Wellness is defined as “…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” We believe wellness is an intentional process of making choices that promote a healthy and fulfilling life at every age.
At Parc Communities, our Fitness and Wellness programs are divided into four complementary, and equally vital, functional categories that work in harmony to ensure you have the very best tools to live a well-rounded and balanced senior lifestyle. This balance is obtained when each of the following areas are given the attention and investment they deserve:
Social Wellness is connecting with others and relating to them in a positive way. The path to a healthy social life begins with an evaluation of your current relationships with friends and family. Nurturing these relationships by engaging in group activities such as walks, dinners, or a fun evening of board games, is the next step to securing a satisfying social network.
Spiritual Wellness is establishing personal peace through a set of values, and the ability to live out those values daily. The search for meaning and purpose in our lives is an invaluable part of reaching whole wellness. We encourage our residents to take an active part in developing or exercising their spiritual beliefs.
Intellectual Wellness is the ability to open our minds through expanded knowledge and new experiences. Continued learning is an essential part of active aging, and participating in creative mental activities will stimulate intellectual wellness.
Physical Wellness is maintaining a healthy body and doing the things necessary to stay in good physical condition. Physical wellness is attainable for active seniors who maintain healthful habits, eat a balanced diet, and engage in regular physical activity.
The pleasure of living well as an active senior is achieved when these four dimensions of wellness thrive and are in harmony with each other. At Parc Communities, we help you live your best life now in complete wellness!
3350 Riverwood Pkwy SE # 1580
Atlanta, GA 30339
There’s a legend that tells us of a fountain; springs that restore youth to those who bathe or drink from its pristine waters. Magical wells of eternal youth may exist only in fables, but in truth, there are keys that can unlock mental, emotional, and physical health and vitality. Strong evidence shows that exercise and physical activity provide bone strength, improved sleep, enhanced memory function, diminished heart risks, fewer falls, and less pain and depression. Eating well, staying socially active, and remaining connected to friends and family are also delightful ways to live an excellent and healthy life.
However, increasing evidence indicates that the true secret to a happy, healthy life is found in maintaining an attitude of gratitude. Exceptional living begins with a lifestyle of thankfulness. The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology published findings by Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Michael McCullough of the University of Miami suggesting that people who are grateful have improved mental alertness and fewer reported physical symptoms. They also deal with stress and daily challenges more effectively, have stronger immune systems, maintain a brighter view of the future, and engage more in healthy activities and behaviors.
“Thanks is what multiplies joy and makes any life large,” writes Ann Voskamp, author of the New York Times bestseller, One Thousand Gifts. In her book, Ann shares her difficult journey to gratefulness through raw accounts of pain and hardship. When a friend dared her to count one thousand blessings over one year, Ann discovered the secret to living fully was to live thankfully. Ann shares her story with the hope of helping others embrace the rich lifestyle of radical gratitude that trades fearful control for grateful grace.
It’s been said that it’s not happy people who are thankful; it’s thankful people who are happy. So how do we cultivate a heart of gratefulness that sees beauty and blessings every day and brings health to body and soul? Ann suggests filling a journal with what fills your heart with joy: fat wool sweaters, moonlight’s glow, warm cookies, fresh corn. Others have filled elegant glass jars with post-it notes on which they wrote things that give them joy. Take a walk each day and take the time to revel in nature. Savor delicious foods, notice the sunlight as it streams through a window, laugh as often as you can, and be ridiculously surprised by joy. Take pleasure in gratitude, the seemingly insignificant yet delightfully healthy secret to a life well-lived.
People often think allergies occur in the springtime when pollen fills the air. However, during the fall season, individuals with allergies can also suffer. The most common fall allergy trigger is ragweed, which typically pollinates at the end of summer but lingers with Georgia summer’s heat and lack of rain to clean the air.
Other common triggers include mold spores from damp leaves which can cause sneezing and a runny nose. People with asthma can be especially sensitive to fall allergies and have difficulty breathing.
Parc Communities residents have been enjoying the cooler temperatures with friends and family in our beautiful courtyard and spacious terrace. Our residents frequently attend outdoor excursions, and want to enjoy their time outside, so we’re offering these tips that can keep you feeling good throughout fall:
-Keep windows closed during peak pollen times, typically 10am to 3pm to keep allergens from getting inside
-Avoid damp areas outside, especially leaf piles, to prevent inhalation of mold spores
-If you do suffer from allergies, talk with your doctor to find an allergy medication that works best for you
At Parc we are pleased to provide a community that offers exceptional service, care and amenities for the active senior’s lifestyle. If you are interested in learning more about Parc Communities please contact us to schedule a personal tour. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest senior living news and information.
