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The Journey to Retirement Begins in College for One Resident

George Fox University (GFU) students typically are not thinking or learning about retirement and senior living. Well, unless you’re Sam Farmer in the 1950’s and in need of a wedding officiant. Sam’s journey to Friendsview started at GFU (George Fox College at the time) with a providential conversation. Here’s his story… As a freshman on …

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Good to Grow: PCC Brings Horticulture Therapy to Friendsview

Last spring’s COVID shutdown caused every Portland Community College campus to close, and that included the Newberg Center, located near our Springbrook Meadows neighborhood. Sadly, the closure included its gerontology program’s robust, in-person internship program. Over the summer they developed a first-of-its-kind pilot project titled Virtual Internship Program (VIP), and last fall Friendsview became one …

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A Short Employee Spotlight

  When rain and light snow began to fall on February 12, no one expected that it would lead to hundreds of thousands of people losing power for multiple days, or that some towns like Oregon City would declare a state-of-emergency. Come Valentine’s Day many were snowed and iced in without heat or water. Trees, …

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When Should I Begin Planning for Retirement?

Let’s face it, many activities are on pause thanks to COVID-19. But there’s one thing that doesn’t pause even during a pandemic: aging. The aging process continues regardless of world events, personal plans, or even hopes and dreams. Because we can’t press the pause button on time, when you plan for retirement becomes crucial. Some …

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Friendsview Lets You Continue Your Love Affair With Learning

  Can lifelong learning help keep you young? The answer is yes, according to Frances “Francie” Richey, resident of Friendsview, a senior living community in Newberg. As the granddaughter of Polish immigrants, Francie says that “education was very important in our family. I always knew I wanted to teach because I’d lecture my dog and …

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Celebrating Alice Cooper

  After many different positions and 30 years, we are sad to see our Health Services Administrative Coordinator, Alice retire, but we are very grateful to have spent many years of laughter and happiness with her. Read her letter to residents and staff! Dear Friendsview Residents and Staff, The best thing I ever did was …

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Why Choose Faith-Based Senior Living?

“We never age out of the need for spiritual encouragement and fellowship,” Ron Stansell, Friendsview Resident Council Chair, shared when asked, Why choose faith- based senior living? Older adults who participate in spiritual or religious activities may have fewer strokes, lower rates of hypertension, and less reported pain from illness. The possible physical health benefits …

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Perks of Retiring in Newberg, Oregon

What do hot air balloon rides, food trucks, and drive-in theaters have in common? You can find them all in Newberg, Oregon. As the 25th largest city in Oregon, with a diverse population of over 24,000, this vibrant town offers perks for residents of all ages. In this blog we’ll talk about several ways to …

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An Expansion Story

by Sherry Macy Ron and Divonna Crecelius made a speedy decision in 1999 when a first-floor apartment in the Manor suddenly became available. Divonna’s earliest expansion memory occurred right next door, when three studios were combined into a two-bedroom apartment. For 40 years, Friendsview consisted of one original building. But in May 2002, six community …

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How Mental Health Affects Seniors

The mental health of Americans, and specifically seniors, is a hot topic right now. With such an extended season of aggressive distancing and quarantines in 2020, many people are feeling isolated. Lonely. Sometimes even hopeless. This has resulted in increased rates of disorders such as depression and anxiety. Thankfully, these and other mental or neurological …

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