Shenandoah Terrace November 2017 Newsletter

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Around New Market

If you’re already familiar with New Market, you probably know that it’s a wonderful place to spend the holidays. From the lingering fall foliage that makes Thanksgiving beautiful to the occasional New Year’s snow, the whole Valley will be scenic and festive in the upcoming months.

One of the best ways to enjoy our lovely location is by visiting the annual ‘Tis the Season Holiday Celebration. This festival brings together locals and visitors for a day full of fun, seasonal activities. In previous years, the Celebration has featured open houses at local businesses, choral concerts, a parade, and the town’s tree lighting ceremony.
The Town of New Market will announce detailed plans for this year’s event soon. But, we can already tell you that it will be held on December 2, 2017, and that it’s sure to be a good time! Whether you’re a New Market local or just getting to know our community, we hope to see you there.

For updates on ‘Tis the Season and other upcoming events, please visit or connect with the town on Facebook.


Resident Announcement

A very warm welcome to our new residents:
Barbara P. & James J.

 You may be gone from my sight,
but you are never gone from my heart.
In Memory of
Helen MacKenzie & Lilliard Hilliard

Activity Spotlight: Tossing games

Many of our residents have a difficult time standing for significant periods of time, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy physical activity. To keep them moving in a way that’s still comfortable, we often introduce games that residents can play while seated. Ring toss and bean bag toss were crowd pleasers on a recent October morning.
By using big, inflatable targets for both activities, our staff made it easy for everyone to see the targets and participate. You’ll notice that the tossing rings were also inflatable and quite large. Rings like these are easy to pick up and hold, and light to toss. Many players hit the target!
The beanbag game was even more playful. Its targets were the holes in a pretend wedge of cheese. The bean bags? They featured pictures of mice. Residents had the benefit of a little exercise from throwing the bean bags, and were amused by the cute mouse-and-cheese design. Our staff liked playing alongside the residents, and had a great time watching them interact and enjoy themselves.

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Important Reminders for Flu Season

Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. CDC estimates that flu-related hospitalizations since 2010 ranged from 140,000 to 710,000, while flu-related deaths are estimated to have ranged from 12,000 to 56,000. During flu season, flu viruses circulate at higher levels in the U.S. population. (“Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.) An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

HOW do flu vaccines Work?
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Traditional flu vaccines (called “trivalent” vaccines) are made to protect against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus. There are also flu vaccines made to protect against four flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines). These vaccines protect against the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine and an additional B virus.

The flu shot: The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some minor side effects that may occur are:
Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
Fever (low grade)

Celebrating the Holidays with Memory Care Residents

For many of us, the winter holidays are centered around festive times with family and friends. These times can bring great joy, but also can be overwhelming, no matter who you are! Individuals with dementia can be especially affected by seasonal stress. Visitors, activities, and gatherings may add to the confusion and disorientation that is already a part of their lives.
Still, there are ways to include loved ones with dementia in holiday fun while trying to minimize difficult experiences. We hope you’ll keep the following tips in mind in the coming months! Here’s to a calm, therapeutic season.
1. Our most important tip: do not expect to visit the same person you once knew. Dementia brings about many changes, some of which occur in a brief amount of time. Memory, reasoning abilities, and thought processes can change from visit to visit. Do your best to go with the flow.
2. Ask staff when your loved one is at their best and try to schedule your visits for those times. Visit one-on-one or in small groups. Too many visitors at once can cause anxiety or overwhelm people with dementia.
3. Don’t say “Do you remember?” Unfortunately, they rarely do.
4. Don’t take mean or unkind things they say personally. Try to remember that the disease is doing the talking in bad moments. Unpleasant words are often prompted by feelings of anger, frustration, or fear.
5. Talk with your loved one, not at them. Speak slowly, clearly and in short sentences, avoiding difficult and complex words.
6. Share and discuss stories from the past. That’s where dementia sufferers feel comfortable. Childhood memories of holidays, gifts, and traditions are good topics to try.
7. Do not argue or point out mistakes. Validation is best! Don’t spend precious moments quibbling about who is right or wrong.
8. Give loved ones extra time to answer questions. Their thought processes have slowed, and they may need time to catch up to the things you say. Be okay with silence. Sometimes, your presence is just as comforting as any conversation.
9. Respect is key. Don’t speak too loudly – just because a person has dementia does not mean they are deaf. Strive to make eye contact and speak at their eye level, be positive, and truly listen. Don’t interrupt and be sure to smile – it’s contagious!
10. Finally, try to relax and find things to enjoy in your time together. Kindness, hugs, and laughter are universal languages.

