The Independent Council of Active Aging (ICAA) sponsors a week in September every year to increase the awareness about the importance of active aging. The Fountains at Greenbriar again is hosted this week in support of active aging as a part of our community programming. The week of September 22nd thru September 28th Greenbriar hosted an array of activities that support the principles of active aging. We will be releasing pictures from each of those activities in separate posts for you to see what all was going on at Greenbriar!
Active aging is a variable that constitutes an abundance of well-being initiatives that support overall mental, physical, social, and spiritual health. The ICAA has found through research that there are seven specific variables that contribute to one’s overall sense of well-being and this is called, “The Seven Dimensions of Wellness.” Here’s a brief breakdown of what the seven dimensions are, and how they apply:
Physical Wellness: Stay active! As little as 10 minutes of physical activity 3x/day, 5 days a week can meet the guidelines.
Intellectual Wellness: Keep your brain active! Learn a new activity, solve puzzles, play brain games online, etc.
Social Wellness: Stay connected! Volunteer in the community, take classes, visit with friends, join online social networks, etc.
Vocational Wellness: If you’re not working, volunteer to help others, get involved in an avocation.
Spiritual Wellness: Connect to your spirit in ways that are meaningful to you.
Emotional Wellness: Engage in mindfulness activities such as yoga and tai chi; talk with your doctor or a counselor if you’re feeling low.
Environmental Wellness: Go green! Include nature in your life with a garden, visits to local parks and walking trails.
Through each of our supporting activities this week, we have demonstrated a plethora of opportunities that will promote wellness in each of these dimensions. Take a look at our participation this past week for our Active Aging opportunities in our community! Pictures from our supporting activities to come. Take a moment to look at all the fun we had during Active Aging Week!