Living Well–What Does it Mean?
By Jackie Halbin,
Living Well Manager at Lakeview Village
The Living Well staff will be rounding out the rest of the year with a review of the six whole person wellness dimensions: physical, social, vocational, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. We will take a couple of weeks to focus on each dimension and get you thinking about your personal wellness.
In October, we will focus on the physical and social dimensions. What is physical wellness? One definition would be “Living Well.” How does one live well? One could say that living well means taking responsibility for your own health through health screenings, disease prevention, personal safety, and physical activity. Be productive, enjoy the moment, and, if ill, heal the whole person. By maintaining or increasing physical activity, you are more likely to have a better quality of life and suffer fewer disabilities than inactive people. Being physically active keeps blood pressure down, minimizes bone loss as we age, lowers risk of diabetes, manages stress and other chronic disease, and helps maintain weight effectively. Also, being physically active has been shown to prevent cognitive and memory decline. You can easily tie the social dimension into your life by coming to a group exercise class. Come and try one!
The social dimension is humanistic, emphasizes healthy relationships and enhances independence with others and nature by creating harmony in one’s life. Have you ever noticed someone who lives in isolation? Isolation—either actual or perceived—has been shown scientifically to be a powerful risk factor for poor health, both mentally and physically. There is also proof that the more we participate in social activities, the better our overall health becomes.
Rosemary Blieszner and Rebecca G. Adams researched friendship and found that “good friends are critically important to successful aging…Friends can be more important to the psychological well-being of older adults than even family members are” (Blieszner and Adams 1992). Studies have also shown that loneliness can contribute to a range of health issues, form high blood pressure to pain, depression and dementia. Social interaction boosts health and quality of life!
Remember you can boost your health now and prevent decline. Be active! Be social! Join us in class, or join your friends for a walk! Wellness is something that we all can achieve!