Why is Wellness Important for Seniors?

Posted on: November 12th, 2020 by hhmin

“It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.”―Steve Maraboli

Wellness is about so much more than simply exercising occasionally and seeing a doctor for annual check-ups. While physical health is important to reduce your risk of various diseases and illnesses, your mental health, emotional wellness and several other components of wellness are equally important. For instance, your emotional wellness alone can play a significant role in your overall quality of life and impact your relationships, mental health and ability to handle stress.

To live a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle for as long as possible, it’s necessary to understand and incorporate the 8 dimensions of wellness.

The 8 Dimensions of Wellness

What are the 8 dimensions of wellness? Each dimension is broken out in detail to provide more insight into how you can incorporate them into your regular routine.

1. Physical.

The physical dimension of wellness is all about caring for your physical body and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Simple ways to practice physical wellness are to consume nutritious meals, exercise regularly and take daily vitamins.

2. Intellectual.

This dimension explores your ability to continue to grow and remain curious about the world around you. It’s important to indulge in lifelong learning and continue to fuel your brain with new, interesting skills. To maintain your intellectual wellness, you can enroll yourself in an online course or watch tutorial videos on YouTube to learn more about a subject you’re passionate about.

3. Emotional.

A high-level of emotional wellness helps you understand your personal feelings and values and respect those of others around you. You should ultimately be able to adopt a positive outlook on life and feel optimistic about what the future holds. A simple way to boost your emotional wellness is to start your day with either meditation or yoga. Both are designed to help you get in touch with your inner thoughts and feelings.

4. Social.

Maintaining a socially active lifestyle is very important to your overall level of wellbeing. When you are not actively participating in social activities with others, you can experience increased social isolation. Isolation and loneliness can put you at greater risk for sickness and disability. A great way to continue to be social while social distancing is to participate in some of Holly Hall’s upcoming virtual events and our monthly Tuesday Talk events. Our Tuesday Talk events are free and virtual, you simply have to RSVP online beforehand to attend.

5. Spiritual.

For spiritual wellness, focus on activities that help you find purpose, value and meaning in your life. Whether you practice a specific religion or have a distinct set of beliefs, it’s healthy to fuel your spiritual side. You can attend church regularly or partake in meditation each morning to connect with your inner self. Incorporating these types of activities into your regular routine is key to feeling an overall sense of balance.

6. Occupational.

While you may be retired and no longer working, you should still make an effort to participate in work that brings you personal satisfaction and fulfillment. For example, you could find an organization you’re passionate about to volunteer for or you can host a virtual painting class on campus for your fellow residents. Allow yourself to explore your passions and find activities you enjoy.

7. Financial.

Maintaining your finances are skills you should practice all throughout your life and are especially important as you reach retirement age. Whether you organize your finances on your own or hire someone else to help you, be sure to make a clear plan to help you stay on track financially as you progress through your retirement.

8. Environmental.

It’s imperative to take note of the community you live in and the environment that surrounds you. After all, we only get one planet Earth. Making educated decisions to recycle and live more sustainably are necessary for preserving the environment and helping you live in a healthy world.

Live a Well-Balanced Lifestyle at Holly Hall

At Holly Hall, we put residents’ health and wellbeing at the very top of our priority list. Our wellness programming is crafted to include nutrition, wellness, fitness and psychological elements to ensure every resident is able to live a well-balanced lifestyle that incorporates all 8 dimensions of wellness.

Residents at Holly Hall enjoy an active lifestyle. Each resident can expect a personalized approach to wellness that is designed to help each resident achieve their fitness goals and enhance their overall lifestyle.

Contact us today to learn more about the wellness programming options available at Holly Hall.