Foundational principles of wellness, part 7: Eating right, walking, movement, balance, using our core. It’s more than lifting weights and exercise. So many seniors living alone don’t eat right, can’t cook or do the things that contribute to a good quality of life, and resort to leftovers, fast food and TV dinners.
MorningStar Senior Living offers a diverse menu like you’d find in a restaurant, accommodated to particular needs of their residents to keep them healthy, and offering a well-balanced diet. Physical, occupational and speech therapy is available to all residents through a third-party, and exercise programs such as yoga, strength and balance, slim and fit, and others, aided by an onsite physical instructor.
Recorded at MorningStar Senior Living at Silver Lake in Everett, Washington, Suzanne Newman and Elena Cuevas, Regional VP of Sales, talk about this foundational principles of wellness. Watch this segment on YouTube. Learn more at MorningStar’s website.
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Welcome to the answers for elders radio show. meet the trusted experts who will give you straight answers and will help guide you on the path of later life care. Now here’s your host, founder, caregiver and CEO, Susan Newman, and welcome back everyone, radio network. And we are at the very last found national principle of wellness. And before we start with physical why don’t could you unlike summarizing what we’ve talked about to remember of the top of so we talked about emotional wellness. We talked about emotional wellness being able to in engage with other initials and and feel good about certain decisions and whatnot. We talked about environmental wellness, the environment that we live in. You know, is it esthetically pleasing? Does it’s does it feel inviting? Safety, being safe in our environments, feeling a sense of I’m okay and I feel loved and secure in my environment. We took talked about occupational one of my favorites, occupational dragging a sense of purpose and legacy in our lives. S Virtual has as welcome, being connected to a higher power and a higher beliefs of system. Intellectual Illness. We just talked about intellectual honess and using our most basic intellectual we also talked about social wellness and in all the key principles of the eighth and menlationship and relationships as well. And and now, but not least, it’s physical wellness, meeting right, eating right. You know what movement? Movement, all of those things. Yeah, so balance, using our court. So physical wellness. Thank you for mentioning eating right, because physical wellness is more than just, you know, lifting weight and doing its right way. So many singers live alone. Yeah, they’re not eating right because they don’t have the ability to cook or shop or do the things that would contribute to a good quality of life right. And so, you know, often times they’re just eating jump or or, you know, TV dinner, teaving dinners, fast foods, lots of leftovers, which I’m not a fan of myself, necessarily because I honestly forget them and then they get freezer burn. Oh yeah, but absolutely. You know, when we look at the dining experience it self, it’s are we eating red? Are Reading the right things? Is it low and slodium? Is it diverse? We had short raised beef tips, yes, all my God, that are so good. You should have been here sin. They were delicious. They were the best. Just I know, and I have another. So we had a cassidy, who is here. She was doing a training for our staff members. She’s on a Mediterranean Diet. But because we have such a diverse men, you just like you would find in a restaurant she were probably was easily able to find whatever she exactly. And so again we go back to love me as to know me. We learned what some of our dietary restraints are and some of our residents, some of our residents, unfortunately, have, you know, died. You know, diebtings are different diets. Maybe it’s a pure diet, maybe as a limitation certain things, maybe it is following a Chido Diet or Mediterranean diet or, you know, it’s also gluten free. I was Guten free, sadly, for a short while. But but yeah, it’s being able to accommodate these certain diets to keep our residents physically healthy and for a long period of time and physical wellness. Of course, if you don’t eat the right proteins, sure right, you can extra, you’re not going to feel good. And so making sure that our residents are eating a well balanced diet so that they continue to physically do well in their lives throughout the entire night. You know, course, of them living at our communities or else are, you know, and and it’s so important that you say that, because I know what. I was taking care of my mom. She had, you know, CPD and because she had copds from the year she actually would get too winded it. She didn’t have the strength really to walk very far. So she she was in a wheelchair. She could, you know, get out to go to the bathroom or do whatever, but it was hard for right. And you know, I was amazed at when she moved into a community. There was physical therapy, right, there was occupational herapy, there were things that were available. You know, they right away. You know, they helped her. You know, she was definitely into the sweets more than anything else. Now, most seniors are, right, but the thing that was amazing is they spent the time to talk about, you know what, what kind of things other things really like, right, you know, and they made efforts. And I know one of the things that just blew me away as her dimension for Perus, whereas she was not even your food, and I couldn’t understand. And finally had a care conference and I said, well, what does mom get with every male? You know, I just trying to think. Right, what’s that? You know what they were missing. And she didn’t know how to speak about it. She like she was a milk drinker and just she loved a bless of milk with every meal. And would you believe what? We did that and integrated that. She started inting your dinner. Wow, isn’t that crazy? It’s the little things, but it’s a little things, but to her that was that. You know, that milk was the grounding of making sure that she would eat the rest of I’m not a milk drinker, so