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Christmas Decorations

Celebrating the Holidays at River Landing

Published on December 23, 2022

The holiday season is a time of year that brings many opportunities to celebrate traditions, make new memories, and experience joy. Here at River Landing at Sandy Ridge, the festive events and decorations keep us tethered to the spirit of Christmas. Throughout the month of December, residents can look forward to honoring traditions and making new memories.

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Cheer to End the Year

Published on December 22, 2022

The month of December may be the busiest of the year, but it is filled with opportunities to celebrate traditions, make new memories, and experience joy. Here at Scotia Village, we keep the season festive and cozy for our community and families. There are events to participate in and places to enjoy quiet moments, illuminated by the beautiful holiday decorations.

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2022 Brightspire Olympics Inspires Community

Published on December 02, 2022

During the week of October 3, 2002, the residents of Glenaire participated in the Brightspire Olympics. Over the course of the week, participants were able to travel to other Brightspire communities, River Landing at Sandy Ridge, and Scotia Village. On Friday October 7th, Glenaire was host to the closing games and ceremony.

Scotia Village Olympians

2022 Brightspire Olympics Unites Community

Published on October 28, 2022

On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, the Brightspire Olympics was hosted at Scotia Village on a beautiful fall day. Each community in the Brightspire family was represented by teams in their respective color shirts and were welcomed warmly to Scotia Village.

River Landing Athletes

2022 Brightspire Olympics Unites Community

Published on October 28, 2022

On Monday, October 3, 2022, the Brightspire Olympics kicked off at River Landing at Sandy Ridge with great enthusiasm. Each community in the Brightspire family were represented by teams in their respective color shirts and were welcomed warmly to River Landing.

Kayla McBane

Enrichment in Wellness, Kayla McBane

Published on September 30, 2022

Kayla McBane, Wellness Coordinator at Friends Homes, joined the Friends family in May 2022, a few months before the new Wellness Center opened the doors to residents. With six years of wellness experience, she has brought knowledge of wellbeing to our residents and staff.

Carolyn Rice

Wellness is Priority at Glenaire

Published on September 30, 2022

Carolyn Rice, Wellness Director at Glenaire has been a part of the wellness team since 2019. This position is her second role, as she was hired in 2005 as a billing specialist before joining the wellness team. Throughout her time at Glenaire, she has always had a passion for wellness.

Whitney Ariza in the wellness center

Serving Up Pickleball and More at the Wellness Center

Published on August 30, 2022

Whitney Ariza has been with River Landing as Wellness Director for nearly 10 years. And the latest expansion, which included a new, state-of-the-art wellness center, has allowed her to add new programs for fitness, fun and friendly competition.

Margie Best

Future resident has strong ties to Glenaire

Published on July 29, 2022

Back in 1993, Margie Best helped launch a brand-new community in Cary, N.C., where she could continue to pursue her passion for working in long-term care. The community was Glenaire. Now 30 years later, she’s back to start a new chapter as a Glenaire resident.

man and woman working out

Gym Anxiety: 10 Ways to Face your Fears

Published on July 21, 2022

Gyms can be intimidating. Stepping foot in a room with unfamiliar faces and equipment may be daunting, but thankfully, there are several ways to combat gym anxiety that will transform your fear into confidence.

Person Meditating

Mindfulness Meditation Reduces Pain by Separating it From the Self

Published on July 21, 2022

Chronic pain can be debilitating, and medication isn’t always the best option. Fadel Zeidan, associate professor of anesthesiology, found an alternative: meditation. By conducting a voluntary experiment, Zeidan found that meditation can interrupt pain receptors in the brain and leave you feeling refreshed.

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Reaching Out to Friends After Long Time is Appreciated

Published on July 21, 2022

You may not realize it, but you have the power to brighten someone’s day. According to a study done by the American Psychological Association, reaching out to a friend after a long time can leave them feeling valued.

The Show Must Go On At Scotia Village

The Show Goes On at Scotia Village

Published on June 30, 2022

The popular Scotia Village Repertory Theater is back with a double feature July 22 and 23. The all-resident company will perform an episode of the Father Knows Best radio show, followed by the melodrama “Plantation Malady” in the first performances open to the public since before the pandemic.

Healthy Foods to Help Relieve Stress

10 Foods to Help Relieve Stress

Published on June 30, 2022

Food isn’t just for your tastebuds. It’s a big contributor to how your body feels, both mentally and physically. The world is suffering from stress, and many times our response is to eat junk food. Professor of nutritional sciences at Penn State University, Penny M. Kris-Etherton, recognizes this issue, and advises us to put the doughnut away and pick up some calming food instead.

FURL students

Anyone can teach at FURL

Published on June 30, 2022

The Free University of River Landing (FURL) is a lifelong learning program that makes it possible for residents to learn about a wide range of different subjects from a rather surprising group of experts — each other. Hear more about this amazing program from resident Jim Killacky.

Dog getting belly scratched

Dogs Became Perfect Human Companion

Published on June 30, 2022

Dogs became ‘man’s best friend’ because of a gene that lowered their stress and made them more relaxed around people, according to new research from Japan.

Glenaire Yard Sale

Glenaire’s Yard Sale Returns

Published on May 31, 2022

A much-loved tradition returns this June. The Glenaire Yard Sale — a favorite of residents, staff and families — will run all day Friday, June 10, through noon on Saturday, June 11, and is open to anyone in and outside of the community.

Older Couple In Pool

How to Choose a Safer Sunscreen This Summer

Published on May 31, 2022

You probably already know that using sunscreen regularly can slash your risk of skin cancer, reduce wrinkles and slow the effects of aging. But recent concerns about sunscreen ingredients have made it more difficult than it used to be to choose a safe sunscreen. Check out these tips for choosing sun protection that's safe for you and the environment.

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The Presbyterian Homes reveals new name and logo

Published on May 02, 2022

Management and the Board of Governors of The Presbyterian Homes, Inc., have announced a rebranding of their organization. The Presbyterian Homes, Inc., will now do business as Brightspire, reflecting the organization’s open, faith-inspired mission to serve others through senior living communities and other initiatives.

Scotia Village resident practicing tai chi

Al Roblee Shares Tai Chi with Fellow Residents

Published on April 29, 2022

Scotia Village is a community full of interesting residents who enjoy sharing their stories and talents. That includes Al Roblee, a resident who teaches classes in Tai Chi and other forms of exercise that help residents improve their fitness and wellbeing.

Woman's ear

6 Habits for Healthy Ears at Any Age

Published on April 29, 2022

Your ears — like the rest of you — change with age. And it’s not only your hearing that’s affected: Everything from the texture of earwax to your risk of having tinnitus changes in midlife and beyond. But experts say the following good habits can help keep your ears healthy for years to come.

Bluebirds at one week old

Bird Club Continues to Soar at River Landing

Published on April 28, 2022

River Landing at Sandy Ridge is home to many popular clubs and organizations. But none enjoys more resident membership than the bird club. We checked in with current president and resident, John Scroggins, for an update on the bird club’s continued growth.

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Brightspire Communities Recognized as Choice Communities

Published on January 01, 2022

COLFAX, NC – Glenaire, River Landing at Sandy Ridge and Scotia Village, continuing care retirement communities owned by Brightspire, have been recognized for their resident engagement, placing them at the top of the benchmark of communities across the nation.