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Galloway Ridge Hosts 9th Annual Chatham County Blood Drive

Chatham County Blood Drive Reaches Across Generations Hosted by Galloway Ridge.

Galloway Ridge at Fearrington sponsored the 9th Annual American Red Cross Blood Drive for Chatham County on Tuesday, March 14th Over 75 donors arrived to give blood and the Red Cross team collected 49 usable pints (including the donors who chose to participate in double red collection) along with 6 donors who were deferred based on various reasons. The blood drive reached across generations as it celebrated the bonds between old and new friends, neighbors, and co-workers with the common cause of helping others through blood donations.

The blood drive was managed by a committee of volunteers consisting of residents of Galloway Ridge, staff and community volunteers. There were 34 volunteers throughout the day checking in donors, greeters, parking attendees, logistics, and donor recovery area. “Everyone at Galloway Ridge realizes just how important Red Cross blood drives are — so it is very easy to recruit volunteers to help wherever they are needed during the drive”, stated Barb Fritschel.

There’s a lot of history with the Chatham County Blood Drive with each year setting and mostly achieving a different objective. This year’s goal was to fill the schedule with at least 70 appointments prior to the actual drive and factor in walk in donors to assist with the final count. By the end of the four-hour blood drive 68 people had registered to donate, including nine first-time donors. “Overall, I was really impressed by the professionalism of the team that was working the drive. They knew what the tasks were for the drive and were efficient in making me feel very comfortable,” said a repeat donor.

“The repeat donors and walk-ins all contribute to the success of the event however the new donors play a very important role. Donating blood can be a thought-provoking decision to make and when first timers register to give it’s a celebratory moment for all. Once you donate the first year you typically return the following years. Getting over your fear is part of the battle,” said Pat Richardson, Director of Communications and Community Relations at Galloway Ridge.

The 9th Annual Chatham County Blood Drive was a success, but their goal will be to exceed their efforts next year in 2018 celebrating 10 years.

Galloway Ridge is a nonprofit Life Plan Community (LPC) located just eight miles south of Chapel Hill in Pittsboro, North Carolina. We’re vibrant. We’re distinctive. We’re family. We’re Galloway Ridge.

CONTACT: Pat Richardson
(919) 642-6893

Galloway Ridge and the Extraordinary History of the Land it Sits On

“True emancipation lies in the acceptance of the whole past…in facing up to the degradation as well as the dignity of my ancestors.” Pauli Murray

 The recently published book, The Firebrand and the First Lady- Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Struggle for Social Justice by Patricia Bell-Scott was very favorably reviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine among others. It is the story of Pauli Murray and her twenty-four year friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt. Pauli Murray was a major figure in the civil rights and women’s rights movements of the mid twentieth century.  She has been honored by Duke and UNC and she is a Saint in the Episcopal Church.   What does that have to do with Galloway Ridge?  A few yards south of the Arbor is an old stone wall which encloses a small cemetery with nine tombstones. A worn path leads to the entrance. Pauli Murray’s story doesn’t end in the cemetery, it begins there.

This historic cemetery was concealed by a deep forest until it was exposed when GR expanded south and closer to the cemetery. Resident John Row found it years earlier and began to clean it up. He cut trees, repaired the wall, straightened and supported the headstones, marked the boundaries and still maintains it.  John also introduced resident Dr. H.G. Jones to the cemetery. Dr. Jones contacted UNC, the owner of the cemetery, and had them cut down several large overhanging trees.  H.G. Jones is an award winning archivist who taught at UNC. In 2015 he published his excellent book, Miss Mary’s Money, which details the life and times of the Jones (no relation to H.G.) and Smith families. “It’s often very disturbing, and sometimes uplifting,” he says, “but I didn’t gloss over anything”.

All of the complexities and contradictions of the southern slave owning society of the 19th century came to bear on the lives of the family in the cemetery.  Francis Jones (1760-1844), the patriarch, was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and a major land owner in central North Carolina. Jones Grove Plantation was his crown jewel. The southern wing of the Arbor occupies the place where the plantation house once stood. Jones offered to donate part of the land for a college to be built at this location. He was turned down in favor of the small hamlet of Chapel Hill. Mary Parke Jones (1761-1811) was his wife and Ruffin Jones (1794-1836) was their unmarried son. Delia Jones (1787-1854) their daughter, married James Strudwick Smith (1787-1852) from Hillsborough in 1813.

