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The Surprising Reason People Die by Suicide

Posted By Dr. Mark Goulston, Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Surprising Reason People Die by Suicide (and the Seven Words You Can Use to Help Someone Who May Be at Risk)

Reprinted with permission of Dr. Mark Goulston

Suicide is on the rise. But Dr. Mark Goulston says that, surprisingly, depression isn’t the main culprit. Here he delves into “des-pair” and reveals seven powerful words that can help people heal.

Woman feeling des-pairLos Angeles, CA (September 2018)—After a recent string of high-profile suicides in America, death by suicide is a topic that’s on everybody’s mind. We all speculate about what could cause a person to take their own life (and since September is Suicide Prevention Month, this is a good time to seek understanding about these tragic experiences). Was it financial problems? Marital problems? Health problems? Depression? Bipolar depression? Alcoholism? And of course, suicide doesn’t affect only the rich and famous. Most of us are likely to know or love somebody who has been affected by a suicide. So, it’s no wonder that these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently revealed the prevalence of this disturbing trend:

  • Nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in 2016.
  • Suicide rates went up more than 30 percent in half of states in the U.S. since 1999.
  • Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016.
  • More than half of the people who died by suicide (54 percent) did not have a known mental health condition.

“It’s a common misconception that depression is the culprit behind suicides,” says suicide and violence prevention expert Dr. Mark Goulston. “While depression is a contributor, it’s not the main reason people kill themselves. The real reason is des-pair.”

That’s right, des-pair—not despair. Goulston describes des-pair as feeling unpaired with the reasons a person wants to live:

  1. Hopeless— unpaired with a future that is worth living because all efforts to lessen pain (medications, therapy, etc.) have not worked
  2. Helpless— unpaired with the ability to pull themselves out of it
  3. Powerless— more of #2 above
  4. Useless— unpaired with any solution or treatment that works or alternatively feeling that you contribute nothing to anyone and are only a burden (even if those people protest the opposite)
  5. Worthless— ahh yes, unpaired with one of the key reasons we exist
  6. Purposeless — unpaired with a mission for you to focus on and that gives you a source of pride, without which one can feel aimless and ashamed, as in, “My life has no purpose.”
  7. Meaningless— unpaired with what Viktor Frankl was able to discover in a concentration camp and what one can feel when they have no purpose
  8. Pointless— unpaired with any reason to not pull the trigger, put the noose around your neck, jump from that building, take those pills, step onto those train tracks

Man searching for meaning“When you engage someone in any of the eight ‘-lesses,’ it can lead to a more dynamic, engaging, and expressive conversation,” says Goulston. “When that occurs, and the des-pairing person begins to express and describe what any of those words mean to them, they will begin to experience those feelings versus experiencing nothing and feel relief as they ‘pair’ with the empathic person who is listening to them.”

The Seven Words That Can Help Someone Who Is Suffering

If you believe a loved one is in an acute suicidal crisis, get help immediately by calling 911. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-TALK or visiting https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. But if someone you love is struggling more and more with the “-lesses” mentioned above, Goulston says to reach out to them now. He recommends using interventional empathy to lessen their des-pair and prevent destructive behavior. The protocol helps you pair with that person and ease the unbearable pain and loneliness they feel.

Here’s how to practice interventional empathy and pair with your suffering loved one by using seven simple words:

STEP ONE: When someone you know is in a very dark place—or if it’s you, you can speak to someone about it or journal about it—and after you have been speaking to them enough to make a connection say, “Seven words.”

This causes them to stop and be temporarily confused—which will temporarily break their vice grip hold on feeling suicidal—and they will often respond with, “What?”

STEP TWO: Then say, “Seven words. Hurt, afraid, angry, ashamed, alone, lonely, tired. Pick one and start telling me about it.”

Presenting the seven words in such an “assertive” manner will often cause people to spontaneously begin expressing those feelings, feeling less alone, crying, feeling relief, and becoming more open to a conversation that may cause them to consider other options.

“In an age where suicide is becoming more and more commonplace, we have a chance to stop des-pair in its tracks before a person becomes suicidal,” concludes Goulston. “Say the seven words to someone who is in the depths of suffering, and give them the chance they need to feel less alone and reclaim the hope they have lost. Your empathy costs you nothing, but it could end up saving a life.”

Click here to download this article as a PDF.

