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

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 the health and happiness of the young and

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 working as independent contractors, freelancers and other types

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 nuclear weapons testing. “If those weapons

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

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 of these services is usually offered on-site (although not always). Many CCRC contracts will state that residents of the

Helpful Tips for Downsizing in Retirement

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. It may even be enjoyable or refreshing at times. A lot

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

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 feel a great sense of relief once the choice is made. When you live in a CCRC, all

Encore Careers for Seniors: Finding Job Satisfaction…Again

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 to stay afloat financially. For others, it is a choice borne out

Power of Attorney Documents Can Alleviate Problems Later

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 of attorney and your advance directives (also called a living will). In this

From Poverty to Advocacy: The Sam Tomlin Story

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 developed an abscessed tooth, his father couldn’t pay the full price, $15, to

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

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 lifestyle, finances, housing, and health care. That is why it is important to make an

Going Wherever God Leads

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 wedding that would also lead her to her

A Neglected Part of Retirement Planning

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 various methods for tax efficiency and generating income during the retirement

How CCRCs are Unique from Other Retirement Living Choices

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 them below. Continuum of Care One of the most important factors to consider when

Finding Love in Retirement

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 people to downsize, organize, and prepare for their next

Behind the Newsletter

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 people who help to put together our weekly

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

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 gain or loss, and be sure you understand how the medicines your loved one takes might

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

“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 are part of a larger group. The distinguishing feature of a not-for-profit CCRC, as

CCRCs Often Viewed as a Gift to the Children

“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 resident at a continuing care retirement community for an interview in a 2009 article