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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.

Deserving member of the Galloway Ridge family receives keys to new Habitat home in Siler City

February 17, 2018 was a special occasion for Galloway Ridge. Maria Porras and her family received the keys to a brand-new Habitat for Humanity home. The three-bedroom, two-bath home took seven months to complete and is located in Siler City, North Carolina. Residents and board members from Galloway Ridge attended the dedication ceremony. These included Bob and Sandy Holton, who are residents of Galloway Ridge, as well as John Zaremba, Vice President of the Galloway Ridge Board, and his wife, Linda, who’s a member of Chatham Habitat’s Board.

Maria and her children were grateful to be on the receiving end of such kindness. For the last five years, Maria has been a beloved member of the our community, where she works as a cook. Like all Habitat homeowners, this family contributed “sweat equity” by working on the construction of their home and the homes of others, and they participated in educational programs designed to strengthen the entire family and ensure their success as new homeowners. The new homeowners will continue to make monthly payments on a low-cost, no-interest mortgage, which in turn will go toward building future Chatham Habitat homes.

Galloway Ridge is proud to be a partner of Chatham Habitat, offering support in a variety of ways. For example, community residents have made individual donations to the organization, and the Galloway Ridge Charitable Fund awarded $100,000 toward the continued development of a 28-acre Habitat neighborhood in Pittsboro called “Robert’s Run.”

“Galloway Ridge is a valued partner of Chatham Habitat. Their generosity, together with the hard work of deserving families like the Porras family, enables us, as a community, to accomplish a great deal. We’re grateful for the support of Galloway Ridge, and we’re delighted to be a part of this dream come true for Maria and her children,” commented Anna Spears Tuell, Development Director of Chatham Habitat for Humanity.

Maria and three of her children – Aracely, Ashley and José – were previously living in a mobile home in northern Chatham County. Maria also has a grandchild, who lives with her oldest daughter, Nancy. The family attends Mount Carmel Baptist Church and enjoys going to the park and the movies in their free time. Maria is looking forward to having a stable home for her children, and she’s grateful for the ability to now save money to send her children to college.

Early Retirement for the Long Haul

 Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing. – Oliver Wendall Holmes

 Retiring is a personal decision, and not one to be taken lightly. For many people, deciding when is the right time to retire can be difficult because they may worry that they won’t have anything to do or that their health may decline. A 2017 study, published in Health Economics, suggests that early retirement can have the opposite effect by increasing longevity. Is early retirement good for you? Let’s look at some of the factors that may convince you to live a life of leisure.

To Work or Not to Work

 Working past retirement age can be important or meaningful for some people, especially if they do not have enough saved for retirement, need health insurance through their employer, or are truly passionate about what they do. They may struggle with retirement because they may not think their lives can still have purpose. On the other hand, people who work to live rather than live to work may find the stress of their job leads to other bad habits and poor self-care outside of the work place, such as smoking or drinking. People who are unhappy with their work may be more than ready to retire early.

Another factor to consider about when to retire is your personal life. Do you have hobbies and interests, or are you a workaholic? Do you have a happy marriage, or is your home life strained?  Will you be social, or will you become isolated and possibly depressed? Without an understanding of how to fill your days and with whom you want to spend them, you may not be fully prepared for a happy retirement.

Getting a Head Start

 Here’s the thing about retirement: it isn’t an event, but rather a process. You don’t have to throw a party to celebrate the end of your career and then sit in a chair for the next twenty years. What you actually get from early retirement is a gift, the opportunity to fulfill your goals and dreams that may have taken a back seat to other necessities throughout your lifetime. Some of the reasons that you may want to retire early include:


  • The prospect of travel, experiencing new cultures and satisfying your wanderlust
  • A reduction in expenses through downsizing and simplifying your commitments
  • Improved wellness with more time to exercise regularly, sleep better, and create other healthy habits
  • Less stress and fewer responsibilities
  • A chance to explore volunteerism, philanthropy, and mentoring
  • Development of new interests, hobbies, and educational opportunities
  • Ability to reconnect with family and friends as well as create new social networks

Working at Play

 At every stage of your life, you probably had a plan to make it work for you, and your retirement should not be any different. The better prepared you are for your golden years, the more enjoyment you can realize. Be creative, be social, and be open to new experiences, all of which are good for your cognitive function and emotional health. You can have a level of freedom you may not have experienced as an adult, so live your life to the fullest!

