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Category: Active Seniors

It’s a Happy Place

Judy Hill, a member of the Springmoor Board of Directors

With a vested interest, Judy Hill was honored to be asked to join the Springmoor Board of Directors this fall. As a former member of the Endowment Committee, she is familiar with the community. More importantly, her vested interests live here. Barbara and Dick Volk, her parents, have been Springmoor residents for fifteen years. Judy and her family are here “all the time,” she says. They play games, eat dinner together and enjoy walks around the beautiful campus.

The Hill Family with Judy’s parents and Springmoor Residents, Barbara and Dick Volk

A Daughter

Judy describes Springmoor as a happy place to be. “There is so much fresh air, gorgeous grounds, lovely flowers and landscaping and lots of intellectual stimulation.” She laughs when she says she has to make an appointment with her parents to fit into their busy schedules. She says, “They are on the go all the time!” The two are season ticket holders to The Raleigh Little Theatre, the North Carolina Symphony and, until recently, the Durham Performing Arts Center. They play bridge several times a week on campus and with friends at their homes. Many at Springmoor know Dick for his jewelry making. He can often be found in the new Meraki Arts Center polishing his gemstones and designing and creating new bracelets, earrings and pendants.

Judy grew up working beside her dad in his soil science lab at North Carolina State University. She worked in the fields during the summer studying weed science. Her passion for math took her to UNC Chapel Hill as a college student. She continued to work through her college days as an assistant to her professors, grading and correcting calculus papers every night. At 8:00 each morning, she had to meet the professor with the corrected papers.

A happy time for the Hills as a new bride recently joined the family

A Volunteer

After college, she married and moved to the Washington, D.C. area. Filled with museums and tons of educational opportunities, she says this was the perfect place to raise their three sons. She loved being in the center of the world news. She volunteered with the Independent Women’s Forum, making connections across the United States. She was later asked by a friend in New York City to lead the Infant Care Project.

She coordinated the 9/11 Infant Care Project from her home in northern Virginia. Tasked with finding all of the expectant single mothers that lost a spouse during the tragedy, she made calls to over 480 companies that had offices in the World Trade Center. Without a spouse, the group realized that each family had lost a set of hands before their newborns arrived. Many families had other children to take care of as well. She helped hire night nurses and raise money for a baby shower for all of them. With generous donations, each of the 120 families received gifts worth $10,000. Her efforts to make life better for every individual are what drive her in her volunteer duties as well as in her business.

Judy and her husband have been very active in starting new Young Life programs in northern Virginia and North Carolina and new Fellows Programs in Charlotte and Raleigh. She has served on the boards of both. Her passion for the young students in her life also led her to be part of the team that created the North Carolina Study Center in Chapel Hill, a center that seeks to cultivate Christian life and thought at UNC. The center offers a comfortable place for students to study, enjoy a cup of coffee, have group meetings or participate in elective classes. It’s a warm and happy place, she says.

High Cotton was begun on Judy’s home sewing machine

A Businesswoman

When Judy’s oldest son was attending medical school, he told her that he was discouraged from wearing his silk ties to the hospital. They found this to be an easy way to spread germs from one patient to the next. As a seamstress (and problem solver), she decided she would make him a washable cotton bow tie instead. Combining her interest in crops, especially those from North Carolina, with her business interests, this idea led to the birth of her own company. High Cotton was begun! Her three sons worked by her side to take the business from her small sewing machine to a successful national men’s apparel brand headquartered in Raleigh.

The High Cotton line continues to expand with an assortment of cotton products

She still uses the knowledge she gained with from her dad as she searches for cotton suppliers and fabric vendors. She has tapped into the talent at North Carolina State University’s College of Design with a Paisley Pattern contest each year for their line of neckwear. All of their products are proudly made in the Carolinas. She loves knowing that she is helping someone do what they love to do – from growing cotton, manufacturing a quality men’s wear product, to assisting a wedding party with a fashionable ensemble for the big day. Her company keeps her active but she still continues to reach out to serve others. Continue reading →

Introducing A Personal Training Program

Springmoor wants to help you reach your health and fitness goals. We are excited to announce the addition of something new to the Wellness Center offerings. In mid-November, two of our fitness instructors, Tricia Shipley and Kris Lawyer will begin a Personal Training program. Two of our favorite class instructors will now be available to personally help you reach your fitness goals.