If you or someone you love needs help, call 911 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.


Dr. Mark GoulstonDr. Mark Goulston is a former UCLA professor of psychiatry, FBI hostage negotiation trainer, suicide and violence prevention expert, and one of the world’s foremost experts on listening. He is the author of “Just Listen”: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone. For more information, contact Dr. Goulston at: mgoulston@gmail.com or visit his website at: www.markgoulston.com.

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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Posted By Rechá Bullock, Friday, September 7, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 7, 2018

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. Data from a study conducted by the CDC from 2015-2016 show that nearly 1 in 5 school-age children and young people 6 to 19 years of age in the United States are obese (CDC, 2018). Obesity is an excess proportion of body fat, technically defined in terms of a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30 or above. BMI is calculated in a different way for children and teens 2-to 19-years of age. BMI must be age and sex-specific because the amount of body fat changes with age for children and adolescents. Growth charts are used to verify BMI as a percentile ranking for children. A child is considered medically obese if their BMI is at or above the 95th percentile of children of the same age, height, and sex (CDC, 2017). 

Children who are overweight or obese are at an increased risk for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and depression. Also, children who are overweight or obese are bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers, which can cause children to act out, suffer from depression, and have low self-esteem. These chronic health conditions can significantly set a child back and interfere with their ability to thrive and be successful in a school setting. Moreover, obese children are at a higher risk of chronic health problems into adulthood, which can include hypertension, heart disease, renal failure, stroke, sleep apnea, hypercholesterolemia, death, and even some types of cancers (colon, breast, and endometrial) (Turner et. al., 2012).

It can be very difficult for parent(s) to manage the weight of an overweight or obese child. This is especially true if the parent(s) are also overweight and have poor eating habits. To make matters worse, some health care providers do not feel comfortable discussing weight issues with parents due to the fear of alienating or embarrassing both the parent and child. In fact, in a study provided in the International Journal of Obesity, of the 8,639 overweight or obese children aged 2-18 years of age, who visited a health care provider annually, from 1999 through 2014, only 22.12% in 1999 and 34.43% of parents in 2014 were notified by their child’s health care provider their children were overweight or obese. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) were provided to parents for this study from 1999 through 2014. The study found health care providers increased notifying parents that their child’s weight was unhealthy between 1999 and 2014. However, the opportunity for health care providers to provide clinical interventions to address or reduce childhood obesity is substantially under-utilized (Hansen et al., 2016).

 

So, What’s Causing Childhood Obesity?

The answer to finding the sole causation of childhood obesity is not as clear as eating too much food and not exercising enough. A number of health care providers and researchers alike believe one of the most significant problems for the spike in childhood obesity rates is directly related to the number of foods that have significant amounts of sugar. In fact, Dr. Mark Hyman from the Center for Functional Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic thinks sugar is just as addictive as a drug. In the film documentary Fed Up, Dr. Hyman revealed that added sugars and sweeteners are causing diseases in children that were once only seen in adults. 

Some key risk factors for childhood obesity include genetics, having a family history of obesity, cultural norms, limited or no physical activity, and having a low-income. It can be difficult to buy healthy foods such as fruits and green vegetables if families have a low income and live in a food dessert, where there is limited or no access to healthy foods. Some additional risk factors and challenges that are contributing to childhood obesity is unhealthy school cafeteria food which can be high in sugar, fat, and carbohydrates. Children who do not get enough physical activity at home and at school are at an increased risk for being overweight or obese. And, some children are unable to participate in physical activity where they live if their neighborhood is unsafe. 

Childhood obesity prevention initiatives must be put into place for children who are overweight. If not, children will begin to experience shorter life expectancies than their parents. As children head back to school, September is the perfect month to make changes that include more physical activity at school and swapping unhealthy meals for healthier alternatives. According to the CDC, children and adolescents should participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day (CDC, 2017). One of the best strategies to address childhood obesity is to take a population health-based approach, which involves spreading the word about prevention strategies that will help inform and educate parents, clinicians, and schools. We also need the federal government to support this complex health problem by implementing social media marketing campaigns that promotes healthy eating and weight reduction strategies. The government can also help by implementing legislation and policies that restrict companies from marketing unhealthy and sugary foods and beverages to children. 

