3 Things that Get Better With Age

“I’m like a fine wine. I get better with age, and the best is yet to come.” — Richelle Mead With age comes wisdom, so by the time you retire, you tend to know a thing or two about what really matters in life. Whether you’ve spent the last few decades raising a family or […]

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4 Tips to Protect Yourself Online

While living in an increasingly digital world has many advantages, it also has many risks. Because of this, protecting yourself from online hackers is more important than ever. There are easy steps you can take to improve your cybersecurity. Below are four simple ways to protect your accounts, identity and online information. Use Different Passwords […]

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How to Keep Your Home and Independence as You Age

  To the surprise of many, Medicare and private insurance rarely cover the costs of home care services like long-term live-in aides. Not to mention the hassle involved with finding and scheduling the right care providers when you need them most. Friendship at Home is a unique option for those who want to age at […]

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Join us for Lunch!

  It’s a lifetime plan for a life at home! Join the Friendship at Home staff to learn about central Ohio’s newest retirement living option over a luxurious Champagne brunch at Wedgewood Golf and Country Club.   When: Thursday, August 30 at 11 a.m.   Where: Wedgewood Golf and Country Club, 9600 Wedgewood Blvd., Powell, Ohio 43065 […]

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Navigating the Vitamin Aisle

Our bodies work tirelessly to produce the nutrients that keep us healthy. However, as we age, supplementing the nutrients we get through food with vitamins can support our overall wellbeing. While it’s always a good time to start a daily vitamin regimen, we know the vitamin aisle can be overwhelming. That’s why we’re breaking down […]

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Summer Fun with Grandkids: Make your own Ice Cream

With school out for the summer months, there’s a lot more time to spend with your grandkids. Make their next visit memorable with a tasty activity they’ll never forget: making homemade ice cream! Courtesy of Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking blog, this easy, no-machine-required recipe uses just three ingredients to make delicious vanilla ice cream. Ingredients […]

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Friendship at Home’s Seasonal Cookbook

At Friendship at Home, we love a delicious home-cooked meal. Not only is it essential to maintaining a healthy body, but it’s key to nurturing your mind as well. Below is a list of our favorite meals for every season. We hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we do! Summer There’s nothing quite as […]

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How to Age in Place with Peace of Mind

Friendship at Home is a unique program that can help you age in the comfort of your own home with a plan in place for long-term care. Our personalized plans provide the freedom and benefits of aging in place without the usual stress or worry. With a variety of membership options, the program is flexible […]

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Four Ways To Stress Less and Improve Your Health

Stress can take a mental, emotional and physical toll on our health. With more than 77 percent of Americans reporting physical discomfort from stress, including cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal problems, it’s important to know self-care techniques that can reduce the effect of stress on your body. If you’re experiencing high levels of stress during retirement, […]

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Join us for Coffee and Conversation!

  We’d love to help you develop a personal plan to age in the comfort of your own home. With a variety of factors that determine price and coverage, there’s no better way to learn about Friendship at Home than over a hot cup of coffee.

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4 Great Vacation Destinations For Retirees

Traveling is one of the best parts of retirement. With no job to dictate your schedule, you’ll have plenty of time to visit every location on your bucket list. Plus, with a Friendship at Home membership, you can travel with the peace of mind that we’ll coordinate care wherever you are — even if you’re […]

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4 Places To Explore In Columbus

Columbus is a fast-growing city with no shortage of unique and beautiful places to visit. Try something new this summer and explore one — or all — of these tried-and-true Columbus favorites that are perfect for solo travelers, couples, friends, families and grandkids. Franklin Park Conservatory This popular site in downtown Columbus offers a variety […]

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Join Us for Afternoon Tea!

