Lenbrook is known for the energy of its residents -- you can feel it and see it when you walk in our front door. So it's quite fitting that we have a resource access department called LIVE! -- which stands for “Lenbrook Individuals are Vital and Engaged."
Who are Lenbrook's VICTORS? They are our residents who sometimes feel isolated or lonely, yet have a desire to contribute to others. These feelings can be common occurrences in any setting.
Initially, I would direct them to one or more of our regularly scheduled programs, events, activities or excursions. It wasn’t long before I realized that well-planned, parallel programming would offer these individuals an alternative means of fulfilling their particular needs.
Before I came to Lenbrook, I had to maintain a large home, buy groceries, fix my own meals and pay all the bills associated with keeping a home functioning, including utilities. It wasn't fun when my water heater broke one weekend and I couldn't get a plumber in until Monday. And when I had my total knee replacement, the three flights of stairs in my home became quite a challenge.
Remember the Food Guide Pyramid? Or maybe even the Food Wheel? Guess what ... the "Pyramid" is now a "Plate." In fact, it's called "My Plate". So what's up with this new guide for how to build a balanced plate for healthier living?
What is My Plate?
According to an article in Psychology Today, one of the major reasons people tend to stop exercising after recently starting an exercise routine is that they do not want to experience discomfort. After reading this article, it made me wonder whether this is the reason some residents are more hesitant than others to incorporate exercise into their everyday lives.
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.
Being a positive influence and having a positive impact is something one of our former Lenbrook board members, Glen Jackson of Jackson & Spalding, would frequently talk with us about. I remember a time we were walking through his Midtown offices and I noticed that when we came across his team members he would always acknowledge them in some way, often with a meaningful statement.
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.
Our Enrichment Team incorporates the seven dimensions of wellness (physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, environmental, and occupation) to guide our program design for the wide variety of people who live at Lenbrook. While "wellness" is the foundation to healthy living, so is a having a sense of "well-being."
People often correlate business principles with sports analogies. Recently, events in my sporting (Ironman) and business lives took two very different directions to teach me an important lesson.