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’ll take a look at Intellectual Wellness: Everyone has unique mental abilities and gifts. Learning new things stimulates mental growth and activity, and helps us with problem-solving and creativity. When we share this with others, we also enhance our Social Wellness. If our minds are not challenged, we can turn inward, focusing on the negative.
Here’s how we can help at Cambridge:
Activities: The activities at Cambridge are much more than ways to pass the time. Each activity is designed with the abilities of our participants in mind, and call on creative and problem-solving skills. For example, crafts include various colors, mediums and textures; puzzles and table games involve problem-solving and processing. Roundtable discussions allow for verbal expression, and fair give and take.
Field Trips: We explore new places outside the walls of Cambridge on a monthly basis. We visit shows, zoos, the lakes and many other areas where we can see and learn new things. Even our daily walks around the neighborhood allow us to process information about the world around us that we can discuss through the day.
Tomorrow, we’ll discuss Spiritual Wellness, and how Cambridge can assist in this important aspect of wellness!