Winter 2011 • The Village at Brookwood
Leading the Way in Resilient Living
Joyce & Joe, residents of The Village at Brookwood since 2008.
Garden Homes Reflect Residents’ Personal Style
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Riding the Wave – You Can Lead the Way in Resilient Living With boomers turning 65, retirement turns from slow-mo to go-go, Palm Beach Post These boomers face ‘golden years’ with optimism, Evansville Courier & Press
learned healthy ways to cope with stress. Improving your emotional health can help improve your physical health. So how do you improve your emotional health? According to some researchers, having a positive outlook is an important part. Here are some tips:
Leading edge of U.S. baby boomers content —
Develop resilience. Resilience helps people cope with
stress, and it is a skill that can be learned or strengthened by having social support, keeping a positive view of yourself, accepting change and keeping things in perspective. Ask for advice or support when you are feeling stressed or sad. Keeping feelings bottled up inside is not good for your health. Talk to your friends, family, doctor, counselor or minister about your feelings. Remember your favorite things. Try not to obsess about work or home repairs. Focus on the positive things in life — the things that bring you joy. Relax. Use meditation, stretching or exercise to help calm your mind and body. Take care of your body. Eat healthy foods, exercise, get plenty of sleep, take your medications as directed and follow your doctor’s orders.
The New Year brought many headlines about the first wave of Baby Boomers turning 65 and changing the face of retirement. Many focused on an AARP survey that found the Boomers, people born from 1946 to 1964, retain positive outlooks (even with the economic upheaval over the last few years) and active lifestyles. In addition, they expect to work longer and live much longer than the average life expectancy. According to the AARP survey, the majority of Boomers feel “hopeful” and “confident” over the long term, and over the short term, they feel the next five years will be “fulfilling” and “exciting.” I think the generation that lead the way through many of society’s changes is going to lead the way in aging resiliently. The Boomers are much more tuned into the “mind-body” connection — how your body responds to the way you think, feel and act — and how important a positive attitude is in aging well. Stress, anger and worry can cause your body to react in certain ways in order to tell you that something is not right. For example, chronic stress can contribute to the development of high blood pressure, a stomach ulcer, insomnia or heart palpitations. People who have good emotional health are very aware of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and have
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Our goal at The Village at Brookwood is to enable everyone to live resiliently and maintain a positive outlook in order to live longer, healthier, happier lives. With a strong support system of friends and professionals, ease of access to healthy foods and fitness programs, and days filled with positive recreational and social opportunities, I think our “go-go” community is ahead of the wave!
Daniel L. Cuthriell Executive Director
You Can Come Home Again
After his wife, Elizabeth, passed away and he got tired of all the responsibilities of his home and yardwork in Auburn, Alabama, Dr. Wayne Moore decided that it was time to go home again, to his native Burlington and his alma mater Elon University. “I was worn out looking after the house and dealing with contractors and yardwork,” said the 82-year-old former professor of music at Auburn University. “I knew I would eventually need to make a change, so I asked my brother, Willard Moore, who lives in Gibsonville to look for a new house. He chose a Garden Home at The Village at Brookwood.” Dr. Moore graduated from Elon in 1949 and received a master’s and doctoral degree from Columbia University. He taught piano at Elon University during the 1950s before traveling to Vienna, Austria, for further musical study. After teaching stints in Mississippi and Colorado, he joined the Auburn University faculty in 1964. Even though he had been away for 50 years, Dr. Moore felt right at home when he moved to The Village in 2007. “There are wonderful residents and staff with diverse interests here,” Dr. Moore said. “And I especially enjoy not having the responsibility of keeping up a home or a yard. I recommend that people come here while they can enjoy the activities and the people — and the town, of course.” As an Elon alum, Dr. Moore has been very involved at the University, attending piano recitals on campus, and supporting music scholarships and the Belk Library. To honor his brother Fletcher, a gifted pianist and organist who served in many capacities at Elon
from 1936 to 1980, Dr. Moore recently arranged a planned gift to Elon University that will establish the Fletcher Moore Distinguished Emerging Scholarship Professorship. Fletcher Moore died in 1994. Today, Dr. Moore is chair of The Village’s Caring and Concern Committee, a resident committee that sends birthday, sympathy and get well cards to residents, and provides Christmas and Valentine’s presents to residents in skilled nursing and assisted living. In addition, he volunteers for the Burlington Public Library’s biannual book sale and plays piano at The Village’s church services. While he no longer teaches, the former organ instructor does have a piano in his Village garden home. “These days I play for my own enjoyment,” he said.