If you are thinking about retiring early but want to know more about how to make the most of each day, you can talk to the professional team at Galloway Ridge. Our Life Plan Community offers a full range of activities and programming to accommodate nearly everyone’s interests. We encourage you to explore your options and learn more about how our residents have adjusted to retirement with success and happiness. The culture and environment of our community, our caring and attentive staff, and our unparalleled amenities may convince you that the time to retire is now.

Galloway Ridge Supports Carolina Tiger Rescue During Annual Day of Service

February 26 marked our 2018 Annual Day of Service at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Ten residents and eighteen employees volunteered their time in support of this important local organization, which aims to save and protect wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

Residents and Galloway Ridge employees built picnic tables, repaired fences, painted and cleared brush and vines from fence rows. They worked two shifts of four hours each. In addition to volunteering their time, many residents have made monetary donations, and they’ve advanced the mission of the organization by enthusiastically spreading the word among friends and family.

The Day of Service has been an annual tradition here at Galloway Ridge since 2016. Each year, employees and residents are given the opportunity to support a local need with their talents, time and energy while enjoying time with one another. This is yet another example of our community’s commitment to engaging with Chatham County, giving back and volunteering.

To learn more about Carolina Tiger Rescue, please visit carolinatigerrescue.org.

Silver Spoon trophy takes up residence at Galloway Ridge after Chef David Voelz wins top honors

On February 17, 2018, Galloway Ridge was honored to participate in the Chef Challenge for The Big Deal Casino Night/Share to Care Gala that benefited Transitions Guiding Lights, an organization that provides support to caregivers. Participating chefs had the opportunity to win two awards: the Silver Spoon Award and the People’s Choice Award. The Silver Spoon was awarded based on taste, presentation and creativity and was judged by three local professional chefs.

Galloway Ridge’s Executive Chef David Voelz captured the Silver Spoon with his award-winning entrée and dessert. The menu was reflective of the casino theme, Harrah’s Cherokee. Chef David’s entrée was a venison tenderloin coated with a venison farce with walnuts and dandelion greens wrapped over a Cherokee bread pudding topped with a Cherokee succotash that combined corn, beans and pumpkin. Chef David also created a unique dessert of grape dumplings with Wojapi, a traditional Native American berry sauce.

“We continue our commitment of being a steward of our larger community by participating in events that enrich the lives of others as they age,” commented Missy Johnson, Senior Director of Marketing and Sales at Galloway Ridge.

The Silver Spoon trophy will be located at Galloway Ridge until next year’s Chef Challenge.

Who Will Need Long-Term Care, and What Does Long-Term Care Mean?

Long-term care is something nearly all elderly Americans may consider, and according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, something the majority will utilize.

Did you know 70% of people aged 65 and above can expect to employ long-term care in some capacity, and almost 70 percent of adults aged 90 and up have some sort of disability that may require assistance? Additionally, around 8 percent of adults between ages 40 and 50 may have a disability that requires long-term care.

Statistics aside, what does “long-term care” actually mean for you?


Understanding what long-term care is

There may be misconceptions about what constitutes long-term care. Long-term care does not necessarily equate to “medical care.” Rather, long-term care more closely relates to help with personal needs in all capacities. Oftentimes this means help with basic needs, often referred to as Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Samples of these ADLs include eating, drinking, personal/hygenic care and getting out of bed.

Long-term care also supports Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), which include tasks such as shopping, chores and pet care. If you’re aren’t fit to move about, someone has to help keep things in order!

Long-term care is not limited to a physician’s office. Long-term care may be provided at different places and by different caregivers, with family members oftentimes chipping in to help. Care may be needed for extended periods of time, or it may only be necessary for a short while.

