The Glebe celebrates National Senior Health & Fitness Day®


DALEVILLE, Virginia —The Glebe, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community in Daleville, joined an estimated 1,000 local groups to celebrate the 24th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day (NSHFD) May 31. More than 80 attendees at The Glebe joined with an estimated 100,000 seniors across the country to promote active, healthy lifestyles through physical fitness, good nutrition and preventive care.

“The festival is a great opportunity for seniors to renew their commitment to health and fitness, and The Glebe is proud to be a host site,” said Rachel Carson, The Glebe’s fitness manager.

The goals of National Senior Health and Fitness Day are to make exercise fun, increase awareness of the benefits of a regular exercise program for older adults and encourage all older adults to take advantage of the many health and fitness programs offered at The Glebe, Carson said.  Activities included nine healthy living presentations and 10 field day stations during lunch time, including corn hole, a “rethink your drink” station and a “learn a yoga pose” station.

“We hope today’s events inspired residents and future residents to be more physically active and to pursue healthy lifestyles centered around wellness,” Carson said.

About National Senior Health & Fitness Day®

National Senior Health & Fitness Day is always held the last Wednesday in May in support of Older Americans Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The program, the largest of its kind, is organized by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for professionals who work with older adults. For more information about National Senior Health & Fitness Day, visit


Ann Lovell is Corporate Director of Communications for LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes. For more information, email or call (804) 521-9192.

LifeSpire of Virginia operates four continuing care retirement communities in Virginia: The Chesapeake in Newport News, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville and Lakewood in Richmond.


The Glebe to host June 27 performance of ‘The Jungle Book’

DALEVILLE, Virginia—The Glebe, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community in Daleville, is pleased to host Mill Mountain Theatre’s production of “The Jungle Book” June 27 at 11 a.m. The short play, based on the classic stories by Rudyard Kipling, is Mill Mountain Theatre’s summer outreach production, which features the 2017 summer apprentice company. The Glebe is the only location in Botetourt County to host the production, which will be shown at other locations in the Roanoke area June 3 – July 1.

Published in 1894, “The Jungle Book” is a collection of fables set in the Indian jungle. Widely considered a classic of children’s literature, the stories have been adapted numerous times for film and stage. As part of Mill Mountain Theatre’s continuing initiative to connect theatre and literacy, children attending the play will also receive complimentary books.

Admission is free, but space is limited.  Call 540-591-2202 to reserve your spot.


Ann Lovell is Corporate Director of Communications for LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes. For more information, email or call (804) 521-9192.

LifeSpire of Virginia operates four continuing care retirement communities in Virginia: The Chesapeake in Newport News, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville and Lakewood in Richmond.


Not Too Big, Not Too Small … Cottage Living is Just Right

For independent seniors looking to downsize from their large family home, cottages are great options. These bright and spacious residences offer the privacy of a home, without the daunting worry of maintenance. The staff at The Glebe can take care of any issue with your home no matter how big or small.

Speaking of big or small, this home really is right in the middle. You won’t have five closets, an attic, and a basement filled with things you don’t need. But you will have two bedrooms with walk-in closets, two baths, a two-car garage, and a relaxing outdoor porch, patio or screened porch. Many of our cottage floor plans also include a den that can be used as an office, extra bedroom, or additional living space.

Each home has a full kitchen with beautiful granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Cottages feel open and bright with nine-foot ceilings (several floorplans feature cathedral ceilings) and expansive windows. Other features include a laundry room, passive motion detectors, and an urgent call system for your peace of mind.

View our cottage floorplans to find the home that’s just right for you.

One Secret to Healthy Aging

Everyone knows that eating right and getting plenty of exercise are important parts of wellness, but the key to healthy aging may be more than what you do — but who you’re with. Socialization is a valuable part of staying healthy and well, and at The Glebe you’ll find a supportive, close-knit community.

Each month, residents receive the community calendar full of events, activities, workshops, and more. This past month, residents enjoyed several lively musical performances from local choirs and bands. It started to feel like spring with games of bocce ball and corn hole, as well as an Easter celebration. This month’s highlights included a trip to the Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling & Musical Festival, as well as a Paris in Spring dinner party, which featured the Gypsy Jazz Band.

While the calendar of events has plenty of fun things to do, there are also many small group gatherings that individuals organize themselves. Just ask members of “The Dirty Hands Garden Club” or the Military Appreciation Committee. Residents also love to hold monthly dinner socials, birthday parties, bridge games, and more. Those interested in getting involved with decision-making at The Glebe can join one of our committees, which include Activities, Building and Grounds, Spiritual Life, Memorials, Finance, Movies, and more.

The Glebe is dedicated to ensuring that residents across all care levels participate in these events. Our community is proud to be inclusive and engaging.

Check out this month’s Calendar of Events.

Order Up! Get Your Fill of Wellness at The Glebe.

Resident wellness is an important part of The Glebe lifestyle. Each and every aspect of our community — amenities, fitness, care, residences, dining — are designed to support your health and well-being. New improvements to our dining program enhance not only the experience of eating at The Glebe, but the nutritional benefits as well.

Enjoy healthy, freshly cooked items that can now be made to your preferences — such as rare steak or a build-your-own-entrée salad. Our updated menu is cooked-to-order and served restaurant style in our beautiful dining room. For residents on-the-go, we also have express dining with a self-serve buffet.

Enjoy an a la carte menu and the benefits of fresh, delicious meals.

