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Honoring a Man Of Honor


Galloway Ridge strives to create the kind of community that people want to belong to, and we have our residents to thank for it. People who choose to live here come from all over and bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion with them, but even if they worked in a high-profile or high-power position, they prefer a humble, modest life in retirement. When good news about one of our residents comes our way, we like to share it with the community, especially if we know that resident isn’t likely to toot his or her own horn.

If you haven’t met George Meinig yet, you may want to introduce yourself. George is an active member of our community, but you may not realize that he is also a highly decorated Naval officer. Rear Admiral Meinig (Ret.) served this nation as both an active duty officer and a civilian consultant for fifty years, and continues today. During his time in the Navy, he became, in his words, “a weapons specialist”, and brought both the Phalanx Close In Weapon System and the Aegis Weapon System into the Navy as Program Manager. Along the way, George was the commanding officer of the Naval Surface Warfare Center providing laboratory, engineering, and technical support to the fleet with a total staff of over 22,000 under his leadership.

After his military retirement, he continued as a consultant with the Navy as the leader of the Senior Advisory Team for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, the heart of the Navy’s integrated air and missile defense programs. In his tenure, he oversaw changing technologies and even extended support to some of our nation’s allies who implemented similar defense capabilities. You might say he is an authority on some of the most advanced technology protecting our nation, allied forces, and much of Europe

It’s a role that seems fitting for our George, if you think about it. We are protected every day by a system most of us either know nothing about or don’t realize exists, a quiet sentinel making a monumental difference in our safety and security. George, in his own way, is also quiet, and not one to tout his achievements or take much credit for his life’s work.

Which brings us to George’s honor, the ceremony on October 18, 2019, in the city of Moorestown, New Jersey. The Integrated Air and Missile Defense Engineering Center, a new facility that contains the latest equipment to maintain and support the Navy fleet’s foremost weapons system, has been named in honor of RADM George R. Meinig, Jr., United States Navy (Retired).

Having a Naval building named for someone is no small undertaking. It’s a process that involves nomination, discussion, and approval at multiple levels, much as you would expect from any military operation. Vice Admiral Jon Hill kicked it off by nominating George and was also a speaker at the dedication ceremony. That level of recognition from a highly respected peer is an honor in and of itself, but it speaks volumes of the kind of person George has been throughout his career and lifetime.

George and his family attended the ceremony, along with many of his close friends and colleagues, both military and civilian. He has since returned to his home in Galloway Ridge and the life he has made here as a part of our community. He has plenty to be proud of, but you won’t find him sharing his achievement in grand fashion. We are happy to do that for him.

What brings a man of his caliber to our corner of Pittsboro? The short answer is family, as he and his wife Jan wanted to be close to their daughter in Durham, whom he affectionately refers to as “Durham Daughter.” The long answer is that, even with many years of living near the Washington Beltway and the Northeast, George and his wife didn’t find what they were looking for near where they lived in Pennsylvania. Their Durham daughter suggested they consider Galloway Ridge, and the rest, as they say, is history. George and his wife made their new home here and joined our community, and we are lucky to have them. In his modest way, George explained it best:” Once I saw the cows, I knew I was home.” We couldn’t agree more.

Galloway Ridge Wins Beacon Award for ‘Best in Wellness’

Pittsboro, NC, October 10th, 2019 – Galloway Ridge has won the 2019 ICAA NuStep Beacon Award, which recognizes and honors the Top 25 ‘Best in Wellness’ senior living communities in North America. Galloway Ridge is among those recognized as best-in-class for successfully fostering a wellness-centered environment to benefit all who live and work in their community. The award was created as a joint effort between International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and NuStep, LLC, a major manufacturer of recumbent cross-trainers used in healthcare, senior living and fitness, already mentioned above.

The ICAA is responsible for leading, connecting and defining the active-aging industry. CEO and founder Colin Milner says, “Senior living communities have long been aware of how important wellness is for the health and well-being of their residents, but in recent years, wellness has evolved from being a programming option to becoming a way of life” This evolution, says Milner, is also reflected in a survey recently conducted by the ICAA. The survey found that 59% of senior living communities state their business model will be wellness-centered with care services by 2023.* Galloway Ridge has successively partnered with its residents and staff to create relevant, meaningful opportunities and inspire participants to improve their quality of life.

Wellness is typically defined by seven key dimensions: emotional, physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, vocational and environmental. When each of these dimensions is equally nurtured and prioritized, it can enhance a sense of well-being among residents.  It is this commitment and acknowledgement of how important wellness is for older adults that elevates resident health to new heights.

