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

April 14, 2023
senior woman in her kitchen

5 Signs You’re Ready for Independent Living

Though you’ve spent many years making memories and maintaining your current home, retirement is the perfect time to shift gears and focus more on yourself. And there’s no better way to invest in yourself and your future than Independent Living. However, it’s difficult to truly know when you’re ready for independent living. While there’s no one-size-fits all for when you’re ready to start a new chapter in a new home, there are clear signs it’s time for a new lifestyle. Here are 5 signs you’re ready to move to a […]
April 7, 2023
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Top 5 Reasons to Retire to St. Louis, Missouri

When it comes to finding the perfect place to retire, St. Louis is a hidden gem. As soon as you step foot through the Gateway to the West, you’ll instantly fall in love with its friendly community vibe and Midwestern charm. But that’s not all this big city with a small-town atmosphere offers older adults. From a low cost of When it comes to finding the perfect place to retire, St. Louis is a hidden gem. As soon as you step foot through the Gateway to the West, you’ll instantly […]
March 17, 2023
A senior couple stand together in their beautiful senior living apartment kitchen.

How to Make Assisted Living Feel Like Home

Moving to an Assisted Living community is a big step for an aging loved one, and it can bring on a lot of emotions that make settling into a new atmosphere difficult. Even though this is a tough transition for both you and your family member, there are a few steps you can take to help them feel more at home in a senior living community. From starting the process with patience and positivity to encouraging them to explore their new community, read these 5 tips to ease the transition […]
March 14, 2023
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What Makes Apartments for Seniors Appealing

Even though you’re retired, your home still has years of hard work ahead of it, and it’s up to you to keep things running smoothly. That means preparing for emergency repairs, scheduling routine maintenance, replacing broken appliances, spending free time cleaning a large space … and the list goes on. Senior apartments are designed for older adults who want to keep an active lifestyle, but don’t want the responsibilities of maintaining a home to impede their retirement goals — and they could be the ticket to send your long to-do […]
March 9, 2023
packing boxes for a move

Downsizing and Decluttering Tips for Seniors

Moving to a new senior living residence is a big change, but it can also be an exciting opportunity to start a new chapter. One of the biggest steps toward your dream retirement lifestyle is decluttering and downsizing your current home. But if you’re like many older adults, it’s difficult to know where to start and how to maintain motivation throughout the process. In this guide, we’ll offer practical downsizing tips for seniors and helpful advice to make moving to a smaller space less stressful. Consider Your Needs and Routines […]
February 16, 2023
A senior woman exercising on an elliptical.

How to Prevent Falls in Older Adults

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in older adults over age 65. Falls result in more than 3 million emergency room visits and almost 300,000 hip fractures a year. And 95% of hip fractures and most traumatic brain injuries are the result of a fall. Even if a fall doesn’t result in a major injury, it can cause you to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for you to stay active. But the good news is […]
February 13, 2023
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Life Care Is an Appealing Option for Senior Couples

After enjoying a full life together, many couples see retirement as a way to deepen their connection while also pursuing their own interests. If that describes you and your spouse, now’s a good time to think about how the two of you can continue to grow and support each other. That’s why more and more seniors are exploring senior living options for couples. One of the questions we often hear from touring couples is, “Will there be enough for both of us to do here?” To which we give an […]
February 9, 2023
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What are 5 Dimensions of Wellness for Seniors

When you hear the word “health” what do you think? If you’re like most people, images of exercise and eating right probably come to mind. But your health, just like your lifestyle, is multifaceted. And your well-being is about more than fitness and nutrition. Yes, those are two important components of living a longer, happier life, but they’re not the only ones. At Friendship Village Chesterfield and Friendship Village Sunset Hills we take a holistic approach to health and wellness. Through the years, we’ve found our comprehensive offering of health […]
January 27, 2023
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What Are the Early Signs of Dementia?

You may have noticed your mom or dad getting more forgetful with the passing years, repeating a story they told you last time you talked, or forgetting what day of the week it is. Moments of forgetfulness happen to all of us, and can become increasingly common with age. Dementia is different, however. Dementia is a term that refers to changes in the brain that can interfere with daily life, such as diminished focus, loss of language skills, or difficulty with problem-solving. Knowing the difference between occasional forgetfulness and the […]

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