Strudwick Smith was the illegitimate son of William Strudwick. The Strudwicks were a well-to-do family in Hillsborough and were prominent in the upper class of this important town. The Smith family lived nearby but was of a different social class. William Strudwick was seventeen years old and did not marry the mother of his child.  Regarding his background Strudwick Smith later said, “Having been born poor, I have had to be the architect of my own future. I procured the means of advancement through my own labor.”  Smith was aggressive and ambitious and, because of his blatant self-promotion and brash aggressive style, was unpopular among his colleagues. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and became a doctor in Hillsborough but his ambition took him far afield from the medical profession. He owned a general store, distilleries, a copper shop and a substantial amount of land, some of which was inherited from his father-in-law.  He was active in the affairs of Hillsborough and served two terms in the US Congress from 1817 to 1821. He became a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina in 1821.

The Smith’s had three children. The oldest, Mary Ruffin Smith (1814-1885) was raised as a refined, educated southern lady of the time. Mary’s father acquired an enslaved fifteen-year-old girl named Harriet to be her personal servant. In the census records Harriet is identified as mulatto, a designation used for men and women of mixed race. Later she married Reuben Day, a freedman, and they had a son Julius, but they were not permitted to live together as a family. Maria Louisa Spear (1804-1881) was brought in to tutor Mary and they formed a friendship that lasted their entire lives.  Maria is the only non-family member buried in the cemetery. The sons, Francis Jones “Frank” Smith (1816-1877) and James Sidney Smith (1819-1867) both attended the University of North Carolina. Frank also attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and, though he didn’t graduate, he became a doctor, like his father.  James Sidney, who was called by his middle name, was high spirited and difficult. He became a well-known politician and lawyer. Sidney developed a serious drinking problem and eventually became known as a “drunkard” in the county.

According to the oral history as recorded by Pauli Murray in her family memoir, Proud Shoes, Sidney began to stalk Harriet who lived in a cabin away from the house in Hillsborough.  Reuben, Harriet’s husband, was threatened by Sidney and disappeared from the area. Eventually Sidney went to Harriet’s cabin and assaulted her. Discovering this, Frank, who had his own designs on Harriet, severely beat his brother and left him bleeding on their front lawn. Harriet was pregnant by Sidney and Cornelia was born in 1844. She would become the grandmother of Pauli Murray. But the ordeal was not over for Harriet.  Frank developed his own dominant relationship with her and over the next eight years Harriet had three children with Frank – Emma, Annette and Laura.

Strudwick Smith’s aggressive land speculations and other ill-fated business ventures finally caught up with him and he became mired in debt. He astutely sheltered most of his assets within his family before declaring bankruptcy in 1845. The Smiths all lived in Hillsborough but, even in the midst of the bankruptcy and the suits and counter suits, they built a large house at Price Creek Plantation.  In 1847 they moved to the new house which they called “Oakland.” It still stands nearby behind a black iron fence on Smith Level Road.  They all lived in the house.

Mary raised all four of her brothers’ children as family members in the houses in Hillsborough and Price Creek. Harriet, their mother, continued to be a servant in the house.  Mary provided the children with a modest education and every Sunday morning Mary, Miss Spear and the girls would ride to the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill in her beautiful white carriage. The mixed race children sat upstairs in the balcony while Mary and Miss Spear sat in the Smith pew. The children would all be baptized in this church.

