to take charge of your well-being? Learn how focusing on your health can help you live longer, manage your health, and stay connected to the world around you. […]
September 5, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: Louise Ekstrom, Friendship Village Sunset Hills resident

Question: Is there a favorite thing you liked to do as a child? Answer: “I’ve played the piano since I was seven or eight. I’ve played at every church I’ve attended. Once they find out I play, they ask me to play at the church. I’ve just loved to play, so my mother never had to tell me to go practice because I love it.” “My mother played, too, and she bought her piano in 1913. When I got to be nineteen or twenty, I wanted to get my own […]
August 24, 2021
Senior woman and home care nurse laughing together.

The Differences Between In-Home Health Care and Home Care

If your loved one is recovering from surgery, they may require a different level of care than if they have a chronic medical condition and just need help with day-to-day  activities around the house like meal prep and light housekeeping. If you’re trying to decide between home health care and home care, they may sound like the same type of service, but they are different. This blog post will examine home health vs. home care to help you make a more informed decision. What Is Home Care? If your loved […]
August 18, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: Rita Bernard, Friendship Village Sunset Hills Resident

Question: What’s something you’ve done that people might not know about? Answer: I was a synchronized swimmer for over thirty years. I started when I was about 35 and some friends in the neighborhood knew I liked to swim and said there were a bunch of women at the Y in Brentwood and they did synchronized swimming. Well, I didn’t know a thing about that, but they said I’d be fine. So, when my youngest started grade school (I have four children), I joined up. There were over thirty women […]
August 17, 2021
Senior woman doing lotus position and practicing wellness.

The Dimensions of Senior Health and Wellness at Friendship Village

Research consistently shows that healthy aging for older adults is about more than just being physically active or eating right. When it comes to senior health and wellness, you should consider a holistic approach that includes physical activity, socializing, your spiritual life, intellectual stimulation — including your mental health — and your emotional well-being.   At Friendship Village Chesterfield and Friendship Village Sunset Hills, we focus on five dimensions of wellness for a more complete and satisfying lifestyle. Our full-time wellness coordinator or fitness counselor can help you find the best […]
August 15, 2021
Dianne Finney, BW FVSH PB

We Are Friendship Village: Dianne Finney, Friendship Village Sunset Hills resident

Question: Is there something you really want to do? Answer: “I just got a new sewing machine and I’m excited because it automatically threads. I don’t know how it works yet, but I’m glad it helps with threading the needle. I bought some fabric to make some Halloween pillows for my great grandkids, so that’s what I want to do this week. And I’ve got some designs for tea towels for Thanksgiving and Christmas to hang on the stove or in the bathroom for decorations. But I’ve gotta learn how […]
August 12, 2021
Senior woman sitting and relaxing under a tree in a park.

6 Benefits of Independent Living For Seniors

A study by AARP discovered that nearly 90% of seniors want to stay in their home for as long as possible. But the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found 70% of seniors 65 and over will need some form of long-term care in their lifetimes. That’s why many active seniors are preparing for the future, while enjoying more of today, by making the move to an independent living community. This blog post will help you determine if now’s the time to consider a retirement community and show you […]

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