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Last Friday afternoon, we gathered again for what has become a wonderful annual Autumn tradition: the “family social” at The Ivey.

This is my 80th blog post. Hurray!

Last week, I learned of the recent death of one of my dearest mentors. Dana Drago took a chance on me at Bank of America – a gesture that altered the course of my life forever. Dana was 58 at her death in...

When I stop and think about how we are in the midst of celebrating our 10th Anniversary Year as Charlotte’s only Memory Wellness Day Center, sometimes I feel awe-struck. After all, getting here has been...

I have a friend who is a well-respected Life and Leadership Coach, and I will often hear her refer to someone’s “essence.” It’s a beautiful concept. Someone’s “essence” is who they really are as...

Many of us are no doubt thrilled that the two “Carolina” teams are now going to the “Big Dance.” For those of you who choose to tune out this time each year, that’s basketball-speak for The Final Four. Of course, our very own...

We are in that crazy time of year when you never quite know what to expect, weather-wise. Last week, the high temps and gorgeous warm breeze had most of us...

We just had our monthly staff meeting here at The Ivey. And all I can say is: wow, what a team! We typically meet on the first Wednesday evening of every month, soon after...

After my 2-month hiatus as a result of my Dad’s passing (the subject of my most recent blog post), I am excited and inspired to bring back the blogs! Believe it or not, I have been authoring...

Well, hello there. This is my first blog post since the holidays. Last week, l learned of the passing of a dear former member of The Ivey. My heart went out to the family we got to know so well. Upon learning of her passing, I realized...

Merry Christmas everyone! Each and every one of us at The Ivey are sending you blessings for a most joyous holiday. Relish time with your family and friends. Enjoy some good...

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? It always seems to sneak up on me, although I confess that I’m getting excited about it. Of course, we’ve all experienced the expected post-meal drowsiness on Thanksgiving. I’ve always been told...

Did you see the size of The Ivey’s walk team for the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 24th? If you have previously “Liked” The Ivey on Facebook, then you might have seen the photo that we posted. It was...

Tomorrow morning, The Ivey staff, families and friends will be participating in the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, in support of the Alzheimer’s Association of Western Carolina. We’ll also be having our second annual...

This past weekend, John and I invited all of The Ivey’s Board, staff, volunteers, and spouses or significant others to join us at Carmel Country Club for a “post-wedding celebration.” We were limited as to how many...

Last week, we lost screen legend Gene Wilder to Alzheimer’s disease. We send our deepest condolences to his entire family. We also learned that...

The 2016 Summer Olympic officially came to a close this past Sunday night. I’m so proud of the Americans who represented our country with such skill and honor. 121 medals later (46 of them gold!), the United States is yet again basking...

As many of us squeeze in a final vacation before the busy post-summer period arrives, we also find ourselves facing down a wide spectrum of emotions. First, there’s the build-up to the vacation – the anticipation...

It’s that time of year – when the weather can change in no-time-flat. The most dramatic example of this is a good ‘ol fashioned “summer squall.” That’s when, seemingly out of nowhere, the sky turns dark, the wind picks up...

Music is such a huge part of our lives as humans. From the songs that remind of us of our favorite vacations, to the epic break-up songs from relationships past, to songs that...

Earlier this year, some of you may have read a story in the Charlotte Observer about how John Moore and I came together through our own individual experiences losing loved ones to...

Despite the fact that summer doesn’t technically start until June 21, many people consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of the season. Many of us will celebrate by gathering with...

It’s been a rainy week in Charlotte, hasn’t it? And the forecast is calling for more rain this weekend! So, let’s check in on this. How are you feeling? Disappointed at the lack of sun? Perturbed...

Whether you knew it or not, we recently celebrated a special week – National Volunteer Week – which was established by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to...

Are you in The Flow? To which you might reply: Um, what on Earth do you mean, Lynn? Well, think of The Flow as similar to another more widely-used phrase...

Have I mentioned how much I admire a local non-profit organization called Playing For Others? They’re an extraordinary group, providing a space for teens to explore and answer the questions, “Who Am I?” and...

Have you felt it in the air? You aren’t imagining it. Spring is coming. A touch of warmth in the breeze. The occasional bud on a tree. More Charlotteans riding around on bikes or driving around with the...

How often have we been told that peer pressure is a bad thing? Yup. It’s a bonafide Golden Rule of childhood. We heard it over and over again from our parents, teachers and other adults. “Don’t do something just because...

Last week, I wrote a blog post about the passing of celebrities, how such losses affect us, and how these people live on through their enduring bodies of work. Soon after, we received a beautiful note from a reader. It moved me so much that...

As The Ivey serves more and more individuals living with dementia, it stands to reason that we also experience more losses throughout the year. We think about...

One of the Oxford Dictionary’s definitions of the word resolution is “A firm decision to do or not to do something.” We make a lot of firm resolutions this time of year, don’t we? But...