Extra Credit: The Cognitive Benefits of Lifelong Learning for Older Adults

What happens when older adults go back to school? Researchers investigated the cognitive benefits of coursework for older adults in a study that earned a 2020 Silver Innovative Research on Aging Award. In two interventions, researchers examined how learning multiple real-world skills impacts older adults’ cognitive health. The aim was to mimic the course load of

Hungry for more? Dining enhancements at Friends Homes are on the way.

The much-anticipated expansion at Friends Homes will give existing and future residents a bigger menu of amenities from which to choose. According to Alex Perez, Hospitality Director for the community, he means that quite literally when it comes to the community’s dining options.  “The key with Friends Homes is how we balance our dining options

Wellness is On the Rise at Friends Homes

Teresa Cox is full of energy and ideas. As director of wellness at Friends Homes, she has spent 20 years developing and continually evolving the programs and activities available to residents. And she couldn’t be more excited for what’s coming next. That’s because the upcoming expansion at Friends Homes will include a new, upgraded wellness

More Workers Turn to Freelancing Full-Time During the Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic caused widespread unemployment and layoffs this year, more people turned to full-time freelance work as a way to earn, according to a new survey. Freelance is the term used to describe the variety of ways people can work outside of traditional employment. These include side jobs people do in addition to their regular

Friends Homes Breaks Ground on $67 Million Expansion

GREENSBORO, N.C. (July 31, 2020) – Friends Homes has broken ground on a $67 million expansion of its two campuses in Greensboro, Friends Homes Guilford and Friends Homes West. The project will offer more amenities and add 140 new residents to the community. “With this expansion, Friends Homes is making a significant investment in furthering

The Expansion is Taking Off at Friends Homes

As our virtual groundbreaking gets ready to take place on July 31st, Susan Brewer, Director of Sales and Marketing at Friends Homes provides an update on the upcoming expansion projects for our Guilford and West campuses. “We’ve been at a standstill for obvious reasons,” says Susan. “We had hoped to have had ‘meet and greets’

How to Avoid Injury When Exercising at Home

For most people, exercising during the pandemic has meant exercising at home. What it also has meant, according to fitness trainers and physical therapists: things like strained muscles from warriorlike weightlifting in the basement; sprained ankles from extra-long hikes; and something called “jumper’s knee,” the result of sudden and enthusiastic participation in high-impact exercise video

Interest in Puzzles Soars, Along with Sales

At home just outside Orlando, Florida, Rhonda Camen has a stockpile of about 100 jigsaw puzzles. At the rate she’s going, she figures that should last her until the end of the year. Camen, who retired about a year and a half ago, picked up puzzling as a hobby to keep her mind active and

The Coxes Are Coming Home

Jonathan and Emille Cox have always known they’d end up at Friends Homes. And as future residents of the community’s upcoming expansion, they can’t wait to make the move. “We’ve always known it was where we wanted to be,” says Jonathan. “As soon as the expansion popped up, we jumped right on it.” The couple

What Is Modern Technology and How Is It Changing?

Technological advances are about much more than the new electric car from Tesla or autonomous vehicles by Mercedes. It is much more than just advanced wrist jewelry from Apple and fitness trackers that can tell you what you ate two weeks ago. For senior people, technological change can mean the difference between dependency and independence.

Olive Oil: Your Pantry’s Secret to a Longer Life

In normal times, Italians outlive Americans by an average of four years. But in the Sicani Mountain region of Sicily, marked by rolling hills covered with olive trees, the locals live past 100 at a rate more than four times greater than Italy as a whole. Sicani Mountain villagers eat a Mediterranean diet, snacking on olives

Expert Advice on Daily Activities During Coronavirus Crisis

With the news about coronavirus changing rapidly, it’s difficult to know how to go about your daily routine. What was considered acceptable behavior — or even possible — three days ago may not be an option any longer. As restrictions on public gatherings are announced and business closings continue, people need to weigh the risks of engaging

Secret Service Warns: Cybercriminals Exploiting Coronavirus Fears

The U.S. Secret Service is warning that cybercriminals are trying to steal from people using several scams tied to the coronavirus pandemic.  “As more and more people have tested positive for coronavirus, we’ve seen an increase in the number of scams that are occurring,” says Special Agent Chris McMahon, who spoke to AARP in an interview on Monday. 