As you age, long-term care may become a topic for discussion relative to you or someone you love. Chronic illness, sickness and limited mobility are common reasons to seek long-term care. Here are some interesting tidbits regarding LTC:

  • Given women often live longer than men, women are more likely to need LTC
  • Single people are more likely to employ paid services
  • Family history, diet and poor exercise habits increase likelihood of needing LTC services

So how can Galloway Ridge help? Galloway Ridge at Fearrington is an excellent Continuing Care Retirement Community in the Chapel Hill, North Carolina area, providing our residents with unlimited services and specialized help. Our expert staff and facilities ensure long-term care is provided and that expectations aren’t simply met — they’re exceeded.

Long-term care at Galloway Ridge is flexible and suits the varying needs of our community.


Life Care at Galloway Ridge


Proper life care encompasses all sides of health — physical, emotional, psychological, etc. Galloway Ridge is proud to offer the following as part of our best-in-class lifecare solutions.

  • UNC Clinic, which is staffed by nurses and Geriatric Primary Care physicians
  • Two social workers on staff to provide grief counseling, caregiver support groups and any other concerns
  • Companion services that are available to assist with medications in the home, help with transitioning back home after a hospital visit, and other services
  • Unlimited Assisted living, Skilled nursing or Memory care on-site in our Arbor, should it be needed, at almost no additional cost
  • The Duke Center for Living – a State-of-the-art 20,000 square foot medically based wellness/fitness facility includes a beautiful heated indoor pool, a comprehensive cardiovascular and strength developing center
  • On-site therapists and Center for Physical Rehabilitation
  • On-site Duke Primary Care


Leading the Way With Aging Service Technology

 Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation. – Dean Kamen

 Galloway Ridge is always looking for innovative ways to improve the lives of our residents, and we have recently implemented cutting-edge aging services technology in an effort to achieve our goals. Through our connection with Senior Portal, we participated in a study to address the advantages of integrating voice-assisted technology to engage residents in our community while increasing our team efficiency. Leading Age, an organization of over 6000 members and partners representing the entire field of aging, has recognized our work with Senior Portal to make a positive difference for our community. For us, however, the biggest indicator of our study’s success is how our residents have embraced our initiative and incorporated it into their daily lives.

Breaking Down Barriers

 As many of our residents know, Senior Portal is one of the best things to happen to residential senior living in years. The application is essentially a way to provide a social media approach to communication, activities, event planning, and online concierge services for community residents. Our residents have secure user information to access the Portal, and once online, they can utilize features and register for activities as well as get the latest information on events within the community and the region. It is a social network, real-time calendar, appointment setter, and troubleshooter, all conveniently accessed through one package.

Adding Value

 Galloway Ridge and Senior Portal have teamed up with Amazon’s Echo to launch voice-activated aging services technology to access the Senior Portal network, making the benefits more user-friendly for every level of ability. We provided training seminars to our residents to learn how to use the technology. We have the capacity to add or adjust features based on resident and employee feedback to ensure our Portal serves the needs of the community. The result is better engagement and socialization opportunities for our residents, faster response time from our team, and more connectivity throughout our facility.

About Those Benefits

 For a generation that has seen the world shift from paper to digital, the adjustment to embrace new aging services technology has been surprisingly swift. Our residents can continue to enjoy the many positive features that applications such as Senior Portal can provide, including:

  • Reduction in social isolation
  • Improved residential engagement and satisfaction
  • Growth in social networks
  • Increase in staff efficiency
  • Elimination of printed materials

While the last two benefits may not seem to directly affect resident quality of life, they actually make a significant difference. Staff members can address individual needs more effectively because they can devote more time to interaction with residents and less time performing routine administrative tasks. With less paper tracking to identify, address, and resolve issues, our process becomes leaner and even more ecofriendly, an important feature to both residents and staff.

Addressing Concerns

 The rollout and implementation of Senior Portal and Echo aging services technology has gone remarkably well. Our team recognized and addressed the concerns of residents and can continue to mitigate those issues through capable IT support. Our residents have secure connections to protect their private information, technical support when needed, and Wi-Fi for consistent access.

Galloway Ridge leads the trend for implementation of aging services technology for resident quality of life enhancement in the Triangle area. It’s just one of the many ways that our community meets and exceeds the needs of our community. Please contact us to learn more about Senior Portal and other amenities available to residents.

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