Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented. Arnold Palmer
Take it from the pro – it is great for the soul! Tom Howell, Willie Martin and fellow Springmoor putters will agree. On a late Monday morning, you will find a group of men and women gathered on the “Springmoor CC Putting Green” to play a round of 18. Closest to the Pin, Hole in One and Lowest Score is what this group competes in each time they are together. Scores are never important but a little competition certainly makes it more fun.
Tom was asked recently to design a new golf card. His fellow golfers told him they needed something a little more official – this is an important part of the game and the details are necessary. Now the card has the length of each putt and the handicap level. The putting green has 9 holes and they will play it twice for a competitive round of golf. They play every other Monday at 11:00.
Brandon Hair, Springmoor’s Executive Director, joined the group during his first few months on the job. He made a hole in one on the closest to the pin putt and won a bag of cookies! The rest of the group trades places on the leader board every other week. Esther Wenzel and Joan Speir, the stars of the women’s team, give the men a run for their money with their putting skills. Don Preiss can be found practicing more than anyone. He loves the sport! New resident Murphy Osborne has recently joined the group and has found his way to the top on many occasions.
Asked how they find new golfers, Tom says it’s not hard. The Welcoming Committee is quick to point them in the right direction. He and Willie get calls from someone on the committee or are spotted at dinner and handed a list of who needs to be invited to play. There are some upcoming residents on the Waiting List that have joined the Monday game too.
If the group wants to play a full round with sand traps, water and long fairways they can head down Creedmoor Road. Wildwood Green Golf Club is only five minutes from Springmoor. They offer a great senior rate Monday thru Thursday, any time of the day. Tom says the location can’t be beat! Five minutes away and you’re on the golf course – what’s better than that?
And if it’s raining, he invites you to join him at the Billiards Table. Dale Matzinger, our North Carolina Senior Games Ping Pong Champion, signed up for the Wake County Senior Games this summer and encouraged Tom to try this sport too. Armed with a rules book, the two have gotten a lively group of Billiard players together and mastered the Senior Rules of the game. The newly renovated room in North Village has also become the hub of jigsaw puzzle fans. The two groups share lots of laughs together.
There is also a lively game of croquet each week – the South Village offers a beautiful court just outside the Bistro. There are a few putters that play croquet on Saturdays. Whatever your sport – from Ping-Pong to putting greens – there are always opportunities to compete, to share a few laughs and to exercise. Continue reading →
Springmoor offers residents an active lifestyle – from exercise classes to lecturers, from musical events to volunteer activities, from studio art classes to book clubs, from walks on the Raleigh City Greenways to travel tours – we are happy to offer many dimensions of wellness. Whether it is a social activity, a vocational outing or a fitness class – staying active physically and mentally is our key to a successful retirement.
Art and Educational Events
Raleigh is filled with places to go and things to see. If art is your passion, then the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum at Duke University, the COR Museum (City of Raleigh Museum), and the new Gregg Museum at NC State will delight you. We had to schedule a second trip to 21c, a new Museum Hotel, in Durham because of its overwhelming popularity!
OLLI, a continuing education program offered at NC State University, is an excellent way to expand your knowledge. The university offers a wide range of courses each semester that our residents rave about. The course selection includes music, ethics, history, economics, astrology and more. It’s hard not to sign up for a course when you see their catalog! Our residents choose the group classes and we offer transportation to the McKimmon Center.
The Triangle also offers a wide range of music and theatre. The North Carolina Symphony performs in over 90 North Carolina counties. Their headquarters for the Pops and Classical Series is located in the spectacular Meymandi Concert hall in downtown Raleigh. For ticket holders, we offer door-to-door transportation. No more worries about traffic, weather or a place to park with this added benefit. Ticket holders can also enjoy performances and transportation to The Carolina Ballet, Raleigh Little Theatre and the NC Theatre.
We are pleased to bring musical events in-house too. The Bloomsbury Boys, a Dixieland Jazz group, will be here every Saturday afternoon in the fall for Music on the Porch. Frederick Moyers, concert pianist, will join us this fall too. He has appeared as a soloist with most of the major orchestras throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Singer, songwriter, pianist and violinist Sara Getto joins us in September for an evening of music. And we are thrilled to have Pepper Choplin, composer, conductor and humorist, on our fall list too. This summer he premiered his cantatas at The Lincoln Center with 200 voices and orchestras. The Springmoor audience will certainly be inspired with this extraordinary line-up for the fall.