“At Galloway Ridge we believe that there is wellness in everything that we do,” said Bob Zimmer, Executive Director at Galloway Ridge. “Through the relationships built between residents and staff, the services and programs offered, and the environment in and around our community, it is clear that wellness is at our very core. Our goal is to provide opportunities for each resident and staff member of our community to live their best life and to continue thriving as the unique individual that they are.”

As the older adult population continues to grow and more individuals seek a better, longer life, where they choose to live is becoming increasingly important. How communities structure their wellness culture can have a significant effect on health and longevity. It’s more than just practicing wellness; it’s about having it permeate all aspects of life. As winners of the Beacon award, Galloway Ridge is leading the way.

About Galloway Ridge


Galloway Ridge at Fearrington is a not-for-profit Life Plan Community that blends Southern hospitality and cosmopolitan sophistication. Discover a community of individuals who are open to fresh ideas, new adventures, and living every day to the fullest. Our residents enjoy vibrant, independent living as well as an array of activities and progressive health programs in a tight-knit environment where employees and neighbors alike truly care for one another.

About NuStep, LLC

NuStep, LLC designs, manufactures and distributes recumbent cross trainer exercise equipment. NuStep products, accessories and adaptive equipment empower users of virtually all functional abilities and fitness levels to engage in exercise that helps build strength, enhance independence and improve health outcomes. From 1998 to 2018, NuStep  sponsored the Pinnacle Award to recognize senior communities and senior centers transforming lives through whole-person wellness programming. The award also served as a vehicle to educate and encourage senior organizations to integrate whole-person wellness into their programming.

About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)

ICAA, a professional association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry and supports professionals who aspire to develop wellness cultures for adults over 50. This includes creating wellness environments, programs and services. The association is focused on active aging – an approach to aging that helps older adults live life as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness and provides its members with education, information, resources and tools. As an active-aging educator and advocate, ICAA has advised numerous organizations and governmental bodies, including the US Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Aging (one of the US National Institutes of Health), the US Department of Health and Human Services, Canada’s Special Senate Committee on Aging, and the British Columbia (Canada) Ministries of Health and Healthy Living and Sport.

For more information or questions, contact:
Missy Johnson, Senior Director of Marketing and Sales, Galloway Ridge

Telephone: 919-545-2547 E-mail: mjohnson@gallowayridge.com

Australian Nursing Students Visit Galloway Ridge

As part of the UNC School of Nursing Global Partnerships program Galloway Ridge hosted eight nursing students from Australian Catholic University for an afternoon of education and discussion on the life plan community concept in the United States. The students learned about all of the available senior housing options in the United States along with a detailed discussion of life at Galloway Ridge. During the panel discussion with six Galloway Ridge residents the nursing students heard stories about why living in a life plan community creates opportunities for connection and purposeful living. The residents encouraged the students to consider working in senior communities because of the long term relationships they can form with the residents and vice versa.

After the panel discussion, the students toured Galloway Ridge and spent time in the Arbor HealthCare Center. Sandra Haggins, Arbor HealthCare Center Administrator, shared her passion for working at Galloway Ridge and how taking the time to learn about the residents lives makes her nursing career even more robust.  The students will be at UNC Chapel Hill for another week before returning to Australia to continue their nursing education at Australian Catholic University.

Living Your Best and Longest Life in Fearrington Village

“A long life is a life well spent.”—Leonardo da Vinci

 If you are not a regular subscriber to The Washington Post, you may have missed a small article they published in the past year. The article reported on an analysis of National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information, comparing life expectancy in different areas and what factors may influence longevity. The article discussed life expectancy in two Maryland neighborhoods; after all, it is a D.C.-based publication.

After a through explanation of the research findings, the article concluded with an interesting factoid you may not have known: our own Fearrington Village has the highest life expectancy in the country. The average lifespan here is 97.5 years, and the median age of residents in our community is 65. Compare those numbers with the average life span in the U.S, 78.69 years, and a national median age of 38.2. These are not insignificant numbers.

No Surprises Here

While these are astounding statistics, they are not without good reason. Fearrington is one of the premier planned communities in North Carolina, and what an incredible plan it is. This suburb of the Chapel Hill side of the Research Triangle has almost 3,000 residents, most of whom are retirees as well as young families and professionals. They are predominately highly educated individuals with diverse backgrounds, and they settled here in their golden years to take advantage of the quality of life that flourishes in the community. Think of all that you have available within a short distance from Fearrington Village:

  • 4 major research universities
  • Performing arts centers
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Public gardens and green spaces
  • Golf courses
  • Excellent public and private schools

This area cares about the environment, the lives of those less fortunate, and the habits that improve wellness and vitality. The suburban setting highlights the natural beauty of the area and boasts many walking trails and parks to explore. Fearrington has small town charm blended with big city comforts, making it a gem in the rolling farmlands of central North Carolina.

