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Life Lessons from Atria Senior Living Residents

Wit & Wisdom: Life Lessons from Atria Residents


Posted on August 21, 2015 by Kacey Roby


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Atria residents are gold mines of knowledge and wisdom, so who better to turn to for advice? We asked our employees to share the best life lesson an Atria resident has taught them. We received hundreds of witty one-liners and heartfelt statements, and we want to pass the wisdom on to you.

“No matter what your limitations are, enjoy life to the fullest. Don’t focus on what you lost or don’t have. Be grateful for what you do have and share it with others.”
– Anita Patten, Atria Harborhill

“Don’t sweat the small stuff. Living for yourself and your well-being is one of the healthiest things you can do – for yourself and for others.”
– Marie Strock, Atria Bethlehem

“Eat lots of candy – life is short!”
– Brittany Whitten, Atria Kennebunk

“Roll with the punches. You may fall, but always get back up. Always give your best in everything you do in life. Good things will happen.”
– Kevin Lyons, Atria Rye Brook

“I have learned that in order for a married couple to last 40+ years, you must always respond with ‘Yes, dear.’”
– Milagros Rivera, Atria Crossroads Place

“No matter the age in numbers, everyone still has the same wishes, dreams and desires as they did when they were 20.”
– Sue Hamilton, Atria Merrimack Place

“A smile can make someone’s entire day!”
– Michael Coleman, Atria Shaker

“At any age, you must be proactive to maintain your quality of life – stay involved, stay fit, stay curious and stay off the couch!”
– Layne Tretow, Atria Manresa

“Never underestimate the power of a senior’s mind.”
– Judy Hawthorne, Atria at the Arboretum

“Life is short, so enjoy it with your family – but family is not always blood-related. Family includes the people you share your life with every day, that makes our residents and employees one big family.”
– Melissa McLafferty, Atria Seville


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