Kari Richie, Wellness Center Director

The new program will start with a fitness assessment and then be designed to fit your specific needs. While training with your private coach, they will evaluate your interests, establish goals and track your progress. Tricia and Kris will demonstrate each exercise with proper form to reduce risk of injury. They will teach you which muscle groups are being targeted during your training. The trainer will work with you one-on-one for the duration of your session to ensure that you are safe and that you are obtaining optimal results. Each session will include a warm-up, an exercise portion and a cool-down period. The trainers will share helpful exercise tips and information while you are working together.

Our Wellness Center’s indoor heated saltwater lap pool with a sauna and hot tub too!

Why?

Have you made one or more of these statements in the past few months?

  • I don’t know where to start with an exercise program.
  • I need to continue exercising after physical therapy.
  • I need motivation, accountability and support.
  • I want to learn exercises to do on my own and how to perform them properly.
  • I have a fitness goal but need help developing a plan to achieve it.
  • I need weight loss assistance.
  • I want to prevent falls and stay independent.
  • I need a challenge.
  • I want to change my exercise routine.
  • I want an assessment to determine my abilities.
  • I need to find the areas that I should focus on.
  • I want to create maximized workouts for better results.

Does this sound like you? If so, let’s get started! Springmoor has something new to help you achieve your wellness goals.

The North Village Exercise Room is filled with a variety of equipment

Where?

The instructors will be happy to work with you wherever you are the most comfortable. They can meet you in the South Village Pathways Wellness Center or in the North Village Exercise Room. They can meet you in the privacy of your own home. If you want to train in the pool or the equipment room, they can meet you there also.

The South Village Exercise Room

When?

We have planned the program to work with your schedule. Each session can be scheduled for 30, 45 or 60 minutes. The amount of sessions will depend on your goals, needs and interests. You and your trainer will decide on the number of sessions that fit your schedule and design a program to meet your fitness goals.

Kris Lawyer says, “have fun while exercising”

Who?

Kris Lawyer has worked in the fitness industry for over 30 years. She started teaching aerobic dance in 1983 at Spa Lady, an all women’s gym in Raleigh. Since then she has become a certified instructor and taught a wide variety of exercise classes including Strength Training, Kickboxing, Cycling, Yoga and Step. After two shoulder surgeries and a back surgery, Kris has concentrated on senior fitness instruction.

She teaches Chair Yoga, Silver Sneakers, Tai Chi and a variety of other classes for Springmoor Residents. Kris enjoys working one-on-one with residents and sharing her knowledge of fitness gained through may years of experience. As an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, she believes that you can improve your health and fitness at any age through proper, regular exercise and have fun while doing it!

Tricia Shipley says “exercise should be meaningful part of our daily living”

For Tricia Shipley, exercise is an important, meaningful part of daily living. She believes in the mind-body connection of wellness. Although our schedules are busy, she believes exercise should be incorporated to become routine. Tricia is an ardent supporter that exercise can prevent health problems and improve quality of life.

Tricia holds certifications in personal training, group fitness, PiYo, Silver Sneakers and Health Eating Every Day from the Cooper Institute. She has provided group fitness instruction and personal training for 20 years, specializing in strength training, functional training, sport-specific training, circuit training and core training.

