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Wellness Program Work Group finalizes new ICAA white paper-4615

Wellness Program Work Group finalizes new ICAA white paper

ICAA convened a Wellness Program Work Group to create a framework that identifies key elements for launching or expanding wellness opportunities.

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How Spring Lake Village created a thriving wellness culture by Diane Waltz, MS, PT-4277

How Spring Lake Village created a thriving wellness culture by Diane Waltz, MS, PT

“Your residents are so full of life! The opportunities at Spring Lake Village must create a lifestyle that makes them very happy.” That is what Executive Director Sharon York typically hears when she tells the people she meets where she works. This perception, shared by people from the larger community in Sonoma County, California, reflects a thriving wellness culture embraced by Spring Lake Village (SLV) residents. How did this culture get started? How did it evolve to the point where it influences everything we do at SLV, including a new expansion project? And how is it shared with the larger community? This article looks at some stepping stones in our wellness journey.

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How four organizations launched their formal wellness programs by Marilynn Larkin, MA-1516

How four organizations launched their formal wellness programs by Marilynn Larkin, MA

Just about every International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) member organization offers some kind of wellness activities for their constituencies. But ICAA’s research1 shows that many have yet to bring those programs under the umbrella of a formal program with specific goals, strategies to help people meet those goals, and a means to measure outcomes. The importance of doing so should not be underestimated, says founder and CEO Colin Milner. “Senior living communities are striving to bring in new residents, encourage them to age in place, and provide an enriching and meaningful life experience over the long term. So, too, are seniors centers and other organizations that serve the age 50-plus market. All those objectives are best met with a formal wellness program that embraces the concept of active aging.

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More than nourishment: a wellness approach to dining services by Maureen Janowski, RD, LDN-1322

More than nourishment: a wellness approach to dining services by Maureen Janowski, RD, LDN

Food is at the heart of many cultures and it is certainly a focal point in most senior living communities. Twenty years ago, the word food would have conjured up two images in the retirement community environment: nourishment and socialization. Planning a healthy menu and ensuring a pleasant dining experience were the main priorities. In terms of diet, food was thought of as a reactive treatment—what foods to avoid or limit. In today’s world, we now know that food can be proactive. It is more than nourishment and socialization.

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Map your way to wellness   by Mary George-Whittle, Mary Chapman and Janice McGuire-1269

Map your way to wellness by Mary George-Whittle, Mary Chapman and Janice McGuire

“I feel happy!”
“That was so uplifting and fun.”
“I’m inspired!”
“The way everyone came together from different departments shows such unity here at Mary’s Woods!”
“You people are so creative!”

These are some of the comments shared by listeners after Team Atlas rolled out “friendship” as the theme of the month at the weekly resident coffee.

You may be asking yourself “What in the world is a Team Atlas?” By the end of this article we hope you are asking yourself, “How can we collaborate to get a Team Atlas where I work?”

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Living well with dementia: guidance for exercise instructors & wellness leaders by Bob Laventure, MEd and Claudine Aherne, MA-1189

Living well with dementia: guidance for exercise instructors & wellness leaders by Bob Laventure, MEd and Claudine Aherne, MA

Living well with dementia will challenge increasing numbers of people in the years to come, as the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias continues to rise1 (see the box on page 66). Wellness and exercise instructors and physical activity leaders have the opportunity to play a particularly valuable supporting role. Understandably, however, many find it difficult to know where to start or how to approach this area of practice.

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