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Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

For your safety:

·  Proper hand washing is key to prevent the spread of germs and illness, especially in the winter months.

·   In case of an emergency, consider installing a personal response or medical alert buttons if you live alone.

·   Avoid getting up too quickly when changing positions or when initially going out into the cold, to prevent lightheadedness or dizziness and possibly a loss of balance.

Holiday Greetings from Glen Cooper, President & CEO, Friendly Senior Living

As 2015 draws to a close, I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to our Members, residents, families, staff, volunteers, colleagues and individuals from the community for such a warm welcome to Friendly Senior Living.  I am honored to lead such a highly regarded organization, and feel fortunate to work with such a strong team of caring people who do their very best every day to serve our residents.

Happy Thanksgiving!

As Thanksgiving approaches, we asked our Friendly Senior Living residents and staff to share what they are thankful for. Their responses reflect a deep gratitude for family, friends and the “little” things in our lives which have such great meaning. We wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving and wonderful holiday season ahead!

I am thankful that after having our foster son for 2 years, we will finally be adopting him on Friday, which is also National Adoption Day!!  Melissa, Case Manager, Glenmere

Celebrating Volunteer Service

National Volunteer Week is April 12-18. While the Friendly Home is so very grateful for the service of our dedicated volunteers every day, this week is an especially good time to say a heartfelt “Thank You!” for all that they do to enhance the lives of our Members.

What do our volunteers do? So much! Here’s just a sampling:

  • Spend time visiting one-on-one with Members

  • Sing, dance, garden and read

  • Accompany Members on fun outings to local restaurants

  • Play instruments

  • Bring in their beloved pets

What We're Grateful For!

In honor of Thanksgiving Day, we conducted an informal poll of our Members, families, staff and volunteers to ask what they are grateful for. Many people responded “friends and family;” here are some of the other blessings we counted!

My health! – Gene, Family

The happy faces at the Friendly Home. – Joy, Volunteer

My friend, Karen. They call us the BFF’s! – Diane, Member

I think we are in the best place possible. I feel lucky to be here. There’s so much going on! – Rosemary, Member

Friendly Senior Living in the Digital Age

Friendly Senior Living in the Digital Age

The idea of a senior living community taking an active role in social media may seem strange. But, in our increasingly digital world, much of the communication between an organization and the public happens online in the form of posts, blogs, tweets and shares. Friendly Senior Living is at the forefront of the movement towards digital engagement, and has developed a wide variety of ways for families, friends, staff, volunteers, and even Members to participate!

Happy New Year!

Another new year, another round of New Year’s Resolutions! We asked a variety of folks around the Friendly Home to share their hopes, goals and ambitions for 2014. Here are the responses we’ve received from our staff, Members, TCC patients, and families. Though simply stated, many of these sentiments are quite profound and meaningful, focusing on family, healthy lifestyles, self-improvement and friendship. We wish everyone a bright, happy and healthy new year!

Support Services in the Community

Are your usual every day activities becoming more and more difficult to complete? Does making a meal, doing your laundry, grocery shopping, or even taking a shower seem to be exhausting and take you longer and longer?

As you get older, you may find that your needs are increasing, and you are faced with the question of:  how do I continue to live in my home safely and independently?

There are a number of different services and agencies in the community that provide additional support to seniors to help you “age in place” and stay in your current home or living arrangement:

Celebrate National Nutrition Month!

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Created by the American Dietetic Association, the event is dedicated to bringing attention to various aspects of nutrition, including the importance of making informed food choices as well as developing and maintaining good eating and exercise habits. National Nutrition Month was first observed as a week long event in March 1973 and then became a month long celebration in 1980 due to increasing public interest in nutrition.


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