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 let’s take a look at Social Wellness: Everyone likes to belong. Social Wellness encourages each of us to be a part of the world around us, and to interact positively with others. When we do that, we can feel good about ourselves, and valued as individuals, building self-esteem and confidence.
Here’s how we can help at Cambridge:
Environment: At times, differently abled adults can become isolated through the effects of anxiety, depression, PTSD or physical limitations. Isolation and loneliness magnify the symptoms of these disorders. At Cambridge, we offer a friendly, comfortable, stress-free environment, allowing participants of all abilities to enjoy activities.
Friendship: Participants at Cambridge develop ongoing relationships with staff and each other. They care for each other, and develop understanding and empathy.
Confidence: After experiencing friendship in a nurturing environment, participants grow and are able to be more independent.
Tomorrow, we’ll talk about Intellectual Wellness, and how Cambridge can assist in this important aspect of wellness!