A New Meet a Member Feature

By Maria Buehler
July 18th, 2017 Care Coordination, For Members, Health & Wellness Comments Off on A New Meet a Member Feature

Meet Friends Life Care members, Mary Ann and Richard Morse.  They have shared their creative and adventurous life story with us so we can share it with you!  From successful careers, around the world travel and love of live theater to music, photography, volunteering and family — they certainly are living the VigR philosophy of vitality, independence, growth and resilience every day.

View their story by clicking here:

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Why Older Adults Should Keep A Written Journal

By Friends Life Care Contributors
July 11th, 2017 For Members, Health & Wellness Comments Off on Why Older Adults Should Keep A Written Journal

Are you familiar with the story of Robert Shields? Probably not– but his life’s work is expansive, and frankly, amazing.

Robert Shields journaled his life and that’s a huge understatement. He took journaling to an insane level, chronicling every moment of his life for over 25 years. He recorded the food he ate, the places he went, the things he bought and every single mundane detail of his existence. It’s estimated that Shields spent up to four hours a day recording his day.

Mr. Shields is the extreme case (he actually had a sickness called hypergraphia), but t…

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Summer Skin Care Tips for Aging Skin

By Friends Life Care Contributors
July 7th, 2017 For Members, Health & Wellness Comments Off on Summer Skin Care Tips for Aging Skin

Protecting the skin is important at all stages of life, but as a person ages, the skin becomes more delicate. Older adults are more susceptible to having skin issues, especially in the long, sunny and sweltering days of summer.

Staying out of the sun doesn’t mean sitting indoors with the blinds shut. It just means being more conscious about exposure to UV rays and keeping these skin care tips in mind before heading outside for summertime activities.

Sunscreen
This seems like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised how many people forgo the protection because they…

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Confessions of an Ex-Suburbanite

By Linda Koven
July 7th, 2017 Care Coordination, For Members, Health & Wellness Comments Off on Confessions of an Ex-Suburbanite

Aging in Place in Center City, Philadelphia
A confession

I have a confession to make; I miss my closets. I recently moved from a large single home in the suburbs to a small two- bedroom apartment in Center City. Except for my closets there is little I miss from the suburbs.  The advantages at this stage in my life, living in a city far outweigh suburban living. I now get my groceries, dry cleaning and medications from my pharmacy delivered right to my doorstep.  On numerous occasions, I have commented that I do not have to leave my apartment if I don’t want to- e…

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The Importance & Benefits of Family Storytelling

By Friends Life Care Contributors
July 5th, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on The Importance & Benefits of Family Storytelling

Do you tell family stories to your kids & grand kids?
There are many benefits to storytelling. Stories that have meaningful messages can instill virtues in your child; they can make them aware of their own culture and roots, opening them up to their family’s customs and traditions. Storytelling can improve your child’s listening skills, language skills, and sharpen his or her memory. On a deeper level, however, telling your children family stories can help your child form his or her identity.

Co-author of Your Child Year by Year, Claire Halsey explains, “our i…

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