Volunteering at Shenandoah Terrace

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in your life and the lives of others? We could use you as a volunteer at the Terrace! It doesn’t take a special skill or stunning talent to brighten the days of our residents. All you need is a little time, a little patience, and a willing heart.
We’d love to discuss ways that you could share some kindness with our community. Please contact Melissa at 540-740-8600 for more information or to get started as a volunteer. We appreciate your consideration and hope to talk with you soon!


Shenandoah Terrace September 2017 Newsletter

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Around New Market

If you haven’t had a chance to visit New Market yet, there may be no better time than the fall. As summer winds down, local festivals and events really get rolling. September, for instance, will bring a parade, a puppy pool party, and two festivals in just one month!
The New Market Heritage Days Festival, put on by the town’s Chamber of Commerce, is especially good for getting to know the New Market community. The festival is on September 23 this year, and will be held in our historic downtown. Local vendors will sell crafts, food, and more. Live music and other entertainment will run throughout the day, which begins at 9 AM.
To learn more about Heritage Days and other happenings around New Market, check out the events section of the town website at:

Resident Announcement

Since our last newsletter, we’ve been privileged to welcome six new residents. Please say a warm “Hello” to Paul S., Courtney W., Schollay P., Katherine C., Bill and Mae G.

 We would like to thank the Women’s Auxilary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, New Market, Virginia for their generous donation which will be used to enhance the quality of life for our residents.

Activity Spotlight: Toss and Move Game

When a game makes our residents move, think, and laugh, it’s a real crowd pleaser. “Toss and Move” is that sort of game! To play, we write a different action on each section of a beach ball-type ball. One part might say “shovel snow,” while another says “play a guitar” or “flap like a bird.”
Our residents toss the ball to one another, and act out the actions as they catch. Everyone is a good sport about making the silly motions, and the game usually takes a funny turn or two!
Games like “Toss and Move” benefit our residents in several ways, but we especially like how they make physical activity fun. When seniors are focused on having a good time, instead of performing a boring or redundant drill, they can enjoy exercise without even thinking about doing it.
There are so many positive effects that daily exercise provides, particularly as we age. With that in mind, we try to include simple activities for our residents, every day! Stretching, walking, or a game of catch can go a long way to improve quality of life in our community.

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Letter from Mother to Daughter

We hope you enjoy this piece that we found. It speaks to many of the rewards and challenges that come with loving family and friends as they age.
Letter from a Mother to a Daughter:
“My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”... Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep. When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl? When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way... remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day... the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you. And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad... just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you... my darling daughter. “

You may be gone from my sight,
but you are never gone from my heart.
In Memory of
Charles Sine & Judith Coleman

Shenandoah Terrace May 2017 Newsletter

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Around New Market

In our February newsletter, we promised to give you some ideas about things to do in New Market. Whether you’re a local looking to take more advantage of our town’s offerings, or just have come to town to visit, we think you’ll be charmed by spring and summer in the Shenandoah Valley.

If you’re just getting to know New Market, a self-guided walking tour of the historic downtown area is a great start. The local Chamber of Commerce and Town Hall each offer free copies of a Town Walking Tour Brochure. The brochure is also available for download on the town’s website, and will guide you through a pleasant site-seeing tour. To get your own copy, visit

For locals or those of you who’ve already seen New Market’s highlights, the seasonal Farmer’s Market is another good option. The Market opens in May and operates every Friday from 2-6 P.M. This year’s season starts on May 19th, and will last until the weather cools off in October. You can find local produce, baked goods, meat, and more at 277 Old Cross Rd., which is behind the old Wine Cellar building and near 7-11.

