Michael Halpern co-founded the nonprofit inner-city mentoring program YES!Atlanta in 1988 and helped lead the organization for more than 27 years. He will be honored by LeadingAge Georgia at its annual Positive Aging Icon Award ceremony on November 18 at the Atlanta History Center. 

On a splendid fall afternoon in September, more than 300 Lenbrook residents and associates celebrated the 35th Anniversary of Lenbrook, Atlanta’s premier Life Plan Community in Buckhead, with an elegant and fun party. The lively event highlighted both the best of the past 35 years at Lenbrook as well as the community’s newest addition: The Club, a comfortable setting for coffee and pastries during the day that turns into a cocktail and wine lounge in the evenings where Lenbrook residents can gather around happy hour and after dinner.

We all know that ‘selfies,’ photographic self-portraits, are a fun way to capture a moment in time, tell a story and share it. While “selfies” are especially popular with younger people, portrait photography is a remarkable way to catch a glimpse of a smile, glance or feeling -- if just for an instant -- and reveal the inner self of the portrait’s subject at a specific instance in their life.

With more than 500 residents living at Lenbrook, there are a lot of life experiences available to learn from. That’s what Lenbrook’s Training and Development Specialist, Tammy Washington, hopes to share with the community’s associates and interns. “Can you imagine all that knowledge and understanding about life that’s within these walls?” asked Washington. “We’re hoping to unlock that vast treasure chest and offer the most incredible learning experiences.”

We are thrilled that Lenbrook and our community’s top quality dining options were spotlighted by renowned reporter Jill Vejnoska of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in her recent Sunday Living feature in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Upscale Dining Options Key to Happiness at Senior Living Communities.”

"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you," wrote Dr. Seuss in his 1959 book, Happy Birthday to You! Wise words then and now, words which our chaplain, Robbye Jarrell, often likes to reframe and pose as a question to our residents: "What makes you you?" I like this question because it invites us to reflect on our past, look ahead to our future and get to know one another. 
 
Getting to the Answer
In the past year, our Residents Association has been able to propel a number of exciting new developments at Lenbrook, and I have been honored to serve as its president. Now, as we are getting ready to celebrate Lenbrook’s 35th anniversary later this summer, I am honored to introduce Joyce Stevens as the new president of Lenbrook’s Residents Association.

As a chaplain, I have the privilege of interacting with our residents from varied religious groups and denominations within our Lenbrook Community, as well as those in the community with no set religious affiliation.

I’m a firm believer that everyone needs some type of community in order to thrive -- a belief that's supported by study after study. One of the blessings of a community as large and diverse as Lenbrook is that residents have a vast selection of friends and neighbors available to connect with and create community!

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