Both Kris and Tricia tell us the goal is simple once you get started. They will motivate you, keep you on the right track and always provide support. Ask anyone who has taken one of their classes – they are inspiring. Continue reading →

Neighbors are Friends and Family

FAMILY is a single word, with many different meanings. People have many ways of defining a family and what being a part of a family means to them. Families differ in terms of economic, cultural, social, and many other facets, but what every family has in common is that the people who call it a family are making clear that those people are important in some way to the person calling them his family.  Michelle Blessing, lovetoknow 

Springmoor has many networks of families, often reaching out to help one another. With big hearts and a generous spirit, they want no recognition. Like family, you don’t need to ask for help, they know. The extended family may be living next door or across the hall. They may be upstairs or in the house at the end of the cul-de-sac. Their good deeds do not go unnoticed.

A southern welcome gift from a neighbor. (photo from Martie Knows Parties)

Welcome

At Springmoor, a new resident is often greeted with a plate full of “the best cheese wafers ever made. No one makes them like she does. They have a touch of red pepper in them. They are delicious!”

If you have a temporary stay in the Health Center, you may find this same generous neighbor bringing your newspaper to your room. No one asks her, she just appears each morning.

Did you find homemade pimento cheese in your refrigerator? When a neighbor has made a batch, its shared with friends with a note on their door: “Made more than I can eat, enjoy the pimento cheese in your frig.”

Need a book? Our book cart volunteers will be happy to bring you a selection

Delivery

When a resident has recently returned to their apartment after an outpatient surgery, the neighbors line-up (along with the Springmoor staff) to bring meals from the dining room. One neighbor had told the out-of-town family that she would take over after they left. She quickly found that everyone on the hall wanted to take a day. She found herself being the coordinator instead of the provider.

There is group of neighbors that help sort and deliver the mail and another group that helps deliver books from the library to the Stewart Health Center. The volunteers are happy to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Drivers

Springmoor will schedule one of their drivers to take a resident to a doctor’s appointment. However, a friend insisted that she drive and stay with her neighbor for her cataract surgery. The two left at 5:00 am to arrive at Duke’s Eye Center in Durham. In a similar situation, another neighbor not only drove their neighbor for her scheduled chemo treatment but also stayed with her all day and brought dinner to her when they returned home.

There is always a neighbor happy to take your dog for a stroll across campus

Dog Walkers

After a recent hip replacement, one neighbor volunteered to walk their neighbor’s dog. Now the couple comes each morning for a stroll with their new furry friend. When needed, they have kept the dog for a long weekend while their neighbor goes to see his out-of-town family.

Repairmen

There is a neighbor who is often called upon to fix something – could be a lamp, could be a piece of furniture. Everyone knows he can fix just about anything and doesn’t mind being called upon to help. There is a neighbor that repairs jewelry and another one that repairs scooters. All three love to tinker with the mechanics of how things work. You never need to call twice. These men are always ready to help.

Zinnias brighten the Administrative Office desks all summer

Gardeners

If you find a bag with a garden fresh tomato on your door, you know that one of Springmoor’s gardeners has stopped by. There is nothing better than a fresh homegrown tomato on a sandwich! Squash, zucchini, cucumbers and peppers are often left at a neighbor’s door too.

The zinnia’s found in the Administrative Offices are from a Springmoor gardener. These beautiful pink, orange and yellow flowers are artfully clipped and a fresh arrangement is put on the desk every week throughout the summer months.

Happy Birthday from the Evening Baker

Bakers

You may run into a neighbor on a walk to the mailbox. If she has a tin filled with homemade cookies, know that she has been baking all afternoon and wanted to bring a smile to your face. We have a special resident that loves to bake late at night. If you are lucky enough to play bridge with her, have a birthday this month or be a neighbor, you will be the lucky recipient of a plated slice of cake or a piece of pie from her kitchen. If it’s your birthday, you may find the entire cake wrapped on one of her special plates and delivered to your door. Each week she rotates between baking pies or cakes and the flavors vary depending on the season. Last spring she delivered sixty-six hot cross buns to her friends and neighbors. Continue reading →

Springmoor Library’s Passing of the Torch

Winnie Apperson, dedicated Springmoor Librarian passes the torch

After 15 years at the helm, Springmoor Resident, Winnie Apperson has passed the torch to Mary Alice Hale. The Springmoor library is running like a well-oiled machine with the guidelines Winnie has put in place. Mary Alice agreed to step in as Committee Chairman of the Springmoor Library.

