Springmoor is

beauty with remarkable depth

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Entertaining Your Guests

Be our guest….

“Ma chere Mademoiselle, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight and now we invite you to relax. Let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents…your dinner!”

Be our guest, be our guest

Put our service to the test

Tie your napkin ’round your neck, cherie

And we’ll provide the rest…

(Ewan McGregor, Beauty and The Beast)

Do you have guests this weekend? Springmoor is happy to help! We have guest rooms, dining services, exercise facilities, a computer lab and game rooms for your visitors while they are here. We want both of you to enjoy your time together and leave the hospitality duties to us.

Morning coffee or a late night snack in your room

Dining

Your guests are welcome to dine in any of our four dining areas. Whether it is a white tablecloth dinner or a quick snack at the café, we can help! You can grab an ice cream afternoon snack with your grandchildren or enjoy a cocktail and dinner with your best friend in the dining room. If you prefer to host a special event dinner party with your guests, our catering services can help plan this too. We have several private dining rooms to offer for your event. Our newly renovated guest rooms now have refrigerators, microwaves and Keurig Coffee Makers for a late night snack or an early morning breakfast.

There are beautiful walking paths throughout the campus

Exercising

Springmoor is surrounded by beautiful neighborhoods with bike trails and walking paths. The Capital Area Greenway Trail system has over 100 miles of trails and 14 parks. Your guest can run through the neighborhood, walk around one of the city’s lakes or visit our Wellness Center and jog on the elliptical trainer. Springmoor’s saltwater lap pool is perfect for an early morning swim or an afternoon with the grandchildren. We invite your guests to join you for fitness class too.

Ping Pong with friends and family is great for a few laughs!

Games and Computers

Billiards, Horse Shoes, Putting on the Green, Ping Pong, Puzzles and Croquet can all make a fun family afternoon with your guests. The Woodshop and the Meraki Arts Studio can be used to work on a special project if you need a little extra room or special tools to create a unique project. Need to check your flight schedule or print a boarding pass? Our computer room is available for your guest too.

Working, reading and relaxing in our newly renovated guest rooms

Convenience Store and Bank

The small convenience store is open every morning, making it easy to pick up any item your guest forgot to pack. We also have a Wells Fargo Branch located in North Village. All of the services and amenities we offer to our residents are also available for their guests. Our Springmoor Presents series of musical events and lectures is offered several evenings a month and we would love to have your guest join you for that too!

Make your reservations soon for a Springmoor visit with your family

Raleigh

Running, golfing, dining, and shopping: Raleigh has so much to offer its visitors! The list of museums and festivals available make Wake County a wonderful place to visit. If you haven’t shown your guest the NC Museum of Art, seen a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center, visited the NC State Fair, attended a Durham Bulls baseball game, or listened to the banjos at IBMA Wide Open Blue Grass, you have a long list of things to do! We are home of the very best ACC basketball, baseball and football too – the Triangle can be filled with Wolfpack, Tar Heel and Duke fans most any weekend. If you are in town for a game or a short visit with your parents, we have a room for you!

Our guest rooms are located in both North and South Villages. We have a variety of sizes for you and your family. Several of our guest rooms also include a full kitchen and a sleeper sofa for the little ones. We have smaller rooms too if your stay is only for a night or two. Continue reading →

What Makes Springmoor Unique?

A future resident called to schedule a tour last week. They said they were interested in seeing the campus described as “the one in the forest.” This certainly describes one of the most unique qualities of Springmoor.

The Grounds

When the property was developed, the designers drew the plans for the buildings into the topography of the land. Leaving the natural grading and the well-developed trees gives each apartment a beautiful view from their ground floor patio, upper deck porch or bay window. The paths through the woods provide a shady walk on a hot afternoon. And in the fall, when the trees are changing colors, the views are spectacular!

The paved sidewalks throughout the campus are perfect for a morning walk.

The colors in the spring are beautiful. Azaleas, Dogwood trees, Hydrangeas and more fill the campus with an array of blooms.

Residents can often be found planting a few of their favorites around their patios.

There are quiet spots everywhere to enjoy being outside. You will find comfortable spots to read a book, watch the birds or just enjoy the sunshine under the arbor, in the gazebo or by the fountains.

The Carolina blue skies are always a perfect backdrop to our green campus!

The Employees

And if you ask a Resident What Makes Springmoor Unique – they will tell you it’s also the employees. Their dedication and hard work help make life so simple. Everything from the bank to the fitness center is here. Our lovely campus also has a library, a convenience store, a movie theatre, an art studio and so much more!

The Residents

And if you ask an employee What Makes Springmoor Unique – they will tell you it’s THE RESIDENTS, of course!

We invite you to take a tour of our campus in the forest and meet a few friends that call Springmoor home. Continue reading →

Living an Active Lifestyle

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.

21c Museum Hotel

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 at NC State offers continuing education and volunteer opportunities

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 North Carolina Symphony with Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Musical Events

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.

Pepper Choplin, Composer and Conductor, will visit this fall

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.

