Her Art Is Her Story, a Lifetime in the Making

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

Helpful Tips for Downsizing in Retirement

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

Retirement with a Show!

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

A Citizen of the World

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

“An Answer To A Prayer”

Sibyle Dulin has been a part of Scotia Village since before there was a Scotia Village. Her husband, W. R. “Bob” Dulin, was one of the driving forces behind the founding of our community. In fact, you’ve probably seen his name on our W.R. Dulin Health Center. Bob Dulin’s parents were residents of Presbyterian Homes

How to Give to Charity — and Save on Taxes

CONTINUUM OF CARE Charitable giving traditionally spikes in December, and no wonder: The holidays tend to put you in a generous mood, and the approach of the year’s end signals a last chance to do some tax planning. But while your sense of charity may be unchanged this year, financial considerations may not matter anymore,

Beating Cancer with Special Support

Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress. – Charles F. Kettering, inventor, engineer, and businessman Roughly half of Americans admit to usually making some kind of New Year’s resolution. Yet despite their good intentions for self-improvement, only about 8 percent of people are

Is Retiring Where Your Grandchildren Live a Good Move?

The lure of the long-distance grandchild: it’s a powerful draw that plays into the retirement living decisions of many seniors. But should it be the deciding factor in where you choose to retire? In previous generations, people often lived and died within a fairly small geographic area. Relatives lived near one another in almost a

Enjoying The Quiet Life

When Dennis and Coralee Wolfe were looking at places to retire, Scotia Village stood out. “We visited other communities, like in Charlotte,” Dennis recalls, “but we decided we wanted the more rural life. It was also a little smaller. So, we liked this environment the best.” It’s easy to understand that desire to retire to

What are the Differences Between For-Profit and Not-for-Profit CCRCs?

“What is the difference between a not-for-profit community and a for-profit community?” This is a popular question among prospective residents of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), also referred to as Life Plan Communities. Many not-for-profit CCRCs are single-site organizations, although some are part of a larger group. The distinguishing feature of a not-for-profit CCRC, as

Ensuring Proper Nutrition for Older Adults (and How CCRCs Can Help)

When it comes to proper nutrition for older people, it’s important their loved ones be attuned to their diet and, if concerns about nutrition arise, be proactive in addressing them. Observe their eating habits, take note of unintended weight gain or loss, and be sure you understand how the medicines your loved one takes might

Beating Cancer with Special Support

It’s one of those phrases no one ever wants to hear: you have cancer. Yet, for one of our team members, it was a phrase that would be the beginning of a new chapter, a new obstacle she would overcome. Peggy Dean had a wonderful childhood. Born in Germany to an American father and a

Missionary to a Foreign Land

Originally from Georgia, Roy and Carolyn McCook have devoted most of their lives to helping lead others to God even when they may not know the native language. “Most of the time, especially in Africa, we had a translator,” said Roy. “In some places, every village we went to would speak a different language. Congo

How CCRCs are Unique from Other Retirement Living Choices

For many, living at home may be desirable, but it’s not practical for the long term. In these cases, there are a number of different types of communities from which to choose. Learn the differences between each and how to identify them below. CONTINUUM OF CARE One of the most important factors to consider when

A Neglected Part of Retirement Planning

The term “retirement planning” is frequently used in the financial industry and in the media. But what does it really mean? For some, retirement planning includes strategies for saving and investing to prepare for a future retirement. For others, it may focus more on various methods for tax efficiency and generating income during the retirement

HR Director Ravonda John Likes Taking Care of People

Ravonda John has been the Human Resources Director at Scotia Village since 2010 and has been in the HR profession for over three decades. Before joining our team, she had worked primarily in manufacturing; first in textiles, then in auto parts. Unfortunately, jobs in those industries “went away,” she says, and she was looking for
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