Mary Moore, 88, is a resident at Waltonwood Cary Parkway, a premier senior living community, and has a passion for volunteering. You’ll find Moore at Dorcas Ministries – Christian Community in Action (CCA), a nonprofit in Cary, with a smile on her face most Tuesdays. Moore has volunteered her time serving others on and off for nearly 50 years – the last six while living at Waltonwood Cary Parkway. She started with CCA in the 1960s helping lower-income children with schooling, and now she spends her time at the Dorcas Thrift Shop where she straightens up the store, greets people and organizes children’s clothing. The nonprofit also provides crisis ministry, job training, child care as well as a food pantry. Moore says getting to know the customers and other volunteers is a blessing, and the impact the nonprofit makes on the greater community should encourage others to volunteer. With April being National Volunteer Month, Moore is the perfect example of someone who deserves recognition.

“I look forward to going to Dorcas Ministries and helping those who are in need,” said Moore. “When I see people come through the doors it inspires me to give back. No child should ever have to worry about a meal or clothing. I enjoy giving back to others and making people smile. I spend about two to three hours there each Tuesday. Something as simple as picking up clothes that have fallen off hangers can really change the appearance of the store. Dorcas has progressed in the last 50 years since I started volunteering. I am proud to be a part of this nonprofit that continuously makes a difference in the lives of so many people.”

Moore moved to Cary from Charlotte in 1960. Her husband Ray ran a local business, and the couple raised four children together. When Moore moved to town she met a group of ladies who wanted to help lower-income kindergarten-aged children because kindergarten in the 1960s was private and optional. That’s when Moore started volunteering with CCA through the Enrichment Kindergarten program. They would meet in the basement of a local church, and because Moore helped with music at her previous church she used that skill to assist these children. The group saw a need for clothing and household items, and that led to the formation of the Dorcas Thrift Shop. Eventually, they added even more services.

“I remember the first time I saw the children they were in need of newer clothing, and I even met one child who didn’t know his name. It broke my heart,” Moore said. “I am glad that my contributions helped start their education and that the music truly resonated with the children. Volunteering is something I’ve always done, and I am proud to say my daughter picked up the volunteer gene, too. She volunteers at Dorcas Ministries as well, and her husband serves on the board. It’s turned into a family thing, and I plan to volunteer as long as I can.”

“Mary Moore is a wonderful person, and we know she has touched the lives of many people in the Cary area,” said Richard Mabe, executive director. “She gives so much to others and doesn’t expect anything in return. Her volunteer work is inspiring, and we couldn’t think of a better person to recognize during National Volunteer Month. We encourage residents to continue their normal activities while living at the senior living community, and she is a perfect example of someone who fulfills her passion. We have many residents who dedicate their time to giving back, and we want them to know their work does not go unnoticed.”

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To honor women and what they’ve accomplished, Waltonwood Cary Parkway, a premier senior living community, recently hosted its inaugural Ladies of Legacy luncheon to celebrate Women’s History Month. Grammy nominated singer Cynthia Jones provided the entertainment. During the event, residents were recognized with three different awards: the Humanitarian Award, which identifies the contributions of someone who has improved the lives and living conditions of others; the Entrepreneurship Award, which recognizes the achievements of entrepreneurship by someone who started one or more business; and the Kindred Heart Award, which honors someone who has demonstrated outstanding courage, passion and generosity. Women were nominated by family and friends for the awards, and the winners were announced the day of the luncheon. The senior living community understands the importance of Women’s History Month and wants residents to know their good deeds and accomplishments do not go unnoticed.

“We are proud to have hosted a luncheon like this and let the residents know they are appreciated, not just during Women’s History Month, but all the time,” said Richard Mabe, executive director. “We have many fascinating residents who have accomplished a lot in their lives both here in Raleigh and across the country. It’s important to let them know they paved the way for other women to achieve their dreams. They grew up during a different time than us, and it’s remarkable to hear what they accomplished. They never gave up on their dreams, and I couldn’t think of a better way to honor these fine women.”

