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!
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
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.
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.
Sometimes the lines can get blurred between being a good friend and neighbor and becoming a caregiver. We all want to help out those we care about. We offer to bring over a dish when someone is feeling ill, or we offer a ride to an appointment for someone who doesn’t drive.
“Your husband has very serious heart disease and needs open heart surgery as soon as possible.” Referring to a man who never had a cardiac symptom, this doctor’s shocking statement inaugurated our six-month journey to Lenbrook.
Pictured above: Clarence and Kathleen Kemper
My wife Kathleen and I lived in the Boston area for over 55 years and absolutely loved it. We're often asked, "Why did you move to Lenbrook?" It's a short question, but there are really three parts to it:
Why did we choose to move from our home to a retirement community?
Having had the opportunity to work with senior adults over the past 13 years, I count myself truly lucky. It's given me such incredible perspective about life and aging that serves me well not only professionally, but also in my own life with my aging parents and with my friends who count on me for advice regarding their aging parents.
My husband and I were wanderers. We have moved over 29 times, leaving old friends, making new friends, learning to laugh again, learning to socialize again, learning to have fun again, and learning to live again.