Daily Art Challenges Inspire Creativity and Zen

When the coronavirus pandemic forced Susan Ostheim, 63, to work from home, she used art to find normalcy and create a routine. Some days, that meant taking photos in black and white. On others, it meant painting landscapes in the style of one of her favorite painters. Some days, it just meant doodling a circle

River Landing Keeps Rolling

Since December, River Landing has welcomed 143 new residents into the community. The number of households transitioned is even more remarkable considering the realities of trying to keep COVID-19 out. “We had a tremendous amount of coordination,” says Amy Rosen, River Landing’s Community Relations Director. “With staff, movers, protocols… and a lot of day-to-day questions

Companies Make Fake Claims of COVID-19 Stimulus Money for Hearing Aids

The offer was too good to be true: You can receive $1,000 to help pay for hearing aids, thanks to a “Corona-virus Pandemic Hearing Aid Stimulus Package.” But there is no such stimulus program, says a federal consumer-protection agency that sent warning letters to two companies, Ear to Hear Healthcare LLC in Florida, and an affiliate,

A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Telemedicine

One of the challenging aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is that social distancing and stay-at-home orders have made it more difficult to have a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. For many physicians and patients, the remedy is increasingly telemedicine: the ability to remotely connect with a health care provider in real time, often over video,

Adventures Await for Bill and Debby Allen

While January seems like such a long time ago, for some it seems like another world. For Bill and Debby Allen, it really was. That’s because these River Landing residents spent two weeks this past January on an epic adventure to Antarctica. The couple was all set to share details and wonderful photos of their

RV Getaways May Be Ready To Rebound

Airlines are removing middle seats and requiring passengers to wear masks. Hotels are working with the likes of the Mayo Clinic to boost their health practices. It’s anybody’s guess when our favorite restaurants will reopen their dining rooms. But in this age of COVID-19, one segment of the travel industry might be poised for a strong

The Way of Living: Being Happy and Healthy at an Old Age

Old age is a great time to sit back and enjoy your life. You are much wiser, people’s opinions do not easily fluster you, you are much more comfortable in your own skin, your kids have left home, and you have the freedom to do all the things you want to do. Enjoying your life

Bird Club Takes Off at River Landing

Walking around the beautiful grounds, trails and golf course paths in River Landing at Sandy Ridge, you are likely to come across a variety of birds busily tending to their nests (and this time of year, feeding their hungry chicks) in the many active bird houses along the way. This thriving avian community is thanks,

Expert Advice on Daily Activities During Coronavirus Crisis

With the news about coronavirus changing rapidly, it’s difficult to know how to go about your daily routine. What was considered acceptable behavior — or even possible — three days ago may not be an option any longer. As restrictions on public gatherings are announced and business closings continue, people need to weigh the risks of engaging

Social Distancing: What It Is, Why It’s Important, How to Do It

“Social distancing” is a phrase that’s dominating news headlines and working its way into everyday conversation. A month ago, most Americans had never heard of it.  “It’s a strange term,” admits Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — one of the federal agencies that has been

Looking to Calm Those Retirement Spending Fears?

Are you losing sleep because you think you’re spending too much in retirement?  Or maybe you’re spending too little now because you are worried about possible future expenses?  A recent article by Christopher Carosa, entitled, “Why Are We Seeing More Cases of ‘Fear of Spending’ Among Retirees?” discusses this latter fear.  Mr. Carosa notes, “After

Keeping Young with Activity Director, Brian Stroud

Brian Stroud may be young, but he already feels right at home as the Activity Director at River Landing. That’s because even though he started at River Landing just this past August and graduated from college only a year or so prior to that, Brian has been involved with the community for several years.  He

Letter From The Executive Director – Thomas A. Smith

Click the button below to read the winter 2020 letter from Executive Director Thomas A. Smith. READ THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LETTER

IRS Tax Dates to Know for 2020

Here’s something that hasn’t happened in a while: Tax Day is actually April 15 for all Americans to file their 2019 tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) this year. Confused? Let us explain. Tax Day can’t fall on Saturday or Sunday, and certain state holidays can also push the due date for federal

Gail Gassen Has a Gift for River Landing

Gail Gassen has enough Christmas spirit for an entire community, which is why she opens her own “Festival of Lights” in her River Landing apartment each year. “It’s my gift to River Landing,” says Gail. “And I love every moment of it.” According to Gail, everything has a memory in her winter wonderland. Born in

Food for Thought: How CCRC Meal Plans Work

There are many perks that come with a move to a continuing care retirement center (CCRC, also known as a life plan community); things like housekeeping services, home maintenance, lawn care, and more are often included in your monthly fee–in addition to the comfort of knowing health care services will be available if and when

Catching a Play: How Older Adults Benefit from Theater Attendance

Staying active and engaged is important for older adults’ health and well-being, but sometimes it can be difficult to know which activities are best. Findings from a study of older theater-goers revealed how attending a play can influence well-being over time. Specifically, the researchers were interested in what aspects of a theater performance influence older

Could Your Smart Speaker Be Spying on You?

