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

July 28, 2021

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 […]
June 24, 2021
a senior couple looking at senior apartment floor plan options

7 Things to Look For When Choosing a Senior Living Floor Plan

Depending on the community you choose, there may be a broader range of residence options available than you think. As you endeavor to distill a lifetime of possessions into the smaller footprint of a senior living floor plan, keep two things in mind. It can be done. And if done well, you may feel happier and freer than ever before. Here’s how to get started in the right direction. 1. How much space will you need? Most independent living communities offer multiple floor plan options designed for your lifestyle and […]
June 16, 2021
tips on helping your parent transition to assisted living in st. louis

8 Tips for Helping Your Parent Transition to Assisted Living

When the time comes that a parent can no longer continue to live safely at home, emotions may be running high. Medical conditions, growing fragility, loneliness, or an inability to care for oneself will force families to rethink the best living arrangement for their senior loved one. These can be intensely personal decisions. And though after the fact, transitioning to assisted living is usually considered a positive change, there can be many uncomfortable moments on the road to that outcome. For the older individual, this is a major life event, […]
June 2, 2021
senior couple choosing an independent living community in st. louis

What to Look for When Choosing an Independent Living Community

For the sake of discussion, let’s imagine a retired couple. They are active and in good health. They can safely manage their personal care needs now, but they know a community offering on-site care will position them well for the future. They’d like to maintain their active lifestyle and even expand their social horizons. They’re looking for independent living within a continuing care retirement community. How should they go about choosing an independent living community? What questions should they ask? What is independent living? That’s a good question to start […]
May 28, 2021
seniors packing up boxes to downsize into senior living

Seven Downsizing Tips for Seniors in St. Louis

Congratulations! You’ve decided you’re ready to rightsize from your much-too-large home into a comfortable, active senior living community. No more yardwork, home upkeep, cooking, cleaning or maintenance for you. Now all you have to do is find some helpful downsizing tips for seniors – then start downsizing, packing and moving. Sounds fun, right? Right? Ok, maybe “fun” isn’t the right word. The downsizing process, not to mention packing and moving itself, can be time-consuming and laborious, especially for an older adult. Friends and family members may offer to help with decluttering […]
May 19, 2021
senior couple with their arms around another outside a senior living community

What Does Faith-Based Senior Living Look Like?

About 83% of the largest not-for-profit senior living communities have some type of faith-based affiliation. Why is faith-based senior living so prevalent – and how does it benefit residents, even if they don’t ascribe to a particular belief system? Spiritual Wellness The National Wellness Institute defines spiritual wellness as “the search for meaning and purpose in human existence.” Simply put, it’s about being connected to something greater than yourself and having a set of values that guide your actions. It can mean participating in a specific religious practice, but it […]

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