In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness month, here are some prevention strategies and tips to decrease weight and promote healthy growth for children: 

  • Parents should talk to their child’s health care provider for clinical interventions to address obesity
  • Parents should learn how to read food labels 
  • Cook and eat healthy meals
  • Watch food portions and avoid second helpings
  • Avoid eating at fast food restaurants 
  • Limit or remove sugary drinks and junk foods from meals
  • Teach kids the importance of eating healthy by allowing them to help cook healthy meals
  • Use app-based programs to monitor physical activity like Kurbo Health or Fitbit Ace™ for kids
  • Make exercise a family activity
  • Parents should discuss school menus with their child’s teacher to determine if fruits and vegetables are on the menu. If not, parents should opt to make their child’s lunch and include healthy food and snack options. 
  • Schools can ensure children get regular recess that includes at least 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity

There are a number of great resources available online to learn how to read labels as well as healthy recipes that parents can cook for their families. Here’s a great resource of healthy recipes provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Deliciously, Healthy Family Meals (PDF). Let’s all do our part to reduce childhood obesity. Spread the word and share this article. Be Well!

Sources: 

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2018, January). Childhood Obesity Facts.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2017, August). What is BMI?
  • Couric, K. and David, L. (Producers), Soechtig, S. (Director). (2014). Fed Up. [Documentary]. United States: Radius-TWC
  • Hansen, A R., Duncan, D. T.,  Woo Baidal, J. A., Hill, A., Turner, S. C., and Zhang. J. (2016). An increasing trend in health-care professionals notifying children of unhealthy weight status: NHANES 1999–2014. International Journal of Obesity volume 40, 1480–1485.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (2010, December). Keep the Beat.
  • Turner, M., Burns, S. M., Knight, L., Ward, K., Garo, A., Morris, T., and Conaway, M. (2012). Weight management practices among heart and vascular health care providers in an ambulatory setting MEDSURG Nursing, 21(4), 222-232.

Rechà Bullock is a Certified Wellness Practitioner, Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist, Health Coach, Yoga Teacher (200-RYT), public health professional, and plant-based foodie. Her passion for health and wellness comes from a lifelong love of fitness, health, nutrition, yoga, and a desire to help people transform their health by eating foods that are nutrient rich.

Rechà's goal is to provide information to help people make food choices that are healthier for them and their families. "We cannot afford to continue to purchase and consume foods that are at odds with our health, such as genetically modified foods, steroids, antibiotics, artificial ingredients, and processed sugars." 


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Coaches, Let’s Get These Wheels Rolling!!​

Posted By Ellen Kocher, Friday, September 7, 2018

Breaking down wheels of life to get to the hub of coaching with a client-centered approach to rolling toward goals and beyond!


 

“There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we're here to explore new possibilities.” - Ray Charles

Some claim that the “Wheel of Life” has been around for over a thousand years. In modern day coaching and personal development, the “Wheel of Life” is a visual tool frequently used to identify the dimensions or aspects of one’s life arranged in a circle around a center like spokes of a wheel. The full circle defined this way, or the wheel, represents the whole of one’s life or one’s self.

A typical “Wheel of Life” exercise used in coaching entails assessing, with the client, the strength of each spoke to see how balanced the wheel as a whole feels at a given moment in time. Since unbalanced wheels are more likely to wobble and crash, this exercise is useful to help identify potential source areas of imbalance. Though such wheels are commonly used to initiate the focus for coaching work, I believe that they can be further developed, refined, and then utilized throughout the entire coaching process to support both client clarity of direction and optimal growth. In addition, this succession gives coaches a simple means for putting into practice many of the core competencies established by the International Coaching Federation and other global coaching organizations. 

In this article I illustrate this process with a “Wellness Wheel” because I believe that anyone can easily relate to personal health and wellbeing and, consequently, the method will be easy to follow. Though such “Wellness Wheels” are commonly used by health and wellness coaches, this Wheeling approach can be applied to any type of coaching. Ready to roll?

 

The Wellness Wheel(s)


Figure 1: The Six Dimensions of Wellness

A Wellness Wheel typically includes all dimensions or areas of an individual's life that constitute overall health and wellness. One recognized and reputed Wellness Wheel, is called the “Six Dimensions of Wellness”, developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute. Hettler’s Wheel divides wellness into the following six dimensions: Occupational, Physical, Social, Intellectual, Spiritual and Emotional (Figure 1).

