At a previous ministry site, we used to begin each day with “the morning prayer.” A memorable section of the prayer included the words, “In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering or embarrassing others. Give me the strength to bear the fatigue of this coming day with all that it shall bring.”

With more than 70% of our bodies being made up of water, proper hydration is a must for functioning at our best. On an average day --not accounting for summer heat or exercise -- our bodies can naturally lose up to 80 oz. of water! After the age of 65, dehydration is one of the most common preventable causes of hospitalization.

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

Just what is “Enrichment?” To me, “Enrichment” is not a single program or an activity, but a philosophy that seeks to encourage people to actively participate in their daily life and to contribute to the lives of others in our Community. The result is an individual feeling that his/her life has meaning and purpose

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.

I am here at Lenbrook because I believe I am supposed to be! The journey that brought me to Atlanta from the heart of the Mississippi Delta was not anticipated and came as quite a shock. The insidious disease called cancer and my physician's admiration of an Emory cancer surgeon's expertise sent me flying to Peachtree Street where my youngest daughter and her husband live. 

Remember Aesop's fable "The Lion and the Mouse"? The one where a huge lion catches a tiny mouse and is ready to swallow him but the mouse very convincingly pleads for his life.

The mouse says (I'm paraphrasing...), "Please let me go. You never know when I might be able to help you one day, and I will." Amused at the thought of the tiny mouse ever being able to help him, the lion lets him go.

(Gracie is pictured right in the picture above.)

This month is my last as President of the Lenbrook Residents Association. So let’s pretend this is an exit interview and you ask me, “What have you learned this past year?"

I have learned many things: The first is that time is flying. I inhaled in June 2015, I exhaled and now it is June 2016! But what a wonderful and enriching year it has been! 

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