Asked why she agreed to take on this position, Mary Alice laughs and says, “in a moment of weakness, they asked and I agreed.” With no library experience, other than the exception of checking out a book and paying a few overdue fines, she really didn’t know much about the Springmoor system.

Springmoor’s new Library Committee Chairman, Mary Alice Hale works with many wonderful volunteers

With 6,000 books in the main library, six different reading rooms filled with paperbacks, 40 volunteers, two book clubs, a book cart service, an acquisition budget and a half dozen dedicated committee members, she has found herself in a wonderful position. Armed with a CPA’s background for keeping things cataloged and organized, running a household with four children and a full time career, Mary Alice knows how to get things done.

Winnie developed and trained volunteers to help run the Springmoor Library system so that no one’s job is too big. She has volunteers that are well suited for helping with each task that needs to be done.

Springmoor’s Library is filled with fiction, non-fiction, magazines and more

Acquisitions

The Springmoor library purchases books through Quail Ridge Books as well as a few online services. Resident volunteer, Linda Jones does the research to find the best new reads that are offered each month. The library is happy to take donations but only if the book was published after 2000 and not already in our library. We have room for only one copy of each book and prefer to have a wide variety of offerings. She welcomes a list of books a resident or their family would like to donate and sends a confirmation of those that we are interested in receiving. The Wake County library takes our older books and donations, adding them to their annual book sale at the fairgrounds.

Springmoor Authors

Book Cart

Once a week, Dale Matzinger and Fred McGehee volunteer to take the book cart to the Stewart Health Center and Supportive Living. The two choose the books that they think would be of interest to their fellow residents. Of course, they take requests and are happy to recommend something new.

The East Reading Room in North Village

Cataloging

Gay Hertzman is the volunteer in charge of registering each book. New books purchased, as well as those that have been donated, are cataloged and marked with stickers. Card pockets are added and locations are noted. Gay has worked as a professional librarian so this is a perfect fit for her talents. She often has the help of Beverly Fuller, the Library Committee Secretary.

The Gathering Room in South Village

Book Clubs

There are two – The Book Worms and The Moor Readers – one on each side of the campus. Ginny Liddle and Dottie Davis organize these two groups of avid readers. The participants choose the books for the reading clubs from a Wake County Book Club kit list. The county supplies a kit of 15 books for each club. The groups read different books, mostly non-fiction best sellers. They meet once a month to discuss their latest book. If you want to join in the discussion, contact our librarian, Mary Alice.

Volunteers

Jan Hagarty schedules the forty volunteers that work in the library each month. She sends a monthly calendar and friendly weekly reminders to keep things running smoothly. The library is open every morning, Monday thru Saturday, and every weekday afternoon. Eileen Herbermann steps in to train the volunteers and Audrey Austin writes beautiful correspondence notes and memorials.

The Carolina Room in South Village

Reading Rooms

There is not only a full-sized library at Springmoor but there are five smaller versions located across the campus. In the South Village Carolina Room you will find large print books. In the East Reading Room you will find an assortment of paperback books. The Stewart Health Center also has a collection. The Gathering Room in South Village has an assortment of architecture and art history books. Beverly Fuller can be found organizing these collections, which are “checked out” on an honor system. Continue reading →

Introducing the New Meraki Arts Studio

Our new Meraki Studio
Our new Meraki Arts Studio

Meraki (may-rah-kee)

verb or adverb (from the Turkish “Merak”)

  1. labor of love; done with pleasure
  2. applied to tasks, usually creative or artistic
    Leaving a little piece of yourself (your soul, creativity or love) in your work. When you love doing something, anything, so much that you put something of   yourself into it.