Any coach can imagine working through each of these dimensions using open-ended questions, inquiry, and listening skills to guide clients toward their current priorities. Most coaches can also easily imagine using the Wheel as a visual tool for raising awareness, in our clients’ minds, of the inter-connectedness of each spoke as questions and answers in each area overlap and blur perfect boundaries between sections. Typically, a coach would then assist the client in breaking down the spoke of a chosen focus to drive momentum for behavior change in that area, using the wheel as a visual tool for upcoming sessions. Here’s another approach I propose: What if, at this point, instead of just coaching, we made another wheel?


Figure 2: Four Dimensions of Physical Wellness

Let’s just say, for example, that our client chose “Physical Wellness” as the priority area of focus. The coach could then work with the client to create a second wheel representing the client’s vision of personalized “Dimensions of Physical Wellness”. An example of the way this second wheel might be broken down is shown in Figure 2. The client’s chosen dimensions might be: Nutrition, Physical Activity, Sleep and Mindfulness. Some clients, or coaches, might nudge the conversation toward other dimensions depending on how both define and explore Physical Wellness. 

Working with a client and this personalized Physical Wellness Wheel, balance can be explored again, and it becomes easy for both client and coach to visualize where behavioral change might begin. As a result, the coaching process has more specific direction in perfect synchronicity with the client’s understanding of wellness and desired focus. 


Figure 3: Eight Dimensions of Nutrition

At this point, it is possible to continue with traditional coaching around the client-identified area of focus. Alternately, one could “roll” out yet another wheel! For example, based on the prior wheel, perhaps the client discovers a readiness and willingness to prioritize nutrition. How about a “Nutrition Wellness Wheel”? This wheel might include segments such as:: Fruit, Vegetables, Carbohydrates, Protein, Fats, Water, Drinks, Mindful Eating and Micronutrients (Figure 3). Again, the client can be in charge of identifying the wheel’s spokes, perhaps adding fast-food, snacking, alcohol, or other pertinent segments.to their personalized wheel. 

 

Ready to Roll!

With the degree of specificity achieved using a succession of wheels, the coach and client can work through the third (Nutrition) Wheel spoke-by-spoke, with the coach eliciting the client’s understanding, information requirements, values and challenges in relation to each area. The coach might also provide education or resources, as requested and appropriate, to raise awareness about current and optimal states, thus driving momentum for change to the point at which the client has sufficient understanding and clarity to create SMART objectives.


Figure 4: Carbohydrates Smart Goals

So why not another wheel at this point? The client is accustomed to the approach by now, and this is where the “rubber meets the road”! Let’s assume this client chose to focus behavior change action steps on carbohydrates. The coach and client can now “roll out” goals, breaking down the focus (Carbohydrate) topic into client-identified SMART objectives, which might be, for example, those identified in Figure 4: switch to whole wheat bread, use my fist to determine my carbohydrate portion size, increase complex carbohydrate intake to twice weekly, and replace white carbs with pulses/legumes twice weekly. Now this fourth wheel has also become a clear guide to action steps as well as a monitoring/accountability mechanism for the client to work with until next session. The client has been engaged by the process of creating the wheel that then “rolls into action” as both a visual reminder of how to “steer” toward goals and as a “compass” or “GPS” to check on direction at any given moment. For the coach, this wheel can be referred to in the following session(s) when discussing progress and exploring further forward movement.

In the example I have created in this article, the client is always at the center of the coaching process – the driver “at the wheel,” empowered to steer a personalized route. By co-developing a series of wheels throughout the coaching process, exploration stays simple, focused, clear, and rolling full circle in the client’s chosen direction. At any time, the coach and client can roll backward to drive the coaching toward another spoke or even toward another wheel. Using such a creative succession of wheels in collaboration with our clients allows us to put into practice many of the core competencies established by the International Coaching Federation including Co-creating the Relationship, Communicating Effectively, Facilitating Learning and Results, Creating Awareness, Designing Actions, Planning and Goal Setting and Managing Progress and Accountability. So, are we on a roll here? I would love your thoughts!

