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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...

April 22 at Venice Friendship Center - Holocaust Survivor Pieter Kohnstam: ‘Anne Frank and How I Reached Freedom’

Peter Kohnstam, author of A Chance to Live, will share his story of the Holocaust and his friendship with Anne Frank, on Wednesday, April 22 at 1 p.m. at the Venice Friendship Center.  “I have often reflected on how a moment in history or a single, individual decision can alter the course of one’s life irrevocably. When I was ...

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...

Treasures, Trinkets & Tea Save the Date:  May 7, 2015
Buy Tickets Treasures, Trinkets & Tea will be from 2:30 - 4:30  p.m. May 7, 2015 at the Chelsea Center in Sarasota.  This elegant afternoon of tea, fun and friendship will have it all; champagne, caviar, sweet and savory treats, accessory fashion show, silent auction and accessories market place. Proceeds will benefit the Caregiving Centers at the Friendship Centers.
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...

Rick Taylor has been struggling to obtain steady employment for years due to his age and severe health issues. He is raising his 5-year-old son, Matthew, on his own. Senior Friendship Centers has helped Taylor cover some of his expenses using Season of Sharing funds. Taylor spoke to Herald-Tribune correspondent Abby Weingarten.  See story here...

If you're ready to quit tobacco, help is FREE!

The Friendship Center in Sarasota is offering free tobacco cessation classes through Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center (AHEC).  This class provides  support, guidance, and quit aids like nicotine replacement patches, when available and medically appropriate, to help you become tobacco free.   The next class is scheduled f...

(SARASOTA) If you’d like help mastering your computer operating system, learning to make the most of your iPad, iPhone or Android, upcoming classes at The Friendship Center in Sarasota are designed to make learning easy, even if you haven’t much experience with technology. Small classes with ample opportunities to ask questions offer on...

Friendship Clinics in Sarasota and Venice Now Accepting Patients 50 and Older
Friendship Centers Clinics in Sarasota and Venice have lowered the age to 50 to better serve the needs of older adults in our communities. 
Veterans Day Ceremonies Nov. 11 at the Friendship Center Honor Tuskeegee Airmen; Exhibit Highlights African Americans in WW II
Opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. salute all Veterans who have served our country and protected our freedom.  Ret. USAF Lt. George Hardy, a decorated veteran and youngest of the Tuskegee airmen, will be an honored guest.  “African Americans in World War II,” an extraordinary traveling photography exhibit from the Smithsonian affiliate National Atomic Museum will  highlight efforts of black soldiers and military personnel. The exhibit  continues at the Center through No...
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.

Sign up on line now and plan to be part of the  Senior Hunger Task Force Team  for the Feed Families Hunger Walk  Jan. 17 at Miromar Outlet Mall, 10801 Corkscrew Road,  in Estero.  Your support will help provide monthly food bags for seniors in need through The Friendship Centers.  Please be aware, in order for the Fr...

TALLAHASSEE —  Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is recognizing the Senior Friendship Center in Venice as a PSC Helping Hand for helping raise public awareness about the Lifeline Assistance telephone discount program and energy and water conservation. “For senior residents in need, the Friendship Center, like its nam...

You love your home, but will it meet your needs in twenty years? Learn what you can do now to make your house a home for life.  Join us for “At Home After 50,” Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m in the Dywer Room of the Friendship Center for Healthy Aging, 1900 Brother Geenen Way in Sarasota. The program is free and refreshments will be provided. Call 941.556.3268 for reservations.  Certified Aging in Place Specialist Carolyn Sithong will present AARP's Home Fit program ,...
Friendship Centers Welcome Marty Katz , Director of Development and Marketing

Marty Katz is the new Director of Development at Marketing for Senior Friendship Centers, Inc. Katz comes to the Friendship Centers from the New College Foundation, where she served as associate director of community outreach and marketing.  Prior to that she worked as development director of community resources with Jewish Family and Children...

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...

Birds Do it, Bees Do It...and so does Grandma: Straight Talk about Later-Life  Sexuality
Birds do it, Bees do it...and so Does Grandma is a candid, straight-talking series addressing senior sexuality in all its colors —the challenges, the disappointments, and the surprises, as well as the delights and the love stories. Slated Sept 15 -19 at The Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way) in Sarasota, each of the sessions will be from 10 - 11 a.m. 
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