All About the People

People from all over have recognized the amenities that our area offers, and they choose to come here for their retirement. They bring with them a wealth of experience and diverse backgrounds, which only adds to the level of culture that can be found in Fearrington. Seniors in the area participate in local events, volunteer to meet the needs of the community, and support non-profit organizations that provide services to their peers and younger generations. This level of engagement and socialization adds to overall satisfaction with life, which may be just one factor that explains the high life expectancy rate.

What other factors contribute to longevity? Genetics do play a big part, but so do regular exercise, a balanced diet, higher education, and even access to medical care.  Fearrington Village can’t take credit for the good genes, but those other factors are either achievable or accessible to residents in the community. It’s not just existing, but it’s truly living that makes the difference in this town.

Finding Your Niche

 Galloway Ridge, a Life Plan Community, offers our residents conveniences that foster a level of independence, healthy living, positive socialization, and a sense of purpose, which in turn may increase life satisfaction and life expectancy. We are proud to be a part of this exceptional area, and we are proud of our community that shares so generously of their time, knowledge, and resources with the greater Fearrington area. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of LifeCare and to meet our team.





Galloway Ridge Charitable Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications

August 26, 2019

Galloway Ridge exists to inspire meaningful and engaged lives and to assure each resident a superior quality of life and care.  In support of our mission the Galloway Ridge Chatham County Charitable Fund was established in 2006 to serve the citizens of Chatham County. We are honored to announce that the Galloway Ridge Chatham County Charitable Fund is now accepting grant applications from Chatham County 501(c)(3) organizations and from Chatham County Public Schools and other Chatham County non-profits. Thanks to the generosity of the Galloway Ridge residents during the 2018 fund drive, $100,000 is available to support our larger community.

The application can be downloaded at the link below. Completed applications are due by 4:00 pm on October 11, 2019.

If you have any questions please contact Celeste Lestienne, Senior Executive Assistant, at clestienne@gallowayridge.com or 919-545-2604.

Please click here for the Grant Application Package.

Growing Together

Growing Together was the theme of the joint project between the Residents & Community Engagement Committee of Galloway Ridge and the Boys & Girls Club of Siler City.

We invited the Boys & Girls Club to send a group of fifteen boys and fifteen girls, who are members of their club, to come to Galloway Ridge this summer.

Their camp experience at Galloway Ridge included games, decorating rockets, learning the history of Jordan Lake, basket weaving, swimming at DCFL, visiting Fearrington Village to see the Belted cows, goats, and chickens, and enjoying box lunches at Jordan Lake. The visit to Jordan Lake also included a boat ride, where each camper got a chance to steer the boat.

On Tuesday, July 30, a group of Galloway Ridge residents traveled to the Wren Family Center in Siler City to see the kids in action. The day included firing off rockets made by the girls and the presentation of Certificates of Participation to each camper. The campers expressed their appreciation to the Galloway Ridge volunteers for their wonderful experience by presenting each with a personal “thank you” note.

For more than a century, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has helped put young people on the path to great futures. Research shows that young people who attend a Club regularly tend to do better than their peers nationally.

It was Galloway Ridge’s privilege to support this wonderful program.

Vets Serving Vets

On April 4th, four of Galloway Ridge’s veterans gave of their time and energies (and got up REALLY early!) to serve their fellow veterans.  John Stell, Al Schalk, Chet Rogers, and Bob Kelly found their way to the GR kitchen for a 5:30 AM departure to Jordan Lake.  These fine veterans/residents spent their morning assembling and serving biscuits for Operation North State.  Operation North State is an organization that throws fishing “tournaments” at many of the lakes throughout North Carolina.  They bring out disabled veterans and wounded warriors for a day of fishing.  The veterans are taken out by volunteer boaters/fisherman that spend all morning and part of the afternoon taking the veterans around the lake and assisting them in fishing.  The day culminates with a weigh-in to determine the best fisherman, but the day is really about honoring these veterans who have sacrificed their health and well-being for our country.  And to give back to them by giving them a day of activity and “normalcy” to some who struggle.  Thank you gentlemen for your service and your service to others who have served!  Thanks also to Josh Carr and Jason Carter getting up early and helping make this happen.