Village Residents on the Go At The Village at Brookwood, enjoyment of the arts, theatrical performances and sports events are only a bus ride away. From fine art to freezing ice hockey, the capital city of Raleigh was a popular destination recently for residents of The Village at Brookwood. A group of residents visited the N.C. Museum of Art to see American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell on January 12. The exhibit traces the evolution of Rockwell’s art and iconography throughout his career, bringing America’s mostrecognized illustrator to North Carolina in the first major exhibit in the Museum’s Center for Special Exhibitions. On January 15, the sportsenthusiastic crowd headed to Raleigh to watch the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Raleigh’s RBC Center. Residents stayed closer to home when they visited Elon University to see the Department of Performing Arts perform Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart January 20. The Pulitzer prize-winning play has also received the New York Drama Critics Award.
Personal Style F E AT U R E
Residents Can Showcase Their
in Garden Homes at The Village
When considering all the benefits of moving to a continuing care retirement community, retirees are sometimes reluctant to leave their homes filled with cherished treasures collected over a lifetime. That reluctance disappears when entering a spacious, freestanding garden home at The Village at Brookwood — the homes are designed to showcase a resident’s personal taste and style. Residents can make customizations to their homes through The Village, which acts as the general contractor. “Many residents personalize with such things as fireplaces, hardwood floors, built-in bookcases, etc.,” said Marketing Director Patty Scotten. “And they don’t have to worry about dealing with the contractors and making phone calls because we do all that!” Garden homes have large windows throughout, with three floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room, all of which bring in much sunlight and add to the airy, spacious feel. Off of the living room is a covered patio, where residents love to sit in warm weather and look out over gardens, woods and a stream. “We are one of the few retirement communities with covered patios,” Scotten said, “and in the South, we often need to find some shade while enjoying the outdoors.
These patios can also be enclosed as a porch or sunroom at the request of a new resident. The houses have side or back yards with traditional landscaping, and residents can add their own plantings, such as flowers and shrubs.” Homes at The Village also have large amounts of closet space. “In the master bedroom, there is a walk-in closet and an additional linen closet,” Scotten said. “And the guest bedrooms also have walk-in closets, which is very unusual for these communities.” One of the important opportunities at The Village at Brookwood is the new resident’s ability to personalize his or her new home. “We encourage new residents to express their personal style in their homes,” Scotten explained. Catherine (Cattie) Holt McCormick’s home is a reflection of her style and life. She has created an elegantly warm and inviting atmosphere with bright colors, cheerful fabrics, English antiques, striking artwork and sparkling Venetian glass in her 1,892 squarefoot Magnolia floorplan home, which she moved into in 2005. “The location has the perfect EastWest orientation,” she said. “The sun comes up in my bedroom, and the living room stays sunny all day.” The Magnolia has an expansive combined living room/dining room, which can accommodate a doublepedestal dining room table with leaves, as well as a sideboard. Before she moved into the home, Cattie installed new custom white carpet. She also extended some of the walls, changing the configuration
and wall space in both the living and kitchen areas. The alteration added a wonderful breakfast nook for her painted white table in the bright white kitchen where she added blue and yellow accents. In addition, the extended wall gave her space in the living room to add a large oil painting and an additional chest of drawers. The living room’s sunny yellow walls with white trimwork provide the perfect backdrop for her many beautiful pieces of artwork. “I painted the walls exactly how I had them in my other house,” Cattie said. In addition, she added a custom-made mantel to the existing fireplace. Cattie painted her master bedroom a pale coral to set off her upholstered twin beds and dressing table. With the three-bedroom home, she uses one as a guest room and one as a den area. The large closets are a bonus when one of her four grandchildren or two greatgrandchildren comes for a visit. Downsizing for the third time to The Village has been an easy transition for Cattie, and she encourages others to take advantage of The Village lifestyle as she has. In addition to the well-appointed homes, she talked about the delicious food, the wonderful amenities and the very special staff. “The nicest thing about The Village is the people who work here — all I have to do is pick up the phone when I need something. “I always encourage people to come here when they can have fun and enjoy it and not to wait until it is so late.”