With a variety of factors that determine price and coverage, there’s no better way to learn about Friendship at Home than over a hot cup of tea!   When:  Thursday, July 19 from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, August 7  from 2-4 p.m. Friday, August 17 from 2-4 p.m.   Where: Friendship at Home 90 S. High St. Dublin, OH 43017 […]

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Four Fun Ways to Stay Active in Retirement

Staying active during retirement is one of the best ways to remain happy and healthy as you age. While many people dread their daily workout, if you pick the right activities you may end up looking forward to it! Try one of these exercises to make your workout both fun and beneficial. Swim Swimming laps […]

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Easy Ways to Go Green

  Making your home a little greener during retirement can have surprising rewards — like lower bills and a sense of well-being. That’s why we put together these tips to help you keep money in your wallet while reducing waste and improving the health of the planet. Reuse Grocery Bags Plastic bags from the grocery […]

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Complimentary Dinner: Aging in Place with Peace of Mind

  Join the Friendship at Home staff to learn about central Ohio’s newest retirement living option over a luxurious Dinner at the Scioto Country Club!   Wednesday, June 13 at 4 p.m. Where: Scioto Country Club, 2196 Riverside Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221   RSVP by calling (614) 734-2167 Friendship at Home’s unique membership program offers an […]

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What Our Members Have to Say

“Friendship at Home was a lifesaver! We joined the Friendship at Home program after considerable due diligence. Having had a bad experience earlier with another care facility, we were extremely cautious about entering into a relationship with any company in that business. Therefore we requested an analysis of Friendship’s financial statements, an interview with the […]

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Fun Ways To Spend Time With Your Grandchildren This Summer

The best way to spend this season is quality time with your grandchildren — especially since they’ll have more free time without school or homework. Below are four fun and cheap ideas for spending time together: Gardening Introduce your grandchildren to growing their own plants, fruits and veggies. Not only will you have the chance […]

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Friendship at Home’s Favorite Spring Recipes

  Spring has sprung! There’s no better way to enjoy the warmer weather and greenery than by eating a meal with your family and friends on your back porch. Check out some of our favorite recipes below that are perfect for the spring season! Pasta Primavera Courtesy of Food Network Magazine, this pasta primavera is […]

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4 Great Volunteer Options in Columbus

One of the most rewarding things you can do with your free time is given back to your community. That’s why, at Friendship at Home, we believe volunteering is one of the best ways to spend retirement. No matter your interests — from animals to plants to people — there are tons of opportunities to […]

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4 Summer Safety Tips

Earlier in the year, we shared four safety tips for the cold winter season. Now, summer is upon us, and that means warm weather is as well. Staying safe during the hot summer season is essential for everyone, but as we grow older, it’s important to take extra precautions. Below are some of our tips […]

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What Our Members Are Saying

  “Falling has not been a problem for me.  But when I took one step out the door to pick up the paper on a cold morning in January, I didn’t realize I was stepping onto ice.  In a matter of seconds, I was on the ground and couldn’t get up.  I had broken my […]

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4 Reasons to Take Regular Walks

While walking may not feel as beneficial as high-intensity exercise, studies show it can be just as effective and is easier to make a habit in the long run — no pun intended. It’s excellent for your health, and as the days get longer and temperatures increase, it’s the perfect time to start. Below are […]

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5 Questions and Answers about Friendship at Home

Friendship at Home is changing the way central Ohioans age because our membership program allows you to confidently grow older in the comfort of your own home. While the benefits of the program are great, it can seem too good to be true — especially if you’re hearing about it for the first time. Here […]

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Friendship at Home’s Three Membership Options

To help our members age in the comfort of their own home with the peace of mind that future medical services will be coordinated whenever necessary, Friendship at Home has designed three membership levels. The three membership plans — All Inclusive, Security and Co-pay — provide varying degrees of coverage and costs to meet every […]

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What is a Care Coordinator?

Providing long-term care for a spouse or parent with health issues can be stressful and exhausting — both physically and emotionally. At Friendship at Home, we’ve designed our program to ensure our members will never need to burden their loved ones with their long-term care needs. We have on-staff care coordinators who are social workers […]

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Will Friendship at Home’s Services Travel With Me?

Friendship at Home is a long-term, in-home continuing care program that allows members to age at home and receive up to full nursing-home-level care whenever they need it. The plan can drastically reduce the number of “what-ifs” in your life and allow you to enjoy retirement with the peace of mind that you’ll never burden […]

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Is It Ever Too Late to Become a Member?

