Scotia Village resident Locke MacDonald has not one love story to tell, but two. One began when Locke was still in high school but then waited more than half a century to flourish. The other started when Locke was in the Navy and had a chance encounter that ended up bringing together an unlikely couple.
Fraudsters Take Aim at Military Personnel, Veterans
Members of the military, their dependents and veterans lost more than $338 million to fraud during five years ending in 2019, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) data shows. Impostor fraud was the top complaint from military families and veterans during each of those years, but they also fell victim to scams involving online shopping, sweepstakes and
If you’re looking for a part-time job with flexible hours and good pay, the Census Bureau wants to hear from you. The agency is seeking to hire more than 500,000 people now to help with the 2020 census, and it has added a new tool to its website to show you exactly where workers are needed the
Naomi Sapir has always made volunteering in her community a top priority no matter where she lived, from a beach community in South Carolina to a kibbutz in Israel to her home in Virginia to the gift shop at Scotia Village. At Scotia Village, she is pleased to volunteer for a number of activities.
The annual tax-deferred amounts workers can set aside for their retirement will increase for 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced. Next year, the contribution limit for employees who take part in a 401(k) or similar plan, such as a 403(b), 457 or Thrift Savings Plan, will be $19,500, up from $19,000. For workers
You’ve probably heard how the trendy practice of mindfulness can improve your mood or concentration. Turns out, it works for weight loss, too. We know what you’re thinking: Sitting cross-legged can’t possibly burn that many calories. But mindfulness doesn’t work like other dieting tools — it actually works better, at least according to a growing
Nearly 250 years after its founding, the Army is finally getting its own museum. Opening June 4, 2020, the National Museum of the United States Army will be located in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, just outside Washington, and, through artifacts, documents and images, will tell the story of our country’s oldest military branch. It’s meant to
Will Miller has a lot in common with new residents at Scotia Village. Like them, he and his wife, Kenzie, recently moved to Laurinburg to begin a new chapter in their lives. In Will’s case, however, it was to take on the role of Director of Sales for Scotia Village. And like anyone new to
Placing a freeze on your credit data is one of the most effective ways to prevent identity thieves from using your info to steal. I recently went through this process and am here to guide you. Expect it to take 10 minutes of computer time per each adult in your household. Here’s how to do it. (You
Scotia Village Recognized as a Choice Community by Holleran
LAURINBURG, NC – Scotia Village, a continuing care retirement community in Laurinburg, has been recognized for their resident engagement, placing them at the top of the benchmark of communities across the nation. Scotia Village was awarded Holleran’s Choice Community recognition at the completion of their 2019 Resident Engagement survey. This accolade means Scotia Village is
Dr. Bob Bedingfield doesn’t ask for much. As a former Navy chaplain and retired Presbyterian minister, Scotia Village resident Bob was very clear and direct about what mattered to him and his wife, Nancy, when it came to choosing a continuing care retirement community. “It is very important to me that an organization has to
Can Blue Light From Your Phone Cause Vision Problems?
Checking emails on your smartphone. Watching a movie on your tablet. Devouring the latest best seller on your e-reader. Many of us spend hours a day looking at our devices’ screens, which emit blue light: the high-energy, short–wavelength light that’s also emitted by the sun. Some say it’s bad for the eyes. Indeed, a quick
How Do I Know If I’ll Be Happy Living in This CCRC?