A sincere acknowledgement for her encouragement and editing support to Elizabeth Ahmann, ScD, RN, PCC, NBC-HWC, Health and Wellness Coaching Department, Maryland University of Integrative Health


Ellen Koche is an American-Swiss Certified Health Coach. After 10 demanding years in the Finance Industry, Ellen lost 20 kilos through nutrition and lifestyle change and has dedicated the past 15 years to health coaching and to workplace wellness. Through her company, Whealthness, she has coached individuals and groups in over 20 worldwide organizations to go from “knowing what to do to actually doing it!” with their self-care.

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NWI Member Spotlight — September 2018

Posted By NWI, Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Craig Becker PhD, CWD

Department of Health Education & Promotion
East Carolina University

Dr. Craig Becker is a Professor at East Carolina University in Health Education & Promotion. He earned his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2001 and his MS in Wellness from Ball State's Institute for Wellness. Dr Becker earned a BS in Business from Purdue University in 1989; and has an active research agenda with over 100 national and international papers and presentations and consults with industry. His research focus is on positive health and it’s precursors. 

Dr. Craig Becker teaches the Public Health capstone class “Applied Principles of Health Promotion” and research classes at East Carolina University to undergraduate and graduate health majors. Dr. Becker’s contribution to the field of wellness is impressive and expansive. He has developed programs, conducts presentations, and consults about health programs with Fortune 500 companies and is published regularly in health journals. His online videos are watched by many and range in subject from “Exceeding Expectations” to “Selfish, Selfless, Synergy.”

In 2013 (in collaboration with William McPeck, MSW,CWPC,WLCP, CWW) he co-authored “Creating Positive Health: It’s More Than Risk Reduction.”

“My focus has been on developing positive health and more than the absence of disease. I am part of a working health professional movement that is tired of focusing on risk reduction and disease prevention or avoidance alone. We believe in a concept called Positive Health Leadership which offers a way for leaders to focus on a greater purpose, that of well-being.” Positive Health Leadership provides health professionals with the knowledge and tools they need to lead positive well-being efforts which can result in significant positive influences on individual and organizational health.

Honors, Awards, and Grants 

  • 2008: East Carolina University. East Carolina University Scholar-Teacher in College of Health & Human Performance for 2008-2009
  • 2008: Service & Leadership Circle: National Wellness Association: Earned membership for significant contributions to National Wellness Institute and the profession
  • 2007: College of Health & Human Performance. Outstanding Researcher
  • 2006: Career Center Faculty Award. Award presented to faculty who have shown above and beyond support of the Career Center.
  • 2006: Judy B. Baker Service Learning Faculty Fellowship. Awarded to faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding involvement and participation in service learning activities that promote student academic goals.
  • Currently serving on the NWI Heart 2 Heart committee. 

On top of all this, may we add—he is genuine—a really nice guy!   

Craig lives in Greenville, NC with his wife Camilla and daughters Amanda and Annika.

Dr. Becker can be contacted at: 
Department of Health Education & Promotion
East Carolina University
3201 Carol Belk Building, 
Mailstop 529
Greenville, NC 27858

252-328-5312
beckerc@ecu.edu

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Why Seniors Should Look Forward to Community Living

Posted By Cindy Greenfield, Friday, August 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Many aspects of life become increasingly important when you are growing older. These include not just the ones associated with cognitive health. There is no doubt isolation and inactivity can pose a significant health risk when it comes to senior living. Trending research shows how isolation, poor connection with family, inactivity, and lack of socialization can lead to numerous health complications. These conditions include diabetes, cardiovascular decline and other life-limiting diseases.

Senior Health – Why Social Retirees and Seniors are Healthier and Happier

As per a 2010 research study in the New England Journal of Medicine, frequent socialization with friends and family with physical and mental exercises keep seniors healthy and young at both mind and heart.  Exploring new activities, working on your hobbies, spending time outdoors, joining a charitable cause, and embracing life’s new obstacles are activities that stimulate a senior's mind and body.

 

Just Consider the Following Activities:

  • Playing chess or other board games with your friends or peers
  • Going out for a bike ride, dancing, jogging or light aerobic exercises such as yoga
  • Playing your favorite musical instrument and dances in a social group
  • Engaging in mentally stimulating debates or discussion concerning current affairs, events and technological advances

Senior living is all about taking life to a newer level, but with a healthy mind and body. And you will be surprised to hear that a healthy brain can steer you clear of a number of debilitating ailments such as depression and chronic inflammation. 

