It’s long been thought a person’s life span is largely determined by the combination of genetics and environmental factors. However, recent studies suggest genetics account for as little as 20% of a person’s chance of living to age 85.
It’s actually lifestyle choices — diet, exercise, smoking habits — that play an outsized role in determining not only how long someone will live, but also how well someone ages.
This explains why a holistic focus on senior wellness is so important for older adults: We all want to extend our life span, but to enjoy life to its fullest, we definitely need to extend our health span. It’s the best way to avoid serious health problems, like heart disease and diabetes, and maintain good mental health.
What health span is, and how to improve it
Health span is a relatively new term being used in the senior wellness space. It’s commonly defined as the period of life spent in good health, although defining what “good health” is can be highly subjective. Perhaps a better definition as it relates to wellness for seniors is being free of a serious disease that hampers older adults’ ability to live a good quality of life.
And that brings us back to overall wellness.
Staying healthy in mind, body and soul is so important that senior living communities like Ventana by Buckner are dedicating resources such as staff, space and programming to improve and maintain senior wellness.
How retirement communities promote senior wellness
Older adults are increasingly choosing retirement communities based on the community’s focus on health and wellness because they’re seeing the numerous benefits firsthand:
- Improved quality of life
- Improved emotional health
- Better social connections with others
- Enhanced cognitive function
- Greater personal independence
Older adults can certainly pursue a healthy diet, maintain frequent social and spiritual connections, keep up with steady exercise, and stay mentally active all on their own while still in their own homes.
The advantage of senior living communities, of course, is they have services and amenities such as fitness centers, chef-prepared dining, chapels and weekly services, continuing education courses and programs, and more, right on-site.
Instead of driving around town several days a week to attend church, visit friends, get to the gym, shop for groceries at the farmers market and health food stores, and sit in on educational classes, Members living at a senior living community like Ventana just walk out their front doors and down the hall.
One other significant advantage senior living communities have is that short- and long-term care are offered on-site.
While older adults can have these services brought to their homes, at a community like Ventana, Members enjoy their active and independent lifestyle knowing if they need it, they have access to assisted living, long-term skilled nursing care, memory care, and outpatient skilled and rehabilitation services. And that full continuum of care is on campus.
Ventana offers a singular focus on wellness for seniors
A number of senior living communities may boast about their fitness centers, tout their long lists of services and amenities, or discuss their dining programs at great length. At Ventana, the key differentiator is how all these things work together to promote overall senior wellness. It begins with VentanaFIT, which thoughtfully integrates the community’s lifestyle and culinary teams to act as one for Members’ overall wellness.
VentanaFIT — This unique senior wellness program is specifically designed to inspire better health and happier living. When an older adult becomes a Member at Ventana, they meet with the community’s lifestyle, wellness and culinary teams to learn how these resources can be harnessed for their health and well-being. New Members then meet with a personal trainer, who learns the Member’s health goals, preferences and concerns, and each new member undergoes assessments of their fitness and functional movement. From there, a personalized exercise regimen is created specifically to meet the Member’s wellness goals.
The culinary experience — Fine food prepared well is important to our well-being and enjoyment of life. Ventana’s five dining venues each feature their own diverse menus and ambiances, but all share a focus on nutrition, freshness and superb quality. Members always have the opportunity to request dishes prepared as they like that also reflect their special dietary needs.
Lifestyle — Services and amenities are important at a senior living community; at Ventana, we harness the power of our services and amenities so each Member can enjoy a stress-free, purpose-filled experience.
Time-saving services include weekly housekeeping, all maintenance of residences and grounds, scheduled local transportation, and concierge and valet service. Our amenities — many of which dovetail perfectly into our focus on senior wellness — include:
- State-of-the-art fitness center
- Heated indoor pool
- Putting green and community boxes
- Creative arts studio
- Movie theater
- Pet park
- Meeting and game rooms
Start improving your own health span with Ventana’s focus on senior wellness
The choices you make — what you eat, how much you exercise, and whether you stay engaged mentally and socially — have a huge impact on your overall wellness. And ultimately, your overall wellness strongly dictates how happy and healthy you’ll be as you age.
So make a really important choice, right now, by contacting our team to set up your personal appointment. You can also schedule your tour of Ventana. Whichever you choose, we’re here to answer your questions and show you around Dallas’ only high-rise Life Care community.