Community Grant Program



Galloway Ridge exists to inspire meaningful and engaged lives and to assure each resident a superior quality of life and care.  In support of our mission the Community Grant Program of the Galloway Ridge Inc. Charitable Fund was established in 2006 to serve the citizens of Chatham County. We are honored to announce that the Community Grant Program is now accepting grant applications from Chatham County 501(c)(3) organizations and from Chatham County Public Schools and other Chatham County governmental units. For 2018, $85,000 is available to support our larger community. Completed applications are due by 4:00 pm on October 12, 2018.  Applications are available by contacting Celeste Lestienne, Senior Executive Assistant, at clestienne@gallowayridge.com or 919-545-2604.

Please click here for the Grant Application Package.


Galloway Ridge Residents Recognized as Outstanding Volunteers by United Way of Chatham County

Every two years since 1996, the United Way of Chatham County has recognized individuals who selflessly give their time, talent and expertise to benefit the residents of Chatham County. Three couples from Galloway Ridge are among the ten volunteers to be named this year: Kay and John Combest, Ruth and Dick Flannelly and Edith and Joe Hammond. These individuals were also selected to receive the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award certificate from the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

Kay and John Combest have volunteered at Galloway Ridge for many years. Kay’s most active role is as the Residents Welcoming Coordinator. In addition, she spends 18 hours a month as the assistant manager of the Turnaround Resale Shop, and, as a member of a group called Coups for Troops, she cuts coupons for troops in Guam, Germany and Japan.

John Combest was a member of the first Residents Council, which was charged with drafting and writing bylaws and procedures, and he started the original Volunteer Service Committee at Galloway Ridge. John also maintains the Men’s Bible Study group that meets weekly, and he helps his fellow residents solve technical problems with televisions and computers.

Ruth and Dick Flannelly contribute to their community in many ways, so it’s no surprise that they, too, were selected for this honor. As a gifted pianist, Ruth accompanies the Galloway Chorus at their weekly practices and semi-annual concerts, and she selects the music for all chorus events. Ruth, an avid pet-lover, often takes care of her neighbors’ animals when needed, and she sponsors several programs that enhance the lives of residents at the health center.

Ruth and Dick travel extensively, and Dick records their travels together. On a weekly basis, he shares his travel experiences and videos with other residents in the health center. The couple also provides transportation to Galloway Ridge residents. When someone needs a ride to a doctor’s office or urgent care clinic, they’re always there to help.

Edith and Joe Hammond are another couple that epitomizes the spirit of volunteerism. Edith invests an average of six to eight hours per month as a part of the Residents Council. She’s also the primary organizer and leader of the “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” program, which assists residents with various needs, including transportation and reading. After helping to establish a permanent Volunteer Service Committee (VSC) in 2012, Edith secured volunteers and identified projects within and beyond the Galloway Ridge community. She continues to be active with the VSC.

Having taught engineering at Georgia Tech and Clemson Universities, Joe Hammond puts his background to good use at Galloway Ridge. He leads two popular groups: a men’s nonfiction book club and a “Contemporary Religious Thought” discussion group. Joe also uses his engineering skills by volunteering with the Galloway Ridge Woodworkers Group. The woodworkers accomplish an incredible number of repair jobs for residents and staff. They also build birdhouses and speaker lecterns.

The United Way of Chatham County recognized these individuals for their time and dedication during the 2018 Chatham County Outstanding Volunteer Awards ceremony. The awards reception was held on May 3 at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center in Pittsboro. Diana Hales, Chair of the Chatham County Commissioners, presented the awards, and former Chatham County Commissioner Betty Wilson was the keynote speaker. Sheriff Mike Roberson served as the Master of Ceremonies.

About United Way of Chatham County
The mission of the United Way of Chatham County is to increase the financial and human resources available for providing human care services to county residents. To learn more, please visit http://unitedwayofchathamcounty.org/ or call Alane Coore at 919-542-1110.


Galloway Ridge, a Life Plan Community in Pittsboro, North Carolina, is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina’s Wren Family Center in Siler City to host three summer camps for youth in the area. The camps are organized by the Galloway Ridge Community Engagement Committee, which has selected ‘Growing Together’ as the theme in order to emphasize Galloway Ridge’s commitment to furthering the club’s mission of empowerment.

Since 1995, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina have helped countless students realize their potential and grow into thriving adults. The clubs have had a significantly positive impact on children in the area, with 73% of low-income club members age 12-17 receiving mostly As and Bs, compared to only 69% of their peers nationally. By hosting summer camps for students, Galloway Ridge hopes to encourage and support such achievements through an enjoyable learning experience.

