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December 21, 2021
an older woman with a small brown and white dog sitting in her lap

Benefits of Pet Therapy in Senior Living Communities

Having a pet as a companion can be a wonderful way to add engagement to life. Spending time with a cat or dog brings comfort and wards off feelings of loneliness. Pet ownership is also connected with better overall health and wellness. The University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging found a variety of pet therapy benefits for seniors ages 50+. Their study showed owning a pet helps older adults enjoy life and feel loved. It also helped reduce stress and stick to a routine. Owning a dog was […]
December 14, 2021
a woman talking to her aging father about moving into an assisted living community

Tips for Talking to Your Parents About Assisted Living

Conversations with parents about health care can be tough. No one likes to admit they need help with the activities of daily living, and many view moving to a senior living community as surrendering their independence. You may be putting off talking to parents about assisted living because you’re not sure how to broach the topic or are worried about how they’ll react. It’s common for families to postpone the subject of assisted living until an accident or medical crisis forces a decision under stress. First, do your homework. Prepare […]
December 7, 2021
a senior couple playing in the snow

8 Fun Winter Activities For Seniors

The forecast for winter weather this year in St. Louis is warmer and wetter. Experts at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) forecast that much of the Midwest can expect a warmer winter, and more precipitation. The forecast is driven by a La Nina weather pattern that will impact our winter climate. (If you’d like to learn more about La Nina, click here.) While it hasn’t snowed heavily in St. Louis the past couple of years, the NOAA prediction hints at a combination of snow, ice and rain coming our […]
November 29, 2021
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Why Should You Choose a Life Plan Community?

You know the old truism, “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all”? That’s definitely not true when it comes to senior living communities. Why is that? Consider these examples: Some senior living communities offer a full continuum of care with multiple levels of care; some offer only independent living.  One retirement community may provide long-term skilled nursing care, while another only provides care for short-term stays.  A Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC, is also the same thing as a Life Plan Community — both can be either for-profit […]
November 16, 2021
senior lady listening to music with headphones on for music therapy

The Benefits of Music for People with Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Dementia

Think about a song you knew when you were younger but haven’t heard in years. The song comes on and suddenly you remember the words and the melody. You may also be flooded with snippets of memories — a particular person, moment, or period in your life — you hadn’t thought about until you heard the song again. According to studies, listening to music engages broad neural networks in the brain, including brain regions responsible for motor actions, emotions and creativity. That may help explain why music can offer numerous benefits […]
November 1, 2021
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10 Great Tips to Keep in Mind When You’re Touring Senior Living Communities

You know that expression in the car-buying business about kicking the tires before you buy? This idiom serves as a reminder to inspect something to make sure it meets your expected standards before you commit to buying. Take senior living communities, for example. No matter how lovely the website or how engaging the brochure, you definitely want to kick the tires of each community, so to speak, before you make your decision. So as you start setting up your in-person visits, here are 10 tips for touring senior living communities […]
October 29, 2021

We Are Friendship Village: Jim Loos, Friendship Village Sunset Hills resident

Question: How did you meet your wife Diane? Answer: “We met through a mutual friend at a root beer stand, back when there were root beer stands and started dating for a few months and then started going more steady. We found out we had a lot in common. She was living by the river and my dad had a spot by the river and we ended up going out together on the river skiing and boating. We started out in the summer, so that was good timing to be […]
October 29, 2021
senior couple hugging outside

What Is a Continuum of Care and Why Is It Important?

For many older adults, there’s a great appeal in creating a life free from sudden changes and upheavals. You’ve “been there, done that” when it comes to packing, moving and resettling. While seniors love their freedom and independence, the desire for a sense of permanence is strong. It’s one of the reasons moving to a senior living community that offers a continuum of care is so desirable. What Defines a Continuum of Care? Choosing a community for its location and lifestyle are good starting points, but it’s essential for seniors […]
October 26, 2021
Diane Loos BW PB FVSH

We Are Friendship Village: Diane Loos, Friendship Village Sunset Hills resident

Question: When you were a child, what was your favorite thing to do? Answer: “Play in the water. As a really young girl, I loved staying in the bathtub, splashing around and all that. Also, we lived on the Rock River in Illinois and I loved being in the river! We had a little fishing boat and my brother and sister would drag me behind in the boat on a surfboard and then I learned how to water ski. So, that was the best part of my life, I think. […]

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