Life Care Centers of America
Heidi Pino

Today, Monday, June 8, is National Best Friends Day. To celebrate, we asked our residents to share some of their favorite memories of times shared with their friends.

“Every Saturday we went to the movies together and then dinner. Also, after that we had a sleepover. We still talk since third grade.”

Dorothy C.
Life Care Center of New Port Richey, Florida

“My best friend came about in the military. We would play jokes on knuckleheads. We enjoyed daring each other to do things controversial.”

Jack B.
Life Care Center of Hendersonville, North Carolina

“First time ever on a trip without parents, to Roswell, New Mexico, with my girl-friend. Visited the Roswell Caverns. Spent one week just having fun. Went out on the prairie to hunt Pecos diamonds. These stones have facets on both ends, some as long as an inch. Enjoyed driving back in her VW Bug. We grew up real fast (felt like it, anyway).”

Shirley A.
University Park Care Center in Pueblo, Colorado

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“My best friends and I used to hang out at the carnivals and eat funnel cakes.”

Tasha E.
Life Care Center of Gray, Tennessee

“There was a time when her home was being sold, and she had no place to live. I took her into my home with my family because she had no family members that lived around the town. She was very happy that I let her stay at my house. That’s what friends are for.”

Betty B.
La Habra Convalescent Hospital in La Habra, California

“We grew up in the north side of Fort Worth. We played jacks, rode our bikes, watching my brothers and their friends play basketball and football. We all graduated together from North Side High School.”

Marilyn P.
Garden Terrace at Fort Worth, Texas

“Went bowling, helped build his house. Rode on the back of a fire truck and mowed the yard.”

Louis H.
Mitchell Manor in Mitchell, Indiana

“When I was younger, me and my best friend always had fun ‘boy watching’ in the school yard.”

Cherry S.
Life Care Center of Tullahoma, Tennessee

“Went to football games and basketball games together. Played tennis together. We always enjoyed and laughed a lot together – it was so fun.”

Norma K.
Cañon Lodge Care Center in Cañon City, Colorado

“Shopping and going to different coffee shops.”

Susie D.
Life Care Center of Lawrenceville, Georgia

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“For fun, we would go around the Island of Oahu sightseeing, checking out the beaches, fishing, netting and stopping by for shaved ice and food trucks along the side of the road for ‘ono’ grinds.”

Velma L.
Ka Punawai Ola in Kapolei, Hawaii

“Elk hunting. My best friend took a tumble down a hill, rolling and hitting trees, landed at the end of the hill still with the gun in hand. He was so clumsy he couldn’t walk and talk at the same time.”

Gary L.
University Park Care Center in Pueblo, Colorado

“My friend Dorothy and I and our families would eat Sunday dinner together. One Sunday after we ate, we decided that it would be fun for the chickens to run loose. We let them out, and boy, did our parents get mad! We learned a lesson that neither of us ever forgot.”

Veval H.
Life Care Center of Greeneville, Tennessee

“Going to Vegas to buy jewelry and camping with friends.”

Olivia G.
Rimrock Villa Convalescent Hospital in Barstow, California

“When I’m with my best friend we love to go to one of our favorite restaurants and swap stories about the past. We could sit for hours talking, laughing and telling jokes.”

Sam I.
Garden Terrace at Houston, Texas

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“We would go roller skating, go to the youth center and listen to music, dance and drink soda.”

Mary R.
Life Care Center of Sandpoint, Idaho

“We used to sing duets. I always had the songs memorized first. I love to sing.”

Kenneth C.
Life Care Center of Gray, Tennessee

“Slept in a haystack in the barn in California.”

Elana R.
Mitchell Manor in Mitchell, Indiana

“Going stock car racing with my buddies to New York, New Jersey, Delaware and other places. I actually raced in those stock car races.”

Willard S.
Life Care Center of Citrus County in Lecanto, Florida

“My roommate is my best friend. We talk all the time.”

Mary H.
Darcy Hall of Life Care in West Palm Beach, Florida

“Back when I lived in Porter, the home I lived in had a swamp in front. Myself and a friend used to go ice skating every day after school.”

Jim H.
Rensselaer Care Center in Rensselaer, Indiana

“We decided to take a trip to California. When we got to the bus terminal, we got on the wrong bus. We made it to the Canadian border before realizing we got on the wrong bus. We had $1.22 between us, so we turned around and came home.”

Carol B.
Life Care Center of Greeneville, Tennessee

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“Christian camp for two weeks in Tahoe, Georgia. We learned how to canoe. Her younger sister enjoyed the experience with us. Having a best friend was good to allow me to vent to a neutral party.”

Barbara R.
Life Care Center of Hendersonville, North Carolina

“Had fun in the Montana wilderness hiking, covering 600 miles. Some trails hadn’t been touched since the 1940s. An old grizzly bear would watch us, but when we saw him, we’d skedaddle.”

James H.
Life Care Center of Sandpoint, Idaho

“When I was in college, my best friend and I had trouble with the frat boys coming over and eating our snacks. We decided to make some cookies with dog snacks. They ate them. Unfortunately, they liked them and kept coming to eat our snacks.”

Peggy C.
Life Care Center of Athens, Tennessee

“We started a business called Stupid Wings. We had it for 15 years.”

Antonio C.
Darcy Hall of Life Care in West Palm Beach, Florida

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