For many years, we lived happily in our older home in Buckhead's Tuxedo Park in the summer and in our patio home in Tequesta, Florida, in winter. In January of 2013, however, our Atlanta home was burglarized while we were away. Then, in February, a large pine tree fell on the roof during a storm. All of this prompted us to begin thinking about the next phase of our lives, which would likely involve simpler living arrangements.

Doing Our Homework

Who would have thought the name of a fruit -- "apple" -- would become the name for the world's most valuable company? Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said he chose that name because he thought it sounded "fun, spirited and not intimidating." Ultimately, that name set the tone for Apple's culture as a creator of easy-to-use, innovative products. It got me to thinking about how we select the names for our programs and services at Lenbrook. 

Lenbrook was the natural choice for us when my wife and I decided it was time to move into a senior living community. It was the right choice for several reasons. For one, my parents chose to live in a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) way back in 1964. My father lived there nine years and my mother 22 years. Those were happy years for them in Penney Farms, Florida. So I’ve known what a CCRC is for a long time.

At our age, there's plenty to get grouchy about -- creaky knees and achy joints to name a few. So to help keep things on the brighter side, I work out regularly in our fitness center and I stay active on resident committees and community activities. But one of the best ways I've found to lift my spirits is to keep a "gratitude journal." It's amazing how this simple habit works so well and in so many ways.

Thank you to everyone who made our debut performance of "pARTicipate in the ART of Life" such a wonderful celebration on Sept. 10 at The Woodruff Art Center. This was a first-of-its-kind experience for all of us -- bringing with it both a bit of stage jitters and a lot of joy.

Let’s face it. I’m an “artistic type” through and through; I love the arts. Fortunately, I’m in good company. So many of our Lenbrook residents share a passion for the arts, frequenting the theater, symphony and museum at The Woodruff Arts Center. I’m very excited that we will celebrate art and life together in a very special way at The Woodruff coming up on Sept. 10.

Believe it or not, the average adult spends 1,400 hours a year hunched over a Smartphone. This constant "forward or anterior head position" (also known as humpback posture) often leads to unexpected problems. The most prevalent disorder is “Text Neck." I'd like to share some tips for avoiding Text Neck and several relief exercises that are quick and easy to do.

Engagement is a word that has been in our vocabulary at Lenbrook for several years now.  The term first appeared in our goals in July of 2013 to describe the type of associates we wanted to hire and retain. A couple of years ago we realized it wasn’t enough to just have engaged associates. It was our desire to see everyone engaged within our community.  
I love stories!  Throughout my life listening to stories -- whether on records as I was going to sleep as a little girl or in my work as a chaplain -- I consider it a gift to hear stories!
 
As a “newbie” in the Lenbrook community, I’m thrilled to be learning the stories of many of the residents here.  Of course, the stories in our community here are as varied and unique as the wonderful people who have lived them and now share them with me.
 
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."
 

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