Gary and Susan Dent Are Back Where It All Began, Almost 

After 15 years of enjoying retirement on the shores of W. Kerr Scott Reservoir in Wilkes County, Susan and Gary Dent are happy to be back in Greensboro and enjoying all the activities and friendly faces at Friends Homes.  This area has always been special to the couple, who have been married for over 58

Social Butterflies & Couch Potatoes: How Older Adults’ Health is Affected by Their Partner’s Activities

Recent research examined the activities of older couples to understand the link between activities and health, with a focus on the relationship between partner activities and individuals’ health. Using data from the longitudinal and nationally representative Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, researchers utilized a sample of over 1,500 couples living in

Top 10 Moments From AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards Show

AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards Saturday in Beverly Hills, California was full of big stars making memorable moments as they accepted and presented honors for films made in 2019. Conan O’Brien’s tribute to his friend of three decades, Adam Sandler, became an impromptu comedy show. O’Brien presented Sandler with the best actor award for his

Looking Forward to Expanding Friendships

Friends Homes’ upcoming expansion has many current and future residents excited, including Ellen and Elwood Parker. And for good reason. In addition to 93 new homes, plans include upgrades and additions to the amenities available to all residents and residents of the future. For the Parkers, the expansion made their decision to move here relatively

Trending Now: Older Adults Have a Say in Product Development That Targets Their Demographic

A group of older adults who call themselves Longevity Explorers are breaking new ground with businesses and product developers. These older adults are providing valuable input to entrepreneurs and businesses after assessing their tech products. Richard Caro, a businessman with experience in startups and medical-device companies, decided to take on a common problem: he believed

Sandy and Peggy Got a Late Start

Although Sandy and Peggy Holder both grew up and lived nearly all of their lives in the Asheboro area — Sandy is originally from Liberty while Peggy is from Seagrove — the couple found each other only 12 years ago. Today, the happy couple is enjoying their new home at Friends Homes. Sandy worked for

Don’t Let a Scam Derail Your Holiday Travel

Margaret Maynard, 68, loved to head from her home in Plainfield, Connecticut, to a casino in New York with a busload of fellow gamblers. Maynard, who is retired from her job making potato chips for a snack manufacturer, and her husband, Joseph Mangarelli, played the slots with relatives and friends for three years as part

Friends Homes to Add Villa Apartments, Townhomes and Cottages; Enhance Dining, Wellness and Amenity Areas

GREENSBORO, NC – Friends Homes is excited to announce the expansion of its continuing care retirement community located in Greensboro, NC. The planned development, expected to be finished in 2021, will offer independent living residents several different floor plans including villa apartments, townhomes and cottages. Friends Homes currently has two campuses, Friends Homes at Guilford

These Experts Can Ease Seniors’ Stress About Relocating

As we have discussed in previous blogs, many seniors are resistant to making the move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), and they offer a variety of valid reasons from not wanting to leave a beloved home to not feeling confident about their financial situation. But another big reason that people either put off

The Dews Did It Right

For Jerry and Al Dew, one of the biggest challenges of moving to Friends Homes (Guilford campus) was making the move itself from their home in Greensboro to their new apartment here. Two decisions that they made — one long ago and one more recently — were keys to helping the move go much easier.

How To Improve Your Posture

Your mother always nagged you to stand up straight. But even if you followed her advice all these years, sitting for so long in front of screens — and age itself — have likely taken your posture down a few notches. “We begin to naturally lose muscle mass in our 30s, and it really starts

Caring for Grandchildren: The Benefits for Cognitive Health

Spending time with grandchildren can be emotionally meaningful to many older adults, but one study showed that there may be an added cognitive benefit from caring for grandchildren. Using data from the Health and Retirement Study, researchers compared cognitive functioning scores of 656 grandparent caregivers and 2,373 non-caregivers in 2006 and in two- and four-year

4 Ways to Freeze Out Robocalls

Let’s cut to the chase: Those relentless robocalls are a pain in the you-know-what. Defined as automated calls with a recorded message, robocalls are “by far” the No. 1 compliant to the Federal Trade Commission, says Ian Barlow, the FTC’s Do Not Call Program coordinator, with about 500,000 complaints about these unwanted calls — per

The Sandins Feel Right at Home in 204

Tom and Emilie Sandin waited a long time for this. It was the moment back in January 2018 when they heard that the apartment in Friends Homes Guilford was finally going to be theirs. Not just any apartment. But apartment 204. It started more than 25 years ago with a visit to Friends Homes and

Top 5 Foods to Feed Your Brain

Think about it: The foods you eat have a huge impact on your body, from your energy level to your heart health and beyond. Your brain is no exception, and research shows that things like the MIND (Mediterranean — Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet, which focuses on specific brain-beneficial food groups, is linked with better

The Big Benefits of Exercise Buddies

Exercising with a friend or acquaintance has long been recommended as a practical way to make sure you don’t skip something like your daily walk. For one thing, “It’s almost impossible to say you’re skipping your workout when you have someone waiting for you,” notes personal trainer Allison Earnst. Jean Fifield, 74, agrees. If it’s

Making Friends Wherever She Goes

Margaret Postels has no trouble making friends or making up her mind. Her decision to come to Friends Homes was quick. And she’s been enjoying herself ever since. “I had a friend who lived at Friends Homes, and she liked it here because everybody does,” she says. She visited, saw all that Friends Homes had