A resident recently commented to me, "I've been here eight years and Lenbrook looks just as beautiful today as it did my first day here." It made me smile as I headed into a budget meeting where we would be talking about the very thing that engenders a "WOW" impression when you first walk in our doors: appealing amenities. The real WOW, I’ve learned however, comes when amenities are enduring – when you are able to keep them fresh and relevant year after year.
For over 60 years, my parents lived in the same house in Rome, GA. Boy, talk about people who did not want to move when the time came. My dad was 93 and mom was 84. And the time came. Mom was showing signs of Alzheimer's and, for her, taking care of dad, the house and cooking had become too much.
The one true certainty we have in this life is that it is unpredictable and anything, good, bad or otherwise, can happen. Additionally, “it” is not only defined by the passage of time. "It" can also be influenced by proactive planning or, on the flip side, lack of planning. Let's take a look at the "10 Tough Questions About Life Planning."
Being able to live your best life, in all stages of life, takes planning. And we're not just talking about planning for your golden retirement years, but also for your end-of-life needs and wishes, too.
My mother-in-law lived at Lenbrook for three years so my husband Jack and I not only had heard about Lenbrook's reputation but had experienced it. I guess you could say we became second-generation Lenbrookers.
We signed up to move here when Lenbrook started building the new building. We picked our apartment on the 15th floor before it was even built. We were so excited that we'd drive by to look at it during construction. The view of Kennesaw Mountain and the sunsets are breathtaking.
My heartfelt thanks go out the 35 fellow Lenbrook residents and associates with whom I travelled with on our annual Fall Colors Tour to the North Georgia mountains. You all made that day the single best day of my professional life!
Medicare Open Enrollment starts Oct. 15 and goes through Dec. 7. This is the time for all Medicare enrollees to compare their current plans and decide if they are in a position to make any changes that could have great potential to save them money.
Having a choice is a good thing. However, too many choices can be overwhelming. It is important to first understand what you actually have. Medicare has several parts to it, so let’s review.
Each year Lenbrook joins with thousands of senior living communities and organizations across the country to recognize Active Aging Week during the last week of September. Established in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), this campaign celebrates the positivity of aging, living well and living life to the fullest at every age.
The Alphabet Song. We all remember it. A rhythmic, memorable tune we learned as toddlers. It’s elementary, but it works. Even today, detailed material is often divided up into bite-size chunks and presented in an ABC-type fashion. That’s what we’ve done recently to outline what we call “The Lenbrook Way.”
The ABCs of The Lenbrook Way
Officially, and according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), aging in place is defined as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level."
Lenbrook has always supported and encouraged aging in place, “with or without assistance,” and this definition can and will look differently to all residents at any given time of their tenure at Lenbrook.
Sometimes the lines can get blurred between being a good friend and neighbor and becoming a caregiver. We all want to help out those we care about. We offer to bring over a dish when someone is feeling ill, or we offer a ride to an appointment for someone who doesn’t drive.