Aqua Challenge, Water Volleyball and more in our heated saltwater lap pool

Physical Fitness

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 hosts a residents’ tour From Farm to Table

Tours

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.

Duke Lemur Center is on our tour list this fall

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.

Our new Meraki Arts Studio with fused glass workshops

Stay tuned for future blogs on this exciting new Springmoor addition!

Dr. Mark Leary, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. will be here for Active Aging Week

Lectures

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 →

Meet our Wellness Center Team

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

Kari Richie, Wellness Center Director

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

Becky Boulo, Water Aerobic enthusiast

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
Kris Lawyer, Cross Training is her key to fitness

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
Trish Shipley, “move your feet before you eat”

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!
Becky and Kris running a few miles

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!!
Trish and Kari working their muscles

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
Kari after a sky dive – wow!

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
Trish after her marathon – congratulations!

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
Kris – preparing for the next class.

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

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Pilates: Improve your Mental and Physical Health

Trish Shipley – always encouraging, always smiling

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”.
Working on posture – shoulders up, shoulders back, shoulders down

Our Instructor

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.

Stretch those muscles

Your Core

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.

Strengthening your core

Your Breathing

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.

The Founder

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.

Walking in out

“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 →

Celebrate National Simplify Your Life Week with Springmoor Services

Simplifying your life isn’t just about removing the physical clutter out of your cabinets; it’s meant to make us look a little bit closer at our lifestyle and eliminate the things that keep us from truly enjoying life. In today’s fast-paced world, the idea of sitting on the porch with your family or a good book without having anywhere to be can be hard to imagine, but we’re here to tell you it’s possible. (ideal-Living Magazine, Becky Eades)

Springmoor makes it possible with our long list of amenities and services. We want you to enjoy your retirement – let us do the chores and run the errands. Simplify your lifestyle with our list of extras!

Maintenance and Landscaping are a phone call away

Interior and Exterior Maintenance

No more worries about fixing a leaky roof, waiting for an appliance repairman, or painting your interior. Our team will take care of everything on your list with a simple phone call. You can opt to be there or not when maintenance arrives. We want to make it as easy as possible.

Landscaping

Tired of mowing the grass, trimming the shrubs, aerating the lawn and spreading new pine straw? No worries, we have a landscaping crew that takes care of our beautiful 42-acre campus year-round. For those who still want to dig in the dirt on a smaller scale – that’s possible too. We have a garden that is prepped by the landscaping crew each spring. Our residents are invited to plant and maintain their gardens. Water and tools are available for everyone.

Enjoy your free time on the Springmoor Putting Green or the Croquet Court

Housekeeping

No more changing the sheets. No more dusting and vacuuming. No more scrubbing the bathrooms or the kitchen. Our housekeepers will come to your apartment weekly and take these chores off your list!

Medical Services

Need a quick visit to the see the doctor? Need a flu shot? Have a question for the nurse? They are all here on campus. Located in North Village, the clinic is only a short walk away. Need to recuperate after a surgery? Our short-term health center and physical therapist can have you back on your feet in no time. Need to see an off-campus specialist? We will arrange for transportation too.

Let our chefs prepare your next meal

Dining Services

Tired of cooking? Tired of grocery shopping? We can simplify that task too! Our dining services offer a nutritious menu with four different dining options. You may choose to dine-in or carryout a meal at lunch or dinner. Formal dining is available for both as is a more casual dining option in our cafes. Our buses will take you to the Farmer’s Market or your favorite grocery store on a weekly basis so you can still enjoy a home-cooked meal whenever you have time.

Transportation to the theatre, a shopping spree or a continuing education class is always available

Transportation

Traffic in Raleigh can be difficult to maneuver especially during the peak hours. Would you prefer to have someone else drive? Do you have an evening event or an outing in an unfamiliar place? Our drivers can be reserved to take you to doctors or business appointments. We offer activities via our tour buses for shopping trips, theatre and musical events, museum tours and educational outings on a daily basis. And a trip is always more fun when you have a friend and neighbor joining you!

Enjoy a work-out on the machines or with a class instructor in the Wellness Center

Exercising

Is your drive to the gym, especially on a rainy day, getting in the way of exercising regularly? Why not start your mornings with a lap swim or a water aerobics class in your building? Yes, both sides of our campus offer exercise classes and the newest gym equipment available. We offer over forty class options each week. Our campus has walking paths outside and is surrounded by a wonderful neighborhood with sidewalks and greenways. Springmoor will make your exercise routine easy.

 

A Bayer Bee Care tour with friends and neighbors is part of our servic

Entertainment and Activities

Are you a season ticket-holder at Durham Performing Arts Center or the North Carolina Symphony, Raleigh Little Theatre or The North Carolina Ballet? Would you like to participate in an Osher Life Long Learning (OLLI) Class at NC State? Would you like to tour a museum or listen to a lecture, visit one of the triangle’s newest restaurants or volunteer to help with an English as a Second Language (ESL) program? We have all of these and so much more on the calendar. All you need to do is sign-up and we will take care of the rest! Continue reading →