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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
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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 […]
July 28, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: George Bouckaert, resident at Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: If you could give young people a piece of advice, what would it be? Answer: Work hard to attain what you want in life! That has worked out for me. Back when I was working, I was thinking about changing jobs, but my wife saved me from doing that. She asked, “Do you enjoy what you’re doing?” and I told her I did, so she said, then why do you care how much money you’re getting? So, I stuck with it and as a result I became chairman and […]
July 27, 2021
Senior woman speaking with caregiver or nurse.

We’re the Only Life Care Communities in St. Louis. But Why Does That Matter?

If you’ve been researching senior living communities, you’ve probably discovered there are a lot of different terms and names like Life Plan Community, Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and Life Care. Of these three terms, Life Care may be the most unfamiliar. That’s because there are only two Life Care communities in St. Louis, MO: Friendship Village Sunset Hills and Friendship Village Chesterfield. This blog post will help define these terms, so you can make a more informed decision. Retirement community terms. The easiest to explain are Life Plan Community […]
July 21, 2021
Senior couple smiling outside.

What is a CMS 5-Star Rating and Why Does It Matter?

We’re all familiar with 5-star restaurants and 5-star hotels. Having the stars makes it easy to rank various services and quickly decide which one is better. That’s part of the reason the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) came up with a star-quality rating system in 2008 to help rate skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers. This system allows seniors and their families to easily know where communities rank in comparison to each other and select the right one for their loved one. But what does a CMS 5-Star rating […]
July 12, 2021
a senior couple working out in a gym by lifting weights

Does Exercise Improve Memory?

First, a few sobering statistics. The World Health Organization says around 50 million people worldwide have dementia — a number that’s projected to reach 82 million in 2030 and 152 million by 2050. And though promising treatments are being investigated today, we can only hope for a cure in the coming decades. Right now, preventing memory loss and preserving brain health and brain function are the best course of action for older adults. Is there such a thing as a memory-boosting lifestyle? Does exercise and being physically active improve memory […]

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