Creativity is not just for children playing make believe anymore. A new study published in the Journal of Aging and Health followed 1,349 men for 18 years and found that creative thinking may have led to a 12% reduction in mortality risk. According to the study, “creative thinking” is an individual’s indication of openness, the willingness to try new things and accept new ideas.
At Parc Communities we see no lack of creativity from our residents. They are frequently trying new things whether it’s a new Wii® fit game or the latest delicious recipe by our chefs. As people get older they may become more isolated and spend less time doing things they once enjoyed. However, with Parc’s numerous amenities and activities there is never a dull moment around here. Friendships at Parc aren’t lacking either, as many residents come from all over the United States and are able to share their unique experiences with one another.
The study’s author suggests creativity may lead to longer life because creative activities act as exercises that keep the brain fit. As you may have read in our previous blogs, having a healthy mind goes hand in hand with aging well. Being creative and trying a new activity such as yoga with our wellness program, or going to a social event at the High Museum of Art, requires problem-solving skills and imagination that promote overall health.
If you are interested in learning more about Parc Communities please contact us today. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest senior news and information.
As you get older you may notice some degree of forgetfulness, which is a normal part of aging. However, for a small group of people over the age of 80, their memory seems to be better or the same as individuals who are 20 to 30 years younger than them. This elite group has been coined “SuperAgers.”
Scientists from Northwestern University’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center have identified 12 people over the age of 80 who’ve experienced little decline in their memory. This study, published in the current issue of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, is unique because it looks at people with exceptional memories for their age and how their brains differ from their peers. The study speculates good memories in seniors is tied with a thicker cortex and larger brain volume, but does not show cause and effect. Whether the larger brain volume shields a person’s ability to think from age-related decline or if maintaining memory shelters the brain volume has yet to be determined.
Although this study does not provide answers to how to become a SuperAger, senior study author, Emily Rogalski, suggests genetics and a healthy lifestyle overall are supportive of a good memory. At Parc Communities, we encourage all of our residents to live well through social and physical activities and maintaining a healthy diet. In addition to our personalized fitness and wellness programs, our Parc Learning L.A.B offers cognitive fitness and computer training programs to keep our minds in tip top shape.
If you or a loved one are interested in learning more about the services and amenities Parc Communities have to offer please call us today! Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest senior resources and news.
As we age and reach retirement there are many things to look forward to and enjoy. You might have read our previous blog about the best parts of getting older. After retirement people have the opportunity to enjoy pastimes they may have previously had to put aside due to work, raising a family, etc. It is also the ideal time to learn something new like a hobby or activity that’s always sparked an interest.
At Parc Communities, we encourage and promote a confident, healthy outlook on life, and we love hearing good news about aging. Recent research suggests older adults display more positive emotion than their younger counterparts. In an article published in the August issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal published by the Association for Psychological Science, researchers explore the reasoning behind positive emotions of older adults. Derek Isaacowitz of Northeastern University suggests older adults may be better at regulating emotion than younger people. Rather than focusing on negative material, older adults tend to focus on positive material.
Our Parc residents enjoy the best parts of life through great relationships, diverse activities, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the independence to live the life they choose. The researchers think there is a casual relationship between finding the good in life and a person’s mood. Therefore, focusing on the positive seems to be helpful overall for seniors.
If you or a family member would like more information about Parc Communities, or would like to set up a personal tour, please contact our office today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest senior news and information
The summer is flying by but the heat isn’t letting up anytime soon. It’s important to remember to stay hydrated and eat healthy as the temperatures remain high. Snacking in moderation can be very beneficial when you choose the right snacks. For older adults, snacking can encourage eating a more balanced diet as well as provide important energy and nutrients. At Parc Communities we want our residents to live life to the fullest, so we complied a short list of healthy summer snacks to keep you satisfied throughout the day.
High in Fiber: Fiber helps your digestion process and keeps you feeling full longer. Good fiber rich snacks that can be stored easily in your pantry or purse include nuts, whole-grain crackers, and all-natural granola bars.
