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And the Season is Finally Here

It’s been slow in coming, but the weather this week leaves no doubt that the transition to autumn has fully arrived. And the slowly resolving aches and congestion in my body make it very clear to me that cold season has arrived as well.  I have plenty of reports in my box of residents suffering with symptoms too. I hope that by now all have received their annual flu vaccine. And as I do every year at this time I write to remind- the most fundamental way to prevent the spread of colds and flu is to wash hands often.  There is hand sanitizer in dispensers spread throughout the INN which is easy and effective. Of course, please be conscientious about protecting others when you do have cough and other symptoms.  It’s best to stay home when you have a fever, but don’t suffer in silence.  Let family, friends or Wellness staff know when you come down with something so they can have the pleasure of nagging, I mean keeping a loving eye on by now you!


Wellness 101

With the addition of Nurse Tammie to our Enhanced Living Care team, I have the time to refocus on our fundamental Wellness Support program.  The nurses at the INN are busy meeting their residents and working together with them in assessments and Care Plan creation. These plans identify how and when services might help a resident live life at Lathrop more fully and in alignment with their goals.  The Wellness approach is based on assessment and goal setting.  It’s fair to say that for most the goal is to live long and well.  And though each may define “living well”  differently, there are basic agreements about what a balanced life looks like at any age and plenty of research to support what’s most essential as we age.  For me, the essential aspect of the latter is having the quality of resilience, the ability to adjust to the changes that we know will come. 

What we offer at Lathrop is support and hopefully access to many tools for you to have a Wellness Plan of your own design.  I’ll write more in coming weeks to review our Six Dimensions of Wellness model. But for now I’ll remind that the core of the program we’ve developed for independent residents is the Annual Wellness Review. Each month I send out invitations for residents to sit with me to reflect together on how life has been for them in the year past and look for ways in which new energy and supportive changes might be made going forward in service of current life goals.   In Independent Living this is a service that is available but not obligatory.  I am hoping you will take advantage of the opportunity, and I hope that you have found the conversations and feedback useful. 

Whether or not I or the other members of the Wellness team are part of your process, what is essential is that folks commit to regular and honest self-reflection about what’s most important. That becomes the heart of your wellness plan.  The choices that arise from that are varied, but hopefully serve to keep you engaged, active and vital!  You needn’t wait for an invitation; and if you’ve chosen to defer until the next round and life throws you a curve, I am always available to schedule a time to talk. First we develop a plan.  Putting it in action and keeping it up, let’s call that Wellness and the Community Spirit, an upper division course.



Click on the links below to read all of Rob’s articles

And The Season is Finally Here November 2017

A Few Shots Might Help (or Probably Couldn’t Hurt) October 2017

Wonder, Surprise and Delight October 2017

People are Talking, and That’s a Good thing – August 2017

Getting Right With Pain – August 2017

Harvard Health Letter reprint – Mindfulness July 2017

High Season July 2017

Gratitude is a Positive Choice June 2017

Spiritual Fitness April 2017

Cross Train the Brain April 2017

The Second Pillar of Prevention- Stress Management March 2017

Food as Medicine: The First Principle of Prevention March 2017

The Stories We Write and The Stories We Live February 2017

Neighbors Caring In Northampton January 2017

How Much Support Is Enough? January 2017

Aging In Place January 2017

Seasonal Tidbits December 2016

Want To Make A Healthy Change? Start With the Right Goal December 2016

Living in the Rhythm of the Year December 2016

Fight Heartburn and GERD: Diet and Lifestyle Can Make a Difference (Part one of two) December 2016

Fight Heartburn and GERD: Diet and Lifestyle Can Make a Difference (Part two of two) December 2016

The Four Keys To Well-Being November 2016

Fitness Committee Working to Get You Moving October 2016

CPR-Responding in a Cardiac Emergency October 2016

Independent Musing October 2016

10 Easy Steps to Prevent Colds and Flu September 2016

Be Prepared For Stroke Response September 2016

Musings at the Edge of Things August 2016

Anybody Home? August 2016

Vitalize 360-A Powerful Tool in the Wellness Toolkit July 2016

Directing your Care- Hospice at the Roads End July 2016

Feeling Better is as Easy as ABC June 2016

Directing Your Care – Certified Home Care is the VNA June 2016

Directing Your Care – Time Spent in Rehab June 2016

Retired Men at Work May 2016

Tick Prevention May 2016

Directing Your Care: Who is the Hospitalist? May 2016

Directing Your Care: Injured When Away From Home April 2016

New Partner on the Path: Lathrop’s Fitness Committee April 2016

Responding to an Emergency: Lathrop’s Safety Net March 2016

What’s Your Plan? March 2016

Foods that Fight Inflammation February 2016

Straight Talk On Depression February 2016

Reaching For Fitness January 2016

Pendant and Pull Cords – January 2016

Caregiver Support Group – January 2016

Mindfulness Basics -December 2015

Holding Light in Darkening Days – December 2015

Correct Walker Use – December 2015

Assistance for You Should the Time Come – November 2015

The Gift of Never-ending Work – October 2015

On Being Mortal – October 2015

Grief and Praise – Changing Aging October 2015

Cultivating Vitality, Yoga – September 2015

MIND Diet – September 2015

Staying Healthy in the Months Ahead – September 2015

Walking Promo – September 2015

Falls, the Game Changer – August 2015

Stay Driving -August 2015

More on Driving Safety – August 2015

Wellness Plan and Coordinating Care – July 2015

Tune ups, Maintenance and Possible Spare Parts – July 2015

Six Dimensions of Wellness – July 2015

Morning Edition Walking Piece – June 2015

MD Recommendations – June 2015

Informing the Web of Care – Advanced Directives -June 2015

The Web of Caring Part 1 – May 2015

The Web of Caring Part 2 – May 2015

Wellness Matters – April 2015