As part of the Active Lifestyle, we offer a wide variety of physical activities to keep you fit and flexible, strong and healthy. Our Wellness Center staff offers over 45 classes each week. Aqua Fitness, Line Dancing, Strength and Balance, Cardio, and Pilates are just a few of the many offerings. The two exercise equipment rooms are open daily and our instructors and physical therapist are on hand to help design the best program for your needs.
Sysco, a global food and equipment distributor, is on our calendar in September. The residents will tour the Selma facility as well as taste food in their test-kitchens. They will see how produce is brought in, packaged and distributed. Our Dining Service Management and Nutritionists are part of the Sysco group. Having a behind-the- scenes look from farm to table will be an educational tour for everyone.
And if animals peak your curiosity, the Duke Lemur Center will be a fun afternoon event. With over 250 primates across 21 species, the research and conservation center is a must see for everyone.
Art Studio Projects
We are happy to announce the opening of our new Meraki Arts Studio in September. With three artist instructors teaching classes in glass making, acrylic painting and mixed-media arts, we look forward to a creative fall schedule. Other artists will be called on to teach watercolor, drawing and additional media. The newly renovated studio has lockers for our residents to store their supplies, a glass kiln for making jewelry and fused glass projects, a custom-designed workspace and display center.
Stay tuned for future blogs on this exciting new Springmoor addition!
Dr. Mark Leary, Duke University Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, will join us in September as part of Active Aging Week to discuss “The Role of Self-Compassion in Successful Aging.” He is faculty director of Duke University’s Interdisciplinary Initiative in Social Psychology and heads the Social Psychology program.
Dr. Carol Dunn, NC State University Professor and Department Chair of the Agricultural and Human Sciences program, will also be here to share her knowledge. She will preview Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less: 7 Solutions to Live a Healthier Life.
William and Sue Willis will perform two live shows – Presidents and Their First Ladies as Ike and Mamie Eisenhower and Ronald and Nancy Reagan. In our theatre, we have watched many of their films and are delighted to welcome them for two live performances. The costumes, dialogue and history create a wonderfully unique program.
An Active Lifestyle
Our residents can challenge themselves with a variety of options: fitness for your physical health; lectures, book clubs and tours for your mental fitness. There is something for everyone! The possibilities are endless. Our residents will tell you, “There is just not enough time in the day to do everything we want to do.” Continue reading →
The Springmoor Wellness Center Team is an active group of exercisers. Most of them started their fitness lifestyle when they were very young. However, Kris, one of our instructors, was almost 30 years old when she stepped into a life filled with exercise. She is the perfect example that it is NEVER TOO LATE TO START!
Stretch, Lift, Lunge, Walk, Run, BE ACTIVE! With over forty-six classes offered each week, two swimming pools and two exercise equipment rooms: our team can certainly find something to fit your needs. Kari Richie, our Wellness Center Director and her staff will have you moving before you even know you are exercising!
Let’s meet the team: Kari, Kris, Trish and Becky
Where did you grow up?
- Kari: Suburbs of Detroit, Michigan
- Kris: New Jersey
- Trish: Independence, Missouri
- Becky: Small town of Quakertown, Pennsylvania (with 8 siblings!)
What was your first job as a teenager?
- Kari: Target – cashier
- Kris: Grocery store – meat department
- Trish: Missouri State Representative’s office – file clerk
- Becky: Sheet Heart Shoppe – making famous Philly Cheese Steaks and dipping ice cream
How long have you been employed by Springmoor?
- Kari: Seven and half years
- Kris: Five years
- Trish: Almost a year
- Becky: Six years
What do you do on Saturdays?
- Kari: Play with my children!
- Kris: Go to the gym, work around the house and do word puzzles
- Trish: I usually run 3-4 miles by 8:00am and then we spend a few hours on the lawn. We love yard work! Then it’s off to run errands and then out to dinner with my husband or friends!
- Becky: In the summertime – water aerobics. In the wintertime – a long walk or bike ride on the American Tobacco Trail
What is your favorite food?
- Kari: “Bad” food – pizza. “Healthy” food – depends on my mood & the season. Right now it’s a good, juicy watermelon!
- Kris: Fried oysters
- Trish: Mediterranean cuisine
- Becky: Really good CHOCOLATE!
Did you play a sport in high school or college?
- Kari: I was on the high school dance team and coached a dance team while I was in college.
- Kris: No, I did not get into fitness until the early 80’s when “aerobic dance” was all the rage.
- Trish: I ran track in high school. I was also a cheerleader in high school and college so I was cheering for the athletes playing sports!
- Becky: I was the goalie on my college Ice Hockey team
Have you ever run a Marathon, Half Marathon, or participated in the Iron Man?
