We’re redefining what it means to “age” at Trinity Woods. Successful aging is more than just avoiding illness and decline; instead, it is seeking a full life centered on whole-person wellness. Our Wellness Team focuses on seven dimensions of healthy aging: Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Social, Spiritual, Environmental and Vocational. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to take a spin or boxing class or give weaving a try. Maybe you are yearning to start a new small-group Bible study, or you want to continue serving your community by volunteering, our wellness programs will offer the opportunity to get engaged in life — your life.
The International Council on Active Aging defines the dimensions as follows:
We do not get out of shape and weak because we get old. We get old because we become out of shape and weak. Physical wellness means making healthy life-style choices and knowing that these choices will make you feel better today and have a positive long-term impact on your life.
Critical thinking and using that ability to discover our own answers to life’s questions. It involves utilizing learning resources to expand knowledge, improve skills and experience life more fully.
Feelings are the lens through which people view the world, and the ability to be aware of and direct one’s feelings helps to create balance in life. Coping with challenges and behaving in trustworthy and respectful ways signal emotional wellness, attributes that can be encouraged through peer counseling, stress management, humor/laughter and personal histories.
The many social events and programs at Trinity Woods encourage healthy relationships and positive interactions with others. From starting the morning at the juice bar in Spann Wellness Center to Welcome Wednesdays at Crestwood or all the many planned parties and events, community members feel completely integrated into Trinity Woods life. There exists a culture of inclusion that can be felt throughout the campus.
Living with meaning and purpose in life, guided by personal values, is key to feelings of well-being and connection to the larger world. Group and individual faith-based activities, personal meditation, mindful exercise (yoga) and experiencing nature can create the opportunity for spiritual growth.
Surrounded by natural and man-made environments, good stewardship means respecting resources by choosing “green” processes that re-use and recycle goods. It also means looking at ways to bring people into the natural environment and encourage active living through urban and property designs emphasizing walking paths, meditation and vegetable gardens and similar options.
Work that utilizes a person’s skills while providing personal satisfaction is valuable for society as well as the individual. Participating in the paid and unpaid workforce means maintaining or improving skills and helping others. Older adults contribute to society as experienced professionals, caregiver, mentors, teachers and volunteers. Leisure-time vocations in the arts and through hobbies maintain vocational skills.