Find Your Happy Place at Enlivant
About the Author, Ashley Uhler, VP of Life Enrichment & Memory Care
Ashley began her career at Enlivant in 2019 as a Regional Director of Sales & Marketing. While in this role, she gained valuable insight into our residents’ interests, hobbies, and aspirations. This experience led to her promotion to Vice President of Life Enrichment & Memory Care, where she currently designs programs that help make our communities a vibrant place for residents to live and thrive.
At Enlivant communities, we help our residents to build meaningful relationships through robust social programming. The goal of Life Enrichment is to help residents continue to live meaningful lives with a sense of purpose. Through activities and outings, residents connect with one another and share interests and life experiences. Participation allows them to feel happy, healthy and at home.
The Risks of Social Isolation in Seniors
As seniors age, there’s an increased risk of social isolation, especially in seniors who live alone, no longer drive, have vision or hearing loss, or suffer from a chronic condition or pain. Feelings of loneliness and isolation are not uncommon among older adults, especially those age 65 and older. And there are real health implications because of those feelings: According to a recent study by John Hopkins researchers, socially isolated older adults have a 27% higher chance of developing dementia than older adults who aren’t.
On the flip side, research also says that it’s therapeutic and comforting for older adults to live with and be around peers who share similar life experiences. A new environment can help an older adult look forward to the future. It’s common for residents who live together to share their life stories, learn things that they have in common with others, and ultimately, make new friends.
Additionally, for older adults experiencing the compounding effects of loss, it’s especially important to continue making new friends while building on existing relationships. Making new friendships can be challenging for some seniors who live alone and have limited peer interaction.
The Enlivant Approach to Life Enrichment: Six Dimensions of Wellness
In Enlivant communities, socializing is made easy! Life Enrichment isn’t just planning events and facilitating conversations. Our intentional programming ensures every experience is enriching and cares for our residents’ holistically. Life Enrichment is a research-based school of thought that focuses on six dimensions of wellness – with the aim to promote each of those dimensions to ensure our residents thrive.
You’ll find activities inspired by the six dimensions of wellness present in each one of our communities:
- Physical Fitness fostered through activities like chair yoga & walking club
- Socialization promoted through meals, monthly birthday celebrations & holiday parties
- Intellectual Fitness nurtured through historical presentations & cooking demonstrations
- Purposeful Service encouraged through volunteer projects & community partnerships
- Recreation & Fun promoted through outings to local attractions & shopping trips
- Spiritual Well-being nurtured through nature programs & prayer groups
Expressing each of these dimensions is critical to our residents’ fulfillment, health and overall well-being and helps our communities to serve as a happy place for our residents.