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Have you ever noticed that Dad spelled backward is Dad?  No matter what, any way you spell it, Dad is still Dad. 

“Magic is actually the power and science of hope.  It’s the positive voice in an otherwise hopeless situation that either whispers or shouts that anything is possible!” 

Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer's disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease

A puppy represents an innocence and childlike approach to the world which is why it seems like puppies want to play all the time. Play (and mindfulness) for adults is critical in our stressful go-go-go lives. Play has been shown to release endorphins, improve brain functionality, and stimulate creativity.

Cherry trees are among the first trees to announce that sweetness is returning to our lives. Gotta love spring!

For me, anniversaries evoke memories. Some are celebratory, like birthdays and weddings. Some are worth reverent reflection like the passing of loved ones.

Words matter. They stick with us. They set our expectations. Words and language reflect the way we think and feel. Words and even our nonverbal actions hold a lot of power, more than we realize.

So, I’ve been thinking about the color of red. Red is THE color of February - and every month!

This new blog has a new name:  The Ivey Vine!  There was no mistake in naming this organization over 14 years ago, when The Ivey was chosen.

On May 20th, I attended “This One Man” – an uplifting event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of John Leon Lewis as a Minister of Music. The Ivey is so fortunate to count John as a member of our team, bringing the power of music and dance to our members.

Just as Gary’s puzzle pieces connected together to create a vision of beauty, so to do the many resources available to families living with dementia.

Families caring for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia must embrace creativity to both endure the journey and thrive in the face of it.

Love. Family. When the family gathers this time of year, we tend to reminisce about the past. Here at The Ivey, we’re also excited about the future – especially as we begin to celebrate our 10th Anniversary Year!

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!

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...