Wise and Wonderful: May

Wise and Wonderful: May


Prevention and Education

At Sunshine Retirement Living when it comes to the health and wellness of our residents we believe in education and prevention.  For this reason all of our seventeen communities host an annual health and wellness fair that focuses on preventative care wellness practices.  Partnering with local practitioners, respected university programs and national organizations such as Life Line we offer our residents resources that are proven to save lives.

According to the National Stroke Association 80% of strokes can be prevented.  Stroke/Carotid Artery Screening was just one of the tests provided by Life Line at Garden Way Retirement Communities Annual Health Fair.  Hundreds of smart and savvy seniors registered early for the completely booked screenings that included options for: Stroke/Carotid Artery Screening, Heart Rhythm Screening, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening, Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening, and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment.

Garden Way’s Preventative Care Health Fair was much more than a series of life-saving screenings.  Twenty-one wellness practitioners and providers set up booths throughout the community offering education on a wide-variety of wellness services.  Several of the wellness educators were community representatives including Oregon Telecommunications Relay Services an organization that provides free telephones to all Oregon residents with vision or hearing impairments.  There were also a number of certified practitioners in holistic medicine including three massage therapists, a stretching specialist, an acupuncturist, a chiropractor and a nutritional therapist.  Of course no health fair would be complete without the opportunity to purchase natural green products for the home and body.  Garden Way’s local vendors included: Pearson’s Health and Nutrition, Jan Revell representing Xocai – The Healthy Chocolate, Marilyn Rice representing Seacret Skin Care and a green-cleaning product vendor by the name of Feel So Alive.  If you missed out on the health fair and would like a complete list of health fair vendor’s including contact information you may contact Garden Way Retirement Community.

The most popular element of the health and wellness fair was the sixteen hands-on health seminars and fitness classes that took place throughout the day.  Cindy O’ Brien had a jam-packed fitness studio for her Oregon State University course Better Bones and Balance.  Cindy teaches this course weekly at Garden Way and her class has become so popular they are working on creating a larger space for the class which has outgrown it’s second fitness studio. Christiana Hansen who also teaches weekly at Garden Way, taught a yoga for seniors class that was just as popular as Cindy’s course.  Christiana is an expert at adaptive yoga and teaches a progressive class that focuses on restoring balance and mobility.  Of course we cannot forget to mention the Mossbacks walking group. The Mossbacks are a very successful local chapter of the American Volkssport Association an organization known for encouraging fun, fitness and friendship through organized walking events.  Not only did the Mossbacks have a wealth of information on nationwide walking events, they had the most energetic and popular booth at the entire Health and Wellness Fair.

Although an annual health fair is an excellent way to connect with resources that focus on prevention, there is no need to wait until next year to be proactive about your health.  All Sunshine Retirement Living communities have on-site wellness programs that work with these same wellness professionals and partners 365 days a year.  If you would like more information on how you may get involved with a better bones and balance class, connect with a holistic practitioner or learn how you can incorporate natural green products into your home there are year-round opportunities available to you.  Learning more about preventative care wellness practices will not only have you living longer, you will be also be learning how to live better!  For more information contact Denise ParkWellness Director at Sunshine Retirement Living.

Take Care and Be Well,

Denise Park

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living

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