• May2018

    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

  • Apr2018

    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

  • 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?

  • Mar2018

    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,

  • Jan2018

    What families affected by advanced dementia need to know about medical hospice: When is it time and what can hospice do to help. with Julie Angelos, Assisted Hospice   and   Dr. Robert Harbaugh M.D. Facilitated by Karen Aldenderfer Tuesday, Feb.27th 2 – 3:30 p.m. at Maravilla 5486 Calle Real, Goleta  Registration

  • Written by Luciana Mitzkun, Friendship Center Family Services Director It is difficult to keep track of day-to-day events, news, appointments, and health care needs. Even more so when you are experiencing memory loss. Most people in this position become copious note-takers. They write all pieces of information they find important

  • Dec2017

    In light of the Thomas Fire, our thoughts and concerns are with the countless families affected by this tragedy. We are also reminded of how California’s preparedness can play a significant role in minimizing the impact and casualties of this large fire (the largest in California’s history!). Californians are not

  • Nov2017

    Santa Barbara residents have recently seen a sharp increase in numbers of financial fraudulent cases lately, a trend that tragically seems to affect the rest of the country as well. Fraud perpetrators are criminals, scheme artists who prey on human vulnerabilities common to most of us. They specially target seniors

  • Oct2017

    Enjoy light refreshments while you browse through winter fashions at J.McLaughlin. Wednesday, November 8 noon – 4pm J.McLaughlin 1253 Coast Village Road Montecito, CA jmclaughlin.com 15% of the sales will benefit Friendship Center.

  •  Click the photo for a slideshow of FOH images by David Harlow MEDIA COVERAGE Thank you for falling down the rabbit hole to Wonderland, and for your support for the 19th Annual Festival of Hearts Saturday, February 10, 2018 All proceeds from the event support our HEART (Help Elders At