  The Friendship at Home program allows people 62 and older to age confidently in their own home knowing they will have access to affordable long-term care services if and when they need them. If you compare Friendship at Home to long-term care insurance or a continuing care retirement community, it’s often the most cost-effective […]

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How is Friendship at Home Different From Long-Term Care Insurance?

As we grow older, it’s important to have a plan in place for long-term care. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 70 percent of adults older than 65 will need some form of long-term care. While many retirees have traditionally relied on long-term care insurance policies to pay for […]

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What is Friendship at Home?

  Friendship at Home is a unique alternative for anyone who chooses not to move into a retirement community but wants the same guarantee of quality care as they age. The program offers all of the same services and advantages — without communal living. The Friendship at Home program allows retirees 62 and older to […]

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Friendship at Home’s Favorite Winter Meals

  There’s no better time to get together with family and enjoy a hot meal than during the snowy winter months. Here are some of our team’s favorite meals for an icy evening at home. Maple-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potato Wedges and Brussels sprouts  Originally posted on Eatingwell.com, this recipe is as easy as […]

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6 Reasons to Age in Place

There really is no place like home. Many of our favorite memories are made in the comfort of our homes — that special evening on the back porch watching fireflies or your grandkids’ first Thanksgiving. It often feels as though our house is the center of our family. As we age, it’s not uncommon to […]

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Ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Retirement

Valentine’s day isn’t just for couples — it’s an opportunity to celebrate love in all forms. Whether you spend the day with your grandkids, a best friend or your significant other, it’s a great time to make a memory with someone you care about. Below are a few of Friendship at Home’s creative ways to […]

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6 Benefits of Retirement

There’s a reason they’re called our golden years! Retirement is when the stress of work finally melts away and you’re left with the freedom to pursue your passions. While retirement is one of life’s most fulfilling stages, it’s easy to get caught up in negative talk about growing older. Sometimes, we need a little reminder […]

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Tips to Protect Yourself from the Flu

The flu has been especially prevalent this year. Public health officials have stated that the dominant strain, H3N2, has caused more fatalities in its lifetime than other strains like H1N1. While the flu doesn’t always cause serious complications, it’s important to take precautions. Once you have it, there is little that can be done to […]

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Creative Ways to Fill Your Home With Memories

Home is where the heart is. Whether you’ve lived in your home for four months or 40 years, there really is no place like it. However, it takes some effort and creative decorating to transform a house into a home. Hanging the right photo over the mantel can transform the room, and decorating with cherished […]

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Why Your Home’s Lighting Matters as You Age

As we grow older, our eyes undergo changes that can make it difficult to see distances, distinguish colors and read small print. In fact, studies suggest the average 65-year-old needs twice as much light as the average 20-year-old because of smaller pupils and darkened corneas. While these vision changes are completely normal, they can be […]

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5 Home Safety Tips for Snowbirds

One of the wonderful things about retirement is the ability to pick up and head to a warmer climate during the winter months. There’s nothing quite like a sunny day at the beach while your family and friends back home are shoveling their driveways. While it’s great to escape the icy weather for a warmer […]

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Tips for Decluttering Your Home

It’s natural to accumulate many objects throughout your lifetime. Some remind us of our most precious moments and milestones — but a lot of it is just “stuff.” Taking time to declutter our homes can free space in our closets, make our homes safer and give us a feeling of satisfaction. Plus, having fewer material […]

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7 Podcasts to Listen to in Retirement

If you’ve never listened to a podcast, you’re missing out! A podcast is a downloadable radio program that can be listened to at any time. They originally got their name by combining the words iPod and broadcast, and they’re a great, educational alternative to music and talk radio. There are podcasts about every topic imaginable […]

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4 Winter Safety Tips

The holiday season is upon us, and that means the cold winter months are as well. Staying safe during the icy season is essential for everyone, but as we grow older, it’s important to take extra precautions. Below are some of our tips for staying safe and healthy during the winter months: Avoid the Ice […]

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Friendship at Home’s Holiday Gift Guide

