Carillon Senior Living Blog
8 Dimensions of Wellness That Can Enhance Seniors’ Lives
Wellness is not one-dimensional. In fact, Life Care Services finds seniors in the retirement communities it manages live happier, more fulfilled lives when a holistic approach to wellness is taken.
Here’s a glimpse at the many dimensions of wellness that Life Care Services nurtures and promotes through the LCS Lifestyle and Health Services wellness program.
A cornerstone of wellness, physical activities are planned and directed by fitness professionals in the senior living community. These can include exercises planned for the resident’s specific needs and abilities, such as improving range of motion, core strength, or balance. Group classes in the community—which also provide an important social outlet for seniors—could include chair exercises, yoga or tai-chi, or water aerobics.
Support for the challenges that come with aging can give seniors comfort and strength in difficult times—and learning to cope with and adapt to life’s changes builds emotional well-being. This support can take the form of grief and mental health counseling, peer groups, informal circles of friends, and interactions with staff members.
Socialization increases engagement, reduces isolation, and improves seniors’ outlooks—and there’s no shortage of opportunities in an active senior living community. Residents may enjoy card games, arts and crafts, movie nights, holiday parties, interest-based clubs, and other activities that bring them together with others.
Intellectual activities boost cognitive function, stimulate the brain, and fuel lifelong learning. In the community, seniors might engage in brain games and exercises, book groups, trivia contests, educational seminars, or tech workshops.
Seniors have valuable work and life skills that can benefit the entire community. Residents can share their knowledge by teaching others, volunteering, building or creating something, or leading discussion groups
A warm and comfortable environment in the retirement community enhances seniors’ lives. This can encompass gardens and green spaces; clean, bright surroundings; a friendly, caring staff; accessible technology; and festive seasonal decorations.
A strong spiritual sense can offer hope, strength, and peace. In the community, seniors might nurture their spiritual selves through on-site worship services, meditation, religious studies, music performances, and more.
Senior communities offer caring, attentive support especially suited to seniors’ health needs—which enhances peace of mind for both residents and their families. Health care support could include staff or local nurse visits, routine health screens, memory care programs, therapeutic and recuperative care, or on-call physicians