Just as scientists know that all the systems of the body intertwine, so do the elements of a person’s life intertwine to affect their physical and cognitive health, sense of well-being, and ability to glide through the aging curve with fewer speed bumps along the way.
All humans move through the aging process, at an individual pace. What is changing is the awareness that chronological age no longer defines expectations of older ages. Quality of life, full participation in society, health and safety are the fundamentals of the active-aging philosophy. Retirement communities, seniors centers, age-qualified housing, hospitals and medical centers—organizations with a future focus are developing wellness programs to implement active aging. And, to attract many more older adults to their businesses.
How do organizations shift their orientation to putting quality of life and preventative services at the top of their agendas? Seven strategic areas are outline in the newest white paper from the International Council on Active Aging, “Key elements for developing a wellness program for older adults.” The paper is available on the ICAA website.
Why is this important? People who have easy access to physical activity, intellectual and artistic programs, social interactions and preventive health care are more likely to prevent or manage chronic health conditions (saves health care costs), contribute to their families and neighbors (think volunteering and caregiving), and fuel economies (spending on aging-in-place services and leisure).
“Key elements for developing a wellness program for older adults” provides a template of what is needed to develop a culture focused on well-being, identifying the seven key elements: priority, people, planning, programs, problem-solving, promotion, performance. It is a checklist of needs and opportunities, generated by a group of seasoned professionals.
Any organization, large or small, has the capacity to build quality of life programming, and hence the potential of better health and functional ability, into their operating structure. Wellness programs are not the responsibility of one person or one department. It is important work that is the domain of everyone, and can benefit everyone.
Free resource: Key elements for developing a wellness program for older adults
Publisher: International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
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