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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.
‘Joy of Giving’ Moves Georgiades to Help Friendship Centers  Improve Dental Health for Seniors in Need

Seeing their money do good work to help others during their lifetimes motivated Dr. Richard and Jean Georgiades to make a substantial gift to the Friendship Centers Dental Clinics recently. Their generous gift of $50,000 will help improve the quality of life and health of hundreds of older adults in need in Sarasota County. “Whatever you n...

Thanks to a $9,203 grant provided by the Verna L. Grauel Fund, the Alzheimer’s Lifeliners Field of Interest Fund and the Martin and Rhoda Safer Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Friendship Centers’ “Sponsor a Senior” program will provide assistance with the cost of adult day services in the Li...

Friendship Centers Names Two to Board of Governors
Patricia Courtois and Kevin C. Maisch, both of Sarasota, have been elected to serve on The Friendship Centers' Board of Governors. Members of the Board of Governors are charged with actively supporting the Friendship Centers’ mission to promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.

Today’s seniors are living longer than ever before. Over the past 10 years, the U.S. population age 65 and over increased by  approximately 25 percent, from roughly 36 million in 2003 to 45 million in 2013. Not only are more people reaching their 65th birthday, many are living well beyond age 65. Between 1980 and 2013, the ...

‘Flying to the Moon’ with Art Borsa, still dancing and singing at 93

Part of the secret to a long and healthy life is doing what you love. For Art Borsa, that includes singing with the Friday band at The Friendship Center in Sarasota, hangin’ with his friends and stepping out on the dance floor. Arthur Borsa spent his working years as a concrete contractor, but music was always in his heart.   The up...

Trinkets, Treasures & Tea Raises nearly $12,000 for Caregiver Resource Centers

 “Treasures, Trinkets & Tea,” a spring fundraiser for the Friendship Caregiver Resource Centers and Adult Day Services in Venice and Sarasota, on May 7  raised nearly $12,000 – double the amount last year –  to help Sarasota County Caregivers. Thank you to all who supported this event! This lovely and l...

Friendship Centers Sarasota Celebrates Volunteers

The Friendship Centers in Sarasota celebrated volunteers May 20 with “Bob’s Bodacious Barbecue” hosted by President and CEO Robert Carter. Since 1973, volunteers have contributed 1,462,012 hours with an in-kind value of $40,926,367 to the communities served by the Friendship Centers. Their time and dedication make it possible for...

Discover the Wild Side of Florida is a great opportunity for grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy a summer learning adventure through the Road Scholar Program offered by the Friendship Centers.

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...

What Women 50+ Need to Know About Preventive Health Care

National Women’s Health Week, in May, serves to remind women to safeguard their health and well-being. Dr. Lana Nusbaum, a volunteer physician who treats patients 50 and over at the Friendship Centers’ Medical Clinic in Sarasota, emphasizes disease prevention through changes in lifestyle and regular screenings. Q: What is your main f...

Friendship is a Healthy Smile and a Basket of Gratitude at the Sarasota Dental Clinic
A remarkable synergy takes place when Jean Freeman, 88 arrives at the Friendship Centers Health Clinic for a dental appointment with one of her favorite people – Dr. Barry Sukoneck, DDS, FAGD.
The Heart of Caring: Helping Mom, Honoring Mom

“Caregiving is an emotional rollercoaster. I don’t know what I would have done if the Friendship Centers Caregiver Resource Center support group wasn’t there for me.” Jenny Hime Jenny Hime describes her relationship with her mother, Helen Wagner, as sometimes like “oil and water. It’s a good witch/bad witch s...

Senior Theatre Helps Older Adults Get into the Act for Older Americans Month

Getting into the Act – the theme for Older Americans Month this May – has special meaning at the Friendship Centers in Sarasota, where senior performers have been taking front-and-center stage since 1998, when they were among the first Senior Theaters in the country. Since then the Centers’ award-winning senior theatre group has g...

Wells Fargo Grant Will Help Support Senior Economic Security Program

Wells Fargo has awarded a $5,000 Community Development grant to the Friendship Centers for the Senior Financial Stability and Economic Security Initiative, a program which helps the more than 16,000 older adults age 60 and older in Sarasota County who are living below the Federal Poverty line. Through the Initiative, a Financial Security Specialis...

Art as a Pathway to Healing: Mandala Magic for Caregivers  April 20

"Mandala Magic for Caregivers," a workshop by Expressive Arts Facilitator Linda Joffe, is slated Monday, April 20, at 10 a.m. at the Friendship Centers' Caregiver Resource Center, 1820 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota. A $10 donation is asked, and advance reservations are required by calling 556.3268,  "Spring is a time of re-birth, and it’...

Walking Tall...a walk in the park that can change your life

Changing your health and your life can begin as simply as a walk in the park.  A new Walking Anatomy course taught by Diane Whitacre, Postural Anatomist RT, at The Friendship in Sarasota may be a good first step in that direction.   WALKING ANATOMY will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28. Limited to eight pa...

Mindset is a series of five classes designed to help individuals and care partners manage early stage memory loss, but also helpful to anyone seeking to improve their cognitive skills with exercises to help with brain function as well as tools for organizing information and daily activities and strategies to improve communication.  The p...

TOUCH Program Reaches out to People in Nursing Homes

As coordinator of the TOUCH Program, Timmie Weisbaum and a core of volunteers bring a ray of sunshine, a friendly smile, lively music, movement, and the magic of touch to people in nursing homes. TOUCH is a legacy of caring begun by her mother, Cecile Barg in 1978. Over the years thousands of older adults have benefited from the program. “My...

Sarasota resident Deborah Colasante has been a full-time caregiver for her elderly mother, Jennie, for several years. Colasante, who was an optometrist up north, is not currently licensed to practice in Florida. Due to her inability to work and her need to help her mother, Colasante, 59, has experienced several financial struggles. She shared her s...

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