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Music Is Good For Your Health!

Enjoying music–whether at parties and other events or at home–can lead to improved mood, cognitive performance, and memory functions for those with dementia. And singing or dancing along, rather than passively listening to music, can bring even greater rewards. Click here for an amazing video showing the transformation music can bring about! A recent study published in the Journal of the…

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Self-care: New Year’s Resolution For Caregivers

New Year’s Resolutions–a common concept in our culture, with many vowing to break habits they see as negative. For those devoted to caring for a loved one at home, however, the most important resolution they can make is for their own self-care. Too often, caregivers get caught up in the never-ending duties of caring for their loved one at the…

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Home For the Holidays

For some, the holidays bring that warm, fuzzy feeling, while for others they are more challenging. Many have high expectations that are difficult to meet, no matter your family circumstances. However, when adult children come home and see parents and other older relatives after time apart, they may discover that their loved ones need more help than they know, especially…

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#GivingWednesday

We know you received a lot of appeals from worthy non-profits yesterday on Giving Tuesday. However, Friendship Center provides a unique service, the only nonprofit adult day services program in the Santa Barbara community. Here at Friendship Center, we were busy having tacos this Tuesday. So we decided to make it Giving Wednesday instead. Don’t let Friendship Center be an…

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Veterans Support Group Offers Up Compassion, Humor

Carol Metcalf-Roth grew up on military bases with a father who had a 30-year career in the Air Force, serving in World War II and Vietnam. Observing her family’s resilience during his service has informed her therapeutic approach to the work she does with veterans. Carol, a licensed MFT and Military Family Life Counselor, as well as an adjunct professor…

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Friendship Center–Honoring Our Veterans

Dear Friends, I am writing today with the story of Earl,* diagnosed with advanced dementia, who has been attending Friendship Center Montecito for over two years. Earl is a Vietnam veteran with PTSD, which is triggered by stress. Often while sitting in silence, he mulls over his traumatic memories and dwells on his frustration at not being able to remember…

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Legal Considerations In Caring for an Elder

Caring for an elder loved one brings up many issues that can be daunting. One of these is the legal requirements and recommendations for those in this situation. Should you prepare an advanced directive? What about conservatorship and estate planning? Luckily, there are local and online resources for help with these questions. “As we care for aging loved ones, we…

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What Does It Mean To Share The Care? National Adult Day Services Week

Adult day services might be the best-kept secret in eldercare–a way to share the care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other conditions requiring supervision and structured activities. But the 3rd week each September has been designated to bring recognition to this highly valuable service. This year, it’s is September 16-22. Through the social contact, nutritious meals, supervision, care,…

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Wine Down & Big Heart Awards Coming Soon!

  (MONTECITO, Calif.) Friendship Center is putting on its 8th Annual Wine Down & Big Heart Awards on Thursday, September 13th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Featuring wine and beer tastings from 12 local businesses, this is an event not to miss. “Our Wine Down and Big Heart Awards is a chance to enjoy a casual event with our supporters…

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What Are the Keys to Long Life?

Standard advice holds that in order to live a long life, you need to cut out harmful activities such as smoking and drinking, eat healthy foods, and get lots of exercise. Then again, George Burns smoked cigars and drank all his life and made it to 100. You may have even seen the recent video going around Facebook of a…

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