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.
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.
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 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.
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 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!
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 →
Looking for a part-time job in high school that works with school hours, study time, after-school sports and club meetings can be challenging. The Springmoor Dining Room schedule offers many of our neighborhood high school students the perfect place to work. Serving in one of our four dining areas during the weekday dinner hours or on the weekends makes for the ideal first job.
Madison was a sophomore at Leesville High School when she became an employee at Springmoor. She says the hours were perfect for her schedule. She came in before dinner and worked a few hours several nights a week in the South Village Dining Room. The residents made it a fun place to be. She got to know each of them, their families and their favorites on the menu.
High School Sweethearts
After her high school graduation, Madison continued to work at Springmoor and began taking classes at Wake Tech. Eric, her high school sweetheart, decided to follow in his mother, father, and stepfather’s footsteps and join the armed services. After boot camp and his stateside service, she and Eric were married. Shortly before his deployment to Afghanistan, they got the news that they were expecting a baby. Madison continued working in the Springmoor Dining Room and taking classes while Eric was away.
Emery, their little girl, arrived three weeks prior to Eric’s return to the states. Madison moved to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville when he returned. She enrolled at Coastal Carolina Community College for her CNA certification. Still unsure of her career path, she knew it would either be in nursing or teaching. “Both jobs involve helping others and this is what I knew I wanted to do,” she said.
She credits her Labor and Delivery Nurse (LDN) with the reason she has chosen to pursue a career in nursing. “She was awesome and made me realize this is what I want to do for others.” Now a mother, a wife and a student, Madison continued to juggle many hours of hard work.
After his five-year service ended, Eric and Madison moved back to their hometown of Raleigh. When they returned, she began looking for a nursing position. Her mother mentioned Springmoor. “Don’t they have nurses on their staff?” she asked. Madison now has her LPN degree and is continuing her nursing education. Eric, a Marine Combat Videographer, is currently pursuing his degree in computer science.
“Full circle,” she said, “I waited on many of the residents in the dining room when I was in high school and now I am taking care of them again.” This time it’s as a nurse. She still juggles school, family and a career. While her husband is in physics and calculus classes in the morning, she is at home studying. Online courses make it easy to have a flexible schedule for her studies. Madison works the evening shift and alternating weekends at Springmoor. As a float nurse, she is assigned to different wings each evening. She loves this position she says, “I get to know everyone and their families.” Continue reading →
Since its beginning in 1984, a dedicated Board of Directors has managed the Springmoor Retirement Living Community. With a wide variety of professional backgrounds, they each bring a different perspective to the table. They meet quarterly to discuss all aspects of Springmoor’s activities, including but not limited to finances, health care, food service, maintenance, future plans, and trends in the Retirement Living Industry. In the next few months, we will introduce you to each of these experienced leaders.
The First Job
Albert Calloway is not only a board member but also a resident at Springmoor. He shares his story with us this week. He laughs when he says, “I have come full circle now.” When he was nine years old, he began working in his father’s grocery store in Concord, NC. His main job was to sweep the floors. At fourteen, he said his father offered to pay him for working that week. On this very first payday, he earned a dollar. And yes, he has it framed and hanging in his office today.
Albert graduated from Carolina and entered the life insurance business. Shortly afterwards, he was drafted into the army. During the Korean War, he was fortunate to serve in Germany. Following his service he returned to Concord and bought his father’s grocery store. He then purchased another one. With two partners, he opened a third store. After the sale of the stores, he made a move to Raleigh with his wife, Lorine, and their young daughter. Here he began his thirty-year career with the State of North Carolina Economic Development Program.
Albert has served on the Board of Directors of a wholesale grocery company, a plastics manufacturing company, and on the original Board of Directors of The Council for Entrepreneurial Development. In 1994, Albert was invited to join the Board of Directors of the Springmoor Endowment Fund and now serves as president of the fund. This fund was established for the benefit of the residents. Six years later, he was invited to become a member of the Springmoor Inc. Board of Directors.
The Calloways continue to be very active in church and community activities. When both of their mothers experienced serious health issues and had to move to nursing homes, no one was pleased with the situation. “We wanted something better for our golden years and pledged they would not be a burden our children.” They have been friends with the Springmoor developers for many years and followed the development of this community as well as other continuing care communities in the area. “There is no doubt in our minds that we made the correct decision to move to Springmoor,” says Albert. “Being here is a gift to our children. They have busy lifestyles and they know we are well cared for.” Both are quick to say, “Come early, come when you can be active and enjoy all that there is to offer!”
The two moved into the only apartment that was available in 2010. They thought they would move again to something larger or to another location but quickly found that they have everything they need right where they landed. “We have been lucky in so many ways,” Albert says. They participate daily in the exercise classes and think the staff at the Wellness Center is terrific. “All of instructors are motivational, upbeat, happy and encouraging. You couldn’t ask for anything better!” 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 →