The New Market Rebels also begin their baseball season in May. On May 30th, they’ll host a “Meet the Rebels” picnic at 6 P.M. The picnic is held at the Rebel Park Picnic Shelter, and will give fans a chance to interact with players and team staff. The Rebels offer many themed nights and special events throughout the baseball season, so be sure to cheer for our home team.

From the annual Cross Roads Fest to Civil War reenactments and the community pool, there is much more to explore around town this summer. We’re always happy to provide suggestions, but the town website is also a great resource. Stop by and make your plans to visit. We hope to see you soon!

Activity Spotlight: Stirring Up Memories

Do you remember Pudding Pops? The dessert made its debut in a Jell-O recipe from 1967, and was especially popular in the 1980’s and 90’s. On a warm April afternoon at the Terrace, a group of our residents pitched in to make a batch of their own frozen treats.

Preparing an old-fashioned recipe has all sorts of potential benefits for residents. Some participants might remember Pudding Pops specifically, and recall other times and places when they encountered the dessert. Others could be reminded of ice cream cones, chocolate, or just the feel of a cold refreshment. The process of stirring the pudding, scooping it into cups, and adding popsicle sticks might bring up memories for other residents.

Of course, no single activity will stimulate memory for all residents, and that’s okay, too. Most of our pop-makers were still able to enjoy pleasant company, the sweet smell of pudding, and, eventually, the taste of a delicious Pudding Pop. We loved introducing this new activity to our residents, and look forward to telling you about more fun and stimulating times at the Terrace.

Shenandoah Terrace News

If you’ve been following Shenandoah Terrace for long, you’ve seen our excitement at every stage of its development. This month, we’re proud to update you on the continued growth of our memory care community. In May, we will welcome our 18th resident.

We’re pleased to have increased our residency so quickly, and happy to be serving a wonderful group of residents. But, we’re not finished growing.

We appreciate your support as the Terrace has taken shape, and will keep you updated as we continue to help our community thrive.

Tips for Visiting The Terrace

In the months since Shenandoah Terrace opened, we’ve enjoyed welcoming residents and visitors to our new community. Visiting family or friends with memory care needs is not always easy. To help facilitate even more fulfilling visits going forward, we’d like to share some helpful tips for preparing to visit the Terrace.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a good resource for information but the best resource is the staff at Shenandoah Terrace. The staff is not only available to the residents but also to you. And they are here to support you with the many changes that accompany dementia. To prepare for a visit, they suggest some of the following strategies and steps:

  • Take at least five minutes before a visit to consider topics of conversation or activities you’d like to do. The visit may not follow your plan, but preparation can make things smoother.
  • Expect periods of silence and tell yourself that you can comfortably handle them. Long pauses in conversation can be less awkward if you know they are likely coming.
  • Plan your visit for a quiet, comfortable space in the community. A shaded porch, peaceful room, or a setting you think your resident will enjoy will get your visit off to a good start.
  • Sitting and looking through a photo album may be a comfort and a way to strike up conversation.
  • Remember the person you are visiting is not the person they once were.
  • The more information you can share about your family member’s past will be helpful in their daily care.
  •  Be flexible and prepare to find small successes in the visit to appreciate. Holding hands in silence can make for a good visit. Looking at a flower or sipping milkshakes together can, too.

We hope you find these suggestions useful. In upcoming newsletters, we’ll share specific suggestions for visits themselves. But, please feel free to ask us for visiting tips in the meantime. Our staff is knowledgeable and always happy to help.

Save the date:
Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 1-3 pm
Shenandoah Terrace Family Open House

Shenandoah Terrace February 2017 Newsletter

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Around New Market

It’s been a real pleasure to welcome our residents over the past several months. Part of that pleasure has been getting to know some of you, as well. If you’re not from the surrounding area or just haven’t had a chance to visit New Market, yet, we hope you will be able to soon.
To help you out when you plan a trip to town, we’ve included a handy list of resources below. They’re full of great information about what to do, where to eat, and what’s going on in Shenandoah Terrace’s neighborhood.

By the time we send our next newsletter in May, the town calendar will be full of spring and summer events that we’re excited to share with you. In the meantime, we hope these links are a good introduction to our wonderful area. Enjoy!

