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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, such as those with memory loss. During hot days, risk…

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Brain Training Promotes Cognitive Functioning as we Age

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 activity and brain training. We humans are inherently social creatures, so it is no surprise that social activity helps keep…

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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 aging in America. They have lived their lives with honor,…

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Increasing Resilience and Overcoming Caregiving Stress

By Luciana Mitzkun 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? Definitely not, but the stress associated with caregiving may be what is behind their…

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Festival of Hearts coverage in Noozhawk, 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, a social hour with Fess Parker wines, and musical entertainment…

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Journaling Your Journey

Written by Luciana Mitzkun 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 on pieces of paper, sticky notes, calendars, and bulletin boards. Some use computers or smartphones…

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Evacuation Preparation Tips for Families with Dementia Patients

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 unfamiliar with natural disasters. Most of our households have evacuation…

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Helping Santa Barbara Residents Prevent Fraud

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 and those living with any sort of cognitive impairment. Most…

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The Queen of Hearts’ Tea Party!

 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 Risk Today) Program, subsidizing the cost of adult day services…

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Fidget Quilts Now Available to Friendship Center Members

Presented by Quilters Guild of Santa Barbara and Goleta, CA In August 2017 the Quilters Guild of Santa Barbara and Goleta, CA presented members of Friendship Center adult day services with 52 beautiful fidget quilts. Each one of these quilts is a unique piece of art. Each quilt has its own theme and its own personality. Every quilt is equipped…

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