The Dews Did It Right

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

How To Improve Your Posture

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

Caring for Grandchildren: The Benefits for Cognitive Health

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

4 Ways to Freeze Out Robocalls

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

The Sandins Feel Right at Home in 204

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

Top 5 Foods to Feed Your Brain

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

The Big Benefits of Exercise Buddies

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.

Making Friends Wherever She Goes

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

Intergenerational Programs Unite the Young and the Young-at-Heart

Intergenerational Programs Unite the Young and the Young-at-Heart Intergenerational programs, where older and younger people are given opportunities to live, work, learn, and/or play together, have been a hot topic lately. And with good reason. Nancy Henkin, Ph.D., founder and executive director of The Intergenerational Center at Temple University, has described intergenerational programs as integral to

Why Freelance Work Appeals to Many Older People

Why Freelance Work Appeals to Many Older People Older Americans are becoming a larger share of the pool of people employers turn to when it comes to finding on-call help for positions from management consulting to substitute teaching, according to a new report. Between 2005 and 2017, the percentage of people age 55 and older

A Long Way from the Pacific

A Long Way from the Pacific Jim Rouse has quite a story to tell. As an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Cold War, Jim spent part of his time stationed on the Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the North Pacific as a member of the Naval Air Special Weapons group conducting

What If There’s No Space in the CCRC Healthcare Center When I Need It?

What If There’s No Space in the CCRC Healthcare Center When I Need It? Posted on May 29, 2018 The distinguishing—even defining—feature of a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community) is contractually-provided access to a “continuum of care,” which typically includes independent living, assisted living, memory care, and/or skilled nursing care; each

Helpful Tips for Downsizing in Retirement

Helpful Tips for Downsizing in Retirement Posted on May 29, 2018 One of the main reasons older adults put off downsizing or moving to a retirement community is dealing with all the “stuff” that has accumulated over the years. Yet, if done right, the process of downsizing may not be as daunting as you think.

Ready to Sell? Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Real Estate Market

Ready to Sell? Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Real Estate Market Posted on June 15, 2018 Perhaps, after discussions with loved ones, you’ve begun considering a move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community) this year. There’s no doubt that it’s a big decision to make, but many people

Encore Careers for Seniors: Finding Job Satisfaction…Again

Encore Careers for Seniors: Finding Job Satisfaction…Again Posted on June 15, 2018 According to a 2013 survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, approximately 80 percent of people in the U.S. workforce who are over age 50 say they plan to work after “retirement.” For some, it is a necessity in order

Power of Attorney Documents Can Alleviate Problems Later

Power of Attorney Documents Can Alleviate Problems Later Posted on June 15, 2018 As you begin considering your options for senior living, it is also a good time to review (or create, if you have not already done so) two essential legal documents that pertain to senior care and end of life care: your power

From Poverty to Advocacy: The Sam Tomlin Story

From Poverty to Advocacy: The Sam Tomlin Story Posted on June 15, 2018 Many people seek to have as full of a life as Sam Tomlin. Before becoming a resident of Friends Homes, Tomlin grew up poor and bullied by area children in Knoxville, Tennessee. His family was so poor, in fact, that when Tomlin

Factors to Consider when Choosing a CCRC (Life Plan Community)

Factors to Consider when Choosing a CCRC (Life Plan Community) Posted on July 2, 2018 Choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community, also referred to as a CCRC or life plan community, is a major decision and one that is unlike any other choice you have made before. Ultimately, it is a decision that impacts your

Going Wherever God Leads

Going Wherever God Leads Posted on July 2, 2018 A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Dona Butler’s life has included a whirlwind of opportunities that have taken her around the world as a beacon of light. She attended Bethel College, now a university, to study sociology. While in school, she and a friend were in

A Neglected Part of Retirement Planning

A Neglected Part of Retirement Planning Posted on August 3, 2018 The term “retirement planning” is frequently used in the financial industry and in the media. But what does it really mean? For some, retirement planning includes strategies for saving and investing to prepare for a future retirement. For others, it may focus more on

How CCRCs are Unique from Other Retirement Living Choices

How CCRCs are Unique from Other Retirement Living Choices Posted on August 3, 2018 For many, living at home may be desirable, but it’s not practical for the long term. In these cases, there are a number of different types of communities from which to choose. Learn the differences between each and how to identify

Finding Love in Retirement

Finding Love in Retirement Posted on August 3, 2018 When Irwin and Judy Smallwood met, it was all business. He was planning for his big move to Friends Homes, and he had hired her as his senior moving specialist to get the job done quick and easy. Judy had created a thriving business in helping

Behind the Newsletter

Behind the Newsletter Posted on September 4, 2018 Often, things around us just seem to simply happen. Mail is in our mailboxes, groceries are always in stock, and our latest newsletter is always available for pick-up. Rarely do we consider the people behind these simple occurrences. Friends Homes is blessed to have a handful of

Ensuring Proper Nutrition for Older Adults (and How CCRCs Can Help)

Ensuring Proper Nutrition for Older Adults (and How CCRCs Can Help) Posted on September 4, 2018 When it comes to proper nutrition for older people, it’s important their loved ones be attuned to their diet and, if concerns about nutrition arise, be proactive in addressing them. Observe their eating habits, take note of unintended weight

What are the Differences Between For-Profit and Not-for-Profit CCRCs?

What are the Differences Between For-Profit and Not-for-Profit CCRCs? Posted on September 4, 2018 “What is the difference between a not-for-profit community and a for-profit community?” This is a popular question among prospective residents of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), also referred to as Life Plan Communities. Many not-for-profit CCRCs are single-site organizations, although some

CCRCs Often Viewed as a Gift to the Children

CCRCs Often Viewed as a Gift to the Children Posted on October 25, 2018 “When my wife and I decided to move into a C.C.R.C., just before Christmas, we told each of our six children that our decision represented the most significant gift we had ever given them.” The above comment was given by a

Friends Homes Struck the Right Chord for this Music Professor

Friends Homes Struck the Right Chord for this Music Professor Posted on November 26, 2018 Bill Carroll likes living in Greensboro. He came here in 1984 to teach at UNCG and retired 34 years later as the Associate Dean of the university’s Music School. “Coming to UNCG was the best thing I ever did,” he

3 Must Ask Questions When Considering a Life Plan Community

3 Must Ask Questions When Considering a Life Plan Community Posted on November 26, 2018 Life plan communities like Friends Homes, sometimes referred to as Continuing Care Retirement Communities or CCRCs, provide peace of mind for many retirees who live independently today but seek the comfort of knowing that assisted living or skilled medical care

How Hearing Declines With Age

How Hearing Declines With Age Posted on December 21, 2018 By Stacey Colino Just as it becomes more difficult to see clearly at a close distance or to have perfect recall of names as you get older, certain hearing changes become noticeable as the decades pass. “If you live long enough, you’re going to suffer

How Do Scammers Know So Much About Me?

How Do Scammers Know So Much About Me? Posted on January 21, 2019 A recent caller to the AARP Fraud Watch Network helpline was being tormented with fake emails and trolling phone calls from scammers who seemed to specifically target him. He asked, “How do these people know so much about me?” We get that