My husband Larry and I moved into Lenbrook this spring, and we are amazed at how fast Lenbrook has become “our home.” I’ve always been about “finding the best fit” because I have spent 30+ years helping high school students find their best college fit. (Missy was the head of College Counseling at Woodward Academy in Atlanta for 25 years.)
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.”
At a previous ministry site, we used to begin each day with “the morning prayer.” A memorable section of the prayer included the words, “In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering or embarrassing others. Give me the strength to bear the fatigue of this coming day with all that it shall bring.”
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.
Dr. Patillo is pictured standing in the first row to the right.
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
Just what is “Enrichment?” To me, “Enrichment” is not a single program or an activity, but a philosophy that seeks to encourage people to actively participate in their daily life and to contribute to the lives of others in our Community. The result is an individual feeling that his/her life has meaning and purpose
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.