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Friendship Center is a fully licensed non-profit adult day services program providing professional, compassionate, affordable care in Southern Santa Barbara County at two sites – Montecito and Goleta.

Friendship Center has been my lifesaver
and has greatly enriched my mother’s life.
The Friendship Center staff has become
our extended family and friends.
- Robert LaRoche

Our mission is to preserve and enrich the quality of life for aging and dependent adults through innovative programs that value the dignity and worth of every person. We provide respite, support, and education, enabling families to continue to be engaged in their community, careers, and commitments.

Latest News

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    Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses This Summer

    Summer is upon us, and this promises to be a hot one! While we look forward to the long, warm days for bringing friends and family together and enjoying outdoor activities, we must also make sure safety precautions are in place, particularly when it comes to vulnerable and dependent adults,

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    Brain Training Promotes Cognitive Functioning as we Age

    Join us on June 11 for CONNECTIONS OPEN HOUSE   The human brain needs to receive stimulation to encourage synapses and the formation of new connections between brain cells. In other words, cognitive stimulation strengthens the brain. CONNECTIONS, Friendship Center’s brain training program, unites the two major modes of brain stimulation–social

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    Friendship Center Celebrates Older Americans Month

    May is Older Americans Month, when we take time to pause and reflect on our senior’s remarkable achievements. Members of the Greatest Generation, whose courage and determination saw us through wars and economic recovery, they are now leaving what may be their biggest imprint on our culture—a new definition of

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    Increasing Resilience and Overcoming Caregiving Stress

    By Luciana Mitzkun, Family Services Director – Stress is bad for all of us. Stress is particularly bad for you, if you are caring for a loved one with dementia. Many caregivers notice when they themselves become affected with loss of memory, and they wonder about it: Is dementia contagious?

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    Noozhawk coverage, by Rochelle Rose

    For the 19th year, the Friendship Center celebrated its signature special event — the Festival of Hearts — on Saturday with a “Queen of Hearts” theme from Alice in Wonderland lore. Held a few days before Valentine’s Day at The Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort, the festival featured a sit-down luncheon,