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

October 15, 2021

We Are Friendship Village: Shirley Duckworth, Friendship Village Sunset Hills resident

Question: What’s a hobby you’ve had that some people might not know about? Answer: “I’ve always loved cats and my mom had a Siamese cat and when I was young, we always had cats and dogs. And then later in life, I showed cats for seventeen years. I started with Abyssinians and also showed Russian Blue(s) and travelled throughout the Midwest, as far as I could drive…I never went on a plane with my cats. And I retired after I Granded (Grand Champion) five cats from the same female I […]
October 15, 2021
seniors enjoying their time together taking a selfie

The Benefits of Socialization for Seniors

It’s healthy to enjoy “alone time,” but to stay healthy in mind, spirit and body, we need to strike a balance. It’s good to enjoy time to yourself, but it’s equally important to socialize with others. We saw the effects of isolation on people of all ages during the pandemic, when cases of stress, anxiety and depression spiked. Proof of the benefits of socialization for seniors was especially apparent during the pandemic when so many older adults were forced to remain in their homes and apartments, unable to have contact […]
October 1, 2021
senior couple looking at a laptop together looking for senior living options

Factors to Consider When Evaluating Senior Living Communities

As an older adult who is close to or already in retirement, you’ve got more freedom and options about how to spend your time than ever before. You’re also in a position to decide the ideal place to live and enjoy that freedom to the max. If you’ve decided that the ideal place is a senior living community, you’re in for a great lifestyle! Now comes the big task – choosing a senior living community that feels like the perfect fit. The best senior living communities, like Friendship Village Sunset […]
September 21, 2021
Senior couple talking together on couch, man looks disoriented.

What Are the 7 Stages of Alzheimer’s?

If you’ve never personally dealt with a loved one’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, you may be unfamiliar with how the disease progresses. What starts out as simple as misplacing car keys can eventually result in a progressive loss of cognitive functioning diagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease.  Understanding the seven stages of Alzheimer’s is valuable for older adults like yourself or your loved ones because it gives you an understanding of the signs to look for and pay close attention to over time. Knowing and understanding the seven stages of Alzheimer’s can help you […]
September 14, 2021

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.  […]
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 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 […]

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