So the entire dysfunctional family lived at “Oakland”: Strudwick Smith, now mentally and physically incapacitated due to the strain of the bankruptcy; Delia, his wife, worn out from the family misadventures; Frank, the lecherous and now part time doctor who continued his bitterness toward his brother; and the drunkard lawyer-politician Sidney. Mary’s four nieces also lived in the house as family members.  Strudwick Smith died in 1852 and Delia in 1854. Both were buried in a small cemetery at Price Creek.   The Smith siblings were now one of the wealthiest families in the area.  In her book Pauli Murray wrote that Sidney “brooded his life away.” He died in 1867 at the age of 48. He was also buried at Price Creek. Harriet, now free, lived in a cabin near Price Creek. In August 1872 she was struck by lightning while in her cabin and was paralyzed. She became an invalid and Mary provided tender, loving personal care daily until Harriet died in September 1873.   Frank Smith spent much of his time in a two room cabin on the Price Creek property.  He died in 1877 at the age of 61 from, according to Mary’s friend, Kemp Battle, “a lingering disease passing through violent insanity to death.”  Mary had him buried in the Jones Grove cemetery. She also made plans for her burial there and her friend Maria Louisa Spear agreed to do the same.

Mary Ruffin Smith emerged as the savior of the beleaguered family name and now controlled all of the property that the family held. Her four nieces, now legally free, remained in the house with her.  Maria Spear finally moved in permanently.  Her nieces were courted under Mary’s watchful eye and eventually married – Emma to Henry Morphis a farmer, Annette to farmer Edward Kirby, and Laura to Gray Toole, a barber. Cornelia, the oldest, married Robert Fitzgerald a freedman from the North in 1869. He was a Civil War veteran of the Union Army’s 5th Massachusetts Colored Regiment. He had served at the siege of Petersburg, Virginia. He was educated and moved to the south to help teach the newly freed slaves. He would become Pauli Murray’s grandfather.  Maria Spear, in apparent good health, died in her sleep at “Oakland” in 1881.  Mary confided to a friend, “I am alone in this world….I miss her too much.”

Mary Ruffin Smith died quietly at “Oakland” on November 13, 1885 at the age of 71. During her final illness she had been attended to by her nieces, Emma and Annette. She was described in a newspaper story as “a lady of uncommon strength of mind, lofty character, large charity, unaffected piety and earnest Christian life.”  A large gathering of friends assembled at “Oakland” to pay their respects. Then a long procession of carriages escorted the hearse to the burying ground at Jones Grove. Kemp Battle, the President of the struggling post-Civil War University of North Carolina, which was closed from 1871-1875, was one of Mary’s closest friends and advisors. He was the executor of her estate. He had an impressive granite marker with a large cross placed at her grave. A three foot stone wall with an iron gate was built to surround all of the graves. Mary requested that her parents, Strudwick and Delia Smith and her brother Sidney be reburied in the cemetery and Kemp Battle had this done.  In her will Mary gave her nieces – Emma, Annette and Laura – 100 acres each, cut from the Jones Grove Plantation land. From the Price Creek land, Julius, Harriet’s son, received 25 acres and Cornelia 100 acres. The remainder of Price Creek, about 1,500 acres, was willed to the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. The University of North Carolina was given the Jones Grove property, about 1,400 acres, to be used for scholarships and other uses. Galloway Ridge is on this land. It was the largest gift ever given to the University up to that time.  Mary Ruffin Smith is honored with a plaque just inside the main entrance to Memorial Hall at UNC. It is directly across the lobby from a plaque honoring the service of Kemp Battle.

Now that you know the story, perhaps you will look at these nine tombstones differently. They represent real people with real flaws and real virtues who once occupied this land. Pauli Murray’s life would bring their story full circle back to this cemetery.

Written by Galloway Ridge resident Mike Zbailey, May 2016.

                                                                                   

 

 

 

Landing on Your Feet: Why Fall Prevention is So Important

 The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Falling down is no laughing matter, and everyone, especially people in retirement, should give this issue more attention. Falls account for more injuries in people aged 65 and older than any other cause, and preventing them takes more than just improving balance. September is Fall Prevention Month, and now is a good time to think about what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of falling.

It’s Kind of a Big Deal

 Taking a spill may cause a few bruises, even a bruised ego, but some injuries can be quite severe. Head trauma is one major concern because you could have bleeding or pressure in your skull. Other worries include broken bones, most commonly wrist, back, and hip fractures, which can be debilitating for otherwise active people. When you are older, it does take longer to heal, and you may not realize your limitations during recovery. Some people can even become anxious after a fall and limit their movement and activity level as a way of avoiding the possibility of tumbling.

