Wellness is important because it helps improve quality of life. Wellness is defined to be the balance of the body, the spirit, and the mind. Wellness programs are important especially for seniors who begin to experience illnesses, functional decline, and increased risk of injury. There are different programs that address the needs of seniors
Seniors comprise 14.5% of the US population. The number of seniors in the US, ages 65 and above are said to double in by 2060. As the number of seniors grow through the years, the need to address their health and wellness also increases.
What are some of the Wellness Programs for Seniors?
Wellness programs address the body, the mind, and the spirit. Here are some of the examples of wellness programs for seniors.
For the body, some exercises like yoga, tai chi, Pilates, dancing classes, aerobic exercises, and strength exercises help develop balance, strength, and stamina. Nutrition programs help promote healthy eating. Activities like journaling and other forms of creative writing, different classes in languages and the humanities, different games that stimulate the mind, and group discussions that foster healthy communication are important help enrich the mind. Poetry reading, music and art appreciation classes, community service activities, book clubs, and religious group activities nurture the spirit.
Why are Wellness Programs Important for Seniors?
- Physical wellness programs help develop and maintain bodily functions and improve strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance. Wellness programs help prevent or manage different health issues like illnesses, injuries, and overall weakness.
- Wellness programs for the spirit help give seniors a more meaningful existence. They help enrich and expand their quality of life which can make seniors cherish every waking moment of their lives.
- Programs that address the mind help seniors improve their memory and concentration. They also help keep their minds active and ready to adapt to the changes they experience as they age. A healthy and active mind benefits not only the mental faculties but also the physical and emotional aspects of the body.
- Wellness programs can help seniors get involved in their communities and the environment, which can help them achieve fulfilment and self-realization.
Wellness programs help seniors achieve their full potential and help them manage the changes that come with ageing. These programs also help seniors discover their strengths which can help enhance and develop their self-esteem and help them find a renewed sense of purpose.
Written by The Village Of Bedford Walk, a senior living community in Columbia, MO.