If you are a member of the sales and marketing team at your [independent living or life plan] retirement community, did you know that you are in the retirement planning business? You may not think so because, for most people, the phrase “retirement planning” translates to “financial planning." But I would encourage you to broaden your scope of what retirement planning includes.
As Director of Wellness Arts for Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Alice Smith knows the importance of whole-person wellbeing.
The phone rings - it’s the hospital on the other line. Your mother fell and is injured. They also mention they believe she may have had a stroke. You leave your job and head to the hospital. If you aren’t close by, maybe you head to the airport or embark on a long drive. All of a sudden, you are in the middle of a situation you weren’t prepared for. The hospital staff is asking you what you want to do with your mom. She can’t live alone for awhile, or maybe ever again. Where do you want her to go? Where should she go for rehabilitation therapy? You have no idea where to start.
One of the crazy things about aging is that so much happens to our bodies and our brains that we can’t see. We realize that we just can’t move as well as before, that it is hard to get out of a chair, or our balance just isn’t what it used to be - it can be daunting. How did this even happen?
COURAGE - its origin comes from the French word for "heart," so, just as the heart gives our body life and vitality, courage is actually the virtue that brings together all of our other values.