How seniors’ lives emphasize the health and well-being of residents :: WRAL.com


This article was written for our sponsor, Liberty Senior Living.

As we age and our bodies become more vulnerable to injury and infection, well-being is a priority, but that doesn’t just mean physical well-being. In fact, holistic wellness encompasses not only physical health, but also emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, and environmental health.

In retirement homes, wellness programs and courses help promote a healthy lifestyle among residents.

“Well-being is directly correlated with life expectancy, as well as the risk of chronic disease, illness and the possible risk of injury from potential falls. We are really focused on tackling any potential functional decline. that can occur with aging, ”said Haley Norris, the INSPIRE Wellness and Enrichment Coordinator for Liberty Senior Living. “We try to ensure, through these health and wellness programs, that everyday life is not affected. Whether it’s a balance class or brain games, we want to focus on improving everyday life. “

Liberty Senior Living operates more than a dozen senior communities in North Carolina and South Carolina. When residents first move into one of their communities, they are eligible for a comprehensive assessment that assesses things like strength, endurance, dexterity and more.

Once a baseline is established, staff members like Norris help residents improve in problem areas and maintain their health in others. In order to appeal to all residents, the communities offer a variety of health and wellness options.

“We have all kinds of classes – balance, strength, agility, coordination, endurance and sanity – in all kinds of difficulty levels. Everyone in our communities is certified to teach Ageless Grace, which combines a physical class with a class. No matter what we do, however, everything is tailored to what the residents want, so if the residents want anything, we are absolutely open to adding new classes, ”Norris said. , almost all of our communities have a local university partnership, which allows for presentations on important topics ranging from exercise science to public health. It really helps with mental stimulation and keeping them up to date with the latest information. “

Since residents have the flexibility to choose which programs they wish to participate in, the Wellness Program is a way to help residents form friendships and adjust better to the community.

Often, a resident’s initial assessment can shed light on what will be of interest to them. From there, Liberty staff can begin to make connections.

“Maybe someone who has just moved in indicates that they really like swimming in the morning. If we have another resident who enjoys swimming in the morning, we will try to match them. We are always looking for ways to can introduce new friendships and relationships, because not only are these classes amazing for a resident’s physical health, but also for their mental health, ”said Norris. “It’s a social thing – we’re here to have fun and interact in a way that makes everyone better. These programs decrease the risk of isolation and loneliness, because there is always something to do – everything. all you have to do is pull out your front door. “

Thanks to the constant variety and personalized nature of wellness programs, residents of Liberty communities are involved at an impressive level.

“Our staff are dedicated to providing a wide range of wellness opportunities, and because of that, we are seeing up to 95% attendance among our residents,” said Bill Piper, Executive Director of Liberty’s Community Carolina Bay.

One example where Norris looked for new ways to improve the health and wellness options of Liberty communities was to run a simulated Olympics for residents. The community divides into teams, often allowing residents to interact with people they usually don’t meet. with. Liberty Olympic events include things like water polo, hall races, ball drops, the cornhole and more.

By focusing programming on residents, Liberty communities support all facets of well-being.

“For us, wellness is multi-faceted – it’s not just about physical health. We are always looking for opportunities to engage with the mental health, social health and more of our residents. , and in doing so, we are able to improve their quality of life, “said Piper.” Well-being is always important, but more so as we continue to age. We always stay up to date on latest recommendations for seniors, and I think the results are showing in our communities.

This article was written for our sponsor, Liberty Senior Living.


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