Low Sodium: Most Americans eat too much salt and processed foods. Try these low-sodium snacks: apple sauce, popcorn with unsalted butter, and hard-boiled eggs (full of protein too!).
Brain Food: Keeping your brain healthy is important at any age. Nourish your brain with these power snacks – blueberries, unsalted nuts, dark chocolate (remember just a little!).
Antioxidants: Fresh fruit (berries and grapes especially) and precut veggies (carrots, broccoli, tomatoes) are rich in antioxidants that can help prevent many diseases.
As with all foods, moderation is key. Being mindful of the snacks you eat will help you maintain a healthy diet. Our executive chefs offer residents a variety of delicious and well-balanced meals each day. If you are interested in scheduling a lunch and personal tour of Parc Communities please call us today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and senior living information.
Summer is time for enjoying the nice weather and being active. At Parc Communities healthy living is a priority; June’s monthly wellness seminar will focus on the Great Outdoors and getting people to move more. Parc Communities has numerous summer events planned to satisfy everyone’s interests including water aerobics, fitness groups, Wii play and more. Physical fitness programs offer residents the opportunity to integrate balance, endurance, strength and of course socializing.
Why is activity important for seniors?
According to Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein, the director of geriatric education at the North Shore-LIJ Health System in NY, continuing exercise routines is one of the best things an elderly individual can do for their health. That’s why we offer exercise options to accommodate different residents’ lifestyles at Parc Communities. Exercise is associated with lessening risk of cardiovascular problems, decreasing the possibility of cancer, and helping to minimize the risk of developing diabetes, just to name a few. Besides all of these benefits, staying physically active helps increase overall energy, and who couldn’t use a little bit more energy?
Being physically active does more than make you strong, it also has numerous benefits for your social health. All of the exercise activities at Parc Communities are done in groups and encourage socialization among residents to maintain a sense of community.
If you aren’t yet a regular exerciser, don’t worry, Parc Communities’ comprehensive Fitness and Wellness Programs are specifically tailored to your individual level of physical ability, skill and personal fitness goals. Our unique programs allows you to choose what activities you are interested in to help you build a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle.
Check out all the events planned for June at Parc at Piedmont and Parc at Duluth. To learn more about Parc Communities, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +. Please contact our office to schedule a visit to one of our locations!
At Parc Senior Communities, age is merely a number. We know youth is a feeling, which is why it’s important to age well. With increased age, the body begins to change, but if you are aware of the changes, you can strive to maintain health and youthful vigor. We promote healthy living throughout our communities through fitness and wellness programs and regularly share topics on our blog like how to keep the brain healthy.
It’s is important to start taking care of your body and keeping it healthy now. No matter your age, you can begin taking steps toward better health. The bones become thinner with age and can lead to osteoporosis, but preventative measures can be taken as directed by a physician. Staying physically active keeps the body strong and is beneficial to the heart. We encourage residents to stay active through exercise programs like Ageless Grace®. Staying social is also important for your overall wellbeing. We offer a variety of activities that allow residents to socialize, as well as many family events that our residents and their families enjoy.
With advanced age, the digestive tract firms and can lead to stomach problems. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can help solve digestive problems without the need for medicine. We try to provide nutritious and appetizing meals to our residents. Cavities and gum disease occurs more often as you age, so keeping good oral hygiene is important. It’s also essential to take care of the skin by wearing sunscreen, limiting alcohol consumption, and avoiding smoking. With age, environmental effects, and accumulated sun exposure, the skin loses elasticity and wrinkles start to appear. Sun damage can cause hyperpigmentation and even lead to skin cancer.
Brain function also slows with age, but there are plenty of ways to exercise your brain. In fact, getting enough sleep and eating right can help keep the mind sharp. Studies also show video games encourage cognitive function, which is why we have weekly game nights that include Wii bowling and golf.
Prevention is key to maintaining health, so attending routine checkups with your doctor is essential. Although these tips are intended to help you live well without needing medicine, it’s important to take all of the medicine prescribed by your doctor and discuss any medication you are currently taking. Residents who require more comprehensive medical care can take advantage of our ParcCare services or assisted living services, which are tailored to each individual’s needs. At Parc Senior Communities, we want our residents to live healthy, happy lives and reap the benefits of growing older because here, life keeps getting better with age. To find out more about our communities, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ or contact us to visit one of our locations.