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Category: Venice


The first day of Fall is traditionally National Falls Awareness and Prevention Day. Don't miss programs at The Friendship Centers in Venice Sept. 22, and in Sarasota, Sept. 23, providing helpful information on what you can do avoid a dangerous fall. 

A must for caregivers this six week series helps caregivers reduce personal stress, change negative self talk, communicate needs to others, deal with difficult emotions and cope with life changes. Developed by the Legacy Health System, the course has been a life changer for many. Attendees are expected to attend all six sessions. Class fee: $60. S...

Check it out.  On Friday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon,  AARP CarFit will be offered at the Venice Friendship Center (2350 Scenic Drive).  This educational program offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. CarFit also provides information and materials on community-speci...

In Step With Tech: New  Computer Classes in September

We live in a networked world. Whether it’s keeping in touch with friends, paying bills, operating a city’s energy grid, or strengthening national security, it happens online. The need to secure our networks has never been greater. The number of cyber attacks is increasing dramatically and there aren’t enough people with the skills...

Charlotte Foster Celebrates Life Hawaiian Style at 107
What better way for hula instructor Charlotte Wheeler, 107, to celebrate her birthday than at the annual Venice Friendship Centers Luau? In the Hawaiian tradition of honoring elders, Charlotte was encircled  by the Keoki Hula Walea Dancers led by Betty Jean Brooks for a special birthday dance. She joined the dance from her wheelchair, and went on to perform several additional dances with the troupe.  Charlotte was recruited by SFC Founder Brother William Geenen to teach at the Center b...
New Friendship Health Clinic Collier Executive Director Allie Krider-Harrison:  Check out her Blogpost and Podcast
Allie Krider-Harrison, new Executive Director of the Friendship Health Clinic of Collier County, introduces the clinic's  programs and services and exciting projects underway. Read her post on our blog, beawarebettercare.com and listen to an interview with her by Skip Cohen on our podcast on  Ten Minutes of Friendship. 

The following courses will be offered through the Friendship Centers' Venice Caregiver Resource Center (2350 Scenic Drive) in August. REFLEXOLOGY - FOOT MASSAGE   Wednesday, July 30,  10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Do you have aches and pains because of tension and worry?   Reflexology can relieve stress and tension within the body.  ...

Notre Dame Students at Friendship Centers Clinic for Summer Service Learning

What does it mean to "be the change you wish to see in the world?" Notre Dame students Amanda LaPorte and Nicholas Pietrini, are spending eight weeks this summer finding the answer to that question at the Friendship Centers’ Healthy Aging Clinic in Sarasota.   Pictured here with Medical Director Albert Tripodi,  Amanda and Nicholas...

Aloha Friends! Join us in August at The Friendship Centers in Venice and Sarasota

Escaping to the tropics is an August tradition at  the Friendship Centers in Sarasota and Venice.  Grass skirts are not a requirement, but attendees are encouraged to dress for the occasion in  bright, tropical attire.  Be prepared for colorful entertainment as hula dancers take the spotlight performing graceful, fluid dances...

Are you 55 years or older in need of medical or dental care, and living on a limited income? In Sarasota, Friendship Centers’ Medical and Dental Clinics are accepting new patients.  The Venice  Clinic is accepting new Medical patients. Both clinics serve low income persons 55 and older, and fees are based on a sliding scale...

For the safety of all, the Great Room and adjacent classrooms at The Friendship Center in Sarasota will be closed Aug. 11 - Aug. 25 while floors are replaced.  THE ENTIRE GREAT ROOM AREA WILL BE A HARD HAT AREA; THERE WILL BE NO ADMITTANCE, DURING THIS TWO WEEK PERIOD.  The adjoining hallway and classrooms A & B and the classrooms ...

Oct. 23 Venice "Eat Drink & Be Scary"
Mark your calendar and plan to join us from 5-6:30 p.m. at Island Times Spirits and Gourmet Market in Venice for a very special wine tasting, food and Halloween fun.

(VENICE) If you are on the caregiving journey, you’re not alone.  More than one in four people will find themselves in a caregiving role at some time in their lives. Whether your loved has a memory disorder, Alzheimers or dementia, or chronic disease, finding support and learning the tools to improve the health and well-being of you and ...

Check out what's happening in our Center in July. From classes and activities, to dancing and special events, you're sure to find something of interest! Highlights CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY ON THURSDAY JULY 3 (as we are closed July 4)  Join us at 1 p.m. to celebrate our freedoms with our entertainer Dick Rivers.  IT’S HUR...

Holly Urban Joins Venice Living Room

The Friendship Centers are happy to welcome Holly Urban, new manager of the Friendship Center’s Adult Day Service in Venice.   Holly is an RN who brings 35 years of experience to this position.  She “loves working with the elderly” having worked in hospitals, assisted living facilities and the home health industry. ...

This series of classes is designed to help individuals and care partners manage early stage memory loss through research-based exercises. Classes offer strategies that help exercise the brain, create healthy habits through organization and improve function in their daily lives. Participants are expected to the entire series.  VENICE: 10:...

If you are on the caregiving journey, this six-week course will help you learn self care while caring for your loved ones, reducing personal stress, changing negative self talk, communicating needs to others, dealing with difficult emotions, and coping with life changes. All classes are 2 ½ hour sessions over 6 weeks. Developed by Legacy Hea...

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) and The Friendship Centers have partnered to launch an initiative to improve the financial security of older adults in Southwest Florida by connecting them to thousands of programs that help pay for health care food, household utilities and more.

The Friendship Centers will be collecting food through May 10 at our Centers in Sarasota  (1888 Brother Geenen Way) and Venice (2350 Scenic Drive) to support the  All Faiths Food Bank Campaign Against Summer Hunger. Please bring non perishable items to donate to this worthy cause.  The goal is collect 600,000 pounds of food.  T...

Friends of the Center Membership

Q. What is Friends of the Center Membership? A:  It's  an opportunity to show your support for all the programs and services you receive through the Center, and to receive discounts on classes, facility rental and more. For just a few cents a day, you will help pay the costs to keep the center open -- including maintenance and ...

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