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NOTICE: The health and well-being of our patients, members, clients and staff are our top priorities. In an effort to stop transmission of COVID-19, Senior Friendship centers is suspending programs, activities and services that bring people into our centers through March 31.

NOTICE: The health and well-being of our patients, members, clients and staff are our top priorities. In an effort to stop transmission of COVID-19, Senior Friendship centers is suspending programs, activities and services that bring people into our centers through March 31.

Over the past few weeks, it’s become clear that we are facing an unprecedented challenge.  Like you, we are deeply concerned and want to do what we can to help keep our communities and our families safe and healthy. We have spent the last week watching the...
Lights of Friendship

Lights of Friendship

The holiday season brightens our lives. Christmas lights adorn trees and our community, glowing candles in a Hanukkah menorah brighten our homes, and the seven candles in a kinara (candle holder) celebrate Kwanzaa: African heritage, unity, and culture. Senior...
The Effect of Loneliness on Seniors

The Effect of Loneliness on Seniors

Forward: In October, the funeral of veteran Edward Pearson at Sarasota National Cemetery received national attention when the funeral home printed that he had no immediate family to attend his funeral. More than 4,000 people showed up at the memorial service,...
Pet Therapy – Not Just for the Dogs

Pet Therapy – Not Just for the Dogs

Taffy’s ears perk up as soon as the music starts in the Activity Center. As a therapy dog, Taffy has been temperament tested for the pet therapy program and exposed to different noises, walkers, wheelchairs, canes, hats, children and more. But she has not yet heard a...
Robotic Pets – The Next Big Thing in Dementia Care

Robotic Pets – The Next Big Thing in Dementia Care

“Love” has wide black eyes, white furry paws, and meows and purrs gently while she is held. The orange tabby brings comfort to older adults with Alzheimer’s or dementia related diseases at The Caregiving Place at Friendship Centers. But “Love” is not a cat, and her...