When making a decision about moving to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), there are a lot of different factors to consider. It’s certainly vital to understand the financial implications and contract details, but there’s something else just as (or maybe even more) important to consider, and you won’t find all the answers in a
The Online Mind: How Internet Use Affects Older Adults’ Cognitive Health
Many of us are struggling to limit “screen time” these days in order to spend less time online. But can using the internet be good for older adults’ cognitive health? In a study of older adults from 14 European countries, researchers investigated how using the internet influences cognitive functioning. As a measure of general online
Ralph and Lynda Bright were all set to move from their home near the coast to an active retirement community in the western piedmont when they visited Scotia Village. The community made an immediate impression on the couple. “It was January,” says Lynda, “I remember there was a fire in the fireplace.” “We took to
Sometimes you just can’t get to the farmers market. Eat healthfully with what’s on hand. These nutrient-dense superfoods that are shelf-stable put the power of prevention right in your pantry. Oatmeal It’s a cholesterol buster, thanks to lots of soluble fiber. But keep in mind that all oats aren’t equal. Quick-cooking oats have lost
The Presbyterian Homes wins Excellence in Community Service Award from LeadingAge NC
The Presbyterian Homes, Inc. has been named the 2019 recipient of the LeadingAge NC Excellence in Community Service Award for service programs at each of its three continuing care retirement communities in North Carolina. Click here to continue reading.
Sit, Walk, or Stand? The Better Way for Older Adults to Take a Break
There has been a surge in research suggesting that sitting too much is hazardous to one’s health. But is standing or walking a more effective alternative? One study aimed to test this in relation to older adults’ metabolic health. Sixty adults age 65 to 79 were recruited to participate in one of three experimental conditions.
Art is part of Nancy Sandgren’s life every day. She’s been admiring, studying, teaching, or creating works of art for most of her life. She even spent time teaching art at Scotia Village shortly after she and her husband, Harry, came to the community four years ago. But for Nancy, her interest in art and
What is the Happiest Age? (You Might Be Surprised by the Answer!)
What age group of adults would you think is the happiest? If most people were to guess, I’d venture to say that they’d assume people in their 20s and 30s are the most content. Why wouldn’t they be, right? They are young and likely healthy; they have their whole life ahead of them, full of
What If There’s No Space in the CCRC Healthcare Center When I Need It?
The distinguishing—even defining—feature of a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is contractually-provided access to a “continuum of care,” which typically includes independent living, assisted living, memory care, and/or skilled nursing care; each of these services is usually offered on-site (although not always). Many CCRC contracts will state that residents of the CCRC have priority access
One of the main reasons older adults put off downsizing or moving to a retirement community is dealing with all the “stuff” that has accumulated over the years. Yet, if done right, the process of downsizing may not be as daunting as you think. It may even be enjoyable or refreshing at times. A lot
Ready to Sell? Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Real Estate Market
Perhaps, after discussions with loved ones, you’ve begun considering a move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community) this year. There’s no doubt that it’s a big decision to make, but many people feel a great sense of relief once the choice is made. When you live in a CCRC, all
Encore Careers for Seniors: Finding Job Satisfaction…Again
According to a 2013 survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research , approximately 80 percent of people in the U.S. workforce who are over age 50 say they plan to work after “retirement.” For some, it is a necessity in order to stay afloat financially. For others, it is a choice borne
Power of Attorney Documents Can Alleviate Problems Later
As you begin considering your options for senior living, it is also a good time to review (or create, if you have not already done so) two essential legal documents that pertain to senior care and end of life care: your power of attorney and your advance directives (also called a living will). In this
For the last 53 years, Gray and Brenda Gilbert have stood side by side in holy matrimony and dramatic theater productions. Now, they’ve brought their love for the playhouse to Scotia Village. “I grew up in a small town, and there just wasn’t much to do,” said Gray. “I got into it initially for the
Factors to Consider when Choosing a CCRC (Life Plan Community)
Choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community, also referred to as a CCRC or life plan community, is a major decision and one that is unlike any other choice you have made before. Ultimately, it is a decision that impacts your lifestyle, finances, housing, and health care. That is why it is important to make an
You only get one chance to make a first impression, and when it comes to Charles Fitzgerald, dressed in a suit and hat, his first impressions are as memorable as his style. Charles didn’t start off with impeccable style. Instead, growing up in Pocahontas, VA just on the border of West Virginia, he knew that