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

October 19, 2022
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When Do Seniors with Dementia Need 24-Hour Care?

One of the toughest decisions you can make as a family caregiver is knowing when your loved one requires 24-hour dementia care. Memory Care neighborhoods in retirement communities like Friendship Village provide comfort and support for seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, while also giving you peace of mind knowing your loved one’s needs are in expert hands. How do you know when your family member needs more support? Read these five signs it’s time for 24-hour dementia care, and find out how your loved one can flourish […]
October 3, 2022
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Signs You’ve Found the Right Assisted Living Community

Assisted Living communities are designed for older adults who need additional support for daily activities like dressing, bathing or housekeeping, and the right one can make a world of difference in your aging loved one’s retirement. However, finding the right Assisted Living community can be difficult. Look at these four signs you’ve found the perfect match for your loved one, and discover they can thrive at retirement communities like ours at Friendship Village:  1. It’s the right location Choosing the location for an Assisted Living community depends on your loved […]
September 28, 2022
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Memory Care vs. In-Home Care for Dementia

Older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia require specialized care tailored to meet their needs. When you’re navigating your options, it’s difficult to choose between a Memory Care community and in-home care for dementia, because both come with unique benefits.  Read this guide on dementia care and find out how you can confidently choose the right path to helping your loved one live a happy and healthy life.  What Is a Memory Care Community? A Memory Care community is a warm, enriching environment where your loved one […]
September 14, 2022
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Why Retire in St. Louis, MO?

If you’re looking for all the perks of a big city, but still want small-town charm, it’s time to retire in St. Louis, MO. Not only is it filled with plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure, but it’s also easy on your wallet. From senior-friendly attractions to a low cost of living, see these 6 reasons why St. Louis is the only place to thrive through retirement. 1. Missouri has a low cost of living. Missouri is often ranked as one of the most affordable states in the nation, […]
August 31, 2022
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The Ultimate Checklist for Moving into Assisted Living

If it’s time to move your parent or other loved one into Assisted Living,, preparation is your best friend. Making the move can be a difficult time not just for the person moving, but also for you and your whole family. Your parent might be concerned they’re giving up their independence or won’t be comfortable with their lifestyle in their new community home. Use these expert transitioning tips to help put them at ease and make their move an exciting event, rather than a stressful burden. What to Expect Moving […]
August 29, 2022
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Life Care vs. Rental Communities: Which Is the Better Option?

Life Care communities and rental communities are two of the most popular senior living options available. However, the industry terminology surrounding these communities is confusing, which makes it difficult to decide which option is right for your loved one. While both options have their benefits, there are key differences between Life Care and rental communities that could impact the future of your family member. What Is a Life Care Community? Life Care communities, also known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), are senior living communities that offer residential accommodations and […]
August 15, 2022
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10 Tips for Safe Medication Management for Seniors

The longer you live, the higher the chances become that you’ll need medication to maintain your health. And with more medications comes an increased opportunity for adverse interactions, missed doses, and other issues that can have negative and sometimes serious consequences. That’s where smart medication management comes in. If you’re asking yourself, “What is medication management?” Don’t worry. It’s simply a term used to describe how you, your family members, and other caregivers can proactively ensure that all medications are taken on time, in the right doses, and that no […]
August 1, 2022
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Senior Living Dining Trends in 2022

Today’s seniors have a sophisticated approach to food. They bring to the table a taste for international flavors and an awareness of the way culinary choices can impact health and the environment. This evolved gastronomic understanding is inspiring new senior living dining trends. Here are some of the innovative food and dining trends that make dining in a retirement community a treat: A Variety of Venues Senior living communities today strive to create a bustling atmosphere in which residents get to engage in activities they enjoy and choose the dining […]
July 22, 2022
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Post-Hospital Care: Home Health or Short-term Rehabilitation at a Senior Living Community?

When a medical crisis upends our lives, most of us just want to get back to normal – and back home – as soon as possible. But, after an illness, injury or major surgery, there is a transition period – a gap – between the hospital stay and “normal.” Most people need help bridging that gap, either with in-home care or in a short-term rehabilitation facility. A doctor’s recommendation is often the deciding factor in choosing between in-home or inpatient post-hospital care. But patients and their caregivers can have a […]

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