Archive for September, 2019

palm trees blowing in the storm-

She spent two days alone in her house in water up to her neck, moving from room to room, holding on to anything that would help her stay above water, not knowing if she would survive.

For sixty years Alice (not her real name) had lived happily in that quaint three-bedroom house snuggled toward the back of her yard, far away from the noisy street and most of her neighbors. She had weathered many storms in that house; so, when word came that Dorian was coming, she did what she always did in preparation for a hurricane: she ensured she had a three-day supply of water and ea…

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There is solitude.  Then there is loneliness.  And when feelings of loneliness come along with isolation, it can be harmful in many ways to a person’s short- and long-term health and wellbeing.  This is true for someone of any age.  Above all, it is concerning among the growing population of older adults.  This is because of the difficult challenge of taking the actions necessary to remedy it.

AARP did a national study on this topic.  They surveyed over 3,000 adults who were 45 years of age and older.  Some facts which their research revealed include:

• Lonel…

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falling leaf

Today — September 23 — is the First Day of Autumn and is Falls Prevention Awareness Day.  It is a day that calls for greater awareness of this important issue, which is a danger to anyone but especially to older adults.  And it is a day that calls for action to take steps to help avoid the danger of falling.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), “every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury.”As we all age, we are at a greater risk of falling and getting hurt.  Stay safer with these falls prevention ti…

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On Sunday, July 31, 1994, the Philadelphia Inquirer published an article about the recent launch of a new company in Blue Bell. It was entitled “Friends Life Care assists people who don’t want to live in a retirement village” and “Friends Life Care: Helping people enjoy retirement at their homes”.

Some things have remained the same since this article was written so long ago. Friends Life Care continues in its commitment to Quaker-based values and is dedicated to serving older adults who wish to remain in their own home as they age. And “each member is assigned a …

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Meet a Member – Valerie Brown

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September 9th, 2019 Health & Wellness No Comments

Friends Life Care member, Valerie Brown, knows about the power intention has to shape lives.  Being raised in poverty in Brooklyn, New York,  her intentions were simple:  “Make money.  Get out of Brooklyn”, which wasn’t the swanky place it is today. This intention drove her to law school and to an intense, crazy-busy and high stakes career as a successful lobbyist and attorney. Days folded into months, which became years, until a couple of decades had passed. And one day, she had a sort of calling – an epiphany – that led her life down a very different pa…

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