Senior Susceptibility

 While people of any age can get hurt from a fall, seniors are at a higher risk for a number of reasons. Older people are more likely to be less flexible or have difficulty with balance. They may have frail or fragile bones and poor vision. Medical conditions may also be a factor; for example, diabetes can lead to decreased peripheral sensation, leaving sufferers less able to feel the ground beneath their feet. Dizziness and fluctuations in blood pressure are frequent side effects for many medications, adding to the risk. In addition, if you have recently been hospitalized, you may feel weaker as you recuperate.

Taking Smart Steps for Safety

 Now that you understand more about why fall prevention is necessary, you can take control of some of those factors to protect yourself from injury.  Here are a few ways you can be safer in your home:

  • Keep walkways clear of clutter.
  • Remove any slippery rugs or other tripping hazards.
  • Turn on lights so you can see where you are going.
  • Add safety measures such as grab bars, elevated toilet seats, shower benches, and textured non-slip flooring to bathrooms.
  • Make the switch to shoes that provide better support and traction.
  • Consider using a medical alert device if you live alone or have a history of falling.

You should talk to your medical provider about potential side effects from medication, especially if you feel light-headed.  During your visit, discuss what exercises you can do to increase your strength and flexibility. Activities such as water aerobics, yoga, and tai chi are can be great workouts for improving balance for every level of fitness. You may also need an eye exam to see what treatment options you have to preserve or improve your eyesight.

How We Can Help

Galloway Ridge takes the safety and health of our residents very seriously.  We are featuring a lecture on fall prevention on Tuesday, September 20, at 10 am in the Chapin Auditorium. Join us to learn more about how to stay safely on your feet. We also invite you to participate in the Strong and Stable class, offered by the Duke Center For Living, which is an 8-week program to help reduce your fall risk.

“A Race to Remember” from the News & Observer

If there’s one thing runners love about a road race, it’s a downhill finish, where gravity carries smiling participants effortlessly toward cheering friends, family and supporters.

But maybe it was only appropriate that breathless finishers had to go up a short but unexpected incline over their final strides in the Chatham Alzheimer’s NC 5K Run / Walk at Fearrington Village’s Galloway Ridge retirement community last Saturday morning.

To read the article, click here.

Galloway Ridge Community Grant Program

The Community Grant Program of the Galloway Ridge Inc., Charitable Fund is accepting grant applications from Chatham County 501(c)(3) organizations and from Chatham County Public Schools and other Chatham County governmental units.

Completed applications are due by 4:00 pm on October 11, 2016.  Applications are available by contacting Celeste Lestienne at clestienne@gallowayridge.com.

Galloway Ridge is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Chatham County.  In 2016, $80,000 is available for Community Grants.

To request the grant application package, please contact:

Celeste Lestienne
Senior Executive Assistant
Galloway Ridge, Inc.
3000 Galloway Ridge
Pittsboro, NC 27312

 

This Is Your Life: The Value of Writing a Memoir

I hope I didn’t bore you too much with my life story. – Elvis Presley

 Every culture around the world has been recorded and preserved through the rich tradition of storytelling. Journal keeping, letter writing, and other sources are the basis of our knowledge of past civilizations, belief systems, and social history. These documents paved the way for modern-day memoirs, which are a valuable experience for every person, especially those who are in their golden years. Your life story is yours to share or to keep for yourself; either way, you can enrich your life by writing a memoir.

Be Kind, Rewind

 Older people can find several benefits from writing a life story.  Self-reflection provides the opportunity to reminiscence about both the good and not-so-good times in your past, to focus on all of the events that helped make you the person you are. By taking time to record your memories, you can improve your self-esteem and expand your personal vision of the meaning of life. Introspection allows for growth, especially at a time of life when many people feel stagnant.

For elderly individuals with cognitive conditions, benefits can be more quantitative. Some of the improvements can include:

  • Enhanced long-term memory
  • Sense of control and autonomy
  • Better behavioral functions
  • Increased socialization
  • Less depression, stress, and anxiety

No one can question how you remember things when you are writing a memoir, because your memories are from your point of view. There is no right or wrong way to reminisce.

