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Category: Family

Puzzle Tables are Like a Magnet

“Puzzling is a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors and meet new people. We are fortunate to puzzle at an entrance area with people coming and going all day.” Eunice, a Springmoor Puzzler, says everyone loves to stop, take a peek and join the conversation. “There’s always lots of laughter at our table,” says Judy Beal.

Creedmoor Puzzlers Goldie, Julie, Libby, Linda (and MoJo), Anne, Mary Lou, Sibylia and Lois
Creedmoor Puzzlers Goldie, Julie, Libby, Linda (and MoJo), Anne, Mary Lou, Sibylia and Lois

The Challenge

Judy and Eunice are among the many residents at Springmoor who enjoy puzzling. On almost every floor of every wing, there is a puzzle table with a 500 – 2000 piece puzzle in the works. Friends and family often give residents new puzzles for their floor. Residents purchase a few and they are often traded from floor to floor. After the Creedmoor puzzlers finished Robert Silvers’ Photomosaics, they challenged North Village to see how quickly they could complete the puzzle. Continue reading →

Making Your New House a Home

The renovations begin on your new home shortly after you have made your color selections and style requests. Change a large set of closet doors to a narrower set of French doors, move the cable outlet behind the TV wall mount, add a built-in bookcase or customize your closet. All of these personalized requests make your house a home. With every new move-in, Springmoor will customize your home with your paint colors and flooring selections. If the apartment does not have the latest cabinetry, appliances, countertops and bathrooms, you choose these too. If there are additional updates to personalize your home, just ask! We are happy to help design your new home to fit all of your needs. Continue reading →

What to Expect on Move-In Day

You’ve sorted, thrown-away, donated, downsized and packed. All of your kitchen items are in boxes, your clothing is neatly sorted and hanging in wardrobe boxes. Your furniture is ready to be put on the moving truck. Move-in day typically starts at 8:00 in the morning. The crew arrives early to load your belongings into the moving van and deliver everything to your new Springmoor address.

Barbara and Allen Page describe their new Springmoor friends as "the nicest people we may have ever met."
Barbara and Allen Page describe their new Springmoor friends as “the nicest people we may have ever met.”

Packing and Preparations

The months prior to the move are filled with anticipation, paperwork, decision- making and so much more. Springmoor residents, Allen and Barbara Page, tell us the decision to move is just the first of many decisions. They felt this decision was a gift to their children. Cleaning out their lifetime home and making their own choices was helpful to the entire family. They were able to choose items to take with them and choose items with sentimental value to give to their children and grandchildren. The simplicity they feel now is wonderful. Continue reading →

The Store is The Reward

Emily and Bob find many rewards in helping run the Springmoor Convenience Store
Emily and Bob find many rewards in helping run the Springmoor Convenience Store

What do you do when you are out of bread or milk? Most of us run to the grocery store or call a good neighbor. Here at Springmoor, the grocery store and a good neighbor are one in the same! The community of volunteers that run the store are a reward for everyone here.

Springmoor residents and husband and wife, Emily Castrodale and Bob McGaffin, have been managing The Little Corner Store, an on-campus convenience store, for the past six and a half years. The store provides a great service for their neighbors at Springmoor. Bob and Emily, along with a long list of volunteers, keep the store stocked with everyday essentials and speciality items. The pricing is the same as what you can find in the nearest grocery store.

A volunteer-based staff helps run the store. The extraordinary team handles everything at the store from scheduling, staffing, purchasing and restocking. Neighbors helping neighbors is what makes the McGaffins so dedicated to this part of their community. They were both quick to say that the rewards outweigh the volunteer hours. The fun is the challenge of running things smoothly, the new grocery requests and spending time with their fellow residents and the staff. “The payback is great!” says Bob. Continue reading →

Choosing Between a Move to a 55+ Community and a CCRC?

Is it time to think about your next move? Are your children settled in their own homes? Are you planning to retire from your nine-to-five routine in the near future? Home maintenance and housework getting in the way of your travel time, golf game and visits with your grandchildren? Then it’s time to let someone else take care of these duties and enjoy your free time. There are many communities and options to consider as you begin your search.

The Wellness Center offers a perfect place to exercise and play with your grandchildren
The Wellness Center offers a perfect place to exercise and play with your grandchildren

55+ Communities

The name easily describes the community. Moving to a single-family home, condo or an apartment in a 55+ neighborhood is an option for those looking for like-minded neighbors with similar interests. Most communities are built with clubhouses, fitness centers, walking trails and swimming pools. They are often located close to shops, restaurants, grocery stores and entertainment centers. Most do not allow anyone younger than 18 to live in the home (of course, visitors are always allowed) and one of the residents in the home must be 55 years of age or older.

The statistics show that the average age of residents in 55+ community is now actually 75. The older the development, the older the residents will be. New construction will most likely have younger residents moving in as the community develops. Lawn maintenance may be included in some communities. Some will require extra fees for other amenities. The cost may be similar to your home now. While the size may be smaller, the Home Owner Association fees will pay for much of the neighborhood common area maintenance. You will pay separately for the amenities that you prefer – golf activities, fitness training and dining at neighborhood locations will only be a part of your expenses if you choose for them to be.

The community's Croquet Court is always filled with a little friendly competition between neighbors
The community’s Croquet Court is always filled with a little friendly competition between neighbors

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Much like a 55+ community, a CCRC has all of the extras with the added benefit of aging in place. Healthcare is the extra that you will not find in a 55+ community. The name, once again, describes it best – continuing care. These communities were built to accommodate transitions. Independent living is the largest part of any Continuing Care Retirement Community. Single-family houses with a garage and an office, much like your own home, are available at Springmoor. Villas or apartments are also part of the independent floor plan options on our campus. Continue reading →

A New Address with Familiar Traditions

The two are active in the Raleigh community. One is an employee and the other a volunteer. New Springmoor residents, David and Pat Waters, have continued their busy lifestyles since their recent move to the community adding even more to their lengthy to-do list.

David and Pat Waters
David and Pat Waters

The Family

Pat says the move was probably the hardest on their grandchildren. After living in their house for forty-six years, the children didn’t want to disturb the traditions and the furnishings they had grown up with. Grammy Camp was as much fun for her as it was for all of them. She laughs when she says, “They insisted we bring the dollhouse.” And asked how old the grandchildren are now, she smiles and says, “They are 17 to 23 years old!” Family gatherings at the dining room table all involved playtime in the dollhouse when the little ones were finished eating. The conversation was lively and the dinner was expertly prepared in Pat’s kitchen. She cooked for years in a smaller stove than the one she has in their new two-bedroom apartment.

The Couple

The Waters met when they were college students at THE Ohio State University. (With a chuckle, David puts great emphasis on THE.) She was from the big city of Columbus and he was from a small northeastern Ohio town. After college, the two were married and moved to Pittsburg. Nine years later, CP&L (Duke Energy) brought them to Raleigh. David is still with Duke Energy. At six each morning, he heads downtown, four days every week. Pat still makes his lunch. Continue reading →