Springmoor’s new Meraki Arts Studio opened this weekend. Our residents had the opportunity to meet the artists who will be teaching in the studio. Fall classes will include glass fusing, acrylic painting, fabric dying, charcoal drawing, calligraphy, zentangle arts and so much more. Each artist will bring something new to the studio.

New additions to the studio - personal lockers and a fused glass kiln
New additions to the studio – personal lockers and a fused glass kiln

Our newly renovated space includes larger tables and work spaces. Lockers have been added to store personal supplies. New flooring, chairs and cabinetry have been added too. A glass kiln was purchased for many of the classes that artist Linda Martin will teach at Springmoor. A sewing machine for fabric classes will be installed next month.

Fused glass kiln with before and after sun-catchers

Class sizes depend on each artist. There is enough space for thirty to participate in a project but often not enough time for each instructor to help with a large crowd. Scheduling the classes on multiple days will certainly allow for everyone to experiment with their own creativity and have one-on-one time with the artist. We have night-owl classes, Saturday classes and early afternoon studio times on the calendar.

This fall we welcome a few of our favorite artists back as well as a few new faces to the Meraki Arts Studio. Gretchen Phillips, mixed media, Tony Midyette, acrylic painting and Linda Martin, fused glass instructor, have many dates on the Springmoor arts calendar. New instructor, Marcelle Hooks, a portrait artist, will also be joining our creative fall schedule. There are other artists in the works, so stay tuned!

Gretchen Phillips
Gretchen Phillips

Gretchen – Jewelry & Silk Screen

Gretchen Phillips likes to “dabble in different art forms.” Her current interests are in jewelry making, silk screening, and acrylic painting. Her background in print making and drawing gives her a wide range of abilities and class ideas. She has taught in the public school system, for the parks and recreation departments, at Artspace and Pinot’s Palette. Her wide smile and enthusiasm make each class exciting. The Springmoor residents participated in several paper projects and silk scarf dying classes this summer.

Linda Martin
Linda Martin

Linda – Fused Glass

Linda Martin has been teaching fused glass classes the past few months much to our residents’ delight! They have tried their hand at decorative glass bowls, jewelry pendants and bracelets, houseplant sun catchers and holiday ornaments. The new glass kiln in the studio brings a wonderful new media to the art offerings. Her work will be on exhibit in the Meraki Gallery during the month of October.

Linda works out of her home studio blowing and fusing glass. She teaches for the City of Raleigh, the Town of Cary and the Town of Wake Forest. She uses both a glass kiln and a torch to create her pieces. She paints with glass enamels, transfers images to glass using screen prints and stamps. She finishes her projects with glass saws, belt sanders and an assortment of other manual tools. Her pieces are the talk of the community! The staff at Springmoor has requested classes also after seeing the beautiful pieces that the residents have made.

Tommy Midyette
Tommy Midyette

Tommy – Acrylic Paint

Tommy Midyette has been teaching painting classes at Springmoor for several years. Earning a graphic design degree from NC State, he pursues his art in acrylics, oil, pastels, charcoals, colored pencil and pen and ink. He brings with him a great teaching style and very creative canvas ideas. Tommy also offers fun Wine & Design classes for resident groups. His three-hour painting classes include landscapes, animals and still-life objects. He brings the supplies and you bring the creativity.

Marcelle Hooks
Marcelle Hooks

Marcelle – Pen and Ink

New to Springmoor, Marcelle Hooks, a classical oil figure and portraiture artist, joins us this fall. She has been teaching in the Raleigh area for more than twenty years at her private home studio as well as Wake Tech Community College, the Cary Arts Center, Cape Fear Community College and other South Carolina and Virginia galleries. We look forward to welcoming her to the new studio in October.

 

Springmoor resident, Linda Jones at NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Art Gallery

Linda – Colored Pencils

Our community is filled with artists – those that have had private showings and those that just like to dabble. Linda Jones, a Springmoor resident, recently presented her artwork at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery. “Using my own photographs, I paint with colored pencil to capture this natural beauty as realistically as possible. The majority of my subjects have been found in North Carolina, many in my Raleigh neighborhood.”