- Kari: I’ve completed three half marathons and one full marathon! The full marathon started in downtown Detroit. We ran across the bridge into Canada and came back through the tunnels. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life… but very rewarding!!! No Iron Man.
- Kris: No, no and heck no!
- Trish: Yes, I’ve run several marathons and half marathons. My greatest achievement was the Pikes Peak Marathon coined “America’s Ultimate Challenge”!
- Becky: No and never will!!
What’s for dinner tonight?
- Kari: Leftovers from Sassool: roasted vegetables, hummus, Mediterranean chicken salad and orzo pasta salad
- Kris: Pizza and salad
- Trish: Green protein shake
- Becky: Doherty Pub: hamburgers and French fries. I did a water workout before I went home and it always makes me very hungry!
Whose music is found most on your iPod?
- Kari: My two favorites are Ben Rector and Need to Breathe
- Kris: 80’s heavy metal and fitness music
- Trish: It’s mostly fitness music but if I had to choose an artist, Rascal Flatts
- Becky: ADELE!!!!!
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
- Kari: I’d like to go back to Bruges, Belgium
- Kris: New Zealand
- Trish: I would LOVE to go to Ireland and trace our family tree!
- Becky: ANYWHERE IS EUROPE! Next trip will be Netherlands for a bike and sail tour. I hope!!
What one word describes you best?
- Kari: Easygoing
- Kris: Friendly
- Trish: Enthusiastic
- Becky: LOUD!
What new skill would you like to learn?
- Kari: Rock Climbing!
- Kris: Spanish
- Trish: The piano
- Becky: Pickle Ball
What book are you reading now?
- Kari: Lots and lots of children’s books
- Kris: I am in-between books now
- Trish: Body Ecology by Donna Gates
- Becky: The Day the World Came to Town 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
What’s your favorite pizza topping?
- Kari: Either plain ol’ cheese & pepperoni or a specialty white pizza
- Kris: Mushrooms, anchovies, garlic and crushed red pepper
- Trish: Pineapple
- Becky: Mushrooms
Do you sing to the car radio?
- Kari: Yes! And I dance when I’m not driving. My son loves music so we are always singing!
- Kris: I listen to sports talk radio but if there were music on, I would sing to it.
- Trish: I’m always singing in the car
- Becky: Yes, loudly and off key!
Do you have a personal exercise routine daily?
- Kari: Right now I’m completing a 9-week Beachbody Insanity program. I like to do a variety of things: Zumba, running, interval training, anything with music that keeps me from getting bored!
- Kris: Yes, I try to do a mixture of strength training, cycling, swimming and interval training. I believe cross training is the key to preventing injury and boredom.
- Trish: I workout every day. I run twice a week, weight training 3 days, Pilates twice a week, HIIT once a week, cycle twice a week, yoga three times a week.
- Becky: Alternate Bike, Walk, Water Aerobics daily
Do you have a Fitbit? How many steps do you average a day?
- Kari: No, I use a GPS watch when I’m running to track my distance
- Kris: I had one but it was never accurate
- Trish: Yes, I use my Fitbit. I average 15,000-20,000 steps a day
- Becky: Apple Watch—10,000+ Daily
What’s your best advice for making exercise a daily event? What motivates you?
- Kari: Right now I’m motivated to get back into a pair of pants I bought before getting pregnant! The best advice I have is to find a buddy: spouse, friend, or co-worker. You can either exercise together or help keep each other accountable. You have to start somewhere and you don’t have to be perfect. If you mess up with your diet or exercise plan, start again tomorrow!
- Kris: Just get yourself to the gym, or put on your walking shoes and tell yourself you will do just ten minutes. Once you start, you will almost certainly do more.
- Trish: Plan your hour of exercise into your day as part of your schedule and move your feet before you eat!
- Becky: I write it in my daily planner and I stick to it!!
Best thing about Springmoor?
- Kari: The people of course! (And the Wellness Center!)
- Kris: The residents are the best thing, followed closely by the staff, especially the housekeepers. They have a hard job but are always cheerful and helpful.
- Trish: The residents. They are inspiring, genuine and truly kind!
- Becky: The Residents Rock!!!!! So does the staff
We have a new class with a great instructor. Pilates – it’s the best yet!
Ten Reasons to try Pilates
- It will boost your flexibility and joint mobility
- It is NOT a cardio workout
- It will make your muscles stronger
- It is a low-impact exercise
- It begins with simple exercises and can advance to new levels at your pace
- It can be done in a chair or on the floor
- It can be done in a large class or alone
- It requires NO special equipment (maybe a mat)
- It is good for your mental health as well as your physical health
- Trish Shipley, our Pilates instructor is “always encouraging and excels at teaching”.
