Each year Lenbrook joins with thousands of senior living communities and organizations across the country to recognize Active Aging Week during the last week of September. Established in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), this campaign celebrates the positivity of aging, living well and living life to the fullest at every age.
If you think Uber is just for Millennials or Gen X, I'm happy to report that we have many active Uber riders here at Lenbrook. We can thank our volunteer "Geezer Squad" for helping pave the way by conducting Uber workshops for residents in association with our L.I.V.E. department. This is just one example of how current technologies are making their way into our residents’ lives at Lenbrook.
One of our residents invited me to a Buckhead Rotary meeting this year to hear Horst Schulze. Our resident is a retired Marriott executive, and Mr. Schulze was cofounder of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Mr. Schulze talked about the origin of his now legendary saying: “Ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen.”
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
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.
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.
Lenbrook will be having its first Chaplain Intern from the Candler School of Theology this summer. My days have been absorbed with completing the proverbial check list:
(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!
Did you know there are over 50 different kinds of nuts? With so many choices, how do you know which nuts to include in your diet, how to include them and how often?
First, I'll outline the most common nuts, the main nut categories, and easy ways to include them in your diet. Then I'll let you decide which ones are right for you!
Let’s start by clearing up exactly what a nut is: a fruit composed of a hard shell and seed, which is generally edible.