The Bare Bones

 Writing is a highly personal process. You may choose to record the details of your life story in chronological order, or you may decide to focus on big events that shaped your journey. Any approach you choose can provide structure to your memoir. You can try any or all of these strategies:

  • Outlining by decade or milestones
  • Concentrating on childhood memories
  • Reflecting on historical events
  • Sharing wisdom gained through life experience
  • Remembering people who influenced you

You should also give thought to the logistics of memoir writing. Are you proficient with computers or more comfortable hand writing? Would you prefer taping your story or having a family member interview you? You can find a skilled person to transcribe your responses to make it easier on yourself if the telling is more enjoyable than the recording.

On Your Mark

Memoir writing can be something you do by yourself or a group activity where you learn and share with friends. We hope you will consider documenting your life story. Writing a memoir can provide a greater appreciation for the events that make up your life. For your family, your documented memories may be the best legacy you can give, a treasure to pass on to future generations.

Hit the Brakes: Is it Safe to Keep Driving?

When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it. Charles de Lint

 If you have been at the steering wheel for most of your life, you would not be too pleased to have someone tell you that your driving may not be up to public safety standards. At some point, every elderly driver will have to face the realization that it may be time to hand over the keys. The good news is that you may have many years and miles of road ahead of you, if you are willing to examine your abilities and focus on improving your driving safety.

Mitigating Factors

 The aging process does affect some abilities that can impact your capacity to operate a vehicle safely. Most people think that reaction time is the biggest issue, but in reality, decreased visual acuity and hearing can be a bigger problem. Less muscle strength, lack of flexibility, and limited range of motion are significant limitations as well. In addition, any chronic medical conditions or prescribed medications may also contribute to a loss of coordination or attention.

Be Proactive

Having any or all of these issues does not automatically mean you are not able to drive safely. While you cannot control how your body ages, you can take steps to ensure you are not a risk to public safety by:

  • Having regular vision and hearing examinations
  • Maintaining healthy sleep and nutrition habits
  • Discussing the side effects of medications with your physician
  • Participating in physical activity to improve strength and flexibility
  • Installing assistive devices on your vehicle for easier operation
  • Limiting distractions while driving
  • Taking a refresher course for elderly drivers
  • Recognizing stressful situations such as rush hour or nighttime driving

The Right Time

 Few people are willing to admit that they know they should limit or stop driving. If elderly drivers are causing a few too many accidents or getting more tickets while on the road, they would be wise to relinquish their driving privileges. Becoming a passenger offers its own set of benefits beyond the lack of responsibility of driving safety.  You can be more social and relaxed without the stress of driving, and you can also expect to save money with no more car upkeep, gas, insurance, and other expenses. Finding transportation can be as simple as asking for a ride from friends or family, using public transportation, looking into rideshare options, including Uber, Lyft, or community based carpool programs.

A Touchy Subject

 Galloway Ridge wants to preserve the independence and health of all of our residents, even when you are out on the road. We recently finished participation in Phase 1 of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center study that focused on physical fitness and driving. Phase 2 of this research study, funded by NHTSA, is almost ready to begin, and 90 additional volunteers are needed to join.

The researchers are looking for individuals over the age of 70 who currently drive and do not participate in regular physical activity. Selected volunteers may need to complete a questionnaire about their level of fitness, use a daily fitness monitor device, consent to the installation of a device in the vehicle to track driving, and submit to a road evaluation with a certified driving instructor. All members of the study will receive a $100 VISA gift card and other potential fitness and driving-related perks.

If you are interested, please plan on attending one of two information sessions, to be held on Wednesday, August 10, and tentatively August 31, at 10am in the Auditorium. We invite you to contact Kristel with UNC Highway Safety Research Center at (919)962-6404 if you would like more information.

Breaking the Old Dog Stereotype: Why You Should Learn New Tricks

 People are very open-minded about new things – as long as they’re exactly like the old ones. – Charles Kettering

 Developmental milestones are so important when children grow and change. We record their first steps, first words, even their attempts at eating and dressing. As they age, children continue to learn and master skills at school or with hobbies or interests. Their lives revolve around trying new things.

Their achievements are recorded through high marks on report cards or trophies and awards. They may go on to college and earn degrees. They start careers and train on the job, gaining experience and receiving promotions. They marry and have children and instill that sense of progress and exploration in their offspring.