Kathy and Dick – Watercolor and Stones

Springmoor resident, Kathy Canary, has beautiful watercolor paintings throughout her house that she painted while living in Tennessee, Florida and now her new home in Raleigh. Retired NC State professor, Dick Volk, first tried his hand at stone cutting machine while he was pursuing his college degree. Throughout his time at NC State, he was not only a teacher but also a student taking classes in silver working and stone cutting. Now in his retirement you can find him designing jewelry, working with precious metals and stones in the Meraki studio.

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Living Like Family at Springmoor

Frances and Bill Marley, part of the Springmoor Family
Frances and Bill Marley, part of the Springmoor Family

This week, Bill Marley, one of Springmoor’s newest residents shares his journey to Springmoor – his new home and his new extended family.

 Many thoughts come to mind as Frances and I reflect on our journey to Springmoor. This journey actually began in quiet conversation one evening a few years ago as we discussed the notion of downsizing. Many “empty-nesters” tend to do this after growing weary of rattling around in a big house, climbing stairs to the second floor, and constantly attending the responsibilities of property ownership.

Making Springmoor home
Making Springmoor home

Retirement

We were very independent, but had a few developing health issues. This led us to consider moving to one of the fine retirement communities in Raleigh. We are blessed to have our two sons and their families living in the Raleigh area. They would gladly provide all the assistance needed as we grew older. However, Frances and I wanted to spare them of that responsibility and the effect caring for us would have on their lives.

Being Raleigh residents, we were well acquainted with Springmoor. Many friends were living here and Frances had performed for the delightful Springmoor Residents many times as a member of the Cardinal Singers.

A Springmoor Marketing Counselor became our guide along this journey. It was an easy decision to choose Springmoor as our future home. We both had a comforting feeling of relief the afternoon we sat with her and signed papers placing us on the wait list for residency. Just having our names on that list gave us an immediate sense of belonging to this community.

The Little Corner Store
The Little Corner Store

Family

After moving here four months ago, the feeling of belonging has grown stronger. Everyone has welcomed us into the Springmoor Family with open arms. We enjoy seeing old friends more often now and meet new friends almost daily. Frances has benefited tremendously from the expert physical therapy sessions at the Stewart Health Center. I enjoy being a cashier at Springmoor’s Little Corner Store one morning a month. Becoming more involved in activities and volunteering our services as much as possible is something we are looking forward to in the months ahead.

I want to express the thought that “comfort” and “relief” are defining words in our lives since becoming Springmoor Residents. This is particularly true for me. Frances uses a walker and depends on me to be her “legs” and perform more than the usual “chores” expected of husbands around the house. Her safety and well-being are first and foremost. When living in our Raleigh home, I carried on my shoulders the responsibility of being first responder by calling 911 and then doing all I could awaiting the arrival of help. The weight of that responsibility has been significantly lightened now that we are Springmoor Residents.

Welcome home!
Welcome home!

Travel

Before Springmoor, I was always uneasy leaving Frances alone at home when I had to make an occasional day-trip out of town. I made certain she had everything needed close at hand, including medicine, a charged cell phone, and list of emergency numbers. I scheduled my trips when one or both of our sons would be in Raleigh and could come to help, if needed. I then called throughout the day to make certain she was all right. I was always uneasy there would be a certain delay in getting help to her if she had any trouble.

Now I am “comforted” and “relieved” in knowing that if Frances needs help while I am away, she can dial zero, pull the security cord, or press the pendant and help will be at our door in a brief minute. On a recent 12-hour round trip to Bryson City in the far western mountains, I knew Frances was safe in our Springmoor home. I was much more at ease driving in the heavy I-40 traffic without an urgent feeling I needed to get back home as soon as possible. That night, as I turned off Sawmill at the end of the trip, the double driveways at the lighted Springmoor entrance were like two outstretched arms welcoming me home again. I knew Frances was awaiting my return, safely inside the community. Continue reading →