Some of the nominees included a woman who worked as a secretary for 25 years, volunteered regularly at soup kitchens throughout Raleigh and started an organization called Protect Every Child, which offers resources for parents and children regarding internet safety. The organization was formed after her granddaughter easily found an inappropriate site while doing homework. She took a proposal to the North Carolina House of Representatives, and on September 23, 2002 it became House Resolution 1804. Another nominee bought a one-way ticket to Alaska at 25 years old and stayed for 43 years as a missionary. She has dedicated her life to helping others and continues to do so at Waltonwood Cary Parkway. She reads the Bible to memory care residents and lends a helping hand to residents when necessary. Another example is a woman who worked as a nurse, cared for her parents and started her own makeup business. After retiring from nursing, she worked full-time as a consultant for Mary Kay, and at the age of 79 she continues to work, attend monthly group meetings and inform women on each product. These are just a few examples of the incredible women the community honored at the luncheon.

“I was blown away at the accomplishments of the residents in our community,” said Mabe. “I have never worked at a community that has so many influential and inspiring woman. To be able to achieve what they did and raise a family is unbelievable. We are honored they call this community home. This is the first time we’ve hosted an event like this, and because it was successful this is something we plan to do every year during the month of March for Women’s History Month.”

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Renewing wedding vows is a sacred event and a way to celebrate an everlasting love. It’s a way to say that if you could do it all over again, you would, and to show that person you love them just as much as you did the day you got married. To celebrate the month of love, Waltonwood Cary Parkway, a premier senior living community, hosted a resident vow renewal.

Executive Director Richard Mabe became an ordained minister specifically for this event, officiated the ceremony for more than a dozen couples Wednesday morning. The ceremony gave residents the opportunity to express the values and commitments they made when they first said “I do.” The residents who participated have hundreds of years of marriage under their belts and offered advice to those who are about to walk down the aisle for the first time. 

Valentine’s Day is a special day to remember the ones you love the most. The senior living community celebrated the married couples who call Waltonwood Cary Parkway home by offering them the opportunity to renew their vows together with other dedicated couples. A reception with champagne and treats followed the event. 

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The new year has started, and the new Forever Fit Manager at Waltonwood Cary Parkway is helping residents live better through various fitness classes. Anthony ‘Tony’ Beaudry, 25, is applying his experience as a former Air Force firefighter and his passion for ensuring seniors stay active in his new position. Beaudry takes the motivational skills he learned in the military and incorporates them into each class. He teaches chair fitness, fall prevention and aqua aerobics for residents at the senior living community. Chair fitness is one of the more popular classes, with more than 20 people participating each time. The class is offered five days a week and focuses on strength training to stabilize and balance the seniors’ muscles. Some of the benefits include enhanced flexibility and range of motion, decreased joint pain and stiffness, better blood circulation and improved mood and concentration. 

Residents Cecil and Janet Bozarth have noticed Beaudry’s unique approach and dedication. The couple attends as many classes as possible, and they are both seeing results. Janet, 84, broke her shoulder last year, and chair fitness has continued to help her regain her strength. She’s now able to lift her arm over her head and comb her hair, two things she previously found difficult to accomplish. In addition, Cecil doesn’t have the aches and pains he experienced before taking the classes.

“My plan is to stay active and continue going to the classes throughout this year,” said Janet. “I really enjoy gaining strength and socializing with friends and neighbors during or after the classes. My mobility is improving each day, and I have Tony to thank. He really does have a passion for helping us stay fit. He is a motivator, and there’s no question about that. He understands what we can and cannot do, and he doesn’t push us too hard. He cares about each one of us and offers individualized help. It’s nice to see someone as young as Tony taking the time to improve our health.”

“Overall, the chair fitness class is wonderful, and I am glad Tony started this program,” said Cecil. “It’s just the right amount of exercise we need to help gain strength and improve our balance. I have noticed my legs are getting stronger each time I attend. I can tell he puts a priority on mobility, and I know he supports our efforts to all live better.”

Beaudry is certified in personal training, senior fitness and basic life safety. He is also a certified fitness nutrition specialist. After being in the military, he stumbled upon senior fitness while living in Vermont. He ran a personal training business at a local gym, and more than 80 percent of his business was seniors. He realized how rewarding it was to help older adults and decided to make a career out it. Since joining Waltonwood Cary Parkway, Beaudry has changed the fitness program and increased class participation. His goal is to grow the program more and incorporate new classes during 2018.