  Having trouble finding a gift for your kids, grandkids or significant other? Fear not! The Friendship at Home team is here to ensure you have everything you need to make your loved ones smile on Christmas morning. Spotify ($9.99 a month) Give the gift of music with a Spotify subscription! Spotify is an online […]

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Friendship at Home’s Favorite Holiday Recipes

There’s no better time than the holidays to get together with family or friends and bond over a delicious meal. As the holiday season begins, and the year comes to an end, we wanted to share recipes for festive treats and dishes our staff loves! Here are three of our favorite holiday recipes: Raspberry and […]

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4 Tips for Healthy Aging

Aging is a natural part of life. While we can’t control our age, we can control the actions that affect our health. By taking steps to keep your body healthy, you’re more likely to live a long life full of laughs and good memories. Following these easy tips can keep your body, mind and soul […]

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Essential Home Upgrades for Aging in Place

Membership programs like Friendship at Home mean you’ll never have to worry about leaving your home as your care needs change as you age.  It means you’ll never have to say goodbye to your back porch, pets or personal space. It means you can grow older worry-free in the comfort of your own home while […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Caregiving

Caring for a spouse or parent with health issues, also known as caregiving, is hard. For many, caring for an aging parent or spouse is one of the most challenging things they’ve ever done. At Friendship at Home, we believe no one should have to watch a loved one suffer or put their life on […]

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Easy Ways to Make Money in Retirement

Having extra money can make retirement a little more fun. It’s always good to have some extra money in your pocket to spoil your grandkids with a candy bar. Maybe you want to make a little extra money without committing to a full-time job, or maybe you’re just looking for a new hobby that pays. […]

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4 Great Ways to Enjoy Retirement

  Retirement often marks the end of stress and the start of a new life chapter. It’s the time when you finally get to sit back and enjoy the simple things. But just like anything new, retirement can be a bit daunting if you’re not sure how to spend your time. That’s why we’ve put […]

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How To Afford Long-Term Care In Retirement

Every retiree should have a lifetime plan for a life at home. Having a plan in place for long-term care can save money, reduce stress and enable you to age in the comfort of your home. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost 70 percent of adults older than 65 will […]

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Friendship at Home’s Favorite Autumn Meals

  Autumn is upon us, and that means it’s time to get ready for football tailgates and our final cookouts. Here are our three favorite Fall meals.   Butternut Squash Spaghetti with Sausage and Sage Originally from Womansday.com, this quick meal looks beautiful and tastes delicious.   Ingredients 8 oz. spaghetti Top half of a […]

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Columbus Trick or Treat Guide 2017

Halloween is a magical time of year! Whether you’re passing out Skittles on your front porch or trick-or-treating with your grandkids, here’s some important information to ensure Halloween goes off without a hitch. Columbus Trick-or-Treat Guide for 2017: When is Trick-or-Treat? In 2015, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission set a unified trick-or-treat night for the […]

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3 Benefits of Aging in Place

  There’s a reason they call them your Golden Years. Retirement is a time to live life to the fullest, accomplish the goals you never had time for, and make memories that will last a lifetime. It’s not a time to worry about future healthcare concerns or the possibility of someday leaving your home for […]

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Doughnuts and Discussion

Join the Friendship at Home staff to learn about central Ohio’s newest retirement living option over coffee and doughnuts! When: Thursday, October 19 at 10 a.m. Where: 90 S. High St., Dublin, OH 43017 Friendship at Home’s unique membership program offers an affordable plan to grow older in the comfort of your own home while […]

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Taking a Great Family Photo at Home

There’s nothing like a family photo to document your family tree. Whether you want to hang it on your wall, keep it on your nightstand or turn it into one of these 33 cherished projects, a family photo will make your house feel like a home. Luckily, you don’t have to hire a professional photographer […]

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5 Services That Deliver to Your Home

One of the benefits of aging in place with Friendship at Home is that you never have to leave your living room. While it may be fun to go out with friends or grocery shopping with your significant other, sometimes it’s nicer to stay in the comfort of your own home. Luckily, the days of […]

