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Posted: Monday, October 10, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Social Wellness

The social dimension of wellness speaks not just to our families and friendships, but also to our interdependence with other people in our communities. A socially well person has positive interactions with other people and enjoys being with them. He or she establishes and maintains a positive, supportive network of family and friends, and also builds relationships that have a positive impact on the community and the world. 

Science has shown that social interaction is a crucial dimension of wellness. Researchers have learned that loneliness and social isolation are associated with declining mobility, difficulty in performing routine daily activities and greater susceptibility to illness. 

According to the National Wellness Institute, people who have a strong social network show improved markers of health compared with those who are isolated. They have lower levels of cholesterol and higher levels of antibodies that support a strong immune system. In addition, they are better able to manage stress and report better moods and greater self-esteem. 

Ingleside at Rock Creek recognizes the significance of an active, engaged lifestyle and provides abundant opportunities for social contacts. The retirement community’s life enrichment calendar is packed with activities that not only satisfy members’ thirst for knowledge and passion for intellectual and artistic pursuits, but also involve social interaction. 

Residents expand their minds and stay connected with the world through programs such as Ted Talks and a Dead Sea Scrolls discussion. They enjoy guest speakers such as veteran journalist Marvin Kalb, who recently gave a presentation on his books and stayed to discuss the Presidential election. They share each other’s work during the Poetry Workshop and hone their creative skills in Mosaic class and the knitting group. They get together just to visit at the Friday afternoon social hour. A variety of classes that focus on exercising the body and brain also encourage interaction with others. All of these activities, plus group expeditions to performances and cultural sites in the D.C. area, enable residents to form social bonds and meet new friends. 

The social wellness dimension also recognizes the health benefits of volunteering. Many of the residents at Ingleside at Rock Creek are involved in volunteer activities. Within the community, they introduce others to their passions and expertise by leading classes and discussion groups, and provide companionship and services to their fellow members. Nearly everyone serves on one of the many committees, such as the Residents Council, that play crucial roles in the management and improvement of the community. Many residents also contribute their time and skills to a variety of organizations in the greater community. 

Members gather to share a meal, snack or simple Sunday supper in venues that include the main dining room and café. Spaces throughout the community, ranging from the lobby to informal nooks, encourage folks to sit down for a chat with a friend, family member or neighbor. 

The members of Ingleside at Rock Creek come from varied and interesting backgrounds and have much to share with each other. Your next-door neighbor might be a retiree from the Foreign Service or Department of State, a world traveler, a successful entrepreneur or an accomplished artist, and engaging with the people you meet helps to expand your own world. 

If you would like to learn more about Ingleside at Rock Creek, please attend one of our upcoming events or informational presentations or call 202-407-9672.

 



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