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10 Dimensions of Wellness

Learn How You Can Receive Significant Benefits from 10 Dimensions of Wellness   

Wellness is the practice of making choices that help you lead a healthier lifestyle. For older adults, this can lead to a better quality of life and prevent negative feelings toward aging. With these 10 Dimensions of Wellness, you can create new habits today that will have enormous benefits in the future.

 

1. Hospitality

Home is more than a place; it’s a feeling. Older adults who live in a safe, comfortable residence recover faster from illness, experience more independence, and have greater long-term success with healthy aging. You can feel more secure in your home by moving into independent living, making modifications to your current home, or by choosing at-home care when you need it.

 

2. Spiritual

Focusing on spiritual wellness can relieve feelings of anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure, and improve your heart health. It can also foster incredible relationships between generations by allowing you to share your spiritual journey with younger people.

 

3. Social

Nothing is better for your mental and emotional health than quality time spent with friends or finding a group of people with like interests. If your family lives far away and can’t visit often, independent living offers a seamless blend of mindful moments and meaningful interactions with your neighbors that can give your mental health a boost and foster a sense of belonging.

 

4. Philanthropy

Your sense of purpose is essential to your mind, body and spirit. Older adults with a sense of purpose are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, and they’re more likely to live longer  than their less enthusiastic peers. Easy ways to live a more meaningful life are through volunteering, scheduling regular activities with your friends, or spending time with your grandkids.

 

5. Physical and nutritional

This means more than working up a sweat with a physically active lifestyle. It also means keeping a healthy diet, a great sleep schedule, and finding conscious moments of relaxation. The best way to improve your physical well-being is through senior wellness programs, where you can take fitness classes, cooking classes, and learn more ways to live a healthier lifestyle.

 

6. Life work

Studies have shown that creative activities keep your focus sharp and can lead to a longer life, but that doesn’t mean you need to be an artist. You can cultivate creative wellness by listening to live music, volunteering your skills, or even finding a creative solution to a friend’s difficult problem. All you need to do is think outside of the box.

 

7. Lifelong learning

Lifelong learning has significant benefits for older adults. Regularly learning something new reduces the risk of memory loss, keeps symptoms of dementia  at bay, improves your self-esteem, and promotes social interaction. Not to mention, it’s fun!

 

8. Emotional

Older adults who have high emotional intelligence are more satisfied with life, and are less likely to suffer from feelings of isolation and loneliness. You can get in better touch with your emotions by living in the moment and by learning to see life through a positive lens.

 

9. Environment

Spending time in nature has a bounty of health benefits. Whether you’re taking a leisurely walk on a gorgeous trail or sipping tea with your friends on the porch, you can be sure Mother Nature will always lift your spirits and enhance your emotional well-being.

 

10. Community and cultural

Belonging to a community that prioritizes wellness has been shown to promote a healthy lifestyle and have a positive impact on your mental health. Whether you choose to live in your private home or prefer the carefree lifestyle of a retirement community, being around people who care about your well-being gives you a sense of belonging and makes life much more pleasant.

 

Explore the Benefits of Wellness Programs with Independent Living at Mary’s Woods

Independent senior living at Mary’s Woods features a vibrant community filled with services, programs and amenities designed to help you thrive after retirement. Each resident has access to wellness features like acupuncture, exercise classes, an infrared sauna, and more.

For more information about our senior living options or to tour our apartment homes and villas, contact us today. We can’t wait to help you reach your full potential with the wellness programs at Mary’s Woods!