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Friendship at Home’s Favorite Summer Meals

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as sitting down for a home-cooked meal on your back porch. At Friendship at Home, we love knowing that our members will be able to enjoy cooking in their kitchens for years to come. Here are three of our staff’s favorite summer meals: Pesto Grilled Chicken and Avocado Salad This […]

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4 Tips for Seniors Exercising at Home

Exercise is a vital component of every healthy lifestyle. It’s the single best thing you can do to improve your health other than quitting smoking, and if exercise came in pill form it would be called the wonder drug. Regular exercise is linked to improved mood, long-term mobility and is a vital part of reducing […]

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How To Maintain Good Sleep Hygiene As We Age

  There’s nothing quite like falling asleep in the comfort of your own home. But as we age, maintaining good sleep hygiene is important because experiencing altered sleep patterns like insomnia and restlessness are common. Many seniors report difficulty staying asleep throughout the night, which can lead to depression, tiredness and irritability. Ensuring you get […]

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How to Recognize Depression in Senior Citizens

Clinical depression affects an estimated 6 million Americans over 65, and as we age, it’s important to understand how to recognize depression in senior citizens. Depression may occur naturally or as a side effect of medical conditions and medications, and with a diverse set of symptoms, it may manifest as sadness, loss of appetite, insomnia, […]

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3 Tips For Seniors Gardening at Home

Gardening can transform your backyard into a beautiful getaway, improve the appearance of your home and provide hours of summer fun. Not only is gardening a rewarding, life-long activity but a hobby that promotes healthy living. By reducing anxiety and increasing physical activity, gardening improves both your mood and fitness. Studies show that regular gardening […]

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Reasons Why Seniors Should Own A Pet

As we age, the advantages of pet ownership can’t be understated. A furry friend can be a source of companionship and happiness that brings life into the home while reminding us to cherish the simple things. Knowing there’s a source of unconditional love waiting at home is enough to get many people through the day. […]

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Family-Friendly Day Trips and Activities with Seniors

Building happy memories, getting out of the house and staying active are important life goals at any age, but in families with seniors, it’s important to choose activities that are stimulating without being exhausting or dangerous. Here are some popular day trips for seniors in the Columbus area:

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How to Keep Your Parents Safe With Senior Driving Restrictions

There’s a different level of concern that a parent has when their teenager is learning to drive compared to when their parents are losing the skill. If there’s one thing more stubborn than a teenager, it’s an independent senior citizen whose ability to drive is being threatened. The US Constitution protects seniors from arbitrary loss-of-driving-privileges […]

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What Services do Seniors Need to Age in Place at Home?

If given an option, many seniors would prefer aging at home as opposed to moving to an assisted living facility to spend their golden years. Aging from the comfort of your own home has its advantages. At the same time, it’s not a decision that seniors should make lightly due to their growing physical, mental […]

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Seniors Beware! It’s Scam Season Again

As tax season hits full swing, seniors should be on guard against tax scams and other fraudulent activities that can cheat them out of their money. It’s not unusual for seniors to be the target of scammers out to rob them of their retirement funds.

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How Hobbies can Make an Important Impact for Seniors

Hobbies can enrich a senior’s life by helping them live a more active and productive lifestyle. Hobbies which involve the participation of others such as team sports, game playing or volunteering can give you a sense of belonging and purpose. By staying socially active after retirement, you can live a happier, more satisfying life. An […]

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How Technology Improves Independent Living for Seniors

Modern technology can enrich a senior’s lifestyle by making their golden years easier and more enjoyable. Technology has much to offer a senior pursuing an independent way of life. Modern technology can boost home safety and security so seniors can have greater confidence living on their own. The following technological advances facilitate independent living for […]

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Can You Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

Healthy living is key to helping you stay physically and mentally fit. By embracing a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, a nutritious diet, sufficient rest, socialization and reduced stress, you can improve both your physical and mental health. According to current research, healthy living choices could even reduce the risk of developing brain disorders […]