“These classes allow residents to thrive in their own unique ways,” said Beaudry. “I’ve worked with seniors for several years, and it’s a population I understand and care for deeply. Seniors lose bone density and stability, which could lead to falls and broken bones. That’s why it’s so important for them to attend strength classes. It’s also fantastic for their heart health. I am thankful to Waltonwood for allowing me to build this fitness program for the residents. Anytime you can improve the quality of life of someone, regardless of age, is a great feeling. It is amazing to see how far they’ve come from their first class to now. I love when I can see the improvements, and I look forward to keeping residents healthy and active in the new year.”

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Waltonwood Cary Parkway, a family-owned senior living community, is pleased to announce Richard Mabe has been named executive director. Mabe brings more than a decade’s worth of senior living experience to his new role. He is a licensed nurse and worked in the emergency department for several years prior to starting a career in the senior living industry.  Mabe has held multiple positions including resident care director and executive director of an assisted living and memory care community. As executive director at Waltonwood Cary Parkway, he will oversee the daily operations and future direction of the community. Waltonwood Cary Parkway provides residents with independent living, assisted living, and memory care services, and they are committed to a warm and caring quality of life for residents while remaining innovative through modern advances in senior living.

“We’re excited to welcome Richard to the Waltonwood family,” said Randy LeMaster, regional director of operations at Waltonwood Communities/Singh Senior Living. “He has the passion, talent and experience to help us redefine retirement living and ensure that the residents enjoy an active lifestyle and excellent quality of life. His leadership skills are undeniable, and we appreciate how he makes everyone feel like they are part of the team. We know he will exceed all expectations and provide services with dignity and respect.”

“I’ve heard fantastic things about Waltonwood communities and I am excited to be apart of the team,” said Mabe. “We have a wonderful team here that is passionate about what they do, and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish. With our combined skills we will make this the top community to live at. I am excited to learn more about our continuum of care since this is the first time I have worked with a community that offers independent living. I always thought I would continue my career as a nurse, but I developed a passion for working with seniors that I never knew I had. I enjoy talking to the residents, going to the dining room during meals, attending their activities, learning about them and meeting their families. I hope to make an impact on the lives of team members and residents, and develop a leadership style that people respect and want to aspire to be like. I have a small family, but when I started working at this family-owned organization I gained hundreds of new family members and it’s amazing.” 

Mabe has served on the Advisory Board of Directors for the local senior center in Brunswick County, and has organized several fundraisers for the North Carolina Alzheimer’s Association. When not at work he enjoys being active with running, playing tennis, cycling, cooking and spending time with family.

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Hands can tell the stories of our lives and act as a symbol of what we’ve done, where we’ve been and what we’ve seen. That’s why Waltonwood Cary Parkway, a premier senior living community located at 750 SE Cary Parkway, partnered with Community Home Care & Hospice to tell the stories of its assisted living and memory care residents through “The Hands Project.” The first photo session was recently held. Residents gathered around a table to write their autobiography after team members at the community helped residents pose their hands as a photographer captured the moment. The ongoing project will be completed by Thanksgiving. Each resident received a framed custom 8x10’’ black-and-white portrait of their hands with their autobiography.

The project is an interactive activity for seniors which is designed to tell the story of their lives. It allows for them to reminisce and share accomplishments or special times that made them who they are today. The photos will also be presented to their families as keepsakes. A picture is worth a thousand words, and this project is a fantastic way to help residents and their families keep their memories alive. The Hands Project gives a voice to those stories that have been left untold. 

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Waltonwood Cary Parkway residents recently showed off their talents by hosting an art show at the senior living community located at 750 SE Cary Parkway. The free event was open to the public and featured paintings by residents as well as wine and cheese for guests to enjoy. Luba Kobzeff, a resident of Waltonwood Cary Parkway, was excited to participate. Luba, 90, will had her award-winning painting on display. She took home a bronze ribbon for her scenic oil painting during the senior games last spring, but painting isn’t something Luba always did. While she always enjoyed all forms of art, she picked up the craft last year and credits a weekly art class at the senior living community for introducing her to the new hobby. The class is led by a volunteer named Chester Williams, who teaches independent and assisted living residents learn how to paint every Tuesday and Thursday. 

