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This was the mantra written on my hand when I started the 2017 IRONMAN Florida race in November. Although the black Sharpie ink faded as the miles passed by, the message was embedded in my mind. These three words represented a very simple but important race strategy for me. Why did I choose this mantra? Let me offer a closer look at my Ironman journey and the parallels to my role here at Lenbrook.
 
My Race Mantra
 

Nutrition For Seniors

One of the most frequent questions I get asked by residents is “How can I prevent mental decline through diet?”  The good news is Martha Clare Morris, PhD has created the MIND diet, Mediterranean - DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.

The MIND diet is a hybrid of the DASH and Mediterranean diets to help create a diet aimed at reducing the risk of dementia and the decline in brain health that people often experience as they age. Such decline, however, is not considered a normal part of aging.

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"Shining star" employees -- or associates as we call our employees here at Lenbrook -- stand out by their nature and tend to receive frequent recognition. But what about associates who work behind the scenes, or in less visible positions and provide invaluable momentum to the team and the organization as a whole? That's the delicate but critical balance we've aimed to achieve with our new associate recognition program. 

It takes the efforts of every individual to make a successful team and hence a successful organization. This is especially true at Lenbrook.

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Everyone says time goes faster the older you get. If that's the case, I'm getting older really fast. Actually, I prefer the alternative explanation which says, "Time flies when you're having fun." Naturally, it's easy to have more fun if you're actively engaged in doing what you love. That's how I'd describe this past year at Lenbrook -- a year filled with enjoyment in our community as residents engage with life and pursue what's meaningful to them.

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I heard an analogy not too long ago from an advisor at Jackson Spalding and it stuck with me ... so much that I used the analogy to kick off a monthly resident information meeting. It's about the making of a cake. 

Most cakes are made with simple ingredients: flour, butter, sugar, milk or water, baking soda, eggs, and of course flavoring -- vanilla, chocolate, etc. When you see a cake, whether it's a sheet cake or a seven-layer cake, do you see the eggs? Not really. Why not? Because all the ingredients combine to make it into a fluffy, delicious dessert. 

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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. 

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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.
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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.

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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.  

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