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.

Live to 100 With These Blue Zone Diet Tips

The average lifespan of an American is 78.8 years, with women typically living to around 81 and men making it to 76. It’s the highest this statistic has ever been in our country…a testament to modern medicine and our nation’s overall prosperity. While these numbers are probably considered a ripe old age to most people,

Met the Lorbers? It’s Okay. They’ve Been Busy.

Diana and Joe Lorber don’t take themselves too seriously, even though they tend to lead a seriously busy life. The long-time High Point residents moved into River Landing in November of 2018, and quickly begin enjoying the energy, activities and people in the community. “We jumped right in,” says Diana, adding with a laugh, “maybe

Ready to Sell? Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Real Estate Market

Perhaps you’ve begun considering a move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community) this year. There’s no doubt that it’s a big decision to make, but many people feel a great sense of relief once the choice is made. When you live in a CCRC, all of your needs along the

Who says you have to be retired to enjoy a retirement community?

Mary Hayden is really looking forward to retirement (that is, when she gets around to actually retiring). Having moved into River Landing back in November, Mary still works fulltime at Qorvo in inventory management and logistics. And while she does miss out on some of the activities and events going on during the day, she

Most Boomer Workers Would Prefer a Semiretirement

A survey indicates they’d like flexible schedules and fewer hours, but can’t get them. With companies bracing for a wave of boomer retirements, most older workers want to continue working, but with more flexible schedules and fewer hours. They’re also willing to share their knowledge and insights to help the younger employees who replace them.

Still Snowboarding at 70+

Our three-person team clambered onto the gondola at the base of the mountain. A young woman on the ski lift looked up at my gray hair, then down at my snowboard boots and made a comment I’ve heard before: “You’re the oldest snowboarder I’ve ever seen.” She had a point — I was born a

A Man With A Plan

Mike McDonald has gone from focusing on blue chips to bluebirds. After college and a stint in the Navy, Mike moved to Winston-Salem in 1970 and joined Wachovia Bank. He spent the next 36 years there, first as their Director of Investment Research and then as part of their high-end wealth management group. It was

“I’m Not Ready Yet”

Although the vast majority of people who live in Continuing Care Retirement Communities report that they are happy with their decision, there are many who delay a move indefinitely because they feel they are not ready yet. Of course, moving to a CCRC is an important decision. It requires appropriate planning and should not be

River Landing Employee Scholarship Recipients Announced

Established in 2016, the River Landing Employee Scholarship Fund provides monetary educational scholarship awards to employees of River Landing. The scholarship was Inspired by the memory of Mary Walter-Shafer, our former Director of Marketing and Sales, and the fund is administered by The Presbyterian Homes Foundation, Inc. This year’s recipients were recently announced, and we

Right Where She Wants To Be

Lisa Waite decided she wanted to be a social worker when she was only 16 years old. “I just knew that was the field I wanted to go into,” she says, “and I never wavered. I just knew that was my path.” At the time she wasn’t sure what area of social work she wanted

What are the Differences Between For-Profit and Not-for-Profit CCRCs?

“What is the difference between a not-for-profit community and a for-profit community?” This is a popular question among prospective residents of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), also referred to as Life Plan Communities. Many not-for-profit CCRCs are single-site organizations, although some are part of a larger group. The distinguishing feature of a not-for-profit CCRC, as
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