 

The Reasons Why Seniors Drop Out of Sight and Disconnect With the World

Senior citizens have to encounter a slew of challenging obstacles while embracing their will to stay connected with their family and community - and the bulk of those challenges, which become too difficult to overcome for many retirees and seniors include:

  • No or lack or transportation
  • Health problems that affect their mobility
  • Friends that live really far away – or are moving to a new place
  • The trauma of surviving the loss of close friends, family, peers, pets

These harrowing problems can really break the heart of a senior, affecting his health and his determination. Hence, they begin to isolate themselves, becoming bleaker with age, and falling prey to depression and anxiety.

 

All the Magnificent Reasons Retirees and Senior Should Embrace Community Living

One of the most fantastic benefits of being a part of a community in senior living is the fact that you will never ever have to let go of your independence – you will always be in safe and clean environment that will offer all levels of comfortability that you desire. The community will become your new home.

 

You Will Feel More Empowered Realizing Your Options

As you mature, you will start to realize the advantages of decluttering your life. Downsizing will become a more viable and feasible option. Hence, community living will start to appeal more to you. Senior health and living communities offer a plethora of tailor-made apartments and living spaces with all the latest in amenities and features. Moreover, there are pleasant common areas where you can meet your peer on a regular basis. In addition, you can schedule to meet your close friends and family members.

However, transitioning from a place where you have a lived a good majority of your live can be an emotional rollercoaster ride, there is no question the experience is bittersweet and getting used to the idea that you won’t be living there anymore is something you will have to overcome to start a new life.

Another reason why seniors choose to switch to community living is the fact that the staff makes lives so much easier and pleasant and as maintenance-free as they can. Community living eases the burden of maintaining your old house. Moreover, you can rest assured that the community will address your future medical requirements effectively and efficiently.

 

Healthier Diet and Eating Options

When you think about cooking every day it will begin to feel as it is a chore that you must do. If you can’t you’ll have to eat out every day and isn’t a good option considering your overall well-being. Community homes for senior living offer restaurant-standard meals and nutritious eating options every day. Hence, you can stay healthy and in shape, as you will eat right. Moreover, everything you eat will be according to your own specifications.

 

Zero Transportation Problems

There is nothing better than to know that you can go anywhere you want, anytime you want and the fact that you won’t have to drive. Many senior living communities provide scheduled transportation or locations around your town. Have a doctor’s appointment – no problem, you will make it on time and with comfortability.

Not only do senior living communities offer all of the above, they also offer:

  • Top-Notch Services: Along with landscaping and cooking, senior health and living communities offer exterior home maintenance and industry-standard housekeeping services. Moreover, they have barbershops, dry-cleaning and grocery stores on-site! Talk about convenience and a homely feeling.  
  • Access to Healthcare and Add-on Services: Another reason you should consider senior living in a community is the fact that you will have access to on-site rehab therapy. Moreover, you can opt for assisted living in case your health needs change in the long run.
  • Great Opportunity to Make New Friends and Bonds: Nothing is more important than like-minded, fresh and optimistic company. Socializing is great for retirees and senior. In a community setting, you can impart your knowledge, make new friends and enhance your mood. This is likely when you participate in community events and activities.
  • Health and Wellness Programs: Senior health and wellness activities and programs promote cognitive and physical health. These programs uplift your heart and soul. Senior living setting offers on-site gyms, fitness centers, and aerobic classes tailored to your mobility.  Moreover, you can also constantly engage your mind as you participate in on-site seminars and skill building classes.

 

Conclusion

It’s tough to see many reasons why a senior community living space wouldn’t be a great fit for a lot of folks with all of the excellent opportunities and assistance they offer, but we all know it can be daunting to enter a new living situation. That’s precisely why these communities are perfect though, as they are aware the transition can be scary, but they are there every step of the way to ensure that living in a senior community is the best and right decision for you. If you or someone you know are interested in senior living communities, I strongly recommend doing some research on some communities close to you, as they will bring a sense of ease to your mind and to your life.


Cindy Greenfield writes about Senior Health, Wellness and Life-Minded fulfillment. She facilitates and blogs for Cascade Group's Assisted Living Communities. She is an expert in the field of senior care and senior living communities, working with seniors for about 35 years now and having lived and learned from her experiences to develop an immense knowledge of this content area.


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