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

August 15, 2021
Dianne Finney, BW FVSH PB

We Are Friendship Village: Dianne Finney, Friendship Village Sunset Hills resident

Question: Is there something you really want to do? Answer: “I just got a new sewing machine and I’m excited because it automatically threads. I don’t know how it works yet, but I’m glad it helps with threading the needle. I bought some fabric to make some Halloween pillows for my great grandkids, so that’s what I want to do this week. And I’ve got some designs for tea towels for Thanksgiving and Christmas to hang on the stove or in the bathroom for decorations. But I’ve gotta learn how […]
August 12, 2021
Senior woman sitting and relaxing under a tree in a park.

6 Benefits of Independent Living For Seniors

A study by AARP discovered that nearly 90% of seniors want to stay in their home for as long as possible. But the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found 70% of seniors 65 and over will need some form of long-term care in their lifetimes.  That’s why many active seniors are preparing for the future, while enjoying more of today, by making the move to an independent living community. This blog post will help you determine if now’s the time to consider a retirement community and show you […]
July 28, 2021
Photo of George Bouckaert

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 […]
July 5, 2021
William Albertin BW PB FVSH

We Are Friendship Village: William Albertin, Friendship Village Sunset Hills resident

Question: Is there something you do to help cheer yourself up if you’re feeling blue? Answer: “For me to cheer myself up, I like to keep in touch with my friends who are automotive guys and also just the friends I’ve made here at Friendship Village. I’ve been here a little over a year and it’s the best decision I’ve made. This is my home and I’m really fortunate these exist and I’m thriving here at Friendship Village. I remember visiting old folks homes when I was younger and they […]
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 21, 2021
Black and White Phyllis Bouckaert We Are Friendship Village

We Are Friendship Village: Phyllis Bouckaert, Friendship Village Sunset Hills resident

Question: Is there something you like to think about to cheer yourself up when you’re feeling blue? Answer: “I like to think about the little ones in the family. What funny things they do! Like my great granddaughter…some of the stuff she tries to eat. She’s one and a half and has teeth, so she chewed right through a pencil and bit the eraser off the pencil, so we had to get that out of her mouth. And my great grandson is playing hockey. That’s a riot because they’re so […]

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