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January 15, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Bob Brockhaus, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: If you could have one special talent, what would it be and why? Answer: “I’d like to be able to sing or even keep time to music. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket. I can’t dance. When I was a teenager and periodically at parties I wasn’t dancing, I was just shuffling. But it’s not a big deal.” – Bob Brockhaus, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills #WeAreFriendshipVillage #seniorliving #retirementcommunity #independentliving #seniorliving #memorycare The above photo and text are part of a new project we’re calling We Are […]
January 14, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Vi Rumbolo, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: How did you come to be so involved with playing bocce at Friendship Village? Answer: “So I get this knock on the door when I moved in and this woman said, ‘You left something on the truck,’ and I didn’t know what it could be. She brought up this little black bag and when I looked inside, I saw it was my late husband’s old bocce ball set. I had never played and didn’t know the rules, but I used to watch my husband play, so in 2013 I […]
January 13, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Al Bedford, resident Friendship Village Assisted Living and Memory Care

Question: What makes you feel strong and confident? Answer: “My determination. I’m just determined I’m not going to give in to every ache and pain. It’s an important state of mind, I believe.” – Al Bedford, resident Friendship Village Assisted Living and Memory Care #WeAreFriendshipVillage #seniorliving #retirementcommunities #assistedliving #memorycare #independentliving
January 12, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Phil Zimmerman, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: If there’s just one thing you’ve had a strong interest in over the years, what would it be? Answer: “Other than family, I’ve had a lot of hobbies over the years from painting, to working with my hands, through wood working. But above all else, I’ve always been a big reader. I didn’t really like school that much; It was too organized for me and I never went beyond high school, so I’ve educated myself by reading and that’s a never-ending process. I’ve read thousands of books in my […]
January 11, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Sharon Wansong, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: “What’s something you’re good at?” Answer: “I used to be an activities consultant (in nursing homes) and I just loved being around older people and people my own age. I like to communicate, talk and laugh. It’s what I’m good at.” – Sharon Wansong, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills #WeAreFriendshipVillage #seniorliving #retirementcommunity #assistedliving #memorycare #retirement
January 10, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Dave Leech, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: “What made you decide you wanted to have a career in mathematics?” Answer: Initially, I actually wanted to go into forestry because of my background in the Boy Scouts – not mathematics. But I took a mandatory math course my first semester of college and I loved it so much, I decided to change my degree to mathematics. I went home for Christmas and told my parents, ‘I don’t want to go into forestry anymore. I really like math and I want to go into math and become a […]
January 9, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Jane Diederich, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: If you could take a trip for one day in the area, what would you do? Answer: “On an ideal day, I’d like to go gamble at the Ameristar Casino. I play the penny machines and play a dime at a time. One time I won $90. In the past, you pulled the handle and got the money, not like today where you get the piece of paper. It would make a lot of noise and everybody would turn around. It would all come out in pennies. And when […]
January 8, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Dianne Zimmerman, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What do you think is the root of your passion for physical activity? Answer: “I’ve always been one that believed in exercise. Probably at the root of it is because my mother and father did not exercise. My father died quite early at 69 and my mother lived a long life, but she had two strokes and a lot of physical illnesses. So, for me it’s always been, ‘What am I going to do for myself to make sure I’m a little more fit,’ and initially that was running, […]
January 7, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Paul Hennehan, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What is your biggest takeaway from the travel you’ve done when you look back on all the trips? Answer: “I have always enjoyed travelling. One of the first trips I took with my wife Anita was to Greece and it was great. We flew into Istanbul and drove along the coast to Turkey where we boarded this really cool yacht to sail through the Greek islands. The people couldn’t have been nicer, even though we shared completely different cultures. Honestly, that was mostly our experience everywhere we went. I […]
 

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