It’s Nice to Be Part of a Family

The Glebe is one member of a multi-community corporate family known as LifeSpire of Virginia. Based in Richmond, Virginia, LifeSpire operates four Continuing Care Retirement Communities throughout the state: The Chesapeake in Newport News, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville, and Lakewood in Richmond. As a faith-based nonprofit, LifeSpire has served Virginia’s seniors for more than 70 years and continues to provide an exceptional lifestyle and exceptional care in a faith-based setting. What makes being part of the LifeSpire family good for The Glebe’s residents?

Shared expertise: As part of a community with a strong corporate sponsor, we leverage the combined knowledge and experience of each of the communities as well as the expertise of the home office. Not to mention the host of ongoing initiatives designed to promote and share best practices among communities. This includes training programs for staff and support for exceptional dining and wellness programs. An example is LifeSpire’s relationship with the National Institute of Fitness and Sport (NIFS), an industry leader in designing and executing holistic wellness programs for seniors. Through NIFS, The Glebe’s residents enjoy a wellness program that encourages healthy living, wellness and an exceptional quality of life.  

Maximized efficiencies: Our family of communities allows each of us to leverage our power to maximize efficiencies, which results in, among other things, better purchasing agreements with vendors. Buying power equals costs savings. At The Glebe, the residents see this advantage through enhancements to the physical community, new programs, new services, affordable monthly fees and an overall better lifestyle.  

We are proud to be part of the outstanding tradition and innovative vision that is LifeSpire of Virginia. Some may call it “corporate structure.” At The Glebe, we call it “family.” To learn more, visit or call a retirement counselor at 866-376-8990.


Add More Life to Your Years at The Glebe

At The Glebe, life feels younger with so much to enjoy — the scenery, the amenities, the social life, and more. We are also a Life Care Community. This means residents can invest in the best care for their future, today, and live with peace of mind that their needs will always be taken care of without the worry of additional costs. It’s a smart financial investment that works like all the other great investments you’ve made in life.
When you live at The Glebe, your days are filled with opportunities to take advantage of all that life has to offer. Start the day off by enjoying Coffee Clatch with freshly baked breakfast goodies or a delicious full breakfast in the Depot Cafe. Then, jump start your day with an activity such as a sunrise walk around the community with mountain views or enjoy a fitness class with refreshing water aerobics. The saltwater swimming pool is your grandchildren’s favorite place to go when they come to visit. Your favorite place is wherever you greet your friends and head out for the day’s adventure in town. Catch a football game at Virginia Tech or take a short hike along the Appalachian Trail. Come home to restaurant-style dining in our main dining room, where floor-to-ceiling windows let in the mountain views for a relaxing evening.  There’s no shortage of things to do at The Glebe, and with the added value of Life Care — you can enjoy all that life has to offer with peace of mind that the future is secure.

Interested in learning more about Life Care? Visit us online or give us a call at 866-376-8990.


Get In the Loop with the Circle of Friends

You already know you love The Glebe — but maybe the home you want is not yet available. That’s why we’ve created the Circle of Friends where you can enjoy the benefits of retirement and become a member of this priority group. You’ll join our waitlist and get first access to your desired apartment, and you’ll get to know new neighbors and start taking advantage of the many things The Glebe has to offer.

When you join the Circle of Friends you’ll get a head start on your retirement by making lasting connections and experiencing the benefits of a lifestyle centered around wellness. Life at The Glebe is more than the home you live in — but the community that surrounds you. That’s why members get access to many of the community areas that residents enjoy everyday. You’ll discover a lifestyle centered around wellness. Delight in the exceptional fresh food and thoughtfully prepared menus that allow you to take a break from home cooking and meal planning. Take a dip in the pool or enjoy a relaxing soak in the spa and you’ll realize that retirement is much different than you’d imagined. And this is just the beginning.

Circle of Friends members can experience the benefits of this retirement lifestyle now. The totally refundable $1,000 deposit to join can be used as part of your entrance fee toward your new home or it will be returned to you if you change your mind at any time. Call us at 866-376-8990 or visit us online, and we’ll set you up today.


The Glebe and Lakewood named ‘Best Nursing Homes’

By Ann Lovell

RICHMOND, Virginia—Two LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement communities recently received the distinction of “Best Nursing Home” by U.S. News & World Report. Lakewood in Richmond’s West End and The Glebe in Daleville were two of 38 retirement communities in Virginia — out of slightly more than 2,000 nationwide — that received the magazine’s honor.

U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide and released the list in November 2016. The ratings — based on overall performance and data from Nursing Home Compare at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — are designed to “help potential residents and their loved ones navigate this difficult process” of selecting a nursing home that meets an individual’s needs, said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News.

“We are very pleased that Lakewood and The Glebe received this distinction,” said Jonathan Cook, LifeSpire’s president and CEO. “This honor simply underscores what we already know: Our communities are dedicated to providing quality care based on our mission of service and our history of compassion. We applaud them for their work.”


Ann Lovell is Corporate Director of Communications for LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes. For more information, email or call (804) 521-9192.

LifeSpire of Virginia operates four continuing care retirement communities in Virginia: The Chesapeake in Newport News, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville and Lakewood in Richmond.



Compare us with other CCRCs

Choosing a continuing care retirement community is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and knowing and comparing your options is an important part of the selection process. “Where you live matters,” a website sponsored by the American Seniors Housing Association, has developed a CCRC visit checklist to help you identify the amenities and services that will best fit your lifestyle in your retirement years. We encourage you to download and print this resource and bring it with you when you visit The Glebe and other CCRCs. We think you’ll find we have everything you need to make your next move your best move!

Schedule an appointment with one of our retirement counselors for a visit today!