The Town of New Market’s Visitor Section:

The Town of New Market’s Facebook Page:

The Virginia Tourism Guide to New Market:

An Important Request for Flu Season

We prioritize resident health and safety at Shenandoah Terrace. Preventing the spread of illnesses is especially important this month, with flu season in full swing. You can help us with this responsibility by visiting our facility only when you are well.

If you are ill, or recently have been ill, please do not visit the Terrace. Adults over the age of 65 are more susceptible to complications from the flu; these complications can include life-threatening respiratory issues.

Thank you for considering our residents and respecting this request. We wish you good health, and hope to see you soon.

An Introduction to Our Activities Program

Our Shenandoah Terrace activities program is designed to provide more than just entertainment. While we love to see residents enjoying themselves, we also prioritize health, safety, and brain support when planning activities. With options for individual and group participation, we tailor our offerings to engage as many residents as possible.

Ambiance is an important part of our activities at the Terrace. Our staff constantly plays pleasant music that may evoke memories for some of our residents. Selections from the 1940’s and 50’s are our go-to; we play Johnny Horton, Roger Whittaker, and compilations of hit songs. The music plays while our residents pursue activities of their own choosing. For some, daily living skills like sorting and folding are relaxing. Others enjoy card games, crafting, and conversation.

More involved activities take place in our resident-adapted kitchen, where we stir up memories along with delicious treats. From preparation and aroma to taste and cleanup, many aspects of the cooking process allow residents to reminisce. We enjoy guiding their kitchen activities, too. Our staff helped residents bake festive cookies throughout the holiday season, and recently assisted with cinnamon sugar doughnuts.

These are just a few examples of how we incorporate meaningful activities at the Terrace. Every day, we do lots of small things that can add up to a big benefit for our residents. As we add to our repertoire, we’ll keep you updated about the new activities we have planned.

Thoughtful Care from our Friends at New Century Hospice

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Christal Yowell from New Century Hospice

We’re fond of saying that Shenandoah Terrace feels like home for its residents. In part, that’s because of our compassionate staff, our comfortable rooms, and our community-building activities. But, we also benefit from the help of New Century Hospice, a great organization that is often on site. Their approach to care is built on five principles that we appreciate: comfort, dignity, compassion, integrity, and hope.

To improve the lives of our residents, the New Century Hospice staff treats them just as they would in-home hospice patients. Residents receive services such as spiritual counseling, medical social services, and speech and other therapies, as appropriate. Loved ones of our residents are also eligible for New Century’s assistance. They can work with hospice on everything from dietary concerns and medical equipment to support groups and counseling.

The company’s goal is to help residents and their loved ones “embrace each of life’s moments to their fullest.” Staff member Christal Yowell, who spoke with us for this newsletter, plans fun monthly activities that residents always enjoy. Another staffer, Suzanne, is known for her thought provoking conversations.  New Century offers chaplain services, too. Our residents look forward to their cleric’s visits, which happen two Wednesdays each month.

The cost of most of New Century’s services is covered by the Medicare Hospice benefit. Private insurers may also cover some of their services. For more information about this important part of our community, please visit  We’re grateful for their compassionate presence.

Help Wanted: Please Share Your Springtime Stories

Our staff has enjoyed helping residents settle in at Shenandoah Terrace. We love learning more about our residents, and using that information to brighten their days. This month, we would like your help to gather information.

Do you know of springtime traditions that your family member at the Terrace has enjoyed? Whether it’s a favorite Easter hymn, a seasonal recipe, or a beloved activity, we want to hear about it! Please send us suggestions.

We will incorporate your ideas into the lives of our residents. Thank you in advance for contributing to a happy first Spring at Shenandoah Terrace.

You may be gone from my sight, but you are never gone from my heart.
In Memory of
Mildred Bowman and John Stauff

Shenandoah Terrace Brings Unrivaled Memory Care to New Market

Shenandoah Terrace Opening

Carter Properties is pleased to announce the opening of Shenandoah Terrace, a state-of-the-art memory care community. The 21-room facility will provide a safe and inviting home for individuals living with various forms of dementia. Located in New Market, VA, Shenandoah Terrace complements the company's nearby assisted living facility, Shenandoah Place.

