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Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual Wellness

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 Ingleside at Rock Creek, 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. 

Ingleside at Rock Creek’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, study art history, attend lectures on a variety of topics and watch movies. Every Monday folks gather in the second-floor parlor for a brain workout—a special session of brain training aimed at enhancing brain fitness. Others play games that require brain activity—word games, crosswords, Scrabble and bridge all have their enthusiasts who meet frequently to enjoy stimulating and social time together. A residents’ committee chooses and invites experts to visit the retirement community and share insights on important topics that are in the news. Past speakers have included a senior Defense Department official who is a leading expert on counterterrorism, the curator of the soon-to-open National Museum of African-American Culture and History, and an author and movie reviewer who spoke on how the District of Columbia has been portrayed on film. 

Members achieve a well-rounded lifestyle by following the passions they’ve always had, and many discover new ones thanks to Ingleside at Rock Creek’s facilities. For example, our talented artists love to work in the retirement community’s well-stocked art lab. Their work is featured during periodic exhibits. A mosaic group founded by one of our members is a popular choice and has introduced mosaic art to a number of people, whose work is proudly displayed in several areas of the community. 

One of the great things about Ingleside at Rock Creek is that our residents have spent their lives gaining experience and expertise in a variety of fascinating fields. Our residents’ backgrounds include the Foreign Service, State Department 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 also 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. Of course, members can also find a cozy spot in the library and choose a book to enjoy 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 Ingleside at Rock Creek creates an intellectually stimulating and fulfilling environment for all members.



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