August is National Wellness Month, so it’s a good time to answer the question “what is wellness?” Wellness is actively trying to live a healthy life, physically, mentally and socially. Back in 1976, Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute, developed The Six Dimensions of Wellness: six aspects of every life and how they affect our overall well-being.
Sounds pretty scholarly, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s a pretty simple thing most of us work on without really being aware of it. If you have a loved one with special needs, however, making sure they are well in each area of their life is a difficult task.
At Cambridge Adult Day Center, we can help you and your loved one, be well in each area!
Today we wrap up our series on wellness by addressing the sixth aspect of overall wellness: Emotional Wellness. Are you a glass-half-full person, or a glass-half-empty person? Emotional wellness is the degree in which we feel positive and enthusiastic about ourselves and our lives. Can we successfully manage our feelings and behaviors, both good and bad, and then relate to others well? When you can, you can maintain independence and take responsibility for yourself, but also enjoy support, assistance and friendship with others.
Here’s how we can help at Cambridge:
Some differently abled adults can have a difficult time managing feelings or handling conflict. The Cambridge staff understands this, and tailors activities to promote team building to help our participants learn to interact and work together. Some examples include team games, and events like the Cambridge Prom in which everyone works together toward a common goal. We also celebrate our victories with award ceremonies each month, and lend support when it’s needed, such as attending a memorial service as a group when one participant’s parent passed away.
Our goal at Cambridge Adult Day Center is to help participants maintain their independence by assisting them, as needed, with everyday life. Promoting occupational, physical, social, intellectual, spiritual and emotional wellness are ways we do that.