Shenandoah Terrace is designed to promote the psychosocial and physical well being of its residents. With amenities from a beauty salon and barbershop to a resident-adapted kitchen and therapeutic sensory room, the facility combines comfort and innovation. Outdoor living includes secure walking paths and wide porches overlooking attractive landscaping. Throughout the facility a full-time nurse and well-trained staff administer careful, compassionate care.

"We're proud to have planned a community that's as beautiful as it is functional," Paul Griffin, the facility's co-owner, says. "Our hope is that residents will feel like the Terrace is truly their home. We think it's important to accommodate individual abilities and needs, but we're also excited to see a real community grow here."

Co-owner Mark Griffin adds, “Combining a wonderful space, excellent care, and very competitive rates will create remarkable value for comprehensive memory care. We're looking forward to showing our residents all that their new home has to offer."

As a dedicated memory care community in the Shenandoah Valley, Shenandoah Terrace will fill a local need for specialized care. "With experience, research, and compassion to guide us," Paul says, "we can positively impact the lives of residents and their loved ones at Shenandoah Terrace." For more information about the facility, or to discuss opportunities for residency, please visit, or call 540-740-8600.

About Carter Properties:

Carter Properties, a family business comprised of Marvin Griffin and his sons, Paul and Mark, owns and operates assisted living and memory care facilities in the Shenandoah Valley. The family opened Shenandoah Place in September 2006. The success of that endeavor, as well as their experiences with residents in need of memory care, led them to plan Shenandoah Terrace beginning in 2015.

Construction Update: January 2016

Happy 2016 from Shenandoah Terrace! We're thrilled to report that the new year has brought new progress to our building site. As you can see from these photos, our windows have been installed, and our entire roof is in place.

With so many construction tasks checked off, we are excited to enter the final phases of building. In fact, we expect the Terrace to be finished and ready to open later this spring! 

As excited as we are about our new building, we are even more eager to meet the new residents who will help make it such a special place. We are now accepting applications for residency. For information on how to apply, please see our website or contact one of us directly! Thanks for reading.

Construction Update: November 2015

We love the stories behind each of our Shenandoah Terrace construction updates. It was fun to celebrate the groundbreaking, and wonderful to see the building site fill with workers and equipment. We have to say, though: this might be our most exciting post yet. Recently, construction on the building itself began, and we can see our plans for the Terrace coming to life!

Since our last update, the walls of Shenandoah Terrace have been framed, and the trusses are going up now. The pictures give a real preview of the building's design, and it looks even better on the lot than it did on paper.

We'll be sure to update you again as construction continues to progress. In the meantime, take a look at the rest of our website, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about Shenandoah Terrace. 

Construction Update: September 2015

Summer may be winding down in the Valley, but we’re pleased to report that our Shenandoah Terrace construction site is just picking up steam! The lot where we recently broke ground is now full of trucks, building supplies, and busy workers. We hope you enjoy this sneak peek at the progress we’ve made, and look forward to sharing more updates as we move forward.

Thanks for stopping by!

Construction Has Begun!

Until last week, the new Shenandoah Terrace site looked like a plain, grassy lot. It was a nice lot, sure, with lovely trees nearby and blue skies overhead, but there were few signs of dramatic change in its future. 

Mere miles from the lot, though, plans were well underway for the construction of Shenandoah Terrace. And on May 26, the changes officially began over at the site. That afternoon, we gathered a small crowd to proudly break ground on our new building! Along with their guests, we were pleased to host officials from the town of New Market, staff from Shenandoah Place, and representatives from BB&T and Evermore Construction, among others.

It was a beautiful afternoon. Owners Marvin Griffin, Mark Griffin, and Paul Griffin manned the shovels, while Pastor Buz Menhardt said a prayer for the project. We celebrated with cookies and conversation, and also enjoyed a thoughtful "thank you" speech from Paul.

Our three shovels were a wonderful beginning for Shenandoah Terrace construction, but they're just the tip of the iceberg. During the groundbreaking, a skid-steer loader waited nearby to continue the job, while attendees had a look at the detailed plans for our facility. 

We are thrilled that Shenandoah Terrace is taking shape, and look forward to updating you on the progress of construction. Please check back frequently for news as the building process moves forward.

Professional photographs of the groundbreaking were taken by Swartz Photography.