Why You Should Welcome the New Neighbors (and How!)

Ideas for Low-Impact Exercises

Start Fresh. Buy New!

How to Avoid Scammers

Why You Should Welcome the New Neighbors (and How!)

Moving into a new home can be an incredibly exciting experience, but everyone who has ever moved knows it can also be a stressful one. The stress alone is just one of the reasons you should welcome your new neighbors–it’s a nice gesture and can help reduce some of their stress!

There’s nothing like a smiling face to make you feel right at home and melt away some of your anxiety about moving.

Another reason to welcome the neighbors? The practicality of getting to know those close to home! Need someone to water your plants, or hang onto a spare key, just in case? Your new neighbors will come through for you!

Welcoming new neighbors and making a good first impression is undoubtedly a good move, and here are some tips to get to know your new neighborhood friends!

Make an introduction!

You may want to a wait a few days after the neighbors have moved in, as they’ll likely be busy with the chaos of unpacking. If you feel more comfortable introducing yourself when you have some friends by your side, form a welcoming committee with a few other residents and introduce yourselves to the new neighbors together.

Bring over a dish.

One popular way to welcome new neighbors is by bringing food, especially as it could be several days before they’re able to cook for themselves. Pasta or desserts always make excellent welcome goodies. Just be considerate of possible food allergies when baking or cooking.

Prepare a basket.

If you prefer skip cooking, consider a “Welcome Basket.” Include gift cards to local stores and restaurants, a map of the surrounding area and additional information about the new town. For our current neighbors at The Villages at Two Rivers, consider a few goodies from the shops at Waugh Chapel or maps and attractions of nearby downtown Annapolis.

Host a dinner party.

Consider hosting a dinner party and inviting the new neighbors as the guest of honor. We recommend waiting a week or two so they can settle into their new Maryland home. But, if you love to entertain, this could be a perfect way to welcome new residents to the neighborhood.

Ideas for Low-Impact Exercises

If you find that most forms of exercise are too hard on your joints, you’re not alone. Many active adults suffer from joint problems and arthritis, and therefore find that common forms of exercise, such as jogging, is not ideal.

If you’re in a similar situation, don’t give up hope! There are plenty of options for low-impact exercises that can provide the muscular and cardio benefits you’re seeking, while being easy on your joints too.


Namaste! There are variety of yoga methods, but all of them will help improve your balance and flexibility, and build strength. Yoga is an excellent low-impact option for your joints! As an added bonus, yoga is well-known for providing mental, as well as physical, benefits.


Have you ever tried cycling? It offers great cardiovascular benefits, builds strength and is easy on your joints. Autumn is an especially great time to choose cycling as a new exercise of choice. You’ll have perfect weather and beautiful scenery to enjoy as you take advantage of our walking and biking trails in The Villages at Two Rivers and especially our new edition to the WB&A Trail! If you’re new to cycling, be sure to get properly fitted for your bike to avoid any possible knee pain.


Walking is another great way to enjoy the beauty of The Villages at Two Rivers this fall! Walking has numerous benefits and is perfect year-round. If walking is your new low-impact exercise of choice, start out by taking brisk 10 minute walks your first week, and slowly increase your walking time by 10% each following week.


The buoyancy property of water means that swimming is a particularly excellent choice for a low-impact exercise! In addition, swimming provides a great cardio workout and builds muscle. Residents at The Villages at Two Rivers can take advantage of swimming as a low-impact exercise whenever they want with our beautiful indoor pool!

Start Fresh. Buy New!

Have you ever considered buying a new home? Many active adults communities offer newly constructed home for residents, and many 55+ homeowners can’t imagine themselves living in any other type of home!

Though some homeowners may prefer older homes, there are many benefits to buying a new home.

Ability to customize.

One of the most exciting aspects of buying a new home is the ability to customize a new home to your exact specifications. At The Villages at Two Rivers, our new residents can customize their home from Classic Group, Ryan Homes and NVHomes. When you buy a new home, there’s no need to worry about updating your home after closing. Instead, all those exciting details are picked out right from the start, and before you move in!

More efficient.

Many new homes include efficient building materials and appliances – as opposed to older homes, where you may have to pay extra to update these elements. These efficient materials and appliances are not only more attractive – they can help save you money on energy costs.

Fewer repairs.

Buying a new home can also save you money when it comes to repairs! Many owners of older homes find that the need for home repairs is constant. Whether replacing old carpet, plumbing, electricity or the like, these are issues you won’t need to worry about when buying a new home, especially in a community such as ours at The Villages at Two Rivers.

How to Avoid Scammers

Technological advances have certainly made our lives easier in many aspects, but there’s one major disadvantage that has evolved with more advanced technology–it’s become increasingly easier for scammers to commit fraud.

Unfortunately, scammers have more methods to commit fraud than ever before, but there are certain steps you can take to protect yourself.

Use your Google search skills.

If you think that you received a phone call, text or email from a company that doesn’t seem legitimate, do a quick search engine scan of the company name. If a company is trying to scam you, chances are they’ve tried to scam others too, and you should be able to find out online.

Ignore robocalls.

If you answer a phone call that turns out to be a recorded sales pitch, it’s a scam. These “robocalls” are illegal, so if you receive one, it’s more than likely from an illegitimate company. If the robocall prompts you to press a number to stop receiving calls or speak with someone, hang up and don’t press that number, which can lead to your phone number being flagged and more calls.

Be on the lookout for imposters.

Oftentimes, scammers will pose as someone you trust, such as a government official, charity worker or family member. For example, scammers have been known to pose as grandchildren and call grandparents asking for money. Be sure that you verify the identity of whoever is calling or emailing you in a situation that could be a potential scam.

Never pay upfront.

Scammers will often try to pressure you into to paying upfront for some type of good or service without providing the good or service first. This is a red flag you should never ignore! Once you pay, they’ll likely disappear without a trace.

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SOURCE: Federal Trade Commission

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