Trish taught an introductory class last month to a standing room only group of interested residents. It was easy to see that there was a strong appeal for this new class. Trish is a certified PiYo and Yoga instructor and one of Springmoor’s favorite Wellness Center assistants. Her smile is contagious and her enthusiasm keeps you going!
She describes Pilates as a routine to strengthen your core: the muscles “from your neck down and your knees up”. There are no weights used with these exercises – your body becomes the weight or the resistance. When your core is strengthened, you are less susceptible to falls and injury. It helps improve your posture, flexibility and balance.
In Pilates, your arms and legs are lifted against gravity to strengthen each set of muscles. The core-focused exercises require no more than two inches of lifts. You may be sore the next day but that’s OK. You will be challenging a muscle that needs a workout and after a few sessions, it will be stronger without soreness. With each class, you will be challenged to try a new routine. Trish says there are hundreds of exercises she can add to the workout. She will be gentle and guide you through the next steps at a healthy pace.
Breathing is a central part of Pilates. As you learn the deep breathing routines with each lift your movements become more fluid and graceful. Your alignment is strengthened and your stress is reduced. The muscles are elongated with these exercises. The whole body gets a work out as all muscles groups are emphasized. Many professional athletes are now incorporating these routines into their fitness training to lessen injury in their sport.
Joseph Pilates, son of a prize-winning gymnast and a naturopath, developed this system of exercises in the early 20th century. He strongly believed in the relationship between the mind and the body. Alignment, breathing and developing a strong core were his keys to success.
“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” – Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86. Continue reading →
Water exercises put less stress on the joints making it a perfect exercise for seniors. The water acts as a form of resistance, so strength exercises can be performed in the pool without heavy weights. Flexibility, balance, bone density and cardiovascular functions are increased while muscle-loss is decreased. Water workouts are a perfect alternative to exercising at the gym. Have you tried a water class yet?
This week, we did an Aqua Fitness Question and Answer session with Kari Richie, our Wellness Center Director.
Can you give us a short description of the classes offered at the Springmoor pools?
Aqua Basic – 45 minutes of fundamental water exercises to improve strength, range of motion, and balance.
Aqua Challenge – 45 minutes of challenging water exercises with a strong emphasis on cardiovascular endurance.
Aqua Free Time – The pool is supervised by a Health & Fitness Staff Member, allowing the residents to swim, walk or exercise at their own pace.
What level of difficulty is each class?
Aqua Challenge is in our “C” category, making it the highest level of difficulty. Modifications can be provided for different needs.
Aqua Basic is considered a “B” category… not as intense or fast paced.
Aqua Free Time is great for those who are motivated and like to exercise on their own.
Is one better than another for sore muscles or arthritis or other ailments? Do the physical therapy instructors also help?
Aqua Basic is the best option for those who have arthritis, chronic pain, or starting to exercise after a joint surgery or injury.
Physical Therapists do not teach classes but they can provide Aquatic Therapy for patients in the facility.
Water volleyball is a new monthly resident activity. Does the Wellness staff play too? Do you have an audience/cheering section?
The staff participates with the residents and we have a lot of fun!!! Cheering sections are welcome. We laugh and get a good workout while playing. (We don’t keep score.)
Lap swim – when, where and who?
Residents can lap swim during Aqua Free Time: Mon/Wed/Fri from 9:00 – 10:00 am or Mon/Wed from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.
Residents can use the pool on their own during non-programming hours. We strongly encourage the buddy rule.
Which resident swims the most laps (each day, each week)?
John Neal swims the most laps at one time. He swims a minimum of a mile three days a week (72 lengths plus another 6 to 8 laps just to be sure he counted correctly). Don & Jane Priess win the most consistent award. They come early in the morning and do their own routine.
Swimming in North Village – is this smaller pool just for aerobics? Anything else?
The Fitness Staff provides an Aqua Basic class in the NV Pool on Tues/Thurs at 9:15 am. A resident led group meets at 6:30 am on Tues/Thurs/Sat.
Some residents will use the pool on their own time to do their home exercise routine.
Time for play in the pool with grandchildren – how does this work?
Residents can enjoy spending time with their family while using the pool. We have several families who take advantage of this and they have so much fun! The rules are: residents must be present with their guests in the pool area at all times. We currently do not have “guest hours.” Residents may bring their guests any time there isn’t a scheduled program. Residents have first priority of the pool area.
