My heartfelt thanks go out the 35 fellow Lenbrook residents and associates with whom I traveled with on our annual Fall Colors Tour to the North Georgia mountains. You all made that day the single best day of my professional life!
Our Enrichment Team incorporates the seven dimensions of wellness (physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, environmental, and occupation) to guide our program design for the wide variety of people who live at Lenbrook. While "wellness" is the foundation to healthy living, so is a having a sense of "well-being."
Medicare Open Enrollment starts Oct. 15 and goes through Dec. 7. This is the time for all Medicare enrollees to compare their current plans and decide if they are in a position to make any changes that could have great potential to save them money.
Having a choice is a good thing. However, too many choices can be overwhelming. It is important to first understand what you actually have. Medicare has several parts to it, so let’s review.
"Original Medicare" Part A & Part B
People often correlate business principles with sports analogies. Recently, events in my sporting (Ironman) and business lives took two very different directions to teach me an important lesson.
At the end of last year, I qualified to compete in the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championships to be held in Australia. (An “Ironman 70.3” is a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run.) This was a great honor since 130,000 people competed around the world in Ironman 70.3 events for the 3,000 qualifying spots available.
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.