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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...

‘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...

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 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...

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.

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1888 Brother Geenen Way

Sarasota, FL 34236
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