The Physical Dimension of Wellness

The Physical Dimension of Wellness

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The key to living a vibrant, fulfilling life is to take care of yourself.  At Meth-Wick Community we’re more than familiar with this concept — in fact, our senior living community was recently named one of the Top 25 Best in Wellness in North America! We believe there are six dimensions of wellness you need to tend to in order to live your best life. In this blog post, we’re going to discuss one of those six dimensions: physical wellness.

Physical wellness encompasses exercise, diet and medical health care among other aspects. It’s the key to overall well-being and prolonged independence. Access to a variety of physical activities, nutritious food options and quality health care make it easier to maintain exceptional physical health.

Exercise is Essential

Did you know that seniors who regularly exercise are more likely to have a wound heal faster than those who don’t? Not to mention, it can delay, or event prevent diseases like stroke, heart attack and osteoporosis.

That’s why we provide a fitness center that gives our residents access to group fitness classes as well as one-on-one sessions. All of these classes focus on aspects such as strength, balance, endurance, flexibility, and range of motion.

According to the CDC, physical activity doesn’t necessarily need to be strenuous in order for seniors to reap the benefits. Our exercise programs are highly adaptable. We believe everyone deserves a program that fits their individual abilities, which is why we offer all different levels of fitness activities to ensure every resident can participate. If a resident is feeling particularly sore after a good workout we even offer massage therapy to help alleviate any tense or sore muscles.

Nutrition is Necessary

Another core factor to maintaining physical health is a well-balanced diet. Unfortunately, one in four seniors in America have a poor diet according to the National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Aging. Eating healthy provides seniors with more energy and can prevent problems such as heart disease or diabetes.

Eating a well-balanced meal is crucial for seniors. It’s important seniors eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients they need. Colorful foods are always the best option! A healthy meal should include:

  • Lean protein (beans, eggs, fish)
  • Fruits and vegetables (think orange, red, green, and purple)
  • Low-fat dairy (milk or dairy alternatives)
  • Whole grains (brown rice or whole wheat pasta)

We provide quality dining services and staff that always serve up nutritious meal options. We also have a dietician on staff available for individual consulting as well as monthly nutrition classes.

Medical Care is a Must

Getting proper medical care is something every senior needs, however, that doesn’t always happen. This can be due to many factors, whether it’s a struggle to get transportation to and from the doctor or simply remembering to take daily medications. There are many hurdles that can stand in the way of older adults receiving proper medical care.

It’s a given that as you age, your medical needs grow, but that doesn’t mean you should put your life on hold. At Meth-Wick, we offer various home and health services to ensure all of our residents can maintain as much autonomy as possible.

Some of these services include: Personal care assistance, medication coordination and companionship/chore services.

At Meth-Wick, we fully embrace all dimensions of wellness. We assist our residents in taking an active role in maintaining, and enhancing, their own personal wellness by utilizing the wide array of amenities offered on our campus.

Check back soon for upcoming blog posts that will cover more details on the remaining dimensions of wellness and their connection to the programs on our wellness campus.