I don’t really care, but a lot of people that’s there. That’s their thing. It’s a trigger and so again, when we find out these triggers in our residence lives, we can help them through their lives and the livelihood as well. And then you guys have a wellness, physical wellness Type Program Act, so tell me a little bit about those. So we do worker up with physical therapy. We have genesis here on site and so physical, occupational and teach therapy is available to all of our residents. We need it that is something that we that’s a third party vender that we provide here on site. We also work with different home health agencies as needed for additional support and of course we have our own exercise programs here on site. Yesterday we did Yoga Nice, so we were doing Chera Yoga and we also have strength and balance you. I mean, it isn’t fit. There’s so many things that are great about that and and there’s so many programs that seniors can tap into whether they’re in the community. There’s also stuff online that you can tap into and learn, you know, chair aerobics and things like that. I’ve Seen Youtube series that people actually can watch. That’s really cool. Well, absolutely, we found such an importance of physical wellness that we have an actual Kathleen is our fitness instructor on site here at so we’re like I ever at Lane’s. Kathleen is wonder fun and she actually does all of our fitness classes here for all of our residents because physical they’re physical wellness is so important to keeping a residence. The key word here is independent. I feel that a lot of our seniors are so afraid of losing their independence. But again, going back to that that angels saying, if you don’t use it, you lose it, and so when you’re not exercising your brain, when you’re on exercise your muscles. Some of our residents I said, you know, it’s too far for me to walk some of the hallways while I’m like but that’s what’s keeping you engaged as the active trend. Into Marie yesterday and again I’m living here on site, and she was walking. She actually walks almost a mile inside our community. So she goes from one hallway to the other and she’s adorable, and so one of the things that she said she goes. I have to do this for my independence. I have to keep going and the luxury of being able to walk indoors and, you know, the safety of her own home. But this is a mansion. You know, she wouldn’t be able to have that opportunity within, you one hundred score feet of our own home. Or if the training, as I where social, it’s just not safe to walk outside, or just using all the fitness equipment. That one, I think. The other thing it goes without saying that wherever you go there’s a safety factor. Correcting up. We’re at home, you know, you may be in a bathroom that doesn’t have the proper safety guards by place, and so you have more confidence to walk because you have that Railey be hang on to you. You have, you know, a level ground, right, worried about an uneven floor, right, or something like that. So a lot of us in our homes, you know, even to go into other rooms, will have a little bit of a step up, right, up, down, based if it’s an addition in our homes or something like that, specially old drums, right. That’s that’s very common. And you know, forgetting that little step could need a fall, could be a mess, a huge misstub yeah, right, exactly. And so being able, like to your points is and having Kathleen on site to use a gym equipment. We have a new step. We have to recombinate bikes at our residents can use. We have the treadmills. Wait, I think you know there’s a common mist misconception that our seniors, once we start aging, were no longer able to live way as well. Now that’s falls and fatally encourage weightlifting because it actually helps build drink strength and muscles and and lasticity. Stretching, you know, then, number one cause of falls is the lack of muscle use and also not stretching enough. So, and I think we can all relate to that, if you’ve been sitting for a long time and then all of a sudden you go to get up and it’s like, oh my gosh, I’m you know, I’m hurting or I feel bad. It’s like the idea. As you know, I try really hard because I sit a lot and my job. One of the things that I really try to is make an effort every half an hour to get up, right, if it’s just to get up to walk around my living room are you know, or have a phone call on my feet. Right. It’s making sure that I’m always standing up every thirty minutes so I’m not sitting for hours of my way, and I think that’s a lot of what our seniors are doing. They sit there by themselves, you know, watch TV, right, and they’ve been sitting there for hours now, right, and then they get up to go to the bathroom and they fall. Yeah, exactly, the muscle, the muscle, it’s not there. You know, we have to train ourselves right right. It’s getting back into different good habits. So physical wellness is important, again, just for every single day use for enhancing independent flexibility, being able to participate in all the amazing programs that we have at wells. And again, we have our instructors on site, we have physical therapy on side. We do everything that we can to provide physical wellness at at every corner so that our resins can can do that easily. So, Elena, this has been such an amazing segment. I’m and a series that you’ve done and you know, we’re so proud to be affiliated, be affiliated with morning stars and you’re living. And to those of you that are interested, please go to answers for elders. There’s a little badge right there on our site, on our home page, that you can go right to the website and see all the different types of communities that made in your area. And in the meantime there’s obviously there’s a number to call, etc. And, Elena, I’m so glad you with us today. Thank you so much, and the listeners. Thank you God last year and we appreciate each and everyone else. And I’m sure that this the last of this, since we had so many streams of your first four series that you’re waiting for this. So we’re really glad that we were able to be here and thanks again for being thank you. 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Originally published June 02, 2022