You’re not being paranoid if everyone is out to get you or if someone is eavesdropping on all your private conversations. In fact, during the past year it has come to light that those smart voice assistants with friendly names like Alexa and Siri have been spying on their human owners. So do you have

Island Life Has Been Good to Charlie and Susan Himes

Charlie and Susan Himes know how to enjoy retirement. For the last 22 years these two River Landing Residents of the Future have been retired and living an active, sun-drenched life as full-time residents of Bald Head Island on the coast of North Carolina. “I married a beach lover,” jokes Charlie. “I have to admit,

11th Annual PHI Olympics Photos

Check out some photos of our River Landing residents during the 11th Annual PHI Olympics!

The Science of Sounder Sleep

It’s a common refrain that older people need less sleep, contentedly staying up until the wee hours or cheerfully waking up long before everyone else. Yet it’s simply not true. “That is actually a myth,” said Daniel A. Barone, M.D., an assistant professor of neurology at Weill Cornell Medical School and the coauthor of Let’s Talk

River Landing at Sandy Ridge Recognized as a Choice Community by Holleran

COLFAX, NC – River Landing at Sandy Ridge, a continuing care retirement community in Triad, has been recognized for their resident engagement, placing them at the top of the benchmark of communities across the nation.  River Landing was awarded Holleran’s Choice Community recognition at the completion of their 2019 Resident Engagement survey. This accolade means

How to Cope With Downsizing Your Home

The nest is empty, the mortgage is paid off and you’re thinking of moving to a smaller home. Wherever you go — across the country or across town — retirees, or those headed toward retirement, will not be alone in seeking change. In fact, almost 4 in 10 retirees have moved, according to a 2018 Transamerica

Giving Students a Dose of Reality

Neil Shaver is helping pharmacy students at High Point University (HPU) learn some of the most important lessons of their training. Neil is part of a collaboration between the HPU Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy and River Landing that provides students with valuable insight into how to communicate effectively with patients in the real world.

Encore Careers for Seniors: Finding Job Satisfaction…Again

According to a 2013 survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, approximately 80 percent of people in the U.S. workforce who are over age 50 say they plan to work after “retirement.” For some, it is a necessity in order to stay afloat financially. For others, it is a choice borne out of

River Landing Sponsors City Sunsets Concert Series

Summer in Greensboro is filled with opportunities to enjoy live music, including live jazz in City Center Park sponsored by River Landing every Saturday evening. Make sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy! Food trucks and beverage vendors are available. Get the full list of all kinds of upcoming concerts in this

Play Pickleball for Health Benefits

Playing pickleball, one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S., may ward off depression as well as improve fitness, according to two new studies on the game’s health benefits. Those findings likely will only add to the enthusiasm many people have for this oddly named sport — one that’s a little like tennis, a bit

Tom Sears Has a Beautiful Problem

Tom Sears, Jr., just can’t manage to stay out of trouble. The quick-witted 79-year-old has been retired from his “day job” as a popular orthodontist in Greensboro for nearly 17 years. However, that hasn’t stopped he and his wife Sara from becoming what Seasons Magazine called “two of the South’s most respected preservationists and collectors

A New Reason Creative Activities Are Good for Older Adults: Generativity

A recent study investigated how finding meaning and benefit in creative hobbies helps to enhance older adults’ sense of generativity. Generativity refers to the desire to nurture younger generations and leave a sort of legacy behind. While this begins in middle age by raising children, another aspect that becomes stronger in older age is through

The Presbyterian Homes wins Excellence in Community Service Award from LeadingAge NC

The Presbyterian Homes, Inc. has been named the 2019 recipient of the LeadingAge NC Excellence in Community Service Award for service programs at each of its three continuing care retirement communities in North Carolina. Click here to continue reading.
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