“Chester is very artistic and takes the time to come to the community every week to spend two hours with us,” said Luba. “He is so gifted and inspired me to continue painting that’s why I try to paint at least once a week outside of the class. I have a second room in my apartment that I have dedicated as my art studio. I find it very relaxing to paint, especially scenery. The painting I won the bronze ribbon for included mountains with water and animals. I find it peaceful to paint the outdoors, and I had four of my paintings on display at the art show. No two people paint alike, and I am very detailed, which is something I hope the public enjoyed. The thought of expressing yourself on a canvas and having people look at it makes me feel good. I put a lot of love in my paintings, and I hope the public loveed them too.”

Painting offers many health benefits for seniors. Art therapy can improve memory, reduce stress and alleviate pain. According to the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), painting is a way to challenge the mind and improve cognitive abilities. The calming nature of painting is a way to forget about larger stresses and promote healthy, happy feelings. Regular art therapy engages the fingers, hands and arms, and the consistent physical activity can promote better blood flow and dexterity. With time, seniors who begin writing, painting or sketching may feel nimbler and experience less pain. Overall, art therapy can be a rewarding experience and can unlock hidden passions just like it did for Luba.

“Painting is therapeutic and helps to strengthen your memory,” said Luba. “The satisfaction you get when you achieve something is fantastic, and I always feel proud and accomplished when I finish a painting. To find a hobby that keeps me active at the age of 90 is a blessing. I never thought I would pick up a new hobby this late in life, but I am glad I did and I hope others give it a try. They may find out it’s something they enjoy too.”

The senior living community is constantly looking for new ways for residents to be active and live better. The art class is an outlet in which they can be creative and express themselves, and it especially benefits their mental, physical and spiritual health. 

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Seniors in Cary have been busy making sure their furry friends in need have the tools to become socialized, happy and ready to meet their forever families. Waltonwood Cary Parkway’s craft class meets weekly to work on different creative endeavors, but during the month of August, their crafts will serve a greater purpose. The residents have been making toys for dogs and cats up for adoption at the SPCA of Wake County. By tying pieces of string and fleece together in an intricate way and adding bells and other accessories, the toys are safe and enjoyable for cats and dogs to play with or chew. The residents meet every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in the craft room to work on these items, build the bonds of friendship and create something together for a greater purpose.


Waltonwood Cary Parkway resident Lu Mazzu has been attending the weekly craft class since she moved to the community about a year ago. She’s been a crafter since she was a child and first learned to sew, then carried that skill into her adult years where she regularly made clothes for herself, her husband and her children. She enjoys participating not only because of her love of creativity, but also for the fellowship with the other residents that attend. This particular craft is special to Mazzu because the animals receiving the final products have been forgotten about or abandoned by their owners, and these toys will add happiness and normalcy to the animal’s life.


“We’ve had animals all my life, and my children were always bringing different types of animals home for us to care for, but we’ve always had dogs,” said Mazzu. “I know many people who have found wonderful animals through animal shelters, so being able to add something to their lives is truly special.”


Waltonwood Cary Parkway looks for ways like this in which residents and the senior living community as a whole can give back to organizations in the area. Residents have also used their knitting and quilting expertise to provide hats and booties to newborns at local hospitals. They hope that this act of kindness will help adoptable animals find homes faster, and allows SPCA of Wake County to use funds normally spent on these items in other ways.


“We know that just like humans, animals that socialize and play are happier, and in return, it makes that animal more likely to become adopted,” said Leigh Ann Hamby, executive director of Waltonwood Cary Parkway. “Our residents enjoy our weekly craft projects, but especially identify with the greater purpose this particular craft has because it helps area animals in need. Our residents and our community are always looking for ways we can give back to others through activities like this or other resources, and we hope we can spread joy through continued projects like these.”