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Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Vocational Wellness

The word “vocation” comes from the latin verb vocare, which means “to call.” A calling is not limited to a profession; it applies to one’s life work, mission or purpose as well. While we are working at a job, vocational wellness is the ability to derive personal fulfillment from the field we have chosen and our desire to have a positive impact on the organizations we work with, while also maintaining balance in our lives. 

After retirement, many people continue to work in some way in their chosen professions, while others find new meaning and purpose with new careers. Others become meaningfully engaged in new or renewed passions that once had to be treated as hobbies. Many find the same kind of personal satisfaction and enrichment in volunteer work that is personally meaningful and rewarding and that also contributes to their community. 

The residents of Ingleside at Rock Creek bring with them experience in high-level positions in the Foreign Service, State Department, education, letters, the arts and the business community. They are people who continue to serve in many ways. Some residents may continue working after moving into Ingleside at Rock Creek. They may work reduced hours in their chosen professions, or they may take up a new pursuit. Those who have retired may share their skills and draw upon their contacts to enrich the lives of their neighbors through presentations and guest speakers. 

Knowing the value of a rich and engaged lifestyle, Ingleside at Rock Creek offers a varied roster of programs that not only enrich residents’ lives but lead them in discovering new passions that may become as fulfilling as their former vocations. The community’s art studio, developed and run by residents, is famed for its mosaic program. Mosaic artists, painters and fiber artists draw upon and develop artistic sensibilities and keep fingers nimble. 

Helping neighbors is a major part of life at Ingleside at Rock Creek. 

Members volunteer within the retirement community in many ways—running errands, repairing clothing and visiting people who are receiving skilled nursing care. Members also serve the community by volunteering for committees that help govern in a wide range of areas, from finance to programming. 

Members also work in many ways to improve the greater community outside their homes by volunteering at schools, libraries and their churches and contributing their time and skills to various charities and causes. 

Volunteering in particular contributes greatly to our residents’ overall wellness. Research has found correlations between volunteering and better health, less pain, greater happiness and a positive attitude. Giving back is both a vital part of the spirit of Ingleside at Rock Creek and a fulfillment of the vocational wellness component that is so necessary for total wellness.

Ingleside at Rock Creek: Engaged Living




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