As part of the camp, three groups of thirteen students from Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina’s Wren Family Center in Siler City will come to Galloway Ridge this summer for the camp. The camp will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the months of July and August. The first group will attend on July 10th and 12th, and the second group will attend on July 24th and 26th. The third group will attend on August 7th and 9th. The committee will also host a Family and Residents Gathering on Saturday, August 11th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Grand Opening of the Dog Park

Galloway Ridge is excited to announce the completion of the Galloway Ridge Dog Park, along with Phase I of our new trail system for both residents and staff. We extend our thanks to our partner, Nature Trails NC, for their hard work on this project, and we hope that these green spaces bring you and your pets an immense amount of joy.

The entrance to the dog park and the trail is located between the maintenance and facilities operation buildings. We urge everyone to please use caution when crossing the road that leads to the trails, as traffic is sometimes heavy.

While safety has been a top priority in creating these recreational spaces, we ask that you use appropriate precautions. Please consider the changes in terrain elevation and remember that there are no lights in the trail area.

To minimize risk, we encourage you to only use the park and trail during daylight hours, wear proper-fitting, closed-toe shoes, travel with a friend and bring your cellphone in case of emergency. Additionally, please watch for snakes and poison ivy along the trail, as these are potential risk factors present in any natural setting.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Cori Cook at ccook@gallowayridge.com.

Why Preventive Care Should Be Your Priority

 “Old age is no place for sissies.” – Bette Davis

 People who want to live a healthy, active lifestyle don’t hesitate to eat a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly, but they may not be as likely to seek preventive care from a doctor. If you are like most people who only go to a physician if they feel ill, have a chronic medical condition, or need a prescription filled, you may be missing out on an important component of your overall health.

You may also not realize that Medicare part B covers annual wellness visits for beneficiaries without a copay, making it accessible for most seniors. What’s more, Medicare also covers an initial preventive visit, called an IPPE, within the first twelve months that you receive Medicare coverage. Have you taken advantage of this benefit? Do you still have time to get that exam? Here are a few reasons why you should stay on top of your preventive medical care.

What Does IPPE Stand For?

 IPPE, or Initial Preventive Physical Exam, is a benefit provided for seniors through Medicare part B and does not require a co-pay. It is a one-time benefit that must be used within a twelve-month period of when Medicare part B coverage begins, and it can be a helpful tool in assessing your overall health and providing a baseline for any medical treatment you may require in the future. The IPPE includes the following components:


  • A complete medical history, which may consist of family history, past diagnoses or surgeries, a list of all prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and other supplements, and information about diet and exercise
  • A standardized screening for depression and other mood disorders
  • A review of functional abilities, such as vision, hearing, balance, and activities of daily living, as well as an assessment of home safety and fall risks
  • An exam to check height, weight, blood pressure, visual acuity, and any other factors that may be determined by a medical provider
  • A discussion of end-of-life planning, with information concerning advance directives
  • A written review of the exam findings, along with recommendations for follow-up treatment and further testing, if advised
  • An explanation of other preventive care and procedures covered by Medicare

How Does the IPPE Differ From a Wellness Visit?

 The IPPE is intended as a one-time, initial assessment when you start your Medicare coverage. For many people, especially men who are less likely to seek regular medical care, the IPPE can establish a relationship with a medical provider and emphasize a commitment to well-being.

A wellness visit builds on that relationship and commitment. This annual exam is also covered by Medicare without a copay. This exam provides similar benefits as an IPPE, but it is more focused on disease prevention. It may include a schedule of test screenings, a check for cognitive impairment, a prescription review, and a potential for a treatment plan or additional testing. Patients who receive an IPPE are more likely to continue with wellness visits, which means they may be able to prevent some chronic conditions or have early detection for a better prognosis.

Aren’t They Both Physicals?

A physical exam involves a more hands-on inspection of a patient. A physician may palpate and listen to the body to determine function. It can also be more extensive with a battery of tests run based on age standards rather than patient history. This kind of exam is not covered under Medicare part B.

Another major difference between a physical and a wellness visit or IPPE is the focus. A physical tends to be doctor-driven, administering several tests to evaluate each body system regardless of indication of a concern. A wellness visit, on the other hand, is patient-driven, allowing each person to participate actively in his or her health care and overall wellness. It may seem a more modern approach to health care, and to some extent it is, but it also gives patients a voice and a role in the treatment they receive. It can also help reduce medical expenses because tests and care plans are based on need rather than arbitrary recommendations.

Have you had your IPPE? If you haven’t (and you still have time), schedule it as soon as you can and take responsibility for your own health. Galloway Ridge is also focused on giving residents access to the tools they need for staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With our connection to Duke Center for Living as well as on-site health care services, we make it simple to our residents to take control of their own health for the best quality of life, both now and in the future.

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