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Friendship Center for Aging Studies
The Friendship Center for Aging Studies is an exciting new initiative of the Friendship Centers providing accredited continuing education training to local and regional professionals. Visit centerforagingstudies. com for information on upcoming programs.
MJ Scarpelli Joins Senior Friendship Health Center as Director of Development and Marketing
The Friendship Centers welcomes MJ Scarpelli,  the new Director of Development and Marketing for Senior Friendship Health Center in Naples, a not-for-profit organization providing crucial medical and dental care to the aging population of Collier County since 1985.
DeSoto Friendship Center Offers Support for Relatives Raising Relatives

Did you know that nationally, nearly 3 million children are being raised by a grandparent?  Or that in Florida, nearly half a million children live in home where the householders are grandparents or other relatives?   At the Friendship Centers in DeSoto County, there is help for individuals who find themselves in these challenging c...

West Coast Woman Cover Features President & CEO  Erin McLeod

President and CEO Erin McLeod is featured on the cover of February's West Coast Woman.  As the Friendship Centers' first woman President and only the second President and CEO in the organization's 42 year history, Erin is leading the way to address the growing numbers and needs of older adults in Sarasota, DeSoto, Collier, Charlotte an...

The Friendship Centers Receives Match from The Patterson Foundation to Boost Fundraising for Startup Earned-Income Plan
The Friendship Centers has received a match challenge from The Patterson Foundation to jumpstart its efforts to implement the Friendship Center for Aging Studies, a new earned income program that will provide accredited continuing education training to professionals with a focus on issues, challenges and solutions specific to an aging population. The income generated will accelerate the Friendship Centers’ mission.  The Patterson Foundation will match dollar for dollar up to 50 percen...

The Department of Elder Affairs’  Disaster Preparedness Guide is now online  and it is chocked full of information we feel is essential in helping you through a variety of difficult situations – from hurricanes, to tornadoes, to excessively hot temperatures. For the English edition, click here.  For the Spanish edition,...

At the Friendship Center in Arcadia, we’ve decided to try something new.  How does getting together for breakfast at the Friendship Center sound?  You can now choose to join us for breakfast or lunch.  Or, join us for breakfast at 9 a.m., stay for your favorite activity, and be back home before noon. 
Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is recognizing Lee County’s Friendship Centers as a PSC Helping Hand for helping raise public awareness about the Lifeline Assistance telephone discount program, energy and water conservation, and utility impersonation scams.
Friendship in Bloom - Meet Desoto Volunteer Doug Dyal
Friendship Centers DeSoto volunteer Doug Dyal is always ready to lend a helping hand, including caring for the plants outside the Center.

Two long-standing medical clinics in Collier County are tying the knot to open a new location in East Naples to streamline medical care for needy patients. The Senior Friendship Health Center and the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida will share a 6,000-square-foot clinic that is slated to open in September. Read more in this article by Liz F...

Friendship Centers Charlotte Featured in Harbor Style Magazine

The headline says it all: "Secret Angels." In The Giving Issue, November's Harbor Style Magazine, writer Carol Bruyere profiles two  programs who are quietly making life easier for older adults in Charlotte County: OCEAN (Our Charlotte Elder Affairs Network) and The Friendship Centers. Check it out.

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS. Based on the 90,000 complaints that TIGTA has received through its telephone hotline, to dat...

Senior Friendship Centers is extending its support for caregivers through "Ten Minutes With Paula,"  a series of programs available at any time on Blogtalkradio.com. Hosted by Skip Cohen, the program looks at topics to help caregivers everywhere deal with the daily challenges of caring for a loved one.
Caregiving can be an all-consuming responsibility. In the newest episode of "Ten Minutes with Paula," special guest Jane Johnson explains the importance of getting a break from caregiving to preserve one's health and well-being.
Caregiving is one of the greatest challenges and opportunities most of us experience in a lifetime. Belonging to a support group can be a lifeline on this journey.  Each week Paula Falk, director of the Caregiver Resource Center at Senior Friendship Centers in Sarasota, Florida, moderates a support group of caregivers dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer's. She's helped to provide guidance and a constant reminder to each member that they're not alone, that it's ...
Hunger is a very real issue for many older adults in Southwest Florida. Friendship Centers Executive Director Nancy Green-Irwin of Lee County offers insight into the needs of older adults in this article publisehd in the Fort Myers News-Press Dec.16.

Huffington Post Blogger Enid Bordon looks at the facts about Senior Hunger in America. Read more here.   Senior Friendship Centers  is working hard to help older adults in the communities we serve who are struggling with hunger issues. With hunger increasing more than 135% in Southwest Florida, need continues exceed resource...

Life can catch you unprepared. Whether it's a medical emergency, a hurricane or other disaster, having a plan, and having your information in order should an emergency arise can make all the difference in the world. 
Check out the newest blogs by newspaper columnist/freelance writer Kathy Silverberg. Kathy, who serves as secretary of Senior Friendship Center's Board of Governors, previously was Souther Region Publisher for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Editor/General Manager of four New York Times Regional Newspapers. 
World Health day this year took a fresh look a health data to help us better understand the needs of older people, and some of the associated stereotypes of older adults. 
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DeSoto Contact Information

DeSoto Senior Friendship Center

Friendship Centers
of DeSoto County

219 West Oak Street 
Arcadia, FL 34266
863.494.5965
Fax: 863.494.2387
Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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