At some point after middle age, people tend to stop that growth. They become comfortable in their routine and are less likely to step away from the known and really explore and initiate. They stagnate. They, in essence, stop learning, and that can affect their brain function.

Does this sound familiar to you? When was the last time you tried something new? Not ordering something different on a menu, but something completely foreign that you have never done before, something you may have been interested in but considered yourself too old to accomplish.

It’s Never too Late

 Aging people can benefit greatly from trying new things, but there is a catch. In order to maintain or enhance brain function, those new things need to be stimulating and complex. Your new experiences should go beyond a one-time event; rather, you may want to focus on mastering a new skill. That can include learning a new sport, a new craft, a new language, or perhaps a new technology. All of those things that seemed possible when you were younger are still very much available to you if you allow yourself to be challenged and even a little humble.

Failure is Growth

 How many times have you heard you need to make a mistake in order to learn and grow? You have not outgrown that part of life any more than you have your ability to learn new things. You can work towards mastering a new ability when you become vulnerable and recognize you may not always be an expert. You can learn from the experience of others, and you may need to get used to needing help, asking questions, and messing up. It was okay to make mistakes when you were young, and it’s still okay, no matter what your age.

A World of Possibility

 Galloway Ridge wants to issue a challenge to our residents and loved ones. We would like you to look at the monthly calendar and find something new to try. Maybe it is an activity that has always interested you or just one that catches your eye. Step outside of your box, and maybe bring someone with you. Join one of our discussion groups. Participate in the Total Brain Health Workout program. Try the watercolor painting class.  Make plans to go to the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer Carnival on Saturday, July 30. Embrace the goal of trying new things.

There is no shortage of options, and we encourage you to try something and let you know what you think. If what you have in mind isn’t offered, let us know that too. We want to hear from you so that our activities and programming appeal to you, our residents. Get out there and learn some new tricks!

Galloway Ridge: “Where Education Matters”

Pittsboro, NC, May 24, 2016 – Galloway Ridge is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s employee scholarships. The scholarships make educational opportunities a reality for employees pursuing degrees and certifications at educational institutions.

This year’s recipients are: Michaela Albright (Central Carolina Community College); Shaborn Allah (Durham Technical Community College); Ernestine Bangura (Central Carolina Community College); Jessica Delgado Flores (Appalachian State University); Tania Hernandez-Mejia (Central Carolina Community College); Brenda Martinez (Central Carolina Community College); Deborah McCready (Central Carolina Community College); Lilly Neal (NC State University); Madison Spinks (Central Carolina Community College); Valeria Villanueva (Central Carolina Community College); and Teagan Williams (Central Carolina Community College).

The scholarship program is funded by donations from Galloway Ridge’s residents and managed by Triangle Community Foundation. The support of residents is impressive with $40,000 allotted to scholarships this year! Galloway Ridge is proud to have residents willing to invest so generously in the future of its employees.

Congratulations to the 2016 Galloway Ridge Employee Scholarship recipients!

Galloway Ridge is a non-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located south of Chapel Hill in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Galloway Ridge opened its doors in 2005. For further information: www.gallowayridge.com

6th Annual Chatham County Alzheimer’s Walk and 5K Run

The 6th Annual Chatham County Alzheimer’s Walk and 5K Run will be held Saturday, September 10, at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington in Pittsboro. This year’s event has something for the whole family, including a new Fun Run for children ages 4-11. Among other activities are a resource fair, music, and food vendors. Pre-registration is now open. Onsite registration begins at 7:00 a.m. on event day, with the Fun Run starting at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K Run and Walk at 8:30 a.m.

There are various ways to get involved with the event this year including sponsorships, in kind donations, creating walk teams accompanied by pledges or registering to run by visiting www.gallowayridge.com. 

Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Walks held around the state offer a chance for caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia to connect with resources in their community and find support from one another. They also raise much-needed funding.

“Funds raised from events like these allow us to continue our programs and services to families in North Carolina while focusing attention on the needs of the more than 175,000 North Carolinians diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,” says Lisa Levine, Program Director at Alzheimer’s NC.  An estimated 5.4 million Americans have the disease at an annual cost of more than $200 billion in lost wages, insurance, productivity, and other areas.