Two-and three-bedroom Garden Homes at The Village range from 1,692 to 1,965 square feet, with three different floor plans: The Holly, The Magnolia and The Oak. All Garden Homes have:
✓ 9’ ceilings ✓ Parquet foyer ✓ Wall-to wall carpet (can be hardwood) ✓ Large, insulated windows ✓ Spacious, fully-equipped kitchen ✓ Separate mud room with washer/dryer ✓ Modern bathrooms with elevated vanities ✓ Large, walk-in closets ✓ Smoke detectors ✓ Covered patio (can be screened or enclosed) ✓ Double carport (garage enclosure can be added) ✓ Floored attic space and outside storage room ✓ Around-the-clock on-site security ✓ 24-hour Emergency Response ✓ Electronic daily check-in
AROUND THE VILLAGE
The Pleasure Was Mine On January 4, many Alamance County citizens joined Village residents for an Alamance Reads 2011 book discussion in the community’s Gathering Place. This year’s book selection, “The Pleasure Was Mine,” by N.C. author Tommy Hays, is a book about three generations of men and how their wife’s/ mother’s/grandmother’s Alzheimer’s disease impacts their lives. Alamance Reads is a special civic event organized by Friends of the Alamance County Public Libraries to encourage reading and significant conversation among Alamance County Citizens.
On Campus Art Classes Residents at The Village are exploring their artistic sides with art classes offered through Alamance Community College. The classes, which began January 19 and continue through May 5, are held in the Hobby House. Participants in the classes are using oils and acrylics. The community is invited to join us. For more information, contact the instructor, Rena Jones, at (336) 421-0568.
UNC-TV’s Bob Garner Entertains Food and hospitality are the cornerstones of our southern experience, and on January 13, residents joined television personality, speaker, author, BBQ pit master and UNCTV’s Restaurant Connoisseur Bob Garner in the Gathering Place to hear about his restaurant experiences across North Carolina. Long-time N.C. residents and newcomers engaged in a lively presentation on the age-old disagreement over which BBQ is better — eastern North Carolina or western North Carolina? And they found out, once and for all, what the real differences are.
Beadwork Classes Resident Nina Holladay, creator of The Village’s 500 handmade beaded Chrismon ornaments that grace Village Square during the holidays, is teaching her craft to other residents. Holladay is currently holding weekly ongoing classes.
Quilt Show and Workshops From January 24-29, the Alamance Piecemakers Quilt Guild was part of The Village “fabric,” by sharing their skills and their joy of quilting. The guild had an exhibit of quilts and quilted items, and participated in quilting programs throughout the week. Alamance County citizens were also invited to join residents and participate in quilting workshops run by Alamance Community College instructors Lillian Ellison, a resident of The Village, and Stephanie Stempert.
Welcome to The Village! Fred and Barbara Schmidt moved to The Village at Brookwood from their home in Fearrington Village, N.C., in November 2010. Claire Ernhart and Ed Psotta came to The Village in December 2010 from Beaufort, S.C.
Happening This Spring On March 4, Dr. Jo Williams will serve as a hostess in her home for the Alamance a la Carte, the Alamance County Arts Council’s annual culinary fundraiser. The event pairs talented volunteer chefs who provide and cook the food with gracious hosts who open some of the most interesting and beautiful homes in Alamance County. The Village at Brookwood’s Life Enrichment Coordinator Ruth Ann Stubblefield and Village resident Agnes Yount are teaming up as chefs for this event.
SPRING TRIPS: • The Russian National Ballet Theatre, Elon University • Tea at the O’Henry Hotel, Greensboro • Ackland Art Museum and Paul Green Theatre, Chapel Hill • WRAL Garden and Duke Primate Center, Durham • Elon University Spring Convocation featuring Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News • Overnight to Flat Rock, N.C., with UNC TV’s Bob Garner • Asheville and Cherokee, N.C., to visit gardens, a winery and to see “Unto These Hills” outdoor drama.
H E A LT H N O T E S
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Seniors often find that one of the most enjoyable and healthful ways to obtain aerobic exercise is to hop in the pool. Swimming and water aerobics provide aerobic benefits similar to running, but with less risk of injury, because they do not put strain on the connective tissues. In addition, the buoyancy factor makes swimming the most injury-free sport there is, which allows seniors to take fitness classes in water more often. The Village at Brookwood offers weekly water classes such as Cardio Splash, Arthur Away (for arthritis) and H2O Yoga in the Wellness Center’s indoor, heated, saltwater pool. The classes are taught by Katie Holt, certified instructor. “Our water classes are designed for every level of fitness, whether you are a swimmer or not,” said Ruth Ann Stubblefield, Life Enrichment Coordinator. “It is an engaging,
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fun, yet gentle, way to keep your body moving and your heart pumping strong!” For more information on water aerobics classes at The Village at Brookwood, contact Ruth Ann Stubblefield at (336) 570-8314.
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February is American Heart Month, and one of the many recommendations for heart health is to get moving and strengthen your heart with aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise is steady physical activity using large muscle groups, performed at moderate levels of intensity for extended periods of time. This type of exercise strengthens the heart by enlarging it and increasing its capacity to pump blood and use oxygen. Most experts recommend that seniors do at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three or four times a week, which can help achieve the following cardiovascular benefits:
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