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Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual Wellness

Wellness is more than just going to the gym. It encompasses lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being and is an evolving process whereby we achieve a vital, fulfilling and balanced life. 

At Ingleside communities, we promote the Six Dimensions of Wellness, a holistic model that includes Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Vocational and Intellectual as well as Physical Wellness. In this series of posts, we’re delving into each of those dimensions and how they are supported and practiced at each Ingleside retirement community. 

As we grow older, it’s important to engage with the world around us. We still need to solve problems, continue to learn, process information and live creatively. 

The intellectual wellness dimension recognizes that engaging in creative, stimulating activities flexes and stretches the muscle that is the mind. Intellectual curiosity, after all, doesn’t stop when we leave school or our careers. Intellectual wellness comes from lifelong learning and exposure to new ideas, expanding our knowledge and skills and sharing them with others to keep our minds sharp. 

That’s why Westminster at Lake Ridge, a not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community (also called Life Plan community), recognizes the significance of programs and amenities that help our members achieve a rich, active and engaged lifestyle. 

Westminster at Lake Ridge’s events calendar bursts with opportunities for lifelong learning—many of them initiated and presented by our own residents. Members get together to talk about the events of the day, take college-level classes through Westminster University, attend lectures on a variety of topics and watch movies. Residents enjoy sharing different perspectives on current events and world situations during the Kaffeeklatch Discussion Group that meets every Tuesday. The Bible study group delves deep into scripture—one way in which intellectual and spiritual fitness coincide and reinforce each other. 

Experts on maintaining a fit brain recommend playing games that require thinking about strategy. Westminster at Lake Ridge residents stretch their minds and have fun at the same time by playing games such as pinochle, bridge group Fridays, Mah Jongg and Scrabble. Bridge and Scrabble enthusiasts make it a habit to meet every week. 

Members achieve a well-rounded lifestyle by following the passions they’ve always had, and many discover new ones thanks to Westminster at Lake Ridge’s facilities. For example, the community is blessed with numerous talented artists whose work is featured during periodic exhibits. Our woodworking shop is a favorite with others who turn out beautiful pieces. These activities help develop and maintain both physical and mental skills such as hand-eye coordination, concentration and decision making. 

One of the best things about Westminster at Lake Ridge is that our residents have spent their lives gaining experience and expertise in a variety of fascinating fields. Our residents’ backgrounds include government service and higher education as well as achievement in music, writing and business. Many are eager to share their knowledge in formal and informal settings. 

Opportunities for informal learning abound. A chat with a neighbor, a conversation at dinner or an exchange at a social gathering can excite the mind while nourishing the body. Our members’ Book Club meets in the library, where folks can also find a cozy spot to read the papers or enjoy a book in a quiet setting. 

Residents get great support from staff when there’s a particular area or subject they want to explore. That’s just one more way in which Westminster at Lake Ridge creates an intellectually stimulating and fulfilling environment for all members.



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