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Parade for Clyde McDowell's 100th birthday at Woodland Terrace

Monday, September 7th a parade passed through Woodland Terrace (a Kisco Senior Living community) in celebration of a resident’s 100th birthday! Clyde McDowell sat in a king’s chair by the front door of the community. BIG letters saying “Happy Birthday Clyde” were outside for him to see as soon as he went out the doors. 

The parade pulled outside of the community's portico, and each car had the opportunity to share a word with the resident through Eversound, an innovative technology that fed right into a headset for Clyde, allowing him to hear every part of his friends’ and family’s happy messages without noise disruption from the car motors or passersby, and all attendees remained socially distant and safe. Clyde’s fellow Kiwanis members were in the parade alongside many others from the wider Raleigh community who know Clyde from his decades of volunteer activity.

“Woodland Terrace is happy to help facilitate this safe celebration of life for one of our residents. Clyde is such a giving person and a joy to be around, and our associates joined in the parade line to share happy messages with him,” says Matt Towler, executive director at Woodland Terrace. “We hope that we gave to him a birthday surprise that shows how much we enjoy having him in our community, even during these challenging times.”

More about Clyde in the local community:

  • Clyde is a veteran; he joined the Navy in 1942 after Pearl Harbor, serving in Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA.
  • He is a life member of the Iron Dukes, and is active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary of Durham and local Kiwanis achieving high ranking in both.
  • He has continued to remain active and even added computer learning and then assisting with teaching as a volunteer with Raleigh Parks.
  • Through life he has loved family summer vacations fishing and helped teach his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren how to surf fish.
  • Clyde has a passion for baking sour dough bread and rolls, also scones that prior to COVID-19 he loved giving away to neighbors, friends and his Sunday School class.
  • He also loves to garden with a purpose of gifting to others as well.
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Residents at Woodland Terrace listen to patriotic songs

Friday, residents at Woodland Terrace senior living community in Cary listened in reverence as trumpeter John Morrison played patriotic songs around the campus in honor of National Military Spouses Day. Among roughly 50 other veterans and veteran spouses living in the community, Morrison honors his mother, Anne, whose husband was a Captain in the Army. Photographed playing violin beside John is his wife, Catherine Morrison, whose father was in the service as well. 

“Patriotic holidays and recognitions are important to our residents who have a deep pride and love for our country as well as those that have served,” says Matt Towler, executive director of Woodland Terrace. “This performance will hit home for many residents, and honor our veterans and their families well.”

Morrison brought 54 years of trumpeting experience to his performance. He and Catherine played at least two songs at each stop throughout the senior living community with independent living, assisted living, and memory care residences.

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Woodland Terrace, a senior living community in Cary, has a tradition of celebrating the Kentucky Derby each year. With the Derby being postponed until September, Matt Towler, executive director, found a solution without horsin’ around. On Tuesday, May 5, Katie and Linda Wilkins walked their American Miniature Horse Show ribbon-winning beauties around the community’s pond, cottages, and Arboretum courtyards.

Residents in Assisted Living, Independent Living, and even Memory Care areas watched the horses named Rue and Scout from the comfort of their residences through the window and enjoyed the outdoors safely at a distance from the horses and others.

“Our residents love engaging in our Kentucky Derby special events every year, and we decided this year should be just as fun,” says Towler. “We’re so grateful to the Wilkins for bringing their horses to our community and know this will continue to keep residents’ spirits high.”


Woodland Terrace (a Kisco Senior Living community) is pleased to announce the complete recovery of a 101-year-old assisted living resident, who tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, was diagnosed on March 16 after exhibiting symptoms of the virus. She received treatment at a local hospital and then was quarantined at the senior living community while she recovered. The associates who were in contact with the resident remained symptom free during their 14-day quarantine and have since returned to work. There are no additional cases reported at the community, and the origin of the virus remains unknown. Executive Director Matt Towler says stopping the spread of the virus is a collaborative effort, and credits teamwork from residents and associates alike.

“The health and well-being of residents and associates is and will always be our top priority at Woodland Terrace, and we are grateful our resident has made a full recovery from the virus,” said Towler. “From the moment we received the positive test result, our team sprang into action, and I can’t thank them enough for their hard work. We were transparent with residents, their families and associates from the beginning, and I believe that helped stop the spread of the virus. We enhanced protocols already in place to provide the safest environment for our residents and associates. We worked with local and state health authorities, as well as followed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We restricted visitors, asked residents to self-isolate and increased disinfecting of high-touched and high-trafficked areas. We continue to monitor the virus and are continually updating residents and their families. We are a strong community who will get through this unprecedented time.”

Woodland Terrace has additional measures in place to ensure residents and associates remain safe and healthy. Some of those include increasing sanitation throughout the community, daily monitoring of all residents and associates for fever and cough, asking residents who must leave their apartment to wear a mask and practice social distancing, requiring all associates to wear masks and suspending dining hours and delivering meals to residents in their apartments. The community is keeping residents engaged with one-on-one exercises in their apartments and encouraging virtual visits through Facetime and Skype with family members. Associates also have  been provided access to extended sick leave balances so that they can recover at home should they become ill.

“Woodland Terrace’s handling of COVID-19 is setting the standard for senior living communities during this time,” said Brian Grandbouche, senior vice president of operations, Kisco Senior Living. “We are proud of the work they continue to do each day and are so thankful their resident has made a full recovery, and no additional cases have been detected. We value each resident and associate and want them to know we are here for them and the protocols in place are for their health and well-being. We will continue to provide support to each of our communities as we weather the ever-changing storm brought on by Coronavirus.”

Across all 20 communities in the Kisco Senior Living portfolio, associates have created unique and innovative ways to keep the residents engaged and connected – from birthday party parades to concert pianists performing in the courtyard to an influx of letters and artwork for residents from total strangers. According to Grandbouche, despite this unprecedented pandemic, Kisco is remaining true to its mantra of Making A Difference Every Day® in the lives of its residents and associates.

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At Woodland Terrace, a senior living community in Cary, the Easter Bunny made an appearance to -from a distance- and waving to residents. 

Woodland Terrace’s Area Business Development Director Andrew Caruana, dressed as the Easter Bunny to spread joy and smiles for residents at the community remaining safe and socially distant. He was spotted hopping around the community on Sunday, April 12 between 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

“Our associates are having fun coming up with unique ideas to keep our residents happy and engaged during this challenging time,” says Matt Towler, executive director at Woodland Terrace, a Kisco Senior Living Community. “We can’t thank Andrew enough for volunteering to give up his Easter Sunday morning to hop around the community.”

Residents also received a little Easter surprise baskets with candy and a cute paper egg Friday April 10 to kick off the holiday weekend. Assisted Living residents got balloons! As a final cherry on top of the festivities, Woodland Terrace live-streamed three different Easter services throughout the day on their in-house TV channel so residents could still participate in an Easter service from the safety of their apartments.

The residents had a blast this weekend and loved seeing the Easter Bunny hop around the community, hanging out in the beautiful courtyard and waving to say hello safely from the other side of the window.