Alzheimer’s North Carolina provides education, programs and services, advocacy, emergency respite, and research funding for cause, prevention, treatment, and cure.  For information and assistance if you are dealing with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, call Alzheimers North Carolina at (919) 832-3732 or visit the website at www.alznc.org.

For more information please contact Pat Richardson at (919) 642-6893.

Galloway Ridge to host “Meet the Masters of the Future” Student Art Show

Artist Collaboration with Chatham County Schools K-12

Pittsboro, NC, April 6, 2016 – A common love of the arts is a bridge across generations.  This summer, baby boomers and Gen Z will find common conversation when they join together for an art experience for the young and the young-at-heart as residents of Galloway Ridge welcome the upcoming artists of the new millennium for a 3 month art installation.

Galloway Ridge’s Artists Collaboration committee will host a show of Chatham County Schools’ student art from May 13 – August 11, 2016.  The juried show, called “Meet the Master of the Future”, will feature student work selected from 17 Chatham County Schools.  The artwork will be displayed in the dining rooms of Galloway Ridge and their onsite wellness center Duke Center for Living. Galloway Ridge is long known for its appreciation of the arts.  Executive Director of Galloway Ridge, Bob Zimmer, says “It’s an honor to sponsor the first art show with cross-generational inspiration in Chatham County.  As stewards in the county we are enthusiastic about our community engagement involvement. ”

An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 13th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Weathersfield Cafe dining area of Galloway Ridge at Fearrington.  It is open to the public.

The event is being coordinated by the Artist’s Collaboration committee of staff members, residents and community volunteers in cooperation with Chatham County Schools.  For promising student artists involved, art will be available for sale with proceeds benefitting the individual artist. Approximately 100 works of art from students from grades K-12 will be chosen by the art teachers from Chatham County’s 17 schools, then displayed for the enjoyment of Galloway Ridge residents.

Chatham County Schools’ Arts Coordinator, Dr. Lori Major Carlin, says, “It has always been my desire to forge a strong partnership between the school district and Galloway Ridge. To do so through the artistic talents of our Chatham County students gives me great joy. I look forward to strengthening this relationship and using this experience to explore new areas for collaboration.”

Galloway Ridge celebrates 5 years for the Galloway Ridge Artist Collaboration reaching over 300 artists, promoting over 1,000 pieces of artwork and approximately $16,000 in profit going directly to the art community.

Galloway Ridge is a non-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located south of Chapel Hill in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Galloway Ridge opened its doors in 2005. For further information:   www.gallowayridge.com

Galloway Ridge Announces New Director of Healthcare Services/Administrator

Pittsboro, NC, June 29, 2016: Bob Zimmer, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Melton, NHA, as the new Director of Healthcare Services/Administrator of The Arbor at Galloway Ridge.  Melton will oversee delivery of healthcare services to residents at Galloway Ridge including Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Memory Care.

Adam comes to Galloway Ridge with a vast experience in healthcare administration and work in CCRC’s.   Adam is a native of Vass, North Carolina (Moore County) and attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.   He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies in 2003.  Adam has over eleven years of experience as a Nursing Home Administrator and is a strong advocate for person centered care.   Previous employers include Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill, NC and Scotia Village in Laurinburg, NC.

“I am excited to join the great team at Galloway Ridge as Director of Healthcare Services. There is a fantastic tradition of healthcare provided in this community and I hope to enhance the already strong foundation.  I look forward to serving the community to the best of my ability. I want to thank both the residents and staff for their support as we continue to align the Arbor and Galloway Ridge’s mission, “stated Melton.

“We are excited that Adam will be the new Director of Healthcare Services/Administrator at The Arbor,” said Bob Zimmer. “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for our residents and team members.”

Galloway Ridge is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located just eight miles south of Chapel Hill in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Galloway Ridge is a remarkable choice for inspiring, satisfying senior living. Visit Galloway Ridge online at www.GallowayRidge.com.

For more information, contact Pat Richardson at 919-642-6893 or 888-763-9600.

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