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Mary’s Message: Celebrating Friendship

Dear Residents, Families and Friends,

Sunday, August 2 is National Friendship Day! Often it is said that our friends are the family we choose. Whether it’s a childhood pal, a college roommate or coworker, a friend loves us for who we are and they’re with us through thick and thin – simple as that! What more could you ask for?

Research shows that companionship and camaraderie are critical to one’s overall well-being, especially when it comes to older adults. At Kensington Park, friendships are an integral part of campus life. One may think that making new friends later in life is not easy, but every day our team witnesses residents develop deep and lasting bonds with one another.

This is especially true when a new resident moves in; our team carefully considers who they may connect nicely with then pairs them up for mealtimes and activities, and current residents always embrace their new neighbors with open arms. It’s beautiful to see these 80- and 90-year-olds become friends so seamlessly. Folks who have lived long lives with busy families and careers come together at Kensington Park and simply enjoy each other’s company.

At the Highlands, you can almost always find the “Front Porch Crew” sitting under the shade, laughing together. Woodlands residents are tight-knit with their Walking Club, Book Club and new Quilting Club. In the Groves, dancing at social hour is always a partner-up activity (before COVID, anyways!). These friendships are a source of great joy for our residents and contribute significantly to their health and happiness. This month, take time to enjoy all the friends in your life. Reach out to the ones you haven’t connected with in a while and try to make some new ones, too. It’s never too late – and we need friends now more than ever!

I’ll end with a quote from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life: “Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.”