Balancing Act: 5 Exercises to Help Restore Strength and Coordination

Thirty-six percent of Americans report they’ve gained weight during the COVID-19 crisis — an average of 12.5 pounds, according to one survey. But other bodily changes may be harder to notice: muscle loss and, with it, a loss of innate balance, says Rebecca Seguin-Fowler, an associate professor at Texas A&M University. So, as you prepare to resume your everyday

Betsy Seaton is pleased to meet you.

If you haven’t heard from Betsy Seaton yet, you are in for a treat. As the new Community Relations Director at River Landing at Sandy Ridge, Betsy is looking forward to meeting each and every future and current resident of the community. Betsy brought her energy and enthusiasm to her new role in late January,

Strong Social Support Today Improves Tomorrow’s Physical & Mental Health

In a study that earned a 2020 Bronze Innovative Research on Aging Award, researchers investigated how and why social support influences older adults’ health. The study used data from two waves of the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP). The first wave was in 2005-2006 and the second wave was in 2010-2011. Older adults self-reported

Keeping spirits bright for foster families

River Landing staff and residents gave area foster families an evening they will never forget this December by hosting a special drive-through event to help ensure the children have a joyful Christmas. The Children’s Home Society event took place Thursday evening, December 17, at River Landing of Sandy Ridge. According to Tom Smith, River Landing’s

Trending Now: Virtual Bands Are Playing Away Pandemic Stress

Carol Rosenstein firmly believes that playing a musical instrument can “mend minds.” CNN reports that her nonprofit organization that uses music to help people battling with neurodegenerative diseases is now meeting the needs of older adults during COVID-19. In 2014, Carol founded Music Mends Minds after witnessing that her husband, who was battling Parkinson’s disease

Growth & Gratitude: The Benefits of Gratitude For Older & Younger Adults

Expressing gratitude has multiple social, emotional, and health benefits. In a study that earned the 2020 Gold Innovative Research on Aging Award, researchers examined the relationship between gratitude and life satisfaction across the life span. The researchers examined data from three separate studies of more than 30,000 total participants from 40 countries, ranging in age from

New Pro Shop Gives Residents the Complete Golf Experience

Golf has always been a popular pastime of residents of River Landing at Sandy Ridge. With the new, recently opened pro shop, residents are choosing to tee it up now more than ever.  Along with the new clubhouse, the pro shop offers residents a more complete golfing experience. Residents can buy golf shirts, jackets, balls,

How to Make and Store the Perfect Chili

There is nothing like a hearty chili when temperatures begin to drop. But chili is a meal that goes beyond warming: It’s inexpensive to make, can be full of fiber-packed beans and makes enough for multiple meals. Once you have a basic chili recipe, it’s easy to add your own twist by pulling in new spices, different

Phone Calls Work Better Than Texts or Emails, Study Says

If you crave human connection, try phoning a friend rather than sending a text message or email. It’s more likely to produce a stronger bond, according to a new study. During this era of social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, keeping up with family and friends outside your home is difficult. While you may think

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
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