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!
Let’s look at Physical Wellness: Our physical body is likely the first thing we think about when we consider wellness. Physical wellness involves developing good habits in nutrition and activity, and avoiding bad habits so our bodies are well. But it’s more than just our bodies: the physical benefits of looking good and feeling good lead to psychological benefits of self-esteem, self-control, determination and a sense of direction.
Here’s how we can help at Cambridge:
Good nutrition: For many differently-abled adults, weight can be an issue, and if one lives alone, it’s difficult to get excited about preparing healthy meals. Two healthy, home-cooked meals are provided each day at Cambridge, along with a snack. Participants have the opportunity to participate in meal planning, so each meal is something the group enjoys along with being nutritionally sound.
Activity: Even when physical ability is limited, some form of activity is possible and beneficial. All participants - according to their abilities - participate in daily motion and exercise, like dancing, group games and walks outside the center. Through the activities at Cambridge, participants learn that healthy and safe activity is much better than sitting in front of a television.
Tomorrow, we’ll talk about Social Wellness, and how Cambridge can assist in this important aspect of wellness!