A Friend in Need: Comparing Older & Younger Adults’ Prosocial Giving During The Pandemic

Research in western nations suggests older adults are more prosocial than younger adults; however, it is unclear whether this is the case in non-western nations as well. In a large, international study, researchers used prosocial behaviors (behaviors that are positive, helpful, and intended to promote social acceptance and friendship) during the COVID-19 pandemic to investigate

The many flavors of River Landing

Six different dining venues at River Landing at Sandy Ridge offer residents and staff a huge variety of culinary delights. For Joseph Burdette, Director of Dining Services, it’s all about keeping the menus and the ingredients fresh.   “The number one comment of residents in every community everywhere is ‘not enough variety,’” says Joseph, who

7 Ways Fraudsters Reach Out to Rip You Off

Remember AT&T’s advertising jingle from the ’70s urging people to “reach out and touch someone” through a phone call? Unfortunately, fraudsters are still singing that tune. In 2020, phone calls placed by crooks led to the highest individual median fraud loss — and top overall losses — as reported by adults ages 60-plus, a new

Jack Wagstaff creates amazing botanical designs

Jack Wagstaff has a unique artistic gift. The River Landing at Sandy Ridge resident creates stunning botanical collages which allow him to combine his passion for art with his love of gardening. He started experimenting with the collages seven or eight years ago after coming across a set of notecards with collages from Africa while

River Landing is a family affair for the Blues

If you ask around, it’s relatively easy (no pun intended) to find a number of second-generation residents of River Landing at Sandy Ridge. But how about third-generation residents? Trisha Blue shares her deep roots to our community and why family was only one reason why River Landing was the perfect fit for them. “We really

7 Things You Must Know Before Scanning a QR Code

They resemble selfies taken by space aliens, but these black-and-white squares have a name: quick response codes, or QR codes. And they’re seemingly everywhere these days. QR codes have grown increasingly common during the pandemic, cybersecurity professionals say, as coronavirus fears have triggered a demand for touchless transactions. You can show a QR code on

7 Superfoods to Eat After 50

Whether you’ve been a healthy eater your whole life — or lately fallen off the nutritional wagon — it’s important to take a hard look at your diet after age 50. Around that point, experts say, it pays to be choosier about your foods, and make sure you’re getting enough nutritional bang for your buck.

Clubhouse and wellness center open up new opportunities

As life slowly returns to normal, Tom Smith, Executive Director at River Landing at Sandy Ridge, says the community is just hitting its stride when it comes to realizing everything that the new clubhouse and expanded wellness center have to offer.  The much-anticipated clubhouse opened in early 2020, just in time for the pandemic, with

Keep It Up: How Older Adults Maintain Activity Tracker Use Long Term

A recent study explored strategies older adults employ to maintain long-term use of an activity tracker. Researchers interviewed 20 people who had reported long-term use of an activity tracker (user for six months or more). The average age of participants was 68 and the average length of use was 32 months. A Fitbit was the

5 Ways to Be Happier Now

While the pandemic was hard on nearly everyone, where we’re at now — as vaccination rates rise and COVID-19 infections drop — is starting to feel much more individual. Certainly, some older adults are still dealing with the longer-term effects of the loneliness and isolation that came with stay-at-home orders, says Bruce Rabin, M.D., professor emeritus of preventive medicine

Retirees Share Top 40 Pearls of Wisdom With Our Younger Generations

Retired Brits have revealed their top 40 ‘pearls of wisdom’ to pass on to younger generations, including saying “I love you” more often, and being confident in your own skin. The poll of 1,000 retired adults also advised young people never to compare themselves to others—and to phone their family once a week. Others warned

Bringing the beauty of stained glass to River Landing

When Fred and Jan Heins moved to River Landing at Sandy Ridge in early March of 2020, Fred brought a wonderful pastime with him that has caught the eye of folks in the community. He creates framed stained glass works of art, some of which you can see on display on occasion in the River

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
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