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Understanding Dementia

Dementia has been defined as a significant decline in a person’s cognitive abilities due to damaged brain cells that disable cognitive functions. Dementia symptoms may range from memory loss to a decline in thinking, communication and behavior skills. In the case of Alzheimer’s, damaged cells in the hippocampus area of the brain affect memory and learning, […]

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Understanding Seasonal Depression in Seniors

Seniors are not immune to spells of depression, especially around the holidays when thoughts of the dearly departed, the past or physical limitations may cause them to be down. This seasonal depression isn’t something that should be ignored or dismissed — seniors should not have to suffer in silence. Below are some of the signs […]

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Top Reasons Why People Avoid Assisted Living

Assisted living holds a stigma among many seniors because the words imply a loss of freedom and independence, but that simply isn’t so. Services such as Friendship at Home take assisted living to a whole new level, allowing seniors to live in a comfortable, independent fashion at home. Let’s take a look at some of the […]

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Keep an Eye Out for These Signs of Dementia

Family gatherings during the holidays are usually times of great joy, but sometimes a bit of concern creeps in. If your parent or another family member isn’t quite themself, how do you know if the difference is significant? According to physicians, there are specific signs that should signal to you that your family member should […]

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Holiday Crafts to Do With Family Members Who Have Dementia

At first, it may seem bittersweet to create holiday activities for a loved one with dementia, especially if he or she was once instrumental in past festivities. Yet your family member is still the same person. If you keep the skills he or she previously excelled at in mind, holiday crafts can be a great […]

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Kick These 3 Excuses for Not Planning for Retirement

Values such as self-reliance and independence may be dissuading you from planning your retirement living, but that would be a mistake. It’s impossible to predict the future, and although you don’t need assisted living or home health care right now, it may be invaluable when you finally reach retirement. Below are some common objections we […]

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How to Better Care for an Aging Population

Health care advocates in the U.S. are continuously exploring new ways to best serve our aging population. At Friendship at Home, we are always following the latest trends and recommendations, implementing them early to ensure we are providing the best care possible to our clients. Helping our older members create their own individualized, flexible plans that allow them to […]

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How to Create a Safer Environment in Your Own Home

According to AARP research, aging adults prefer to remain in their own homes as they age. In fact, 90 percent of those surveyed indicated they prefer to stay in their homes and “age in place.” This holds true even when the elderly need some in-home care. For many seniors, the main concern is maintaining control […]

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Evaluating the Cost of Living for Aging Adults

Choosing the right retirement option for your aging parent or loved one shouldn’t be made lightly. Consideration for the aging adult’s wishes, health status and the cost of care are all important factors to consider. For many aging Americans staying in their own homes is important to their sense of independence and helps maintain a […]

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Are There Better Options than Independent Living Communities?

In the past, there were limited options when it came to living out your senior years independently. You could either move into an independent living or assisted living facility, or you could hire private care helpers on your own. Many seniors found these options either too controlling or too expensive. Thankfully, times have changed, and […]

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What is Friendship at Home?

Envision a future that advances public health, creates age-friendly homes and communities, enables lifelong learning, work and entrepreneurship, and promotes purposeful engagement and volunteerism. That’s the future of our senior population. Retirement no longer means sitting around relaxing for the rest of your days. Today’s senior is out and about living life to its fullest.

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At Home Seminars

Our upcoming seminars provide you an opportunity to learn more about the first ever Continuing Care at Home program in Central Ohio.  We are so excited to have these events and hope you will join us.  Please call 614.734.2167 or email us at fvathome@fvdublin.org to reserve your spot now as space is limited. We are also […]

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The New Model for the Future of Aging

“We envision a future that advances public health, creates age-friendly homes and communities, enables lifelong learning, work and entrepreneurship & promotes purposeful engagement & volunteerism.” When we see aging in a more positive light, the benefits of longevity start rolling into view! http://goo.gl/T4AyCD

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Healthy Aging Begins at Home

For many individuals, aging in place is the healthiest option. But the benefits don’t end there! Healthy, at-home aging plans have a positive impact on our healthcare system & housing market: http://goo.gl/5pauDE

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