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!
In today’s post, we’re looking at Spiritual Wellness: our search for meaning and purpose in human existence. It acknowledges that there’s more to the world than just ourselves! We all have times when we have feelings of doubt, despair, fear or disappointment. If we are spiritually well, we can better keep these feelings in perspective and have the strength to deal with them. We also develop our own value system, and live our lives accordingly.
Here’s how we can help at Cambridge:
Nurturing Atmosphere: At Cambridge, we value the individuality of each of our participants, and recognize their unique contributions to our group. Rewards, such as Participant of the Month, recognize the individual’s achievements within the community, and demonstrate appreciation for them.
Respect: Cambridge makes sure each individual respects others at the center, and we plan activities that build our little community. Participants learn to care for others as they’ve been cared for.
Tomorrow, we’ll finish our series on wellness by discussing Emotional Wellness, and how Cambridge can assist in this important aspect of wellness!