Do residents do laps with kick boards or other equipment for lap swims?
Some residents swim laps with kick boards and others use the noodles or aqua dumbbells while water walking.
The hot tub and spa – tell us about this Wellness Center amenity.
The spa is popular after the Aqua classes as part of their cool down and relaxation time. It also becomes social time as they sit and relax with the jets on, talking and laughing with their friends. Some people only come to use the spa because of joint pain.
What is the most popular class? Why?
Aqua Challenge is the most popular class because it provides a good cardio and strength workout for all levels. Those who like the challenge can push themselves to their limit and those who like to take it easy can go at a slower pace and modify some of the movements.
What is the best class for beginners?
Aqua Basic is the best because it is slower paced and focuses on strength, range of motion, and balance.
What is the best class for life-long swimmers?
Aqua Challenge or Aqua Free Time
What hours is the pool open? Are there any special dos and don’ts?
The pool is open from 5:00 am – 10:00 pm. The programming hours are listed on the Fitness Calendar in the back of the monthly Springtimes. Hydration is important! Even though you feel like you’re not working as hard, you still need to drink plenty of water before and after your exercise in the water. It’s even more important to be hydrated if you spend time in the spa because of the warmer temperature. Always get out of the water if you experience dizziness, cramping, or chest pain.
Do any of the Springmoor Fitness Instructors have a swimming background?
Becky Boulo is our head Aquatic Instructor. Swimming has been a big part of her life. She taught swimming lessons all through college and even taught Swim 101 at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Becky ran summer camps for the Aleut and Yupik Indians in Northern Alaska Villages through a program to help children learn to swim to reduce the rate of drowning. Becky also taught Aqua Fitness classes in the 1980’s when it first became popular. When she moved to North Carolina, Becky helped start the Summer Swim Team in her subdivision where her daughter started at the age of 5 and is now a collegiate swimmer at the University of Idaho. Becky has been teaching at Springmoor for over 5 years!
The rest of the fitness staff holds various certifications and helps teach some of the aquatic classes.
The Capital Area Greenway system in Raleigh has over 100 miles of trails. And the 3,700-acre system continues to grow! Have you walked a trail lately?
The 28 trails are located throughout Wake County and make for a great walk around the lake, through the woods or to a neighboring park. Some are short half-mile walks while others average one or two miles. The longest is the Neuse River Trail from Falls Lake Dam to the Wake-Johnston County Line. This trail is 27.5 miles long.
Kari Richie, our Wellness Center Director has taken residents to parts of the Neuse River Trail many times. The bird watching, photography and hiking (leisurely strolling or power walking) are always a favorite with our group. Finding the turtles lined up on a log for a sunbath or seeing the heron in the middle of the lake is an added bonus.
The shorter trails at The North Carolina Museum of Art highlight the outdoor art exhibits and the local foliage garden, an Amphitheatre and a water exhibit. There are more than a dozen outdoor works of art in the park. Spanning over 162 acres, this is the nation’s largest outdoor museum park. And while you are there, you can enjoy more than 40 galleries inside the museum too.
The Raleigh Rose Garden is one of three accredited gardens in the Carolinas. The grounds include sixty beds with 56 varieties of roses. A walk around this park will leave you speechless. The J.C. Raulston Arboretum is another one of Raleigh’s favorite gardens. Nationally acclaimed, this garden has one of the largest and most diverse collections of plants adapted for the Southeast. J.C. Raulston started the arboretum in 1975. He came to NC State University to teach in the Department of Horticultural Science and developed the facility as a living laboratory for his students and the faculty. The gardens have grown to ten and a half acres and achieved international recognition for its plant collections. You can enjoy a different walk around the gardens each season as the plantings continue to change with the season.
Ready to tackle the longest trail? The Neuse River Greenway Trail offers everything from winding boardwalks over the water to agricultural fields. The 27.5 mile trail is completely paved, making it an easy walk or a great bike ride. There are seven bridges over the Neuse River including two beautiful suspension bridges. A part of this walk includes a segment of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, a path from the Outer Banks to the Great Smoky Mountains. Our group has enjoyed many segments of this beautiful park.
Prefer to stay in the neighborhood? Springmoor has paved sidewalks throughout our 42-acre campus that make walking easy. The community’s landscaping continues to change with the seasons – the cherry trees, azaleas and dogwoods will soon be in full bloom. The vegetable gardens on the South Village campus were mulched and tilled just yesterday. If walking around your own garden and digging in the dirt is more your style, you can enjoy a day in the sunshine a few simple steps away from home. Continue reading →