A recent survey in the Philadelphia area conducted by Friends Center City Retirement Community (FCCRC) indicted the two overwhelmingly most important concerns of seniors are determining when and where to move, and maintaining good health as they grow older.

Ted Reed, FCCRC board chairman, said the survey of members was initiated to give the nonprofit, Quaker-affiliated organization a better understanding of the needs and desires of senior citizens who are considering a move to Friends Center City Riverfront, 22 S. Front St., a new option in senior urban living operated by FCCRC.

Reed said that 66.6 percent of the respondents to this small survey indicated that determining where and when to move results resulted in the highest rating of the 20 questions asked in the survey.

“The question of downsizing is a great concern to seniors who have lived in the same residence for many years and have accumulated lots of  ‘stuff’ in the process,” Reed said. “They also are concerned about making a decision when to move, and where to move in order to maintain a satisfying and vital quality of life. They also have to decide what to take with them, which according to experts, should be based on what will help them remember special people, special times, and special experiences.”

The survey received 62.5 percent of the respondents saying they were concerned about maintaining good health as they got older. “Access to health professions and potential long-term care were obviously on the minds of those that responded,” Reed noted.

Other categories receiving significant responses were: Adapting to physical and mental changes and challenges; adapting to maturity-induced life changes; and relationships: losing, maintaining and finding new ones.

The Quaker-oriented Friends Center City Retirement Community believes in the importance of community in sustaining healthy, productive and enjoyable lives, particularly as people get older.

Friends Center City Riverfront (, a new, modern condominium, offers two basic financial options: an entrance fee model and a unit purchase model. Both require membership in Friends Life Care ( or an equivalent long-term care plan, or demonstrated ability to provide for lifetime healthcare costs. Friends Life Care provides in-home health care, related personal-care services and wellness programs to enrolled members.

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